Globalization and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism
Dates: May 9-11, 2012
Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art
172 Norfolk Street
New York, New York 10002

The Program:
The 2012 Annual Meeting of the SSPC will be held right after the American Psychiatric Association meeting in Philadelphia. We are planning to have sessions on the following topics:

  • Globalization and the dilemmas of multiculturlism
  • Treatment of torture victims
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual issues across cultures
  • Disasters and cultural psychiatry
  • Aging in a multicultural society
  • Treatment of immigrant families across cultures
  • Sessions for free papers
  • Dedicated trainee session

The call for papers is open, and abstracts are due no later than November 1. Dilip Jeste, President elect of the American Psychiatric Association, and Monica McGoldrick, world renowned clinician and teacher of immigrant family therapy and editor of Ethnicity and Family Therapy which is now in it’s fourth edition are among the keynote speakers who have agreed to participate in the meeting. Suzanne Wasserman, Director of the Gotham Center at City University of New York and noted historian of the Lower East Side will give a keynote lecture on the history of the area as a prelude to walking tours which will be held on the first afternoon of the meeting.

Meeting Venue:
The meeting will be held at the Angel Orensanz Center for Contemporary Art, 172 Norfolk Street, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This historic building began as the first reform synagogue in the United States. Later, as the neighborhood changed and the Eastern Europeans began to arrive it became an orthodox shul. Then, like the  neighborhood itself, there was a decline. The building was vacant and boarded up until it was discovered by Angel Orensanz in 1986. Orensanz restored it and turned it into a community arts center, where there are concerts, plays, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and other events. Angel’s studio is on the top floor. For more on the foundation and the building go to http://www.orensanz.org.

No Poster Session
The configuration of the building and the terms of our contract are such that we will not be able to have a poster session this year. However, we feel that this is a very small price to pay for the experience of having our meeting in such a dynamic, historical site.

We will continue to keep you informed through emails and our website. For the very latest developments, please visit www.psychiatryandculture.org often.