Global South Critical Psychology Conference

26th of May 2023. Free to attend conference hosted by Arden University.

Arguably, most of the psychological science knowledge that circulates around the world comes from the countries located in the North Atlantic: United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany.  As a consequence, psychology in the global south is heavily influenced by mid-twentieth century American Psychology, this has often meant that the discipline has replicated American cultural ideals onto local contexts. In doing so, psychology has become a means of erasing local psychologies and socially relevant ideas. Therefore, the call to decolonise is not a new one, but in recent years it has been gaining traction and gathering form.  

This conference presents a platform to critical thinkers to challenge hegemonies of cultural dominance and essentialisms and to interrogate the exclusion, silencing, invisibility and the inaudibility of work by scholars from the wider global south regions.  Particular themes will allow room for attention to be called to systematic distortions of meanings of contributions and the diminished status assigned to the work/knowledge produced from the global south regions.

Call for Papers 26th of May 2023.

Prospective authors/speakers are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts, papers and e-posters. Also, high quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, or theoretical work on the below themes. 

This conference is mainly concerned with calling attention to and facilitating a collaborative response from critical thinkers to the below highlighted challenges:  

  1. The strong influence of mid-twentieth-century American Psychology in the discipline, in particular the ways in which the influence has led to the replication of American cultural ideals onto local contexts. In the process erasing local psychologies and socially relevant ideas. 
  2. Hegemonies of cultural dominance and essentialisms, in order provide more meaningful psychology that is grounded in historical, economic and local contexts. 
  3. Epistemic [in]justice. 
  4. The exclusion, silencing, invisibility and inaudibility of work by scholars from the wider global south regions including the systematic distortions of meanings of contributions and the diminished status assigned to the work/knowledge produced from these regions. 
  • Decolonial Praxis. 
  • Epistemic Injustice in Psychological science. 
  • Resisting Hegemonies.
  • Locating Critical Psychology in History.  
  • The Position of Critical Psychology in a Local Context.  
  • Emerging Discourse.
  • Interdisciplinary Alliances.

Please ensure your submission meets the conference's strict guidelines for accepting scholarly papers and Abstract Papers.

When submitting your abstract, please follow the guidelines below. Your abstract should include:

  • Title of the paper.
  • An introductory statement that outlines the background and significance of the study.
  •  A succinct description of the basic methodologies.
  • A clear indication of the major findings of the study.
  •  A concluding statement.
  • Five key words given in alphabetical order.
  • Do not include any references or figures.
  • The abstract must be written in third person.
  • Do not exceed 250 words
  • Add a brief biography about yourself [not more than 80 words]
  • You should indicate the type of session that you would like to undertake.

Abstracts Submission deadline: 13th January 2023  

Notification of acceptance: 24th February 2023 

Conference date: 26th May 2023

Selected papers and outputs will appear in the published proceedings of the conference which will be available to participants. The publications will be shared in a journal - availability date TBC.  This will be a peer-reviewed open access journal with contributions from scholars across the world.  For terms & conditions relating to this journal and abstract submissions in general please visit [insert link to terms & conditions page]

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