2nd Annual UK Political Psychology Conference

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Muirhead Tower, Fourth Floor

University of Birmingham


B15 2TT

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This event is perfect for anyone studying, researching or simply interested in the psychology of politics and politicians.

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The Political Psychology specialist group of the Political Studies Association is delighted to open registration for the 2nd annual UK Political Psychology conference. This conference is organised in conjunction with the Political Psychology section of the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham, and the Political Psychology section of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

This conference brings together a selection of leading academics in the field of Political Psychology from across the UK, Europe and the United States. Across two days, five substantive panels, one methods workshop and a practitioner roundtable, delegates will be discussing the latest research into enduring and contemporary political problems and phenomena. The organising committee would like to welcome anyone to attend this conference who is interested in the psychology of politics and politicians; studying politics and/or psychology at any level; or working in a cognate field.

Event timetable:

Day 1 (16th December):

10-12:00 - Methods training for early career researchers. This two hour workshop will introduce students and colleagues to a range of mainstream and innovative methods common to the subfield such as text analysis and experiments.

Presentations/tuition will be delivered by:

  • Professor Jason Reifler (University of Exeter)
  • Dr Shelley McKeown Jones (University of Bristol)
  • Dr Stavroula Chrona (King's College, University of London)
  • Dr Todd Hartman (University of Sheffield)

12-12:45 - Registration and Lunch

12:45-13:00 - Welcome (Dr James Weinberg, Convenor of the PSA Political Psychology specialist group)

13-14:30 - Panel 1: Political Behavior and Attitudes

  • Dr Julie Wronski (University of Mississippi) - Talk Authoritarian to Me: Measuring Authoritarianism using Speech
  • Dr Gizem Arikan (Trinity College, Dublin) - How Strong are the Effects of System Justification on Attitudes towards Income Inequality?
  • Dr Tessa Ditonto (University of Durham) - Information overload and voting for female candidates: A multi-day campaign simulation of concurrent elections in the United States
  • Professor Robert Johns (University of Essex) - Depression, Negativity Bias, and Political Evaluations
  • Dr. Raynee Gutting (University of Essex) - A Recipe for Violence?: Right-Wing Appeals and Authoritarianism

14:30-15:00 - Refreshments

15-16:30 - Panel 2: Political Elites in an Age of Democratic Turmoil

  • Professor Karen Douglas (University of Kent) - The communicative functions of conspiracy theories in elite rhetoric
  • Dr Gijs Schumacher (University of Amsterdam) - Why do politicians go emotional?
  • Professor Jo Silvester (Uni of Loughborough) - Advocating for political work in an age of mistrust
  • Dr James Weinberg (University of Sheffield) - A labour of love, sadness, anger, excitement..? Emotional labour and occupational wellbeing among councillors and Members of Parliament in the UK.

16:30-16:45 - Refreshments

16:45-17:30 - Keynote Address: Professor Diana Mutz (University of Pennsylvania)

18:00 - Drinks reception

Day 2 (17th December):

9-10:30 - Panel 3: The Political Psychology of Conflict and Crisis

  • Dr Stephanie Dornschneider (University College Dublin) - Why resist? The cognitive processes of violent and nonviolent dissidents.
  • Dr Tereza Capelos and Professor Nicholas Wheeler (University of Birmingham) - The Affective Ambivalence of Trust in International Conflict
  • Dr Dmitry Chernobrov (University of Sheffield) - Uncertainty, routines and (mis)recognition of crises.
  • Professor Molly Andrews (UEL) - Truth Commissions and the challenge of post-conflict dialogue: The case of East Germany

10:30-10:45 - Refreshments

10:45-12:15 - Panel 4: Compassion in Politics

  • Dr Steve Myers (Visiting Fellow, University of Essex) - How ontological relativity destroys empathy in politics
  • Lianna Roast (Bournemouth University) - A Case for Decency in Democracy: The Neurocognitive Correlates of Political Incivility in Prime Minister’s Questions
  • Professor Paul Gilbert (University of Derby) - Interventions promoting compassion in the workplace
  • Dr Karolina Urbanska (University of Sheffield) - Is it just a bit of banter or can memes increase political tolerance?
  • Jamie Bristow (Director, Mindfulness Initiative) and Jennifer Nadel (Co-Founder, Compassion in Politics) - Compassion in national politics – How compassionate can politicians be?

12:15-13:00 - Lunch

13:00-14:30 - Panel 5: The Psychology of Brexit

  • Professor Barry Richards (Bournemouth University) - Brexit and the deep dynamics of conflict: a psychodynamic perspective
  • Dr Eleni Andreouli (Open University) - Citizens’ understandings of Brexit: a rhetorical analysis
  • Professor Dan Stevens (University of Exeter) - Authoritarianism and Brexit
  • Dr Kesi Mahendran (Open University) - Sovereignty & the parameters of freedom of movement
  • Dr Sofia Collignon (Royal Holloway, University of London) - Lessons on Harassment and Intimidation of Parliamentary Candidates: evidence from the United Kingdom

14:30-14:45 - Coffee Break

14:45 - 16:15- Practitioner roundtable: How can political psychology impact the real world?

16:30 - Close of conference

Event logistics:

Courtesy of the organising committee, the financial support of their respective learned societies, and sponsorship from the EssexLab, this conference is FREE to attend. All delegates will receive refreshments throughout its entirety. We ask, however, that you notify us of any cancellations up to 10 days prior to the conference (subject to a penalty).

If you have any questions about the event or you need to request special access/dietary requirements, please contact one of the following:

Dr James Weinberg - james.weinberg@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Tereza Capelos - T.Capelos@bham.ac.uk

Donatella Bonansinga - DXB661@student.bham.ac.uk

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