About the Author

Desmond Painter is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University. He has edited three books, Doing Psychology Under New Conditions (with Athanasios Marvakis, Johanna Motzkau, Rose Ruto-Korir, Gavin Sullivan, Sofia Triliva and Martin Wieser), Interiors: A History of Psychology in South Africa (with Clifford van Ommen) and Research in Practice: Applied Methods for the Social Sciences (with Martin Terre Blanche and Kevin Durrheim); a special edition of the journal Theory & Psychology (with Athanasios Marvakis and Leendert Mos) on Klaus Holzkamp and German Critical Psychology; and (with Manolis Dafermos, Athansios Marvakis, Sofia Triliva and Mihalis Mentinis) the most recent issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology (ARCP 10: Critical Psychology in a Changing World: Building Bridges and Expanding the Dialogue). As author he has published numerous scholarly chapters and articles as well as essays and book reviews for the (mostly Afrikaans) popular press. He maintains an Afrikaans language poetry blog and his own poetry has been published on literary websites and in a volume, Nuwe Stemme 5, which was published in 2013.


5 Responses to About the Author

  1. Dalene says:

    Hi Desmond,
    Firstly, I apologize for being unable to figure out exactly where to ask this question since it seems somewhat off-topic everywhere.
    I sometimes read articles / comments on Versindaba and gathered that you don’t like Jung very much. I am curious as to why not and would appreciate it if you could suggest reading matter on this topic. I am not an academic, psychologist or writer, merely curious.
    I used to think Jung’s ideas (die min wat ek daarvan weet) made sense but now I am not so sure.
    Anything on the internet would be doubly appreciated as I live far away from cities and don’t have much access to book shops or libraries.
    Hope you don’t mind me asking.

  2. desmondpainter says:

    Thanks Lauren — and I absolutely agree with you when you say “we need to begin by providing funded scholarly space to think deeply and critically about psychology and psychological practise again.” I am going to run with this blog a bit, and then next year try and start a Southern Psychologies Seminar Series on my campus. Watch this space.

  3. Lauren Muller says:

    Hi Desmond, thank you for your blogg – It is good to know there are people out there still interested in theory development in psychology. Why is it that down South we think relevance is just applied, empiricist research which (although valuable on its own terms) is seldom investigated or developed in more depth. Theory-making is work, and we need to begin by providing funded scholarly space to think deeply and critically about psychology and psychological practise again. I hope your ideas are going to translate into seminars and activity on campus. I also hope that you seek to bridge the gaps between clinical/counselling and social psychology. It would be useful to also engage with feminist/gender theories as well as science studies (Bruno Latour et al) which has a great deal to add to the debates. Psychology is deeply implicated in the production of late-modern global subjectivities and selves and these are inseperable from issues of identity, place, governance and techno-science. All the very best with this endeavour.
    Lauren Muller (Doctoral student- Psychology, US)

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