EASP Medium Group Meeting: Challenging the Narrative of Intractable Conflict*

Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th June 2017, Belfast, Northern Ireland 

Organizers: Lesley Storey, Laura K Taylor, & Thia Sagherian-Dickey


Apply by 17th March 2017


Intractable conflict is defined by Bar-Tal (2007) to play a central role in the lives of individuals and the organisation of society. The concept provides a framework for our understanding of the way in which violence does not necessarily stop after a period of conflict has come to an official end. Societies are increasingly faced with issues that foster a climate of crisis and conflict. In this context, social and political psychologists have both a role and a responsibility to better understand and to develop effective programmes to constructively address these issues in their societies. The conference is timely in that it will enable these pressing questions to be addressed by leading and emerging social and political psychological researchers.


This conference will be hosted by the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations (CIIR), Queen’s University Belfast, in collaboration with the School of Psychology, George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and the Northern Ireland British Psychological Society (NIBPS). We are a group of interdisciplinary researchers who live and work in a post-conflict society where the need for greater understanding is part of our lived reality. We hope that together with colleagues from around the world this conference will offer a space for academics to discuss how current theorising and research in the psychology of legitimacy, stigma, and socio-political participation can increase our understanding of these challenges. 


We would also like to encourage academics and practitioners to engage in a dialogue about how the existing research knowledge on these issues can (or cannot) be used in practical work in and with communities. Individual presentations, symposia and roundtable discussions will discuss the specific topics of conflict, collective identity, legitimacy and participation as well as on the broader question of the applicability of social and political psychological research to practice.


PhD students are highly encouraged to apply to present their work as well as take advantage of optional workshops associated with the conference. We also welcome applications from across the globe, especially from EASP members.


There are three ways to participate in the conference: participant, panellist (present a paper in a joint session), or poster (reserved for postgraduate students and early career academics within 5 years of graduation). Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. For paper and/or poster presentations, please discuss the content of the work and how it aligns with the conference theme. For participant-only applicants, please describe how your interests support the conference theme and what your goals for attending are.


To apply for this conference, priority will be given to applications submitted by 17th March 2017. Click on the link to apply:


Conference fees cost £50/€58 per person (£20/€23 for EASP members). Registration will cover conference fees and most meals. Accommodation options will be available at three price tiers.

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Centre hosting SPSSI UK - Mitchell Institute Event on Shared Space

In collaboration with SPSSI UK and the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Centre members Professor Rhiannon Turner, Dr Laura Taylor, Karolina Urbanska are hosting a one day event for academics, policy makers, and practitioners on how Shared Space can be used to promote intergroup reconciliation and respect. Speakers include Professor Joanne Hughes (Education, QUB), Professor John Dixon (Open University), Dr Lindsey Cameron (University of Kent), Tina Keil (University of Exeter), Anne Glick (One Globe Kids), Dympna McGlade (NICRC) and Stephen McCabe (Research and Enterprise, QUB), and experts from a range of academic disciplines, government bodies, charities, and community organisations are expected to be in attendance. The ultimate goal of the event is to produce a policy briefing regarding how academics, practitioners and policy makers can best promote respect and reconciliation thorgh shared space. The event will take place on Friday 2nd December from 9-6pm in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building, QUB.

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Journal Club

ESRC NI Social Science Festival Event

PhD students Kevin McNicholl, Thia Sagherian-Dickey, Karolina Urbanska, and Jame Pow are putting on an event in the Black Box at 7pm on the 5th November 2016, as part of the ESRC NI Social Science Festival.

The event, entitled "How can social science help community relations in Northern Ireland?"  will present work by researchers at Queen’s University that use the theories and methods of political science and social psychology in order to help community relations in Northern Ireland. A series of talks will be followed by a round table discussion with Dr Paul Nolan, the author of the Peace Monitoring report and representatives of the Community Relations Council. The short talks will be introduced by Prof Orla Muldoon of the University of Limerick who has completed extensive research into the psychological mechanisms underpinning intergroup relations and identity in Ireland. The presentations will focus on Citizen’s Assemblies as a potential form of democratic decision making, inter-community trust, the role of police in Northern Ireland, and the ‘Northern Irish’ national identity. This event will appeal to anyone with a general interest in local politics and how social scientific theories can inform the real world practice of promoting harmonious relations.

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Journal Club

Journal Club dates Autumn, 2016

Journal Club is organised by Thia Dickey and Karolina Urbanska.

Meetings are on Tuesdays at 4pm in the ground floor Psychology staff room in the David Keir Building. If you are interested in attending contact to be added to the mailing list. If you would like to tweet about what you have discussed during journal club, tweet using #QUBSIJC

Upcoming journal club dates:

23rd August, 27th September, 11th October, 25th October, 22nd November, and 6th December


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Visiting Speakers

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