May 3, 2016
Klaus Boehnke, Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University, has been elected president of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP). 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, who also serves as Vice Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), 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 one such event on campus in 2008.
Boehnke (65) will begin his term as President-Elect this August and will lead the IACCP as its president from 2018 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.”