Shifting Sands: An Existential Lens on Intersectionality Throughout Life

Conference Details This conference aims to delve deeper into the intersectionality discourse by exploring it...

Last updated 27 May 2024

Conference Details

This conference aims to delve deeper into the intersectionality discourse by exploring it through the existential lens. Existential philosophy holds a unique perspective that emphasizes the subjective experience of human existence, wrestles with questions of meaning, authenticity, freedom, and responsibility. By examining intersectionality through an existential lens, we seek to shed light on how the convergence of identities influences individual’s perceptions of themselves, their relationships with others, and their place in the world and how these change over time. We are hoping to engage in profound discussions on the intricate connection between intersectionality and the existential dimensions of human existence.

Intersectionality, a concept introduced by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, recognizes that individuals are not defined solely by a single aspect of their identity but are shaped by the convergence of various social categories such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and more. This framework acknowledges the complex interplay between these identities and the ways in which they interact, impacting an individual’s experiences, opportunities, and challenges.

Throughout this conference, we will bring together scholars, researchers, activists, and practitioners from diverse fields and backgrounds to engage in critical conversations. Our panellists and keynote speakers will share their expertise, providing insightful perspectives on the impact of intersectionality on different stages of life, from childhood and adolescence to adulthood and old age.

Together, we will explore the ways in which intersectionality interrelates with existential themes such as identity formation, selfhood, authenticity, freedom of choice, social justice, and ethical responsibility. Through thought-provoking presentations, interactive workshops, and engaging discussions, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of individuals at the intersections of multiple identities.

We hope that this conference will serve as a catalyst for generating innovative ideas, fostering collaborations, and inspiring action towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society. By illuminating the existential dimensions of intersectionality, we aim to challenge existing paradigms, raise awareness, and empower individuals to navigate the complexities of identity in an ever-changing world.

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Aneesh de Vos
Aneesh is an experienced therapist, trainer & supervisor. All Aneesh’s work is underpinned with both compassion and somatic-based practices which she sees as an integral part of a holistic understanding of ourselves.
As an autoethnogapher, Aneesh believes that our connection with the lived experience in relation to culture is to be found in the therapeutic space. Working with that paradigm, there we can find the sense making of our reactions to events that can cause us distress.
Aneesh is currently studying for her doctorate in Psychological Trauma and she holds a Masters in Trauma Informed Practice, and a PGC in Coaching.
As an independent researcher into the intersection of trauma and menopause, Aneesh has become more passionate about her belief that there is a definite place for therapeutic practices to offer support for women and people to explore how the experience can impact their lives.
Aneesh also co-produces the ‘Community Connections’ podcast, which introduces trauma and its many guises, without the fancy jargon. Guests are invited to share their lived experience and knowledge to create meaningful conversations that reach out to the viewers.
When she is not sat at her computer, she is invariably to be found wandering somewhere in nature with Morris the Dog – sending the odd text to her daughter that she is indeed alive but a tad distracted with doing nothing!
Dr. Dwight Turner

Dr Dwight Turner is Course Leader on the Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Course at the University of Brighton, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. His latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was released in February 2021 and is published by Routledge.

An activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy.

Professor Emmy van Deurzen

Emmy van Deurzen is a professor of Psychology and Psychotherapy with 18 books to her name, several of which have been translated into a dozen languages. She is the Co-Founder and Principal of the Existential Academy, where she also runs post graduate courses through the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in partnership with Middlesex University and her private practice.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, she lived, studied, and worked in France before settling in the UK in 1977. Emmy has been instrumental in founding or cofounding numerous organizations, including the Society for Existential Analysis, the Federation for Existential Therapy in Europe and the World Confederation of Existential Therapy. She has helped people in facing their life problems and suffering for nearly half a century.

Amongst her books are the bestsellers Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (3d edition 2012), Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009), Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition Routledge, 2010) and Paradox and Passion (2nd edition, Wiley, 2015). Her book Rising from Existential Crisis was published with PCCS books in 2021. She is currently writing a book on Existential Freedom for Penguin.