We have the great pleasure to introduce these excellent keynote speakers of the Social Psychology Conference in 2022: Professor Kevin Durrheim, Professor Stephen Reicher, Associate Professor Vlad Glăveanu and University Lecturer Tuija Saresma. The keynote speakers approach the theme of the conference – DIVISIONS – from the perspective of their current research. All keynote speakers have made a significant contribution to the research of social sciences.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, last minute changes regarding the keynote speakers and programme may occur.

Kevin Durrheim is Professor of Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His broad interests are in the field of social psychology of intergroup relations. His research interests are related to racism, segregation and social change embedded in the South African context. At the same time, these research topics are current globally. In addition, professor Durheim in interested in developing research methods in Social Pscyhology.  

Stephen Reicher is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK. His research interests include several central topics of Social Psychology, such as group behavior, social identity, leadership and individual-social relationship. Reicher’s recent research has focused on rhetorics and mobilisation around the issue of national identity, for instance.

Vlad Glăveanu is Associate Professor at Webster University Geneva, Switzerland, and University of Bergen, Norway.  He is also Director of the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI). His research focuses on creativity, imagination, culture, collaboration, and societal challenges. He received in 2018 the Berlyne Award from the American Psychological Association for outstanding early career contributions to the field of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts.

Tuija Saresma is Senior Lecturer at the Research Centre of Contemporary Culture at University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) in Gender Studies at University of Eastern Finland. Her research focuses on issues related to belonging and exclusion, othering and affects. Recently, Saresma has reseached populism and hate speech in several research projects funded by the Academy of Finland. Saresma is the current chair of Finnish Association of Gender Studies (SUNS) and the Treasurer of Association for Cultural Studies (ACS).