Extremism and the Psychology of Uncertainty
The 2008 Claremont Applied Social Psychology Symposium addresses the relationship between uncertainty and extremism. It asks whether and how feelings of uncertainty about oneself, the future, and the world we live in, may contribute to forms of extremism, for example zealotry, ideological orthodoxy, religious fundamentalism, hate crimes, delinquency, cults, drug abuse, genocide, and terrorism. Around a social psychology core, the symposium takes a broad perspective with contributions from general psychology, sociology, the study of leadership, developmental psychology and the study of religion. Associated with the symposium there will be a book in the Claremont Applied Social Psychology Series, published by Blackwell.
Who Should Attend?
This will be an excellent opportunity to delve into a controversial and pressing contemporary issue. In showcasing cutting edge research and theory on the role that uncertainty may play in extremism, the symposium will be equally rewarding to researchers, faculty members, and students of psychology, religion, the humanities and other social and behavioral sciences. Anyone interested in the current research being conducted in these areas is welcome to attend.
Claremont Colleges faculty and staff are welcome to register at the $20 student rate.