The conference seeks to accord representation, voice and space to theories and enactments of community psychology that contribute to robust debate and conversations about the identity and representational forms of community psychology, the critical roles of community psychologists, and the epistemological and ontological diversity present in global enactments of community psychology.
The conference programme will consist of keynote addresses; oral and poster presentations; symposia; roundtable discussions; and innovative presentations
Knowledge Production and Contestation in Community Psychology
• Community psychology as knowledge
• Contestation for representation and authority
• Liberation, criticality and community
• Critiques of methodologies in research, interventions and analysis
This track focuses on community psychology as knowledge, and the contestation for representation and authority. The track calls for presentations that examine the politics of how particular concepts and theories have gained ascendency in community psychology, as well as for presentations that offer critiques of methodologies used in research, intervention and analysis. The track will offer a space for self-reflection and self-critique on community psychology as a knowledge-making enterprise.
Decoloniality, Power and Epistemic Justice
• Decolonising ontology and epistemic justice
• Knowledge, power and being
• Epistemologies from the Global South
• Articulations of community, liberation and humanism from the Global South
Here the aim is to stimulate conversations about the theories and practices of decoloniality, and the propositions that decoloniality may offer for re-shaping the identities and representational forms of community psychology. The location of the conference on the African continent provides a platform for dialogue with epistemologies from the Global South, and their interpretations of community, liberation and humanism.
Community Psychology in Context
• Enactments of community psychology across diverse contexts and subject areas
• Contemporary health and social phenomena and global-local development priorities
• Policy-activism nexus, and psychological and social change• Community, social movements and (un)democratic traditions
In this track the focus is on enactments of community psychology across diverse contexts and subject areas. Presentations will bring attention to applications of community psychology as they relate to such issues as violence, socio-economic inequality, racism, gender, migration, dispossession, climate change, and disease outbreaks. The track aims to promote debates and conversations about the diversity in global enactments of community psychology.
Teaching and Learning in Community Psychology
• Teaching traditions in under-graduate and post-graduate programmes
• Global and local in the teaching and learning of community psychology
• Students as knowledge producers and consumers
• Professionalisation, career pathing and citizenship
The call here is for presentations that scrutinise the shaping influences of pedagogical traditions and interpretive frameworks on teaching and learning in community psychology. The track invites presentations that reflect innovations and tensions in curriculum design and instruction within globalised and localised developments in tertiary education. It also focuses on the intersections between students as knowledge producers and citizens, and the demands of professionalisation and career pathing.