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.
Important Summer Conference Update
Dear SPSSI Members, Conference Participants, Colleagues,
On behalf of our Executive Committee and Council, we write to share that SPSSI leadership made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s conference. Our planning team worked diligently to consider the possibility of a virtual meeting this year, examining various technological options, logistical concerns, and resource allocation. We also surveyed all participants who planned on contributing to our program, and took your feedback into serious consideration. Thank you again for your commentary and for your commitment to SPSSI.
Overall, we learned that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community members are wide-ranging, and it has become clear that the most equitable decision to make for everyone involved in its execution is to cancel our valued annual meeting. This is a first in more than twenty years since the onset of the event, and leaders of SPSSI were deliberative and careful, yet saddened at coming to this conclusion. Like everyone, our community members are dealing with great uncertainty and upheaval, illness, loss of loved ones, and more. Our members are attempting to navigate new approaches to the classroom, research directions, and other professional endeavors. They are care giving and attempting to maintain normalcy at home, facing economic disruption, and feeling overwhelmed by these many unknowns. We could not responsibly request more time, commitment, and effort from those of us experiencing these difficulties.
We greatly appreciate all the submissions we received toward summer conference programming. We will be working to develop an online acknowledgements program, to share widely, and to support our members seeking credit for their accepted proposals. We will share this publicly and with all contributors upon completion. Thank you for your understanding of this hard thought conclusion. We wish you good health, and we look forward to continuing to support the critically important work of our members and community. Thank you for being a valued member of our SPSSI community!
Stephanie Fryberg, SPSSI President
Anila Balkissoon, SPSSI Executive Director
Conference Fee Refunds
SPSSI staff are working remotely to serve our community and are continuing to process refunds. If you have already registered for the in-person event, you will be contacted directly about refund options no later than June 5, 2020. Please consider if you would like to use part or all of the paid fee to help defray the costs associated with the 2020 event changes. We thank you for your patience, and your support of SPSSI. If you wish to expedite your refund request, please contact SPSSI's Executive Director Anila Balkissoon.
All reservations made by guests in the SPSSI block at our meeting hotel (Embassy Suites Downtown Denver) have been canceled without penalty.
Special thanks to our 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.