Emeritus professor David Tacey
Professor David Tacey is a public intellectual, known in the arts, religious and psychotherapy communities. He is often invited to be keynote speaker at conferences and has been commissioned by international editors and publishers to write books and articles. He has published fourteen books and a hundred and fifty articles and chapters; some of his works have been translated into Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
David grew up in Alice Springs, central Australia, and has maintained a life-long interest in Aboriginal religions, indigenous health and wellbeing. His book Edge of the Sacred was a best-seller and attracted the interest of the Keating government. It was recommended by the poet Les Murray as a work which shaped the direction of Australian society.
In 1982 David was awarded a Harkness Fellowship from New York, and for two years conducted research in the United States under the supervision of James Hillman and Thomas Moore. In the 1990s, his research moved into the area of men’s studies with the publication of Remaking Men. This book was voted one of the best ten books of the year by The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
David became interested in the role of spirituality in secular societies, and published several books on this subject, including Re-Enchantment: The New Australian Spirituality and The Spirituality Revolution. In 2000 he was invited to represent Australia at a congress on Religion and World Peace at the United Nations, New York. His most recent book is Beyond Literal Belief: Religion as Metaphor.
David specialised in the work of CG Jung, and for twenty years he taught Jung’s Cultural Psychology at La Trobe University. From 2001 to 2010 he taught short courses at the Jung Institute in Zürich. In this field he published Jung and the New Age; The Idea of the Numinous; Gods and Diseases; How to Read Jung and The Darkening Spirit. In 2012 he edited The Jung Reader for Routledge in London. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Humanities at La Trobe University; and Adjunct Research Professor of Public Theology at the Charles Sturt University, Canberra.
David Tacey and Suzanne Cremen will present the seminar on 3 June 2017 "Ensouling our Work: Lessons from Ecopsychology, Spiritual & Indigenous Traditions".