The winning paper, entitled, "Placing the Self: Dreaming, Discourse, and Disavowed Volition among the Tzotzil Maya of Highland Chiapas, Mexico" resulted from a year of fieldwork by Dr. Groark in San Juan Chamula and San Cristobal de las Casas.
The paper contributes to a multicultural understanding of an individual's subordination to his/her dreams in the Mayan culture in contrast to the Western cultural perspective that the responsibility for a dream lies within the dreamer.
Dr. Groark is a research assistant professor in occupational science and occupational therapy at the University of Southern California and a 2006-2007 APsaA Fellow. CORST annually awards a $1,000 prize for the best essay on psychoanalytically informed research in the bio-behavioural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
The winning author presents the paper at a special session of the Winter Meeting and the paper is reviewed for publication in The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA). Chair of the CORST committee is Vera J. Camden, Ph.D., (Cleveland Heights, Ohio).
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