Mittwoch, 13. November 2019

Einladung: "Wo woar mei Leistung?" Zum Mythos #Meritokratie, 23.11.2019

> "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:

Mittwoch, 16. Oktober 2019

#CfP SPEAKING BODIES #Embodied #Cognition at the Crossroads of #Philosophy, #Linguistics, #Psychology and #AI



Embodied Cognition at the Crossroads of
Philosophy, Linguistics, Psychology and Artificial Intelligence

May 13-15, 2020, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA

The Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Computer Science of Babes-Bolyai University, together with the Department of Social and Human Sciences of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Branch, invites you to attend the Speaking Bodies Conference, which will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in May 13-15, 2020.


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




The British Sociological Association invites submissions to its Annual Conference. Participants can present on any sociological research topic.
Reimagining Social Bodies: Self, Institutions and Societies
The body has an interesting and contested role in sociological thinking and research. At times it has been seen as irrelevant to understanding key issues of structure and social positioning; while at other times framed as central to thinking about dynamics of interaction, identity formation and practices of regulation and control. In contrast, in contemporary examinations of the body a core agenda is to bring together questions of the everyday, with understanding key societal issues around how citizenship, entitlement, boundaries, marginalisation and exclusion operate. Therefore, 'the body' is currently examined in a multitude of ways and is itself pluralised to engage with the importance of thinking about varied types and understandings of what constitutes and distinguishes diverse bodies. Bodies are being explored in order to think about many aspects of the impact of inequalities, institutions, cultural practices, social values and norms, and discriminatory dynamics on individuals and groups.
Contemporary explorations of bodies generate a broad range of potential thematic questions for the conference in 2020. These include, but are not restricted to: What role are bodies playing in current disputes over who is a citizen in different global locations and who has the right to cross state boundaries? Does the concept of the 'social body' retain validity in contexts of fragmented identities and fractured ties to the state? Looking at issues such as disability and age, how important are bodies as vehicles for citizenship rights and welfare entitlement? What do contemporary disputes over gender and the body say about the intersection of medical, scientific and political classifications in establishing legitimate bodies'? In what ways do bodies play into intersectional dynamics of inequality and marginalisation? How important are bodies in understanding some of the costs of long-term austerity?
The call for papers for our 2020 Annual Conference asks for contributions across our varied study groups that engage with these questions and many others that speak to the overall conference title. We encourage proposals to engage with these questions, and other related ones, in innovative formats and which challenge usual modes of delivery.

Abstract submission deadline:  Friday, 11 October 2019

Please note:
 In order to submit an abstract, you will be required to create an account on the BSA website first.  You do not have to hold BSA membership in order to submit an abstract.  If you already have an existing account on the BSA website, please use those credentials to login. Please contact the 
BSA Membership Team if you experience any difficulties.








#CFP: Viral #Masculinities; #Conference, University of Exeter, UK; 1–2 September 2020

Please see below about a conference being organised by Dr João Florêncio and direct any correspondence to



The University of Exeter

1–2 September 2020



Professor Tim Dean (University of Illinois)

Professor John Mercer (Birmingham City University)

Professor Susanna Paasonen (University of Turku)



We're living in viral times; ours is a time of contagion. As Tony Sampson writes in his book Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks, "the networked infrastructures of late capitalism are interwoven with the universal logic of the epidemic" (Sampson 2011, 1–2). Deeply connected to contemporary biopolitics and modes of digital sociability, virality also underpins news forms of wealth creation and accumulation sustained by 21st-century media, whilst at the same time (paradoxically, perhaps) presenting a political threat through the risk it carries of "contagious overspills" that may undo borders, nation states, institutions, ontologies and subjectivities (2). Defined by Sampson as "contagious relationality" (3), in the age of memes, "fake news," hacking, epidemics, ecological crisis, global migration flows, antiretroviral drugs, YouTube and Pornhub, virality is at the centre of contemporary forms of both control and liberation (5–6). Whilst, on the one hand, it sustains the logics of 21st-century biopolitics (antiretrovirals, hygiene, cyber security, ID and age-verification systems, etc.), on the other, it has the capacity to disrupt subjectivities and social assemblages, a capacity that resides in its ability to facilitate unforeseen flows of desire and affect (chemsex parties organised through Grindr and facilitated by Uber, biohacking, citizen journalism, Wikileaks, Anonymous, the "Arab Spring," the "Yellow Vest Movement," etc.).


