July 26 (Mon) – July 28 (Wed), 2021

Virtual Mode @ Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea

The social psychology of intergroup relations and pandemics



The Asian Association of Social Psychology is pleased to announce the 2021 biennial AASP Summer School (SS) in virtual-mode from Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea (and across the world). The SS aims to bring together a group of graduate students and new PhDs (degree completed within the last 5 years) with inspiring mentors for an intensive three-day study of social psychological research and development. It will consist of a series of interactions between mentors and mentees to develop research proposals collaboratively in the area of ‘Intergroup Relations & Pandemics’.  Some sessions will involve all participants; others will be in smaller groups specifically to develop research proposals (time for self-study will also be incorporated into the programme).  Members of the small groups are expected to be from different Asian nations to encourage intergroup collaboration and exchange.

The SS aims to help develop researchers pursuing agendas that include social psychological theories and methods. Participants will work together virtually, benefitting from the opportunity of high-quality interaction with others from the comfort of their own homes. This will facilitate time for reflection and self-study while encouraging discussion and fellowship in online group interaction and mentoring. We are also aiming to provide some advanced training in quantitative research methods. The expected output will be group research proposals presented online on the final day of the SS. AASP awards and opportunities for research grants will also be made available to participants.

Please note that since this is the first-ever virtual AASP Summer School (due to the COVID pandemic), you will need access to good and reliable internet.  It is likely to present some interesting challenges: for instance, our mentors and mentees come from different time zones and seasons across the world (e.g., 16 hours between Seoul and California; summer and winter between hemispheres, etc). This will result in some unsociable-hours’ interactions for some – an unfortunate aspect of not being able to get together in the same place. Nevertheless, it is anticipated that mentors and mentees will co-create an exciting and inspiring experience in virtual mode.  We have a superb set of mentors, and there will be significant pre-course preparation and reading.  

AASP SS Coordinators: Itesh Sachdev, SOAS, University of London, UK (i.sachdev@soas.ac.uk) & Jiin Jung, University of Kansas, USA (jiin.jung@ku.edu).

Mentors (& Coordinators*):

  • Richard Bourhis, UQAM, Montreal, Canada
  • William Crano, Claremont Graduate University, USA
  • Cindy Gallois, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Robin Goodwin, University of Warwick, UK
  • Michael Hogg, Claremont Graduate University, USA
  • Elizabeth Jones, Monash University, Malaysia
  • Jiin Jung*, University of Kansas, USA,
  • James Liu, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Itesh Sachdev*, SOAS, University of London, UK
  • Jacinth Tan, Singapore Management University, Singapore


Applicants ideally should have completed a minimum of one year of graduate study in social psychology (or related fields in psychology, or in all other social sciences) and actively pursuing research in/on Asia, especially from an intergroup perspective.

Applications should include

(a) a curriculum vita

(b) one letter of recommendation (from supervisor or equivalent)

(c) a short essay (500-800 words) concerning the relevance of intergroup approaches to pandemics that they may want to develop (or are developing) for research.

All materials (including recommendation letters) must be received by the 1st of May, 2021.  

Please email full application and enquiries to:  aaspsummerschool@hotmail.com

We are expecting to provide the decisions about applications by the first week of June to allow sufficient time for preparation (precourse reading, homework, etc!).  Preference will be given to applicants who best demonstrate the ability to successfully complete research in this area. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  


USD 20 – attendees from developed countries/regions

USD 10 – attendees from developing countries/regions

※Only AASP members are eligible to apply. You can join or renew your AASP membership here.