International Conference of Community Psychology
International Conference of Community Psychology
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8:30 AM – 10:25 AM
Victoria University, Australia
The Community Land Trust for Sustainable Agriculture, Puerto Rico
University of Waikato, New Zealand
University of Sydney, Australia
8:00 AM – 9:25 AM
University of Queensland, Australia
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
York University, Canada
University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
University of Costa Rica
University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand
9:45 AM – 10:40 AM
10:45 AM – 11:40 AM
12:00 PM – 12:55 PM
7:00 PM – 7:55 PM
8:00 PM – 8:55 PM
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Dr Jesica Fernández
Santa Clara University, USA
City University of New York, USA
Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA
University of Massachusetts-Lowell, USA
Sanata Dharma, Indonesia
Hear from our Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Peter Dawkins AO as he reflects on his 10 years leading Victoria University to become one of the top 2% of Universities worldwide (TIMES Higher Education), as well as one of the top 50 Universities under 50 years old.
Victoria University acknowledges, recognises and respects the Ancestors, Elders and families of the Boonwurrung, Waddawurrung and Wurundjeri of the Kulin who are the traditional owners of University land in Victoria, and the Gadigal and Guring-gai of the Eora Nation who are the traditional owners of University land in Sydney.
Professor David Fryer
David developed critical research on ‘unemployment and mental health’ as Post-Doctoral Fellow at Sheffield University, England, pioneered community psychology teaching and research and community psychology-community activism alliance with Cathy McCormack at Stirling University, Scotland and extended critique as Professor of Community Critical Psychology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Currently an involuntary member of the critical academic precariat, since 2012 David has been privileged by an Honorary Research Associate Professorship at the University of Queensland where he is preoccupied with: the constitution of the neoliberal unemployed subject; psy-complex critique; and critical reappraisal of the work of his mentor, Austro-Marxist, Marie Jahoda.
Wednesday 11 November, 10:40 AM - 11:35 AM
Friday 13 November, 8:00 AM - 8:55 AM
*WORKSHOP: 120 minutes (end time 9:55 AM)
Wednesday 11 November, 11:40 AM - 11:35 AM
Friday 13 November, 9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
Wednesday 11 November, 7:00 PM - 7:55 PM
Thursday 12 November, 9:45 AM - 10:40 AM
*SESSION: 30 minutes (end time: 8:30PM)
Wednesday 11 November, 8:00 PM - 8:55 PM
Thursday 12 November, 10:45 AM - 11:40 AM
We would like to thank our sponsors:
We would like to thank the various organising individuals, committees and groups:
We would like to thank people who wrote initial letters of support for the conference:
Wednesday 11 November, 8:30 AM – 10:25 AM
Wednesday 12 November, 8:00 AM – 9:25 AM
Wednesday 11 November, 8:30 AM – 10:25 AM
Wednesday 11 November, 8:00 AM - 8:25 AM
Creating Inclusive Cultures & Healthy Communities
How do various community agents, through their practice, challenge marginalisation and social exclusion, and foster processes of reclamation, renewal and healing? This theme explores the various modalities aimed at addressing inequity and its deleterious effects. This theme embraces a wide range of possibilities such as: technology and digitally mediated communities, arts informed methodologies, embodied practice, storytelling and oral history.
Knowledge for Sustainable Futures
This theme welcomes a breadth of knowledges that aim to inform community action working towards wellbeing, liberation, and climate justice. This theme invites an expansion of how we think about communities and their sustainable futures. Including, ways of working with communities informed by critical approaches that have been produced in various countries and contexts such as those from the global south and indigenous knowledges from around the world.
Global Dynamics in Local Expressions
This theme encourages conversations that address wider socio-political, economic, climate and population movement issues that are being experienced in local contexts. It seeks to examine new/renewed local expressions of (dis)advantage and privilege and the ways in which communities, practitioners, and researchers are forming creative alliances to counteract dominant narratives and ideologies, and to create spaces and places of belonging and wellbeing.
