Extensive psychological enquiries, anthropological ventures, and philosophical postulations have ascertained that the 'Self' is complex, abysmal, and elusive. Attempts to map the uncharted terrain of 'Self' have left the scientific community with an unsatisfying piece of knowledge: what is 'Self' and 'not self'. Contemporaneous developments - specifically, technological furtherance and the rise of mass media platforms - have helped in unveiling untouched facades of 'Self'.
The Conference will focus on understanding the concept of 'Self' as well as its multifaceted and multi-dimensional nature. Various theories spanning many schools of thought within Psychology will thus be critically analysed and scrutinised to understand what constitutes our understanding of 'Self'. Further, the Conference will attempt to explore the compartmentalisation of 'Self' into ideal versus real, public versus private, and the numerous 'selves' that exist within, etcetera. These theories will be examined by superimposing the realities of the contemporary world and juxtaposing them with a traditional understanding of these conceptions. We hope to then understand how the 'Self' is evolved and whether the boundaries we claim really do exist.
The Conference has been envisaged for researchers, practitioners and students of Psychology and allied disciplines across Universities, cities and countries. Students, researchers and faculty members from various Universities/educational institutions are being invited.
The Conference is expected to create a forum for understanding the dynamic nature of self and identity in the contemporary world. The academic insights and discussions will aid in creating new ideas and insights into the phenomenon. The Conference also hopes to educate, inculcate and foster wellness in the student and extended community. The Conference will promote research in field of Self-Psychology and encourage the use of practical knowledge, models and instruments to support work in local and national communities. Deliberations on important thrust areas including identity, sexuality, gender, youth and anomy will facilitate acceptance and compassion.
In addition, the Conference aims to facilitate collaborations among the various stakeholders to strengthen the coalition for effective academic exchange and practical applications. The deliberations will aim to explore the myriad layers and contradictions that underlie the Self and understand how the Self manifests in a variety of ways in our daily lives. Through this discourse, we will attempt to understand the inherent importance of the Self in the way individuals live their lives and guide their behaviour, and negotiate relationships with themselves and others.
We are delighted to announce the Workshops for Registered Participants of The Conference.
The Workshops are scheduled for the Second Day of the Conference from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Workshops are open for registered participants on first come basis. Each participant can register for one Workshop. All Workshops can accommodate a maximum of 35-40 participants.
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Note from Facilitator: The Workshop aims at understanding personality as dynamic processes. What is personality? Psychologists often suggest that an individual's personality refers to his or her stable "characteristics", "traits" or "qualities". From this point of view, we describe an individual's personality when we say that he or she is "shy", "aggressive", "conscientious" or something similar. However, as is well known, there are deep problems with the trait view. First, the trait approach treats persons as if they were fixed objects or things. However, people are not static things; people are dynamic processes who exhibit order and variability. People described as "shy", "aggressive" or "conscientious" person aren't always shy, aggressive, or conscientious. The trait approach doesn't tell us much about the dynamic nature of persons. Second, the trait approach to personality tells us virtually nothing about what it means to be a person. It tells us nothing about how people function, about what it means to act in a "shy", "aggressive" or "conscientious" way, or the processes by which these modes of being arise within in any given context. What is needed is a dynamic conception of personality - one that explains how persons function as dynamic, thinking, feeling and acting beings; one that explains both order and variability in action and experience; and one that honors the always evolving and always unfinished process of becoming a person. In this Workshop, we will examine such a conception of personality, and learn a simple way to assess the sources of variability and order in a person's psychological processes within and between contexts.
Note from Facilitators: In this Workshop we will describe and experience together recent developments in social media on platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Tinder and WhatsApp. We will note how fragmented selves emerge through presentation of self through evanescent visual images and avatars. We will note parallels to emergent social and cultural phenomena, including work life organized around specific projects, the need to keep up with constantly morphing technology, and the impact of social media on love lives. We will discuss how these various phenomena interact with pre-existing cultural forms around the world.
Note from Facilitator: The proposed Workshop on Suicide: Causation and Social Responses is intended to provide the participants an opportunity to explore suicide as a complex social phenomenon in modern, fast changing societies and consider possible social responses to prevent or reduce its occurrence. Some recent data on suicide in Sri Lanka will be presented and discussed with a view to enabling the participants to look at the phenomenon in their own societies or communities from a comparative sociological perspective.
