The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



SPSSI's 2018 Summer Conference

Bridges to Justice: Building Coalitions and Collaborations Within and Beyond Psychology

June 29-July 1, 2018 | Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

Preconference Information - TBA

Known as “The City of Bridges,” Pittsburgh, PA, is unrivaled in its use of art, science, and industry to create a cohesive community. Through the installation of over 400 bridges, the first of which opened in 1818, Pittsburgh grew from a shattered series of hills, planes, and ravines, to a thriving, multicultural metropolis. Inspired by its host city, the 2018 SPSSI conference aims to shed light on and facilitate community building to overcome the varied and interlocking barriers to social justice we face today.

Racism, sexism, heterosexism, xenophobia, classism, ableism, and ageism, are mutually-reinforcing oppressions, linked in both our institutions and social consciousness. To overcome these oppressions, psychologists working towards social justice must creatively collaborate across sub-disciplines, leveraging the complementary strengths of social, developmental, community, cognitive, clinical, and applied perspectives. Psychologists working on social problems must also actively build bridges with policy makers and community organizations to center and translate their work for the public good. Given the global rise in attacks on human rights and active efforts to divide people with different social identities, the 2018 SPSSI conference theme of building bridges is meant to celebrate, inspire, and support the creation of coalitions and collaborations within and beyond psychology--as what one cannot do, many can accomplish.

Our call for proposals is now closed. 

Conference Co-Chairs
Asia Eaton, 
Florida International University
Jason Lawrence, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Registration will open in early March. To see our 2018 rates, click here

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We are also proud to join with the European Association for Social Psychology (EASP) to co-sponsor small joint meetings on selected topics.


Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin