The 2019 International Critical ̶p̶s̶y̶c̶h̶o̶l̶o̶g̶y̶ Praxis Congress

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Robert K. Beshara / Northern New Mexico College
contact email: 




Proposals are due by March 1, 2019.


The 2019 International Critical ̶p̶s̶y̶c̶h̶o̶l̶o̶g̶y̶ Praxis Congress, a transdisciplinary event bringing together global scholars, activists, and practitioners who desire to imagine a worldcentric critical ̶p̶s̶y̶c̶h̶o̶l̶o̶g̶y̶ from the perspective of the damnés, will be held at Northern New Mexico College in Española, NM on September 27-28, 2019.


The theme of the Congress is psychosocial non-alignment to modernity/coloniality. Non-alignment is a reference to the Global South’s Non-Aligned Movement. The Global South is both a politico-economic and a geographical designation that refers to transmodern cultures in the continents of South America, Africa, and Asia. Furthermore, the Global South signifies ‘outsiders within’—that is, decolonial subcultures in the Global North.


Papers must be written in the spirit of both praxis, which for Paulo Freire (1970/2018) means “reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it” (p. 51), and what Angela Davis (2016) dubs “the intersectionality of struggles” (p. 19, emphasis added). The goal of the Congress then is to bridge the North-South divide in critical ̶p̶s̶y̶c̶h̶o̶l̶o̶g̶y̶, a function of ethnocentrism, through solidarity and dialogue.


To fulfill this goal, papers must explicitly address non-aligned theories, philosophies, histories, and/or practices from the Global South vis-à-vis one of the following 12 topic areas:


  1. Theoretical resources for critical ̶p̶s̶y̶c̶h̶o̶l̶o̶g̶y̶

  • Marxism / Anarchism / Critical theory
  • Psychoanalysis

  • Feminism

  • Post-structuralism / Speculative realism

  • Postcolonialism / Decoloniality

  • Critical philosophy of race

  1. Practical applications of critical ̶p̶s̶y̶c̶h̶o̶l̶o̶g̶y̶

  • Clinical practice

  • Activism / Law

  • Radical research

  • Pedagogy / Dialogue

  • Ecology / Spirituality

  • Ethics /Aesthetics / Politics


Please email paper proposals as Word attachments, including title, 250-word abstract and brief bio to Robert K. Beshara ( using the following Email subject line: Submission for the 2019 ICPPC. Kindly indicate which of the 12 topic areas you are interested in. Also, state whether or not you would be interested in presenting a poster if your paper proposal is rejected. To propose a pre-constituted panel of three, please send the individual abstracts and other information in a single attachment.


Notifications will be made on May 1, 2019.


Early registration ($125): May 1 - June 30, 2019.

Regular registration ($150): July 1 - August 31, 2019.

Late registration ($175): September 1-28, 2019.


The registration fee for non-NNMC attendees: $50. There is no fee for attendees from the NNMC community, but registration is still required.


Any information related to the Congress will be posted to the Critical Praxis Cooperative website under 2019 ICPPC: