Announcement and Call for Contributions
Eleventh International Congress of Liberation Social Psychology
Conflicts, identities and liberatory action
Bogotá – Colombia, 15th to 17th November, 2012
The International Liberation Social Psychology Congresses have now been taking place for 15 years, with the first in Mexico, 1998 Others have taken place in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela. The last one, in Caracas in 2010, designated Colombia as the site of the 11th congress in 2012, an honour that we have taken up with enthusiasm and commitment.
We therefore believe that this congress must be firstly an appeal to the continuity and amplification of the ethical and political orientation put forward by Ignacio Martín-Baró en response to the need to promote transformatory dialogue and actions from the point of view of our Latin American Social Psychology. Conversations and actions, that is, that promote critical reflection about the unequal and oppressive conditions that our peoples today suffer, and that question the role that psychology plays in the face of realities such as evictions and displacement, impunity, the invisibility of victims, social polarization, fatalism and the naturalization of violence as the only way to resolve conflicts.
We also assume that this critique of hegemonic psychology starts from the recognition of the emancipatory possibilities that emerge from the diversity of social action and resistance. We fully identify with this committed social psychology, with the strengthening of proceses of participation and organization in diverse contexts, generating liberatory, actions of solidarity and hope, based on the recognition of life as the foundation of survival, in territories with sovereignty of their resources and their own economic forms and in conditions in which the struggle of the people is legitimate and necessary.
The development of the proposal of liberation social psychology acquires special relevance in a country like Colombia, historically mired in a long term internal armed conflict, articulated to a grave situation of structural violence in which psychological warfare and the dirty war have reached aberrant levels. These problems are shared by those in other places due to the most negative effects of globalization which tend to dilute and make uniform cultures and peoples through their homogenizing, commodifying and dehumanising mechanisms.
The objective of the congress is to continue with critical reflection en relation to the necessary and urgent links between psychology and the complex problematic of our people and communities, and so we intend to promote settings for the construction and exchange of learning and experience between people, organizations and communities that are developing various forms of resistance and sovereignty with a liberatory perspective.
Some of the principles upon which the 11th Liberation Social Psychology Congress is based are: a) no marketing, so the dynamics will be of voluntary contribution and interchange in solidarity. b) Construction and interchange of knowledge in a spirit of equality and recognition of diversity: so that the methodology of the congress may be sustained in reflective practices that start from the analysis of contexts, recognition of potential and advances, positioning of the role of the communities, starting from the establishment of Tables of Dialogue, as nuclei of debate and construction of proposals, realization of rituals, workshops, artistic exhibitions and installations, exchanges, among others. c) Recognition of the diversity of interests and political standpoints and the guarantee of inclusion: for this reason we won’t be proposing thematic axes prior to receiving proposals for contributions but rather these will emerge onve we’ve received all the proposals and tables of dialogue have been established by participants. d) Reflexive practices committed to social realities and with their leaders as protagonists, so therefore works will be realized jointly with organisations, communities and social experiences that develop emancipatory and liberatory interventions, in settings and neighbourhoods of the city.
For the congress in Colombia we expect the participation of a minimum of 250 people from the same countries that came to Caracas: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Spain, United States, Venezuela, as well as others soch as Bolivia, Palestine, Germany and France. We expect 250 people from Colombia.
So we make this announcement and call to people, organizations and social movements nationally and internationally, to participate actively in the process of organization and development of the 11th International Congress of Liberation Social Psychology. Some of the currently anticipated forms of participation are:
- Participation based on experiences or research and/or community processes.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 September.
- Self-convened discussion tables. These can consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6discussants, and will be proposed by one of the discussants who will also have the responsibility for information and coordination for the discussion.
- Tables of discussion by invitation by the team organising the congress and/or as a result of invitation by anyone interested in promoting discussion about cotemporary social problems and their relation with the social psychology of liberation.
- Poster presentations, artistic displays, audiovisual presentations or workshops.
- Conversation sessions in bars and arts and cultural venues around Bogotá.
Participation in discussion tables: 30 October.
Participation as presenter: 30 September.
Expecting positive responses to the announcement and call and confident of its , we expect wide participation in the congress. We will respond to your comments and questions, sharing a big hug in solidarity.
Contact and information:
Organizing committee for the 11th International Congress of Liberation Social Psychology.
Telephone: (+57) (1) 2813188 / Mobiles: 3006157160 / 3002989169 / 3214453554
Web page: http://www.catedralibremartinbaro.org/