Enjoy Hearing Voices 2017, Newsletter from Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization

Each year the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization of the MA/PhD Depth Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute (https://www.pacifica.edu/degree-program/community-liberation-ecopsychology/) creates a newsletter that focuses on the community and ecological work of its students and faculty. We welcome your readership and hope you will find some inspiring ideas and approaches!
See articles on decoloniality, arts activism, affordable and secure housing, sacred activism and accompaniment, policy activism, and more!
Please enjoy our 2017 publication of Hearing Voices: www.pacifica.edu/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/HearingVoices_2017.pdf

New book: Liberation Practices

This new book, edited by Taiwo Afuape and Gillian Hughes, both based in London, contains contributions from several members of this network.  While not specifically about Liberation Psychology, there are multiple references to the ideas of Ignacio Martín-Baró and to Liberation Psychology.  Click the image to go to the publisher’s page.  (If you’d like a pre-publication draft of the chapter by Carolyn Kagan and I, then send an email via this site’s contact page.)

image of book cover: Liberation Practices, Routledge, 2016



New digital collection of Martín Baró’s works

Now available, a digital collection of Ignacio Martín Baró’s writings.  While these will of course mostly be in Spanish, it will be a valuable resource since much of his work is not well known, even in Spanish speaking countries.  This is an initiative of students at his University, The Universidad Centroamericana in San Salvador.  Here is the link to the collection: http://www.uca.edu.sv/coleccion-digital-IMB/

Thanks to Christian Chacón for this information.



Liberation Psychology: another kind of critical psychology

Some of the contents

Some of the contents

Published this month is the Routledge Handbook of Critical Psychology at the silly price of £140 (or USDollars 225).  It is edited by Ian Parker.

It includes a chapter by me (Mark Burton – Manchester, UK) and Luis Gómez (Costa Rica): Liberation Psychology: Another Kind Of Critical Psychology.  In it we firmly locate liberation psychology within the long term de-colonial movement. Other chapters from colleagues involved in aspects of liberationist psychology include:
Indigenous Psychologies and Critical-Emancipatory Psychology Narcisa Paredes-Canilao, Ma. Ana Babaran-Diaz, Ma. Nancy B. Florendo and Tala Salinas-Ramos with S. Lily Mendoza
Postcolonial Theory: Towards A Worlding of Critical Psychology
Desmond Painter
From Critical Disability Studies To Critical Global Disability Studies Shaun Grech
Political Psychology and the American Continent: From Colonization and Domination to Liberation and Emancipation
Raquel S. L. Guzzo
Critical Psychology in the Arab World: Insights from Critical Community Psychology in the Palestinian Colonial Context
Ibrahim Makkawi

I haven’t read the chapters other than our own, and there is a lot of what I’d call academic critical psychology and a lot on discourse, deconstruction and psychoanalysis (for all of which I’ve little enthusiasm).  But it is something you might ask your library to order, and here’s a form to do so.

I’m also happy to supply a re-publication draft of our chapter if you write to me via the contact page.



Toward Psychologies of Liberation / Hacia Psicologías de Liberación

Mary Watkins and Helene Shulman announce the Spanish translation of Toward Psychologies of Liberation. We are grateful to Montserrat Chanivet Marabot for this translation.  Please share this with others you think might be interested.

​You can download the translation for free at http://mary-watkins.net/books/

Explaining Liberation Psychology in English

At the International Community Psychology Conference in Fortaleza last month (Sept. 2014) there was a round table Doing Liberation Psychology in English”

Here is one of the presentations – from Mark Burton:

Explaining Liberation Psychology in English. Notes for paper.  and  Slides.

More to follow.

IMG_0502compPoster from the co-operative learning programme, Cipo, Pentecoste, Ceará.
“Freedom is only possible once you are also whole enough to face the responsibility of being free.”  “Freedom means responsibility and that’s why most people fear it.”
….. what do you think?


Liberation Psychology: 25 years – time to look back and look forward.

An invitation to mark the 25th anniversary of Ignacio Martín-Baró’s murder

On 16 November, 2014, it will be the 25th anniversary of the murder of 8 people, including Ignacio Martín-Baró at the University of Central America in San Salvador.

It will be an appropriate time to reflect on Liberation Psychology in terms of Martín-Baró’s contribution, the development of the field since then, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.
I would therefore like to invite you to contribute to a collection of short pieces to be published on the English Language Liberation Psychology Network website, at http://libpsy.org

I would particularly encourage the use of diverse formats.  So you might consider pictures, video, audio, anecdotes, short stories, poems, photos as well as the more usual academic text.  And although it is important to commemorate the past – I encourage you to look forward over the tasks and possibilities for Liberation Psychologies in coming decades.

Ignacio Martín-Baró photo with guitar

Ignacio Martín-Baró

Contributions of less than 3000 words should be sent to mark@libpsy.org before the anniversary on 16 November, 2014  – and preferably at some time in the next 6 months as we can publish them as they are available as a lead up to the anniversary.

Mark H Burton



New Pacifica Institute Newsletter on Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, & Ecopsychology

This newsletter is becoming a useful resource on Liberation psychology and its connections with related fields of study and struggle.  Did you know, for example that despite Bhutan touting its high levels of “Gross National Happiness” (as an alternative to the flawed Gross National Product), its military has murdered, raped, tortured and/or imprisoned many citizens, some of whom are now refugees in other places.  The newsletter includes an article on work with Bhutanese refugees in the USA.  I’m looking forward to the book that will appear this autumn by Mary Watkins and Ed Casey on the Mexico-USA border wall.  They have recently visited  Palestine to learn about the parallels with the apartheid separation wall erected by the Israeli occupation power.  There are many other interesting things in this 36 page edition, with a lot of emphasis on ecological issues and indigenous traditions and knowledge.


Talk on Liberation Psychology and Community Psychology in London

Update: thanks to all who came and contributed your interest, openness, enthusiasm and questioning to what seemed to be avery successful evening.  And thanks to Sally for organising it!  I will upload the slides when I get back to Manchester too.

Talk and discussion – Mark Burton (coordinator of this network)

Community and Liberation Psychologies: Latin American Developments: How do we reconstruct a psychology in the service of the oppressed?
Click here for the pdf of the slides used.

Weds 26th Feb, 2014 6.40-8.30/9pm  venue and other details on the Events Page

organised by London Community Psychology Network


Dussel’s Ethics of Liberation is out in English

cover:  Ethics of LiberationLong awaited, Philosopher of Liberation, Enrique Dussel’s key work, Ethics of Liberation is now available for the first time in English.  First published in Spanish in 1998, this text is a remarkable tour de force, integrating a number of philosophical perspectives on ethics from diverse traditions, all within an overall paradigm of ‘transmodernity’ – the idea and practice of going beyond the modern, Eurocentric model of thought and action and without discarding the ‘good bits’ correcting it with a critique from below, from the excluded, the oppressed, the marginalised of the world system.In this he gives us the philosophical underpinnings for the psychology of liberation – an approach consistent with Martín-Baró’s critical reconstruction of the discipline from the standpoint of the oppressed majority.

The contents, foreword and preface can be read here: http://enriquedussel.com/images/Etica_in.JPG
The publisher’s page for the book is here: http://www.dukeupress.edu/Ethics-of-Liberation/
(please don’t buy it from Amazon – the company avoids paying tax and uses zero hours contracts for its workers).

And by way of introduction, you can read some of my own articles that engage simultaneously with the psychology of liberation and Dussel’s approach here:

The analectic turn: critical psychology and the new political context

Introducing Dussel: the Philosophy of Liberation and a really social psychology. (with JM Flores Osorio)