The solidification of the knowledge economy in the context of contemporary neoliberal capitalism has consolidated procedures and criteria that model academic production in terms of economic efficiency. In the field of Social Sciences, funding policies are biased towards the development of knowledge and technologies for the management of populations, concealing the progressive deterioration of political legitimacy, worsening of life conditions, loss of freedoms and social rights and the lack of environmental sustainability. In this context, it is necessary to reflect on the role of psychosocial knowledge in the legitimation and transformation of dominant ideologies and practices.
Critical perspectives address psychosocial phenomena taking into consideration multiple semiotic-material interactions taking place within a socio-historical context, considering the social and political implications of the knowledge that is being produced. In recent decades discursive perspectives have become a backbone in the production of critical knowledge, analysing how certain versions of social reality get stabilised and developing strategies for transforming these sedimented realities. At the same time, the recognition of the heterogeneity of the constituent elements of social reality has led, in recent years, to the incorporation of intrapsychic, affective and material elements in the analysis and intervention of psychosocial phenomena. The recognition of the constructed character of our semiotic-material reality opens the door for the necessary involvement of psychosocial knowledge in the transformation of present conditions of power and the consideration of the political dimension in the development of research practice.
Critical Social Psychology congregates different ontologies and epistemologies that, as a toolbox, seek to identify, analyse and transform our existing power relations. This meeting opens a space for debate and reflection to share different academic and political sensitivities, thematic and theoretical developments in a critical approach to social reality. A space that welcomes specific investigations, theoretical analysis and political positions within a critical reflection on the current forms of social reproduction and transformation.