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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

EASP Meeting: Ostracism, Social Exclusion, and Rejection

08.01.2017, by Sibylle Classen in call for papers

June 28-July 2, 2017, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2017


Applications are invited from EASP members to participate in a Small Group Meeting on Ostracism, social exclusion, and rejection at Vitznau, Lake Lucerne (Switzerland), from June 29th – July 2nd, 2017.

Ostracism, social exclusion, and rejection represent ubiquitous phenomena in society, that usually result in very negative and hurtful consequences. Research on ostracism, for instance, has shown that individuals are highly sensitive to being excluded or ignored by others, so that even minimal exclusion experiences which occur on a daily basis threaten fundamental human needs and cause feelings of pain. The consequences can be far-reaching and extend into various fields of social psychology: Typically, ostracized individuals seek to restore their threatened needs which is why exclusion affects a variety of physiological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral variables. Other lines of research have focused on potential moderators of experiencing social exclusion as well as the underlying causes for why individuals are being excluded. While most research has focused on the targets of social exclusion so far, we would also be interested in and invite contributions focusing on the sources of social exclusion, such as why and how individuals use to inflict ostracism and exclusion on others. This small group meeting will focus on future developments and new pathways to study ostracism, social exclusion and rejection in intergroup and interpersonal settings.

In addition to established researchers, we hope to attract PhD students and post-docs. Our goal is to facilitate as much productive discussion as possible so that participants have the chance to network, and form new international research collaborations. The EASP grants generous financial support, so that we can limit the conference fee to 80 € for PhD students and 180 € for participants holding a PhD.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2017. All applications should include the applicant’s current affiliation and position, whether they are members of EASP and whether they would prefer a talk or a poster presentation. Moreover, they should provide a title and short (150 word) abstract of their potential presentation. Please send applications to

We are looking forward to welcome you to Switzerland!

Selma Rudert, University of Basel
Rainer Greifeneder, University of Basel
Kipling Williams, Purdue University

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