Critical and Radical Humanist Work and Organizational Psychology
– International Conference –

Date and Location:  2nd –3rd October 2020. University of Innsbruck (Innrain 52), Austria


Although, we are happy that the situation or outlook regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is currently improving in many places around the world, we believe that it would still not be advisable (or even possible) for all of you to physically travel to and convene here in Innsbruck for our International Conference - Critical and Radical Humanist Work and Organizational Psychology in Fall 2021.

To ensure that our conference can be held in a way that is safe, inclusive, and conducive to the envisioned collaborative atmosphere of knowledge exchange and creation, we have decided to postpone the meeting again from Fall 2021 to Summer 2022. 

The projected new date is in Summer 2022, but details still need to be confirmed with keynote speakers and coordinated with our co-organizers and hosting university. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 All accepted contributions will continue to be included in the conference program and we will soon be in contact with you to confirm the final date, hoping that many or all of you will be available to participate. 


Call for Participation/Abstracts [link full-length version 1st call] [link short version 2nd call]  [link short version 3nd call]

Abstract submission deadline: 20th January, 2020; extended deadline: 20th February, 2020; closed.
Submission to:

Conference Registration

Registration deadline: 15th April, 2020
(the conference is free of charge)
Registration to:

Critical theoretical and radical humanist approaches in Work and Organizational Psychology (WOP) endeavor to integrate psychological, sociological, and social philosophical constructs to sketch out theoretical frameworks to better understand the closely intertwined developments of the individual psyche, social subsystems, and the surrounding economic and cultural-societal system. This implies an emancipatory epistemological interest, inspired, for example, by the Frankfurt School of Social Philosophy, Analytical Social Psychology in the tradition of Erich Fromm, and approaches of dialectical materialist psychology (e.g. Activity Theory, German Critical Psychology).

Furthermore, critical theoretical and radical humanist WOP advocates that human rights, human dignity, the social and psychological well-being and care for all human beings, and the protection of the natural foundations of life should represent the guiding principles for economic activity and work. This means opposition and resistance to the economic exploitation and oppression, in the name of a self-reproducing and, eventually, self-destructive system, advancing the particular interests of a small wealthy minority.

Additionally, these approaches share the effort to explore human development potentials within their social and historical context and to examine forms of self-actualization at and through work and other economic contexts. Moreover, activities of critical and radical humanist WOP researchers, in cooperation with scholars from other disciplines, endeavor to develop methods, concepts, and procedures that are useful for challenging, reducing, or removing work-, organization-, and management-related factors, as well as technological aspects that impede human dignity, self-actualization, solidarity, freedom, democracy and health.

Conference Scope

At the conference, contributions from a plurality of theoretical approaches, their variations and extensions will be discussed and ideas or examples for their application, further development and integration in research, practice and academic teaching in WOP will be exchanged. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Critical Psychology based on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory
  • Radical Humanism and Analytical Social Psychology (according to Erich Fromm)
  • Critical Management Studies / Critical Sociology
  • Critical Psychology / Psychology from the Perspective of the Subject
  • Activity Theory and Cultural Historical Psychology
  • Critical traditions in Action Regulation Theory
  • Self Determination Theory and the Critique of Corporate Capitalism

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Rainer Funk (Founder of the International Erich Fromm Society, Erich Fromm Institute Tübingen)
  • Dr. Ruth Yeoman (Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Moldaschl (Chair of Socio-Economics, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen)

Program Preview

Conference highlights include an interactive workshop session on “What can we learn from Critical Management Studies?” with Prof. Dr. Martin Parker (University of Bristol; Professor of Organisation Studies, Lead for the Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative). A publication workshop for submissions to the Special Issue on Critical Perspectives in Work and Organizational Psychology in Applied Psychology: An International Review (link SI CFP) will be held by the special issue editors, as part of the Future of Work and Organizational Psychology (link FOWOP) initiative.

Types of Contributions / Abstract Submission Format

Encouraged are contributions with critical and radical humanistic content and reference to the topics and spirit of this call. Abstracts of around 250 words should be submitted for: individual presentations (15-20 minutes, plus 5-10 minutes discussion), themed sessions or symposia (75-90 minutes, 3-4 contributions), panel discussions (75-90 minutes, 3-5 discussants), and workshops (75-90 minutes, free format, moderated by the submitter). For sessions with several speakers (symposia, panels) abstracts should also be provided for each individual contribution. These should be submitted in one document by the session organizer(s). Contributors are welcome to suggest alternative formats (e.g., posters, short presentations).

Submission to:


Organizing Committee:

Applied Psychology Unit I of the Institute of Psychology, University of Innsbruck

Innsbruck Group on Critical Research in Work- and Organizational Psychology (I-CROP) [link]

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang G. Weber (
PD Dr. Thomas Höge (
PD Dr. Severin Hornung (
Dr. Christine Unterrainer (

In cooperation with the Erich Fromm Study Center at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin [link]
(Prof. Dr. Thomas Kühn, Dr. Rainer Funk).

Supported by the Institute of Psychology at the University of Innsbruck (Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Glaser) [link]






Nach oben scrollen