INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOHISTORICAL ASSOCIATION’S
47th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
MAY 31st – June 2nd, 2024
VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM
HOPES and FEARS for OUR POLARIZED WORLD:
SUBTHEMES: PSYCHOHISTORICAL INSIGHTS ON
• WAR IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND UKRAINE
• DEATH ANXIETY AND TERROR MANAGEMENT THEORY
• ULTRANATIONALIST, FUNDAMENTALIST, AND OTHER AUTHORITARIAN MOVEMENTS
• 2024 US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND CAMPAIGNS
• ROOTS OF ADULT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY IN CHILDHOOD TRAUMA
• PSYCHOANALYSIS, HUMANE PARENTING, AND INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE HEALING
Besides the topics and subtopics above, the presentations will cover a wide range of topics within the field of psychohistory, encompassing the intersection of psychology/psychoanalysis and history.
Whether you are exploring individual case studies, broader historical trends, or methodological innovations, we welcome diverse perspectives that contribute to the richness of our community’s intellectual dialogue.
We believe that your participation in the conference will not only enrich your own understanding, but also contribute to the collective knowledge and growth of our field.
Our 2024 IPhA Conference featured speakers are:
The following are the titles of the presentations and the abstracts submitted by the featured speakers:
Regine Scholz: COMMUNICATION IN TIMES OF SOCIETAL CONFLICT
Abstract: The presentation is going to muse on several topics.
First: What is societal regression? The transference of the term regression from the realm of the individual to that of society is debatable as the society does not have a body, that gives us the direction of development. Instead, we deal with the value decisions, when we describe certain behaviors as ‘regressive.’
Second: Leaving aside these fundamental theoretical objections for a moment, psychoanalytically informed people usually have – when referring to societal regression – some kind of ‘natural’ understanding of what is talked about: violence, killing, rape, torture, hatred, sadism, dehumanization, humiliation and despair.
Third: On the societal level, these phenomena are group processes, though carried out/ lived through by a large number of persons – collective traumata – have to be lived personally.
These processes can be best understood from the perspective of large group dynamics. Therefore the lecture explores the interrelation with large group identity processes and asks for the communicational mechanisms, that make enable the necessary split between us and them – the precondition of what follows. Examples of inflammatory speech, of branding, framing and of non-verbal gestures are given. The impact of the connected strong emotions is discussed and the psychological dynamics that drive the dangerous spiral described. The remaining question is: How to stop it?
Anne Speckhard: PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF RADICALIZATION INTO WHITE SUPREMACY, ANTI-GOVERNMENT MILITIA, INCEL AND MILITANT JIHADIST MOVEMENTS AND GROUPS
Abstract: After conducting over 800 in-depth interviews with terrorists and close associates from militant jihadist, white supremacists, anti-government militia, and other groups, four key factors emerge as sufficient and necessary to make a terrorist/violent extremist. Speckhard’s model – the Lethal Cocktail of Terrorism will be discussed as well as the pathways into and backout of violent extremism and terrorism.
Robin Grille: THE NEW FASCISM: SOCIAL DEVOLUTION – OR GROWTH-PANIC?
Abstract: In recent years we have seen wave after wave of backlash – often violent – against revolutionary social transformations (in gender dynamics especially) and an inexorable growth of globalism and multiculturalism. It seems these forces of social transformation have been met by an almost equal and opposite fervor for conservatism. What are the perceived existential threats to group-identity, and how can we better understand the despair that drives this backlash around the world? Rather than a sociological frame, I wish to apply a psychological – in particular, developmental – frame for understanding this worrisome phenomenon.
Looking more deeply: why do so many of us tenaciously attach to and defend an identity, social, tribal, or national, at times more dearly than our very lives? What might be the childhood roots of identitarian politics, and egoic attachments to ethnicity, nationality, and authoritarianism?
What are the authoritarian parenting and education practices most likely to produce hostile social and political conservatism, and how might we combat these trends through more life-affirming, healthier social policy initiatives and childrearing reforms?
Sheldon Solomon: information is pending
Here are the the Short Bios of Our Featured Speakers: