International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

10G Turkish and Regional Perspectives: Psychopolitical Problems, Critical Perspectives and Disciplin

(Session Organizer) Ersin Asliturk, Ottawa University

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Ottawa University
Research Area: New theoretical and methodological developments

There are two main purposes of this panel. The first is to bring critical perspectives into major psychopolitical problems, such as nationalism, ethnocentrism, militarism, religious fundamentalism, sexism, homophobia, widespread socioeconomic inequality and other forms of political oppression, especially in Turkey and in other peripheral countries. Presenters will evaluate Kurdish, Armenian questions and torture in Turkey from a critical perspective, with a reference to Turkey’s painful past, ethnic homogenization, militarism and difficulties in facing with its shared history. In addition, conceptual issues regarding to violence against women will be critiqued based on feminist voices. The second aim of the panel is to evaluate reactions of psychology as a discipline to the major psychopolitical problems and to reflect upon disciplinary responsibility. Presenters will evaluate political implications of psychology as a knowledge regime with a reference to its own history, philosophy and methodological commitments. Problems associated with scientism and psychologization within the discipline will be discussed with regards to political power, status-quo and rhetoric of science. Potentials and pitfalls of re-politicising psychology and the value of recent psychopolitical studies and concepts will be reviewed. Hence, in this panel, criticism of society and criticism of psychology as a social scientific discipline will be considered together.