ISPP 2022 Annual Meeting

14-17 July 2022 

Athens, Greece

Democracy as an Achievement: Recognizing Tensions, Challenges, and Aspirations through Political Psychology

ISPP's 2022 Annual Meeting

14-17 July 2022

Join us for ISPP's 45th Annual Scientific Meeting!

Call for Papers ISPP Annual Conference

14-17 July, 2022

 Democracy as an Achievement: Recognizing Tensions, Challenges, and Aspirations through Political Psychology

‘Democracy is an achievement’ noted psychologist Donald Winnicott in 1950 (p.186), a milestone for our societies similar to individual psychic development and maturity. Seeing democracy as an achievement invites us to appreciate that it takes time, requires hard work that is individual and collective, goes hand in hand with responsibility, and like personal development, it is an unfinished project.  In essence Democracy as an achievement is a political psychology affair: it involves managing tensions, addressing challenges, enabling growth and supporting aspirations that are simultaneously unique, as well as shared; and it involves processes that take place at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and socio-political levels.

In the last decade alone, the Great Recession, the challenges of forced migration, issues of security, climate change, the “public knowledge” crisis, pandemics and natural disasters have exacerbated existing rifts and resentments in societies around the globe, and facilitated the rise of populist parties and movements. Current debates on backlash politics and polarizing sentiments often refer to authoritarianism, reactionism, populism, far-right politics, anger, fear, ressentiment, nativism, and collective narcissism as the challenges of our modern societies. Crises of institutional trust, abuses of power by ’omnipotent’ leadership, the escalation of intra- and inter-state conflicts, terrorism and the devastation of war test our values of empathy, security and tolerance through violence and greed. The development of democracy in societies around the world is ongoing, and much like individual psychic development, it requires acknowledging frustrations, respecting differences, and seeking pro-social solutions.

Recognizing that political and psychological wellbeing is intertwined, political psychology offers a comprehensive conceptual and empirical investigation of pressing challenges, tensions and crises through interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and expertise. It brings together scholars from political science, psychology, sociology, ethnic studies, anthropology, history, economics, history, media and communication studies and philosophy who study the intersection of the ‘political’ and ‘psychological’, and examine how individuals, groups, institutions and states understand the past, how they appreciate the present, and how they imagine the future.

The theme of the 2022 Scientific meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) is ”Democracy as an Achievement: Recognizing Tensions, Challenges, and Aspirations through Political Psychology.” Our destination of choice is Athens, Greece, one of the world’s oldest cities, with rich heritage, histories and cultures spanning 3,400 years, the birthplace of democracy, and now a cosmopolitan metropolis that is the southernmost capital of Europe.  

Our annual meeting offers a stimulating interdisciplinary space to engage in presentations, discussions, networking and potential collaborations. It hosts keynote talks, paper panels, workshops, and roundtables which provide dialectical accounts on diverse methods and perspectives. We particularly welcome students, early career scholars, practitioners and researchers. In addition to academic sessions and social events, we hold mentoring sessions, a “Meet the Editors” panel (of our journal, Political Psychology), the Scholars Under Threat symposium, and the ISPP Academy, our political psychology training program held just prior to the conference.

The call for proposals for individual papers, symposia including several papers, roundtable discussions, and blitz presentations and posters on any topic in political psychology will be available on our ISPP website In October 2021. The submission deadline is 6 December 2021, and presenters will be notified of their submissions’ acceptance in February 2022.

Join us in Athens 2022, share your knowledge, engage with political psychologists, and be part of this experience with us.

Dr. Tereza Capelos, Dr. Stavroula Chrona, Dr. Alex Theodoridis

Meet The Team

 Tereza Capelos 

      University of Birmingham 

          ISPP, President          

Stavroula Chrona 

 Queen's University Belfast   

     ISPP, Program Co-chair           

Alexander Theodoridis 

University of Massachusetts – Amherst

ISPP, Program Co-Chair  


To capture the diversity of ISPP there are 12 sections with designated Section Chairs, as you can see below. Section Chairs are responsible to review all conference submissions made to their designated section. 

1. Democracy as an Achievement: Recognizing Tensions, Challenges, and Aspirations through Political Psychology | Theofilos Gkinopoulos - University of Crete, Greece; Thalia Magioglou - University of Westminster, United Kingdom; Lamprini Rori - National and Kapodistrian University, Greece; Sofia Stathi - University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

2. Conflict, Violence, and Terrorism | Ronit Berger - Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland; Stephanie Dornschneider - University College Dublin, Ireland

3. Intergroup Relations | Alexandra Filindra - University of Illinois, Chicago, United States; Özden Melis Uluğ - University of Sussex, United Kingdom

4. Leadership and Political Personality | Diego Garzia - University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman - Ono Academic College, The Hebrew University, Israel

5. Political Behavior, Participation, and Civic Engagement | Shana Gadarian - Syracuse University, United States; Allesandro Nai - University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

6. Public Opinion and Political Communication | Michael Meffert - Leiden University, Netherlands; Cecilia Mo - University of California, Berkeley, United States

7. Political Culture, Identity, and Language | Elias Dinas - Oxford University and European University Institute, United Kingdom/Italy; Karabo Sitto - University of Johannesburg, South Africa

8. Social Inequality, Social Change, and Civic Development | Héctor Carvacho - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile; Elizabeth Suhay - American University, United States

9. International Relations, Globalization, and Macropolitical Issues | Philippe Beauregard - University of Montreal, Canada; Irina Soboleva - Duke Kunshan University, China

10. Biology, Genetics, and Neuroscience | Marika Landau-Wells - University of California, Berkeley, United States

11. Race, Gender, Ethnicity, and Religion | LaFleur Stephens-Dougan - Princeton University, United States; Angela X. Ocampo - University of Michigan, United States

12. New Theoretical and Methodological Developments | Moh Abdul Hakim - Universitas Sebelas Maret – Indonesia, Indonesia; Erin Hennes - Purdue University, United States

We encourage you to make a submission to the 2022 ISPP Annual Meeting but we also welcome attendees who simply wish to observe the conference! If you plan to present or if you wish to attend the meeting as an observer, you can check the Registration Webpage for details and information regarding the registration process. 

Contact Us

For questions regarding the submission process, scheduling, and other matters related to the content of the program, please contact the 2022 Program Committee (Second e-mail listed below). For questions regarding the venue, lodging, and conference logistics, please contact ISPP's Central Office (First e-mail listed below). 


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