Call for Papers for the 2023 Annual International Jean Gebser Society Conference

2023 Annual International Jean Gebser Society Conference

The Emergence of Integral Consciousness Jean Gebser, Sri Aurobindo, Carl Jung, Teilhard de Chardin


September 27-30, 2023

Wednesday and Thursday, September 27 and 28 (Online)

Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, 2023 (In Person)

California Institute of Integral Studies

Namaste Hall

Co-sponsored by East-West Psychology and Transformative Inquiry Department

San Francisco, CA


We can say that the world is whole, a unity, an integrum—at the risk of reifying its multitudinous processes. We do not need to make it whole, to integrate it, per se. What then is the function of integrating? Does integrating, as a process, drive the very emergence of wholeness? Is it even possible to speak of integrality? Or to speak from it?

Gebser, Aurobindo, and Jung address such questions in their unique ways, as climbers scaling different faces of the same mountain. What can Gebser see from his vantage point that Aurobindo or Jung cannot, and what can Aurobindo or Jung see that Gebser cannot? Are their perspectives integratable? (That said, it is not necessary to compare, contrast, or attempt to integrate the works of these thinkers.)

To ponder various ways of expressing integrality, in general, consider the following questions:

  • Are the terms evolving (Aurobindo), integrating (Gebser), and individuating (Jung) commensurable? How do these processes inform each other to form a unity—within an individual and in collective life?
  • The powerful technologies that enable us to connect extrinsically are also designed to divide us. Is a sense of intrinsic mutuality possible or realistic?
  • How can harmony be imagined between and among fundamentally different ideologies?
  • Aurobindo, Gebser, Jung, Teilhard de Chardin, and other thinkers fully recognize the Spiritual in the wholeness of cosmos and human experience. How can we have a substantive conversation on the Spiritual?


Please submit proposals for presentations in the following form:

  • Summary/abstract/overview of no more than 500 words
  • Sample of artistic expression with proposed elaboration of it, no more than 250 words and 3 images/videos/recordings

Include the following:

  • Name
  • Institution (if applicable)
  • Are you a student at CIIS or another institution?
  • Time requested (15–45 minutes)
  • Do you wish to give an in-person or online presentation? (note the different dates for each type of presentation above)
  • A/V requirements (Screen and projector for PowerPoint or similar presentations will be available)

We especially encourage students to submit. We do not expect you to be an expert; rather, we encourage people to explore Gebser’s ideas, apply them to your field, or embody/manifest them.

Students whose presentations are chosen will be awarded a certificate and entered to win random prizes, including books and a cash prize of $200.

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CFP submission deadline August 1

Acceptance notification by August 31

Registration fee $95 for nonmembers, $75 for members, $25 for students

Membership and further details will be available at