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Cultural Diversity, Migration, and Education Conference in Potsdam

August 23 - 25, 2018

Pre-conference Workshop (morning of August 23rd, 2018)

"The Interplay of Development and Acculturation: Implications for research in culturally diverse schools and communities"

This workshop for early career scholars will introduce participants to a developmental perspective on current acculturation research. The aim is to highlight the complex interplay of developmental and acculturative processes and to develop a strengths perspective that empowers immigrant and minority adolescents to benefit themselves, their families, communities, and societies (Petersen, Koller, Motti-Stefanidi, & Verma, 2016). In this way, this workshop will present an alternative to a long tradition of deficit orientation in research on diversity, development, and education. In this workshop, Peter Titzmann will not only discuss the recent research findings, but he will also present research strategies and applications for a better understanding of immigrant and minority youth.

The workshop will furthermore present the opportunity to exchange experiences with other early career scholars working on topics of diversity, migration, and education.


Peter Titzmann is Professor for Developmental Psychology at the Leibniz University Hanover, Germany. During his academic career he was research associate (Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany), Assistant Professor for Life Course and Competence Development in Childhood and Adolescence (Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development, University of Zürich, Switzerland), and Professor for Psychology (University of Education Weingarten, Germany). His general research interest relates to the interplay between normative development and migration-related adaptation among adolescents with immigrant background. He investigated this interplay in various developmental outcomes, such as experiences of stress, delinquent behavior, friendships, autonomy development, and changes in the family hierarchy and interaction. His often interdisciplinary and longitudinal work is published in various edited volumes, book sections, and peer-reviewed journals, among them are Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Application process

To apply, please send an email with the title "CDME pre-conference workshop" to Jana Vietze: vietze@uni-potsdam.de .

The email should include one PDF file with the following information: Full name, affiliation, academic status (student, PhD candidate, Post-Doc), and a short motivation letter (max. 150 words) for participation in the workshop.

Application deadline: May 10, 2018.

The pre-conference workshop has a maximum capacity of 15 participants. In the case of more submissions than available spots, participants will be selected based on their motivational statement. After the application deadline, you can sign up for a waiting list via the email.

General information

  • Time: 9.00-12.30, on August 23, 2018
  • Location: Am Neuen Palais 10 (House 9, Room 2.03), 14469 Potsdam, Germany (for directions to the pre-conference venue, please see below or under "Information")
  • The fee is 30 euros and includes all workshop materials and a coffee break
  • After the notification of acceptance (end of May), you will be asked to pay the registration fee. Payment information will be available in the notification of acceptance. To complete the registration process, please send a receipt of payment (e.g., copy of bank statement) to vietze@uni-potsdam.de within 14 days upon arrival of the notification of acceptance