Cultural Perspectives on Social Norms
Insights from Research and the Field
How did the culture of risky lending develop in the financial sector? How do maladaptive cultural norms, like female genital cutting, develop and what can be done to change them? How can organizations promote a culture of safety in domains that allow little room for error (e.g., healthcare)?
On 26 January 2018, the Kurt Lewin Institute (KLI) and the Cultural Psychology master’s program of the University of Amsterdam co-organize an interactive symposium titled “Cultural Perspectives on Social Norms: Insights from Research and the Field” that will take place in Amsterdam. The main goal of the symposium is to foster a fruitful interaction between scientists and professionals on the topic of norms and cultural psychology.
Connect scientists and practitioners
The main goal of the symposium is to foster a fruitful interaction between scientists and professionals on the topic of norms and cultural psychology. This is not science-for-science. We want to connect scientists and practitioners, and discuss how psychological insights can help to address concrete societal and organizational challenges.
Furthermore, we aim to review and discuss the state of the art in research that combines social norms and cultural psychology, and to advance theorizing in this field by integrating perspectives from different disciplines. To this end, the symposium will bring together academics from different disciplines, ranging from social and organizational psychology to developmental psychology, evolutionary economics, and neuroscience. An active interaction between scholars, practitioners, and participants will be initiated during a plenary discussion.
Insights from science and practice
During the plenary discussion we aim to integrate insights from theoretical and empirical work on the one hand and everyday practice on the other hand. This way we hope to stimulate a fruitful discussion and to identify topical areas that may lend themselves particularly well to a synergistic combination of insights from science and practice.
Participants are encouraged to bring in their own view and questions during the discussion. The plenary discussion will be moderated by a scholar who will integrate the different perspectives so as to outline future directions in research and practice.
The symposium will consist of presentations by scholars and practitioners as well as a moderated plenary discussion between presenters and participants. There will be coffee breaks, a lunch break, and a reception at the end of the symposium.
The first presentation will start at 10:00 and the reception will end at 18:00. The detailed program will be announced by the end of October. More information about the speakers can be found here.
How to register
If you are a member of the Kurt Lewin Institute (KLI), you may register here. The KLI will cover your participation fee, so you do not need to pay.
If you are not a member of the KLI, you may register by filling out this online form. After you have filled out the form, you can complete your registration by paying a €30 participation fee. Please follow the instructions here to pay the fee by 1 November 2017.
Eftychia Stamkou and Gerben Van Kleef
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