The Psychology of Global Crises: State Surveillance, Solidarity and Everyday Life

  • Martin Dege (Organizer)
  • Irene Strasser (Organizer)
  • Maria Medved (Organizer)
  • Zachary Beckstead (Organizer)
  • Robert Beshara (Organizer)
  • Chimirri, N. A. (Organizer)
  • Carolin Demuth (Organizer)
  • Yasuhiro Igarashi (Organizer)
  • Antonia Larraín (Organizer)
  • Pina Marsico (Organizer)
  • Athanasios Marvakis (Organizer)
  • Schraube, E. (Organizer)
  • Fu Wai (Organizer)
  • Meike Watzlawik (Organizer)

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The current global Covid-19 crisis is unprecedented in many ways. Yet, ‘crisis’ as a phenomenon is everything but new. In the past years, we have been in the middle of the so-called ‘refugee crisis,’ the European sovereign debt crisis, the subprime mortgage crisis and the 2007-2008 global financial crisis. Some attest to a more general crisis of liberal democracy, an eventual crisis of capitalism, or a ‘population change crisis.’ Climate change is typically identified as a central factor in the emergence of future global crises. Beyond economically driven crises, we experience crises on the social and cultural levels: the Occupy movement, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, Cambridge Analytica, the global surveillance disclosures, etc. On a smaller scale, we witness crises of various academic disciplines, famous among them perhaps the replication crisis in psychology. Some go further and argue that the social sciences are in a state of perpetual crisis at least since the beginnings of the 20th century. Last not least, psychologists identify and treat crises on an individual level: loss of workplace, loneliness, depression. Every crisis phenomenon maps its territory and calls for its experts and expert discourses, measures and publicly communicated courses of action.
Sparked by current developments, the theme of this conference is ‘crisis’ in all its varieties. Who is speaking to the current crisis and with what advice? Which voices are heard? What can the social sciences contribute to understand crises, the current global situation and expectations for the future? How can we critically examine the concept of ‘crisis.’ Who defines a situation as a crisis? Who benefits from and who is negatively affected by crises? How do crises change local communities? How do they affect the individual agency and the relationship of citizens to one another?
In times of crisis, let us come together in the virtual world and discuss the phenomena at hand.
Period20 May 202030 May 2020
Event typeConference
LocationParis, FranceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational