Critical Work Psychology is in its infancy. It is not a tradition, yet a promise that FoWOP sees as an inherent aspect of the future of work psychology. However, how do we know what critical WOP could mean to us? What we can do with it? How it could help us in becoming better academics ourselves? Before us stands a tradition of centuries of critical thought, most of it never playing a significant role in work psychology, but with the promise of informing and enriching our understanding of individual behavior in the workplace. We aim to bridge the gap between critical thinking and contemporary work psychology, and create possibilities for mutual exchange.
– International Conference –
Critical and Radical Humanist Work and Organizational Psychology
2nd –3rd October 2020, University of Innsbruck, Austria
In October 2020, our FOWOP-colleagues in Innsbruck are organizing a conference on critical and radical humanist work and organizational psychology. The deadline for abstracts is 20 February. More information about the conference can be found here and online.
Critical Teaching in WOP
Call for contributions to our forum: All academics who want to teach critically and those already doing so, please share what is currently working/ not working for you in the classroom. To support collaborations and the sharing of ideas we have created an online forum. The forum will be open until 2nd September 2020. We intend to bring together ideas in person and discuss ways forward at the small group meeting in Brussels (9-11th September 2020). More information on this will be forthcoming in 2020. Please use the forum to stay connected. See also our call.
Checklist for Critical Research in WOP
Our first project has focused on creating a Checklist for Critical WOP. This checklist is for anyone who is interested in becoming a more critical researcher, but has no or little idea how to do this. The checklist is also for anyone who is afraid of the term critical, and would never dare to label oneself as a 'critical researcher'. Being critical is not the privilege of eloquent intellectuals, but a mundane attitude to life and work that we should all be able to embody. Our checklist is the first step we are taking to help ourselves and anyone who wants to become more critical researchers. We explain briefly what critical WOP is or could be, and we offer a wide range of questions that we could ask ourselves when conducting our research. The Checklist is never finished, and any input is welcome. Feel free to spread, send it to colleagues and students, and discuss it.