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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

History of the EASP

50 years of the EASP

At the General Meeting at Granada (2017) EASP celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion the Executive Committee invited Eddy Van Avermaet to write an account of the history of EASP. The download below is a pdf version of the original booklet that was offered as a gift to all the participants of the Granada Meeting.

Following a description of the conferences that eventually led to the foundation of EASP, the historic account contains an overview of EASP’s activities in the early years and of some of the problems confronted. The middle section of the account contains testimonials from presidents and EC members throughout the years. The overview ends with a comparison between then and now. The text is illustrated with (old) documents and with lots of older and more recent pictures.

This booklet was written by Eddy Van Avermaet (University of Leuven), member of the Executive Committee between 2002 and 2008. Tina Keil (University of Exeter) designed and layouted the booklet for the EASP.

The additional download is a copy of the lightfooted speech on the EASP’s history, which Eddy delivered at the farewell dinner of the Granada General meeting (July 6-8 2017).

ProFile: A guide to the EAESP

Bernard Rimé, while secretary of EASP (1987-1990), suggested the creation of a booklet that would contain all the information relevant for (prospective) members of EASP.

The guide, edited by Bernard himself and first published in the early nineties, proved extremely valuable. It covers the aims and scope, the origins, membership, the EC, activities, meetings, lectures and articles and standing orders of the EASP. It aslo constituted the basis for the early version of the EASP website which was created in 2002, under the auspices of Eddy Van Avermaet.

ProFile Guide (Cover, 1999)
ProFile Guide (Cover, 1999)

The Origins of the EAESP: Social Psychology in Europe

The text (see download) was written by Carl F. Graumann (University of Heidelberg). It was first published in the first (1995) and second (1999) editions of the ProFile of the EAESP. Part of the text is based on a research project on the history of social psychology in post-war Europe. It also make use of the Archives of the EAESP, which are kept at the K.U.Leuven library.

Further downloads, illustrate some of the original documentation associated with the beginnings of the EAESP.