Call for Papers

Afro-Asian Critical Psychology Conference 4th – 6th May 2022

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 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 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 inaudibility of work by scholars from Africa, Asia and wider global south regions. Systematic distortions of meanings of contributions and the diminished status assigned to the work/knowledge produced from these regions. Discussions and 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 this conference virtual we hope to make this an accessible space and open to scholars at a minimal or no cost.

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:

Academics and researchers are invited to submit a proposal on or before the deadline below. You should indicate the type of session that you would like to undertake. Please note that we are especially keen to receive abstracts from academics and practitioners at different stages of their careers. Research groups and postgraduate students are also welcome to submit abstracts for this conference.

Send us your abstract of 250 words with a title and brief biography about yourself (no more than 50 words) as Word document.

Please use the following link to submit your abstracts https://www.bps.org.uk/events/afro-asian-critical-psychology-conference-0

Feel free to get in touch. Our email address is- afroasiancriticalpsy@gmail.com

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline -15th December 2021

Notification of acceptance -27th February 2022

Conference dates- 4th-6th May 2022

We will give participants a chance to publish their completed papers in a special issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology (ARCP). This is a peer-reviewed open access journal with contributions from scholars across the world.

Conference organisers:

Dr Mvikeli Ncube and Dr Sonia Soans.

While maintaining independence, the organisers of this conference work closely with several universities across the global south region. We are affiliated with the Discourse Unit, a trans-institutional centre that supports radical theory and practice.

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What is Afro-Asian Critical Psychology?

Psychology in the global south is heavily influenced by mid twentieth century American psychology. This brand of psychology has unversalised the human experience and erased sociocultural, historical and economic realities. The discipline has often replicated these ideas onto local contexts, albeit with minimal changes.

The call to decolonise and address epistemic violence is not a recent one, nor is it an unreasonable one. Critical psychology aims to address these and several other issues. Delving into theory and taking an interdisciplinary approach critical psychology aims to produce a psychology that is constantly addressing inequalities and exclusions.

It is a known fact that scholarship emerging from the African and Asian countries is largely ignored in global academia and in the local contexts in which it is produced. We hope to bring scholars in the region together and initiate dialogues that lead to the creation of theory and practices that are revolutionary.