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A collaboration between the Psychology Department (PSI) and the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo (UiO) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Please note: Registration for this conference has now closed. If you want to be on the waiting list, please email PRIO Communicator Iver Kleiven: ivekle@prio.org

The current international political climate with an increased attention to refugee and migrant flows, extremist movements, as well as tightened security measures within and between, states calls for considerable psychological and political reflection. New questions emerge with great urgency. For instance; how do different transitional measures following armed conflict, social upheaval and serious human rights violations influence reconstruction and peacebuilding? What is the meaning of justice in a context of post-conflict, and how can cycles of violence be broken? What are the social and psychological elements that form the backdrop of decision-making in extreme situations? How are men and women, boys and girls, recruited to extremist groups? What does it take for the same men and women, boys and girls, to leave? On what basis do refugees and migrants decide to flee or move and where to go? And what do new security measures within and between states do to the perception of wellbeing for old and new citizens?

In order to better understand and respond to these and other challenges there is a need for an integrated political psychological scholarship. While political challenges need political responses there is a need to better grasp what the implications are on group and individual levels. Further, there is a need within psychological scholarship to better integrate the political parameters in people’s lives and what these mean for identity development, perceptions, belonging and wellbeing.

This one day conference has an exploratory aim; to discuss what a scholarly agenda for an interdisciplinary political and psychological could look like in a Nordic setting. What would be the core questions, methodologies and implications and how to build networks and collaborations for future research?

Please note: Registration for this conference has now closed.

Program 25.October, 08:30 – 15:00 (16:30)

08:30–09:00 Registration and morning coffee
09:00–09:10 Welcoming remarks
Torkel Brekke, Deputy Director, PRIO
09:10–09:20 Introductory remarks
Nora Sveaass , Associate Professor in Culture and Community Psychology and at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), UiO
Inger Skjelsbæk, Research Professor II at PRIO and Associate Professor in Culture and Community Psychology and at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo (UiO)
09:20–09:50 Key Note Address: Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
Gunnar Stålsett, Bishop Emeritus, President of Religions for Peace; Special Advisor, Peace and Reconciliation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
09:50–10:30 Examples of Political Psychological Research at the Psychology Department at UiO
Lotte Thomsen, Associate Professor in Psychology and C-REX
Jonas Kunst, Post doc in Psychology and C-REX
Sigrun Marie Moss, Associate Professor in Psychology
Nora Sveaass, Associate Professor in Psychology and C-REX
10:30–10:45 Coffee break
10:45–11:05 Cultural psychology looks at political psychology: Intellectual twins reared apart?
Professor Jaan Vaalsiner, Director of the Centre for Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, Professor II at the Psychology Department, UiO
11:05–12:20 Panel discussion: Conflict, Extremism and Migration – Can political psychological scholarship improve understanding and policies
Torkel Brekke, Deputy Director, PRIO
Trine Waaktaar, Professor/Head of education, Psychology Department, UiO
Siri Erika Gullestad, Professor, Psychology Department, UiO
Anne Julie Semb, Institute Director, Political Science Department, UiO
Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Research Director, PRIO

Chairs: Nora Sveaass and Inger Skjelsbæk
12:20–13:20 Lunch
13:20–14:20 Publication trends in relevant journals
Reflections by Orla Muldoon, Professor, University of Limerick, and co-editor of "Political Psychology"

Reflections by Christopher Cohrs, Professor, Jacobs University Bremen, and co-editor of "Journal of Social and Political Psychology"
14:20–15:00 What are the research gaps in political psychology?
Karen Brounéus, Associate Professor, Peace and Conflict Department, Uppsala University

Laura Taylor, Associate Professor School of Psychology, Queen's University, Belfast
15:00–15:15 Coffee break
15:15–16:30 For invited guests only: Collaborations in political psychology – how can we move forward?
Open discussion in closed session for selected invitees

Please note: Registration for this conference has now closed.