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The Schaeffer Center

Dr. Séamus Power on Field Social Psychology

University Room: Omid & Gisel Kordestani Rooftop Conference Center (Q-801)
Monday, October 10, 2022 - 18:30 to 19:30

The George & Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention is honored to host Dr. Séamus Power, Associate Professor of cultural psychology at the University of Copenhagen, for his guest lecture presentation “Field Social Psychology: Processes of World-Making.”

I introduce field social psychology as a conceptual and methodological approach aimed at re-expanding the dominant social psychological paradigm, and consequently, as a way to think of psychology as ‘world-making.’ I illustrate the utility of this approach through two examples from one line of my research concerned with social movements. The first example is based on prolonged field work in Ireland where I examined dynamics of (non)protest during an economic recession and subsequent recovery. The second example, with colleagues from Oslo, used field social psychology to understand the motivations of protesting youth in Norway who were concerned with political inaction to mitigate climate change. I end by discussing the implications of field social psychology and the possibilities of conceptualizing social psychology as, and for, world-making.

Séamus Power is an Associate Professor of cultural psychology at the University of Copenhagen. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. His PhD and MA are from the transdisciplinary Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. He has an MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. His BSc in Applied Psychology is from University College Cork. Séamus Power is from Ireland and has lived, traveled, and worked throughout the world. His work has been featured in numerous international media outlets including The Guardian, The BBC, and The Atlantic. He currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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