> "Wo woar mei Leistung?" Zum Mythos Meritokratie, die am 23.11.2019 von 10 bis 17 Uhr in der IG Architektur, Gumpendorfer Str. 63B, 1060 Wien stattfindet.
> Die Veranstaltung sollen dazu dienen, die „Leistungsgesellschaft" als erfolgreiches kulturelles Konstrukt unserer neoliberalen Zeit zu durchleuchten. Es werden Workshops und eine Podiumsdiskussion rund um das Thema Leistungsgesellschaft, Meritokratie und Ungleichheit angeboten. Inhaltlich wird die Veranstaltung gestaltet u.a. von Andrea Grisold (Ökonomin, Institut für Heterodoxe Ökonomie der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien), Sighard Neckel (Soziologe, Universität Hamburg), Johanna Hofbauer (Soziologin, WU Wien), Matthias Schnetzer (Ökonom, AK Wien) und David Ellensohn (Klubobmann der Wiener Grünen).
> Anbei der Flyer und hier der Link zur VA und zur Anmeldung: https://www.gbw.at/wien/veranstaltungen/ereignisansicht/event/wo-woar-mei-leistung/
Mittwoch, 13. November 2019
Mittwoch, 16. Oktober 2019
Donnerstag, 19. September 2019
#CFP: Reimagining Social #Bodies: #Self, #Institutions and #Societies. British Sociological Association #BSA invites submissions to its Annual Conference; Aston University, Birmingham, UK; 21–23 April 2020
Sonntag, 15. September 2019
2nd Pathologies of Capitalism Conference
Universidad de Costa Rica April 1-3, 2020
Proposals Accepted in Spanish & English
Often, in current times, we witness meetings, events, discussions, gatherings in which capitalism is celebrated: glorifying the ideas of empowering individualism, unlimited consumerism, meritocracy, or earnings derived from the capitalization of nature and living things.
For our part, we choose to look elsewhere: discerning that which produces pain and suffering, inequality, and humiliation. As Marx wrote, all that humiliates and lessens human beings.
We are not indifferent to what has happened in other socioeconomic arrangements and systems, but what we have to deal with is capitalism, and many would say, with more capitalism than ever. That is why we focus on what is produced by the lust for profits that cannot be avoided in the functioning of capital, and that can only be limited if it is socially controlled.
"No hay nada más subversivo que el Nosotros" Libro de los Saberes
Our event will include two joint sessions, at the beginning and the end of the experience, and will also include discussion sessions, organized according to the following topics:
1. The capitalism(s) we endure: the current and its characteristics. Psychology and capitalism.
2. Processes of explotation and labor vulnerability.
3. Processes of dispossesion and deterritorialization.
4. Processes of affirmation and destructions of communality.
Students: 35 dollars
Professionals (Latin America): 85 dollars
Professionals (Other): 125 dollars
These fees do not include lunches. There will be alternatives provided at decent costs.
We identify as "presentations" interventions to be discussed at the tables dedicated to each of the thematic axes, shorter than one paper and without a definite closure. This modality potentially involves each person participating in the meeting. Each presentation will be ten minutes at one of the tables of the Meeting. The purpose of these presentations is to offer arguments, theoretical-methodological or political-social contributions, possible lines of action, programmatic suggestions, in general, whatever is considered to contribute to collective discussion and elaboration. The presentation proposal must be submitted in writing to the organization, in a summary of no more than 300 words. These proposals will be received until February 1, 2020. Interested persons may propose to the organization of the event texts to be integrated into the discussion and circulated among the participants. The full texts can be delivered to be shared with the participants.
Do you need any equipment for the presentation? Please specify.
Abstract (max. 300 words)
Although proposals will be accepted until February 1, 2020, we encourage potential participants to submit proposals as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary preparations for the event.
Critical Psychology Conference in East Asia
February 29 - March 1, 2020
The international critical psychology movement has been provoking changes in the psychological world since the turn of the 21st Century. Although critical psychology is not as strong in East Asia as in the UK, Northern Europe, South Africa, Canada or Latin America, critical psychologists are still doing important work in East Asia. The main aim of the 2020 Critical Psychology Conference in East Asia is to facilitate links between critical psychologists in East Asia with each other and with critical psychologists from other parts of the globe.
