The First International Conference of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology
Understanding people in culturally diverse contexts
Recently, psychology celebrated its 120th anniversary of the founding of psychology by Wilhelm Wundt in 1879. Wundt helped to establish the experimental method in psychology and emphasized the importance VÖlkerpsychologie (i.e., cultural psychology). He regarded cultural psychology to be a “more important branch of psychological science which was destined to eclipse experimental psychology” (Danziger, 1983). He devoted the latter part of his life documenting sociocultural influences in his 10 volume work, VÖlkerpsychologie (Wundt, 1916).
Indonesia is ideally suited to host the First Conference, with its diverse cultures, religions and way of life: Indonesia has more than 100 languages, 250 dialects and five officially recognized religions (i.e., Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism). Indigenous way of life is dominant and culture provides a basis for achieving unity in diversity.
The conference will cover the following topics:
- Psychological analysis of local knowledge and indigenous concepts.
- Indigenous and cultural analysis of psychological theories, concepts and knowledge.
- Development of indigenous methods and research design.
- Life-span development in indigenous and cultural context.
- Application of psychological knowledge in family, education, organizations, and health.
- Application of indigenous and cultural knowledge to promote societal development.
- Cultural diversity as a source of creativity, knowledge and innovation.
- Intergroup relations, intercultural contact and acculturation.
- Cross-indigenous research and application.
- Linkages of art, music, and humanities with scientific understanding of human behavior.
During the opening ceremony of the conference, the Asian Association of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology will be launched and the selected presentations from the conference will be published in the Asian Journal of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology (2011).