2014 Fall Conference Presentations

Published on 
December 2014

Individual and group identities may be thought of as occurring at the intersection of literal and metaphorical place(s). The 2014 Fall Conference at Riggs explored the various meanings of place in relation to identity. In a global world, our capacity to “be” in several places at once, to travel to other places via technology and to experience place in a more diverse and complex manner shapes our identity and our identifications in complex ways. In this conference, participants learned together about the social and clinical implications of these shifting experiences of place and identity.

The conference presenters each explored different aspects and experiences of how place and identity intersect.

Conference Introduction

Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute


Keynote: Sudek, Janáček, Hukvaldy, and Me

Presenter: Adele Tutter, MD


“I Knew That My Mind Could Take Me Anywhere:” Psychodynamic Reflections on the Development of a Secure Identity in a Racist World

Presenter: Dorothy Holmes, PhD


Catastrophic Loss of Place and its Impact on Mental Health Professionals’ Identity After Hurricane Katrina

Presenter: Ghislaine Boulanger, PhD

Discussant: Kai Erikson, PhD


Enhancing Identity by Fostering Understanding of Place

Presenters: Linda Mayes, MD and Karen Yu, PhD


The Journey for “Home”: Drawing on the South African Experience of Emigration

Presenter: Maria Marchetti-Mercer, PhD