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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Editorial (European Bulletin of Social Psychology, 29,1, June 2017)

07.06.2017, by Jean-Claude Croizet

Dear colleagues and friends,
It is my pleasure to introduce you to the new volume of the European Bulletin of Social Psychology prepared together with Sibylle Classen, of course. The General Meeting is now just a few weeks away ...

Dear colleagues and friends,
It is my pleasure to introduce you to the new volume of the European Bulletin of Social Psychology prepared together with Sibylle Classen, of course. The General Meeting is now just a few weeks away. In Granada, three of the current EC-members will end their term, our current President Manuela Barreto (see the President's corner), our Meeting Officer Mara Cadinu and our Journal Officer Daniël Wigboldus. In Granada, three of the current EC-members will end their term, our current President Manuela Barreto (see the President's corner), our Meeting Officer Mara Cadinu and our Journal Officer Daniël Wigboldus. Three new members will be elected among the five colleagues who are applying to join the EC. But, of course, the forthcoming General Meeting will entail much more than just the Members Meeting and the election of new members of the Executive Committee. In fact, the Granada General Meeting will also be an exceptional event full of surprises, as we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Association. The two local organizers, Rosa Rodríguez-Bailón and Miguel Moya, have done an impressive and thorough job preparing this huge event. Similarly, the Program Committee, headed by Jeroen Vaes, deserves many thanks for the enormous and difficult task they have been handling. I am convinced that the General Meeting will not only be a huge success scientifically, but will also be fun for all participants as well as quite a memorable event. For more details, please see the news on the Program and Organizing Committees’ work in this Bulletin.

I trust you will take the time to read through this volume. I think it deserves your attention. Once again, there is a very interesting contribution to our Opinions & Perspectives section (O & P) titled “What psychology can teach us about Trump’s victory – and what Trump’s victory can teach us about psychology”. I am extremely grateful to Steve Reicher and Alex Haslam for writing this piece. I personally find their analysis of the Trump election thoughtful and enlightening, all the more remarkable given that the arguments were initially written before the actual election result was known for the Scientific American…! In this contribution, they extend this analysis and reflect on the implication of this event for the way we do psychology. Besides pointing out the current O & P- contribution, let me also say a few general words about this particular section. The O & P section was initiated by the previous EASP secretary Sabine Otten to provide our members a forum where they can easily and freely express their ideas on topics they consider relevant within EASP. I am truly grateful to the colleagues who have accepted throughout the years to give their opinions on important issues or to shed light on dramatic events, like the series of terrorist attacks that have hit Europe since 2015.

As I write this, the situation in Turkey remains extremely worrisome. Our colleagues in Turkey, their families and the general population are facing tremendous oppression and danger. In this bulletin, you will find an update of the situation provided by the Social and Political Plateform of Turkey. The situation is indeed alarming. Many actions can be taken to express solidarity and support for our colleagues and I strongly invite you to consider acting along the lines proposed in this letter.

In the rest of the bulletin, you will also find other information, for example, how to submit to the European Review of Social Psychology and the usual sections including the inspiring reports on past meetings supported by EASP, or on members’ activities that were supported by grants from the Association.

Have a pleasant spring and summer season. Hope to see you in Granada!

Jean-Claude Croizet