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 Dr. Eri Park

Why do I work at UCR: I just love it!
What is interesting about my discipline: Why do we feel, think and behave the way we do? Why do we dream, forget and remember even the most haunting or upsetting events? And how do we do it? What makes it possible for us to sympathize with others and why do we have this ability? How do we make sense and give meaning to our lives? - Psychology is the science of our mental life and behavior. And a psychologist's goal is to describe, explain, predict and control behavior.

Profile

Eri Park is Assistant Professor in Psychology at UCR. She obtained her German Diploma in Psychology at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, received two years of training and apprenticeship in psycho-social counseling at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, and spent her time as a Ph.D. candidate in England (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London), Brazil (Department of Psychology, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre), and Australia (Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian National University, Canberra). She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Social Psychology at The London School of Economics and Political Science and taught undergraduate and graduate students in Berlin and London.


Before coming to UCR, Park worked as an analyst in product development, in a teenage girls’ crisis home and with homeless people affected by HIV/AIDS in Berlin, for the German Red Cross with rape camp survivors and traumatized women from Bosnia, for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in a refugee camp in Nepal and was involved in the planning and organisation of numerous conferences and research projects on racism, rape and war.

Park is the winner of the 2007 Sigmund Koch Award of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology; co-editor of Varieties of Theoretical Psychology. International Philosophical, and Practical Concerns (2009), one of the latest books providing international perspectives on theoretical psychology; and the program organizer of the 2009 conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Nanjing, China.

