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Upcoming Meetings

June 25-27, 2014, Verona, Italy
EASP Small Group Meeting on Psychological Perspectives on Collective Victimhood and its Consequences for Intergroup Relations
Contact: Masi Noor masi.noor@canterbury.ac.uk
Organizers: Masi Noor (Canterbury Christ Church University), Silvia Mari (University of Milan Bicocca), Johanna Ray Vollhardt (Clark University), Arie Nadler (University of Tel Aviv)

Collective victimhood is among the most powerful of human experiences. Its dynamic goes well beyond the traditional notion of learned helplessness and lack of agency. In fact, violent intergroup conflicts around the world are triggered, maintained and resolved partly depending on how victimhood is dealt with.

There are compelling reasons why direct or vicarious experiences of harm at the hands of another group are of such importance. Collective memories of past victimhood trigger potent psychological needs and can give rise to intense affective responses. Such responses are often transmitted through generations and can provide the motivation for continued revenge and legitimization of violence in present-day, unrelated conflicts. Conversely, perceptions of shared victimhood may promote harmonious intergroup relations and solidarity.

The proposed Small Group Meeting seeks to bring together emergent social psychological approaches to collective victimhood. We aim to discuss theory and empirical findings on the psychological processes, dimensions, functions, antecedents, consequences, and policy implications of collective victimhood. This meeting aims to facilitate the theoretical integration of emerging theoretical approaches to collective victimhood, to assess their present empirical validation in diverse contexts of conflict and its aftermath throughout the world, and to stimulate future research and research collaborations on the psychology of collective victimhood. We welcome both empirical and theoretical contributions.

The meeting will take place from June 25-27, 2014 in Verona, Italy. There are no registration fees, and costs of meals will be covered. Contingent on receiving further grants, the cost of accommodation may be subsidized. If you are interested in participating, please send an email including an abstract (250-300 words) and your contact details to Masi Noor (masi.noor@canterbury.ac.uk) until March 1st, 2014.


July 5-7, 2014, Leuven, Belgium
EASP Small Group Meeting on Culture and Psychology: Insights from the European Context
Contact: a.k.uskul@kent.ac.uk, matthias.gobel.11@ucl.ac.uk
Organizers: Ayse Uskul (University of Kent), Matthias Gobel (University College London), Batja Mesquita (University of Leuven), Veronica Benet-Martinez (Pompeu Fabra University), William Maddux (INSEAD)

We invite both junior and senior researchers to submit abstracts for the first EASP small group meeting on the topic of ‘Culture and Psychology: Insights from the European Context’. The meeting will take place at the University of Leuven in Leuven, Belgium from July 5th to 7th 2014, shortly before the 17th EASP General Meeting.

The aim of the small group meeting is to provide a platform for researchers who examine psychological processes using a cultural lens within the European context. To date, much of the ork in cultural and cross-cultural psychology has been conducted comparing Western (e.g., North American cultures) and Eastern cultures (e.g., East Asian cultures). Cultural groups in Europe are distinct from North American and East Asian counterparts due to very different historical, political and economic circumstances. In an era where Europe faces enormous economic and social challenges and governments must make difficult choices about social equality and financial stability, the meeting aims to discuss the role of culture within the European context and promises important insights into the psychological reality of its citizens. The meeting also sets out to advance our theoretical understanding shifting the attention of (cross-)cultural research towards dimensions beyond individualism-collectivism. The meeting will host around 30 participants and thus will facilitate the exchange and discussion between researchers at all stages of their career.

The meeting will conveniently take place in geographical and temporal proximity to the 17th EASP General Meeting as to facilitate attendees’ travel to Amsterdam. If you are interested in participating, please send an email including title, abstract (max. 250 words), contributing authors, and the contact details of the presenter to Ayse K. Uskul (a.k.uskul@kent.ac.uk) or Matthias Gobel (matthias.gobel.11@ucl.ac.uk) before 31 January 2014.

There will be no participation fees. Costs of accommodation and meals will be partially covered. Please feel free to contact the organizers for any questions. We look forward to this exciting meeting and receiving your abstracts.


July 8, 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Pre-conference-Workshop: Getting published in the European Journal of Social Psychology (and elsewhere)

Organizer: Xenia Chryssochoou, EASP Meetings' Officer, xeniachr@panteion.gr, xeniachryssochoou@yahoo.gr

The Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Psychology invites colleagues to meet with editors and former editors of the EJSP (the association’s flagship journal). The purpose of the meeting is twofold: to discuss factors that increase chances of getting published and to identify issues that researchers struggle with. The workshop is intended for colleagues at different stages of their career who would like to have a chance to discuss the publishing process directly with the editors who handle their work.

