Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture

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Exploration of identity is central to those of us working at the interface of mental health and culture. Intersectional identities drive in-group and out-group dynamics, especially in times of stress and uncertainty. Identity is shaped by the narratives we tell about ourselves and is embodied through habitus, yet is fluid and can be transformed. In recent years, in societies shaken and disrupted by a pandemic and the inequities it exposed, movements for social justice have emerged, such as Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate. These movements have pushed the public to reevaluate how identities can lead to marginalization or serve as catalysts for solidarity and power. This has restructured how we experience ourselves, our identit(ies), and our sense of belonging. In the communities where we work, as well as our clinical populations, we see a tension between a desire to find understanding and support within one’s community and finding solidarity across communities through shared experience of oppression and struggle. In our 2022 conference, we invite you to explore identity through far-ranging sub-themes like language, narrative, embodiment, justice and intersectionality.

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Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture