Monday, 19 October 2015

Invitation to the Jim Sidanius Public Lecture at UJ on 20 October 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We are absolutely thrilled that Professor Jim Sidanius (Harvard University) has agreed to give a public lecture at the University of Johannesburg. As you may know, he is a HUGE figure in social psychology. I have attached a brief bio for those who are unfamiliar with his work. Please distribute to your networks.  

Title: Macro-Micro Interfacing and the Production of Group-Based Social Hierarchy: The Case of Individual Differences in Social Dominance and Institutional Terror
Date: 20 October 2015
Time: 12h15
Venue: Madibeng Council Chambers
RSVP: Madalein Bezuidenhout by 12 October 2015


As an example of attempts to explore the interaction between macro- and micro-levels analysis, social dominance theory argues that the creation, maintenance and re-creation of group based social hierarchy is, among other factors, a result of interacting forces acting at multiple levels of analysis. These levels of analysis include the production and dissemination of system-wide social ideologies and social practices, the hierarchy-enhancing and hierarchy attenuating character of social institutions, the dynamics of social identities and the differential behavioral predispositions of individuals embedded within social institutions. In this talk, I will focus on the intersection between institutions of social repression and institutional terrorism, and individual differences in preference for group-based social inequality. Finally, I will examine some of the precise mechanisms responsible for the matching of individuals with hierarchy enhancing or hierarchy attenuating tastes with the hierarchy attenuating/enhancing character of social institutions within which individuals are embedded.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Call for Papers: Community Psychology in Global Perspective - Special Issue on Structural Violence

The online journal Community Psychology in Global Perspective invites submissions for a special issue titled, Structural Violence and Community-based Research and Action. We encourage papers from scholars, educators, practitioners, and activists engaging with and/or interrogating community-based action and research through the lens of structural violence. 

The deadline for submission of manuscripts is January 15, 2016.
Please see below and attachments for more information on the special issue.

Urmi on behalf of
Christopher Sonn
M. Brinton Lykes<>
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Phone: 978-934-2227<tel:978-934-2227>

Monday, 14 September 2015

Annual Meeting of the CaSP Division on 18 September 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the CaSP Division,

A reminder of the Annual General Meeting for the Community and Social Psychology Division which will take place during the 21st Annual PsySSA Congress.

Venue: Emperor's Palace in Johannesburg
Date: Friday, 18 September 2015
Time: 13:15 - 14:45

Prof Ronelle Carolissen will chair the meeting.

Kind regards
Eduard Fourie

Sunday, 12 July 2015

KING DINUZULU HOSPITAL COMPLEX Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry invite you to the Durban Mental Health Symposium

Venue:King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex, former King George V Hospital, is located at 75 RD Naidu Drive. Enter via Viola Rd, Sydenham / Asherville.

Date: 29 July 2015; Time: 8.30 – 12.30;Cost: R50 at the door

Dr Devi Rajab, couns elling/educational psychologist & writer

Are women sicker than men? Women and mental health

Ms. Nandisa Tushini, counselling psychologist, C-Max correctional center
The policy/practice gaps in our correctional centres

Dr Sibongile Mashaphu, specialist psychiatrist & lecturer
Living in an HIV Serodiscordant relationship

Prof Kitty Uys, Head of Dept., Occupational Therapy, UKZN
Dignity in communication



Thursday, 2 July 2015

6th International Conference on Community Psychology Global Dialogues on Critical Knowledges, Liberation and Community 27-30 May 2016 International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa

6th International Conference on Community Psychology
Global Dialogues on Critical Knowledges, Liberation and Community
27-30 May 2016
International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa

The University of South Africa, the South African Medical Research Council, and the Psychological Society of South Africa are pleased to release the First Announcement of the 6thInternational Conference on Community Psychology (ICCP2016). ICCP2016 will be held at the International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa, 27-30 May 2016. The theme of the conference is Global Dialogues on Critical Knowledges, Liberation and Community. The conference theme seeks to accord representation, voice and space to theories and enactments of community psychology that contribute to robust debate and conversations about the identity and representational forms of community psychology, the critical roles of community psychologists, and the epistemological and ontological diversity present in global enactments of community psychology. As such, the conference aims to stimulate global dialogues that seek to disrupt hegemonic influences, call into question that which is construed as critical knowledges, and reflect on the meanings of liberation and community. The conference programme will consist of keynote addresses; oral and poster presentations; symposia; thematic panels; roundtable discussions; innovative presentations; social events; cultural activities; and the opportunity to engage with exhibitors.
We invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at ICCP2016.
Abstract submission opens in August 2015 and closes on 8 January 2016.

