July 31, 2012
I didn’t mean to take more than a month off from writing my blog!
I’ve been working on several projects—preparing presentations, writing two book proposals, reading applications to the Institute’s 2012-2013 International Class, working on the many aspects of the upcoming Performing the World 2012 conference, teaching an online course, Principles of Social Therapy for Massey University in New Zealand, to name a few. All good!
I’ll be going to Morelia Mexico in a week to attend the 2nd Marxism and Psychology Conference (the first one, in 2010, was also on the North American continent, but the Canadian maritime province of Prince Edward Island is about as far away geographically and culturally as you can get from Morelia, the history-rich capital of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico). Some old friends and colleagues are presenting but most people are new to me. So are many of the presentations—as they relate to the Mexican context. I’m geared up to learn!
I’m happy to be joining some esteemed scholars as part of two plenary sessions: “Marxism, Subjectivity and Cultural-Historical Psychology,” and “Psychology, Marxism and New Forms of Collective Action.” And I’m excited to present a symposium, “From Critical to Practical-Critical Psychology: Activating and Developing People and Community in Brazil, Mexico and the United States,” with dedicated and talented community educators Wellington de Oliveira (São Paulo) and Miguel Cortés, Mariana Loya and Jorge Burciaga (Juárez). It’s our opportunity to bring human development as a new form of “resistance” into the dialogue about how psychology can contribute to revolutionary change.
More to come in the next days!