The students of School of Humanities and Social Science at GDGU attended a National Seminar organized by the Psychology of Lady Shri Ram College (DU) on the theme, ‘Psychology at the Edges’ on 23rd of Jan 2015. The seminar gave a multi-dimensional emphasis on issues and concerns that usually tend to remain at the margins in most mainstream discussions on psychological topics. The seminar focused on an interdisciplinary approach and attempted to build bridges between Psychology and other social sciences like Political Science, History, Sociology and Anthropology over issues like modernity, identity, human rights, gender and sexuality, conflict and violence.
The event commenced with a keynote address by Dr. Ashis Nandy, a political psychologist, social theorist, human right activist and cultural critic. Dr. Nandy talked in great length about the ‘eye’ of a psychologist and the journey to look at the world of a psychologist. He gave a glimpse of what political psychology entails and discussed issues such as power hierarchies within the discipline, violence, conflict and peace building.
This was followed by a Panel Discussion on Piece of Land vs. Peace of Land: A conversation on Conflict Resolution. The panellists, discussed the issue of violence especially in context of Kashmir and Nagaland. The importance of researchers was highlighted in both contexts.
The final event was a National Paper presentation competition where participants were given exact 12 minutes to present their papers in any theme on psychology. These papers ranged from psychoanalysis, organizational behaviour, neuropsychology to psychology of education.
All in all, the students got a wonderful insight into a critical approach to psychology and opened their minds to look beyond the mainstream and question themselves, their assumptions and whatever they receive as knowledge at every step of the way.