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A fixture of the SPSP conference for many years, the Self and Identity Preconference provides a forum for understanding the nexus between the individual and collective aspects of the self. This year’s preconference has a special focus on The Role of Self and Identity in Contemporary Social Problems, including problems related to prejudice, partisanship, and inequality. The preconference will feature the work of pre-eminent scholars studying these areas, including addresses from Early Career and Lifetime Career Award winners and a Best Paper Award from the International Society for Self and Identity’s official journal, Self and Identity. As in years past, the preconference will also feature a poster session, and a mentoring and networking lunch.

NEW THIS YEAR: We will also have a Data Blitz Session that features cutting-edge research from all areas of self and identity research. We are currently seeking submissions for the Data Blitz; please see submission eligibility and instructions below.

With a diverse panel of speakers discussing timely issues of social importance, organizers hope to showcase the relevance and vitality of current self and identity research.

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Sarah Gaither
Duke University


Brenda Major
University of California,
Santa Barbara

Jim Sidanius
Harvard University


Melissa Williams
Emory University

Constantine Sedikides
University of Southhampton
Lifetime Career Award Winner


Sapna Cheryan
University of Washington
Early Career Award Winner

Mary Murphy
Indiana University
Early Career Award Winner

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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.

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.

*The discount is limited to the first 50 new/renewed members.


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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.

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Data Blitz Call for Submissions!

This year, the Self & Identity Preconference will feature six Data Blitz Talks from scholars in the field. The Blitz Talks will be five-minutes each (with one minute for Q&A), and presenters will be limited to three PowerPoint slides (including title slide). The first/presenting author of the Data Blitz must already hold a Ph.D., although co-authors can be at any stage of their careers. We strongly encourage individuals with exciting findings from all areas of self and identity research to apply! 

Deadline to submit a Data Blitz is December 15, 2017, and individuals will be notified regarding the status of their submission shortly after the deadline. If your Data Blitz is accepted, you will be asked to register for the pre-conference through SPSP's website. 

Submit your Data Blitz here.

Poster Presentations - Call for Submissions!

The Self & Identity Preconference is excited to be hosting a poster session. The deadline to submit an abstract is December 15, 2017, and individuals will be notified regarding the status of their submission shortly after the deadline. Those with accepted posters will be contacted regarding how to apply for a student poster award from the International Society for Self & Identity. If your poster is accepted, you will be asked to register for the pre-conference through SPSP's website.

Submit your Poster here.

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Kevin Binning, University of Pittsburgh
Erin O’MaraUniversity of Dayton

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