Researchers from University of Groningen were granted support for an EASP Medium Size Meeting.

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)30 - 253 3027

Researchers from University of Groningen were granted support for an EASP Medium Size Meeting.

November 19, 2012 - In May 2012 dr. S. Tauber, prof.dr. E.H. Gordijn, prof.dr. T. Postmes, dr. M. van Zomeren, drs. H.J.E. Greijdanus and drs. B. de Vos (University of Groningen) were granted support for an EASP Medium Size Meeting.

EASP Medium Size Meeting on Intergroup conflict: The cognitive, emotional, and behavioral consequences of communication on June 27-30, 2013, near Utrecht.

This meeting aims to bring together researchers who study the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral consequences of communication– crucial factors in (de-)escalating intergroup conflict. There is an emergent consensus that a multilevel perspective encompassing interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup communication is required to fully understand the association between communication and intergroup conflict. This multilevel approach carries with it considerable theoretical and empirical advancement in the field, for it necessitates us to focus on the dynamic that unfolds between the different levels of interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup communication.

We hope for this meeting to be a first step towards creating an overarching perspective on cognitive, emotional, and behavioral effects of communication. We invite contributions to one of the three sub-themes of our meeting: Intergroup communication (subtheme 1), intragroup communication (subtheme 2), and challenges of predicting and investigating the links between communication and intergroup conflict in real-life (subtheme 3). Example questions involve: Which characteristics of communication between groups, their representatives, and between ingroup members can lead to intergroup conflict (de-)escalation (e.g., communication content, emotion expression or suppression, shared reality formation)? Which group characteristics moderate the effects of communication on intergroup cognition, emotion, and behavior (e.g. majority or minority, power, status, identification)? Which factors play a role in the interplay between intragroup and intergroup communication processes as it occurs in real life conflict settings (e.g., identity salience, polarization)? How does mixed inter- as well as intragroup communication influence intergroup conflict?

We invite submissions from senior and junior researchers from different disciplines ranging from cognitive to applied research. We will host a single session format with ample time for presentation and discussion in order to facilitate the exchange between researchers from different disciplines. In addition, we will provide time for eight brief “lightning” presentations of 15 minutes each. The meeting will contribute to a better understanding of the role of communication in (de-)escalating intergroup conflict, thereby identifying strands for future research and multidisciplinary theorizing on this topic.

Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract to before 5pm GMT on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013. Please include your name, affiliation, contact information, and EASP membership status.


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