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Social Psychology Section Annual Conference 2018

28 - 30 August 2018, Keele Hall, Staffordshire

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The BPS Social Psychology Section is hosting a three-day conference inviting social psychologists to convene to reflect upon the capacity of our discipline to help explain the dynamics underlying some of the challenges faced by modern society.

‘Addressing the Crisis’ will have a series of symposia, keynote speakers and poster sessions involving established social psychologists and early career researchers.

Each symposium will include several short presentations followed by substantive discussion invited from the floor, facilitated by a discussant.

There will be keynotes from Professor Alex Haslam, Professor Rupert Brown and Dr Aarti Iyer.

The workshop takes place in a 19th Century Gothic style Country Mansion in the heart of the campus of Keele University in Staffordshire between the 28th and 30th August, and there will be a full social programme as well as a formal conference dinner, both with plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Reasons to attend

Today’s society is scarred by a wide range of social and political challenges that, as yet, have no obvious explanation or solution.

From extremism to inequality, riots to nationalism, genocide to climate change, a series of powerful issues have dominated the contemporary landscape.

This conference will explore the extent to which Social Psychology is contributing to the interpretation and alleviation of some of the powerful challenges faced by modern society.

With ample opportunity for audience participation, debate and intellectual development, the conference will be an exciting opportunity for world leading, mid and early career researchers to convene, engage and network.

Topics to be discussed include: the crisis of ‘the establishment’; causes and consequences of populism; hate crime; mass emergencies and riots; new technologies; the underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities; the politics of voice; conflict transformation; the intergroup context of the social cure; as well as interdisciplinary methods for examining intergroup processes.

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