July 19, 2018
Dr. Klaus Boehnke, Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University Bremen, took up his post as President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) during this year's international congress of the organization in Guelph, Canada. This well-known organization, founded in 1972, brings together psychologists from about 80 countries. Their work focuses particularly on the question of how cultural context determines human behavior. Like Jacobs University, the IACCP stands for a cosmopolitan approach and for cooperation across the boundaries of individual nations and disciplines.
Boehnke became President-Elect two years ago and now automatically took over as president until 2020. During his term in office, he plans to make a contribution to transcending boundaries, both between subdisciplines of psychology and neighboring academic disciplines and vis-à-vis cultures outside the Western world. “Psychology is very focused on the individual. Taking account of findings from neighboring scholarly disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political science and neuroscience, which look at people from a different perspective, can only be a gain for us.”
The scientist, who also served as long-standing Vice Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) until 2017, is the second German to head the 44-year-old organization, after Professor Heidi Keller. The IACCP is one of the oldest academic consortia to study cultural diversity, the origin and transmission of values and their methodological comparability. Every two years, the scholars meet to share their ideas at an international congress. Jacobs University hosted such an event on campus in 2008.
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