Sessions & Structure

PSSP ’17 aims to generate a space of two days of free (but organized) exchange between prominent people (and / or emerging) or people just interested in working on psycho-social (not individual) models and theories, from various universities. Three types of activities will take place during PSSP’17.

Debate and Exchange

The sessions will be structured over two axes:

  1. From specific theoretical frameworks (Social Representation theories, critical theories, interactionist theories, Gestalt, socio-cognitive theories, complexity theories, etc ..),
  2. An analysis of specific relevant social questions, and how they fit and may contribute to and benefit from social psychology.

In each debate session, a speaker or coordinator team of the session presents the axes to structure the debate (maximum 5-10 minutes), and invites participants to contribute with experiences / research or theoretical contributions, that have been successful (or contributor believes that they have been useful). These contributions under no circumstances would be formal ‘presentations’ or ‘communications’. Contributions would be informal and spontaneous, or suggested in the light of the stimulating debate. Nevertheless, we must provide a minimum contributions in each case. In this way, when participants register, they should summarize in a few lines which idea or contribution they want to defend on the meeting and which specific questions, namely regarding social psychology and social challenges, they would like to discuss during the meeting;

Strategic Decisions

Analyze the current academic situation. For instance, the current system of selection and accreditation of academics and researchers prioritizes a kind of productivity that harms plurality. (ex. indexing of journals, impact criteria (questionable) the need of Q1 publications, etc.). It’s difficult nowadays to change the system, but is possible to think about strategies to improve the chances of a multidisciplinary approach (e.g. to help an open magazine to achieve Q1, etc)

Speed Dating

Direct exchanges of information between all participants. At the meeting, all participants converse with each other in pairs, changing interlocutor ‘mandatory’ in each unit of time agreed (5-10 min). These provide a more personalized touch, which could facilitate the direct exchange and if necessary, the emergence of common projects. Obviously, contacts deepened further in the informal and later established exchanges.