The social psychology of intergroup conflict and social change is an international, exciting and buzzing field. Many lines of novel and integrative theorizing and research in this field have led to the development of applications and interventions toward reducing and resolving intergroup conflict and thus to achieving social change.
However, little is still known about how individuals change amidst intergroup conflict. Understanding these processes of psychological change over time is absolutely pivotal because it enables a better prediction and explanation of when intergroup conflict will change for better or worse. The four psychological processes that we deem to be particularly important in this respect are moralization and attitude change (e.g., changing one’s moral stance or intergroup attitudes), empowerment (e.g., changing one’s implicit theories or efficacy beliefs), identity (trans)formation (e.g., forming a more political identity), and emotion regulation (e.g., changing how one copes with the conflict).
This medium-sized conference (max. 50 participants) seeks to put this focus on psychological change onto the scientific agenda by bringing together world-class international senior researchers, junior researchers, postdocs and PhD students interested in psychological change processes. Our goals are to (1) offer a state-of-the-art program of presentations and posters about what we currently know about psychological change in intergroup conflict, (2) enable a fruitful and stimulating exchange of new ideas and constructive feedback, and (3) facilitate a new research agenda for understanding psychological change in intergroup conflict.