NWO MaGW grant for prof.dr. Ernestine Gordijn, dr. Martijn van Zomeren and prof.dr. Tom Postmes
July 9, 2009 - Prof.dr. E.H. Gordijn, dr. M. van Zomeren and prof.dr. T. Postmes (RuG) received an NWO grant in the Conflict and Security program, for the project "The role of communication in conflict escalation between ethnic groups". Two PhD students will be appointed on this project.
The role of communication in conflict escalation between ethnic groups
Dutch society seems to have transformed from a former 'beacon of tolerance' to a society in which intolerant ideas are acceptable and enacted. This observation inspired the proposal of a novel and dynamic psychological model of conflict escalation and de-escalation between ethnic groups. The model describes cross-level influences of communication within and between groups about conflict. These communications transform perceptions that individuals have about themselves and other groups into destructive conflict behaviors or more constructive behaviors through the experience of specific emotions. This research proposal aims to test the new model, develop interventions to de-escalate conflict, and evaluate their success.