Organising Protest:

Where is our Systems Psychodynamic thinking on

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS?

Organising Protest:

Where is our Systems Psychodynamic thinking on

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS?

NIODA'S 6th Annual Symposium

7, 8 & 9 September 2022

What can systems psychodynamics add to our understanding of social movements?

Social Movements have long been part of societies worldwide. We can instance such momentous issues as indigenous land rights; female suffrage and the emancipation of slaves; as well as protests against wars or government economic measures; and more recently there are demonstrations surrounding climate change, cruelty to animals, racial discrimination and gender, even against government public health measures.

A social movement may be defined as ‘a loosely organized but sustained campaign in support of a social goal’ (Brittanica). They are an ‘effort by a large number of people to bring about or impede social, political, economic or cultural change’ (University of Minnesota on-line Library). They most often involve a protest against ideas, actions and the culture of the establishment or a call to action for change.

As distinct from an interest group, social movements are organized to initiate social change and involve action by the members, often in the form of protest using multiple methods. They are collective and may arise spontaneously amongst people with a common outlook, but then become sustained and organized. They may be local, regional or global. Social anthropologists and sociologists have defined the different types as reform, revolutionary, redemptive, resistance and alternative. They define lifecycles: beginnings, growth and endings: emergence, coalescence, bureaucratization and decline.

What can systems psychodynamics add to our understanding of these movements?

For instance, systems psychodynamics might begin to unpack what has been happening in political landscapes.

If social movements are defined as efforts ‘by a large number of people to bring about or impede social, political, economic or cultural change’ (University of Minnesota online Library), then a significant portion of the Australian population has been recently engaged. As a population, ‘We’ swept a conservative government from power. But we did not simply swap them for ‘those on the other side’ in the long-standing tradition. We swapped them for a new radical mixture of the traditional ‘other side’ plus some Greens and a handful of independent female candidates who ‘ruthlessly highlighted the moderates’ inability to influence the direction of the [government]’ (Wahlquist, The Guardian). They have been labelled the “Teals’.

If thinking about the life cycle of social movements – emergence, coalescence, bureaucratisation and decline – how and where does a new government’s plethora of promises fit? The new Australian government promises action on climate change, an Indigenous voice in parliament (already acted upon), and an integrity commission, to name a few.

Haven’t got time to do it by yourself? As they say, ‘it takes a group to understand a group’, collaborate with your colleagues on a presentation. Develop some new thinking, bring it to:

Organising Protest:

Where is our Systems Psychodynamic thinking on

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS?

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Melbourne Australia

Wednesday 7 September

5.00 – 7.00 pm Opening & Panel
7.00 – 9.00 pm Panel & discussion
9.00 – 9.30 pm Social space

Thursday 8 September

8.00 – 9.00 am Social dreaming
9.00 – 11.00 am Panel & discussion
11.00 – 11.30 am Social space
5.00 – 7.00 pm Dialogue session
7.00 – 9.00 pm Parallel papers
9.00 – 9.30 am Social space

Friday 9 September

8.00 – 9.00 Social dreaming
9.00 – 11.00 am Parallel papers
11.00 – 11.30 Social space
5.00 – 7.00 pm Parallel papers
7.00 – 9.00 pm Closing reflection

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New York USA

Wednesday 7 September

3.00 – 5.00 am Opening & Panel
5.00 – 7.00 am Panel & discussion
7.00 – 7.30 am Social space
6.00 – 7.00 pm Social dreaming
7.00 – 9.00 pm Panel & discussion
9.00 – 9.30 pm Social space

Thursday 8 September

3.00 – 5.00 am Dialogue session
5.00 – 7.00 am Parallel papers
7.00 – 7.30 am Social space
6.00 – 7.00 am Social dreaming
7.00 – 9.00 pm Parallel papers
9.00 – 9.30 pm Social space

Friday 9 September

3.00 – 5.00 am Parallel papers
5.00 – 7.00 am Closing reflection

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London UK

Wednesday 7 September

8.00 – 10.00 am Opening & Panel
10.00 – 12.00 noon Panel & discussion
12.00 – 12.30 pm Social space

Thursday 8 September

11.00 – 12.00 am Social dreaming
12.00 – 2.00 am Panel & discussion
2.00 – 2.30 am Social space
8.00 – 10.00 am Dialogue session
10.00 – 10.30 am Social space

Friday 9 September

11.00 – 12.00 am Social dreaming
12.00 – 2.00 am Parallel papers
2.00 – 2.30 am Social space
8.00 – 10.00 am Parallel papers
10.00 – 12.00 noon Closing reflections

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Singapore

Wednesday 7 September

3.00 – 5.00 pm Opening & Panel
5.00 – 7.00 pm Panel & discussion
7.00 – 7.30 pm Social space

Thursday 8 September

6.00 – 7.00 am Social dreaming
7.00 – 9.00 am Panel & discussion
9.00 – 9.30 am Social space
3.00 – 5.00 pm Dialogue session
5.00 – 7.00 pm Parallel papers
7.00 – 7.30 pm Social space

Friday 9 September

6.00 – 7.00 am Social dreaming
7.00 – 9.00 am Parallel papers
9.00 – 9.30 am Social space
3.00 – 5.00 pm Parallel papers
5.00 – 7.00 pm Closing reflections

Program Schedule

🔖 PRESENTATION

Opening & panel

📆  DATE

Wednesday 7 Sep 2022

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

5.00 - 7.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Not Knowing and Coming to Know Panel

