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About the International Society for Theoretical Psychology

The International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) is an international forum for theoretical, meta-theoretical and philosophical discussions in psychology, with a focus on contemporary psychological debates. Founded in the early 1980s, its objective is to stimulate theoretical arguments and innovations, to foster integration across areas and traditions of research, and to promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to psychological questions. It aims to serve as the stage for the discussion of new theoretical ideas and conceptual frameworks, for the critical engagement of different theoretical approaches, and for discussions concerning the relation of theoretical psychology to other disciplines, to the history of psychology and to the philosophy of knowledge. Conferences are held biennially, and since its first, founding conference in Plymouth (England), ISTP conferences have been held in the West, e.g., Worcester (USA) and Bierville (France), the east, e.g., Nanjing (China), the north, e.g., Banff (Canada) and Berlin (Germany), and the south, e.g., Cape Town (South Africa) and Santiago (Chile), with the next conference being in Tokyo (Japan) in 2017. The interests of the ISTP span sub-areas of psychology. It has members whose primary interests pertain to cognitive, social, feminist, postcolonial, developmental, clinical, perceptual, biological and evolutionary psychology. The ISTP has about 200 paying members, spread across six continents. While currently the majority of its members are located in Europe and North America, one of the Society’s aspirations is to further widen its global representation and membership. Full members automatically receive Theory & Psychology. The journal's editorial policy converges with the objectives of ISTP.

Planning on renewing your membership or becoming a new member?

A pdf of the 2015-2016 membership form can be obtained by clicking on this link, membership form, or clicking on the Membership Form tab above.



The call for papers for the 2017 ISTP Conference (The Ethos of Theorizing) is out. The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 31, 2017.  Online registration is also open. 

Visit the conference website for details:  http://www2.rikkyo.ac.jp/web/istp2017/


Location:  Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro, Tokyo
Dates:  August 21 - August 25, 201


WANTED:  A NEW WEBPERSON FOR THE ISTP WEBSITE

This is an ideal opportunity for a graduate student who would like to be more involved in ISTP.  The main duties in the short term would be to work with the Treasurer to use Wild Apricot Membership Software to develop a membership management system and new website for ISTP.  In the long term, this would entail maintaining the website by adding and deleting content as required.

We need a conscientious and responsible person, who can commit about 30 hours from January to mid-February 2017 and occasional time as needed subsequently.  Ideally, we would like at least a 12-month commitment.  In appreciation of the work involved, this person will receive a two-year membership in ISTP.

If interested, please contact the Society's Treasurer, James Cresswell (jamesdcresswell@gmail.com).


ARE YOU A GRADUATE STUDENT WHO WILL BE PRESENTING AT THE ISTP CONFERENCE IN AUGUST 2017?  YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE SIGMUND KOCH AWARD OR A STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD.

For details of eligibility and how to apply for the student travel award, click here.

Student members of ISTP with papers accepted for presentation at the 2017 ISTP conference in Tokyo are invited to submit their papers for consideration for this award.  Applicants must be graduate students at the time of the convention.  Work that was completed as a graduate student but would be presented post-graduation is not eligible.  The prize for the best student paper is based on the written conference paper AND the conference presentation.  The written papers should be submitted to Paul Stenner ( paul.stenner@open.ac.uk), Chair of the Sigmund Koch Award Committee, by July 20, 2017.  Note that in order to be considered for this award, applicants must be student members of ISTP when they submit their written papers.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO HOST THE 2019 (OR BEYOND) ISTP CONFERENCE

Statements of interest are due April 15, 2017 and complete proposals are due July 24, 2017.  Direct questions, statements of interest and complete proposals to Lorraine Radtke, President of ISTP (radtke@ucalgary.ca)


The published, selected conferences proceedings (volumes from 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011) are now available for downloading on the Proceedings page of this website. 



The 2016 Issue #2 of the ISTP newsletter can be downloaded here. For previous issues of the newsletter click on the Newsletters tab above.



Please address any questions about the web site to H. Lorraine Radtke. Latest update: January 4, 2017.

 


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