AASP 2021 Conference, July 29-31, 2021

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The 14th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology will be held in Seoul, Korea, July 29-31, 2021 (virtual conference).

The main theme of the conference, “Social Psychology of Intergroup Conflict: Towards Peace and Reconciliation in Asia,” symbolizes the much-needed dialogue and scientific research in the wake of highly volatile situations that surround us. We are certain that the Seoul conference will be a monumental event in the era of symbiosis and collective flourishing, which we believe will take center stage in our future endeavors to promote peace and harmony in the region.

We have received nearly 500 submissions from all over the world. With a great line-up of keynotes and featured series while capitalizing on the unique features of virtual interaction, Seoul conference will offer opportunities for scholarly exchange that are enjoyable as well as productive.

We are also preparing social & cultural programs in which participants can exchange their own cultural experiences so that they can build strong ties with fellow scholars and students.

Although we cannot meet in person this time, you will receive a warm (virtual) welcome from the whole community of AASP and the local organizing committee.

We truly hope you will join us in this exciting journey and make great strides in our commitment to advancing social psychology.

Hope to e-meet you in July!


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Call for Symposia and Papers for the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology: Hong Kong, 2020


The 17th International Conference for Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP17) will be held at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong between 17 and 20 June, 2020. The conference brings together scholars who engage in sociopsychological research and analysis concerning the role of language in society. It will host a number of panels across diverse areas including, but not limited to, health, culture, and current political issues. Discipline diversity is the hallmark of ICLASP and includes anthropology, sociology, communication, applied linguistics as well as social psychology.


(Note: Any interested individuals or groups should first contact Professor James Liu (E-mail: j.h.liu@massey.ac.nz) for further details because places for this meeting are limited.)

To receive full consideration, submissions must be submitted before 1 February 2020. Submissions received after that date may be accepted on a space available basis.

  • Proposals should submitted via this link. All proposals received by 1 February 2020 will be reviewed, and corresponding authors will be notified of the status of their submissions by 1 March 2020. Submissions received after 1 February will be reviewed on an ongoing basis if space is available.
  • All submissions must include complete contact information for all authors, along with an indication of the corresponding author.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Submissions will be accepted in two forms: Symposia or individual papers (see below for details):

Symposia submissions should be a single file containing:

  • The name and complete contact information for the person responsible for the symposium (corresponding author);
  • A 250 word (maximum) introduction to the theme and content of the symposium;
  • An indication of the symposium’s length and the roles of all participants (chair, discussant, presenting author, co-author etc.). If the symposium is of the traditional format then it may be 4 papers per 1.5-hour session with the option of a discussant;
  • If there are more speakers, the symposium can run over two sessions. However, there must be enough speakers to cover 2 sessions (i.e., 2 x 1.5 hour sessions), otherwise we cannot accept;
  • However, this year we are encouraging diversity in presentations and so welcome other modes and style of presentations in symposia. One option would be to include some short 5 minute presentation in the session – often called ‘blitz sessions’ that could be used to drive home particular concepts and ideas;
  • A list of the individual presentations in order, including the title and abstract for each oral presentation (120 words maximum) and whether it is a traditional presentation or some variation (with some detail e.g., blitz session), presenting author, and the name, affiliation and e-mail address of each presenter. If a symposium has special IT requirements these MUST be noted in the submission.

Individual paper submissions should be a single file containing:

  • The names and complete contact information for all authors;
  • A clear indication of which author(s) will present the paper;
  • The title of the paper;
  • Either an extended abstract of the paper (180-250 words in length), or an abstract (120 words maximum) and the full paper;
  • An indication of authors’ preference for an oral presentation or an interactive (poster) presentation.

Notification of acceptance will be sent in by 1 March 2020.

Please submit your abstract here.

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 February, 2020
Notice of acceptance: 1 March, 2020
Deadline for online payment registration (presenters): Early Bird before 1 April, 2020 and later registration by 15 May, 2020
Programme announcement: 15 April, 2020

AASP Conferences

AASP (The Asian Association of Social Psychology)’s mission is to provide scholars in Asia and the Pacific with a collaborative forum for the discussion, promotion, capabilities building, and publication of their research.

The Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) was formed in 1995. It promotes research on Asian traditions, philosophies, and ideas that have scientific merit and practical applications, and expands the boundary, substance, and direction of social psychology by supplementing and integrating Western psychology’s focus on intra-individual processes with a broader and more holistic view from culture and society.

2019 AASP Conference will be at Taipei, Taiwan (July 11-13, 2019)

For more details

Conference Website

The main theme of the 13th biennial Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) conference in Taipei, Taiwan, July 11-13, 2019, is “Consolidating the future of Culture-Oriented Psychology: Progress and achievements”, and hosted by Academia Sinica (Prof. Yuh-Huey Chou, Prof. Kung-Hui Yeh, and Prof. Jen-Ho Chang), and National Taiwan University (Prof. Bor-Shiuan Cheng).



The 2019 AASP conference’s theme is based on the 3rd AASP conference, also hosted by Academia Sinica in 1999. In that year, the 3rd AASP conference started an inspired discussion among three main fields on Asian social psychology: the perspectives of cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, and indigenous psychology. These inspiring dialogues thereby contributed to a classic special issue of Asian Journal of Social Psychology in 2000 (Volume 3, Issue 3). Now, based on two decades of the research findings on Asian social psychology, in 2019 AASP, we have decided to make deep reflections on both theoretical and empirical developments, and hope to bring innovative integrations on different psychological perspectives in order to consolidate future directions Asian social psychology.

Featured keynote speakers for 2019 AASP’s conference include (1) Shinobu Kitayama, the Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, who just received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Advancing Cultural Psychology from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), and also serves the current editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP), and the former editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB). (2) Michele J. Gelfand, the Distinguished Professor at University of Maryland, and also received the 2017 Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association. (3) Kwang-Kuo Hwang, the Distinguished Professor at Kaohsiung Medical University and the Emeritus Professor at National Taiwan University, and also as the past president of AASP and AAICP (Asian Association of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology). More information on new keynote speaker will announce on future AASP newsletter.



The conference website is scheduled to be opened in this summer, and will have a first round “Call for Papers” in order to allow delegates who need early confirmation of paper or poster acceptances. In addition, we encourage delegates with creative plans such as cross-cutting theme in Asian social psychology, symposia, and workshops, and then work with conference organizers to contribute these plans to the fullest extent for 2019. Finally, a Summer School will take place just prior to the main conference as usual. Plans and schedules for the main programs of the 2019 AASP are now underway. After the final confirmation, we will announce the detail information in further AASP newsletter.


Taipei city

Call for 2019 AASP conference papers

We are currently accepting submissions of abstracts for 2019 AASP conference in Taiwan (10-13 July, 2019). The submissions include symposium, paper (oral presentation) and poster. Please submit via the conference website.

Delegates who require an early confirmation of acceptance for visa application purposes must submit their abstracts by the 30th of November, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent before the 15th of December, 2018.

Delegates who do not require an early confirmation must submit their abstracts between the 1st of December, 2018 and the 31st of January, 2019. For these submissions, the notification will be sent by early April 2019. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to accept and decline abstracts.

We are looking forward to your participation!

2019 AASP Small Group Conference will be at Australia (June 28-29, 2019)

Supported by the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP), the 2019 Small Group Conference Serving the Underserved in the Tropics: Making a Difference with Positive Psychology will be held from June 28-29, 2019 at the beautiful Townsville Campus of James Cook University, Australia. You can also join the conference at JCU Cairns campus, Australia or JCU Singapore campus via video conferencing. The Small Group conference is co-hosted by the Department of Psychology, and the AusAsian Mental Health Research Group (AMHRG), JCU. The Organizing Committee cordially invite researchers working in tropical areas in the Asia-Pacific region to attend the meeting.

