16 November 2012

Dialogue and Debate in the Making of Theoretical Psychology: The International Society for Theoretical Psychology

When: May 3-7, 2013
Where: Santiago
Deadline for submissions: November 30

This conference aims at promoting dialogue and debate as a practice within the theoretical work in psychology and related fields, and also may draw attention to the role that dialogue and debate play in psychological and social life.

The conference will be hosted by two universities in Santiago:
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad Alberto Hurtado.
ISTP conferences are the premier opportunity for theoretical psychologists and graduate students interested in theoretical issues in psychology and related fields to present, discuss, and reflect on theoretical research in the human sciences. Generating collaborations and dialogues with colleagues from all over the world will be encouraged throughout the conference, designed as an atmosphere of thoughtful debate, enabling further development of ideas. In this international context, Latin American perspectives are of special importance in this 2013 conference.

Program Committee
Antonia Larrain (Chile), Andres Haye (Chile), Ole Dreier (Denmark), Vanessa Lux (Germany), Gavin Sullivan (UK), Werner Böhmke (South Africa), Nerea Aldunate (Chile)

The conference invites contributions to theoretical psychology from all scholarly approaches. They include: activity theory, anthropological psychology, clinical theory, cognitive science, critical psychology, cultural psychology, developmental theory, epistemology, ethics, evolutionary psychology, feminist psychology, health psychology, hermeneutics, history of psychology, indigenous psychologies, methodology, phenomenology, philosophical psychology, postcolonial theory, postmodern psychology, psychoanalytic theory, social constructionism, social psychology, systems theory, theoretical neuroscience, and theory of psychological practice.
We specially encourage participants from Latin American countries to submit proposals.
Follow this link to see details about the Keynote speakers of the conference.

Call for presentation proposals
Different presentation formats will be accepted. For details about the possible formats, see our webpage on Conference formats.
We strongly recommend the submission of conversation sessions –organized as interactive symposia, round tables, debates, among other forms– designed to generate discussion. It is also possible to submit individual papers, which will be scheduled in group sessions by the organizing team.
As an initial and wide thematic orientation, we call for proposals around the following five lines:
       Education and public debate
       Social psychology and affect
       Psychoanalysis and dialogism
       Biology and culture interpenetration
       Power, subjectivation, and liberation

Detailed information about the final thematic lines of the conference –its main ‘discussion themes’– are published in the Discussion Themes webpage, after the Program Committee selected the Discussion Frame proposals received (see here information about the Discussion Frames call for proposals). The purpose of specifying Discussion Themes is to give the opportunity to prepare presentation proposals in the context of one of these, so to promote the encounter of presentations within shared topics. When submitting your presentation proposal, you will have the opportunity to indicate one or more Discussion Theme where your feel your proposal would make an interesting contribution. However, presentation proposals may be associated to one of the Discussion Themes or not. In case a presentation is attached to a given Discussion Theme, this imply neither that authors are limited in their participation to the sessions dedicated to such theme, nor that they are expected to participate in all discussion instances within this theme.

Submission of proposals
Conversation session proposals should include:
       Title of the session as a whole
       Name, email and institution of the chairperson or main organizer of the session
       Abstract of the session as a whole, with a max. of 500 words, stating clearly the theoretical contribution of the session, plus the specific aspects of this contribution that are to be addressed by the different presentations or the different participants of the session.
       Name, email and institution of each participant, including an abstract of max. 300 words of the corresponding specific contribution. (If pertinent to the session format, a title for each presentation can be indicated.)
       Selection of the Discussion Theme to which the session is eventually ascribed (see all themes here, or explore them online with the menu Academic Program > Discussion Themes).

Individual presentation proposals should include:
       Title of the paper
       Name, email and institution of the author and presenter of the paper
       Abstract of the paper, with a max. of 500 words, stating clearly its theoretical contribution
       Selection of the Discussion Theme to which the presentation is eventually ascribed (see all themes here, or explore them online with the menu Academic Program > Discussion Themes).
The proposals for individual presentations or conversation sessions should be sent in a word-processor file (ideally in RTF format) attached to an email to istp2013@gmail.com with ‘proposal’ in the subject field.

Deadline for submission of presentation proposals: November 30th, 2012.

We specially encourage to send proposals in English, so to foster the exchange of ideas in an interanational setting. Proposals in Spanish can also be submitted. Unless explicitly stated, we will assume that the language of the proposal will be the language in which the presentation is going to be delivered, in case the proposal is accepted.

Acceptance of proposals
All proposals will be reviewed by the international Program Committee of the conference, and the authors or session chairpersons will be informed via email about the acceptance or not of their proposal, as well as about eventual changes that the Committee could ask to make in order to finally accept the proposal.

In case of acceptance, all participants or authors involved in the conversation session or paper must register in the conference and make the corresponding payment. For information about how to pay and about the conference fees, see our webpage on registration.

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