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Afro-Asian Critical Psychology Conference

Wednesday 4 - Thursday 5 May 2022

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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. The call to decolonise is not a new one, but in recent years it has been gaining traction and gathering form.

For critical psychology, this is a chance to challenge hegemonies of cultural dominance and essentialisms.

Critical psychology attempts to provide a more meaningful psychology that is grounded in historical, economic and local contexts. It is a psychology that constantly questions power structures and allies itself with radical ways of thinking about the world. Critical psychology does not shy away from being political as it does not cling to faux neutrality.

The focus of the discipline has been transdisciplinary and allies itself with activism.

It is an undeniable fact that most of the knowledge that circulates around the world comes from the countries located in the North Atlantic: United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany. To address the issue of epistemic violence it is becoming essential to collaborate with academics and experts who work in the global south.

Aim of the Conference

Through this online based conference, we seek to create a platform for academics to interrogate the exclusion, silencing, invisibility and the inaudibility of work by scholars from Africa and Asia and the wider global south regions, systematic distortions of meanings of contributions and the diminished status assigned to the work/knowledge produced from these regions.

Discussion sessions will provide academics from the named regions with an opportunity to call attention to the unjust structures of meaning making, knowledge production practices and dissemination of such in the wider field of global academia.

In addition, through this conference we hope to create an international networking opportunity for critical psychologists from the wider global south regions in order to facilitate a collaborative response to the highlighted challenges from these regions.

By making the conference virtual we hope to make this an accessible space and open to scholars.

Themes

  • Resisting hegemonies.
  • Emerging discourse.
  • Interdisciplinary alliances.
  • Responding to the local political environment.
  • Locating critical psychology in history.
  • The position of critical psychology in a local context.

Submission of abstracts

Please see the Submissions tab for more information.

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