Workshop on Political Psychology Perspectives on Participation and Protest in the Middle East

Sponsored by International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP)

March 6, 2015 Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey

Almost three years after the start of the mass protests and the massive changes it brought on to the politics and societies of the region, the politics of the Middle East is still receiving worldwide attention. The debate on the effects of the Arab Spring on democracy, human rights, and international politics is likely to continue for a long time. In addition, the social justice protests in Israel in 2011 and the Gezi Park protests in Turkey in the summer of 2013 have drawn even greater media and scholarly attention to the politics of participation and mass protests in the region. These recent challenges in the Middle East present great opportunities to apply political psychology approaches to the study of political participation, social movements and protest behavior and introduce political psychology research to a broader audience.

We invite paper proposals for a Workshop on Political Psychology Perspectives on Participation and Protest in the Middle East, which will take place on March 6, 2015 at Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey and is sponsored by the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). The workshop aims to bring together political psychology research that deals with the issues on political participation, protest, and social movements in the Middle East, and encourage interaction and cooperation among political psychologists in the region. We invite original (i.e., not previously published) proposals that apply psychological theories to questions concerning but not limited to 1) political participation and political protest, 2) voting behavior and electoral politics, 3) attitudes towards democracy, 4) identity issues, and 5) intergroup relations, conflict and cooperation in the region.

Proposals will be evaluated, in addition to academic merit and potential for original contribution to the relevant literature, considering the logistics of a one day workshop, i.e. forming coherent panels. Priority will be given to proposals from scholars with affiliations in institutions in Middle Eastern countries. Travel and accommodation for the workshop for up to 10 qualified participants will be reimbursed.

Please send original paper proposals including title and an abstract of about 250-350 words along with your name, institutional affiliation, and contact details to gizem.arikan(at) The deadline to submit proposals is June 30, 2014. Acceptance decisions will be sent around July 30, 2014. Participants will be asked to submit full papers by January 15, 2015.

For questions and queries, please contact Gizem Arikan, gizem.arikan(at)

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