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 | Embassy Suites Denver
SYMPOSIA (70 minutes): Symposium presentations include 3 to 4 talks on a common topic. Proposals must include a symposium title (10-word max), a summary of the symposium theme (200-word max), titles (10-word max) and summaries (200-word max) of each participant’s work, and contact information for all presenters.
INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS (70 minutes): In this format, presenters give briefs remarks and facilitate an interactive discussion on a topic relevant to the conference theme. Proposals must include a title (10-word max), a summary (200-word max), and contact information for all presenters.
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS: Individual proposals, including empirical reports, may be submitted as 15-MINUTE PRESENTATIONS. Proposals must include a title (10-word max), a summary (200-word max), and contact information for all authors.
POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Individual proposals, including empirical reports, may be submitted as POSTERS. Proposals must include a title (10-word max), a summary (200-word max), and contact information for all authors.
Please note: Conference organizers strongly encourage submitting NO MORE than three presentations per author.
*Call for Collaborations from the SPSSI Graduate Student Committee* (deadline passed)
The 2020 conference submission deadline has passed.
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.