6th Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference

Psychology in conversation:

Co-constructing new psychologies

Historically, psychology has been understood as an independent discipline, separate from other Social and Human Science disciplines such as sociology, politics and history. It has been argued that this division within the Social and Human Science disciplines is a legacy of western colonial knowledges. This academic tension allows us to theorise about the human condition beyond constructed disciplinary boundaries, in addition to weaving together marginalised knowledge systems from the global South. This is imperative since these seemingly divergent knowledge systems, like psychology, draws on Western ideas of what it is to be a human, how to do research about the human condition, and how to assist people in improving their lives.

Currently these ideas have translated into debates about the Africanising or decolonising knowledge systems with African universities. Additionally, within this context, academics are increasingly discovering the value of inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary work that draw on many different scholarly traditions to make sense of the world we live in. Psychology has been challenged to venture beyond the traditional confines of our discipline and our Western academic training, and to explore new possibilities! We therefore also invite work from other disciplines within the Social and Human Sciences to engage with us in this dialogue.

Join us in the conversation by submitting a proposal for a presentation, workshop, round table discussion or poster related, but not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Practical or theoretical examples of combining psychology and other disciplines (or professions) to make sense of (or make a positive difference to) social phenomena.
  • Psychology’s (post-)colonial heritage and the possibilities for reclaiming an African psychology.
  • Re-imagining psychology as a decolonial project.
  • Starting conversations with communities outside academia and beyond the consulting room.
  • Students’ role in co-constructing new psychologies.

The 6th Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference will take place from June 24th until June 26th 2019 at the Kingsway Campus of the University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park.

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