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Kesi Mahendran: Can the Public Rule the World: Public Dialogue Psychology Collaborator

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This talk was recorded and presented for the launch of the OPRC, Opening Psychology for Changing Times in Summer 2021.

This film introduces the work of new Public Dialogue Psychology Collaboratory (PDPC). Within PDPC citizens are brought into direct dialogue with political narratives on sovereignty, freedom of movement, European/global citizenship and multilateralism. They are invited to rule the world and make decisions about its future. The post-pandemic period is likely to intensify polarisation between protectionist nationalist and transglobal narratives on freedom of movement. By exploring how citizens, as dialogical citizens, choose to rule the world the film shows psychological developments in transglobal consciousness. Within PDPC we articulate this as a growing sense of pandemicality.

For personal narratives to transglobal public dialogue on human mobility. Kesi Mahendran, Anthony English & Sue Nieland.

Key Readings:

Mahendran, Kesi; English, Anthony and Nieland, Sue (2021). Populism vs. the People: How citizen’s social representations of home destabilize national populism’s territorial vision. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 5(2) pp. 146–158.

Mahendran, Kesi; English, Anthony and Nieland, Sue (2021). No Obvious Home: the Public’s Dialogical Creation of Home During the Third Wave of Decolonization. Human Arenas, 1-20.

Mahendran, Kesi(2017). Public narratives on human mobility: Countering technocratic and humanitarian refugee narratives with a "one-world" solidarity narrative. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 27(2) pp. 147–157.