Invited Symposia

fullsizerenderProfessor Veronica Benet-Martinez, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, ES

Europe’s culture(s): Negotiating cultural meanings, values, and identities in the European context

Professor Veronica Benet-Martinez has an outstanding research record in personality and social psychology. In the field of cross-cultural psychology she is particularly known for her work on culture frame switch and bicultural identity integration.

The symposium she convenes will aim to: (1) showcase and integrate the emerging, and yet already diverse, cultural and cross-cultural psychological research conducted within the European context, (2) formally discuss how European-based findings might compare with previously observed findings based on research with non-European cultures, and (3) shed light from a (cross-)cultural perspective onto the current challenges that European identity faces.



Professor Michael H. Bond, Hong-Kong University/Polytechnic

Cross-cultural  issues in political psychology

Professor Michael Harris  Bond, has for decades been one of the central figures in cross-cultural psychology, specializing in personality and social psychology research. He is, with the late Kwok Leung, a co-author of social axioms theory. Here, he convenes a symposium on cross-cultural issues                                          in political psychology.






Professor Vassilis Saroglou, University of Louvain, BE

Cultures and religions: Understanding Muslim-Christian relations in secularized Europe

Professor Vassilis Saroglou is a former President of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, Fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and recipient of the William James Award 2017 from the American Psychological Association-Division 36.

The symposium will focus on cross-cultural psychological issues related to (a) the interplay between religion and ethnicity, (b) inter-religious relations and conflict, and (c) the role of the secular cultural context of European countries.




Professor Michał Bilewicz, University of Warsaw

The impact of history and it’s representations on current psychological processes

Professor Michał Bilewicz is director of the Center for the Study of Prejudice at Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw. He specializes in historically entrenched, antagonistic and prosocial intergroup relations.

Psychological studies on prejudice and discrimination occur within the context of current events and historical events which feed collective memory across generations.  Studies from various arenas, bridging psychology and history will be presented.




yanczukProfessor Vladimir A. Yanczuk, Belarus State University; Minsk, BY

Intercultural dialogue between antagonists:      Is it possible?

Professor Vladimir A. Yanczuk holds a position at the Belarus State University and at the Academy of Postgraduate Education in Minsk. Professor Yanczuk is a regularly invited scholar to top universities in the former Soviet Republics. He is member of numerous Belarus, Russian and international committees and associations,  and group research projects on academic and applied psychology.

National conflicts between Russia and its neighbors, former USSR republics, have escalated in recent years. The symposium will present research data and panel discussion between East European scholars.





Professor Milton J. Bennett, Intercultural Development Research Institute Portland, Oregon, USA / Milano, Italy

The Unfulfilled Promise of Intercultural Identity?

Professor Milton J. Bennett is the author of Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), which offers theoretical foundations for research and professional practice. His stage model proposes a developmental path from ethnocentrism to ethnorelativism. This model is broadly implemented in intercultural training programs..

Professor Bennett is a Director of Intercultural Development Research Institute, he splits his scholarly and professional activities between Oregon in USA and Milano in Italy.

Prior to the conference, he will lead a workshop in Gdańsk, and in Warsaw he leads a symposium/panel discussion.