Professor Janusz Reykowski, Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences
Violence as the Means of Attaining Societal Goals
A world leading political psychologist, and the dean of Polish psychologists; in his long and very productive academic career, Professor Reykowski’s research endeavors have covered a wide range of topics: the psychology of emotions; personality, prosocial orientations and altruism; and political psychology, for the last 30 years. He has been a champion of non-antagonistic and deliberative democracy. Actively involved in the transformation from communism to democracy in Poland. He is the founder of Psychology Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, and co- founder of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Internationally, he served as President of the International Society for Political Psychology.
Professor Peter B. Smith, University of Sussex, UK
What does it mean to be a European? – The challenge of diversity Professor Peter Smith is a renowned cross-cultural psychologist, former editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. He specializes in methodology, and particularly in studies on response biases across cultures. His other fields of expertise include organizational psychology and social identities, where he represents the Tajfelian legacy in British social psychology.
Professor Christian Welzel, Leuphana University, DE
The Theory of Emancipation: A Psychological Explanation of Societal Progress
Professor Christian Welzel is a political scientist, widely known for his involvement in the World Values Survey, and research on democracy in connection with cultural values and culture transformation. Theory of emancipation is the leading theme of his work, on which his lecture will be focused.
Professor Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton, UK
Christian Self-Enhancement in Cultural Context Professor Constantine Sedikides is the Director of the Research Center on Self-identity at University of Southampton. His illustrious academic career is connected with studying various aspects of the human self: self-evaluation motives (self- enhancement, self-protection, self-improvement); cultural/religious influences on self-esteem; narcissism; implicit and explicit strategies deployed to protect the self against threatening feedback; and nostalgia.
Professor Debi Roberson, University of Essex, UK
50 years on from the first cross-cultural investigations of perceptual categories, is there anything left to learn? [State of the Art lecture]
Professor Debi Roberson is highly recognized for her categorical perception studies on color and facial expressions. She has been continuing the research thread initiated by Ekman and Friesen; and Heider-Rosch in the sixties of last century. She will summarize these studies, comparing advanced civilizations of the West and East with traditional cultures in Papua New Guinea and Africa,. In light of the current European situation (mass migrations, refugees, etc), discussion of the importance of understanding subtle differences on fundamental psychological processes will be provided.