Workshop: Building an LGBT European Social Psychology

A Research Knowledge transfer Scheme (RKST) Workshop Supported by the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)

ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, Portugal

Date: June 21st-22nd

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2019

: Peter Hegarty (Surrey University, UK), Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste, Italy), Mauro Bianchi (Lusófona University/ISCTE-IUL, Portugal; Local coordinator), and Carla Moleiro (ISCTE-IUL, Portugal; Local coordinator).

Background: Europe needs inclusive societies, which secure full equality for LGBT+ individuals (ILGA 2018). This workshop aims to develop and sustain social psychological research on both LGBT lives and on the dynamics of societal prejudice that LGBT+ people face in Europe today. It will be the first event oriented explicitly towards LGBT+ psychology ever organized in the history of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP).

Objective: We aim to provide six expert talks on the social psychology of LGBT issues; placing this scholarly work in its interdisciplinary context. Participants in the workshop will have an opportunity to network internationally, with senior scientists and with LGBT associations. By so doing, we aim to foster collaborations that can meet the challenges of turning scientific findings into societal impact.

Intended Participants: The workshop is intended for all social psychologists in Europe. We will prioritize attendance by early career researchers with fewer financial resources, and researchers from residence country that have a less favourable legal and policy human rights situation of lesbian gay bisexual trans and intersex (LGBTI) people in Europe. (See here for more details). The workshop is also open to junior and postgraduate students and researchers, social psychologists and OPP members (Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses), LGBT associations (e.g., ILGA-Europe; ILGA-Portugal). Participants will be expected to present a poster representing their scientific work, which will be archived and available on the EASP website after the event. Fifty percent of the workshop spots are reserved for EASP members.

Venue: The workshop will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, at ISCTE-IUL. ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute is a high-quality public university situated in Lisbon, and is well served by train/metro/bus connections from Lisbon airport.

Workshop costs: The workshop fees of 100 Euro will include accommodation for two nights (June 20th-21st), coffee break and lunch during the two day workshop, and one evening meal.

How to Apply: Complete the on-line application form here, by May 1st, 2019.


Workshop Day 1: Friday, 21/06/2019                              Workshop Day 2: Saturday, 22/06/2019

9.30-10.00: Registration

10.00–10.30: Introduction: Peter Hegarty                       10.00–11.00: Kai Jonas

10.30–11.30: Melanie C. Steffens                                   11.00–11.30: Coffee Break

11.30–12.00: Coffee break                                             11.30–13.00: Poster Session

12.00–13.00: Andrea Carnaghi                                       13.00-14.00: Lunch

13.00-14.00: Lunch                                                       14.00-15.00: Carla Moleiro

14.00–15.30: Poster Session                                          15.00–15.30: Coffee break

15.30-16.30: Peter Hegarty                                           15.30-16.30: ILGA-Portugal: LGBTI rights in Portuguese and European contexts.

16.30-17.00: Coffee break                                             16.30-17.30: Closing discussion lead by Peter Hegarty

17.00–18.00 Mauro Bianchi                                     

Further Details on Speakers

Mauro Bianchi (Lusófona University, Portugal, EU). This lecture aims to clarify the dilemmas and promises of combining qualitative and quantitative approaches to LGBT issues. This aim will be attained by illustrating multi-method of analyses of beliefs and attitudes towards same-sex parenting, crossing tools and methodology spanning from content analysis to experimental research. This lecture will equip students with skills to navigate this dilemma whether they are focused on parenting or on other LGBT-rated topics.

Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste, Italy, EU) will discuss how to bridge critical psychology to social cognition, and exemplify this theoretical crossover by introducing experimental research on the sexual orientation and gender category intersectionality

Peter Hegarty (University of Surrey, UK) will compare the historical emergence of LGBT psychology in the UK and in the USA in recent history. This lecture will focus on three distinct features of USA society –the relationship between psychological evidence and the legal system, secular-religious polarization, and the dynamics of racial stratification. It will inform how European LGBT social psychologists might understand, appreciate and adapt this tradition of work for the European context.

Kai Jonas (Maastricht University, The Netherlands, EU) will report on LGBT community based and community participation research approaches. Examples will be drawn from the AmsterdamPinkPanel (an LGBT research panel maintained by a university partner and the Amsterdam LGBT association, COC Amsterdam), the community based survey “EU Flash PrEP” (a collaboration of 12 CBOs in Europe), and the large scale EMIS-LAMIS survey (Based on EU funding). Next to actual research examples, participants will be informed about challenges and pitfalls of this type of research, and how to set them up.

Carla Moleiro (Iscte-IUL, Portugal, EU). This lecture aims to provide theoretical and practical approaches to the development of individual and cultural diversity competences, as they may apply to different areas of application of work (school, clinical setting, workplace, organizations, etc.). Its purpose is to promote skills on how to design, develop and implement training regarding LGBT-sensitive competences for other professionals and organizations. Specific examples will be provided, including Trans* sensitive care.

Melanie C. Steffens (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, EU) will introduce her programme of research concerning the question how stereotypes of and attitudes towards LGB individuals interact and lead to various outcomes. First, a recent project (funded by the German Science Foundation, DFG) predicted and found that any of the groups (defined by gender x sexual orientation) can be subject to discrimination regarding work-related impression formation, depending on the type of job and the associated qualifications. Intersections with race/ethnicity were also investigated. Second, regarding transfer of knowledge from the lab to the field, attitude and behaviour change interventions targeted at sexual-orientation based versus other social categories did not always yield the expected effects. Commonalities and differences between LGBT and other social categories are discussed.

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