Note from Facilitator: The workshop aims at changing people's mindsets over ideas of mental heath and illness by taking them on a personal journey through experiential processes. It will cover Exploring story- telling and art, Focusing on body movement & breathing through mime and drama and Understanding self-constructions followed by identifying lost creativity and implementing grounding techniques through martial arts.
Note from Facilitator: This workshop is a stimulating, supportive and encouraging space where we will put theories to work on the interconnections between the politics of gender, identity and oppression. In this workshop we will inhabit Black feminist, psychoanalytic and post-modernist perspectives on gender and identity, picking up on the inherent tensions and opportunities of concepts such as fragmentation, marginality, performativity, discourse, social constructions and intersectionality. Together we will examine the ways in which oppressive social structures create oppressive psychic structures and the implications of this for our professional practices, political activism and inter- subjective relationships including our most intimate encounters with self and others. So, be ready to be challenged, to have your thinking stretched, and to contribute to the debates, to be nourished and affirmed through the putting of theory into action in ways that matter to women.Register for the Workshop
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Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University
Department of Philosophy
University of Hyderabad
Chief at the Psychoanalytical Unit
Dept. of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences
President, Taos Institute and
Professor at Swarthmore College
School of Human Studies
Clinician and Author
Department of Psychology, Merrimack College
North Andover, Massachusetts
Coordinator, D.S. Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
Senior Consultant, Neuro-Psychiatrist
National Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Founder-CEO "The Red Door",
Protagonist of "A Drop of Sunshine"
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Senior Professor of Sociology
University of Colombo
Senior Lecturer, Social Work
University of Salford, Manchester
Prof. Girishwar Misra is a Social Scientist and Psychologist. During an academic career spanning over three decades, he has taught at various universities in Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Bhopal and Delhi. Professor Misra's area of research includes Social Psychology, Human Development, Culture, and Psychological Knowledge etc. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at Swarthmore College, Philadelphia and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been the President of the National Academy of Psychology and Dean, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi. Apart from numerous publications in National and International journals, he has co-authored and edited various books in Psychology such as Psychological Consequences of Prolonged Deprivation; Deprivation: Its Social Roots and Psychological Consequences etc. He is currently the Chief Editor of the Fifth ICSSR Survey of Psychology and Editor of Psychological Studies, a Journal of the National Academy of Psychology, India. [Back to Speakers]
Prof. A Raghuramaraju is a Ph.D. Scholar from IIT Kanpur. He has written various papers, book reviews and short stories in English and Telugu. Along with this he has delivered lectures at various esteemed universities such as IIT Bombay; Smith College, USA; Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi etc. He has been teaching and has well researched into areas of Social and Political Philosophy, Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Science, Technology and Society. His book Debates in Indian Philosophy, Classical Colonial and Contemporary has been awarded the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award for the year 2007 by the Indian Institute for Advanced Study, Shimla. He has been a member of the visiting Faculty in various Universities such as International Institute of Info Tech, Hyderabad; Department of Philosophy, Smith College, South Hampton, USA. [Back to Speakers]
Dr. Anurag Mishra is the Founder of Psychoanalysis India & Livonics Infotech Pvt. Ltd. He is also a Chief at the Psychoanalytical Unit, Dept. of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences at Fortis Healthcare. An Eminent Psychiatrist, Dr. Anurag Mishra is a recognised name in the field of Psychiatry. He has received a lot of appreciation for his contribution to the society. He has been involved in solving various mental disorders in children, adults as well as elderly people. [Back to Speakers]
Prof. Kenneth J. Gergen, Ph.D., is a Founding-Member and President of the Taos Institute and Chair of the Board, and the Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College. He also serves as an Honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. He has taught in various esteemed universities such as the Harvard University and Heidelberg University. He is a major figure in the development of social constructionist theory and its applications to practices of social change. He also lectures widely on contemporary issues in cultural life, including the self, technology, postmodernism, the civil society, organizational change, developments in psychotherapy, educational practices, aging, and political conflict. He has published over 300 articles in journals, magazines and books, and his major books include Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge etc. He also publishes an electronic newsletter called "Positive Aging". Along with this, he has also served as the President of two divisions of the American Psychological Association, the Division on Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and on Psychology and the Arts. He has served on the Editorial Board of 35 Journals, and as the Associate Editor of The American Psychologist and Theory and Psychology. [Back to Speakers]
