International Society of Political Psychology

Annual Meetings

Our 2016 Annual Meeting will be held July 13-16, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland at the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel.

Conference Theme: The Good Society: Prospects for Reason, Communication, and Well-Being

President: John T. Jost (New York University, USA)
Program Co-chairs: Michal Bilewicz (University of Warsaw, Poland), Aleksandra Cichocka (University of Kent, England), and Christopher Federico (University of Minnesota, USA)


The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2015.

Our Call for Papers can be viewed HERE.

The submission process for the 2016 Annual Meeting is NOW OPEN! The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2015. The link for the submission site can be found HERE. You must create a new account for this year, even if you have submitted to ISPP in the past. Acceptances will be sent out in February 2016. Accepted presenters will need to register for the conference by 15 April 2016 to confirm their participation.

Please be sure to note any scheduling requests when you submit your proposal (ex., do not schedule on first day). We will consider all requests, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate everyone.


One of the very first political psychologists, Graham Wallas (1914) observed in The Great Society that economic industrialization had been more successful in removing specific causes of unhappiness, such as famine, than in producing genuine happiness. “We must let our minds play freely over all the conditions of life,” he implored readers, “till we can either justify our civilization or change it.” In 1937, Walter Lippmann penned his own version of The Good Society. He warned that his generation had “returned to the heresies of absolutism, authority, and the domination of men by men” and asserted that a universal sense of the inviolability of the rights and freedoms of human beings is what enabled our species to fight our way “out of the morass of barbarism” and that this inviolability must be the foundation of the Good Society.

In the early and middle of the 20th century, reformers and revolutionaries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America—inspired by socialist ideals—made an effort to improve the lives of working people and other exploited groups. In 1989, Poland led the way for a peaceful transformation that swept through Central and Eastern Europe as citizens became deeply disappointed with the authoritarian socialism they had known. Around the same time, in longstanding democracies, a consensus around social-democratic norms gave way to a neoliberal vision emphasizing market efficiency and economic individualism. Twenty five years later, it would appear that a majority of citizens in both contexts are dissatisfied with the results. In the U.S. and many other countries, politics are as destructive, bitter, and corrupt as anyone can remember, and reasoning in the public sphere seems more and more like an unattainable ideal.

What, in the 21st century, is our shared vision of the Good Society, and what are the obstacles to its realization? What is the ideal mix of equality and tradition, individual initiative and social welfare, economic prosperity and environmental responsibility, national and international unity and the cultivation of diversity? As political psychologists, what can we say about how to increase subjective and objective well-being at home and abroad? What do we know about how and why contemporary societies make it so difficult for people to communicate about these matters reasonably and realistically without rapidly deteriorating into ideological hostility or the kind of solipsistic resignation that comes with relativism about human values? In the absence of a shared conception of the Good Society, is it even possible to know what progress in social and political life would look like?

We especially welcome proposals for panels or symposia, along with individual papers and posters, which present theory and research bearing on individual and collective conceptions of the Good Society and the motivational role of those conceptions in fostering political activity. Research may draw on any area of political psychology including, but not limited to, the application of experimental designs, public opinion surveys, and narrative approaches to the study of political ideology, human values, social justice, cultural norms, personality dynamics, social identification, intergroup relations, political leadership, collective action, protest, and societal transformation. We are especially interested in proposals that provide new theoretical, methodological, or empirical insights about how to conceptualize, measure, and foster public reasoning, rationality, communication, understanding, and both subjective and objective well-being in society.

We also welcome symposia, roundtables, papers, and posters on any topic in political psychology. The program chairs are interested in bringing together new research from the fields of political science, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, biology, communication, history, philosophy, and other disciplines. We hope to bring about an exciting intellectual exchange that will enrich the study of political psychology and help us to better understand the dynamics of society and politics in the world today.

Confirmed keynote speakers will be Jan T. Gross, Professor of History and Norman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society at Princeton University; Arie W. Kruglanski, a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland; and Diana C. Mutz, the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication and Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics in the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Special invited symposia will be chaired by Julia Becker (Osnabrück, Germany), Rachel Calogero (Kent, U.K.), Gian Vittorio Caprara (Rome, Italy), Eric D. Knowles (NYU, USA), Natalia Letki (Warsaw, Poland), Benjamin Newman (UC Riverside, USA), Victor Ottati (Loyola University, Chicago, USA), Christopher S. Parker (U. Washington, USA), Tobias Rothmund and Manfred Schmitt (Koblenz-Landau, Germany), Robbie Sutton (Kent, U.K.), Joshua Tucker (NYU, USA), and Thomas Zeitzoff (American University, USA).