MS DEB MARTINDALE

Not Knowing and Coming to Know Panel

MS SALLY MUSSARED

Not Knowing and Coming to Know Panel

PROF KENWYN SMITH

Not Knowing and Coming to Know Panel

MR SETH THOMASSON

Learning to listen: the challenge of the Uluru statement from the heart

Deb Martindale, Sally Mussared, Kenwyn Smith and Seth Thomasson have been In COVID lockdown late in 2020 reading allowed the Uluru Statement from the Heart motivated us to respond to the government’s interim report. This led to the consideration that perhaps our role as ‘white fellas’ in the Yoorrook (Victorian Truth Telling Commission) was to actively listen. Regular reflection sessions have led to us being moved by what we have heard in the public hearings from Victorian First People Elders whose experiences illustrate many of the key impacts of colonisation still felt today, including Jack Charles, Uncle Johnny Lovett, Aunty Fay Carter, Aunty Alma Thorpe, Uncle Larry Walsh and Isobel Paipadjerook Morphy-Walsh, Uncle Kevin Coombs and Uncle Colin Walker. The impacts of our listening are developing, and we encourage you to listen to the Uluru Statement from the Heart to consider your role in this social movement.

🔖 PRESENTATION

Panel

📆  DATE

Wednesday 7 Sep 2022

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

7.00 - 9.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Kat Hamilton

KAT HAMILTON

Esther Salomon

ESTHER SALOMON

Simon Western

DR SIMON WESTERN

🔖 PRESENTATION

Panel

📆  DATE

Thursday 8 Sep 2022

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

9.00 - 11.00 am

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Lydia Alpizar

LYDIA ALPIZAR

David Luna

DAVID LUNA

Anita Prasad

ANITA PRASAD

Barbara Williams

BARBARA WILLIAMS

When social movement organizing meets systems psychodynamics

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🔖 PRESENTATION

Dialogue session

📆  DATE

Thursday 8 Sep 2022

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

5.00 - 7.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Aarti Kapoor

AARTI KAPOOR

Emma Olivier

EMMA OLIVIER

Jenny Smith

JENNY SMITH

Employees and Organisational Perspectives on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG): The dynamics of making progress toward socially-impactful business.

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🔖 PRESENTATION

Paper (parallel)

📆  DATE

Thursday 8 Sep 2022

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

7.00 - 9.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Gilles Amado

GILLES AMADO

The Anti-Vax Movement: A gateway to amalgams?

Mark Argent

MARK ARGENT

“Organising protest”, in the light of Lacan’s perverse discourses

Margo Lockhart

MARGO LOCKART

“Why He Orders the Steak. An exploration of gender differences within the animal rights movement.”

Petros Oratis

PETROS ORATIS

Taming the Beast: Exploring the lateral dynamics between the social movement and its opposition side and the need to shift from polarization to co-existence.

🔖 PRESENTATION

Paper (parallel)

📆  DATE

Friday 9 Sep 2022

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

9.00 - 11.00 am

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Karen Loon

KAREN LOON

Anxious Nation – How historical anxieties shape Asian-Australians today

Harley McDonald-Eckersall

HARLEY MCDONALD-ECKERSALL

Redefining Uncertainty - what the cultural and creative movements can teach us about social movement organising

Anna Turley & Barbara Williams

ANNA TURLEY & BARBARA WILLIAMS

Building Social Justice Movements: What’s organizational role got to do with it?

🔖 PRESENTATION

Paper (parallel)

📆  DATE

Friday 9 Sep 2022

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

5.00 - 7.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Jo-anne Carlyle & Barbara Williams

DR JO-ANNE CARLYLE & BARBARA WILLIAMS

Problematising our orthodoxies

Greg Cook, Allan Shafer & Jenny Smith

GREG COOK, ALLAN SHAFER & JENNY SMITH

The Dynamics of the 'Seeking Asylum Project'

Neo Pule

DR NEO PULE

Student leaders’ unrest: A call to action for social justice through social dream drawing

The fundamental methods in psychoanalytic and socioanalytic research

PROF SUSAN LONG

🔖 PRESENTATION

Panel

📆  DATE

Friday 9 Sep 2022

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

7.00 - 9.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Jennifer Burrows

MS JENNIFER BURROWS

John Gibney

MR JOHN GIBNEY

Fiona Martin

MS FIONA MARTIN

Cath McKinney

DR CATH McKINNEY

Mr Thomas Mitchell

MR THOMAS MITCHELL

Sally Mussared

MS SALLY MUSSARED

Reflections on the Symposium Social Movements

Reflective practice in action with each member of the Symposium Planning Committee raises the highlight of the symposium for them, then small group discussions to discuss highlights of the symposium and what was gained from the papers and presentations attended. Followed by a large group open discussion.

Social Movements: NIODA Symposium 2022

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NIODA Symposium 2022: Organising Protest: Where is our Systems Psychodynamic thinking on SOCIAL MOVEMENTS?

📆  Dates

Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 September 2022

⏰. Session Times

5 pm, 7 pm, 8 am & 9 am 🇨🇰  Melbourne
8 am, 10 am, 11pm & 12 am 🇬🇧  London
3 am, 5 am, 6 pm & 7 pm 🇺🇸  New York
3 pm, 5 pm, 6 am & 7 am 🇸🇬  Singapore

💷  For only

AUD $290 including; panel discussions, keynote, parallel paper
presentations & session recordings

Early bird price AUD $250 until 30 July

👩🏻‍💻. Location

Live interactive online sessions via Zoom

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