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Welcome

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).

The goal of the First Conference is to understand people in culturally diverse contexts, continuing the legacy established by Wundt. The second goal is to examine the content of human thoughts, emotions and actions in local and cultural context. The third goal is to examine the role of agency, intentions and goals in explaining behavior. The fourth goal is to integrate arts and humanities with social sciences. The fifth goal is to contribute to development of psychological knowledge that is relevant, useful and universal

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:

  1. Psychological analysis of local knowledge and indigenous concepts.
  2. Indigenous and cultural analysis of psychological theories, concepts and knowledge.
  3. Development of indigenous methods and research design.
  4. Life-span development in indigenous and cultural context.
  5. Application of psychological knowledge in family, education, organizations, and health.
  6. Application of indigenous and cultural knowledge to promote societal development.
  7. Cultural diversity as a source of creativity, knowledge and innovation.
  8. Intergroup relations, intercultural contact and acculturation.
  9. Cross-indigenous research and application.
  10. 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).