In addition, we are planning a special session involving Janusz Grzelak, a Professor of Psychology at the M. Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education, the Co-Founder and first President of the Polish Society of Social Psychology, and a former Vice-Minister of Education in Poland, and Janusz Reykowski, a Professor of Psychology at the Polish Academy of Science, a Co-Chair of the Political Roundtable during the period of transition in Poland, a Co-Founder and Chairman of the Academic Council of the Warsaw School of Social Psychology, and a Past President of the International Society of Political Psychology.


ISPP has secured a block of rooms at the Sheraton Warsaw at a discounted rate of PLN 350++ (single), PLN 400++ (double) per night. Information to make hotel reservations will be posted on this web page when available.

Rooms at ISPP's discounted rate at the Sheraton will be available until the room block is full, or 24 June 2016, whichever comes first.

PLEASE NOTE: ISPP has NOT contracted with any third-party companies for hotel reservations. All information and links for reservations will be provided in e-mails directly from ISPP and on this web page. Beware if you are contacted by someone stating that they are working with ISPP for discounted room rates; such communications are not legitimate.


Please see THIS SITE for information about travel to Poland and visa requirements. Accepted presenters will be able to download a custom letter for visa application from the submission web site.


All conference attendees are required to accept a liability release waiver when registering. The waiver will be available via the registration web site, and also on this page, once conference registration has opened (anticipated February/March 2016).

The 2016 registration fees are posted below. Please note that 2016 marks the start of a new conference pricing structure for ISPP based on country of employment/study. This new structure also includes discounts for early registration in all categories.

The breakdown of countries by tier (for the pricing below) can be viewed HERE.

Registration Fees for ISPP 2016 for Tier A (High Income Nations):
Early Registration Late/On-Site Registration
ISPP Full Members $291 $368
Non-Members $441 $559
Student Members $131 $166
Student Non-Members $186 $236
Other (guests, retirees, unemployed, etc.) $186 $236

Registration Fees for ISPP 2016 for Tier B (Medium Income Nations):
Early Registration Late/On-Site Registration
ISPP Full Members $221 $279
Non-Members $333 $421
Student Members $101 $126
Student Non-Members $141 $176
Other (guests, retirees, unemployed, etc.) $141 $176

Registration Fees for ISPP 2016 for Tier C (Low Income Nations):
Early Registration Late/On-Site Registration
ISPP Full Members $169 $211
Non-Members $251 $319
Student Members $79 $98
Student Non-Members $109 $136
Other (guests, retirees, unemployed, etc.) $109 $136

Registration fees include: admission to the full conference, coffee breaks, and admission to any general conference receptions (space permitting). Please note that the receptions and our Mentoring Lunch have limited capacities and will generate waitlists when they are full.

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    The call for fellows applications of the ISPP Summer Academy 2016 will be posted on this page when available (expected late 2015). Please click HERE for information about ISPP’s Summer Academy.

    The application process for Early Career Scholars Travel Grants for 2016 will be posted on this page when available (expected early 2016).


    ISPP will again be hosting an Early Career Scholars Mentoring Luncheon during the conference, giving our early career scholars an opportunity to talk to those established in the field. Space is limited to 75 mentees and 25 mentors, who will be matched as best as possible. Mentees must register for the lunch when registering for the conference; mentors will be registered separately. There is no charge for the lunch, but your attendance must be confirmed by the organizers. We will have a waiting list when the event is full, and will advise you if space becomes available. For questions about the luncheon, you can e-mail Stavroula Chrona and Thia Sagherian Dickey at: E-mail.


    For publishers and authors interested in having display copies, samples, or flyers at the conference, please contact ISPP's Executive Director, Sev Bennett, for more information.


    View information on Warsaw at these links:

    Warsaw City Break
    Warsaw Tour
    Top 10 Things in Warsaw
    Fall in Love with Warsaw


    Our 2015 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California (USA) was fabulous! Thanks to all those who presented and attended; we hope you had a chance to step outside and enjoy the weather and beautiful southern California! A huge thanks to our Program Chairs, Melinda Jackson and Clifford Stevenson, and their Program Assistant, Philip Chen. Many thanks as well to our now Past-President, Paul Nesbitt-Larking.

    The program from the meeting can be viewed on our Past Meetings web page.

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