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Annual Conference: ‘Psychosocial Reflections on a Half Century of Cultural Revolution’

5th April 2018 @ 8:00 am - 7th April 2018 @ 5:00 pm


  • University of Bournemouth


  • 5th-7th April 2018

Call for papers

*Due to popular demand, we have added a new open stream for those who wish to submit proposals for papers, panels or artistic presentations on:

“Current and Future Directions in Psychosocial Studies”

‘Psychosocial Reflections on a Half Century of Cultural Revolution’


Join us to reflect on revolutionary relationships and revolutionary politics which challenged authority then and which influence us now.

The cultural forces and the political movements of 1967 and 1968 aimed to change the world, and did so. Recent development of some populist and protest politics could be seen as a continuation of the revolutionary movements in the 1960s. Hedonistic themes that recall the summer of love suffuse contemporary life, and self-reflection and emotional literacy have also become prominent values, linked towards human diversity and the international community.

We invite you to offer psychosocial analyses of the development and legacy today of the ‘revolutions’ in love, sex and politics. This could be via explorations of contemporary issues in politics, culture and artistic expression, or through historical studies. All proposals for papers must indicate how they address both psychological and social dimensions of their topic.



Send your abstract of 250-300 words to APS2018@bournemouth.ac.uk

Deadline: 22nd January 2018.

(Existing submissions, notified by 1st November).


Send your abstract of 250-300 words to: APS2018@bournemouth.ac.uk


Topics could include:

  • What happened to hate in the Summer of Love?
  • Lennon vs Lenin: did 1967 and 1968 announce two divergent trends in contemporary culture, and what has happened since to the psychosocial forces they expressed?
  • What are the meanings of ‘liberation’ today?
  • New inequalities in post-industrial societies
  • The resurgence of religion
  • The Six Day War, intifadas, and intractability
  • The planetary environment: fantasies and politics
  • Trajectories of feminism
  • The changing nature of ageing
  • ‘The personal is political’ and other rhetoric in historical context
  • Free minds and free markets
  • The ethics of freedom: for example, where now for freedom of speech?
  • From the Manson Family to the Islamic State
  • Pop music’s global conquest and musical hybridity
  • Changes in artistic practice, creativity and commodification
  • The transformation of media
  • The digitisation of everything
  • Higher education: democratisation and marketisation
  • The potential and limitations of theories of narcissism as a major tool for understanding late modern/postmodern cultures
  • New narcissisms in the 21st century
  • Therapeutic culture and its critics
  • Where are they now? Biographical narratives of the revolutionaries
  • States of mind in pivotal moments: San Francisco 67, Paris 68, and since
  • The sense of entitlement: narcissism or social justice?
  • The decline of deference and its consequences
  • The hatred of government and authority
  • The sexualisation of culture
  • Controlled decontrolling or repressive desublimation? Elias and Marcuse on cultural liberalisation
  • Our bodies ourselves: shifting patterns and perceptions of embodiment.


5th April 2018 @ 8:00 am
7th April 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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University of Bournemouth