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The EASP Meeting on Intergroup Communication—also known as the 2nd International Symposium on Intergroup Communication—will take place in Bologna, Italy, June 26-28, 2019.

The Meeting will accept contributions on classic and emerging themes of Intergroup Communication around four pillars:

– IC Processes: such as defining ingroup-outgroup boundaries, norms and roles of intergroup behaviours, accommodation, impression formation.

– IC Functions: such as emphasizing status differentials, maintaining power, expressing hate, hostility, or aggression, or negotiating intergroup common goals.

– IC Contexts: such as extremism and terrorism, reconciliation, inter-religion dialogue, gender identity, migration, new political social movements, online communities, fair language.

– IC Means and Tools: verbal, such as linguistic biases, public discourse, metaphors, humour and jokes, and non-verbal, such as mimicry, dressing styles, facial appearance, dance, music, imagined interactions.


The deadline for abstract submissions is January 31st, 2019.

For more information and submission instructions, see attached PDF and/or visit the conference website.

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for November 2018 is:

Kam, J., Gasiorek, J., Pines, R., & Steuber Fazio, K. (2018). Latina/o adolescents’ family undocumented-status disclosures directed at school counselors: A latent transition analysis. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65(3), 267-279. doi: 10.1037/cou0000259



For adolescents from undocumented families, school counselors may serve as a resource to draw upon for support should the adolescents decide to disclose their family status. In this study, we identified psychological factors that were associated with adolescents’ decisions to disclose (or not) their own or a family member’s undocumented status to a counselor and examined corresponding mental health implications. Utilizing latent transition analyses with a sample of 410 Latina/o immigrant high school students, four profiles emerged in Wave 1: (1) indifferent nondisclosers, (2) concerned revealers, (3) anxious revealers, and (4) secure revealers. By Wave 2, we identified the same profiles, except anxious revealers were no longer present, and anxious nondisclosers emerged as a new profile. At Wave 3, we only identified three profiles: (1) indifferent nondisclosers (2), concerned revealers, and (3) anxious revealers. As Latina/o immigrant students experienced greater fear of deportation in the middle and end of the year, they were more likely to be concerned revealers (i.e., reporting moderate perceived risk of disclosing, low communication efficacy, and moderate levels of disclosure) compared with most profiles. Anxious revealers reported higher levels of depressive symptoms than several other profiles in the beginning of the year, and concerned revealers reported higher levels of depressive symptoms than several other profiles in the middle and end of the year. This study emphasizes the importance of considering the diverse experiences of family undocumented adolescents, and it sheds light on the extent to which family undocumented adolescents confide in a counselor.


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Originally published in 1985, Giles and St. Clair’s important edited volume on the social psychology of language has recently been republished by Routledge. The edited volume is as relevant today as it was more than three decades ago. Congratulations to the editors and all the contributors!

Giles, H., & St. Clair, R.N. (Eds.). (2019).  Advances in language, communication and social psychology. London, UK:  Routledge.

For more information about the volume—which is available in hardback and as an eBook—please visit the publisher’s website.

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Mark your calendars for the SASP-SPSSI Group Meeting on Intergroup Contact to be held in Newcastle, Australia, 29 April-1 May 2019.

The conference is aimed at junior and senior scholars in Social Psychology, Anthropology, Communication, Political Science, and Sociology (among others) with an interest in multiple perspectives on intergroup contact’s effects.

For more information, please visit the conference website.


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The (randomly) selected focus publication for October 2018 is:

Giles, M., Pines, R., Giles, H., & Gardikiotis, A. (2018). Toward a communication model of intergroup interdependence. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 26, 122-130.



This article seeks to expand the theoretical base of intergroup communication by proposing a new model of interdependence. As a backdrop toward this end, historical and contemporary uses of the concept of interdependence are briefly reviewed across a range of different disciplines and research fields. Defining interdependence in terms of the embedded nature of groups, the foundations of a new communicative model of intergroup interdependence are introduced. Four propositions articulate how intergroup independence is associated with a variety of communicative outcomes. These outcomes include those relating to language attitudes, communication accommodations, and linguistic biases, together with the moderating conditions shaping the extent of these behavioral consequences. Finally, a diverse array of research questions that could fruitfully guide the future development of the model are suggested.


This article appeared in a Special Issue on Intergroup Communication edited by Howard Giles and Antonis Gardikiotis in the Atlantic Journal of Communication, which featured work presented at the 1st International Symposium on Intergroup Communication that took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in June 2017.