Dr. Jillian Stile is a Clinical Psychologist working in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. She specialises in the treatment of adolescents, young adults, and families. She completed a Psychoanalytic Fellowship at the Columbia University Centre for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she currently works as a Candidate in Adult Psychoanalysis. She has received specialised training in Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, and Psychodynamic Modalities. Her approach is broadly psychodynamic, integrating Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral perspectives and techniques uniquely tailored for each individual. Her clinical training focusing on work children and adolescents includes inpatient and outpatient work at various hospitals including New York Presbyterian Hospital - Payne Whitney Westchester, Beth Israel Medical Center, Boston Medical Center etc. She has also received specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Currently, she is in private practice specialising in work with adolescents and young adults. [Back to Speakers]
Dr. Anup Dhar (PhD in Philosophy) is a Professor at the School of Human Studies and Director at the Centre for Development Practice, Ambedkar University, Delhi, India. He has co-authored various books including Dislocation and Resettlement in Development: From Third World to World of the Third (Routledge, 2009), and The Indian Economy in Transition: Globalization, Capitalism and Development (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He has co-edited books such as Psychoanalysis in Indian Terroir: Emerging Themes in Culture, Family, and Childhood. Some of his forthcoming work includes Breaking the Silo: Integrated Science Education in India (Orient Blackswan, 2017), and Clinic, Culture, Critique: Psychoanalysis and the Beyond (forthcoming: Orient Blackswan, 2018). He is also a member of the Editorial board of Rethinking Marxism and the Annual Review of Critical Psychology. [Back to Speakers]
Dr. Neil Altman has been the Board Member of 'The Fostering Connection' since 2004. He was in the Board of Directors of 'International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy' and 'Bronx Teen Pregnancy Network'. In the past, he has been the Chief Associate Psychologist at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Centre. Currently, he is Faculty of William Alanson White Institute and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi, India. He has been the Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies; Psychoanalytic Perspective. He was the Associate Editor of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and the C-editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogue: the International Journal of Relational Perspectives. [Back to Speakers]
Prof. Mascolo studies how we develop - that is, how we become who we are today, and how we continue to develop into the person that we will become tomorrow. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University at Albany and performed Post-Doctoral Work at Harvard University. His specialties include Conflict Management; Interpersonal Relationship Development, Child and Adult Development, and Parenting. Dr. Mascolo is the co-author of Psychotherapy as a Developmental Process. He is Co-Editor (and Contributor) to Culture and Self and What Develops in Emotional Development? He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to human development. He is the Founder and Editor of North Shore Children & Families, a monthly newspaper devoted to promoting development in children and adults. He is also the Founding Editor of Pedagogy and the Human Sciences, an online Journal devoted to teaching and learning in Higher Education. [Back to Speakers]
Prof. Meenakshi Thapan is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics and Co-ordinator of the D.S. Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education at the University of Delhi. She was Co-ordinator of the European Study Centre Programme, University of Delhi (January 2010-March 2012) and country partner (India) for the EU FP7 Project on EuroBroadMap. She has taught at the University of Delhi since 1986 and has also taught at the Department of Sociology, University of Chicago in 1995 and University of Richmond in 2008. Dr. Thapan is Series Editor for the series on Women and Migration in Asia, Volumes 1-5 and editor of Vol. 1: Transnational Migration and the Politics of Identity . She has also published Life at School (1991, 2006), Living the Body and edited Embodiment: Essays on Gender and Identity (1997), Anthropological Journeys (1998), Contested Spaces. Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times (2010) and (with Roland Lardinois) Reading Pierre Bourdieu in a Dual Context. Essays from India and France (2006). [Back to Speakers]
Dr. Chugh has been running his private consultancy practice since 1991. He specialises in Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation, Past Life Regression Therapy and Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry among other fields. He has trained under and collaborated with leading practitioners and institutes of different specialties at a global level. He is an active columnist with leading newspapers and magazines in India. He features regularly on various television and radio shows addressing mental health concerns. [Back to Speakers]
