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Conference Highlights: Inaugural Keynote by Prof. Sudhir Kakar; Valedictory Address by Prof. Yash Pal; Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Prabhat Patnaik; Durganand Sinha Memorial Lecture by Prof. Ajit K. Mohanty; Keynote Address by Prof. Michael Posner, Prof. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Prof. T. S. Saraswathi, Prof. Heidi Keller, Prof. Prakash Padakannaya; State-of-the-Art Lecture by Prof. R. C.Tripathi, Prof. Janak Pandey, Prof. Anil Sadgopal, Prof. Leelawati Krishnan, Prof. Girishwar Mishra, Prof. Ajit K. Dalal, Prof R.C. Mishra, Prof. Pierre Dasen;  Meet the Scholars : Prof. Sudhir Kakar, Prof. Michael Posner, Prof. Tove-Skutnabb Kangas, Prof. Anil Sadgopal, Prof. R. C. Tripathi; Special Evening Lecture by Prof.  Robert Phillipson

The National Academy of Psychology (NAOP), India and the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi together announce the XXth Annual Convention of the National Academy of Psychology (NAOP), India, to be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, from December 12 - 15, 2010. The aim of this conference is to provide an intellectual-collaborative space for contemporary debates on the co-constitutive nature of cultures, practices and human mind, the adequacy of the theoretical and conceptual tools used for studying these relationships and the future of the psychological sciences in 21st century India.  The theme of the conference “Mind, Culture and Human Activities: Psychological Sciences in Twenty First Century” seeks to examine how human minds and subjectivities are formed in collectives, how do they interact and how do they change each other including the practice itself. On behalf of NAOP 2010 scientific committee, we invite you to submit symposium proposals and papers for oral and poster sessions and to participate. We look forward to seeing you this December in JNU, New Delhi. 

NAOP, India is a professional organization founded in 1987 and is a member of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS). Its members are professional practitioners, researchers and academicians from all over the country. In recent years, its participation in international events like IACCP, ICAP and ICP has been phenomenal. Besides regular publications based on its own Annual Conventions, which usually attract substantial international participations, the impact of NAOP is evident in its major official publication:
Psychological Studies (http://www.springer.com/psychology/journal/12646).

Following its intellectual tradition of debate, the XXth Annual Convention of NAOP announces its mandate to encourage submission of original and thought provoking empirical and theoretical papers from all areas of psychological research that engage in social, political and historical analysis of cultural practices of diverse religious, caste and ethnic communities in India and its bearing on human minds and their psychological wellbeing. Debates are invited on the theoretical and empirical tools that the Indian psychologists use to study the development of human mind in conditions of poverty, discrimination and uneven economic and social development resulting from rapid urbanization and globalization in India. In order to orient the submissions to our conference theme, we present below the subthemes: 

Conference Theme

MIND, CULTURE AND HUMAN ACTIVITIES: PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES IN TWENTY FIRST CENTURY

Subthemes:

    • Cognitive Neuropsychology
    • Cultural Practices, Human Cognition and Development
    • Work, Institutional Practices and Mind
    • Indigenous psychology and Indian psychology
    • Indian Society and Critical Social Psychology
    • Clinical practices, Health Psychology and Well Being 
    • Measurement Paradigms and Assessment Issues
    • Poverty and Human Development
    • Indian Society and Educational Practices

The theme of the conference goes well with the academic focus of Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies(ZHCES), JNU, Delhi (www.jnu.ac.in), the local host of the XXth annual convention of NAOP.  Its thirty-eight yearlong struggle to situate debates in educational studies in multiples social science disciplines like psychology, sociology, history and economics with a focus on the socio-historical and political context of an Indian child and her rights, parent and school will definitely provide the right kind of intellectual milieu for this conference.

We hope that you enjoy the ecstatic winter colours of JNU, its campus life, the dhaba culture, the political graffiti, ridges, wild life and the evening tea. 

The conference highlights include keynote addresses by Indian and international scholars, Prof. Durganand Sinha memorial lecture, symposia, pre- and post-conference workshop on Structural Equation Modeling and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) respectively, Durganand Sinha dissertation award, best paper award by NAOP, round tables, state-of-the-art lectures in the evening and a series of four special symposia on language, cognition and learning.

Please contact the Convener of the organizing committee, Dr. Minati Panda: Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067; (minatip@gmail.com) for any queries.

Minati Panda
Convener, NAOP2010

 

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