The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



SPSSI and SASP (the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists) held small group conferences in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  Small group conferences are also planned for 2018 and 2019. 

Call for Proposals: 2019 SPSSI-SASP Small Group Conference Meeting (North America)

Dear Colleagues,
We invite proposals or letters of interest by June 15, 2018 for the 2019 meeting of the small group conference series jointly sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP). The 2018 meeting is set to happen in North America (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) following successful meetings in Brisbane, Australia (2015); Ottawa, Canada (2016); and Melbourne, Australia (2017). Proposals are expected for a small conference meeting to take place in North America OR in Australasia in 2019.

Those interested in submitting a proposal for the 2019 meeting have the option of planning the small group meeting as a pre-conference or post-conference event around the SASP conference in Sydney in April 2019 or the SPSSI conference in North America, but this is certainly not essential. Feedback/decisions to this round of proposals/letters of interest will be provided to applicants by July 15, 2018.

A total of $7,000 in support is available for each meeting as part of a collaboration between SPSSI and SASP.  The purpose of the collaboration is to help strengthen links between the two organizations so that members of each may have opportunities to discuss research questions of mutual interest.  This new series is modeled after the successful SPSSI-EASP small group conference series.

Conference Proposal Guidelines:

In most cases:

  • This program will support one meeting a year.

  • Conference themes will be related to social issues and have international relevance (i.e., not focused on intra-national issues).

  • At least 80% of persons attending the conference will be members of one or both organizations

  • Representation from the two societies will be balanced: with no more than two-thirds of the participants being members of one of the organizations.

  • Each conference will have two (or more) organizers; at least one will be a member of SPSSI and one a member of SASP. Preferably one organizer will be located in Australasia and the other in North America.

  • Conference organizers are encouraged to facilitate publication of material on the conference topic through SPSSI's Journal of Social Issues or SPSSI's book series.  

Those interested in submitting a proposal are strongly encouraged to send a short email with an Expression of Interest to David Livert and Stefania Paolini so that we can answer any questions and provide assistance in developing your proposal.

David Livert & Stefania Paolini, SPSSI and SASP Small Group Conference representatives  

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