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#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.




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