Working the Boundaries
This theme seeks to highlight how agencies, educators, researchers and practitioners work at the intersections, of: communities, universities, organisations, governments. To highlight how they are fostering alliances, developing new ways of understanding challenges and working in empowering ways. It is also focused on the role of cultural safety and critical reflexivity in these spaces.
Thursday 12 November, 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
Thursday 12 November, 7:00 PM - 7:55 PM
*WORKSHOP: 120 minutes (end time: 8:55PM)
Thursday 12 November, 8:00 PM - 8:55 PM
*WORKSHOP: 30 minutes (end time: 8:30PM)
Friday 13 November, 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Professor Tony Birch
Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin literary prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night. Both books will be published by University of Queensland Press. Tony Birch is also an activist, historian and essayist. His website is: tony-birch.com
Garth Stevens is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. His research interests include foci on race, racism and related social asymmetries; racism and knowledge production; critical psychology, ideology, power and discourse; violence and its prevention; historical/collective trauma and memory; applied psychoanalytic theorising of contemporary social issues; and masculinity, gender and violence. At present, he is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), serves as the Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is President of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA).
Dr Urmitapa Dutta
Urmitapa Dutta is an Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is committed to feminist decolonial praxis and seeks to (co)create communities of resistance and healing across the spaces she occupies and transgresses. A feminist scholar activist, her program of research focuses on everyday violence, i.e., forms of direct, structural, and symbolic violence that are normalized and become endemic to the social fabric. Working alongside communities/groups in the U.S. and in India, she uses critical qualitative methodologies to denaturalize oppressive conditions and to articulate experiences that are silenced by officially sanctioned narratives. Her recent scholarship uses decolonial and transnational feminist approaches to disrupt dominant constructions of citizenship, migration, and gender-based violence in Northeast India.
Dr Mariolga Reyes Cruz
Dr Mariolga Reyes Cruz is a Puerto Rican community psychologist, ethnographer and documentarist engaged in efforts to build power for social and climate justice from decolonial and ecofeminist perspectives. She holds a PhD in community psychology and qualitative inquiry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has taught at the University of Puerto Rico as contingent faculty. Her work on education organizing, decolonial praxis and climate justice has been published in peer-reviewed journals, newspapers and magazines, a book and book chapters. Dr. Reyes Cruz produced an EMMY nominated series of 30 short documentaries on sustainable agriculture in the islands of Puerto Rico and a documentary feature film with documentarist Juan Manuel Pagán Teitelbaum. She is co-founder of Puerto Rico’s first agricultural land trust, a climate justice transition project that seeks to protect land as a common for generations of low-income agroecological farmers and their families. She is currently working voluntarily for the agricultural land trust, organizing for climate justice, writing, raising her six-years old son and managing the family farm with her partner.
Professor Thomas Teo
Thomas Teo is a professor of psychology in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology Program at York University, Toronto, Canada. He has been active in the advancement of theoretical, critical, and historical psychology throughout his professional career. His research has been meta-psychological to provide a more reflexive understanding of the foundations, trajectories, and possibilities of human subjectivity. He is co-editor of the Review of General Psychology (Sage).
Dr Monica Madyningrum
Monica is as a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She is the Course Coordinator for the undergraduate program. In addition to her teaching roles, Monica has been involved in a number of research projects and community service programs, particularly in the areas of community participation and empowerment. In collaboration with a local disability organisation, currently she is developing a support group for families of children with multiple disabilities in Bantul District, Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia. This project is a follow-up of her doctoral thesis, which examined the role local disability organisations in Indonesia as empowering settings. Besides this project, Monica is undertaking a qualitative study, which investigate how disability issues have been approached and taught in the undergraduate psychology curriculum in Indonesia. Monica completed her Masters of Applied Psychology (community) psychology at Victoria University, Australia (2007), where she also finished her doctoral study (2017).
