Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie e.V.

A non-profit organization for the advancement of cultural psychology in research and teaching.

The society's website contains the following information:

  1. Board
  2. Introduction
  3. Scientific perspectives and goals
  4. Activities
  5. Regulations of the Society (in German)
  6. Membership
  7. Previous activities
  8. International Contacts


German version


Ernst-E.-Boesch-Prize 2017 for Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckensberger and Dr. Sarah Demmrich

The Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie has awarded the Ernst-Eduard-Boesch-Prize for the second time. The prize goes to Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckensberger for his life's work in promoting and desseminating the scientific cultural psychologie. With Lutz Eckensberger a scientist is honored, who worked together with Ernst E. Boesch and helped to make the Saarbrücken approach internationally visible as well as developed an own theoretical approach in cultural psychology. Beside numerous contributions to methods and methodology of cultural comparison, to action theory, and cultural psychology his works on moral judgment are distinguished.

His historically and anthropologically informed contributions to the development of a cultural psychology distinct from a nomological psychology are deeply related to the thinking of Ernst Boesch. Lutz Eckensberger sought for a systematic  specification of a "culture inclusive action theory“. As innovative and creative psychologist he helped to make the cultural psychology internationally visible, what can be seen by his vivid connections to colleagues all over the world.

The prize has an amount of 2.500 Euro.

The laudation was carried out by Prof. Dr. Jaan Valsiner (Aalborg University, Denmark).

The Ernst-Eduard-Boesch-prize to young scientists for a distinguished work was given this year to Dr. Sarah Demmrich. She got the prize for her distinguished PhD thesis "Personality and Rituals in the Context of Religious Beliefs of Adolescents". The prise has an amount of 500 Euro

The award took place during the 13th biannual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie that was held from 14th to 16th September 2017 in Hannover.


Emigration, Migration and Culture

The 13th biannual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie was a joint meeting with the German Society of Psychologys section ›History of Psychology‹ and was held from September 10th to 12th in Salzburg, Austria. For further informations please visit the meetings homepage.


Ernst-E.-Boesch-Prize 2015 for Prof. Dr. Jürgen Straub

The Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie has awarded the Ernst-Eduard-Boesch-Prize for the first time. The prize goes to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Straub for his life's work in promoting and desseminating the scientific cultural psychologie. With Jürgen Straub a scientist is honored, who represents a social and cultural psychology basing on human meaning and action. In the well interdisciplinary handling such complex topics as autobiographical memory, narrative psychology, historical awareness, intercultural competence and communication, personal and collective identity, and violence he impressively documents the outstanding scientific potential of a theory of action-oriented, interpretive traversing cultural psychology.

The laudation was carried out by Prof. Dr. Jens Brockmeier (American University of Paris).

Cultural Dynamics and Psychological Development

The 12th biannual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie was a joint meeting with the German Society of Psychologys section ›History of Psychology‹ and was held from September 10th to 12th in Salzburg, Austria. For further informations please visit the meetings homepage.


We mourn Ernst E. Boesch

On July 12, 2014, our founding member Ernst Eduard Boesch has died unexpectedly in his 98 year of life . The Society for Cultural Psychology lose with him not only one of its core scientific personalities, but also a generous patrons. In his last months he has  discussed with us the guidelines for the Science Prize for Cultural Psychology - donated by him and named after him. The international cultural psychology loses with Ernst E. Boesch a pionier who has worked for many decades at the persistently development of this research domain.

We are grateful that it was granted to us, his critical and alert mind to know even in his old age as a companion for our scientific projects

Call for nominations to the Ernst E. Boesch Prize 2015

The Ernst E. Boesch Prize Board of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie is inviting nominations for the Ernst E. Boesch Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the academic field of cultural psychology.
The Ernst E. Boesch Prize is awarded to scholars who have had a decisive influence on cultural psychological research (not on classical intercultural or cross-cultural psychological research). The Prize is awarded in two categories:

1) An amount of 2,500 EUR to established researchers, who have made essential and enduring contributions to cultural psychology


2) An amount of 500 EUR to young scientists for a distinguished work (e.g., master thesis, PhD thesis or comparable book publications).

The nomination deadline is October 31 2014.

How to nominate?
Scholars holding positions at universities and other research institutions, including academies, are entitled to nominate candidates to the Ernst E. Boesch Prize. A self-nomination is not allowed. The letter of nomination should be written in English or German and state the reason for the nomination. The nomination should also include the candidate’s CV and suggest two referees who know the scholar’s work. Please send the nomination to the board’s chair Prof. Dr. Carlos Koelbl:

The winner of the Ernst E. Boesch Prize 2015 will be announced in February 2015. The official award ceremony will take place in Salzburg, Austria in May 2015. The winner should give a lecture to the members of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie there.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the president of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie Lars Allolio-Näcke.


The last biennial meeting of our society took place from June 6th to 8th 2013, at the University Vienna, Austria.
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The next conference will be held in Salzburg, Austria, June 2015.

