Community Research and Action in the West (CRA-W) Conference

Deconstructing Coloniality/Creating Decoloniality in Community Psychology

Community Research and Action in the West (CRA-W) and Psychologists for Social Responsibility in the West  (PsySR-W) Conference

January 27-28, 2018

Hosted by the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA

Decoloniality is a necessarily ongoing project that should take place in multiple localities--attentive to local colonial and neoliberal histories and realities, struggles of resistance and cultural resilience, and the assets and needs of communities and their members. Critical and committed community psychologists need to understand and deconstruct coloniality and its impact on theory and practices that represent hegemonic regimes of truth. How do we center epistemologies and ontologies that have been silenced in the academy, such as those of Indigenous Psychologies of the Global South that emerge from multiple localities and are based on paradigms that are discordant with US-Eurocentric social sciences? How do we eliminate the promotion and maintenance of paradigms that desecrate   the environment and manufacture racism, sexism and structural violence? This conference invites students, committed community psychologists, scholars of related disciplines and areas in   psychology, practitioners, advocates, activists, policymakers, and communities to gather and create answers to these important questions. We will share, imagine, dream, and co-construct ways to  facilitate emergent decolonial praxes.

Conference Format: Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, as well as community members and professionals in the non-profit sector, are invited to propose presentations in a variety of formats:

  • Paper presentation (e.g., oral presentation of research or community practice/action project) (20 min)
  • Interactive roundtable (e.g., panel discussion with 3-5 presenters on a focused topic relevant to Community Research and Action) (60 min)
  • Posters (e.g., visual presentation of a project)
  • Innovative sessions (e.g., workshops; multimedia presentation, film or art projects) (60 min)

Call for Papers: The call for presentations will go out in early August.