Political, racial, religious, and other large group identities and belief systems are being challenged as never before in our era of globalization. Conflicts include white supremacism vs. multicultural solidarity; resurgent patriarchy vs. gender diversity and equality; authoritarianism vs. democracy; science denial (on pandemics and climate change) vs. science-informed policy and activism; and more. Some of the questions we ask are:
- How should we understand the psychodynamics of conflict in its many forms?
- What are the sources of group identities in childhood experience and later socialization?
- How can we handle conflict to facilitate individual and collective healing?
Our featured speakers include:
Bandy Lee, author of Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Causes, Consequences, and Cures, speaking on “Developing a Global Consciousness that Prevents Violence.”
Pamela Steiner, cofounder of Harvard’s Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution, speaking on “What Will it Take to Process Collective Trauma Collectively? The Example of the Armenians, Turks, and Azerbaijanis”
Jerome Blackman, Professor of Psychiatry, Eastern Virginia Medical School, speaking on “Minimization of Hostile-Destructive Aggression at Nodal Points in History.”
Michael Britton, Vice President, International Psychohistorical Association, speaking on “Compassion for the Collective Human Journey that is This Century.”
Watch the trailer of May 19-21, 2022 IPhA Conference