III Portuguese Congress of Positive Psychology & I Luso-Brazilian Symposium on Positive Psychology

1, 2 and 3 March 2018 | Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas da Universidade de Lisboa | Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon |

Theme | Positive Quotidian and the Imperative of Peace: Contributions from Positive Psychology of Portuguese Language

Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon | Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas da Universidade de Lisboa |

Centre for Administration and Public Policies | Centro de Administração e Políticas Públicas da Universidade de Lisboa

Institutional Support:
Goiano Institute of Positive Psychology | Instituto Goiano de Psicologia Positiva

Brazilian Institute of Positive Psychology | Instituto Brasileiro de Psicologia Positiva

The omnipresence and urgency of the need for more peaceful and positive lives in common, brings together in this international meeting the Portuguese voices of researchers and practitioners who, in a concrete way, bring vital contributions to human existence.

Undoubtedly, global peace, at the same time so vulnerable and so indispensable, is constantly and dramatically challenged in our  world today. War, global terrorism, stereotypes regarding refugees and expatriates, nuclear proliferation, environmental pollution, corruption, poverty, and all forms of violence, from bullying in school to cyber violence, through domestic, environmental and animal cruelty, they all instigate to live with fear and insecurity, putting our species and the planet in danger. This thus deflates the hope and optimism of future generations, and impacts individual, relational and collective well-being – current and prospective.

Positive psychology, which now lives its second wave, embraces decisively, in building better lives, some of humanity’s most difficult and painful challenges – from the inability of inner harmony to the many faces of vulnerability and lack of humanness.

By studying and promoting personal and public happiness, and by creating scientifically validated forms of psychological and relational well-being, it has contributed in many ways to understanding and empowering more peaceful, fairer and more humane everyday lives. As a scientific expression and as an expression of culture, it now has a fundamental, individual, social and political role, which also needs multiple worldviews to be more useful and more global.

At a time when studies of positive psychology multiply, rehearsed by the most diverse disciplines and practices, from economics to sociology, from philosophy to the arts, from biology to politics, it becomes urgent to think of its place in the contemporary world of the Portuguese language, and the distinctive contributions it can make.

The aim of this scientific event is to bring into discussion both case studies and theoretical and critical approaches to the permanence and place of positive psychology and peace, its multiple manifestations and presence  in certain conjunctures and geographies.

The role played by the relationship between Portuguese and Brazilian approaches, and between globalism and localism – a consequence of the migration of science – will also be one of the key issues to be addressed.

Ultimately, it is intended to establish an open and fruitful dialogue between several areas of study that have as their object of reflection more positive and livable relationships, communities and nations, towards a collective harmonic happiness. It also intends to discover the place of those studies in the current history, their intervention in the present, and their role in the prospects of a more enlightening co-constructed humane and planetary future.

Call for Papers

Suggested topics for sending communication proposals to this scientific event:

1. Positive psychology of Portuguese expression: what is its fingerprint?

2. The imperative of peace in everyday life: the multiple forms, levels and processes of peace

3. Links between peace and positive psychology: Appropriations, reinventions and coexistence

4. Applications of positive psychology in promoting individual and collective lives with quality

5. Educating for sustainable global peace: how do we do it?

6. The positive and the negative of existence: dissonances, communion and renewals

7.The role of arts and humanities towards education for global peace and positive daily lives

Those interested in participating in the Congress and the Symposium may submit a summary (max 500 words), in Portuguese or English and a biographical note (max 250 words), until the 30th of December 2017, to the form:

Participants will be notified at the end of January 2018 and the final program will be presented at the beginning of February 2018. The languages ​​of the conference are Portuguese, English and Spanish. A selection of papers will be published in the journal of the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon, a peer-reviewed journal.

More information at: psipositivabrpt@iscsp.ulisboa.pt

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