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The Psychology of Colonial Violence, 1: Bodies and Space
Convener/Discussant: KOPANO RATELE
Presenters:
MELISSA TEHEE & COLLEAGUES | Fighting for our sisters: Community advocacy & action for missing & murdered Indigenous women & girls
JOHANNA LUKATE | Space, race, and identity: An ethnographic study of the Black hair care & beauty landscape & Black women's racial identity constructions in England
ANJALI DUTT | Refugee experiences in Cincinnati, Ohio: A local case study in the context of global crisis

This webinar series is based on contributions to a special issue of JSI devoted to decolonial perspectives in/on psychology. The first 2 webinars feature presentations that consider the psychology of colonial violence. Decolonial approaches propose that colonial violence is not confined to the distant past (i.e., colonialism) but instead persist as coloniality: racialized ways of thinking & being that have their roots in colonial violence, are inherent in the Eurocentric modern order, & are inseparable from modern individualist development. An important implication is that colonial violence extends beyond physical space to psychological space, such that complete liberation requires forms of psychological decolonization. The last 3 webinars feature presentations that consider the coloniality of knowledge in hegemonic psychology. Researchers are not innocent bystanders observing effects of colonial violence from some neutral position. Instead, epistemic violence in psychology occurs via epistemic exclusion of racialized others from the knowledge production process, imperialist imposition of white-washed knowledge products as universal standards, pathologizing forms of explanation that construct racial others as deviants in light of white-washed standards, & forms of harm associated w/ hegemonic psychology’s modern/colonial roots. An important implication is that a decolonial approach may require epistemic disobedience & refusal of the discipline of psychology.

Sep 14, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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