09:00   Registration               

09:15 – 9:30    Opening         



Mauro Bianchi and Valentina Piccoli

Discussant: Magdalena Formanowicz, University of Surrey


Lesbian invisibility by default: The intersectional effects of representing gender categories as heterosexual and homosexuals as men

Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste), Peter Hegarty (University of Surrey), Fabio Fasoli (University of Surrey) and Davide Zotti (University of Trieste)


On the descriptive and expressive function of derogatory group labels: An experimental test

Mauro Bianchi (HEI-Lab-Lusófona University / ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute), Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste), Valentina Piccoli (University of Trieste) and Davide Zotti (University of Trieste)


I am gay, and I call you a “fag”: Reclaiming of homophobic language by sexual minorities members

Patrice Rusconi (University of Surrey), Fabio Fasoli (University of Surrey), Mauro Bianchi (HEI-Lab-Lusófona University / ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute) and Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste)


Sounding gay, speaking as a “fag”: Auditory gaydar and the perception of reclaimed homophobic language

Fabio Fasoli (University of Surrey), Peter Hegarty (University of Surrey), and Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste)


Female objectification through the sound of voice

Valentina Piccoli (University of Trieste), Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste), Fabio Fasoli (University of Surrey), and Mauro Bianchi (HEI-Lab-Lusófona University / ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute), and Rosanna Coladonato (University of Trieste).


11:00 – 11:20 Coffee Break              


11:20-12:15    Panel: GENDERED COMMUNICATION


Don’t call it a man’s job: Communication can reduce reliance on stereotypes in job applicant selection

Giulia Buscicchio (Catholic University of Milan) and Mauro Bertolotti (Catholic University of Milan)


When the face speaks for us: Competence, morality, and attractiveness inferred from faces predict hiring decisions for women (not for men)

Sara Pireddu (University of Bologna), Michela Menegatti (University of Bologna), Elisabetta Crocetti (University of Bologna), Silvia Moscatelli (University of Bologna), and Monica Rubini (University of Bologna)


If I am straight you are awry”:  Social category label of the majority group enhances sexual prejudice

Simona Sacchi (University of Milano-Bicocca), Marco Brambilla (University of Milano-Bicocca ), Maria Giuseppina Pacilli (University of Perugia), Ilaria Giovannelli (University of Perugia), Federica Spaccatini (University of Perugia), and Stefano Pagliaro (University of Chieti-Pescara)


Mixed gender committees as a strategy to reduce gender bias in personnel assessment

Monica Rubini (University of Bologna), Francesca Prati (University of Oxford), Michela Menegatti (University of Bologna), Silvia Moscatelli (University of Bologna), Corine Stella Kana Kenfack (University of Bologna), Sara Pireddu (University of Bologna), Elisabetta Crocetti (University of Bologna), Marco Giovanni Mariani (University of Bologna).


12:15-13:00    Keynote Speaker

NAOMI ELLEMERS, University of Utrecht

Communicating about Morality: Changing Identities and Shared Values


 13-14   Lunch             


14:00 – 15:15  Panel: LANGUAGE AND COGNITION


Biased language use: How language reflects and maintains perceived social-category entitativity, stereotype content and essentialism.

Camiel J. Beukeboom (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Christian Burgers (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


(Concrete) criticisms are welcome: Linguistic abstraction as a moderator of the intergroup sensitivity effect

Silvia Moscatelli (University of Bologna), Francesca Prati (University of Oxford), and Monica Rubini (University of Bologna)


Linguistic Agency Bias: Verbs as markers of agency are used more in reference to ingroups than outgroups

Magdalena Formanowicz (University of Surrey)


The Spatial Ingroup Bias: Own sport teams follow script direction

Maria Laura Bettinsoli (NYUAD), Caterina Suitner (University of Padua), and Anne Maass (University of Padua)


The ArtIC Effect: Articles use in intergroup contexts 

Caterina Suitner (University of Padova) and Nadia Lepastorel (University of Rennes)


15:15 – 16:30  Panel: HEALTH COMMUNICATION


Social identity & attitudes towards HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: Implications for health communication

Rusi Jaspal (De Monfort University) and Barbara Lopes (Emory University)


Managing patient aggression in hospitals: A training of competent accommodation to prevent work place violence

Rachyl Pines (University of California - Santa Barbara), Howie Giles (University of California -  Santa Barbara), and Bernadette Watson (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)


Exploring professional relationships in Hong Kong hospitals: A comparison with USA and Australian hospitals.

