Key Note Speakers

Tess Moeke-Maxwell

Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell

PhD, B Soc Sci (1st Hons), MNZAC, ACC Reg.
(Ngai Tai ki Umupuia, Ngati Porou, Ngati Pukeko)
HRC Research Fellow
Maori and Psychology Research Unit
School of Psychology, Waikato University

The face at the end of the road: Exploring Māori identity at the inter-face between life and death.

In the bicultural context of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Māori (people of the land) and Tauiwi (Pākehā and other non-indigenous New Zealanders), continue to be represented largely unproblematically in binary opposition to each other. This has real consequences for the way in which health practitioners think about and respond to Māori. Reflecting on the ideas explored in her PhD thesis Tess suggests that Māori identity is much more complex than popular representations of Māori subjectivity would allow. In this presentation she offers an alternative narrative on the social construction of Māori identity. Tess contests the idea of a singular, quintessential subjectivity by uncovering the other face/s subjugated beneath biculturalism’s preferred subjects. Drawing on her current post-doctoral research which investigates the cultural needs of Māori who live with a life limiting illness, Dr Moeke-Maxwell highlights the diversity between, as well as within, Māori participants. More specifically, she explores how participants’ racial and gendered corporeality positions them in various ways which has consequences for how they are treated within the national health care system. Some suggestions are offered to support clinicians to increase their ability to care ethically about the psycho-social needs of the dying, and their whānau on the dying, death and bereavement journey.


Dr Donna Orange

Dr Donna Orange

Clinical hospitality: Welcoming the face of the devastated other.

Dr Donna Orange, from New York, describes herself as a lifelong student of philosophy, with a midlife addition of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, Donna Orange teaches in psychoanalytic institutes, especially IPSS (Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York) and ISIPSé (Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del Sé e Psicoanalisi Relazionale, Roma e Milano), in worldwide humanistic psychotherapeutic settings, as well as in private study groups.

Donna has written many books and articles about the psychotherapeutic relationship and weaves her study of humanistic philosophy into understanding the therapy relationship. Her recent books are Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (2010), and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011). Donna cares for her patients in a private practice on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.