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Upcoming Meetings

June 11-13, 2015, Rovereto, Italy
EASP Small Group Meeting on Objectification: Seeing and Treating People as Objects
Contact: Steve Loughnan, steve.loughnan@ed.ac.uk
Organizers: Steve Loughnan and Jeroen Vaes

Objectification represents a powerful and potentially damaging way in which we can see and treat others. When people become tools, instruments, or objects of our appreciation they can lose out on their humanity, inner mental life, and sometimes even moral standing. This objectification can have a sexual element – sexualized women and men become objects of our sexual attention. However, objectification goes beyond the sexual sphere; it can be the worker or the boss, the patient or the practitioner who becomes the object. Objectification – reducing a someone to a something – can occur in any human relationship.

Despite this importance and breadth, the interpersonal aspects of objectification and its connections to morality, dehumanization, motivation, and social cognition have only recently received social psychological attention. We aim to draw on this attention, hosting a comprehensive and broad summary of the psychology of objectification. This could include work on the causes of objectification (e.g., media, parenting, evolution), the nature of objectification in different domains (e.g., sex, gender, work, healthcare), the socio-cognitive processes of objectification (e.g., visual attention, memory, communication) and the consequences of objectification (e.g., aggression, control, sexism).

The conference will be organized as a small group meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). It will take place in Rovereto (Italy), a lovely town in the Italian Alps (close to Verona, major airports at Venice and Milan) from the 11th to the 13th of June, 2015. We are able to partially cover the cost of meals and no conference fee will be required; however participants must cover travel and accommodation. We are able to offer five (5) 200 EUR bursaries to assist early career researchers and people from former eastern bloc and non-western nations. Please specify in your abstract submission if you may be eligible for these bursaries.

If you would like to participate, please send your name and affiliation along with a title and abstract (up to 300 words) to Steve Loughnan (steve.loughnan@ed.ac.uk) before December 31st, 2014. For general queries, feel free to contact Steve Loughnan (steve.loughnan@ed.ac.uk) or Jeroen Vaes (jeroen.vaes@unitn.it).

June 18-21, 2015, Budapest, Hungary
EASP Small Group Meeting on the Dynamics of intergroup relations: Majority and minority perspectives on improving intergroup relations
Contact: kende.anna@ppk.elte.hu, n.hansen@rug.nl, s.otten@rug.nl
Organizers: Anna Kende, Nina Hansen & Sabine Otten

Political and social tensions across Europe and other parts of the world, increasing levels of populism, and the emergence of new targets of prejudice and discrimination justify our enduring interest in the dynamics of intergroup relations as social psychologists. This meeting will bring together international researchers who are interested in integration and innovation in research focusing on intergroup relations between minority and majority members within diverse social and political contexts. Members of minorities and majorities enter intergroup interactions with different expectations, goals, and previous experiences. Our primary aim is to take steps towards creating an overarching perspective on the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral dynamics between minority and majority group members by looking at both sides of the story in collective action, intergroup contact, intergroup helping, intergroup conflict, and reconciliation research. We seek applications presenting fundamental and applied research that demonstrate these dynamics, and work toward improving intergroup interactions by including the perspective of minority and majority group members. The meeting will provide a platform for stimulating an exchange of ideas, developing collaborations, and exploring new directions for future research among young and senior scholars coming from different countries in and outside Europe.

To apply for this meeting, please send the title and abstract (max. 250 words) of your application to easp.budapest2015@ppk.elte.hu by January 31, 2015, indicating whether you want to give a talk or present a poster, and whether you are a member of EASP. The meeting will take place in Budapest, in a nice hotel in the historical city centre (http://www.hotelbenczur.hu/en). The meeting will start at 17.00, June 18, 2015; departure is Sunday, June 21, 2015 in the morning. Registration fee for faculty members will be 80 euros and for Phd students 40 euros covering accommodation, food and other conference-related expenses.

June 25-28, 2015, Castle Oppurg, Germany
EASP Medium Size Meeting on Social Justice: Inequality and Recognition
Contact: Thomas Kessler, Thomas.Kessler@uni-jena.de
Organizers: Thomas Kessler, Nicole Harth, Steffi Hechler

In this EASP medium size meeting (from June 25th to 28th 2015 in Castle Oppurg, Germany) we will focus on social justice, social inequality and recognition. In face of the increasing poverty gap around the globe, we believe it is time for a social psychological meeting on social justice that not only incorporates, but goes beyond, the discussion of distributive and procedural fairness, through inclusion of the perspective of recognition respect as a basis for group life. Social inequality is a severe societal challenge as it is associated with psychological and behavioral indicators such as reduced well-being and life expectancy, poor education, enhanced delinquent behavior, amongst others. Thus, social inequality raises important social justice issues that modern societies must confront. The concept of recognition offers a new and promising perspective on social inequality and social justice. From a philosophical perspective, recognition refers to basic spheres of social relations such as caring, respect, and appreciation. Moreover, it raises the question whether general justice conceptions regulate relations in society, or whether relations demand their own justice conceptions. The workshop will focus on conceptual and empirical questions such as how to integrate recognition, justice, and social inequality in order to understand and explain the negative effects of social inequality; how are justice principles expressed in various types of relations; and how does recognition change, maintain, or buffer social inequality effects.

