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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Joint EASP-SPSSI Meeting: Self-affirmation in Education: Why, when, and how are self-affirmation interventions effective at reducing educational inequalities?

08.11.2018, by Tina Keil in call for papers

June 27-28th, 2019 at University of Sussex, UK;
Application deadline: December 15th, 2018

University of Sussex Campus, Photo by Tom Harle, CC BY 2.0 in total, 2 pictures
University of Sussex Campus, Photo by Tom Harle, CC BY 2.0

Applications are invited from SPSSI or EASP members to participate in a meeting on self-affirmation interventions in education (for around 20 researchers) at the University of Sussex, UK, (near the city of Brighton and Hove), from 27-28th June 2019. The meeting is organised by Matthew J. Easterbrook (University of Sussex), David Sherman (University of California Santa Barbara), and Peter Harris (University of Sussex).

Self-affirmation is a brief psychological intervention that can substantially reduce educational inequalities between groups, with long-lasting effects. Yet, in recent years, a few studies have found the interventions to be ineffective, or effective only for some individuals and/or groups, or in certain contexts or at certain points in development. Given the promise and relevance of self-affirmation interventions to educational policy and practice, understanding this variation in their effectiveness is an important pursuit for the field.

This meeting aims to bring together leading and emerging researchers in self-affirmation in education to discuss and explore variation in the effectiveness of self-affirmation interventions. We are delighted the meeting will include the following keynote speakers: Claude Steele, Geoff Cohen, Geoffrey Borman, Judith Harackiewicz and Valerie Purdie-Greenaway.

Attendees are encouraged to submit applications for shorter presentations (about 15 minutes). The event will have a strong focus on discussions and the exchange of ideas between researchers at all career levels.

We are able to cover accommodation for three nights (26-28th June), breakfast and lunch for the two days of the meeting, and an evening meal on the 26th for all participants. The registration fee is 150 GBP.

Deadline for applications: December 15th, 2018.

All applications should include a short (about 250 word) synopsis of the applicant’s current affiliation and position, their research experience and interests in self-affirmation in education. For those wishing to present, please also include a title and short (150 word) abstract for a potential 15-minute presentation.

Applications should be sent to The organisers will select participants with an eye to maximising the diversity of the meeting.

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