2013 Conference Theme: "Connectedness & Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma"
Being connected has become much easier in the 21st century. The digital revolution, the internet, social network sites, skype, and the ubiquity of mobile phones have helped us to reconnect with long-lost family and friends, to make new relationships even with people we haven not met in person, and to stay connected despite geographical separation. However, this revolution in convenience and communication has not necessarily helped us to be more truly connected. Social connectedness refers to the quality and quantity of relationships with others including family, friends, colleagues, and the wider community, through various modes of contact, and the resulting benefits. Being truly socially connected involves not only the number of connections with important people in our lives, but also factors such as trust, disclosure, loneliness and isolation. Other aspects of connectedness are also equally as important as the social: psychological connectedness with our multiple, changing selves gives us our sense of identity over space and time; connectedness with our environment, be it the natural environment or our social ones, such as school, work, or community provides us with a sense of belonging; spiritual connectedness in the transcendental sense provides meaning in our lives; and moral connectedness, being true to our values helps us to maintain our integrity in our complex lives.
We hope and expect that the conference theme, as well as the sub-themes below will excite interesting new interpretations and explorations:
Connectedness: Self, social, spiritual, natural and moral
Personal and Social Connectedness: Trusting self and others
Connectedness: Personal, inter-personal, local and global
We also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, including the following streams:
Psychology and Education
Industrial Organization and Organization Theory
Qualitative/Quantative Research in any other
area of Psychology
Psychology in the Asian Context
(Comparing and Contrasting)
Linguistics, Language and Psychology/Behavioral
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by the deadline of December 1 2012.
All abstracts will be blind reviewed by a voluntary team, and authors will usually be notified of the decision of the reviewers within two weeks of submission. Those who submit near the December 1 deadline will receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by December 15 2012.
All accepted authors may have their full paper published in the online conference proceedings. Full text submission is due by May 1 2013.
The deadline for full conference payment for all presenters is March 1 2013.
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