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SPSSI-SASP Small Group Conference Series

SPSSI and SASP (the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists) held small group conferences in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Look for a call for letters of interest for the 2020 conference in the near future.

SASP-SPSSI Group Meeting on Intergroup Contact to be held in Newcastle, Australia, 29 April-1 May 2019.

View the Preliminary Agenda here.



We are proud to announce the 2019 SASP-SPSSI group meeting, entitled “Advances in Intergroup Contact Research: Showcasing, Consolidating, Deconstructing and Innovating the Science of Social Integration” to be held in Newcastle, Australia between Monday 29th April and Wed 1st May, 2019.

This exciting gathering will run as a post-conference meeting to the annual conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, running Thursday 25th/Saturday 27th April 2019 in Sydney.

Why Newcastle? We want to give you the opportunity to sample Australia’s best: Newcastle is a beautiful and welcoming costal town, an easy 2hr drive/train ride North of Sydney. With its stunning beaches, fine collection of heritage buildings, and entry to the Hunter valley’s beautiful vineyards, it will not disappoint the international and national delegates who decide to join us and possibly attend both meetings!

This is an exciting time for research on intergroup contact. With a strong delegation of international and national delegates of varied seniority and background, this specialized gathering will showcase and advance the best research on the antecedents, dynamics, and consequences of intergroup contact across a multiplicity of research laboratories, research paradigms and methods, intergroup settings, and societies.

Through its intimate single session format, the gathering will include the delivery of conference papers (blitz / longer length / posters) by junior and senior researchers and roundtable discussions (small / plenary), this SASP-SPSSI group meeting on intergroup contact aspires to offer an exciting platform to consolidate our understanding and interpretation of key findings, to discuss emerging research trends and methodologies and forge the research and the researchers of the future.

You are invited by an enthusiastic committee that spans across three continents, including Stefania Paolini (the University of Newcastle, Australia), Miles Hewstone (the University of Newcastle, Australia; Oxford University, UK), Fiona White (University of Sydney, Australia), Fiona Barlow (The University of Queensland, Australia), Linda Tropp (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA), Liz Page-Gould (University of Toronto, Canada), Rhiannon Turner (Queen's University Belfast, UK) and Angel Gomez (National Distance Education University, Spain).


Past Small Group Conference Materials and Videos

2018 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.)

2017 (Melbourne, Australia): Information on this small group conference will be posted after it takes place in April of 2017. 

2016 (Ottawa, Canada): Immigration to Major Immigrant-Receiving Countries: Immigrant and Host Perspectives - In many major immigrant-receiving countries in the world, the issue of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and their integration into host societies, is higher than ever on the political agenda. While much is known about both immigrants’ and host societies’ perspectives, we are confronted with new challenges in the 21st century as a result of the refugee crisis in the Middle East, the Global Financial Crisis, new political rhetoric surrounding immigration, and security concerns surrounding immigration, as well as changing immigration policies and practices. This small group conference addressed such issues. 

2015 (Brisbane, Australia): Collective Harm-Doing - It is well-documented that harm-doing is painful for the victims, in work ranging from minority stress (e.g., Meyer, 1995) to genocide (e.g., Staub, 2003). This small group conference brought a new focus on perpetrators, including the association between their harm-doing and their well-being, and the processes through which people engage and disengage from harm-doing. We sought to include research on perpetrators of harm-doing at all levels, including both intergroup (e.g., racists, hate criminals, soldiers, extremist groups, gang violence) and interpersonal harm-doing (domestic violence, feuding). The conference included qualitative and quantitative research, including case study, survey, experimental, and longitudinal studies. 

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