Speakers, observers, and video participation option for small group meeting on Collective Harmdoing

The upcoming joint SASP / SPSSI small group meeting on Collective Harmdoing will be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia on Tuesday & Wednesday April 7th and 8th.  The working list of presenting authors and titles is given below.




The upcoming joint SASP / SPSSI small group meeting on Collective Harmdoing will be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia on Tuesday & Wednesday April 7th and 8th.  The working list of presenting authors and titles is given below.

Observers: Please express interest by 12 January. We are now calling for expressions of interest: Up to 20 observers will be welcomed at the event.  Attendance is free of charge, however observers will be expected to attend both days in full, and to be members of either SPSSI or SASP at the time of the conference.  Please e-mail  to register your interest in attending by 12 January 2015, including information about your research interests and a statement of eligibility re memberships.  A balance of postgraduate and academic observers will be sought, and if there is high demand, inclusion will also be on the basis of research interests aligned to the speakers’ topics. 


Submissions for Video participation welcome by 31 January. We also will be trialling a new video conference format such that we invite eligible scholars to submit 5-10 minute recorded talks in .mp4 format (or analogous, such as .mov or .wmv – email  to inquire about non-standard options).  Video files must be received by 31 January 2015 and will be peer-reviewed for academic merit and interest.  Selected talks will be made available online as video participation in the conference, and a further selection of the best of these will be shown during a lunch session to all of the speakers and observers. 


Format of video submissions. Submitted video files may be as simple as powerpoint slides with audio of self talking over them, or self filmed presenting in front of a screen, to communicate relevant research and theorising.  Scholarly value rather than technical production values will be the basis for selection; we are hoping to receive submissions from many who are interested in the topic of the small group meeting but not able to attend in Australia in person.  However, the audio and visuals must be clear enough to be understandable.  Authors must also take care that they have the copyright to the material they present.


To be eligible for consideration, the presenting scholars must be students or staff at a university or academic institute, and must be members of either SPSSI or SASP at the time of submission.  Videos longer than 10 minutes will not be eligible for review. 


Videos should be submitted by 31 January 2015 by e-mailing a link to the file shared online (e.g., via a Dropbox folder or other Cloud application).  The email to Winnifred Louis, , must also include a title, author list (with affiliations and contact information), a statement addressing eligibility, and an abstract of 150 words or fewer.  The abstract must establish a connection to the research focus of the conference (collective harmdoing) for the video to be reviewed.  The original call for papers is appended below; authors are asked to review this for relevance before crafting their presentations.  If desired, abstracts can be emailed ahead of time (up until 21 January) to confirm the relevance of the topic to the conference before preparing the video.   However, acceptance for the video participation depends upon the video itself being submitted by 31 January, as well as the criteria above.


All questions and comments on the above are welcome!



Winnifred Louis, Catherine Amiot, and Emma Thomas (convenors)



Presenting authors and titles : Working list





CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (by 1 November 2014)

Collective Harm-doing: Developing the Perspective of the Perpetrator

A conference to be held Tuesday/Wednesday April 7-8, 2015

The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


It is well-documented that harm-doing is painful for the victims, in work ranging from minority stress (e.g., Meyer, 1995) to genocide (e.g., Staub, 2003).  This conference brings a new focus on perpetrators, including the association between their harm-doing and their well-being, and the processes through which people engage and disengage from harm-doing.  We seek to include research on perpetrators of harm-doing at all levels, including both intergroup (e.g., racists, hate criminals, soldiers, extremist groups, gang violence) and interpersonal harm-doing (domestic violence, feuding).  We are open to qualitative and quantitative research, and to case study, survey, experimental, and longitudinal studies. 


Particularly welcome are those contributions that focus on the processes and the trajectories through which people come to engage in and desist from harm-doing.


The meeting will take place April 7 to April 8 2015 at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, immediately prior to the 2015 SASP conference in Newcastle, New South Wales. We aim to include up to 30 active participants, about half being from Australia, and about half being junior faculty or postgraduates.  Another 20 observers may be able to participate in the meeting, on the basis of expressions of interest and research topics congruent with the active speakers’. Participation fees will be partially offset by funding.


We anticipate publishing an edited book or special journal issue on the conference themes.


All participants and observers must be members of SPSSI or SASP at the time of the meeting. 


To apply as a presenter, please send an e-mail to Winnifred Louis () or Catherine E. Amiot ( ) by 1 November 2014 with your title, abstract (between 200-300 words), authors (with affiliations for all and contact information for the presenting author).  We aim to notify participants within 2 weeks of their approval, to facilitate timely arrangements of travel plans.


The draft line-up will be announced by 1 December 2014, at which point expressions of interest for observers will also be welcomed.


Questions are welcome to Winnifred Louis or Catherine E. Amiot ( ).

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