Call for contributions
The 3rd Community Psychology Festival is a friendly and accessible educational alternative to an academic conference, with public participation at its heart. It is a celebration of the work of psychologists as well as community organisations, and showcases initiatives that fit with our ethos and themes.
Feedback from past festivals has extolled the atmosphere of solidarity and coming together, which we value above any single individual contribution.
The festival has an international outlook and has hosted participants from Europe, Israel, the Americas, India and New Zealand. It can be attended by anybody with an interest in psychology or community work. We welcome contributions from related disciplines and opportunities to collaborate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Call for contributions
Proposals are invited in relation to four thematic strands:
- Housing, mental health, and wellbeing
- Supporting those who work in communities
- What’s art got to do with it?
- What does it mean to be critical?
We are aiming to host imaginative and interactive programmed activities for Festival participants. Proposed activities could include any of the following:
- Workshops and masterclasses (eg sharing how to use a research and development technique or how to use a community participation method
- Debate or discussion forum
- Films (to be screened in a projector-enabled dark studio
- Research: papers, symposia, Pecha Kucha (the format and content must be engaging for a general audience)
- Performances: song, poetry, dance, audio-visual art installations or other media
- Overview of community projects
- Examples of collaborative work
If you have ideas about another format or a proposed activity that does not fit into the above, please contact the Programming Chair, Dr Cathy Warner, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. We are looking forward to receiving a varied range of submissions in order to announce a provisional programme by July 2017.
Past contributions have included:
- talks by prominent European scholars
- ‘walk and talk’ sessions
- dancing workshops
- research papers
- an ‘ideas wall’
- activist groups
- Theatre of the Oppressed
- prospective reflection through ‘letters from the future’
- photography workshops.
The deadline for contributions closes on 30 June at 17:00.
What is community psychology?
Community psychology is a recently reinvigorated branch of applied psychology that highlights the detrimental effects of structural inequality and competitive individualism on mental health and wellbeing.
Community psychologists are typically clinical, counselling, health, organisational, and educational psychologists who work in diverse settings such as the NHS, third sector, social enterprises, local councils, academia, and policy making.
Community psychology believes that healthy individuals are the product of healthy societies. It seeks to create ways of living and working that adhere to social justice, and to advocate for those that have been marginalised, excluded, and/or oppressed.
Get in touch
If you have queries please contact the festival organiser, Dr Miltos Hadjiosif, at Miltos.Hadjiosif@uwe.ac.uk. Dr Hadjiosif is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at UWE Bristol.