V international seminar
Political and economic self-constitution: Citizenship identity and education
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V international seminar: "Political and economic self-constitution: Citizenship identity and education"
will take place at University of the Peloponnese on May 26th, 2017 in Corinth, Greece.

The focus of the fifth edition of the seminar is decided to be on citizenship identity and education as we see the topic to be of great importance in the changing world. Social, political, economic reasons make more and more people leave their homes and move to other cities and countries what inevitably undermines their existing identities and make them form new ones. In this processes education is considered to play a key role in shaping new communities and societies by effecting identities of a person.

Identity is a much questioned concept. Two contradictory overarching perspectives exist: an essentialist view focusing on separate single and distinguished categories such as nationality, class, gender etcetera. As opposed to this, identity can be understood from a post-modern perspective as multiple and elective. Identity is not a single one but fluid, shifting and multi-dimensional. Social constructionists talk about an individual’s multiple identities which are socially determined, contextual and discursive.

Identity is a complex and contested concept. In some contexts and in some periods in history one’s identity has been defined by membership of a particular group, or series of groups – such as nationality, gender, class, occupation – each of which appears to be differentiated and have a well-defined boundary. While in earlier periods identities shaped by class, region, family, gender and work were ascribed, directing and constraining the individual’s life trajectory (Giddens, 1991; Beck, 1992), the individual now is said to have mobility and choice in what Bauman (2000) has memorably described as ‘liquid modernity’: he suggests that identity is constructed in a social context and located in contingent and temporal relationships: the past, present, future and place disturb our practice of identity as we ask who we are and who we intend to be (Ross, 2014).

As an example Pinto (2008) draws our attention to the discursive meaning of ‘Europeanness’. For some, European identity is associated with the European Union, and for others in Western Europe is linked culturally to Greco-Roman civilization and Christianity, with eastern contributions barely mentioned. Some argue that European identity is formed in relationship to the other, be it America, the East or Islam. It is also seen as part of the EU's ideological project to fight discrimination, racism and xenophobia and to promote values of tolerance and respect.

From socio-psychological perspective the concept of identity was developed by H. Tajfel and J.C. Turner (1979) based on belonging to the group including notions of in-group and out-group. Later on social psychologists started to study social identities in connection with values, beliefs, attitudes, emotions. G. Duveen and B. Lloyd (1986) underline meaning of culture in analyzing social identities. They offer to consider social identities as internalization of social representations of groups to which individuals belong. K. Korostelina (2003) offered the concept of the system of social identities.

According to K.V. Korostelina (2003) social identity should fulfill the following functions: self-esteem, social status, personal security, guarantee of social defense, possibility of personal growth. If due to social changes social identity stops fulfilling its functions such identity gradually loses its meaning and disappears. Even weak influence can break equilibrium in such an open system as identity. Formation of new outgroups, change of group status lead to restructure of system of identities, formation of new identities, contradiction between them, what cause changes in social behavior of a person. If a new identity fulfills necessary functions it quickly replaces the elder one (Korostelina, 2003).

Understanding of such a contradictory concept as identity requires multidisciplinary approach including history, anthropology, political science, economics, social psychology, pedagogics, and so on.

by Despina Karakatsani and Irina Bondarevskaya


Seminar language is English.
Enlarged abstracts’ guidelines: approximately 1200 words, please avoid footnotes, figures and bibliography. References should be inserted in the text (surname, year). On the top of abstracts: authors’ name and surname, scientific degree, title, position, affiliation.
Theoretical study should include: 1) introduction, 2) objectives, 3) results, 4) conclusions.
Empirical study should include: 1) introduction, 2) objectives, 3) method and procedure, 4) results, 5) conclusions.
These units should be clearly separated in the text.
Participation fee 20 euros covers seminar proceedings publication.
Seminar proceedings will be published in English.
Abstracts should be sent to email: dnipropsy@yahoo.com in *.doc, *docx by April 10th, 2017.


Irina Bondarevskaya

Associate Professor, Senior Researcher of Laboratory of Mass Communication Psychology and Media Education, Institute of Social and Political Psychology, National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine

Despina Karakatsani

Professor of Pedagogy and Citizenship Education, Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of the Peloponnese


University of the Peloponnese
(Prof. Despina Karakatsani)

Institute of Social and Political Psychology,
NAES of Ukraine (Prof. Vadym Vasiutynskyi, Associate Prof. Irina Bondarevskaya)

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland (Prof. Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz)

CISES s.r.l.
(Dr. Alessandro De Carlo)

PSIOP, Italy
(Dr. Alessandro De Carlo)

Lithuanian University
of Educational Sciences, Lithuania (Associate Prof. Aldona Vaiciuliene)

Center for Social Representations Studies, Indonesia
(Dr. Risa Permanadeli)

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
(Prof. Eugen Iordanescu)

EPIA, Romania
(Prof. Eugen Iordanescu)

Institute of Social Sciences, Serbia
(Senior Researcher Bojan Todosijevic)


Psychologists, political scientists, historians, anthropologists and economists are invited to discuss the following topics:

  • Citizenship identity and citizenship education;
  • Media psychology and media education;
  • Migration and diversity;
  • Public opinion on political and economic issues;
  • Psycho-economic aspects of organizational activities and positive organizational behavior;
  • Entrepreneurship psychology and psychology of consumer behavior;
  • Political and economic consciousness and socialization;
  • Psychology of richness and poverty, money, income and savings attitudes;
  • Social representations paradigm for research in political and economic psychology;
  • Pedagogical basis of political and economic consciousness development;
  • Psychological well-being as a precondition of economic development;
  • Role of history and culture in self-constitution of a person.


You can download proceedings HERE!


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