Conference website:

Conference venue:
Primary conference venue: James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Secondary conference venue: James Cook University, Cairns, Australia and James Cook University, Singapore via video conferencing

Conference title:
Serving the Underserved in the Tropics: Making a Difference with Positive Psychology

Conference themes:
• Mental health and psychological wellbeing in the tropics
• Prejudice, discrimination and structural inequality
• Individual and community resilience

Conference dates:
June 28-29, 2019

Scientific Program:
Registration: 7:30am-9am, 28 June, 2019
Day 1:

  • 9:00am-9:30am: Welcome to the Country and Welcome speech
  • 9:30am-10:30am: Keynote speech by Prof Darrin Hodgetts: ‘Researching poverty amidst an affluent society – The importance of immersion and substantive knowledge for social change
  • 10:30am-11:00am: Morning tea and networking
  • 11:00am-1pm: Presentations
  • 1pm-2pm: Lunch and networking
  • 2pm-3pm: Keynote speech by Prof Annalakshmi Narayanan: Predictors of resilience among adolescents of low socio economic status in India
  • 3pm-4pm: presentations
  • 4pm-4:30pm: Afternoon tea and networking
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm: Presentations
  • 5:30pm-5:40pm: Wrap up of the day

Day 2:

  • 9:00am-12:00pm: Community Wellbeing Matters – the 2nd Townsville Intercultural Conversation, a community grassroots initiative collectively hosted by the Townsville Chinese Club, North Queensland Hindi Community, Townsville Pasifika Community, Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services and Townsville Islamic Society. The three keynote speakers will be invited as discussants in the forum.
  • 12pm-1pm: Lunch and networking
  • 1pm-2pm: Keynote speech (TBA)
  • 2pm-3pm: Presentations
  • 3pm-3:30pm: Afternoon tea and networking
  • 3:30pm-5pm: Presentations
  • 5pm-5:30pm: Wrap up of the Small Group conference

Abstract submission guideline:
Please email your abstract to: AASP-JCU2019@jcu.edu.au

Meeting Language

Registration Fee

  1. No registration fees for AASP members and JCU Psychology students.
  2. Registration fees for non-AASP members and non-JCU Psychology students: AU$30
  3. Participants will be provided with lunches and morning and afternoon teas during the conference without extra charges.
  4. A free electronic version of the Abstract Book will be provided on the conference website.
  5. Participants will need to pay their own transportation fees to and from the conference venue, accommodation and breakfasts and dinners during the conference.

Best Student Paper Award – full paper submission is required for the eligibility for the award:

  • 1st Prize: AU$300
  • 2nd prize: AU$200
  • 3rd Prize: AU$100

Important Dates

  • October 15, 2018: First Announcement (Call for Papers)
  • October 15, 2018: Abstract submission starts
  • January 15, 2019: Deadline for abstracts accepted
  • January 20, 2019: Conference Academic Committee review abstracts.
  • March 1, 2019: Second Announcement (Abstract acceptance notification)
  • March 1, 2019: Registration starts
  • May 1-20, 2019: Full papers submission for best student paper selection
  • June 1, 2019: Third (final) Announcement (Including PPT submission guideline, transportation and accommodation information).

Contact Us
Please contact us at: AASP-JCU2019@jcu.edu.au

The Chair of the Organizing Committee (and the Convener of AMHRG) Dr Wendy Li will be happy to field inquiries and engage in dialogue to shape Small Group Conference as an exciting event for researchers to share their insights into serving the underserved in the tropics.

We look forward to your participation!

2019 AASP Small Group Meeting will be at Hong Kong (July 7 – 9, 2019)

The Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) is pleased to announce a Small Group Meeting on “Narratives of Identity: Bridging the Divides in a Multicultural World – an AASP-IALSP Task Force” from July 7-9, 2019 at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon. The meeting is co-hosted by the International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication and the Department of English at HKPolyU, in collaboration with the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP). The Organizing Committee warmly welcomes early and mid-career scholars, as well as exceptional postgraduates to apply to attend the meeting.

AASP and IALSP have a long-standing Memorandum of Understanding toexchange symposia at one another’s conferences. The narratives of identity that are the subject of this Small Group Meeting are ones that can be mobilized to bridge divides between different groups– nations, ethnicities, religions, professions, generations, and genders – through improved communications. This meeting unites three streams of research, each designed to interweave and to produce international research collaborations that result in publications and conference presentations. The goal of the meeting is to develop a Task Force that will present their research findings to the International Communications Association (2020), the IALSP (2020), and AASP (2021). Participants will be expected to take advantage of the data, theory and inspiration provided by workshop leaders to develop new research projects and publishable research papers. Publications in a special issue of the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Asian Journal of Social Psychology or other appropriate journals are an anticipated outcome of the meeting for participants.

