International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

2Y New developments in psychological research on anti-Semitism

(Session Organizer) Michał Bilewicz, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland; (Chair) Roland Imhoff, University of Bonn; (Chair) Michał Bilewicz, University o

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland
Research Area: Intergroup relations

We live in the world where conspiracy theories are flourishing. Recent analyses by monitoring institutions suggest that belief in Jewish power is one of the most frequent conspiracy theories – popular in Europe, USA, Middle East and even East Asia. At the same time severe problems of current world (economic crises, ethnic conflicts, unemployement and poverty) create fertile ground for the beliefs in conspiracy. This situation deserves extensive psychological research exploring the functions and mechanisms of such beliefs and their impact on current attitudes toward Jews and Israel. Significant contribution to this field was made recently by experimental social psychologists and political psychologists in USA and Europe. Present panel reviews these new discoveries in psychological research on such issues as: belief in Jewish conspiracy, links between anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, evolution of antisemitic beliefs in the regions of rapid transition. The proposed panel continues our presentation of anti-Semitism research during ISPP conference roundtables in Dublin and San Francisco.