5th Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference

at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria

28 - 30 June 2017


“Psychologies in dialogue: Strengthening our African Connections”

As always, the 2017 students’ conference will provide an opportunity for students to make their presence known as active contributors to the discipline of psychology. The conference encourages students to not only position themselves within the discipline but also to help to change the discipline itself. Psychology (what it is and what we want it to be) is a moving target and, mirroring this, the conference has been nomadic across the Southern African region. 



Psychology has been criticised for its unreflective importation of Western ideologies to the African context. Crucial conversations are necessary to question psychology and its potential for addressing the unique histories and diversity of our African reality. Should psychology essentially remain as we inherited it from Europe and the USA, but allowing for some local contextual factors? Or should we take a more radical approach to the decolonisation of knowledge and a thoroughgoing Africanisation of the discipline? Is there only one psychology or should we be rethinking psychology as multiple psychologies, moving beyond just one dominant form of the discipline?

We do not expect all contributions to speak directly to this theme but encourage contributors and participants to at least consider how their work relates to the theme. A more formal call for contributions will follow later, but in the meantime, please book late June 2017, in Pretoria! Please also feel free to contact the organising committee with ideas and suggestions, or if you would like to be placed on the mailing list.

For more queries contact:  sastudentconference@unisa.ac.za