Message from the IACCP President Colleen Ward

XXVI International Congress of the International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology
Culture Change: Past, Present, and Future

Next year- 2022- is IACCP’s Golden Jubilee! We have come a long way since the 1972 meeting in Hong Kong that was organized by John Dawson and established our association. Among the 125 invitees to the Hong Kong conference was Harry Triandis, who will be honoured at our meeting. Also there were Walt Lonner, who founded the Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, John Berry, who complied the first directory of cross-cultural psychologists and their research, and Patricia Greenfield, who was a member of the first IACCP Executive Council  formed at the Hong Kong meeting. Both Walt and John have attended every IACCP Congress since its inception and are planning a symposium on the past, present and future of cross-cultural psychology. Patricia will deliver a keynote address “Culture Change in the Pandemic: Adapting to Survival Threat and Small-Scale Social Environments.”  These sessions by our early pioneers, Walt, John and Patricia, promise to be outstanding contributions to our golden jubilee celebrations.

Our conference theme, Culture Change: Past, Present and Future, not only pays tribute to our rich and vibrant history, but also addresses current and evolving social, political and environmental challenges that affect human behaviour and experiences across cultures in so many ways. Indeed, the global covid pandemic that has physically confined and isolated us over the last two years has also shown us that there are different ways we can connect and come together. Accordingly, we are organizing our XXVI Congress online. The times are changing, and as a resilient association, we are changing with them.

Fifty years after the first IACCP conference, we have come full circle. We owe a big thanks to Emma Buchtel (Education University of Hong Kong) who is Chair of the Organizing Committee. We are also indebted to Yoshi Kashima (University of Melbourne) and Emi Kashima (LaTrobe University) who are co-chairing the Scientific Committee. Their committees have innovative plans to deliver an engaging and stimulating conference, including ample opportunities to socialize and interact with friends and colleagues. Please join us for a rewarding experience.

I look forward to seeing you at our XXVI international congress in July.

Colleen Ward

President, IACCP