You are cordially invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations, symposia, roundtable discussions and innovative presentations.

The 24th Annual Psychology Congress (MAMELA2018) is proudly hosted by the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA). The prestigious Congress boasts a scientific programme that will reflect global cutting-edge and critical trends, including epistemological, theoretical and applied developments whilst also addressing the need for a relevant, decolonised South African Psychology.

Embracing the theme ‘Mamela’ Psychology, the much anticipated Congress will highlight the discipline’s social responsibility to promote well-being, social justice and community upliftment. Twenty three years into democracy, social injustices continue in the form of gender-based violence, homophobia and racism among others. National events over the past year have highlighted numerous instances of abject disregard for human rights in the context of mental health care, education and respect for the dignity of persons. As a discipline, psychology is extremely concerned about events like the Life Esidimeni tragedy, the case of Michael Komape who drowned in a pit toilet at a government school and several other human rights violations characterising present day society. ‘Mamela’ is a Sesotho word meaning “listen”. This indigenous term wonderfully captures the essence of the discipline. Thus, the Congress will focus on psychology’s role…to listen with humility and act with integrity.

The 24th Annual Psychology Congress will be held at the iconic Emperors Palace, a premier exuding timeless elegance, centrally located close to O.R. Tambo International Airport and other accessible and affordable amenities. The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg, boasts something for everyone, whether you are craving cultural excursions, relaxation or a shopping experience.

The Congress Committee welcomes presentations that focus on the congress theme and general areas of relevance to psychology. Submissions of scholarly and practice-oriented presentations, research posters and symposia are invited. The Congress will showcase how the discipline can listen with humility and act with integrity through a wide range of voices.

Abstract submissions close on 09 April 2018
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