Each year, the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) holds a conference for its members. Past host cities of the annual event have included Toronto, Berlin, Sydney and Cape Town. This year, another renowned city is added to the list, as Coventry hosts the event for the first time.
The city will welcome around 200 members of the ISTP, a forum for psychological discussion, from 26th – 30th June. As it was founded in the early 1980s, 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the first ISTP conference – and this year’s event looks set to be one of the most exciting yet. Attracting ISTP members from six continents across the globe, it will involve a busy schedule of in-depth talks and workshops over four days.
The programme of the event is extremely rich and varied. Topics being discussed range from feminist approaches to psychology, psychoanalytical theory and evolutionary psychological issues, to new ideas in social constructionism and the link between psychology and technology. Attendees will be able to choose from up to six sessions running parallel to each other at any one time, allowing visitors to access a diverse range of discussions.
This year’s event has the theme of Resistance and Renewal, encompassing the history of both the society and psychological theory, along with the contemporary issues of the field and the potential debates of the future. ‘Resistance’ is intended to address work that is conceptual, theoretical, critical or philosophical that challenges contemporary practices, theories and taken-for-granted assumptions in psychology and its close neighbours (for example, sociology). ‘Renewal’ highlights the importance of attracting new thought and members to maintain the work of the society.
The aims of the conference include challenging assumptions, promoting interdisciplinary approaches and giving new life to established perspectives. Above all, the weekend is certain to stimulate debate in the field, and leave attendees with a fresh set of ideas.