So-called 'modern psychology' has long history in East Asia. Western psychology was introduced into Japan from the late 19th Century, soon after Japan emerged from its period of isolation and set about building a modern state following the models of Western powers. Psychology was institutionalized as a new discipline in several Japanese universities by the early 20th Century. Japanese psychology stimulated the development of psychology elsewhere in East Asia, a manifestation of intellectual and ideological colonization as the Empire of Japan expanded its territory in the region. These are among the origins of psychology in East Asia.
Since the second half of the 20th Century, psychology in East Asia has developed, each country affecting the other, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. Psychologists in East Asia have Buddhism, Confucianism, Chinese characters and other cultural-political factors as a common background and moral tradition. Psychology has recently developed in both academia and in diverse social sectors, wherever psychological knowledge has been used to position people as psychological objects.
Psychology in East Asia has problems including psychologization and Americanization. Although critical psychologists in East Asia have been working to address these problems, there have hitherto been no networks of critical psychologists in East Asia, like those in Europe, Canada and US, Latin America and, to an extent, Africa. By connecting with each other and with critical psychologists from other areas of the globe at the 2020 Critical Psychology Conference in East Asia, it is hoped East Asian critical psychology will be energized and strengthened.
It is hoped to create a forum for the facilitation of exchanges between critical psychologists in East Asia and between them and critical psychologists around the world in order to bring about changes in psychology and in psychologized society and thereby to promote the welfare of people and the advancement of knowledge.
Date: February 29th & March 1st, 2020.
Venue: Wako University in the City of Machida, Tokyo. (Address: 2160 Kanai-machi, Machida-shi, Tokyo 195-8585 JAPAN)
Conference process: 2020 CPCEA will be held in a single plenary session, without parallel sessions. Every conference participant will be strongly encouraged to attend every presentation and to share relevant thoughts, views and experiences in post-presentation discussions.
Submission of paper proposals: Please submit proposals for conference presentations by email as MS Word attachments, including the title, a 250-word abstract and brief biographical information, by November 15th 2019 to: Yasuhiro Igarashi (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 'Submission for 2020CPCEA' in the subject line.
Participation fee: Free, except for lunch expenses (TBA). The conference is supported by Wako University and the Critical Psychology Colloquium of the Japanese Psychological Association.
Who should participate? Those interested in the progressive development of critical psychology in East Asia are welcome wherever they come from around the world. Researchers and students regardless of discipline and non-academics who have an interest in critical psychology will all be warmly welcomed. It is hoped that new approaches and practices to tackle both the problems from which psychology suffers and the problems from which others suffer because of psychology, will be illuminated by close exchanges by conference participants.
Publication of conference presentations: Papers presented at the conference can be published in a Special Issue of Annual Review of Critical Psychology which will be devoted to the conference.
Conference Organizing Committee:
Yasuhiro Igarashi, Yamano College of Aesthetics, Japan. Chair. (Email: yigarashi (at) yamano.ac.jp )
Takehiko Ito, Wako University, Japan. (Email: take (at) wako.ac.jp )
Fu Wai, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong. (Email: wfu (at) hksyu.edu )
David Fryer, University of Queensland, Australia. (d.fryer (at) uq.edu.au )
Please contact a member of the organizing committee if you want more information about the conference.
Mittwoch, 28. August 2019
#Postdoctoral #Fellow - #Affect and #Subjectivity Lab, Faculty of #Psychology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile
Applications close September 24th for this position to conduct research on subjectivity, affect, gender, appearence, body and images.
> The position is available for 2 to 3 years. It would be ideal for someone who has completed a PhD in sociology, psychology, cultural studies, gender studies or critical theory.
> The maximum amount of financing that can be requested for a project is $ 26,640,000 (twenty-six million, six hundred and forty thousand Chilean pesos) for each year of execution. This sum does not include the installation expenses that you can request for the first year, nor the health benefit allowance that will be assigned by FONDECYT (National Scientific and Technological Development Chilean Fund) to the approved projects.
