2014 Fall Conference Presentations
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.
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