We’ve now had both a round table and a participative workshop accepted for Barcelona.
The abstract below for the participary event is similar to that for the round table which will give voice to psychologists working with liberatory approches in several different areas and also to some younger speakers (not all of us!).
Proposal title: Participative session: Constructing Liberation Psychology.
Contribution type: Innovative sessions
Name and surnames of the authors of the communication: Mark Burton and Tod Sloan
Language of the communication* english
University or Organization: Manchester Metropolitan University (Burton)
Department: Research Institute for Health and Social Change
Abstract: Psychologies of Liberation have emerged in a number of different locations. The best known and perhaps most developed has been that stemming from the work of Ignacio Martín-Baró and associates in Latin America. Today there is a significant movement of Liberation Psychology in Latin America with active clusters in a number of countries (notably El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico). In common with other currents of radical Latin American praxis, there is an emphasis on taking the side of the oppressed other, the development of critical consciousness, and the critique of dominant ideology, all linked to social action in collaboration with organized groups and movements. As such the approach offers a critique of dominant psychologies that is both practical and theoretical. In parallel with the Latin American tradition, there are other groupings of psychologists around the world whose approaches are similar. These similarities owe something to common intellectual roots (e.g. Marx, Fanon), to cross fertilization between the currents, and most importantly, to the similarities in social reality and to the inadequacies of dominant psychologies to address them. Increasingly, in a globalised world, social problems have similar dynamics in different parts of the world, so it is appropriate to share both these challenges and the necessary responses to them. This session which will follow a linked round table, Psychology for Liberation: Contemporary Currents, will provide a space to share, explore and celebrate psychologies of liberation. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own experience and work – whether in the form of posters, leaflets, or brief verbal summaries to stimulate discussion.
collective sessions: The event will use an ‘open space’ format in which people can suggest discussion groups and others participate in them according to their interest. The idea is to allow cross fertilisation between people doing work in different places on somewhat different topics but united in that the struggle is against systemic oppression. Some facilitation will be provided to support this, but the content will be determined by the participants who will have varying levels of experience and knowledge of liberation psychologies. The ‘convening question’ will (subject to some further discussion before the event) be ‘How can we best work together to build bridges between emerging liberation psychologies and community psychology?’
Requirements: Duration: 2 hours Space: a room for 50 in which chairs can be moved into circles of 6-10, or grouped around at least 6 tables.