Culture, Individual and Populism


Call for Papers

Populist and New populist movements have received greater attention among the academic community in recent years. Though it is rooted in political theory, the field of psychology has a keen interest in understanding the neo populist phenomenon, exploring the factors leading to it, and its impact on society; Social and political psychologist are into exploring the characteristics of the populists. As a multidisciplinary approach, this sub-theme looks into the philosophical underpinnings, factors that affect populism, the characteristics of populist and the manipulation of human behaviour and emotions from a multicultural, interdisciplinary perspectives.

For this conference, topics related to the following are welcome but are not limited to:

  • Celebrity, Fame and recognition, Impression formation and impression management in the populist world

  • Movie, superhero and millennials and post millennials  

  • Identity and populism

  • The other in populism (altruism and egocentrism)

  • Human behavior and populism (rational being or emotional being)

  • Digitalization and individual rights

  • Social media and populism

  • Youth Mental health in populist era

  • Regional Populism in India: A case of Sikkim

  • Climate emergency during populist leaders

  • Sanity and insanity in populism

  • Religion, Fear, and Nationalism in populist era

  • Cognition, Neuroscience and Populism

  • Values (virtual and physical) and populism

  • Leadership (Political, Social) and populism

  • Multicultural and intercultural models: clarifications, reflections and urgencies

  • Beyond the Multicultural Paradigm: The Contribution of Intercultural Education and Competence

  • Areas of culture and pandemic Superwoman new-age identity of working-women

  • Social Consciousness of Youth in India: Role of Social Media in the Era of Neo Populism

Panel Convener

Dr. Shinto Thomas

Section Editor of 'Culture, Individual and Populism' in the Encyclopaedia

Dr Shinto Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, CHRIST University, India, interested in the area of positive youth engagement and positive and social psychology.

Confirmed Participants

Interest: Personal and family wellbeing. Treating the impact

of substance use disorders in couples and families. The transition of military veterans to civilian life

Dr. Seb Perumbilly is a tenured associate professor in the

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program within the

College of Health and Human Services at Southern

Connecticut State University, USA. He is the recipient of the

United States Government's prestigious Fulbright Academic

and Professional Excellence Award (2019-2020). He holds a Ph.D. degree in Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut, USA.

Interest: Areas of culture and Superwoman new-age identity of working-women

Dr. Rituparna Chakraborty is an assistant professor of Psychology at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Calcutta, India. She earned her MA and BA (Psychology Hons.) degrees from the same university.

Interest: Social Psychology, Discrimination, Prejudice, Migration, Educational Psychology

Prof. Bhasker Malu is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. His research interests are Social Psychology and he works in an interdisciplinary space.

Interest: Areas of culture and pandemic

Dr. Baiju Gopal is an associate professor with the Dept. of Psychology, Christ University. He holds a doctorate from the University of Calicut. He has published in journals such as Journal of Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (JIACAM), Current Psychology, ADELAIDE Journal of Social Work, Journal of Workplace Health Management among others.

Interest: Climate Emergency during populist leaders

Dr. Alphonsa Jose K is an assistant professor with the Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Bannerghetta campus, Christ University.

She completed her doctoral thesis on Constructing an Eco-Friendly House: Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour.

Interest: Cross-border migration, transnationalism, coloniality. Eastern/Western Psychology and family relationships.

Dr. Rashmi Singla completed her doctoral studies as well as her Masters in Psychology from the Copenhagen University, Denmark. She holds a BSc. Honours degree from Delhi University, India and is an accredited Psychotherapy Specialist of the Danish Psychological Association. She has been a guest professor at the Regensburg University of Applied Sciences since 2019 and is an expert reviewer for the European Science Foundation since 2020.

Interest: Intercultural Communication & Competence, Counselling and Change Management Processes

Dr. Susanne Maass-Sagolla is a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences at Muenster, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. degree in intercultural studies wherein her work compared German and American Working teams. She has also conducted various educational studies and trainings in (systemic) counseling and psychology. Her studies have included Indo-Tibetan philosophy, psychology and logic in Germany and the US with H.E. Dabyab Rinpoche and Gelek Rinpoche.

Interest: Phenomenological and existential psychologies/psychotherapy, Global health, poverty, oppression-coloniality & decolonization.

Dr. Berta Vishnivetz is an Associate Professor, Emerita at the Institute of Social Work International and Intercultural Training at the University College, Metropol, Denmark. She also guest lectures at the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Public of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus – Denmark. Additionally she also lectures at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.