> Fees: FONDECYT will allocate $ 22,140,000 (twenty-two million one hundred and forty thousand Chilean pesos) per year,
> Health benefit: $ 488,000 (four hundred eighty-eight thousand Chilean pesos) per year.
> Travel, operating expenses and capital goods: $ 4,500,000 (four million five hundred thousand Chilean pesos) for each year of execution.
> Installation expenses: up to $ 3,000,000 (three million Chilean pesos), in the first year of execution. Y
> More information available: https://www.conicyt.cl/fondecyt/2018/11/15/concurso-postdoctorado-2020/tab-01
#Partizipation stärken durch #Praxisforschung. Dritter Salon #KritischePsychologie 2019, 13. September
Mittwoch, 21. August 2019
die Homepage für die AG kritische Psychotherapeut*innen ist online!
> Auf der Website sollen die Arbeitsgemeinschaft und die jeweiligen Arbeitsgruppen vorgestellt werden sowie aktuelle Informationen zu diesen zu finden sein, wie: Termine, Texte, aktuelle Arbeitsthemen etc.
> Sowohl Termine der AGs als auch Termine zu gesellschaftskritischen und psychotherapierelevanten Themen sollen zu finden sein.
> Unter dem Punkt „…wertes" werden Videos, Literatur etc. zu finden sein.
Samstag, 17. August 2019
Alles könnte anders sein. Eine #Gesellschaftsutopie für freie Menschen. 49. Wiener Stadtgespräch mit HARALD #WELZER am 5.09.19
im Gespräch mit Peter Huemer
Alles könnte anders sein. Eine Gesellschaftsutopie für freie Menschen
Donnerstag, 5. September 2019
>> 19 Uhr
>> Foto: Jens Steingässer
>> "Die Verbesserung der Welt kann man nicht delegieren, die muss man selbst machen."
>> Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer ist Soziologe und Sozialpsychologe, Mitbegründer und Direktor von „FUTURZWEI. Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit", leitet das Norbert-Elias-Center for Transformation Design an der Europa-Universität Flensburg, ständiger Gastprofessor für Sozialpsychologie an der Universität Sankt Gallen.
>> Er hat zahlreiche Bücher zu gesellschaftspolitischen Fragen und zur Nachhaltigkeit geschrieben, unter anderem „Klimakriege. Wofür im 21. Jahrhundert getötet wird", „Selbst denken. Eine Anleitung zum Widerstand", „Die smarte Diktatur. Der Angriff auf unsere Freiheit", zuletzt „Alles könnte anders sein. Eine Gesellschaftsutopie für freie Menschen, alle erschienen im S. Fischer Verlag. Daneben ist er Herausgeber von „FUTURZWEI. Magazin für Zukunft und Politik." Die Bücher von Harald Welzer sind in 22 Sprachen erschienen.
>> Eintritt frei!
>> Um Anmeldung wird gebeten.
>> AK Wien Bildungszentrum, großer Saal
>> Theresianumgasse 16–18, 1040 Wien
>> 01/501 65 – 12882
>> Die Veranstaltung wird aufgezeichnet. Mit Ihrer Teilnahme nehmen Sie zur Kenntnis, dass Bild-, Ton- und Videoaufnahmen, die im Rahmen der Veranstaltung entstehen, veröffentlicht werden können.
Samstag, 3. August 2019
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal!
> Awry: Journal of Critical Psychology will be published twice a year providing an interdisciplinary forum for critical scholars dedicated to interrogating the economic, social, political, and environmental dimensions of psychological research and practice.
> We welcome submissions from scholars and activists who draw on a wide range of theoretical orientations and methodological approaches. In addition, we encourage proposals for special issues and experimental formats that push against the boundaries of traditional scholarship and practice.
> For more information, please visit the journal website: https://awryjcp.com/
Montag, 8. Juli 2019
The Fallacy in "Evidence-Based" Treatment "Evidence-based" sounds so right. Why is it so wrong? Posted Jul 05, 2019
Today's topic is relevant to addiction, but goes beyond it to treatment of any psychological problem. To begin, readers of this blog know that addiction is neither more nor less than a psychological symptom, and that it can be understood and treated by discovering the emotional factors that lead people to repeat their addictive behaviors.
