This site is dedicated to the activities of the British and East European Psychology Group which was formed to build bridges between psychologists and their departments after the East – West divide crumbled from 1989. We met from 1992 until 2012, initially 6 monthly, later annually in the psychology departments of the University of Leicester (Nigel Foreman) and University College London (Richard Rawles) and latterly in Westminster University’s Human Resources Centre (Zorica Patel)
We also held large conferences in east Europe in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia (1995), Brno, Czech Republic (2000), and Krakow, Poland (2005).
The Group also published a series of newsletters “UpDate”, the first set (1992 – 1995) mainly recording our east – west contacts in those early exciting years, the second (1996 – 2003) overviews of psychology departments in the various east European countries, and the third a series of summaries of the most important research across the region in the main psychology subdisciplines (2004 – 2011). The content of each of our UK or central European meetings was also recorded in the following UpDate.
Psychology as a discipline expanded enormously over the 20 years of our activities, and also by 2012 many east European researchers were working within European or international associations devoted to the various specialisms. Also the European Union was working on professional standards and training.
Here we record the Group’s activities amidst those years of change. During the Cold War and given the dominant ideology of the region, east European psychology worked within special parameters of functionalism and of the systemic / dialectical research traditions. Although this was usually politically determined, it also brought special insights which are still relevant today.
If anyone feels inclined to follow up any contact and the email address from the relevant UpDate reference list bounces, we recommend an author search on PsychInfo; a Google search on the author’s name and institution; and/or an advanced Google search within the the website of the target author’s institution (since employment mobility remains comparatively low in east Europe).