Annual Conference

SESP 2022 will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from October 13-15, 2022, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. (Note that this location has been moved from Ft. Lauderdale, FL due to mandated repairs at the original hotel).

The SESP meeting is open to SESP members and all post-docs and faculty who self-identify as social psychologists. Graduate students may attend by being sponsored by a current member of SESP. Registration for the conference itself will open this year on July 1.
This year's Program Committee includes Nick Rule (Chair), Lora Park, and Kerri Johnson.

Please examine our Convention Code of Conduct if you plan to attend SESP 2022.

As always, members and non-members are invited to submit proposals for symposia. We invite submissions from all PhD-level social psychologists from all backgrounds and especially encourage submissions by individuals from underrepresented and historically excluded groups. When preparing proposals, we invite people to read our statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion (see
We are particularly interested in symposia examining new topics, offering novel approaches to longstanding issues, and linking areas of research not typically connected. We encourage panels including both established and younger members of SESP and speakers from diverse backgrounds and different types of institutions.

Symposia Guidelines
1. The chair and presenters can be SESP members or nonmembers with Ph.D.s. Unfortunately, graduate students cannot present talks or chair symposia (though they may be listed as co-authors). However, current graduate students who complete their Ph.D. by September 2022 may give talks and serve as symposia chairs.
2. The first author is the person who presents at the symposium. An individual can only serve as a first author on only ONE paper, but they can be a co-author and/or non-presenter on other papers in the conference. Symposia proposals that include speakers presenting in multiple sessions may be declined. It is the responsibility of the symposium chair to confirm that all suggested speakers are volunteering to present in only ONE session.
3. A symposium generally consists of FOUR presentations. It is up to the chair whether to add a discussant to the four presentations or not (typically, most symposia do not have discussants as the total time of sessions will be only 70 minutes).
4. All symposia chairs and presenters are expected to register and pay associated fees for the conference.  The symposium organizer should ensure that all presenters are aware of this.
Please download and complete the Symposium Proposal Form, save it as a pdf, and upload it to the Symposium Proposal Portal. The proposal form asks for an overall title and abstract for the symposium and titles and abstracts for each individual presentation (no more than 250 words each).

Proposals will be accepted through July 15, 2022. Notifications will be made by the end of July.


Registration and hotel reservations will be opening at the end of June. An email announcement will be made to SESP members when the registration portal opens.

Looking ahead: SESP 2023 will be held in Madison, Wisconsin from October 12-14. We are also seeking future sites for SESP -- if you are interested in hosting in 2024 or beyond, please email Steve Stroessner at