1) Prof Bernadette Watson & A/P Liz Jones: Bridging narrative divides in healthcare, between groups of health professionals and health consumers of different cultural backgrounds – articulating leadership and trialling interventions;

2) Prof James Liu and Dr. Sammyh Khan: Bridging narrative divides in intergroup relations, between peoples and organizations embittered by historical memories of past conflict – by shifting identities and creating cosmopolitan narratives;

3) Emeritus Prof Michael Harris Bond and Dr. Vivian Miu-Chi Lun: Bridging the divide in personal well-being across cultures – by conceptualizing the good life and understanding the process of achieving well-being across cultures;

Prof James Liu will share data he has collected from the Digital Influence survey (encompassing multiple waves with 20 to 40 countries, and thousands of participants, W1=20K, W2=16K) with participants (e.g. data on Satisfaction with Life and Social Representations of History). Other data sets may also be used. Participants will be expected to develop their own data-gathering after the workshop. There will also be opportunities for developing international collaborations based on shared research projects developed at the Small Group Meeting. These should center around interventions based on meeting themes.


We expect a maximum of 25 participants. They should be early and mid-career researchers who have a strong interest in researching these topic areas. Applicants will be required to write a paragraph about why they wish to attend the workshop, describe their current research expertise and how they might contribute to the workshop, and include a two page CV. They should also indicate in numerical order (from 1-3) which of the topics they are most interested in and why. All submissions must be in English and should be emailed to aaspialspmeeting@gmail.com before Jan 15, 2019.

Meeting Theme

Narratives of Identity: Bridging the Divides in a Multi-Cultural World- an AASP- IALSP Task Force

Meeting Dates

July 7-9, 2019

Meeting Place

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Scientific Program

The meeting will commence on July 7 at 9.30am and conclude at 5pm on July 9. A detailed program will be emailed to all participants prior to the meeting.

Registration Fee

  1. No registration fee is charged for this meeting. Accommodation will be provided by the meeting at no charge. Participants will be provided with free lunches for three days during July 7 – 9 (box lunch). There are tea breaks in the morning and afternoon during the meeting (a total of 6 tea breaks).
  2. Participants are required to pay their own transportation fees to and from Hong Kong, apply for visas, and cover meals not planned by the workshop.

Important Dates

Nov 15, 2018: First Announcement (Call for Papers), applications for places at the meeting open. Up to 25 places are open to participants.

Jan 15, 2019: Applications close, Academic Committee reviews applications

Jan 31, 2019: Acceptances to the meeting decided, invitations sent out to applicants.

Upon acceptance, each participant should formally commit to attending the small group meeting, or give up their place to the next candidate. Failure to show up after acceptance will be viewed very negatively by AASP & IALSP.

March 31, 2019: Second Announcement to accepted applicants providing details of the collaborative research and inviting participants to elaborate on their research proposals to be shared in advance of the meeting

July 7-9 in Hong Kong at HK Polytechnic University

Contact Us

Any questions should be emailed to aaspialspmeeting@gmail.com.


2017: Making a Difference with Social Science:
Teaching and Research that Addresses Social Issues and Cultivates Self Refinement.

Auckland, 26 – 28 August 2017.Click here for details

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Conference Report Auckland Summer School Report


2015: Psychology and Asian Societies In the Midst Of Change.


The 11th conference of the AASP and PAP 52nd Annual Convention was held at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines from 19 – 22 August 2015.

This conference was hosted by the Psychological Association of the Philippines and the University of San Carlos.

Read about the conference in the December 2015 President’s Newsletter.

2013: Promoting Indigenous, Social and Cultural Psychology, Yogyakarta

The tenth conference of AASP was held at Yogyakarta, Indonesia from August 20 to 23, 2013.

The theme of the conference was “Enhancing Quality of Life through Community Integrity and Cultural Diversity: Promoting Indigenous, Social and Cultural Psychology”.


2011: A New Mission of Asian Social Psychology, KunMing

The ninth conference of AASP was held at KunMing, China from July 28 to 31, 2011.

