International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

9F Narratives of Security, Religion and Nation

(Session Organizer) Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Huron University College; (Chair) Molly Andrews, University of East London; (Discussant) Catarina Kinnvall, Lund University

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Huron University College
Research Area: International relations, globalization, macropolitical issues

This panel is interested in the psychological dimensions of narratives and myths for constructions of individual and group identity/identities. The construction and reconstruction of narratives and myths are contested processes, concerning both the struggle for control over historical and cultural space as well as the articulation of particular needs for individuals and groups in the present. In this panel we are interested in the stories being created around security, religion and the nation that people and groups use in order to make sense of themselves and others. Of particular interest is how such narratives and myths define intergroup relations and group conflict as well as the gendered dimensions of such narratives, but also how narratives can change and be changed by political and other actors.