HomeAbout 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 2017-2018 membership form can be obtained by clicking on this link, membership form, or clicking on the Membership Form tab above.
The 2017 ISTP Conference (The Ethos of Theorizing) is happening soon (August 21 - August 25, 2017) at Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
If you are presenting a paper, please register by July 14, 2017.
Visit the conference website for details: http://www2.rikkyo.ac.jp/web/istp2017
REMINDER: DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE SIGMUND KOCH AWARD IS JULY 20, 2017.
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 ( email@example.com), 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.
REMINDER: CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO HOST THE 2019 (OR BEYOND) ISTP CONFERENCE ARE DUE JULY 24, 2017.
Direct questions, statements of interest and complete proposals to Lorraine Radtke, President of ISTP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR MEMBER-AT-LARGE POSITIONS ON THE ISTP EXECUTIVE
Consider getting involved in the Society as member-at-large on the ISTP Executive Committee. Nominations are due JULY 31, 2017. Send nominations and direct questions to Lorraine Radtke and include a short biography (maximum 100 words). To be eligible, you must be an ISTP member. Terms are for a minimum of two years. The elections will take place at the Business Meeting during the conference in Tokyo in August 2017.
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 2017 Issue #1 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: July 12, 2017.