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ISTP 2015 Resistance and Renewal
26th - 30th June 2015
Call for Papers

The 2015 International Society for Theoretical Psychology in Coventry is the 30th Anniversary of the first ISTP conference in Plymouth (UK) in 1985. The theme of Resistance and Renewal is used to frame this history, consider contemporary psychological debates and anticipate future theoretical, meta-theoretical and philosophical issues in psychology.




The conference aims are to:

- Stimulate theoretical arguments, innovations and creative theoretical research internationally

- Foster integration across areas and traditions of research

- Promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to psychological questions

- Reflect upon conceptual confusions, new theories and metamethodological issues in sub-areas of cognitive, social, feminist, postcolonial, developmental, clinical, organisational, perceptual, biological and evolutionary psychology

- Challenge assumptions and critically explore psychology's role in local, national and transnational practices

- Reinvigorate any areas of theoretical psychology that challenge and deconstruct the current Zeitgeist

- Renew theoretical psychology by identifying new perspectives and exciting developments

- Encourage early career and established researchers to form new networks of theoretical, philosophical, conceptual, historical and critical psychological activity



Below are the main suggested themes for the conference, though are not limited to, with the option to submit under the other category. 

- Affect and emotion
- Critical accounts of psychological practices
- Critical biological and evolutionary psychology
- Critical neuroscience
- Critical psychology of health and/or psychopathology
- Dialogism and/or dialogical self
- Discursive theory and/or discourse analysis
- Feminism and psychology
- Future of psychology, theoretical psychology and/or the ISTP
- History of psychology, theoretical psychology and/or ISTP
- Philosophy of mind
- Philosophy of science
- Politics, governance and psychology
- Power and psychology
- Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory
- Subjects and subjectivation
- Other 



Submission formats for the conference are:



A symposium is organised around a theme, issue or debate. Since the main goal of the conference is to discuss and debate conceptual and theoretical problems, submission of a range of symposium formats are encouraged. The following are suggestions only based on the previous ISTP conference and popular formats from other conferences such as the British Psychological Society and the International Society for Critical Health Psychology; you can propose another format appropriate to your topic (but please for all symposia submissions include the details of the format described in the organizer's abstract):

Three paper presentations in which each paper is typically 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions and/or discussion. Total time 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Four paper presentations in which each paper is typically 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions and/or discussion. Total time 2 hours.

Three paper presentations with discussion in which three papers of 30 minutes are followed by 30 minutes of questions and discussion. Total time 2 hours.

Round-table discussion in which three or four papers are followed by general questions and/or a panel discussion. This may be designed, respectively, to take 1 hour, 30 minutes or 2 hours.

Debate in which two people or more who hold contradictory points of view regarding an issue or problem discuss this. Each debater can start with a short presentation and other participants are then given a chance to respond to the initial presentation. Thereafter the debate is opened to the floor. Depending on the number of participants this can be designed, to take 1 hour, 30 minutes or 2 hours.

Interactive analytic symposium in which there is a conversation between up to four presenters who comment upon and analyse a piece of material, data, excerpt, or other media format. The aim is to profit from the potential of the example to raise theoretical issues or encourage theoretical discussion. Presenters are not expected to present papers but a written resource or any other material to be read or viewed beforehand should be provided by the submission organizer so that it can be made available from the conference website. Interactive analytic sessions are scheduled for 1 hour, 30 minutes with approximately 40 minutes suggested for open discussion. 

Workshop session which provides an opportunity to discuss an important issue for philosophical, theoretical or critical psychology (e.g., a presentation by a journal editor about how to write for a given publication, discussion of a collaborative research or writing proposal etc.). The role of the presenters is to prepare questions to be discussed among all the participants. The symposium organizer is responsible for leading the discussion, fostering debate and introducing thoughtful comments and concerns. Timing:  workshops are scheduled for one and a half hour with 1 hour of open discussion. 

Other which is a session that uses an alternative format (such as a Provocation Presentation in which a controversial or challenging paper followed by responses from questions from an appropriate expert and general questions/discussion). The details (including the proposed length) should be described in the abstract for consideration by the programme committee. Again the length of the session can vary from 1 hour, 30 minutes to 2 hours but should be justified in the submission. 

For symposia a main title (no more than 12 words) and abstract of no more than 250 words is required along with the organizer(s) name, institution and email address. Title (no more than 12 words), short abstract (no more than 150 words) and presenter(s) name, institution and email address are required for each individual contribution.

Individual Presentations

Presentations of 20 minutes followed by questions/discussions should include: 250 word maximum abstract.

Pecha Kucha Presentations

Session with each presentation consisting of 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds each. The presentation will therefore run for a total time of six minutes and 40 seconds, followed by questions/discussion. Presentations can be individual or presenters may request that their presentations are grouped into a topic or theme. Please submit a 250 word maximum abstract 

5 minute challenge session

Presentations for 5 minutes on a topic or proposal (e.g., for an activity, collaborative project, book proposal, idea, argument, special issue of a journal, etc.) followed by audience discussion. Please submit a 250 word maximum abstract


Abstracts for posters can be submitted for consideration. The format of poster presentations should be on paper Size A0 with maximum dimensions of 120cm (height) and 90cm (width). Please submit a 250 word maximum abstract



Abstract submissions are now closed but late submissions are still being considered. Please email for further information.