Sadly, however, much of psychological treatment in this country doesn't work that way. Most psychotherapy for emotional symptoms, including addiction, uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a short-term behaviorally-focused method to change behavior by following scripted steps in a manual.
This approach is in contrast to psychoanalytic, or psychodynamic, therapy, which focuses on resolving the emotional causes for behavior. A lot of the country believes that CBT is the gold standard for psychotherapy because it is widely touted as "evidence- based," supposedly in contrast to psychodynamic therapy.
However, that popular belief is wrong. It is wrong whether one looks at treatment of addiction, or treatment of depression, or treatment of anxiety.
Here is the actual science. Numerous studies have shown that CBT and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic treatments are equally successful over the first few months of therapy (for example, see Baardseth et al 2013; Clinical Psychology Review, v. 33(3)). It is these short-term outcomes that are the basis for claims of the "evidence-based" value of CBT.
The problem, though, is that the CBT results often don't last. Following completion of treatment with CBT for depression, for instance, patients begin to relapse almost immediately (see, among others: Am J Psychiatry 2013;170(9):1041–50; Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care 2015;4:47–59; Johnsen, T & Friborg, O. 2015; Psychological Bulletin). The average time to relapse is 3-4 months and overall relapse rates are as high as 71 percent by one year (Am J Psychiatry 2006; 163(11):1905-17).
At least two countries have tried turning over their entire psychiatric national health services to CBT, producing by far the largest studies of CBT relapse. Scotland did this after finding positive short-term results from 10 studies with CBT therapy. When their National Health Service followed up these patients 1 to 8 years later, they discovered the initial results had eroded, that even more intensive CBT treatment didn't help, and, important to their health system, they hadn't even saved any money by relying on this short-term approach.
Sweden had almost identical results when they switched to CBT to treat people with mental or physical disorders (80 percent were psychiatric patients), between 2008-2012. They hoped to reduce sick days due to physical or emotional illness. Each year 40,000-50,000 people were treated. When they were followed up, people who received CBT were found to have slower recovery and more sick days than those not receiving CBT. The researchers could find no link between the short-term benefits and longer-term outcomes.
In contrast, multiple studies published (among other journals) in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Cochrane Review all showed the opposite result for psychodynamic therapy (for example: Journal of the American Medical Association 2008; 300: 1551-1565). When people were followed up from 9 months to 5 years after the end of psychodynamic treatment, instead of declining and relapsing, measures of improvement actually got better. "Effect sizes" (the measure of effectiveness of treatment) went up, meaning that the highly significant initial gains from the therapy were not just maintained but were greater over time. This makes sense, since the treatment is directed not only at the presenting behavior but its underlying causes. By resolving the causes, people became more resistant to relapsing in the future and more resilient to deal with future challenges in their lives.
This applies equally to treatment of addiction. Major addiction relapses are of course very common after just a few months of treatment in CBT, 12-step programs, and inpatient rehabs. The well-known poor results from most addiction treatments are just like the results from using these treatment methods with other psychological symptoms.
Adding to the pain, after a few rounds of such unsuccessful treatment, people suffering with addictions tend to feel worse and worse about themselves. It's all too easy to believe that they have personally failed when people insist that the treatment they've received is the gold standard.
Certainly, brief relapses ("slips") are perfectly normal in any addiction treatment. But when therapy is focused beyond the behavior, slips are typically minor, bumps on the way toward something far more lasting. In fact, as I've often emphasized, in a psychodynamic therapy, slips, or even the thought of slipping, are prime moments to explore the emotional forces that have led to the compulsive urge.
If you or a loved one is suffering with addiction and have gone through the cycle of relapse, you owe it to yourself to seek a different treatment. You can find therapists who describe their practice as "psychoanalytic" or "psychodynamic," either locally or through the listings here at Psychology Today. Even with these professionals, you should definitely ask if they will treat you in the same way as any other person (rather than sending you off to AA or to a counselor with no psychological training). You can probably even find someone familiar with the new treatment approach I've described in my academic papers or my general-audience books. Finally, you can also learn much more about these ideas for yourself in the numerous case stories in both of my first two books, The Heart of Addiction and Breaking Addiction.