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Prof. Richard Bourhis will be visiting Brisbane to give a series of talks that may be of interest to members.

The first talk is at the University of Queensland:

I’m writing to invite you to attend the 2013 Brisbane Symposium on Self and Identity (BSSI) hosted by the Centre for Research in Social Psychology (CRiSP) in the School of Psychology (UQ).

As some of you would know already, the BSSI is a free meeting that is designed to bring together academics from South East Queensland, interstate and overseas. It is a forum for the exchange of ideas, the discussion of theoretical and conceptual issues, the presentation of current research, and the establishment and strengthening of formal research connections in this field.

This year, the symposium will be held on May 4th at the University of Queensland St. Lucia campus (Terrace Room, level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building, Building 14, from 9 am to 5 pm). There is no registration fee and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

We are pleased to present the following local, interstate and international speakers

  •  Cindy Gallois (University of Queensland) Health communication as intergroup: Accommodation, identity, and conflict
  • Thomas Morton (University of Exeter) A future without “us”: Dilemmas of minority identity and social change
  • Lisa Zadro (University of Sydney) ‘Ostracism: The perils pitfalls of being excluded and ignored’.
  • Tegan Cruwys (University of Queensland) Depression: Is social identity the missing ingredient?
  •  Gina Perry (University of Melbourne) Self and identity in accounts of Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments
  •  Elise Kalokerinos (University of Queensland) The role of the aging positivity effect in physical health
  •  Alex Haslam (University of Queensland) A new psychology of economics: Social identity as the foundation for needs, spending, and happiness
  •  Richard Bourhis (Universite du Quebec a Montreal) Linguistic and ethnic identities in the five bilingual autonomous communities of Spain

If you are interested in coming along, please RSVP by April 26 to

Best wishes,

the organisers, Jolanda Jetten, David Clark, & Christine McCoy

(please contact Jolanda, David or Christine with any questions regarding this event)

The second talk is at Griffith University:

Title: Can Diversity Training Improve Attitudes Towards Immigrants?

May 7th, 2013
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
Venue: MG Campus: M24_2.40 (Host Venue)
RSVP to by Wednesday 1st May 2013


The workshop will be in 2 parts. The first part will describe an evaluation study of the Intercultural course that Nicole Carignan provides as a required course to all future Secondary school teachers in the Faculty of Education at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM). The study demonstrated the effectiveness of the course for improving intergroup attitudes compared to a control group. In the second part we will play and discuss a documentary La Lecon de Discrimination (The Discrimination Experiment) that was produced by the Societe Radio-Canada in Montreal, Canada. The documentary shows the emergence of negative social identity, peer victimisation, bullying, prejudice and discrimination in French primary school pupils. In 2007 the documentary won the Japan Grand Prize for best TV documentary in the world, the Governor of Tokyo Award for best Education program, the Gemini Award for best French TV documentary in Canada and the Grand Prix Judith Jasmin award for best journalistic documentary in Quebec.


Richard Y. Bourhis obtained a BSc in Psychology at McGill University and a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Bristol, England. In 1988 Professor Bourhis joined the Psy-chology Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Bourhis has published in English and French on topics such as cross-cultural communication, discrimination, immi-gration, acculturation and language planning. He received a doctorate ‘Honoris causa’ from Université de Lorraine, France in 2010 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.

Nicole Carignan is full Professor in Intercultural Education at the Department of Education of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada. She obtained a B.ed at UQAM, a BA and an MA in Musical Composition at the Université de Montréal and a PhD in comparative and intercultural education at the Université de Montreal. Nicole published more than 45 articles in English and in French on comparative and intercultural education, discrimination, music and mathematic education as well as intercultural exchange. In 2012 Nicole Carignan received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.