Guest lecture & meeting of experts

"The Meaning of Identity in Youth Empowerment"

Monday 16 April 2018 / 1:00 – 2:30 pm

SOS Children's Villages Hermann Gmeiner Academy / Hermann Gmeinerstr. 51, Innsbruck
 

“The Meaning of Identity in Youth Empowerment”

Trauma, Individual & Large-Group Identity Crises
Experiences of an 86 years old psychoanalyst and UNO envoy to war and conflict zones.

 
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Prof. Vamik D. Volkan / USA.; Turkey

(UNO envoy to several war and crises regions in the world. He has worked vastly with children and young people on issues of individual and large group identities. Moreover, he has vast experiences with children and young people with or without parental care in many areas of conflict across the world).
 
The 86 years old scientist and “peace-practitioner” will share his vast experiences from participating in projects designed to help children and young people traumatized by war and other social conflicts. Moreover, he will present forms of understanding identity formation by children and young people in care and in crises situations.
 
Central to his presentation is why and how in working with children and young people the question of identity should be given concrete attention.
 

Identity as personality concept begins and progresses already in childhood. Moreover, positive development of identity depends to a large extent on important factors like the nature and form of bonding as well as on given circumstances in the process of child and youth education.


Did you know that ...

In addition to the guest lecture by Prof. Vamik D. Volkan on Monday 16 April 2018 in the SOS Children's Villages Hermann Gmeiner Academy on “The Meaning of Identity in Youth Empowerment” - Trauma, Individual & Large-Group Identity Crises, there will be, in the evening of the same day from 7 to 8.30 pm a meeting of about 20 experts on peace studies from four countries (Georgia, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Austria).

This will be organised in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies Institute University of Innsbruck and “Welt der Kinder” in context of the international Symposium Kinderheit, Jugend und Gesellschaft.