June 19 to 21, 2008, University of Victoria

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kenneth Gergen

Kenneth Gergen

Kenneth J. Gergen, PhD. is a founding member and Board President of the Taos Institute, and the Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College. Dr. Gergen also serves as an Affiliate Professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. Dr. Gergen received his BA from Yale University and his PhD from Duke University, and has taught at Harvard University and Heidelberg University. He has been the recipient of two Fulbright research fellowships, the Geraldine Mao fellowship in Hong Kong, along with Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Alexander Humboldt Stiftung. Dr. Gergen has also been the recipient of research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the Barra Foundation. He has received honorary degrees from Tilburg University and the Saybrook Institute, and is a member of the World Academy of Art and Science.

Dr. Gergen is a major figure in the development of social constructionist theory and its applications to practices of social change. He also lectures widely on contemporary issues in cultural life, including the self, technology, postmodernism, civil society, organizational change, developments in psychotherapy, educational practices, aging, and political conflict. Dr. Gergen has published over 300 articles in journals, magazines and books. His major books include Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge, The Saturated Self, Realities and Relationships, and An Invitation to Social Construction. With Dr. Mary Gergen, he publishes an electronic newsletter, Positive Aging (www.positiveaging.net) now distributed to over 20,000 recipients.

Dr. Gergen has served as the President of two divisions of the American Psychological Association, the Division on Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and on Psychology and the Arts. He has served on the editorial board of 35 journals, and as the Associate Editor of The American Psychologist and Theory and Psychology.

Dr. Mary Gergen

Mary Gergen

Dr. Mary Gergen, Ph.D. is a founder and Board member of the Taos Institute and a professor of psychology affiliated with the Women's Studies Program at Pennsylvania State University, the Delaware County Campus, Media, PA. She has positioned herself at the intellectual convergence of feminist theory and postmodernist thought, as a social constructionist. She has been involved in a great variety of the Taos projects, including conferences, organizational consulting and educational spheres. Her recent publications include Toward a New Psychology of Gender, edited with Sara N. Davis, Feminist Reconstructions in Psychology, Narrative, Gender & Performance (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage 2001) and Social Constructionism: A Reader (London: Sage, 2003) (Edited with K. J. Gergen). Among her earlier publications is Feminist Thought and the Structure of Knowledge.