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SPSSI's new webinar series, "Decolonial Perspectives on the Psychological Study of Social Issues," launches in just two weeks. All webinars are free and open to SPSSI members and non-members alike. Please join us for the first webinar in our series, entitled... 


Wednesday, September 14, 16:00 UTC (12:00 PM EDT, 9:00 AM PDT)

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Convener/Discussant: Kopano Ratele


Melissa Tehee, Erika Ficklin, Devon Isaacs, Racheal Killgore, & Sallie Mack
Fighting for our sisters: Community advocacy and action for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

Johanna Lukate
Space, race and identity: An ethnographic study of the Black hair care and beauty landscape and Black women's racial identity constructions in England

Anjali Dutt
Refugee experiences in Cincinnati, Ohio: A local case study in the context of global crisis 

This webinar series ("Decolonial Approaches to the Psychological Study of Social Issues") features 15 presentations (organized into 5 installments) based on contributions to a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues (JSI) devoted to decolonial perspectives in/on psychology. The first two installments feature 6 presentations that consider the psychology of colonial violence.  Decolonial approaches propose that colonial violence is not confined to the distant past (i.e., colonialism) but instead persists as coloniality: racialized ways of thinking and being that have their roots in colonial violence, are inherent in the Eurocentric modern order, and are inseparable from modern individualist development. An important implication is that colonial violence extends beyond physical space to psychological space, such that complete liberation requires forms of psychological decolonization. The last three installments feature 9 presentations that consider the coloniality of knowledge in hegemonic psychology. Researchers are not innocent bystanders observing effects of colonial violence from some neutral position. Instead, epistemic violence in psychology occurs via epistemic exclusion of racialized others from the knowledge production process, imperialist imposition of white-washed knowledge products as universal standards, pathologizing forms of explanation that construct racial others as deviants in light of white-washed standards (i.e., epistemological violence; Teo, 2010), and forms of harm (e.g., zero-point epistemology and individualist lifeways) associated with hegemonic psychology’s modern/colonial roots. An important implication is that a decolonial approach may require epistemic disobedience and refusal of the discipline of psychology.

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Can't make the event at the designated day and time? Just visit SPSSI's YouTube channel 48 hours after the event to watch a recording of everything you missed!

Save the date for the next four webinars in our series on "Decolonial Perspectives on the Psychological Study of Social Issues." SPSSI will send invitations by email for each webinar as registration dates approach. You will also find future registration links on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COLONIAL VIOLENCE, II: The Coloniality of Modern Progress
Wednesday, October 5, 16:00 UTC (12:00 PM EDT, 9:00 AM PDT)

Convener/Discussant: Kopano Ratele

Eduardo Javier Rivera-Pichardo  |  Internalization of inferiority and colonial system justification: The case of Puerto Rico
Susanne Normann  |  “Time is our worst enemy:” Lived experiences and intercultural relations in the making of green aluminum
Annabella Osei-Tutu  |  The modernity/coloniality of love: Individualist lifeways and charismatic christianity in Ghanaian worlds

Coloniality of Knowledge in Hegemonic Psychology, I: Rigor or Rigor Mortis?
Thursday, October 27, 16:00 UTC (12:00 PM EDT, 9:00 AM PDT)

Convener/Discussant: Glenn Adams

Mona M. Abo-Zena  |  Dismantling the master’s house: Decolonizing “rigor” in psychological scholarship
Joshua Uyheng  |  Foundations for a decolonial big data psychology 
Fouad Bou Zeineddine  |  “Some uninteresting data from a faraway country”: Inequity and coloniality in international social psychological publication

Coloniality of Knowledge in Hegemonic Psychology, II: Confronting Professional Discipline
Wednesday, November 16, 16:00 UTC (11:00 AM EST, 8:00 AM PST)

Convener/Discussant: Shahnaaz Suffla

Stephanie Grant, Stephanie D'Costa, & Kandyce Anderson Amie  |  Decolonizing school psychology research: A systematic literature review  
Hugo Canham  |  Conundrums in teaching decolonial critical community psychology within the context of neo-liberal market pressures
Jesica Siham Fernández  |  “And now we resist”: Three testimonios on the importance of decoloniality within psychology 

Coloniality of Knowledge in Hegemonic Psychology, III: Refusal and Epistemic Disobedience
Wednesday, December 07, 16:00 UTC (11:00 AM EST, 8:00 AM PST)

Convener/Discussant: Geetha Reddy

Rachel Burrage  |  Beyond trauma: Decolonizing understandings of loss and healing in the Indian Residential School system of Canada
Clare Coultas  |  Accounting for colonial complicities through refusals in researching agency across borders
Devin G. Atallah & Urmitapa Dutta  |  “Creatively in Coalition” from Palestine to India: Weaving stories of refusal and community as decolonial praxis