In addition to the two invited keynote speakers (Prof. Jolanda Jetten and Prof. Bernd Simon), we invite senior researchers, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students to present and discuss their empirical work.

Following the tradition of the Jena Workshops on Intergroup Processes, the format of this medium-size meeting is single-session, with a strong focus on intensive discussion of unresolved underlying issues reflected in the schedule.

Researchers interested in participation are invited to submit a 200 word summary of their proposed presentation by February 27th, 2015, to Thomas Kessler and Stefanie Hechler.
A participation fee will be charged. In the preceding years, this fee was around 100€ for PhD Students, and 200€ for Post-Doc participants, including accommodation and full board.

The meeting is funded by the EASP. The Jena Team is happy to answer any inquiries related to the workshop.

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

July 15-18, 2015, University of Sheffield, UK
EASP Small Group Meeting on Unexpected Leadership: How Marginal Individuals and Groups Lead Social Transformation
Contact: David Rast, d.rast@sheffield.ac.uk
Organizers: David Rast, Michael Hogg & Georgina Randsley de Moura

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 (d.rast@sheffield.ac.uk) no later than March 1, 2015.

September 9-11, 2015, Graz, Austria
EASP Small Group Meeting on Social Neuroscience: Towards a Neuroscience for Social Psychologists
Contact: Gayannee Kedia, g.kedia@uni-graz.at
Organizers: Gayannee Kedia, Lasana Harris, Gert-Jan Leliveld & Lotte van Dillen

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 (g.kedia@uni-graz.at) 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
SPSSI-EASP Joint Meeting: Time are a-Changing but Men’s Roles are Slow to Change: Developing a Research Agenda on the Underrepresentation of men in Communal Roles
Contact: Toni Schmader (tschmader@psych.ubc.ca) or Colette van Laar (colette.vanlaar@ppw.kuleuven.be)
Organizers: Toni Schmader and Colette van Laar

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.

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact Toni Schmader (tschmader@psych.ubc.ca) or Colette van Laar (colette.vanlaar@ppw.kuleuven.be) by March 15 th 2015.


April 15-16, 2016, Cologne, Germany
EASP Small Group Meeting on Promoting a Social Approach to Emotions
Contact: Jens Lange, jens.lange@uni-koeln.de
Organizers: Jens Lange, Jan Crusius, & Gerben van Kleef

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.

With this meeting we aim to bring together researchers from different areas of research who share a social approach to emotions, to allow for theoretical and empirical integration.
We encourage doctoral students and senior researchers to send submissions in the format of either a presentation (30 minutes including discussion), a blitz talk (5 minutes including discussion), or a poster. It is also possible to give a blitz talk and additionally present a poster. Furthermore, we want to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to meet senior researchers individually if the respective senior researcher is willing to do that. The meeting will host around 30 participants. Decisions will be based on thematic fit. It will take place in Cologne, April 15 to 16, 2016. No fees for participation will be charged.

If you are interested, please send your submission via mail to Jens Lange (jens.lange@uni-koeln.de) including an abstract (max. 250 words) and an indication of your preferred contribution. For senior researchers, please also indicate whether you would be available for individual meetings with doctoral students. Submission deadline is Oct 31, 2015.


May 10-11, 2016, Brighton, UK
EASP Small Group Meeting on New directions in the social psychology of solidarity
Contact: j.drury@sussex.ac.uk, rgonzale@uc.cl, clifford.stevenson@qub.ac.uk, Hanna.Zagefka@rhul.ac.uk, n.p.hopkins@dundee.ac.uk
Organizers: John Drury, Roberto González, Nick Hopkins, Clifford Stevenson and Hanna Zagefka

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.

The phenomenon of solidarity generates a large number of interesting empirical questions, some of which we expect contributions to this small group meeting to address. These include the following: Does solidarity between groups differ from that within a group? What are the points of similarity and difference between solidarity and prosocial behaviour? What is the relation between solidarity, politics and empowerment? How does solidarity create a sense of community and vice versa? Is solidarity in small groups different from solidarity with more abstract social categories and ‘imagined communities’?

An expected outcome of the meeting will be the specification of research questions which would serve to delineate the necessary social psychological conditions and elements that are implied when we talk of ‘solidarity’.

To apply for this meeting, send us the title and abstract (max. 250 words) of your application by January, 10, 2016, indicating whether you are a member of EASP. The meeting will take place in Brighton near the University of Sussex, UK.

Registration fee for faculty members will be €277 and for PhD students €119, covering accommodation (two nights), most meals, and other conference-related expenses. We will reserve five places for PhD students.


Last update: May 7, 2015