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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Abstracts for 2019 SASP-SPSSI Meeting on Intergroup Contact

07.12.2018, by Tina Keil in call for papers

Newcastle, NSW Australia;
Extended deadline: January 27th, 2019

Logo: SASP and SPSSI
Logo: SASP and SPSSI

Advances in Intergroup Contact Research: Showcasing, Consolidating, Deconstructing and Innovating the Science of Social Integration

We invite abstract submissions for Poster presentations, Blitz presentations, Standard length presentations, and Long presentations (only one abstract per presenting author). Instructions for abstract submissions, including Abstract Submission Form, and meeting updates can be found here.

This is an exciting time for research on intergroup contact. With a strong delegation of international and Australasian delegates of varied seniority and background, this specialized gathering will showcase and advance the best research on the antecedents, dynamics, and consequences of intergroup contact across a multiplicity of research laboratories, research paradigms and methods, intergroup settings, and societies.

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Through its intimate single session format, the 2019 SPSSI-SASP gathering will include the delivery of conference papers (blitz / longer length / posters) by junior and senior researchers and roundtable discussions (small / plenary). This SASP-SPSSI group meeting on intergroup contact aspires to offer an exciting platform to consolidate our understanding and interpretation of key findings, to discuss emerging research trends and methodologies and forge the research and the researchers of the future.

We aim to publish an edited book or special journal issue on the conference themes and we anticipate a breadth of emerging research themes to be represented at this international gathering on topics like the following:

  • contact seeking and readiness
  • intergroup intimacy and the dynamics of close intergroup relations
  • minority and majority asymmetries
  • negative contact and valence asymmetries
  • generalization effects, from individual to group, across groups and situations
  • indirect forms of contact, like extended contact, e-contact, media contact, imagined contact etc.
  • processes of contact across the lifespan and contact-based interventions in institutional settings
  • emotions and motivations in contact
  • collective action and supportive contact
  • contact, diversity settings, and the interplay of individual and regional/contextual contact effects
  • new research technologies, including SNA, ESM, hormonal and psychophysiology
  • new analytical approaches, like temporal analyses, multilevel analyses, etc.

This exciting gathering will run in Newcastle, NSW (Monday 29th April/Wednesday 1st May 2019), as a post-conference meeting to the annual conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (Sydney, Thursday 25th/Saturday 27th April 2019) with keynote by Prof Kerry Kawakami.

Newcastle is a beautiful and welcoming coastal town, an easy 2hr drive/train ride North of Sydney. With its stunning beaches, fine collection of heritage buildings, and entry to the Hunter valley’s beautiful vineyards, it is a loved spot for surfers, couples, and families. It has accomodation options for all budgets and it will not disappoint the international and national delegates who decide to join us and possibly attend both meetings.

Participation fees for the 2019 SPSSI-SASP group meeting on intergroup contact will be kept to a minimum and partially offset by sponsors’ funding. We aim to offer part-travel support for students and junior academics on a needs basis. A separate call for observers will be made closer to the time.

Please let your research collaborators and research students know! Junior researchers are welcome.


To submit an abstract, please read Submission Instructions and complete an Abstract Submission Form here and email it back to: with subject line 'SPSSI/SASP Abstract'. NOTE. Only one abstract per presenting author. The deadline for abstract submission has now been extended to January 27th, 2019. Researchers who submitted an abstract by the original deadline (December 1st, 2018) will still be notified about acceptance before Christmas as planned. Researchers who submit an abstract by the extended deadline will be notified about acceptance by mid February.

We aim to email notifications of acceptance to the presenting author before Christmas to facilitate timely arrangements of travel plans.

Link to group meeting webpage for more information and regular updates:

Email the organizers for enquires at: using the subject line ‘2019 SPSSI/SASP meeting enquiry

All the best and hope to see many of you in Newcastle, Australia soon!

The organising committee

Stefania Paolini (the University of Newcastle, Australia),
Miles Hewstone (the University of Newcastle, Australia; Oxford University, UK),
Fiona White (University of Sydney, Australia),
Fiona Barlow (The University of Queensland, Australia),
Linda Tropp (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA),
Liz Page-Gould (University of Toronto, Canada),
Rhiannon Turner (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
Angel Gomez (National Distance Education University, Spain).