Selected Publications

  • Tsirogianni, S., Sammut, G., & Park, E. (in press). Social Values. In A. C. Michalos (Editor-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. New York City: Springer. (invited submission)
  • Park, E. (in press). Global Justice. In T. Teo (Editor-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York City: Springer. (invited submission)
  • Park, E. (2012). Holzkamp, Klaus. R. Rieber (Editor-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories (pp. 528-529). New York City: Springer. (invited submission)
  • Park, E. (2012). Cosmopolitan Theories in Psychology. In R. Rieber (Editor-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories (pp. 224-234). New York City: Springer. (invited submission)
  • Park, E. (2011). Racism in a Post-Colonial World: European Myths and Truth Effects. In P. Stenner, J. Cromby, J. Motzkau, J. Yen & Y. Haosheng J. (Eds.), Theoretical Psychology: Global Transformations and Challenges (pp. 228-238). Toronto: Captus University Press.
  • Park, E. (2011). Social Solidarity in a transnational setting: The cosmopolitan position. Papers on Social Representations, 20(1), 6.1-6.19.
  • Park, E. (2009). The Affluent Psyche: European Representations of African Poverty. In T. Teo, P. Stenner, A. Rutherford, E. Park & C. Baerveldt (Eds.), Varieties of Theoretical Psychology. International Philosophical, and Practical Concerns (pp. 245-253). Toronto: Captus University Press.
  • Park, E. (2008). How European Voters Think: The Convergence of Colour and Hunger Lines. Journal of US-China Public Administration, 5(6), 36-46.
  • Park, E. (2007). Global Justice and Psychology. European Representations of African Poverty. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 16(3), 134-171.
  • Park, E. (2007a). Psychological Aspects of Cosmopolitanism. In V. van Deventer, M. Terre Blanche, E. Fourie & P. Segalo (Eds.), Citizen City. Between Constructing Agent and Constructed Agency (pp. 115-123). Toronto: Captus University Press.
  • Park, E. (2006). Zum ‘bösen D-Wort’. In G. Arapi & M. S. Lück (Eds.), Transkulturelle Teams. Ein Qualitätsstandard in der sozialen Arbeit?! (pp. 30-33). Bielefeld: Tagungsdokumentation.
  • Park, E. (2002). Postkoloniale Kritik und Identitätskonstrukte in der Psychologie. Psychologie und Gesellschaftskritik, 100, 52-71.
  • Näcke, L. & Park, E. (2001). Subjectivity and Self-Government. In J. R. Morss, N. Stephenson & H. van Rappard (Eds.), Theoretical Issues in Psychology (pp. 113-127). Dordrecht/London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Conference Presentations
  • 2011, July – annual Conference of ‘Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity’, in Güzelyurt, Northern Cyprus. Paper: “Social Solidarity and Action.”
  • 2010, September – annual Conference of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Social Psychology Section, in Winchester, UK. Paper: “Constructions of a ‘Good Life’ in Contemporary Times.”
  • 2010, July – 3rd biannual Conference on Global Ethics, in Bristol, UK. Paper: “The Notion of Justice.”
  • 2009, May – 13th biannual Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP), in Nanjing, China. Paper: “Reflections on Participatory Action Research (in the German Context).”
  • 2008, July – 31th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), in Paris, France. Paper: “The European Middle-Class: Six Types of Ethical Self-Construction in the Context of Global Poverty.”
  • 2008, June – 7th biannual Conference of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), (Division 9 of the American Psychological Association), in Chicago, USA. Paper: “Types of Ethical Self-Construction in the Context of Global Poverty.”
  • 2007, June – 12th biannual Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP), in Toronto, Canada. Paper: “The Affluent Psyche. European Representations of African Poverty.”
  • 2007, May – 8th Inter-University Graduate Conference, in London, UK. “Global Justice and Psychology.”
  • 2006, August – International Society for Justice Research (ISJR), in Berlin, Germany. Poster: “Global Justice and the European Middle Class.”
  • 2006, June – Association for Legal and Social Philosophy (ALSP), in Dublin, Ireland. Paper: “Who cares? Towards a Cosmopolitan Ethics.”
  • 2005, July – International Conference for Critical Psychology, in Durban, South Africa. Paper: “The Affluent Psyche. Which psychological mechanisms prevent people in affluent countries from caring for the ‘global poor’?”
  • 2005, June – 11th biannual Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP), in Cape Town, South Africa. Paper: “Psychological Aspects of Cosmopolitanism.”
  • 2005, May – 6th Inter-University Graduate Conference, in Cambridge, UK. Paper: “The Western Self as Moral.”
  • 2002, November – European Social Forum, in Paris, France. Paper: “Self-organization of Migrant Workers in South Korea and the Role of the Trade Union.”
  • 2002, April – Internationaler Kongress ‘Psychologische Konstruktionen – Politiken der Erkenntnis’ der Neuen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (NGfP), in Berlin, Germany. Paper: “Psychologische Konstruktionen aus postkolonialer Perspektive.” [International Conference “Psychological Constructions –Politics of Knowledge” of the New Society for Psychology, Berlin, Germany. Paper: “Psychological Constructions from a Postcolonial Perspective.”]
  • 1999, April – 8th biannual Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP), in Sydney, Australia. Paper: “Subjectivity and Self-Government.”
  • 1998, August – 1st European Student Conference on Cultural Psychology, in Innsbruck, Austria. Paper: “Power and Subjectivity.”
Invitations
  • 2008, December – invited participant at the Institute of Pedagogy, 5th Symposium “Zur sozialen Thematisierbarkeit des Interkulturellen”, Prof. Paul Mecheril, Ph.D. (Universität Innsbruck).
  • 2008, November – Talk invited by the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, Universiteit Antwerp. Paper: “On Cosmopolitanism.”
  • 2008, July – Opening keynote invited by the Neue Gesellschaft fuer Psychology (NGfP), Department of Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin: “Kann die Marginalisierte wi(e)dersprechen?” Paper: “Reflections on Participatory Action Research: Contradictions and Dilemmas.”
  • 2007, October – Talk invited by the Department of Psychology, Research Group “Estudos culturais e modos de subjetivação” [Cultural Studies and Modes of Subjectivation], Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (Prof. Neuza M. F. Guareschi Ph.D.). Paper: “Global Justice and Social Psychology.”
  • 2005, March – Talk invited by the Institute of Developmental Psychology, Research Group ‘Culture, Psychology, Development’, Freie Universität Berlin (Prof. Martin Hildebrand-Nilshon Ph.D., Dr. Dimitris Papadopoulos) Paper: “Justice, Global Justice, Psychological Contributions.”
  • 2005, November – Presentation of the Conference “Transkulturelle Teams. Ein Qualitätsstandard in der sozialen Arbeit?!” [Transcultural Teams. A Quality Standard in Social Work?!], Mädchentreff Bielefeld, e.V.
  • 2004, April – invited participant at the Institute of Pedagogy, 2nd Symposium “Zur sozialen Thematisierbarkeit des Interkulturellen” [Concerning the Social Thematizability of the Intercultural], Universität Bielefeld, (Dr. habil. Paul Mecheril).
  • 2003, March – invited participant at the Institute of Pedagogy, 1st Symposium “Zur sozialen Thematisierbarkeit des Interkulturellen” [Concerning the Social Thematizability of the Intercultural], Universität Bielefeld, (Dr. habil. Paul Mecheril).
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