On May the 24 th Rondine will host the International Symposia on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace that bring together 40-50 invited participants from around the world every year.  The Symposia were initiated by the International Union of Psychological Science and continue to be coordinated by the Committee for the Psychological Study of Peace (CPSP).

The symposia enable scholars and practitioners to present their current scholarship and practice in peace psychology, while also providing a platform for mutual exchange of ideas and experiences in which participants engage in intercultural dialogue aimed at reducing cultural bias and ethnocentrism in research and practice in peace psychology.  The goal is to bring forward voices from cultures and situations that are typically not included in peace discourses and to build an international community that promotes peace-related research and action.

15th Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace
The 15th Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace is hosted by Department of Communication and Social Research, Sapienza University of Rome in collaboration with the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in Florence, from 21 May to 27 May. The theme is Bridging Across Generations: Turning Research into Action for Children and Families and its program aims to capture the research topics and priorities not only of peace psychology, but also of the host country and its convening partner the world’s leading child rights organization, UNICEF. The program examines pressing research issues for children and families, but also focuses on how to leverage findings to make the most of them in programming, policy and advocacy and bring about change at all levels for children and families.

To enrich the cultural experiences of peace and conflict, the program also spans several geographical locations, taking place in Rome, Assisi, Rondine, and Florence.  Visits to historical places of significance to peace and conflict are enriched by engagement with local organizations concerned with peace and justice, including those that save refugees crossing the Mediterranean, provide livelihoods for migrants, seek justice from wrongs inflicted by the Mafia and other criminal organizations, and empower young people whose lives have been affected by conflict.

Symposium streams
The conference program and the abstracts in this booklet are organized around the following thematic streams relevant to children and families:

  • Prosocial behaviour, civic engagement and participation in multicultural societies;
  • Migration and refugees, including emergency, first reception and second generations;
  • Research and interventions on violence in families, schools and communities;
  • Social construction and deconstruction of diversity;
  • Dehumanization and victimization;
  • Intergenerational transitions and memories of war and terrorism;
  • Environmental transformations, resilience and human rights;
  • ICTs  and media construction of peace/war culture;
  • Peace-building programs for children and families;
  • Unaccompanied children;
  • Youth resilience and empowerment;
  • Research uptake

Psychology to Peace – Day 1
Psychology to Peace – Day 2
Psychology to Peace – Day 4
Psychology to Peace – Day 5


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