Prof. Sangeetha Menon is currently working as a Professor and Head, Consciousness Studies Programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She has been working in Consciousness Studies for over eighteen years. Her core research interests are Indian ways of thinking in classical philosophical schools, Indian Psychology and Indian Dramaturgy, and Current Discussions on Consciousness. She has also co-organised National and International conferences including 'Scientific and Philosophical Studies in Consciousness' (1998, NIAS), 'Science and Metaphysics: Consciousness and Genetics' (2002, NIAS) etc. She is the Author of a Book called "Dialogues: Philosopher meets the Seer". She contributed a Chapter on 'Hinduism and Science' for the recently published Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science. She has received National Awards for her achievements in the field of consciousness and Indian contributions. She also received the Young Philosopher Award (2003) from the Indian Council of Philosophical Research. [Back to Speakers]
Val Resh is an artist and activist who has worked towards disability, sexuality and mental health throughout her life. She is the author of 'Fallen, Standing; My life as a Schizophrenist' which is an autobiographical account of her life with schizophrenia. She is also the protagonist of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust PSBT documentary "A Drop of Sunshine" which is based on her true story of recovery and living with schizophrenia without medication. She has passionately worked towards creating safe spaces for people dealing with issues pertaining to mental health and advocated de-stigmatisation of the same. Reshma works with the concept of 'The Red Door', to create more awareness about issues of mental health in India. She gives a voice to those who are alienated due to their disorders and is nothing short of a true inspiration to countless fighters and survivors. [Back to Speakers]
Dr. An earned M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at New Mexico State University. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Queen's University, Canada, specialising in Cross-Cultural Psychology, and then continued her Postdoctoral training at Peking University, China, focusing on Neuropsychology. Her research interests include attribution, morality, and emotion etc. She investigates human thought processes and behavior cognitively, physiologically, and neurologically. Among the various awards, she has won the Postdoctoral Fellow Award at Queen's University in 2014 etc. She is also a Member of various societies such as the Society for Judgement and Decision Making since 2011. She has given various conference presentations such as those at the Quadrennial Meeting of the International Congress of Psychology, International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioural Psychology etc. [Back to Speakers]
Prof. Siri Hettige is the former Head of Sociology, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the same University and former President of the Sri Lanka Sociological Association. His other current positions include Chairman, Social Science National Committee of the NSF, Sri Lanka, Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Australia, and Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University, Australia. He has many publications to his credit on such diverse topics as social inequality, social protection, youth unrest, education and health policy, ethnic conflict and migration. These include a number of books, edited volumes and more than a hundred papers published in edited volumes and refereed journals. He has also served on a number of government commissions and committees as a member as well as an advisor over a period of 20 years. He has been a consultant to a number of international organisations such as the ILO, the World Bank and IOM. [Back to Speakers]
Dr. Nayak is a qualified Social Worker and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and currently training as a Psychoanalytic Group Practitioner. She has over 30 years of practice and training experience within the Rape Crisis Movement working to confront all forms of violence against women and girls. She has set up two specific services for Black, Asian and Minoriticised ethnic women and girls. She has worked for and written books about the activism of black feminist theory. [Back to Speakers]
We are pleased to announce that all accepted Papers will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of Psychological Studies, the Official Journal of the National Academy of Psychology published by Springer.
Additionally, all Abstracts of Papers presented will be published in the Book of Abstracts.
Important announcements associated with the Conference will be notified on the official website of the college: http://icon.ipcollege.ac.in
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Department of Psychology
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The Registration Fee includes access to all Conference Sessions, Conference Kit, Book of Abstracts/ CD, Tea/ Coffee, Breakfast, All Lunches and Snacks. Registered Companions will not receive the Conference Kit, Book of Abstracts/ CD, however they shall be allowed access to all Sessions and Conference meals. Registration Fee once paid cannot be refunded.
15 August 2017
21 August 2017
3 October 2017
Instructions in Brief:
Department of Psychology
Indraprastha College for Women
(University of Delhi)
31, Shamnath Marg
Delhi - 110054, India
Dr. Babli Moitra Saraf
Indraprastha College for Women
Dr. Surabhika Maheshwari
Department of Psychology
Indraprastha College for Women
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