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Place & Identity in a mobile world

14th Jul 2017

Astrophysicists try to put it in perspective, neuroscientists unlock secrets to it and psychologists, historians and storytellers try to explain it or explain it away, smartphones attempt to ping it to us – ‘it’ is our sense of identity and place and ‘it’ forms the topic of a far-reaching discussion in Rockhampton on Tuesday 25 July at 7am at The Rockhampton Grammar School Rowing Club.

Co-presented by The Rockhampton Grammar School and Suncorp, part of the duo’s ongoing Breakfast Conversation Series, a panel of experts will take questions from the audience and discuss our relationship with the land, history, technology, each other and our brains – to help us make some sense of all the things that influence who we are.

“I can’t think of a more relevant topic worth of a wide discussion. There is growing conversation about we come from and who our ancestors are, so much displacement of peoples around the word, increasing talk about landscape as cultural heritage, globalisation, nationalism, mobility and technology and so much more. This is a rich topic,” said the School’s Mike Donahue.

Guest speaker, Professor Heidi Zeeman from Griffith University, Menzies Health Institute Queensland and The Hopkins Centre, works on complex neurological injuries, particularly traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.  Professor Zeeman conducts research around how people live with and grow from such traumatic injuries.

“When we talk about identity or development following a catastrophic incident we typically speak of it in terms of things we lose rather than things we gain,” said Professor Zeeman.

“It’s a process, often a dynamic process of life change. It also impacts an entire family, not just the injured individual.”

Place and identity are about belonging, according to Psychologist Dr Phillippa Stunzer.

“We talk about constructing meaning, fostering attachments and managing change – things we all experience,” explains Dr Stunzer.

“I’m particularly intrigued by how people are defining who they are in spheres that are equally meaningful to them; their virtual selves and their real selves and how they come to define and assert who they are,” added Dr Stunzer. 

The third event on the RGS/Suncorp Bank Conversation Series 2017 calendar, Place & Identity is proudly supported by The Morning Bulletin and open to the community. Tickets are $30 each or corporate tables of 8 are available for $200.

Scheduled guests include

·       Professor Heidi Zeeman from Griffith University, Menzies Health Institute Queensland and The Hopkins Centre

·       Dr Phillippa Stunzner, Clinical Psychologist and Forensic Psychologist

·       Dr Steve Mullins, Associate Professor of History at CQUniversity

·       Aunty Sally Vea Vea, Darumbal elder

·       John Fletcher, Treasurer, CQ Historical Society

Tickets, which are essential, may be booked and more information is available at www.rgs.qld.edu.au/breakfast.

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