History & Philosophy of Psychology: Exploring Alternatives Conference

Conferences
Jun 18, 2018 - 9:00am to Jun 20, 2018 - 4:30pm
Ambrose University
150 Ambrose Circle SW
Calgary, AB
Canada

History & Philosophy of Psychology Conference Calgary

The History & Philosophy of Psychology (HPP) Section of the Canadian Psychological Association is pleased to announce a conference June 18-20, 2018 at Ambrose University in Calgary Alberta. 

Exploring Alternatives?

Conferences often involve a ‘packaged’ presentation followed by a few questions, but rarely does program structure enable opportunities for the kind of meaningful dialogue that energizes scholarly work.  The ‘Exploring Alternatives’ theme of the conference requires the freedom to explore innovative program ideas that foster generative dialogue. The following pages outline a general program structure that is oriented towards fostering generative dialogue.

‘Exploring Alternative’s also requires open programming.  The HPP section is not large and so there is flexibility to add material or adjust the program to fit the desires of the conference delegates.  Although a program structure is outlined, it is an open program insofar as interested scholars are welcome to contact the program organizing committee. That is, we are extending an invitation to be involved as a commentator or discussant of symposia papers, and then giving details about what this would involve (e.g., writing a short commentary beforehand, etc.)  

Backstory

At our section business meeting following the convention in Toronto this year, concerns were raised about several new and ongoing developments that substantially detract from the value of being part of the CPA convention program. Not only has it become more difficult to maintain control of our programming and room, but the costs of registration have become increasingly prohibitive in recent years. These costs are even greater for the 2018 conference in Montreal. After careful consideration, and support from a significant proportion of section members, the Executive has opted to hold a separate conference for the HPP Section in Calgary in 2018. We feel that the reduced costs of attending this meeting, as well as greater flexibility with programming, will allow members and others with affiliations with HPP to share our research and ideas in a way that is conducive to scholarly exchange and a renewed perspective for the section.

Getting Involved

For scholars interested in participating in the conference as a discussant or presenter, please contact the chair of the conference organizing committee: Jim Cresswell, Jim.cresswell@ambrose.edu .  Please include “HPP Conference” in the subject line.

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Conference Schedule:

MONDAY June 18, 2018

Daily Theme: Realism

The notion of what counts as real is not often questioned in psychology but, as the conveners of this symposium discuss, it should be.   Statistical positivism has been critiqued and found wanting as a way to build claims that correspond with reality, yet should we give up on re-presenting what is real to research participants?  This symposium explores such questions and how a sophisticated late-modern approach to realism could be formed.    The symposium sets the theme for the day by exploring realism in psychological science.

9:00

Thematic Symposium: On the Problem of Realism in Psychology
  • Statistical Positivism versus Critical Scientific Realism: AComparison of Two Paradigms for Motivation Research
    • Valery Chirkov (University of Saskatchewan)
  • On Realism & the Epistemology of Earnest Irony
    • Jim Cresswell (Ambrose University)
  • Between Post-structuralism and Critical Realism: Hermeneutic Realism in the Social Sciences
    • Eric Bergmann and Jim Cresswell (Ambrose University)

10:30 Break

11:00

Plenary Discussion
  • Students or other interested parties are encouraged to connect with presenters and submit short commentaries in advance

12:30 Lunch

2:00

Individual Papers
  • A Magical Realist Framework of Inquiry
    • Jaime Williams and William E. Smythe (University of Regina)
  • Techniques of the self and experimental introspection: The study of Edward Bradford Titchener Text-Books
    • Arthur Arruda Leal Ferreira (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
  • Food practices and healthy eating: How pediatric patients and their parents cope with inflammatory bowel disease
    • Kim H. Chuong et al. (University of Guelph)

3:30

Round Table Discussion
  • What counts as real knowledge in psychological research?

5:00

Keynote Reflections & Response
  • Ken Nickel (Ambrose University)

 


TUESDAY June 19, 2018

Daily Theme: Public Deliberation

Several of the members of the HPP section from the University of Guelph have been working on the topic of public deliberation.  Research results are never simply applied because they are entwined with dialogue in the public sphere.    As the conveners of the thematic symposium present, public deliberation is a central aspect of psychological science.  They illustrate the unique role that theoretical psychology can play in public conversation. 

The following plenary conversations, individual presentations, workshop, and keynote response enhance and continue this discussion.

9:00

Thematic Symposium: Psychological Studies of Public Deliberation
  • Public deliberation as social psychological research and practice
    • Kieran O’Doherty (University of Guelph)
  • Wordsmithing: crafting collective recommendations in a public deliberation
    • Kristie Serota (University of Guelph)
  • Examining Representations of Individuals and Groups as a Rhetorical Tool in the Ontario Vaccine Deliberation
    • Jessica White, (University of Guelph)
  • Using Positioning Theory to Analyze Social Processes in Public Deliberation
    • Emma Conway (University of Guelph)

10:30 Break

11:00

Workshop
  • Pedagogy as Public Deliberation
    • Marissa Barnes (York University)

12:30 Lunch

2:00

Individual Papers
  • Miss Civil Service and the fruit machine (1950s & 60s):  Canadian security risks during the Cold War
    • John Connors (Burman University)
  • Persons with Mental Illness, Epistemic Injustice, and Supported Decision-Making: A Case Study in Strawsonian Epistemology
    • Mike Ashfield (University of Southern California)

3:30

Keynote
  • Ian Lubek (University of Guelph)

4:30

Critical thoughts on particular Health Psychology timelines:  Tracing a history of a sub-discipline and of a project

  • Hank Stam (University of Calgary)

 


WEDNESDAY June 20, 2018

Daily Theme: Depth

Several of the regular participants in the HPP section have been working on the topic of Depth in psychology.  As the conveners of the thematic symposium present, research in the psychological sciences has tended towards a progressive distancing from everyday human phenomena, resulting in trivial findings.  The symposium sets the theme for the day by exploring what a relevant psychology marked by depth would look like.

9:00

Individual Papers
  • Critical Thinking: Rorschach Test of Institutional Values
    • Bradley Lewis and Dr. Hank Stam (University of Calgary)
  • Phenomenology of depression: A critical-feminist intervention
    • Susannah Mulvale & Raha Sheivari (York University)
  • Hermeneutics, culture and identity: Dynamics of development and meaning
    • Randal Tonks (Camosum College)

10:30 Break

11:00

Plenary Discussion
  • Students or other interested parties are encouraged to connect with presenters and submit short commentaries in advance

12:30 Lunch

2:00

Thematic Symposium: Finding Depth in the Everyday
  • Psychology in a New Mood
    • Cor Baerveldt (University of Alberta) and Floyd Dunphy (Independent Interdisciplinary Scholar)
  • Risk and Ambiguity in Heterosex Sexual Encounters: An Examination of the Complicities in Coordinating Desire
    • Evan Shillabeer and Vickie Richard (University of Alberta)

3:30

Keynote Reflection & Response
  • Hank Stam

4:30

Plenary Discussion & Business meeting

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