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Political Psychology of Global Conflict, Protest and Reconciliation
2013 Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) July 8-11, 2013


In the wake of changes brought about by the Arab Spring, the waves of incipient democratic as well as radical movements across the Middle East, and debates and conflicts over the global economic crisis, including threats to the Eurozone, we hope to highlight the role of conflict and protest in precipitating change. In addition, we hope to explore prospects for reconciliation in areas of endemic or enduring conflict, and invite innovative papers dealing with the resolution of protracted conflicts among identity groups.

We particularly welcome individual papers and posters, and entire panels and workshops presenting systematic analyses of factors precipitating conflict, instigating protest or promoting peace, recovery, cooperation and well-being at an individual, community, country or regional level of analysis. We are also interested in contributions examining the intersection of protest politics and political change on the one hand, and identity politics, ethnic-religious cleavages and conflict on the other.

We also encourage papers from the greater repertoire of the psychological sciences, including social, experimental, neuropsychological, developmental, biological and genetic analyses of political decision making and behavior. Such work might explore the interaction of culture and biology in shaping the structure of political institutions, or examine the role of developmental issues, including maternal malnutrition or childhood neglect, which often results during times of conflict, on prospects for violence, aggression and enduring cycles of conflict. Explicating the factors which affect human prospects for achieving peace and justice are of great importance in an increasingly unstable international system. Research which examines these areas, and highlights their interactions in precipitating harmony or dissension, is particularly welcome.

ISPP President: Rose McDermott
Program Chair: Alex Mintz
Program Co-Chairs: Daphna Canetti, Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom

The deadline for submitting paper or panel proposals is February 15, 2013

Proposals Guidelines:
  • Paper submission: 300 words abstract
  • Poster submission: 250 words abstract


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