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A Stream on “The Influence of Psychosocial Factors on Wellbeing and the Experience of Illness in Diaspora”

Added by atiner on 2017-08-04

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2018-05-28
Last Date Last Day: 2018-05-31
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2018-01-29

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos
Email Email:
Address Address: TBA, Athens, Greece

Conference Description:

The Psychology Unit of ATINER organizes A Stream on “The Influence of Psychosocial Factors on Wellbeing and the Experience of Illness in Diaspora” as part of the 12th Annual International Conference on Psychology, 28-31 May 2018, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

Diaspora communities exist throughout the world and continue to develop and evolve despite differences to the reason that affected and caused individuals, groups and/or populations to migrate and leave their homeland. The factors that are central to migration, along with the relevant variables, differ among members of a Diaspora group, as well as between various Diaspora groups, despite potential cultural maintenance and assimilation with the host culture being vital aspects of the overall experience. These communities that are recreated in Diaspora have a core need for social connection and the sense of belonging to a cultural construct that is integral to their identity. Diaspora community members often echo the sense of nostalgia, along with the negative emotions of not belonging and express a need for social connection in their overall quality of life, happiness and wellbeing in Diaspora. This session will explore how psychosocial factors and the social environment, such as community connection, culture specific social groups, activities, food and diet, recreation and cultural community membership, may influence both wellbeing and the experience of illness that are significant factors to overall health and the promotion of both health and wellbeing in Diaspora. You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 29 January 2018 to: Dr. Maria-Irini Avgoulas, Academic Member, ATINER & Associate Lecturer La Trobe University Australia. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

The association was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

Academically, the Association is organized into seven Divisions and 37 Units. Each Unit organizes at least one Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:
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