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The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2017

Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Wednesday, March 22 - Saturday, March 25, 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016

Registration Deadline for Presenters: February 15, 2017


Conference Theme: “Identity: Personalising and Situating Psychology”


The study of Identity in Psychology was pioneered by Erik Erikson in his early work in the 1950s and 60s, such as Identity: Youth and Crisis, and Identity and the Life Cycle. He looked at three aspects of identity – ego identity, personal identity and social identity. Developing a strong sense of ego identity, a coherent sense of who one is and isn’t, that is consistent and stable over time, is a key task in adolescence. Ego identity can also be equated with the personality level of identity. One’s personal identity is based on one’s abilities, one’s goals, and possibilities for the future and can be seen as the level of identity influenced most by one’s primary relationships, while one’s social identity is formed through identification with groups or secondary relationships, and shows one’s position within the social structure.

In most societies in the past, forming an identity – a self-definition within a community – was a straightforward process. People adopted roles that were already decided for them by their family and their community. In most modern global societies today the possibilities, choices and dilemmas young people face make this process of identity formation much less simple.

This partly explains the explosion of studies on Identity in Psychology, since Erikson’s day. This has happened within all areas of Psychology and has also incorporated theoretical ideas from Sociology. In one sense, this integration of the Identity or Self with diverse areas of Psychology ahs helped to personalize these areas of study by focusing on the whole person with their contradictions and complexities with specific contexts and relationships.

The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2017 (ACP2017) will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP2017). Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.

We welcome your proposal for presentations in all areas related to Identity, including but not limited to:

  • Ego Identity
  • Personal Identity
  • Social Identity
  • Personality
  • Motivation
  • Identity development / formation
  • Self-concept
  • Hybrid Identity
  • Cultural / Bi-cultural / Multi-cultural Identity
  • Sexual Identity
  • Gender Identity
  • Racial / Ethnic Identity
  • National Identity
  • Global / Local identity




IAFOR Publishing Opportunities


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The IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences is a peer-reviewed, editorially independent, open access journal associated with IAFOR’s Conferences on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences. A small number of papers from the Conference Proceedings will be selected by the journal editors for reworking and revising, in line with normal processes of review. It is expected that between five and ten percent of papers included in any given Conference Proceedings will be developed for inclusion in the journal. The editor may also commission pieces or accept articles from the open call, subject to the same processes of peer review.



Conference Proceedings

If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official Conference Proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.




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