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Psychologists as Activists: Dr Ian McCallum

Event organized by SAAJA

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As part of SAAJA's monthly Analytical Psychology Lecture Series, in April, we are honoured to have Dr Ian McCallum as our speaker. During this lecture, he poses the question that if the primary task of a psychologist is to understand people and to promote their wellbeing, then are we not effectively all psychologists in our own way? If so, what will it take to be a voice for the voiceless…a voice for the wild part of the human psyche?

He will further explore that if human behavioural choices are at the core of the environmental issues of our time – global warming, climate change, wild animal and wild habitat loss – three foundational questions need to be addressed:

- What is the human place in Nature?
- What is the place of Nature in human beings?
- What is a human being deprived of contact with the natural world?

Animals forests, rivers, oceans and landscapes are not mere aspects of human life. They are in our blood and in our psyche. Our sanity depends on them.

If so, where are the voices of psychologists when it comes to addressing these questions?

Date: Tue 10 April 2018
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm SAST
Venue: UCT Lung Institute, George Str, Mowbray,
Cape Town
Cost: SAAJA Analytical Psychology Lecture Series Members R80; Non-members R100

If you are not able to join the event in-person in Cape Town, you can register for our live streaming facility via Skype, and join the event virtually. Same cost as in-person attendance applies. Please book your slot BEFORE Friday 6 April 2018 by sending your proof of payment and Skype address via email to saaja@mweb.co.za
BANKING DETAILS: SAAJA Current Account, Standard Bank, Acc #: 072975059, Rondebosch Branch code: 025009

Ian McCallum is a psychiatrist, analytical psychologist, adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Graduate School of Business in Port Elizabeth and an honorary lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. A long standing contributor to the UCT Darwin Centre – Teaching Biology Project - his academic interests focus on evolutionary biology, conservation psychology and environmental ethics. He is the author of two anthologies of wilderness poems: 'Wild Gifts' (1999), 'Untamed' (2012) and a novel 'Thorns to Kilimanjaro' (2000). He was the writer/poet for the Mail and Guardian award winning ‘UNTAMED’ exhibition at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (2010-2012). His book 'Ecological Intelligence – Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature' won the Wild Literary Award at the World Wilderness Congress in Mexico 2009. He is a co-founder of the International League of Conservation Writers (www.ilcwriters.org), a founding partner of safari organisation Invent Africa (www.inventafrica.co.za); co-founder of the Cape branch of the Wilderness Leadership School and a foundation member of SAAJA. He is a specialist wilderness guide, a director of the Wilderness Foundation and a trustee of the Cape Leopard Trust.