The City & Soul II



Mental illness (mild and severe) is now recognised as one of the biggest causes of individual distress and misery in our societies and cities, comparable to poverty and unemployment. Experiences of social isolation, inequality, lack of authentic expression, feelings of alienation, existential crises, dissociation, and the basic assumptions and ideology of our socio-political and economic system based on materialism and neoliberalism, are seen today to be significant drivers.

Many of the contemporary forms of mental illness and individual distress certainly seem to be correlated with and amplified by the processes and byproducts of the socio-political and economic system we function within. In fact, one might say that our system is in many respects a ‘mental illness generating system’.

In this course, participants will first understand how modern societal factors – state power, ideology, monetary system, democracy, and their underpinning philosophies came to be the cornerstones of society, and how they form the origins and characteristics of psychological phenomena, through their imprinting on the familial zone. Secondly, participants will also begin to understand how their own personal life stories have been shaped by unknown forces from deep within their psyches. As the human being is both a product and producer of society.

Upon completion, participants will be left with guidance on how to re-establish individual freedom, its reconciliation with authority, and a fresh future reality without taking a doomed or tragic view of events and life.

This course will be taught by Zulfiqar Awan & Dr. Veysi Ceri. We will use a multidisciplinary approach when analysing modern society, the family, and the individual psyche.

The course begins on Monday 8th March at 20.00, 2021. 

Teacher Bio

Zulfiqar Awan BA Hons, MA, PGCE

British lecturer, Zulfiqar Awan (BA Hons, MA, PGCE and Ph.D. candidate) has 15 years of teaching experience in the U.K and Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Awan has also worked as an independent senior lecturer in philosophy, history, and politics on behalf of the British Government. He is the founder of Humanitas LifeLong Learning, where he teaches regular evening classes and short courses directly to the public, and online to an international audience. Mr Awan currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey.