PhD workshop POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS organised under the auspices of the Nordic International Studies Association
(NISA) by the University of Tampere and the Finnish POLITU Graduate School in Political Studies Helsinki, 23-24 August 2012, 4-8 study credits (ECTS)
Political psychology is a relatively neglected field of study in Europe. However, recently there have been various signs of scholars and students bringing psychology back in the study of politics and international relations. This involves various conceptualisations and theories of identity, subjective views, cognition and emotion that draw on classical political theory, psychology and other social sciences.
The idea of the workshop is to draw on the state-of-the art discussion of psychological aspects in the study of international relations.
Different psychological approaches such as social identity theories, cognitive theories and emotions will be critically surveyed and discussed. The workshop will also discuss metatheoretical issues and methodological approaches to psychology of international relations.
The interactive format aims at integrating these discussions with the research problems and agendas of the participating PhD students. The key questions to be discussed include:
- what is the added value of psychological theories and
approaches in the study of international relations?
- how have psychological theories evolved and how should the
study of international relations relate to psychology?
- does every theory of international relations need solid
micro-foundations based on psychology?
- what are the cognitive biases that undermine rationality in
- what is the role of emotions and subjective views in
The course is meant, first and foremost, for postgraduate students in Politics and International Relations, but others with solid background in social sciences (including psychology), or interest in interdisciplinarity are also welcome. The student papers can deal with any aspect of political psychology in international relations or foreign policy.
Organisers: Jean Monnet Professor Pami Aalto, School of Management/Politics and IR, University of Tampere, Finland. Professor Catarina Kinnvall, Department of Political Science, Lund University,
Location: Helsinki, House of Sciences, Kirkkokatu 6, lecture room 505.
Entry: For registration, send an abstract with name, affiliation and contact information before 1 July 2012 to Saara Särmä <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Maximum number of students is twenty (20); however, lectures are open to everyone.
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