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Critical Psychology: An Introduction
Ernst Schraube (Roskilde University) & Thomas Teo (York University)

This talk introduces to critical psychology and its basic theoretical framework and research practice. It describes the origins and historical development of critical psychology and its interest of overcoming the dichotomy between individual and society by rooting its inquiry in the subjective dimension of human life and the practice of everyday living. Furthermore, a variety of basic concepts are presented for investigating the dilemmas and contradictions of human subjectivity, agency and person’s conduct of everyday life in contemporary society.

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Ernst Schraube,
Ernst Schraube is Professor of Social Psychology of Technology in the Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research focuses on the social and political implications of modern technology in everyday life, and he is currently working on a project on digitalization and learning. He studied at the Psychological Institute (PI) of the Free University Berlin from where he received his diploma and PhD. Among his books are Auf den Spuren der Dinge: Psychologie in einer Welt der Technik (Argument) and the co- edited volumes Psychology from the Standpoint of the Subject: Writings of Klaus Holzkamp (Palgrave Macmillan), Psychology and the Conduct of Everyday Life (Routledge), Psychological Studies of Science and Technology (Palgrave Macmillan) and Subjectivity and Knowledge: Generalization in the Psychological Study of Everyday Life (Springer). He is President-Elect of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology. More info: www.ruc.dk/~schraube.

Thomas Teo,
Thomas Teo is a professor of psychology in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology Program at York University, Toronto, Canada. He has been active in the advancement of theoretical, critical, and historical psychology throughout his professional career. His research has been meta-psychological to provide a more reflexive understanding of the foundations, trajectories, and possibilities of human subjectivity. He was born in in London, England and earned his Mag. rer. nat. and Dr. phil. in psychology from the University of Vienna in Austria. From 1992 to 1995 he worked as a post-doc and research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, Germany. He started his professional track at York University in Canada in 1996. He is co- editor of the Review of General Psychology (Sage), editor of the Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology, and co-editor of the Palgrave Studies in Indigenous Psychology. He is former president of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Division 24), and former chair of the History and Philosophy of Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association. He is Fellow of CPA and APA. He has research record with more than 300 academic publications, refereed, and invited presentations. His research program contributes to the psychological humanities.