Bernadette Watson (Hong Kong Polytecnic University)


Effective communication between doctors and patients

Liz Jones (Griffith University), Nicola Sheeran (Griffith University), Bernadette Watson (Hong Kong Polytechnic), and Gordon Gan (Griffith University)


Beyond homophily: Non-verbal cues associated with intergroup processes in virtual health encounters

Janice Krieger (University of Florida), Melissa Vilaro (University of Florida),  Lauren Griffin (University of Florida), Fatemeh Tavassoli (University of Florida), Mohan Zalake (University of Florida), Francois Modave (Loyola University Chicago), Peter Carek (University of Florida),  Thomas George (University of Florida), and Ben Lok (University of Florida).


16:30 – 16:50 Coffee Break              




Exploring generalized trust: the impact of media representation of immigrants

Federica Spaccatini (Università degli Studi di Torino), Cristina Onesta Mosso (Università degli Studi di Torino), and Pierluigi Conzo (Università degli Studi di Torino)


Linguistic discrimination towards marginalized outgroups: Can intergroup threat enhance bias?

Flavia Albarello (Univerisity of Bologna)


Reducing adolescents’ linguistic discrimination against migrants: A longitudinal study

Elisabetta Crocetti (University of Bologna), Flavia Albarello (University of Bologna), and Francesca Golfieri (University of Bologna)


Temporality and locality on fear-related construction of otherness: Reflections on the depictions of immigrant flows in Greek Islands.

Myrsini Dogani (University of Piraeus)




Let respondents speak freely: Attitudes to refugees in Poland

Karolina Hansen (University of Warsaw) and Aleksandra Świderska (University of Warsaw)


Describing refugees with a “flooding” metaphor shapes perceptions of threat and political attitudes towards immigration

Susanne Bruckmüller (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg), Maike Braun (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg), and Birte Siem (University of Hagen)


Not my past? Relations between young German adults’ confrontation with the time of National Socialism and present-day attitudes towards discrimination and social outgroups

Michael Papendick (Bielefeld University), Jonas Rees (Bielefeld University), Franziska Wäschle (Bielefeld University), and Andreas Zick (Bielefeld University)






Howie Giles

Discussant: Joseph Walther (Information Technology and Society and Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara)


Introducing accommodating and nonaccommodating communities

Howie Giles (University of California – Santa Barbara) and the Santa Barbara Police Department


Police culture: Us versus them communication

Shawn Hill (Santa Barbara Police Department)


Keeping the ‘public order’: Identity, communication and policing the crowd

Clifford Stott (Keele University)


Community policing as communication reform in U.S. police agencies

Ed Maguire (Arizona State University)                                                                                       


Social media and intergroup encounters with “cops”: Biased samples, filter bubbles, and research opportunities

Joseph Walther (University of California)


 10:30 - 11:00  Blitz Presentations


Intergroup positioning in peace negotiations: The Bangsamoro peace talks in the Philippines

Marshaley J. Baquiano (University of the Philippines Visayas)


Language and power differentials in postcolonial politics: Sociolinguistic polarization in populist Philippines

Cristina Montiel (Ateneo de Manila University) and Joshua Uyheng (Carnegie Mellon University)


Τhe technological determinism hypothesis: The effect of technological determinism and identity (re)negotiation within the “spiral of silence” theory

Efstathios A. Barbagiannis (University of Piraeus) and Athanassios N. Samaras (University of Piraeus)


The touristic narration as an act of inter-group communication: an analysis of advertising spots for Greece

Maria Marioli (University of Piraeus), Maria Christina Kampaki (University of Piraeus), and Myrsini Dogani (University of Piraeus)


Climate of hate: Similar correlates of right-wing electoral success and hate crimes in Germany

Yann Rees (Bielefeld University), Jonas Rees (Bielefeld University), and Andreas Zick (Bielefeld University)


 11:00 - 11:20 Coffee Break




Islamist communication: From propagation in pictures to propaganda in texts

Inna Bovina (Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Russia), Pascal Moliner (University Paul Valery - Montpellier), Anastasiya Tikhonova (Moscow State University of Psychology and Education)


Integrating Black Sheep with the Leniency Contract

William D. Crano and Eusebio M. Alvaro (Claremont Graduate University)


“Speak like them only if you can persuade them”. Strategic use of accent for minority influence

Slieman Halabi (Friedrich Schiller University), Thomas Morton (University of Copenhagen), Yechiel Klar (Tel Aviv University), and Anna Rabinovich (University of Exeter)


Minority normative framing. How can minorities influence social majority through normative communication?

Antonis Gardikiotis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)


 12:15-13:00    Keynote Speaker

 FRANCESCA PRATI (University of Oxford)

Positive and Negative Intergroup Contact Reduces Linguistic Outgroup Discrimination


13-14   Lunch




Transforming group norms through the communication of election information

Amber Gaffney (Humbold State University), Bryan Sherburne (Humboldt State University), David E. Rast III (University of Alberta), and Lily Syfers (University of Alberta)


Facial reactions to emotion language of left - and right-wing political leaders: Unfolding political attitudes through the face

Michela Menegatti (University of Bologna), Edita Fino (University of Bologna), Alessio Avenanti (University of Bologna), and Monica Rubini (University of Bologna)


Political apology communication: Perceived sincerity and perceived trust between lay citizens and politicians following the 2018 wildfires in Attica.

