Posted by: ISPP JSC | February 7, 2011

EASP Medium Size Meeting on Challenging stereotypes

July 6-8, 2011, Lisbon, Portugal
Medium Size Meeting on Challenging stereotypes: When and how targets of negative stereotypes resist
Contact: challengingstereotypes@gmail.com
Organizers: Beate Seibt, Soledad de Lemus, David Marx, Russell Spears, Clara Kulich, Natasza Kosakowska

The effects of activated stereotypes on the targets of these stereotypes themselves have been examined extensively in recent years. Some approaches have proposed that subordinate groups might actually accept or contribute to their plight (Jost & Banaji, 1994; Tajfel & Turner, 1979), whereas research also suggests that disadvantaged groups can challenge and resist their situation (Mullen, Brown, & Smith 1992; Tajfel & Turner, 1979). Some research has been concerned with when and how the activation of negative stereotypes undermines performance (e.g., Steele & Aronson, 1995; Steele, Spencer, & Aronson, 2002). In a different line, it has been proposed that subtle forms of prejudice and discrimination, such as patronizing and paternalistic behaviour, make them more difficult to recognize and resist (Barreto & Ellemers, 2005; Ellemers, 2001; Glick & Fiske, 1996; 2001; Jackman, 1994; Kilianski & Rudman, 1998).

Interestingly, some of this research has shown circumstances under which the targets of negative stereotypes manage to avoid, transcend, and even challenge the burden of stigma and stereotypes. Various cognitive and motivational processes have been identified as responsible for such stereotype resistance or contrast such as self-affirmation (Martens, Johns, Greenberg, and Schimel, 2006), regulatory focus (Seibt & Forster, 2004), presentation of counter-stereotypic exemplars (Marx, Stapel, & Muller, 2005), or perceived illegitimacy (Spears, Greenwood, de Lemus, & Sweetman, 2010). In this small group meeting we aim to evaluate and discuss the resources, strategies, and (even unconscious) processes, that help targets of negative stereotypes to resist the negative emotional and
behavioural effects of negative self-stereotypes, as individuals and also as groups.

All the expenses (accomodation & food) are covered by the conference, except travel expenses which will have to be covered by the participants. The meeting will run parallel thematic sessions each day and a poster session will be held where PhD students and young scientists will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research with the rest of the participants.

The new deadline for submissions is February 28, 2011.

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