Please click here to access the e-Announcement PDF and visit the conference website ( for more information.

Join us in Global Dialogues on Critical Knowledges, Liberation and Community in Durban, South Africa in May 2016!

Mohamed Seedat, Conference Chair
Shahnaaz Suffla, Conference Co-chair 

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Invitation to participate in a symposium on community engagement initiatives at the upcoming PsySSA Congress

Dear Colleagues,

The Community and Social Psychology Division of PsySSA invites you to participate in a symposium on community engagement initiatives at the PsySSA Congress that will take place from 15 to 18 September 2015 at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. We know that there are many noteworthy community engagement projects in various parts and regions of the country, managed by psychologists and psychology practitioners. We also know that many psychologists who primarily identify with other Divisions of PsySSA also engage in very important community work. In an attempt to draw on and share some of the abundance of this important work, we would like to invite you to present a paper on your project or a paper raising debates about "community" and community engagement in psychology to be included in the symposium.

Should you be interested to participate in the symposium, please send a title of your presentation, with an abstract of 250 words and a list of keywords to the coordinator of the symposium, Prof Ronelle Carolissen, at The abstract submission closes in two days’ time, so your speedy response will be appreciated!

For more information on the PsySSA Congress and for guidelines for the preparation of presentations, visit the PsySSA website at and for more information about the Community and Social Psychology Division, visit the blog at

Kind regards

Eduard Fourie
Chair of the Community and Social Psychology Division

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Invitation to participate in a series of symposia during the upcoming PsySSA Congress

Dear Colleagues

As you may already be aware, the annual PsySSA Congress is being held at Emperor’s palace from the 15-18 September 2015. I am putting togethersome symposia with a few colleagues from the PsySSA Division of Research Methodology.

I am writing to you to see if you or anyone in your unit would like to contribute papers to any of the symposia listed below at the PsySSA Congress. Please note that you are welcome to put together your own symposia or presentations and submit online at PsySSA would also like to encourage symposia and presentations that have a practice and practitioner focus rather than being a solely academic/research focus. We would also be willing to extend symposia over two or three sessions like for example in the psychological assessment theme if there were more than the 6 papers for a symposium.

Symposium 1: Research in Practice (Dr. Vanessa Scherman to convene) Paper 1: Implications of the new assessment legislation for private practitioners Paper 2: Capturing test data in private practice - managing test data, ethical issues included Paper 3 - Evaluation criteria for test selection – what private practitioners need to know Paper 4 - Publishing and presenting client data: the ethical and practical issues Paper 5 - Paper 6 - Paper 7-

Symposium 2 and maybe 3 (could be over two or more conference slots): Instrument development and adaptation in South Africa (Prof Sumaya Laher to convene) Paper 1 - Presentation on instrument to measure bullying Paper 2 - Developing an instrument to measure Anorexia nervosa in men Paper 3 - Using ECD ECERS and ITERS on SA children Paper 4 - Paper 5 - Paper 6 - Paper 7 - 

Symposium 3 and maybe 4 on Social media and/or Technology in Psychology (we are thinking on splitting these into two foci - technology in psychology and social media research in psychology) Paper 1 - The digital divide in South Africa – Implications for Psychology – Sumaya Laher Paper 2 – Using social media for research - practicalities and ethics (Lynn Hendriks and/or Sherianne Kramer - might move to Symposium 3) Paper 3 - Understanding learner attitudes towards Ipads/Tablets in blended learning environments – Sam Hart, Emma Boshoff and Sumaya Laher Paper 4 - Exploring computer attitudes, learning styles and learner motivation as predictors of learner achievement – Emma Boshoff, Sam Hart and Sumaya Laher Paper 5 - Effects of E-technology on therapeutic relationships – R.Klette Paper 6 - this is the least developed of the symposia but if you have something on computerized assessment it might fit in here Paper 6 - Paper 7 -

Please can you let me know as soon as possible if any of you would be interested in presenting and for which symposia. If you would like to join any of the symposia, I would need the abstracts submitted to me by the 10 April. Regretfully this is not a funded information. Colleagues will attend and pay for the conference themselves



Prof. S. Laher
Associate Professor - Psychology
School of Human & Community Development

University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, WITS, 2050, South Africa Tel +2711 717 4532 Fax 086 553 4913 Mobile +2783 225 7328