Friday, March 24, 2006

Theoretical Psychology Conference, 2007

The International Society of Theoretical Psychology's next conference is called THEORETICAL PSYCHOLOGY BEYOND BORDERS: TRANSDISCIPLINARITY AND INTERNATIONALIZATION. The conference will take place from 18 - 22 June 2007 at York University in Toronto, Canada. According to the first call for papers, 'This conference is the premier opportunity for theoretical psychologists and graduate students interested in theoretical issues in psychology to present, discuss, and reflect on theoretical psychology in a transnational and transdisciplinary context. The Conference invites contributions to theoretical psychology from all scholarly approaches. Deadline for submissions will be January 1st, 2007.' These conferences are biannual events, and the previous one was hosted in Cape Town, 2005. You can visit the website of the Cape Town conference, where you will find all the abstracts and some other interesting bits of information.


An ever increasing number of quality sites for academic publication and debate function as free access e-journals. The one that keeps me busy at the moment is the quite exciting 'borderlands'. This is its editorial statement: 'borderlands is a refereed international journal that aims to promote transdisciplinary work across the humanities, work which might also intersect with diverse practices and sites in culture, policy and everyday life. Although our beginnings are modest, we hope that over time you will be able to view writings cutting across and between politics, media, literature, history, law, science, medicine, philosophy, economics, music, film and more, along with incisive debate about contemporary culture.' their motto is from rock singer, PJ Harvey: 'speak to me of universal law…of heroin and speed, of genocide and suicide, of syphilis and greed…speak to me the language of love, the language of violence, the language of the heart...just give me something i can believe.' Enough said.

Friday, March 03, 2006

On being together

The latest edition of the electronic journal Culture Machine is devoted to the topic of 'community'. There seems to be some interesting and potentially important reflections on how to conceptualise our 'being together' in the world without resorting to totalizing myths of national, ethnic, religious or racial unity. This journal appears once a year, so also check out the back issues.