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A preconference on self and identity has been a fixture of the SPSP conferences for many years.  This year's preconference continues the tradition by featuring an exciting and eclectic lineup of contributors. This year's conference will feature research focusing on the Exploring Identity through Morality, Politics, and Diversity, and the Inaccurate Self. In addition, the preconference will feature invited addresses by the Early Career and Lifetime Career Award winners, as well as the Best Paper award from the International Society for Self and Identity’s official journal, Self and Identity.

This year’s preconference will also feature a poster session and a mentoring and networking lunch. Over lunch, graduate students and early career researchers will have the opportunity to discuss the following topics with experts in the field:

  • The Job Market in Academia
  • The Tenure Process at Research and Liberal Arts Universities
  • Diversity in Academia
  • Reproducibility and Best Practices Concerns
  • Applying for Grants
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Getting Published
  • Career Opportunities in Europe
  • Theories of Self & Identity
  • Starting your own Research Lab
  • Dealing with the Media and Sharing Science with the Public

With a diverse panel of speakers reflecting the depth and breadth of the field, organizers hope to make this preconference a testament to the vitality of current self and identity research.


Kevin Binning, University of Pittsburgh: On the interface between self-affirmation theory and social identity theory: Empirical insights from research on political attitudes

Stephen Garcia, University of Michigan: The status signals paradox

Corey Guenther, Creighton University: Anchoring on the best: Constructing and maintaining positive self-perceptions

Andrew Christy, Texas A&M University: Effects of Immoral Self-Perceptions on Subjective Self-Knowledge

Kimberly Rios, Ohio University: White's self-identification: A threat to uniqueness?

William von Hippel, University of Queensland: Understanding self-deception

Poster Submission Information:

Call for submissions! The Self & Identity Preconference is excited to be hosting a poster session. The deadline to submit an abstract is November 16 at 11:59pm. If your poster is accepted, you will need to register for the pre-conference through SPSP's website and pay the registration fee.

Those with accepted posters will be contacted regarding how to apply for a poster award from the International Society for Self & Identity.

To submit your poster abstract, click here.


All ISSI members receive $20 off preconference registration.* Not a member? Join Now!

Membership fees are inexpensive, $20 for those post Ph.D., and $15 for students. Benefits to joining ISSI now include: Having membership paid for by the preconference discount as well as online access to the flagship journal Self and Identity.

We are also excited to announce that ISSI will host a Happy Hour after the preconference for current ISSI members, generously sponsored by Taylor & Francis (Self & Identity’s Publisher). By signing up for the Preconference and becoming an ISSI member, you will automatically receive information about Happy Hour as we get closer to the conference. Last year’s post-preconference Happy Hour was a great success and we are looking forward to doing it again!

 For information on how to get your discount code, click here.

*Discount only available to new members and those renewing membership. You must register on ISSI website before registering for SPSP and the Self and Identity Preconference. Discount cannot be applied retroactively.

Save $25 when you register for both convention and preconference together!

Registration for preconferences is limited and fills quickly.
Registration is now open and will not reopen once this preconference fills.


Erin O'Mara eomara1@udayton.edu
Michelle Van Dellenmvd@uga.edu


2016 Preconference

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