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Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie e.V.

The Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie (Society for Cultural Psychology) is a non-profit association for the promotion of scientific cultural psychology and cross-cultural psychology in research and teaching. It was founded as a society under Austrian law in 1986 by Hans Werbik, Wilhelm Salber and Wilhelm Joseph Revers in Salzburg, Austria, where it is still based today. With its activities, the Society aims to promote theoretical, empirical and applied cultural psychology as well as the dissemination of its findings. Since 2015, the Society has been awarding the biennial Ernst E. Boesch Prize for Cultural Psychology.


Professor Dr. Patricia Marks Greenfield (University of California Los Angeles) and Dr. Regina Arant (Jacobs University Bremen) received the Ernst E. Boesch Prize for Cultural Psychology 2019

For the third time, the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie has awarded the Ernst E. Boesch Prize for the promotion of cultural psychology. The prize commemorates the cultural psychologist Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ernst Eduard Boesch who died in 2014 at the age of 97.

Prof. Patricia Greenfield , Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles and one of the most renowned pioneers of contemporary cultural psychology, was honoured for her seminal and multi-methodological contributions especially in the field of developmental psychology.  She has had considerable influence in numerous functions, not least as president of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (2014-2016).

The 2019 Ernst E. Boesch Prize is awarded in recognition of her life-achievement which will continue to stimulate central areas of psychological, social and cultural research.

The laudation was given by Pradeep Chakkarath (Ruhr-University Bochum).

The Ernst-E.-Boesch-Prize for distinguished work by a young scientist was given to Dr. Regina Arant (Jacobs University Bremen). She was acknowledged for her PhD thesis on the „Impact of a High School Year Abroad on the National and Host Country Identity of German Exchange Students“.

The award veremony took place on occasion of the 14th biannual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie that was held from 23rd to 25th September 2019 in Würzburg.

Board (since 2019)


Prof. Dr. Dr. Uwe Wolfradt

(Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)


Vice President:

Dr. Pradeep Chakkarath

(Ruhr-University Bochum)



Paul Sebastian Ruppel

(Ruhr-Universität Bochum)



PD Dr. Lars Allolio-Näcke

(Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg)


Project Development:

Dr. Anna Sieben

(Ruhr-University Bochum)


Young talent scout

Prof. Dr. Herbert Fitzek

BSP Business School Berlin Potsdam – Hochschule für Management



Prof. Dr. Doris Weidemann

(Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau)



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.

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.

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.


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.

The Society’s Previous Activities


The Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie has held 14 conferences so far (1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 , 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019). The next conference will take place in 2021.


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)

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)


Zentralinstitut »Anthropologie der Religion(en)« (ZAR)
Hans Kilian and Lotte Köhler Center for Cultural Psychology and Historical Anthropology (KKC)