Panel on Psychological Identities

Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities


Second International Conference on Identity Studies

Vienna, Austria


Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010



CFP for Panel ‘Psychological Identities’

organized by Lisa Wilshere Cumming (Griffith University, Australia)



Identities and identifications are important building blocks of personality, and determine a psychological confabulation of ‘self’. This panel examines how we manage our own psychological identities (and those of the ‘other’ either as therapists, educators or public commentators). This becomes fraught with ethical complexities when the world is awash with stigmatized and marginalised representations of that identity (e.g., how mental illness is depicted in film and television). Building on labelling theory – through sociological and psychological perspectives – this group of speakers will focus on relationships between stigma and welfare of the psyche. Further, how a person’s identity can be altered leading to certain ‘off the spectrum’ behaviours that might be considered consistent to historical and contemporary pessimistic expectations of media and society. Sometimes labels might allow people to search for additional health services to assist with their condition, but mostly stigma affects the course of the illness (e.g., being seen as inept or dangerous), and becomes individually relevant to the person who takes that illness on as an identity. As Markowitz (1998) agrees prevailing attitudes of devaluation or discrimination create ‘self-fulfilling prophecies’, leading to lower self-esteem, disheartenment and maladaption. The panel is concerned with the adverse affects of stigma on ailing identity, and how a person with an altered sense of self (through mental illness/injury) can be affected. Examinations such as this about how stigma and symptomatic behaviours affect the identity of a person’s self-concept also need to consider the perpetrators of those behaviours – significant social ‘others’ and the media. This topic definitely warrants more exploration and lively discussion amongst academics and therapists.


This panel will be chaired by Lisa Wilshere-Cumming who is a professional journalist, academic, and psychologist from Australia. Lisa has been involved with neuro-cognitive studies (the brain in injury) and media studies during her PhD research and now wants to discuss various international viewpoints of labelling and how to maintain a healthy balanced psychological identity.


This panel will have academic (research) and therapeutic (practical) outcomes.

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following subjects:


Psychological Identity and Journalism

Psychological Identity in Film and Television

Misrepresentation of Neuro-cognitive Identity

Psychological Therapy and Client/Therapist Relationships

Stigma: ‘Labelling’ Mental Health as an Identity

Different Representations of Psychological Identity Based on Culture or Religion

Marginalisation of Mental Health Groups – Discussion and/or Reflection

Academic Research Perspectives on Mental Illness and Stigma

Psychological/Psychiatric/Philosophical Frameworks on Self and identity

The ‘Self’ Identity: Who Creates and Cultivates It?


Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić ( by 10 June 2015.


The Centre established a peer review journal, and a working paper series. Conference papers will be considered. We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers. Earlier decisions will be available when we collect enough papers for each panel.


The conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes


The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Meals and drinks for both days of the conference

WLAN during the conferenceCertificate of attendance


Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU). We selected Austria as a place for hosting conferences due to Austria’s favourable geographic position, and liberal Visa regime for conference participants with EU Visa requirements.


Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants.


The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.


The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participants, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Vi sa applications in 2014 were successful.




*** OPEN CALLS ***


Journal of Religion and Culture: submissions are opened!


Working Paper Series: submissions are opened! 






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