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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.  

Laura BradyUniversity of Michigan
Arianne EasonUniversity of California, Berkeley

Past SPSSI Conferences:

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.