The workshop will take place on the 8th of July for half a day (afternoon). The current editors of EJSP (Prof. Ernestine Gordijn and Prof. Tom Postmes) and former editors Prof. Alex Haslam and Prof. Russell Spears will lead the workshop. In this, editors will explain the editorial process and clarify how submissions are evaluated. After this, participants have the opportunity to discuss the publishing process in small groups with one of the editors and raise issues they have faced or ask questions. A plenary session at the end will be used to summarize key points from the discussions and to identify key strategic and policy issues. This discussion can serve as input for the organization of future activities and workshops to help members prepare their research for publication.
The workshop is free of charge.

Participation is limited to 60 people and will close when this number is reached.
To subscribe, please express your interest to Xenia Chryssochoou with your name, affiliation and country.


July 9-12, 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17th EASP General Meeting
Organizers: Agneta Fischer and Kai J. Jonas


September 4-6, 2014, Princeton, NJ, USA
SPSSI-EASP Joint Meeting on the Great Recession and Social Class Divides
Contact: sfiske@princeton.edu, mmoya@ugr.es
Organizers: Susan T. Fiske (Princeton University) & Miguel Moya (Universidad de Granada)

To address the psychological implications of social class, especially at this time of economical crisis, a small group conference on ”The Great Recession and Social Class Divides” is being held at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), September 4-6, 2014. This is a joint Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)-European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) conference, and will focus how belonging to different social classes influences various social psychological processes, along with the ways that the current context of economical crisis affects these psychological processes differently depending on the social class to which people belong. We aim to present a comprehensive summary of the social class and economical crisis literature as it affects several psychological processes, including trust, group deservingness, identity, educational attainment, stereotypes, ideologies, and group behaviors. Potential attendees must be a member of SPSSI or EASP or both. Abstracts describing new empirical work (300 words) should be submitted by email to Susan T. Fiske (sfiske@princeton.edu) or Miguel Moya (mmoya@ugr.es), by the deadline of April 30, 2014. The cost of registration and attendance will be offset by funding support provided by SPSSI, EASP, and Princeton University.


June 26-28, 2015, Sopot, Poland
EASP Medium Size Meeting on Moral judgment and behavior
Contact: Konrad Bocian kbocian1@swps.edu.pl
Organizers: Aleksandra Szymkow, Stefano Pagliaro, Joris Lammers, Konrad Bocian, Bogdan Wojciszke

Morality is a human universal. Every known society has moral codes, although the codes content and the way they regulate the specifics of moral judgment and behavior differ tremendously both between and within societies. In the last two decades, moral judgment and behavior have become thriving areas of empirical research in social psychology. Curiously, those two topics have been rarely studied under the same theoretical auspices or as parts of the same empirical program and they now look as separate fields. The main goal of this conference is to pave the way for the integration of theorizing on moral judgments (rationalistic vs. intuitionistic approaches, pragmatic vs. deontological decisions, perceptions of moral character) and theorizing on moral behavior (honesty vs. dishonesty, moral hypocrisy, moral consistency vs. licensing). There are several potential platforms for such integration, such as the moral foundation theory, double-process theories, embodiment approaches and so on. Morality has become a hot topic in our science and deservingly so. It is high time to make an attempt to put the various threads together in good company and beautiful surrounding.

The conference will be organized as a medium-size group meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology. It will take place in Sopot (Poland), a lovely town at the Baltic sea (close to Gdansk airport) from 26 to 28th June 2015. All expenses but traveling will be covered. If you are willing to participate, please, send us the title of your contribution accompanied by an abstract (up to 300 words) till the end of June 2014. Please, send your answer to Konrad Bocian (kbocian1@swps.edu.pl).

The Organizing Committee
Aleksandra Szymkow, SWPS, Sopot, aszymkow-sudziarska@swps.edu.pl
Stefano Pagliaro, Seconda Universita di Napoli, Stefano.PAGLIARO@unina2.it
Joris Lammers, Universitaet zu Koeln, joris.lammers@uni-koeln.de
Konrad Bocian, SWPS, Sopot, kbocian1@swps.edu.pl
Bogdan Wojciszke, SWPS, Sopot, bogdan.wojciszke@swps.edu.pl



Last update: June 23, 2014