Theofilos Gkinopoulos (Kingston University)


Two routes how heavy police presence can motivate more radical protest: Evidence from a quasi-experimental field study

Jonas Rees (Bielefeld University), Michae Papendick (Bielefeld University), Yann Rees(Bielefeld University), Franziska Wäschle (Bielefeld University), and Andreas Zick (Bielefeld University)


They rise, so we fall: Uncertainty about ingroup survival and preference for leader rhetoric

Sucharita Belavadi (Claremont Graduate University) and Michael A. Hogg (Claremont Graduate University)




Displacement and Professional Reintegration – ‘Success Stories’ from the European Refugee Crisis

Tony Young (Newcastle University), Sara Ganassin (Newcastle University), Alina Schartner (Newcastle University), and Steve Walsh (Newcastle University)


Effects of subtitles on evaluations of foreign-accented speakers

Marko Dragojevic (University of Kentucky)


The influence of filial piety and individualism on Chinese participants’ conflict management styles with older adults

Yan Bing Zhang (University of Kansas), Terigel Terigele (University of Kansas), and Mary Lee Hummert (University of Kansas)


Chinese participants’ attitudes toward Americans as a function of international news and intercultural sensitivity

Teri Terigele (University of Kansas), Zhang Yan Bing (University of Kansas), and Michael Dahlstrom (Iowa State University)


 16:15-16:40    Coffee Break




Group power and intergroup dialogue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Yiftach Ron (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


Violent opposition in response to political policy that blurs group boundaries

Bryan Sherburne (Humboldt State University), Amber M. Gaffney (Humboldt State University), and Antonis Gardikiotis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)


How Identity reconstruction negotiates political goals in intergroup conflict: The case of the Mamasapano (mis)encounter

Marshaley J. Baquiano (University of the Philippines Visayas), Mendiola Teng-Calleja (Ateneo de Manila University), and Cristina J. Montiel (Ateneo de Manila University)


Reconciling with Indonesia’s ex-communists:  The role of counter-narratives in increasing support for reparative action

Haidar Thontowi (University of St Andrews) and Nicole Tausch (University of St Andrews)


17:45 - 18:30  Poster session: MEETING THE AUTHORS THROUGH POSTERS


To what extent is the linguistic intergroup bias a subtle bias?

Yvette Assilaméhou-Kunz (University Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Testé Benoît (University Rennes 2)


Linguistic markers of agency and communion as an alternative measure of intergroup relations

Agnieszka Pietraszkiewicz (University of Bern), Magdalena Formanowicz (University of Surrey), Sverker Sikström (Lund University)


Explicit and implicit measures of attitudes toward migrants: The role of political orientation

Anne Burguet (University of Toulouse 3, France)


Saying the right message at the right time: The influence of implicit power motive on preparator group members' communication strategies with the victim group in a discussion about past injustice

Michal Gali Pesin (Tel Aviv University) and Nurit Shnabel (Tel Aviv University)


Tensions between the United States and Canada: Testing Intergroup Interdependency Theory

Matt Giles (University of California - Santa Barbara), Rachyl Pines (University of California - Santa Barbara), and Howie Giles (University of California - Santa Barbara)


Mental health stigma by association: Quality and quantity of disclosure predicts wellbeing

Reeshma Haji (Laurentian University) and Asma Suedan (Laurentian University)


Allport meets Social Network Sites: Intergroup contacts and ethnic discrimination on Facebook

Chiara Imperato (University of Parma) and Tiziana Mancini (University of Parma)


Pass it on! The framing of gender differences in communication chains

Maike Braun (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg), Susanne Bruckmüller (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg)


Roots and leaves: Intergenerational health communication challenges and strategies

Aurora Occa (University of Kentucky)


Communication in high-risk environments: the predicting role of Leadership style

Gerardo Petruzziello (University of Bologna), Michela Vignoli (University of Trento), Marco Giovanni Mariani (University of Bologna), Rita Chiesa (University of Bologna), and Dina Guglielmi (University of Bologna)


The effect of the number of books at home on adolescents’ tolerance in intergroup relations as a function of their sociometric status

Nicolas Aureli (University of Milano-Bicocca), Luca Pancani (University of Milano-Bicocca), Marco Marinucci (University of Milano-Bicocca), Paola Riva (University of Milano-Bicocca)


Working with robots challenges the ingroup-outgroup boundaries: The negative effect of robot co-workers on the work team identification

