Overview of the Group Meeting

We are proud to announce the 2019 SASP-SPSSI group meeting, entitled “Advances in Intergroup Contact Research: Showcasing, Consolidating, Deconstructing and Innovating the Science of Social Integration” to be held in Newcastle, Australia between Monday 29th April and Wed 1st May, 2019.

This exciting gathering will run as a post-conference meeting to the annual conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, running Thursday 25th/Saturday 27th April 2019 in Sydney.

Why Newcastle? We want to give you the opportunity to sample Australia’s best: Newcastle is a beautiful and welcoming coastal town, an easy 2 hr 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 will not disappoint the international and national delegates who decide to join us and possibly attend both meetings!

This is an exciting time for research on intergroup contact. With a strong delegation of international and national 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.

Through its intimate single session format, the gathering will include the delivery of conference papers (blitz / longer length / posters) by junior and senior researchers and round table 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 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.

We aim to publish an edited book or special journal issue on the conference themes.

You are invited by an enthusiastic committee that spans across three continents, including 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) and Angel Gomez(National Distance Education University, Spain).