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Cultures of the Internet:

Identity, Community and Mental Health


The Internet and World Wide Web have woven together humanity ‡ Pathologies of the internet, e,g, internet
in new ways creating global communities, new possibilities of addiction, internet suicide, sexual exploi-
exchange, new forms of pathology and new modes of intervention. tation, cyberbullying, social isolation, and
This workshop and conference will explore the implications WKHDPSOL¿FDWLRQRISV\FKRSDWKRORJ\DQG
of the internet for cultural psychiatry. Sessions will address ‡ The uses of the internet in mental health
four broad areas: care, e.g. delivery of health information,
‡ How the internet is transforming human functioning, personhood web-based consultation, treatment
and identity, e,g, blogging and autobiographical narration, virtual intervention and mental health promotion.
identities, new functional organizations of memory, cognition, Particular attention will be given to these
sensorial worlds, and relatedness to others, shifting notions of issues as they apply to indigenous peoples
Papers presented at the
public and private; in rural and remote communities, to migrant 2011 ASI will appear
populations, and in global mental health. in a special issue of
‡ How the new forms of electronic networking give rise to new
types of groups and forms of community, e.g. social networking, This two-day conference is directed to Transcultural Psychiatry
transnational connections of migrants, communities of interest health practitioners, social scientists and http://tps.sagepub.com
and common concern; policy makers.

conference program
All sessions will be held in the auditorium of the
Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry
4333 Côte Ste-Catherine Rd., Montreal, Que.

Thursday April 28 Friday April 29


08:30-09:00 Session 2. Session 3. Session 4.
Welcome and Introduction Community and Networking Pathologies of the Internet Uses of the Internet in
Laurence Kirmayer 08:30-09:00 Mental Health Care
14:00-14:30
The Impact of e- and Web- Hyper-networking 14:00-14:30
Session 1.
Resources on the Negotiation of and Attention The Internet as Authoritative
Identity and Virtuality
Individual and Group Identity, Alberto Sanchez-Allred Knowledge?
09:00-09:30 Social Exclusion and McGill University An Ethno-cultural Comparison
Extended Minds and Prosthetic Political Protest of Parenting Experience
Souls: Some Possible Kamaldeep Bhui 09:00-09:30
Rob Whitley
Implications of the Internet for University of London The Neurological Adolescent McGill University
the Concept of Person and the Digital Age
14:30-15:00 14:30-15:00
Justin E. H. Smith Suparna Choudhury
Concordia University The Center That Did Not Hold: Max Planck Institute Internet Inputs to the
The Internet and Shifting Sub- Cultural Formulation on a
09:30-10:00 jectivities in Contemporary Iran 09:30-10:00 Cultural Consultation Service
Every Click You Make, I Will Sadeq Rahimi “Internet Addiction” and G. Eric Jarvis
Be Watching You: Romance University of Saskatchewan Tropes of Techno-pathology McGill University
and Neoliberal Technologies in the 21st Century
15:00-15:30
Ilana Gershon Eugene Raikhel 15:00-15:30
“Our lives begin to end the
Indiana University University of Chicago Can the Internet Provide a
moment we become silent
Transitional Space for Young
10:00-10:30 about things that matter”: 10:00-10:30 break People in Therapy?
Internet Trolls: Sociopaths Building a Global Movement
for Advocacy and Support 10:30-11:00 Radhika Santhanam-Martin
or Liberal Tricksters? Victorian Aboriginal
Gabriella Coleman Farah N. Mawani Cyber-bullying, On-line Jokes,
Health Service
NYU Mental Health Commission Threats or Serious Mental
of Canada Illness?: Navigating the Line 15:30-16:00 break
10:30-11:00 break Between Free Speech and Inter-
15:30-16:00 break 16:00-16:30
ventions to Protect Public Safety
11:00-11:30
16:00-16:30 Shaheen Shariff Telepsychotherapy:
Contrived Selves: Second McGill University Applications and Acceptance
“Todos somos dateros”
Life and the Architecting of in Aboriginal Communities
(We are all data-providers):
Technoliberal Identity 11:00-11:30
Internet-based participatory Stéphane Bouchard
Thomas Malaby strategies to strengthen Suicide Forums and Université du Québec
University of Wisconsin- citizenship, promote health Internet Identity en Outaouais
Milwaukee and quality of life in Peru Ronald Niezen
McGill University 16:30-17:00
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NYU Creating a Global Primary Care
Inhabiting the Virtual World: 11:30-12:00 Mental Health Presence for the
$:D\WR$I¿UPRU6XUUHQGHU 16:30-17:00 Facebook Loves: Psychosis, Caribbean via Cyberspace
a Subject Position? “Hello Facebook world... Virtuality or Reality? Frederick W. Hickling,
Cécile Rousseau & it’s been a while, yagoh, Kemal Sayar Vanessa Paisley,
Ellen Corin ey???”: An Examination of the Fatih University Hilary Robertson-Hickling
McGill University Transforming Landscapes of University of the West Indies
ICTs, Health and Identity 12:00-12:30 panel
12:00-12:30 panel 17:00-17:30 panel and
Naomi Adelson 12:30-14:00 lunch
12:30-14:00 lunch York University closing

17:00-17:30 panel To register for the 2011 ASI, complete Summer Program/ASI 2011
this form and mail with your cheque for Division of Social and
17:30-19:00 poster session Transcultural Psychiatry
$150.00 ($50.00 for full-time students)
and reception 1033 Pine Ave. W. #135
payable to McGill University: Montreal, Que. H2A 1A1 Canada
19:00-20:30 special presentation Tel: 514 398-7302 Fax: 514 375-1459
tcpsych@mcgill.ca
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To submit a poster see: http://www.mcgill.ca/tcpsych/training/advanced/2011/
(Submission deadline: April 14, 2011)