From Language to Psychology and from Ideology to Destruction

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Chris Shei / Swansea University
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From Language to Psychology and from Ideology to Destruction: Exploring the Fossilization and the Liberation of the Mind

Call for chapter proposals

Dr Chris Shei

The world has been shaken by an unexpected war beginning 24 February 2022 and populations of the world have reacted to this event based on how their minds are imprinted upon with what. From various forms of support lent to the war initiators and the oblivion shown to the victims especially from reactions seen in authoritarian regimes, it may seem that political ideology can block the mind’s pathway to empathy and sympathy among other things. This edited book is conceived to explore the following rubrics of research questions under the hypotheses that the human mind can be intentionally engineered (by authority) or inadvertently conditioned (by environment) to reflect a certain ideology or certain ideologies:

• What are the psychological and biological bases of mind engineering and mind conditioning? Why are there some minds that escape engineering or conditioning? How does a conditioned mind break away from the implanted ideology?

• What specific role does language play in political mind engineering? What factors work with language to engineer the mind towards a certain ideology? What are the differences and similarities between political ideology and other forms of ideology (e.g. gender, ethnicity, religion)?

• Why is a political mind so difficult to change, that is, to convert a person who believes in democracy and freedom of speech to someone who subscribes to authoritarian rule, or vice versa? What factors derived from investigation of the first two groups of research questions can contribute to the ‘liberation’ of a politically engineered mind?

If you have an idea for a piece of research that could respond to any of the above research questions, then please get in touch with me. There is no deadline for the call and I will periodically renew the call by updating with the proposed chapter titles received by then. I will propose the book to a suitable major publisher when I have collected approximately ten proposed chapters.