The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



The small conference program is part of a collaboration between the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). 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.

Proposals are invited for grants to support small, international conferences, to be sited in North America or Europe. The next deadline for proposals for future conferences is August 1, 2017, for conferences to be held in 2018 in North America.


  • This program supports one meeting a year.
  • Conference locations will alternate between North America and Europe, with conferences to be held in North America in even-numbered years, and in Europe in odd-numbered years. 
  • A conference can be planned as a pre-conference attached to the SPSSI or EASP convention, but this is not required. Conference planning should allow sufficient advance notice for advertisement to the membership of both organizations.
  • Conference themes should 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 should be members of one or both organizations, but the invited individuals should be balanced: with no more than two-thirds of the participants being members of one of the organizations.
  • Each conference should have two organizers, one being a member of SPSSI and one a member of EASP. Preferably one organizer will be located in Europe and the other in North America.


Both SPSSI and EASP will provide $3500, for a total grant of $7000 to support the selected meeting. Only one meeting per year is selected for the award.


Conference organizers are encouraged to facilitate publication of material on the conference topic through the Journal of Social Issues (editor Ann Bettencourt) or SPSSI's book series (editor Dan Perlman). Regardless of the outlet, any conference-related publication must acknowledge financial support from EASP and SPSSI.


Submit your proposal by e-mail to both SPSSI Central Office ( and to EASP’s Executive Officer ( Write "SPSSI-EASP International Conference Application" as the subject of the email to both organizations. 

The application must include:

(1) A cover sheet stating :
    (a) Title of proposed meeting
    (b) Date of proposed meeting 
    (c) Location of proposed meeting
    (d) Names, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of organizer(s).

(2) A brief summary of why EASP and SPSSI support for a meeting on the topic is suitable and timely, and how  EASP and SPSSI members will benefit (no more than three pages).     

(3) A list of potential participants and a description of their distribution (e.g. in terms of geographical origin, gender, career stage, topical interests) with an indication of whether participants are associated with EASP or SPSSI. 

(4) An outlined budget, including how much (if anything) participants would have to pay for registration, accommodation and food.

(5) Some indication of sources of funding (and other forms of support) other than EASP/SPSSI’s contribution.

(6) A draft announcement for the EASP Bulletin and SPSSI Newsletter (no more than 300 words).

There are two deadlines per year. Check the EASP website for EASP deadlines. SPSSI applications for conferences to be held in 2017 must be received by: 

  • August 1, 2017 for award decisions to be made by October 1, 2017; or
  • February 1, 2018 for award decisions to be made by April 1, 2018 (if funds not already allocated from proposals submitted the preceeding August).

The selected conference will be advertised in the SPSSI newsletter going to press most closely following announcement.



To be Both (and More): Immigration and Identity Multiplicity
Organizers: Fenella Fleischmann, Kay Deaux, Maykel Verkuyten and Shaun Wiley
Utrecht University, Netherlands; September 2017

Understanding hate crime: Multi-disciplinary analyses
Organizers: Rupert Brown, Blair T. Johnson and Mark Walters
Connecticut, USA; June 2016

Times are a-Changing but Men’s Roles are Slow to Change: Developing a Research Agenda on the Underrepresentation of Men in Communal Roles
Organizers: Toni Schmader and Colette van Laar
Leuven, Belgium; November 5-7, 2015

The Great Recession and Social Class Divides
Organizers: Susan Fiske and Miguel Moya
Princeton, New Jersey, USA; September 4-6, 2014

Proactive Behaviour across Group Boundaries: Seeking and Maintaining Positive Interactions with Outgroup Members
Organizers: Todd Pittinsky, Birte Siem and Stefan Sturmer
Stony Brook, NY, USA; November 30 - December 2, 2012
Meaning and Existential Psychology
Organizers: Travis Proulx and Kees van de Bos
Tilburg, the Netherlands; November 17-18, 2011

Forgotten Alternatives: Denaturalizing Conditions of Injustice and Exclusion.
Organizers: Michelle Fine, Susan Opotow, Xenia Chryssochoou, and Dario Spini
New York, USA; March 17-20, 2010.

Uncertainty and Extremism.
Organizers: Michael Hogg, Kees van den Bos, and Arie Kruglanski.
Los Angeles, USA; November 16-19, 2009.

Intergroup contact: Recent advancements in basic and applied research.
Organizers:  Oliver Christ, Miles Hewstone, Linda Tropp, Ulrich Wagner.
Marburg, Germany; August 28-30, 2008.

International Perspectives on Immigration. Immigrants and Hosts: Perceptions, Interactions, and Transformations. A Small Group Meeting in Honor of Kenneth Dion.
Organizers:  Kay Deaux, Victoria Esses, Ulrich Wagner, Rupert Brown, and Richard Lalonde.
Toronto, Canada; May 31-June 2, 2007.

Multiple Perspectives on Real World Helping and Social Action.
Organizers: Allen Omoto, Elena Marta, Debra Mashek, Maura Pozzi, Mark Snyder, and Stefan Stürmer.
Long Beach, California, USA; June 22, 2006.

The Social Psychological Analysis of Social Inclusion and Exclusion.
Organizers: Victoria Esses, Dominic Abrams, and Miles Hewstone
Canterbury, England, UK; Sept 11-14, 2003.

Prejudice and Racism
Organizers: Miguel Moya, Armando Rodriguez, Jacques-Philippe Leyens, and Jack Dovidio.
Granada, Spain; May 22-27, 2001.

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