1. Board (since 2013)

1. Chairman:

PD Dr. Lars Allolio-Naecke
(University Erlangen-Nuremberg)


2. Chairman:
Prof. Dr. Doris Weidemann
(Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau)


Paul Sebastian Ruppel
(Ruhr-Universität Bochum)



ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Allesch
(Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg
Department for Psychology)


Project Development:

Dr. Anna Sieben
(Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Young talent scout

Prof. Dr. Herbert Fitzek
BSP Business School Berlin Potsdam - Hochschule für Management

International Development:

Univ.-Doz. Dr. Ralph Sichler
(University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt)

Responsible for Interdiscipinarity:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Uwe Wolfradt
(Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)


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2. Introduction

The Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie (Society for Cultural Psychology) was founded in Salzburg in 1986, where it still has its seat today. It is an association of psychologists who are active both in scientific research and teaching as well as in different fields of applied psychology. It is internationally oriented and interested in interdisciplinary co-operation. The society's objectives are the advancement of theoretical, empirical and applied cultural and cross-cultural psychology as well as the promotion of relevant ideas in these fields.

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3. The Society's Scientific Perspectives and Objectives

Cultural Psychology tries to describe, interpret and explain culture-specific contexts, conditions and purposes of human thinking, feeling, intending and acting. Culture is understood primarily as a symbol-, rule-, knowledge- and orientation-system that defines not only experience and behavior, but also sense and meaning structure of cultural objectivations. Cultural symbol-, rule-, knowledge- and orientation-systems are formed, perpetuated and altered by social practice.

Cultural psychology encompasses traditional cross-cultural psychology, though it is theoretically, methodologically, methodically and practically not limited to the latter's nomological and technological orientation. Culture comparisons need not necessarily aim at general, culture-invariant laws and regularities, and their empirical validation. In addition to nomological cross-cultural psychology (which owes its progress over the last three, four decades to a constantly growing number of contributions especially from North America), (comparative) cultural psychology is mainly interested in comprehensive description and interpretative analysis of specific cultural features of psycho-social reality.

Independent of their theoretical, methodological and methodic orientation, cultural psychology and cross-cultural psychology are concerned with all fields of human practice. This means they are not confined to subjects such as lan-guage, religion, morals and customs, art in its varied forms, or other specific fields.

In multi-cultural societies that offer many niches for cultural milieus cultural psychology can be comparative even within a single society. Life problems that members of specific cultures experience and articulate (more or less differenti-atedly) as their own, often serve as a starting point of cultural psychological research. With its theory building and terminology thus rooted in daily life experience, cultural psychology aims at practical relevance of its research. The results of its research can very often be made fertile in different other fields, as well. One of its higher practical goals is the analysis and cultivation of possibilities of intercultural understanding and co-operation within and between societies.

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4. The Society's Activities

The Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie pursues the above mentioned objectives through following activities:

  • organization of conferences;
  • publication of conference documentation and other scientific writings;
  • advancement of the cultural psychology's standing at universities, colleges and research institutes;
  • furthering of the co-operation between those active in cultural psychology as well as between psychology and its neighboring disciplines.

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6. Membership

Admission as a member requires proof of scientific or practical qualification in the field of cultural psychology and is granted by the board or general meeting respectively on the basis of a proposal of at least three of the society's members. Currently the membership fee is 35,-- Euro per year. If you are interested in further contact with the society we kindly ask you to inform us whether you are interested in

  • a membership in the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie. If this is the case we would like to ask you to provide us with an overview over your previous scientific or practical activities in the field of cultural psychology or cross-cultural psychology, including their different fields of applied research.
  • periodic information on the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie's current activities.


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7. The Society's previous Activities


The Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie has held eleven conferences, so far (1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 , 2011, 2013, 2015). The next conference will take place in Hannover in 2017.


Six of the above mentioned symposia are documented in anthologies:

Christian G. Allesch & Elfriede Billmann-Mahecha (Hrsg.). (1990). Perspektiven der Kulturpsychologie. Heidelberg: Asanger. (For German language table of contents click here.)

Christian G. Allesch, Elfriede Billmann-Mahecha & Alfred Lang (Hrsg.). (1992). Psychologische Aspekte des kulturellen Wandels. Wien: VWGÖ. (For German language table of contents click here.)

Herbert Fitzek & Michael Ley (Hrsg.). (2003). Alltag im Aufbruch. Gießen: psychosozial. (= (Zwischenschritte 21) (For German language table of contents click here.)

Christian G. Allesch & Michaela Schwarzbauer (Hrsg.). (2007). Die Kultur und die Künste. Heidelberg: Winter. (For German language information click here.)

Rainer Schönhammer (Hrsg.). (2009). Körper, Dinge und Bewegung. Der Gleichgewichtssinn in materieller Kultur und Ästhetik. Wien: facultas. (For German language information click here.)

Fitzek, Herbert & Sichler, Ralph (Hrsg.). (2011). Kulturen im Dialog: Felder und Formen interkultureller Kommunikation und Kompetenz. Gießen: Psychosozial.  (=Zwischenschritte 28/29) 

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8. The Society's International Contacts

International and National Societies

European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS)

International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP)

International Society für Cultural & Activity Research (ISCAR)

Fachgruppe Geschichte der Psychologie (FgGe) der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie


Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung (FQS)

Erwägen Wissen Ethik – Streitforum für Erwägenskultur (EWE)


Zentralinstitut »Anthropologie der Religion(en)« (ZAR)

Hans Kilian und Lotte Köhler Centrum
für sozial- und kulturwissenschaftliche Psychologie udn historische Anthropologie

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