2009: Challenges for Social Psychology in and about Asia, Delhi

The eighth conference of AASP was held at IIT Delhi, India from December 11 to 14, 2009. The conference was organized in close cooperation with the Indian Institute of Technology.

The theme of the conference was “Identity, Multiculturalism and Changing Societies: Challenges for Social Psychology in and about Asia”.

AASP 2009: Conference Report


2007: The Challenges of Psychology in a Changing World, Sabah

The seventh conference of AASP was held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia on the 25-28 July 2007. The conference was organized in close cooperation with the Malaysian Psychological Association.

The theme of the conference, which emphasized the global issues and challenges of social psychology in a changing world, provided an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding about the contributions of Asian Social Psychology, its current status and its possible future directions.

2007 AASP Conference Report (170 KB)

2005: Global Perspectives on Asian Social Psychology, Wellington

AASP Celebrates its 10th Anniversary and 6th Biennial Conference in Wellington

The theme of the conference was “Global Perspectives on Asian Social Psychology”.

Keynote addresses were given by AASP President-Elect Colleen Ward (Australasia), JGDA Past-President Tomohide Atsumi (Japan), and four delegates representing other parts of the world: Geert Hofstede (Europe), Kwok Leung (East Asia), Janak Pandey (South Asia), and Kaiping Peng (USA/China).

Ward and Leung provided detailed talks about the past, present, and future of Asian social psychology, coming to a consensus that the accomplishments of Asian social psychology are considerable in terms of international visibility, but that theory development and systematic testing of theory identified with Asia is still lacking.


2003: The Application of Social Psychology in Asian Cultures, Manila

The 5th conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology in Manila.

It could be described as the AASP Conference that almost never happened…. three times! But it did happen, July 29 to August 1, 2003 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, Metro Manila, Philippines.


2001: Asian Social Psychology in the 21st century, Melbourne

The 4th Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology in Melbourne

The fourth AASP conference was a ground breaking conference for us in ways more than one. First of all, this was our first conference in the century and the millennium as the theme of the conference, Asian social psychology in the 21st century, signified.

It was also the first time in which, following the successes of the Hong Kong, Kyoto, and Taipei conferences, AASP ventured out of the comfort zone of East Asia into the wider world. Symptomatically, we held our first ever conference in conjunction with the annual conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP), an association of social psychologists in Australia and New Zealand.


1999: Striving for a new era of Asian Social Psychology, Taipei

The 3rd Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology in Taipei.

The third conference signalled the beginning of a more professional era for AASP: the keynote speakers were internationally recognized figures from both Asia and the West, the facilities and materials for the conference were sparkling, and the overall size and quality of presentations continued to increase. The AASP meetings have rapidly established themselves as one of the premiere forums for culture-oriented psychology in the world.


1997: Consolidating for the new millennium, Kyoto

The 2nd meeting of the Asian Association of Social Psychology in Kyoto.

The second meeting of the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) took place at the Kyoto International Conference Hall in Japan from August 4-6.

The conference was held as a joint meeting between the AASP and the Japanese Group Dynamics Association (JGDA), and hosted by Kyoto University. It was attended by 104 international scholars from 17 countries as well as 202 Japanese scholars. This represents a considerable increase over the 70 scholars who attended the first AASP meeting two years ago in Hong Kong.

The second meeting of AASP consolidated the promise of the first conference, by increasing attendance, publishing proceedings, launching a journal, and maintaining continuity of leadership while recruiting new officers. It will remain to future conferences to realize the promise of using the organization and conference to promote greater Asian unity.


1995: Asian Social Psychology Awakes, Hong Kong

The Inaugural Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology in Hong Kong.

The Inaugural Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) was held at the Department of Psychology, Chung-Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, from 21 to 23 June. This conference, among the first of its kind, brought together more than 70 scholars from 8 countries for the purpose of establishing an Asian perspective on psychology.

Several themes consistently emerged from the 37 oral presentations and 22 posters at the conference. Foremost among these is the importance of collectivism in East Asian societies, whether they are Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Much research in psychology compares “collectivist cultures” like those in Asia versus “individualistic cultures” like the United States.

The popular response to the first conference, put together on very short notice, appears to indicate that the ground is ripe for a third, more culturally grounded wing of social psychology to emerge. That wing is in Asia, and the time is now for it to take flight.