Call for Proposals for 2017 SPSSI-SASP Small Group Conference in Australasia

Dear Colleagues,

Proposals/Letters of Interest are invited by April 15, 2016 for the 2017 small group conference meeting jointly sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP).


Proposals are expected for a small conference meeting to take place in Australasia in 2017 and to follow the successful 2015 inaugural meeting in Brisbane (organizers Winnifred Louis, Catherine Amiot, & Emma Thomas), and the upcoming 2016 meeting in Ottawa (organizers Jolanda Jetten and Victoria Esses). 


Those interested in submitting a proposal for the 2017 meeting have the option of planning the small group meeting as a pre-conference or post-conference event around the SASP annual meeting, but this is certainly not essential. The final proposal will be due September 1, 2016 with notification of award by October 1, 2016.


A total of $7,000 in support is available for each meeting as part of a collaboration between SPSSI and SASP.  The purpose of the collaboration is to help strengthen links between the two organizations so that members of each may have opportunities to discuss research questions of mutual interest.  This new series is modeled after the successful SPSSI-EASP small group conference series.


Conference Proposal Guidelines:

In most cases:

  • This program will support one meeting a year.
  • Conference themes will be related to social issues and have international relevance (i.e., not focused on intra-national issues).
  • At least 80% of persons attending the conference will be members of one or both organizations
  • Representation from the two societies will be balanced: with no more than two-thirds of the participants being members of one of the organizations.
  • Each conference will have two (or more) organizers; at least one will be a member of SPSSI and one a member of SASP. Preferably one organizer will be located in Australasia and the other in North America.
  • Conference organizers are encouraged to facilitate publication of material on the conference topic through the Journal of Social Issues or SPSSI’s book series.  




Please see the SPSSI I SASP website for additional details and updates:

Those interested in submitting a proposal are strongly encouraged to send a short email with an Expression of Interest to David Livert and Stefania Paolini )  so that we can answer any questions and provide assistance in developing your proposal.


David Livert (Penn State University, USA) & Stefania Paolini (university of Newcastle, Australia)

SPSSI-SASP Small Group Conference Committee

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