CfP: Beyond Binaries: Exploring the Psychosocial

The idea of the psychosocial (or psycho-social) can be traced back to Sigmund Freud’s early writings, particularly ‘The Future of an Illusion’ and ‘Civilization and its Discontents’ address sociological notions of structures, classes, society, the masses as well as psychoanalytic concepts of the individual, the psyche, the Superego, drives, etc.

Many scholars after Freud have explored the dualism of individual and society, or the social and psychical and ways to think the two in conjunction as opposed to a binary. From the Frankfurt School’s Freudian-Marxist perspective to Norbert Elias, to contemporary psychosocial studies in Britain and the US to name just a few, there is an academic field that is about overcoming theoretical and epistemological boundaries between micro and macro, between the individual and the social. It is this tradition that marks the starting point for the conference.

What is the psychosocial? What theoretical and empirical scholarship is helpful in thinking about it? How can the idea of the psychosocial be developed further?

We invite MA or PhD students who would like to present their research, be it of an empirical or theoretical nature, that can be broadly situated within psychosocial studies or that addresses ideas in relation to individual psyche’s and society. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and work in progress papers or the presentation of an idea or thought are very welcome.

The conference will be an informal opportunity to share research with others and to network and meet other researchers.

Please submit abstracts of max. 500 words along with a short bio to Jacob Johanssen ( and Siobhan Lennon-Patience ( by November 4th, 2013.

The conference will be held on December 7th at the University of East London, UK and is organised by the Psychosocial Studies Postgraduate Group and supported by UEL (

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