|European Association of Social Psychology
Social transformation is an ever-present, often disruptive and sometimes violent and destructive feature of the modern world. Leaders play a key role, for good and for evil, in initiating and steering this process that lies at the intersection of social psychological research on leadership, influence and social change. However, for historical reasons leadership research is concentrated in the organizational sciences and research on influence and social change is concentrate in social psychology; and the two traditions do not communicate well – leaving a void. This EASP small conference on Unexpected Leadership: How Marginal Individuals and Groups Lead Social Transformation addresses this lacuna - integrating research on leadership, social influence, and social change and transformation, with the aim of advancing theory and informing application and policy.
The conference will take place from July 15-18, 2015 (with attendees arriving on the 15 and departing on the 18) at the University of Sheffield located in middle of the UK making it easily accessible from every major UK airport. Although one of largest cities in the UK, Sheffield is informally referred to as the „largest village in England“. It is located at the edge of the Peak District - the oldest national park in the UK - and is about a 2-hour train ride from London, and an hour from Manchester, Birmingham, and Leeds.
We have a limited number of presentation slots and invite submissions from researchers at any career stage who conduct research on leadership, social influence power, minority influence, and social change and transformation. In particular we are interested in research that integrates to a greater or lesser degree these research traditions.
If you are interested in presenting, send an abstract (max. 250 words), author affiliations, contact information, and EASP membership status via email to David Rast (email@example.com) no later than March 1, 2015.
Neuroscience offers methods that develop at remarkable speed and hold exciting promises for the future of psychological science in general and social psychology in particular. But, although this research arouses considerable interest in the neuroscience community, the media, and funding agencies, social neuroscience has received a controversial reception from social psychologists.
At the heart of the concerns expressed by social psychologists lies the question of the contribution of neuroscience to social psychology. What kind of methods does neuroscience offer to social psychology? Which psychological questions can these methods address? What are the pitfalls to avoid? How can neuroscientific data inform societal issues? These are some of the questions that social neuroscience needs to address to produce a valuable contribution to social psychology theory.
The objective of this meeting is to give social psychologists interested in neuroscience the possibility to address these questions and the challenges that social neuroscience present. We will dedicate most of the time at our disposal to open-minded and constructive discussions about the potentials and boundaries of a neuroscientific approach to social cognition. These discussions will be lead and fostered by several eminent experts, including Klaus Fieldler (University of Heidelberg), Carsten de Dreu (Amsterdam University), Jennifer Beer (University of Texas), Alan Sanfey (Radbound University), Tor Wager (University of Colorado) and Frank Overwalle (Vrije University, Brussels). Participants wishing to present empirical research will have the opportunity to do so during poster or data blitz sessions.
The meeting will take place from September 9-11, 2015 in Graz, Austria. There are no registration fees, and costs of accommodation and meals will be partially or entirely covered contingent on receiving further grants. If you are interested in participating, please send an email including an abstract describing either an empirical research or a theoretical contribution (max 300 words) as well as your contact details to Gayannee Kedia (firstname.lastname@example.org) until February 28, 2015. The result of this meeting will be published in a special issue intended to lay the guidelines of a high-quality neuroscience for social psychologists.
November 2015, Leuven, Belgium
Over the past two decades, research has investigated the problem of gender inequality by examining factors that prevent women from entering and excelling in traditionally masculine domains. But as women’s interest and inclusion in more agentic roles has been increasing over time, men’s interest in communal roles and identification with communal traits has remained relatively more static (Twenge, Campbell, & Gentile, 2012; Twenge, 1997, 2009; England, 2010; 2011). Although the underrepresentation of women in science and leadership has generated a rich body of research, psychological research has been slower to systematically focus on the underrepresentation of men in communal roles and careers such as nursing and teaching, and as caregiver to their own children.
This small group conference aims to create a forum for developing emerging research on men in counter-stereotypic and communal roles. By bringing together a diverse group of scholars with interest in the topic we aim to invigorate scientific collaborations and boost research on this far-reaching social issue. The ultimate goal is not only to share diverse scholarly perspectives on the issue but also lay the groundwork for grant proposals promoting more focused laboratory and cross-national work on the topic of the asymmetry of changing gender roles. As part of the meeting, funding experts will be present to discuss funding possibilities as part of Horizon 2020 - the biggest EU Research and Innovation Grant program tackling societal challenges.
The meeting will take place in November 2015 in the historic city of Leuven in Belgium, home to the University of Leuven since 1425. We are hoping to create a gender-balanced and diverse conference with senior, junior, and graduate student participants from both Europe and North America.
April 15-16, 2016, Cologne, Germany
Emotions are inherently social in how they are elicited, communicated and regulated. Many emotions are so quintessentially social that their mere existence depends on other people. And they can be provoked on the group level, driving collective action. Moreover, emotions can be felt vicariously, they can be contagious, or intentionally mimicked and some people can infer them easily or manipulate them to reach their own goals. Emotions are so inherently social, that even the distinct emotion labels might constitute socially constructed categories shared during socialization. Such a social approach, however, still awaits more theoretical and empirical scrutiny.
May 10-11, 2016, Brighton, UK
Solidarity is fundamental in informal social interaction, social organization, social institutions and social change. But while research has shown the importance of forms of solidarity across a range of topics, solidarity itself has rarely been a focus. The aim of this meeting is to discuss and analyse the different usages of ‘solidarity’ in contemporary social psychology and by doing so achieve some conceptual clarification and research agenda-setting.
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