Nina Savela (Tampere University), Markus Kaakinen (Tampere University), Noora Ellonen (Tampere University / University of Helsinki), and Atte Oksanen (Tampere University)


The role of imagined intergroup physical contact in reducing prejudice towards the outgroup

Soraya Elizabeth Shamloo ((University of Trieste), Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste), Valentina Piccoli (University of Trieste), Michele Grassi (University of Trieste), and Mauro Bianchi (HEI-Lab, University Lusófona/ISCTE—Lisbon University Institute)


Attitudes toward outgroups: Intergroup anxiety reduction following exposure to humanizing discourse

Samantha Stitt (Laurentian University) and Reeshma Haji (Laurentian University)






Michele Birtel

Discussant: Monica Rubini (University of Bologna)


Intergroup interactions in different social contexts: The challenges of diversity following segregation in majority and minority school children

Michèle D. Birtel (University of Greenwich, University of Oxford), Nils Reimer (University of Oxford), Ralf Wölfer (University of Oxford), and Miles Hewstone (University of Oxford)


Talking about and embracing ethnic difference in schools: Changing attitudes, behaviour and outcomes

Shelley McKeown Jones (University of Bristol)


Reducing prejudice and addressing inequality with intergroup contact

Loris Vezzali (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Veronica Margherita Cocco (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Sofia Stathi (University of Greenwich), Gian Antonio Di Bernardo (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Shelley McKeown Jones (University of Bristol), and John Dixon (The Open University)



How positive and negative contact relate to attitudes towards Roma: Comparing majority and high-status minority perspectives

Emilio Paolo Visintin (University of Ferrara), Eva Green (University of Lausanne), Adrienne Pereira (University of Lausanne), and Polimira Miteva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)




Francesca Prati


Positive direct contact buffers the association between negative mass media news and outgroup attitudes

Jessica Boin (University of Padua), Giulia Fuochi (University of Padua), and Alberto Voci (University of Padua)


Intergroup communication about migration shapes attitudes toward migrants and immigration policies: The role of emotions and past mass media consumption

Sylvie Graf (University of Bern), Dorothee Arlt (University of Bern), Beatrice Eugster (University of Bern), & Sabine Sczesny (University of Bern)


When immigrants of different religions are perceived to desire intergroup contact: Positive effects on majority members’ attitudes

Camilla Matera (University of Florence), Anna Picchiarini (University of Florence), Maria Olsson (Norges Arktiske Universitet) & Rupert Brow (University of Sussex)


Immigrants’ perspective: The effects of contact with native people on acculturation strategies

Stella Kana Kenfack (University of Bologna), Francesca Prati (University of Oxford), and Monica Rubini (University of Bologna)


11:30 - 11:50      Coffee Break                    


11:50 - 12:15     Blitz Presentations


The influence of civility in social media discussions on the traits and argument quality of ingroup and outgroup interlocutors

Natalia Szostak (University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Sopot) and Natalia Frankowska (University of Social Sciences and Humanities - Warsaw)


I care about me, us and them: The role of self-compassion in inter-group behaviors

Gülşah Kurt (Koç University) and Mehmet Onur Yaşa Koç University)


The use of moral exclusion theory as a tool of communication in Isocrates speech “Against Lochitou”

Letsiou Roxanthi (University of Piraeus) & Athanasios N. Samaras (University of Piraeus)


Perceptions of interability communication: Examining the influence of disability and relationship type

Gabrielle A. Byrd (University of Kansas) and Yan Bing Zhang (University of Kansas)


12:15-13:00    Keynote Speaker

CYNDY GALLOIS, The University of Queensland

Intergroup Communication in Health: War, Welfare, Writing


 13-14   Lunch             




Fading humans to human replicas: The mediating role of the dehumanization in impoverishing social interaction

Marta Stragà (University of Trieste), Sara Rigutti (University of Trieste), Andrea Carnaghi (University of Trieste), and Carlo Fantoni (University of Trieste)


The role of threat on meta-(de)humanization

Melissa Pavetich (University of Greenwich) and Sofia Stathi (University of Greenwich)


The process of reconciliation in the post-conflict areas: Effects of expression of apologies and of acknowledgement of group responsibility

Anna Kosic (La Sapienza-University of Rome)


Reducing prejudices with stories: The role of transformative roleplay and immersiveness.

Aurelio Castro (University of Padua) and Erika Rosa Mineo (University of Padua)


Intergroup contact and the rise of populist attitudes

Sandy Schumann (University College London), Fabian Thomas (University Koblenz-Landau), Franziska Ehrke (University Koblenz-Landau), and Julia Dupont (University Koblenz-Landau)


15:30-16:00 Coffee Break


16:00 – 16:30  CLOSING




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