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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 in Banff (Canada), Arnhem (The Netherlands), Worcester (USA), Paris (France), Ottawa (Canada), Berlin (Germany), Calgary (Canada), Sydney (Australia), Istanbul (Turkey), Cape Town (South Africa), Toronto (Canada), Nanjing (China), with the next conference being in Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2011. 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.

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Another successful ISTP conference was held in Santiago, Chile from May 3 to 7, 2013.

This was the 15th Biennial ISTP conference. A short video, prepared by Basia Ellis (a graduate student at the University of Calgary), of some the conference participants' reflections on the conference can be found here.

Announcing the Winner of the Sigmund Koch Award for the best student conference paper

Zhipeng Gao is a first-year PhD student in the History and Theory of Psychology program at York University, Toronto, Canada. His paper was entitled Subjectivity, Culture and Power: A Critical-Dialogical Approach to Reflexivity in Psychological Research. He argues that while social scientists have recognized the importance of reflexivity in reducing unintended discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, class, culture, etc., they have also found reflexivity difficult to practice since their subjectivities/epistemologies are already limited by identity, culture and power. In order to overcome researcher's ethnocentrism, to explicate power operations on subjectivity, and to make use of the research participant's standpoint epistemology, he develops a critical dialogue between the researcher and the participant for developing reflexivity at the levels of understanding, explanation and ethics. This work is derived from Foucault's post-structuralism, Gadamer's hermeneutics, and perhaps more importantly, Hans-Herbert Kõgler's critical hermeneutics that integrates the previous two.

The most recent issue of the ISTP newsletter can be downloaded here.

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