If our time is a game of push and pull fuelled on all sides by contagious forms of relationality, what then for masculinities? If our understandings of masculinity are "inherently relational" (Connell 2005, 68), what happens to them in a context of "contagious relationality" (Sampson 2011, 3)? If "gender is a way in which social practice is ordered" (Connell 2005, 71), what has been the impact on masculinities of a social order both coded and disrupted through viral means?


Within that context, we invite proposals for individual papers, creative/performative presentations, and pre-constituted panels addressing masculinities in relation to the material, technological and conceptual aspects of virality and its epistemological, ontological, ethical and/or (bio)political dimensions.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Masculinities in the age of antiretrovirals (PEP, PrEP, TasP)

Masculinities and the "thirdworldisation" of the AIDS crisis

Masculinities and online sexual sociability

Masculinities and/in online porn (including amateur porn)

Radical/ised masculinities

"Alt-Right" and NRx masculinities from 4Chan and reddit to broadcast media

Masculinities, borders, and migratory flows

Fitness apps and quantified masculinities

Masculinities, #NotAllMen and #MeToo


Please send a 300-word abstract and short bio (max 50 words) for each paper to Dr João Florêncio at the Exeter Masculinities Research Unit ( by the 31st of January, 2020.


All questions should also be directed to


Notification of acceptances by the 1st of March,  2020.


After the conference, a selection of participants will be invited to contribute their papers to an edited volume.

Sonntag, 15. September 2019

2nd #Pathologies of #Capitalism #Conference; Costa Rica; 1-3 April 2020


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.


Registration Fees-

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.


Submission Format-



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.


#CriticalPsychology #Conference in East Asia; #Wako University, Japan; Feb. 29 - Mar. 1, 2020

Critical Psychology Conference in East Asia

Wako University

Tokyo, Japan



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 ( 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) )

Takehiko Ito, Wako University, Japan. (Email: take (at) )

Fu Wai, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong. (Email: wfu (at) )

David Fryer, University of Queensland, Australia. (d.fryer (at) )

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:

​#Partizipation stärken durch #Praxisforschung. Dritter Salon #KritischePsychologie 2019, 13. September

 die "Gesellschaft für subjektwissenschaftliche Forschung und Praxis" lädt zum dritten kritisch-psychologischen Salon 2019 ein:

Ulrike Eichinger

Partizipation stärken durch Praxisforschung?"

Ort: KulturKiezKneipe Laika, Emser Straße 131, S+U Neukölln

Zeit: Freitag, 13. September 2019, 19.00 Uhr, Einlass ab 18.30

Ulrike Eichinger skizziert Versuche sozialer Selbstverständigung zwischen Professionellen und Nutzer_innen der Drogenhilfe im Rahmen eines Lehrforschungsprojekts.
Es werden exemplarisch Möglichkeitsräume für die Stärkung der Partizipation von Nutzer_innen beleuchtet sowie darin zu findende Arrangements von Professionellen und Nutzer_innen mit ihren Dilemmata und Widersprüchen. Dabei wird ein konfliktanalytischer Fokus genutzt, um den Zusammenhang zwischen institutionellen Konfliktkonstellationen, der organisationalen Bearbeitungskultur sowie individuellen Begründungsmustern zu schärfen. Darüber hinaus werden der emanzipatorische Nutzen bzw. die Grenzen eines solchen Kooperationsprojekts (selbstkritisch) diskutiert.
Prof. Dr. phil. Ulrike Eichinger ist Diplom-Sozialarbeiterin (FH) und arbeitet an der Alice-Salomon-Hochschule Berlin.

Mittwoch, 21. August 2019

Homepage #KritischePsychotherapeutInnen ist online:

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

Harald Welzer
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

#Awry: #Journal of #CriticalPsychology

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:

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.