PSYOPS: The Psychology of Political Struggle

PSYOPS: The Psychology of Political Struggle
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Led by Inger Skjelsbæk
Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

The seminar series PSYOPS: The Psychology of Political Struggle is organized jointly by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Department of Psychology, University of Oslo & Psychology Students Without Borders (PUG).

Upcoming Seminars

April 6: The Conflict in South-Sudan: A Closer Look at Social Identities and Psychological Fieldwork.

Time: Thursday, 06 April 2017 09:00-11:00

Place: Institute of Psychology, Forskningsveien 3A - Forsamlingssalen.

  • Fanny Nicolaisen (research assistant, PRIO) will present an update on the current situation in South Sudan
  • Sigrun Marie Moss  (Associate Professor – Department of Psychology UiO) will talk about social identities in Sudan, and processes before the separation of the country - why it was separated in accordance with identities
  • Kay Oxholm – Psykologist with the Doctors Without Borders - will talk about experiences from his psychological fieldwork in 2014, and how psychologists work in the field, as well as psychological consequences of the conflict.

Breakfast is served from 08:30, while the seminar starts at 09:00.

May 9: Healing Afghanistan: How Psychological Insights Can Make a Difference in a Country Torn by War

Time: Tuesday, 09 May 09:00-11:00
Place: Institute of Psychology, Forskningsveien 3A - Forsamlingssalen.
  • Kristian Berg Harpviken - Director PRIO 
  • Ragnhild Dybdahl - Psykolog/Associate Professor at the Osle and Akershus University College (HiOA) will talk about how psykological knowledge on trauma can be utilized to promote health, peace and development
  • Kenneth Sandin - Psykologist with Doctors Without Borders (TBC)
Breakfast is served from 08:30, while the seminar starts at 09:00

Previous Seminars

February 14: Donald Trump: A Cautionary Tale of Leadership and the Threat to Democracy

Donald Trump is now in office as the 45th President of the United States - this despite what many commentators describe as his misogyny, his racism, his crudity, his tendency to break every rule of political decorum, and against the expectations of nearly every commentator. How did this happen? What is the secret of Trump’s success?

  • The main speaker was Professor Stephen Reicher, University of St Andrews and comments were made by Professor Scott Gates, University of Oslo & PRIO.
  • Introductions were held by Inger Skjelsbæk, University of Oslo & PRIO and Øyunn Sofie Fencl, Students Without Borders (Chair).
  • The event was recorded

March 9: Migration and Psychology: Research on Migration and Clinical Work with Refugees

This seminar presented research and work with migration issues and refugees. Among the topics was how we can look at migration issues in a larger context, and treatment of refugees who have been subjected to torture. The major refugee crisis in recent times makes this a very topical and important theme.

  • Jørgen Carling, Research Professor at PRIO talked about "Migration as a research field, and awareness of broader migration themes".
  • Nora Sveaass, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, UiO talked about "Work with refugees and the treatment of refugees who have been subjected to torture and other abuses".
  • The event was recorded.