Sonia Soans Invites You to a Call for Papers: Afro-Asian Critical Psychology Conference

Dr Sonia Soans invites you to a call for paper submissions to the next Afro-Asian Critical Psychology Conference which takes place 4th – 6th May 2022.

Psychology around the world  is heavily influenced by American Psychology which emerged in the second half of the twentieth century. Concepts and practices emerging from America have been replicated across the world.

This has often meant that local ideas about psychology have been sidelined or erased. The hegemony of this branch of Psychology has been challenged by calls for decolonisation of knowledge. This call to decolonise is not a new one, however, it is gaining validity across academic and activist spaces.

Critical Psychology is a branch of psychology which is constantly challenging hegemonies. The chance to decolonise is then not just an academic fad, but an essential task in order to create a more culturally relevant psychology.

This is a psychology the is grounded in material realities and is aware of historic, and economic contexts. Critical psychology is a psychology that is constantly questioning power structures and allies itself with radical ways of thinking about the world.

Critical psychology does not shy away from being political as it does not cling to a faux idea of neutrality. Making alliances across disciplines and activism the field is open to exploring and expanding its boundaries.

It is a known fact that most of the knowledge that circulates around the world comes from the countries located in North America, United Kingdom and Western Europe. To address the issue of epistemic violence it is becoming essential to collaborate with academics and experts who work in the global south.


Aim of the Conference:

Through this virtual conference, we seek to create a space for academics to interrogate the exclusion, silencing, and invisibility of work by scholars from Africa and Asia and the wider global south regions, systematic distortions of meanings of contributions and the diminished status assigned to the work/knowledge produced from these regions.

Through our sessions we hope to provide academics from the global south with an opportunity to call attention to the unjust structures of meaning making knowledge production practices and dissemination of such in the wider field of global academia.

Through this conference, we hope to create an international networking opportunity for critical psychologists in the global south in order to facilitate a collaborative response to the challenges these regions face.


We hope to make this an accessible space by making the conference virtual and open to scholars at a minimal cost or no cost.


Conference Themes:

  • Resisting hegemonies
  • Emerging discourse
  • Interdisciplinary alliances
  • Responding to the local political environment
  • Locating critical psychology in history
  • The position of critical psychology in a local context. 


Submission of abstracts:

Academics and researchers are invited to submit a proposal on or before the deadline below. You should indicate the type of session that you would like to undertake.

Please note that we are especially keen to receive outputs from: academics and practitioners at different stages of their careers. Early careers academics/researchers postgraduate students are welcome to submit abstracts for this conference.


Important Dates:


Abstracts Submission deadline: (15th December 2021)  

Notification of acceptance: (27th February 2022) 

Conference dates: (4th – 6th of May 2022) 


We will give participants a chance to publish their conference papers in the Annual Review of Critical Psychology.

The Annual Review of Critical Psychology (ARCP)  is a peer-reviewed open access journal with contributions from scholars across the world. It is published by the Discourse Unit, to which we are affiliated. This is a trans-institutional space which supports a variety of qualitative and theoretical research projects contributing to the development of radical theory and practice.


Further Inquiries:

To submit your abstract please follow the link below:

For enquiries please email us using the email below. 

[email protected]

Please kindly share this across your networks and to other academics who may be interested in critical psychology.


This conference is being organised by:


Dr Sonia Soans is a critical psychologist affiliated to the Discourse Unit. She received her PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Her research interests include intersectional feminism, gendered violence, media, nationalism, addiction and theology.  Apart from this, she is on the editorial collective of Asylum Magazine, a radical mental health magazine.

Dr Mvikeli Ncube is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, a member of the division of social psychology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He received his PhD from the University of East London. While he adopts an interdisciplinary approach, his main areas of expertise, research and teaching interests are in Social Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods and Cross-Cultural Psychology.  His recent scholarly work was primarily concerned with interpersonal relationships, gender and domestic violence.