Sonu Shamdasani (born 1962) is a London-based author, editor, and professor at the UCL Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London. His works are on the history of psychiatry and psychology from the mid-nineteenth century to current times.
In 2003, he founded Philemon Foundation, along with Stephen Martin, where he is the general editor. In 2009, he edited the much awaited Red Book written by Carl Jung between approximately 1914 and 1930.
He gained his BA from Bristol University in 1984, followed by an MSc in the History of Science and Medicine at University College London/Imperial College London and a Ph.D. in the History of Medicine from WIHM/UCL (1996).
In an interview with the Times of India, dated 12 December 2009, he gives this brief personal biographical note:
“I am a Sindhi, I was born in Singapore and grew up in England.
I first encountered Jung when I was travelling in India in my teens, looking for a guru.
The first work of his that I came across was his commentary to The Secret of the Golden Flower, which was my first introduction to psychology.
I then saw the text as promising the possibility of a mediation between Eastern mysticism and Western rationality.
After further study, I thought that contemporary psychology and psychotherapy was in a mess, and I wanted to figure out how it had got into this state. This led me to the studying the history of psychology” ~Wikipedia
Happily as a founder and editor of the Philemon Foundation we may look forward to the following forthcoming publications:
JUNG ON DE NERVAL
JUNG NEUMANN CORRESPONDENCE
JUNG ADOLF KELLER CORRESPONDENCE
JUNG AND THE INDOLOGISTS
THE BLACK BOOKS 1913-1932
BERLIN SEMINAR 1933
GERMAN SEMINAR 1931
DREAM INTERPRETATION AND ITS HISTORY
C. G. Jung: A Biography in Books, (New York, W. W. Norton, 2012).
(With Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen) The Freud Files: An Inquiry into the History of Psychoanalysis (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Jung Stripped Bare by his Biographers, Even (London: Karnac Books, 2004).
Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology: The Dream of a Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
Cult Fictions: C. G. Jung and the Founding of Analytical Psychology (London: Routledge, 1998).
Editor, C. G. Jung, Introduction to Jungian Psychology: Notes on the Seminar in Analytical Psychology Given by Jung in 1925 (Princeton, New Jersey, Philemon Series, 2011).
Editor, C. G. Jung, The Red Book: Liber Novus, translated by Mark Kyburz, John Peck and Sonu Shamdasani, (New York: W. W. Norton, Philemon Series, 2009).
Editor, C. G. Jung, Seminar series, The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga, Bollingen Series, (Princeton New Jersey/London: Princeton University Press/Routledge, 1996).
Editor, Michael Fordham, Analyst-Patient Interaction: Collected Papers on Technique (London: Routledge, 1996).
Editor, Théodore Flournoy, From India to the Planet Mars: A Case of Multiple Personality with Imaginary Languages by (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994).
Editor (with Michael Münchow), Speculations after Freud, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Culture (London: Routledge, 1994). ~UCL DIVISION OF PSYCHOLOGY AND LANGUAGE SCIENCES