Association of Psychosocial Studies Online Conference


The last 12 months have been a blur for many of us. Plans have had to be put on hold and life as we knew it has completely changed. We have spent more time in virtual worlds, causing us to re-imagine how we interact with one another. The importance of physical connection and its prohibition has also been a cause for collective reflection.

Conference dates 

The conference will be virtual and take place over four days:

  1. Thursday 1 July
  2. Friday 2 July
  3. Friday 9 July
  4. Saturday 10 July

Conference content

Delivery of the conference will be through a combination of keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and online interactive events. The theme PSYCHOSOCIAL BODIES intends to cover psychosocial months have been a blur for many of us. Plans have had to be put on hold and life as we knew it has thinking about identity and the body, the body politic, as well as bodies of knowledge.

Relevant topics might include:

  • bodies under COVID-19
  • bodies betrayed
  • bodies as sites of resistance
  • breath
  • cyborg life
  • decolonizing bodies of knowledge
  • disability studies
  • disruptive, non-conforming bodies
  • embodiment & embodied knowledge
  • grief and unmournable bodies
  • identity, mind and body
  • psychosomatics
  • socially-situated bodies of knowledge
  • skin and skin studies
  • technologically modified bodies
  • touch and forbidden touch
  • virtual bodies.
Association of Psychosocial Studies Online Conference


Speakers include

Ezimma Chigbo

Ezimma Chibo

Ezimma Chigbo is a writer and creative facilitator with a background in youth work. She specialises in working with young women involved in the criminal justice system.

Her main interests are race, gender and serious youth violence which she explores through poetry, prose and articles.

Ezimma works on a freelance basis delivering Anti-racism and collective care and wellbeing training to organisations and CEO’s within the third sector.

She continues her work with young women, using drama, discussion and creative writing to explore difficult topics.

She is the cohost of The Echo Chamber Podcast and has published essays on topics ranging from violence against women and girls, to drill music, all serving as love letters of exploration, celebrating upbringing, culture and identity.


Derek Hook

Derek Hook

Derek Hook is a Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, USA) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

His research interests are focussed on 'the psychic life of power' particularly as it applies to postcolonial contexts and questions of race, racism and radicalized subjectivity.

He is the author of A Critical Psychology of the Postcolonial (2011), (Post)apartheid Conditions (2013), and Six Moments in Lacan (2018). His most recent edited book is Lie on Your Wounds (2019) is a collection of the Pan-Africanist political leader Robert Sobukwe's prison letters (Wits University Press).

Derek, alongside Calum Neill and Stijn Vanheule, is one of the editors of the acclaimed 3-volume commentary series Reading Lacan’s Écrits, and a series editor of Palgrave's Lacan Series.

Dr Elelwani Ramugondo

Elelwani Ramugondo

Dr Elelwani Ramugondo is a professor of occupational therapy at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Education in the Health Sciences Faculty. She is also Chair of UCT’s Academic Freedom Committee.

Her publications cover a range of topics including play research, theorisation in the context of discovery and the politics of human occupation.

Elelwani is frequently invited to speak on transformation and decolonising the academy at conferences both nationally and internationally.

The call for papers has now closed for the conference and the programme and the acceptance of proposals will be published in early June 2021.

If you have any queries regarding your proposal or have any questions regarding the topics please contact sshorrock1@uclan.ac.uk.

The conference is spread over four days to accommodate the time differences for participants from USA, Canada, India and Europe and to prevent zoom fatigue.

All conference days will start at 13.00 UK Summer time and finish at 18.00 UK summertime.

Each day will have a mixture of papers and the conference timetable with a full list of abstracts and zoom links will be published on the conference website.

Conference fees

APS members

  • Four days £40
  • Two days £20

Non APS members

  • Four days £80
  • Two days £40
Special offer

If you sign up for four days this also includes free membership of APS for one year, including three journals per year (offer not available for two days).

Essex staff

  • Four days £40
  • Two days £20


  • Four days £20
  • Two days £10

Book your place 

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