Dr Mohi Rua
Dr Mohi Rua, Co-Director of the Maori & Psychology Research Unit and senior lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Waikato (Aotearoa/New Zealand). Mohi is also the co-leader of the Mauri Ora (Human Flourishing) theme at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence), hosted by the University of Auckland. Mohi is the recipient of the 2018 Te Kōpūnui Māori Research Award from the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Mohi has been involved in numerous externally funded projects and is the PI (principal investigator) for the ‘Precarious Maori households in austere times’ project (2016-2019 funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramtanga $485,000). Key research areas for Mohi include Maori and indigenous psychologies, community psychology, social determinants of health and inequalities. In his real life, Mohi coaches his children’s sports teams (touch), plays a bit of golf when time allows, but considers himself a taxi driver and food ATM for his kids. That’s what he likes the most!
Professor Regina Langhout
Regina Day Langhout is a professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz. Her work focuses on empowerment in workplace, educational, and neighborhood settings. She has published over 40 papers and book chapters on these topics. In most of her work, she uses participatory action research (PAR) to critically examine schools and neighborhoods. She is best known for her youth participatory action research with 9-12 year old Latinx children, and has spoken about or given workshops on yPAR with 8-12 year olds across the Americas. She is a fellow of the Society for Community Research and Action.
Professor Michelle Fine
Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies, American Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Fine taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1981 – 1991, and then came to the Graduate Center. She has authored many “classics” – books and articles on high school push outs, adolescent sexuality – called the “missing discourse of desire,” the national evaluation of the impact of college in prison, the struggles and strength of the children of incarcerated adults, the wisdom of Muslim American youth. A pioneer in the field of youth Participatory Action Research, and a founding faculty member of the Public Science Project, Fine has been involved with a series of participatory studies with youth and elders, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated college students and youth working at the intersections of movements for educational, immigration and juvenile justice.
Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell
Raewyn Connell is Professor Emerita, University of Sydney, and Life Member of the National Tertiary Education Union. She has taught in several countries and is a widely-cited sociological researcher. Her recent books include The Good University; Gênero em termos reais; Southern Theory; and Gender in World Perspective (with Rebecca Pearse). Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. Raewyn has been active in the labour movement, the peace movement, and work for gender equality. Details at www.raewynconnell.net and Twitter @raewynconnell
Professor Ignacio Dobles
Dr. Ignacio Dobles Oropeza, retired professor, University of Costa Rica. Has written extensively about political, social and community psychology, as well as Psychology of Liberation. Founder and member of the editorial council of the Psychology and Pathologies of Capitalism journal. Active member of networks and collectives of Latinamerican psychology.
Professor Nuria Ciofalo
Nuria Ciofalo is Core Professor of the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco- Psychologies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Born in Mexico, she gained her B.A. and first M.A. in Clinical and Social Psychology at the University of Munich, Germany where she specialized in psychoanalytic theories. Her M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and Ph.D. in Community Psychology at the University of Hawaii immersed her in the Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement and healing practices. She has worked with Indigenous communities in Hawaii, Northern, Central, and Southern Mexico for more than 40 years. She teaches Indigenous psychologies centering Indigenous cosmologies, epistemologies, axiologies, and healing praxes in academic curricula applying participatory action research in partnership with communities. She has published in the areas of participatory youth action research, program evaluation, and decolonial, depth community and Indigenous psychologies. Her recent book, Indigenous Psychologies in an Era of Decolonization (2019), was written in partnership with Maya Lacandon youths and community leaders of the Lacandon Rainforest in Chiapas, Mexico.
Emeritus Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
Ngahuia Te Awekotuku grew up in Ōhinemutu, Rotorua, home of the Ngati Whakaue people. Her PhD in cultural psychology (1981) focused on Māori and tourism, and her research on culture, gender, and sexuality has been published extensively. Her work includes: He Tikanga Whakaaro : Research Ethics in the Māori Community (1991), and Mau Moko: The World of Māori Tattoo (2007) An experienced museum professional, she curated the 2015 award winning E Ngā Ūri Whakatupu : Weaving Legacies, with a small but lavish catalogue. She received the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Te Pou Aronui Award, and was honoured as a Fellow of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.