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Naples Conference, 4-5-6- October 2019

Dal conflitto e dall’odio alla cura e alla speranza

Prospettive psicologiche sul benessere e le comunità

 

From Conflict and Hate to Healing and Hope   

Psychological perspectives on Community and Wellness

The International conference “From conflict and Hate to Healing and Hope” will be held in Naples from the 4th to the 6th October, 2019. This event is organized by the Department of Humanities and Community Psychology Lab of University Federico II, IAPS (Italian American Psychological Society) and “Psicologi per la Responsabilità sociale” in collaboration with AIP (Associazione Italiana di Psicologia) and Ordine degli Psicologi della Regione Campania. This conference will be characterized by many contributions in the form of oral communications, round tables, symposia and cultural events. as well as creative activities concerning the visions and actions for social change. We are pleased to invite you to attend this event by joining us in Naples on October 2019.

At the start of the new millennium, we are witnessing unprecedented growth in the communication and transportation among countries.  Economic, technologic and political issues, as well as widespread access to social media and greater demand for entrance and exits across borders are at the stake. Perceptions of flux in the social order has led many individuals to seek a greater sense of rootedness in national, community, religious, or racial identity.  Viewed positively, these identity- building strategies inspire hope for preserving cherished customs and traditions, and for cultivating a renewed sense of community.  Viewed negatively, destabilization can stoke fears of the “other”, leading to radicalized identities, a growing attraction to fundamentalism and populism, as well as terrorism and hate crimes.

For Italians and Italian Americans, current migrant struggles trigger thoughts of the heavy toll laid upon the South by the North after the unification of Italy, as well as the great exodus to the United States in the early and mid-20th century.  Southern Italians and Italian American immigrants were equally maligned minorities, considered “lower-class” in every sense, from intelligence and work ethic to culture and aesthetics.

Around the globe, wellbeing and happiness are strongly related to organizational and communities leaving conditions.  However, mental health concerns fail to receive the same level of political, economic, or cultural support as physical health issues. Nevertheless, one in nine individuals in the world suffers from an anxiety disorder.  One in ten have clinical depression or a substance use disorder.  Aside from the toll of suffering, mental health issues cost billions in lost productivity each year.

With these issues in mind, there is a great need for psychologists from both Italy and the United States to come together to share their knowledge and insights. Specifically, how can existing psychology knowledge related to   migration issues inform further scientific and technological responses as well as cultural and political advances? What additional research is required on this topic?  In the meantime, how can psychologists address the potential emotional social and behavioral fallout from spontaneous and forced migration?

While rooted in American history, politics, and culture, IAPS members share an Italian legacy. The powerful combination of personal and professional insights regarding integration will provide insights on the hidden face of migration and colonial power. At the same time, Italian psychologists intimately aware of “Italy’s “north-south” problems can share lessons, challenges, and success stories from their historical vantage point.

Lastly, how do Italian American psychologists derive a sense of integration and meaning from their personal and professional identities?  What strategies prove useful in the U.S. for navigating either the applied or academic career track?  Which forms of collective action succeed in advancing the field at the local or national level? From the perspective of Italian psychologists, what are the greatest mental health needs of the existing Italian population, and the newly arriving refugees? What are the unique challenges confronting the growth and advancement of Psychology in Italy?

The Italian American Psychological Society members and the Italian psychologists represent leading figures in social, political, and community psychology with expertise in the three conference themes.

Attendees include prominent social, clinical, and experimental American psychologists, including a former president of APA, former APA Division presidents, and editors of leading scientific psychology journals.

In summary, in Naples on October 4-6, a landmark meeting will take place to discuss psychological aspects of globalism, diversity and exclusion, and advancement of the psychology profession.

The conference continues the commitment of the organizing bodies in dealing with wellness and inclusion issues.

 

Keynote speech

Creating Evil in the Laboratory, Now Inspiring Heroism in the World

 Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D.

Stanford University, Prof. Emeritus, Psychology

:arrow: DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION

The conference aroused much interest and we decided to extend the dead line until June 30, 2019

LAST CALL DEAD LINE:  JUNE 30. 2019, at 24h CET

 

CONFERENCE SITE INFORMATION

The conference will take place at the University of Naples Federico II and at the Town Hall (Maschio Angioino)

The conference will begin on Friday October 4th with a welcome reception in the afternoon, and conclude on Sunday October 6th.

Details about conference registration, including travel, lodging and transportation arrangements, and conference accessibility, will be provided in the Preliminary Conference Program which will be available in May 2019. Lodging: Many lodging options will be available for the conference attendees, including hotels and student housing options. Detailed information on accommodations will be available on the conference website.

 

Questions related to the program can be sent to: psy.na2019@gmail.com

Office hours : Monday- Tuesday :   0039 081 2532231

International Scientific Committee

Anne Marie Albano  (IAPS, Italian American Psychological Society   Child Clinical Psychologist), Caterina Arcidiacono, Dario  Bacchini,  Daniel Caso,  Vincenza Capone, Maria Francesca Freda, Giorgia Margherita, Orazio Miglino, Fortuna Procentese,  Maria Clelia Zurlo  (Università Federico II,),  Antonella Bozzaotra (Ordine degli psicologi della  Campania),  Linda Canterino (IAPS, School Psychologist), Santo Di Nuovo (IAPS, AIP), Raffaele Felaco (Psicologi per la Responsabilità Sociale),  Ralph Piedmont (IAPS, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality), Pierangelo Sardi (APIOW Association of Psychologists of Italian Origin in the World), Social Psychologist,  Anthony Scioli (IAPS, Clinical Psychologist), Loris Vezzali (AIP Sociale), Philip Zimbardo (IAPS, Social Psychologist),

Sponsorship

Comune di Napoli

Ordine degli psicologi della Regione Campania

AIP- Associazione Italiana di Psicologia- sezione di sociale

Università  Federico II

Università Federico II  Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici-Sezione di psicologia e scienze dell’educazione

Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II- Dottorato di studi di genere (MGL) 

SIPCO- Società Italiana di Psicologia di Comunità 

Scientific Organizing Committee

Caterina Arcidiacono, , Raffaele Felaco, Fortuna Procentese Pierangelo Sardi, Antonio Scioli, Phil Zimbardo

Secretarial Staff

Ciro Esposito, Immacolata D Napoli, Stefania Carnevale

 Venues

Maschio Angioino – Comune di Napoli

Complesso San Marcellino / Accademia Pontaniana – Università Federico II