Making the Invisible Visible: Transformative Research and Social Action
During times of social and political upheaval, the most vulnerable members of society are often silenced and rendered invisible. At this very moment, Indigenous communities are standing strong to defend their lands and traditional ways of life; historically oppressed groups (e.g., black, brown, women, trans, religious minorities) are confronting violence, hate crimes, police brutality, and institutionalized discrimination. We, as scientists, activists, and policymakers, cannot be complacent. We have a responsibility to make space for these voices and to work with these communities to build healthy, thriving societies. This year’s SPSSI conference aims to make visible the social, cultural, and political structures that threaten to dehumanize and, in some cases, erase the futures of vulnerable populations. We invite contributions that range from traditional empirical and policy approaches to those that problematize and push the boundaries of research to undo injustice and transform society.
June 26-28, 2020
Summer Conference Registration Update
At this time, SPSSI’s 2020 Summer Conference registration is paused as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 global pandemic. SPSSI leaders are exploring other scenarios, to include the feasibility of moving conference events to a virtual meeting. The health and safety of our members and staff is paramount, as always. Stay tuned for updates in the near future. If you have already registered for the in-person event and wish to seek a full refund for your registration fees, please contact Anila Balkissoon, SPSSI's Executive Director. Please also consider if you would like to use part or all of the paid fee to help SPSSI defray costs associated with the 2020 event changes. We thank you for your patience, and your support of SPSSI.
Conference Travel Funding Opportunities
Click here to learn more about 2020 Summer Conference Travel Funding Opportunities!
Applications for all travel grant programs are due March 31 by midnight PDT. You may continue to apply to these programs as we revisit meeting logistics.
2020 CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS:
Laura Brady, University of Michigan
Arianne Eason, University of California, Berkeley
Past SPSSI Conferences:
- 2019: "Fighting injustice: The power of research, policy, and activism in challenging times"
- 2018: "Bridges to Justice: Building Coalitions and Collaborations Within and Beyond Psychology"
- 2017: “Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz” (Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace)
- 2016: Giving psychology away: Sharing research through teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration, and public engagement
- 2015: A Road Less Traveled: Forging Links Between Psychological Science and Social Policy
- 2014: Social Action and Change: Opportunities, Resistance, Inertia, and Mobilization
- 2012: Changing Societies: Learning From & For Research, Social Action & Policy
- 2010: From Individuals to Nation States: What Motivates, Sustains...
- 2008: Disparities Across the Globe: Place, Race, Class, Ethnicity & Gender
- 2006: Social Justice: Research, Action, and Policy
- 2004: From Desegregation to Diversity
- 2002: Understanding and Addressing Disparities: International Approaches
- 2000: Social issues for the 21st Century: Setting the Agenda
SPSSI presents special programming each year at the APA Convention as well. Find more information here.
We are also proud to join with the European Association for Social Psychology (EASP) and with the Society of Australian Social Psychologists (SASP) to co-sponsor small joint meetings on selected topics.