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Hommage à Serge Moscovici

Institut d'études avancées de Paris
Rencontres de l'European Association of Social Psychology organisées avec le soutien de l'IEA de Paris



This meeting is held in honor of Serge Moscovici (1925-2014) and his lifelong achievements in social sciences in general and social psychology in particular. Moscovici played a founding role in the creation of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology, and was its first president. Throughout his multi-faceted work, Moscovici paid special attention to the examination of the epistemological foundations of social psychology and its position at the crossroads of the social sciences. In many writings he argues that the originality of the psychosocial perspective resides in articulating of the collective with the individual, science with common sense, social thought with individual thought, minorities with majorities. Moscovici developed new theories (collective polarization, social representations, influence of minorities, social innovation) and applied his critical talent to many other articulating theories of social psychology (attribution, reactance, altruism, social cognition, mass psychology, etc.) His work on political ecology, less known by social psychologists, adds a further dimension to a multifaceted intellectual œuvre, engaged in the present and the future of our societies.

Today, maintaining the epistemological identity of social psychology within the overall dynamics of the social sciences has become a major challenge. Our current practices of scientific writing, focused almost exclusively on the publication of short articles, often tend to make our discipline solitary and ahistorical. Moreover, the current debates around the neural and the social sometimes make us forget that social psychology, according to Moscovici, must consider "what men think determines how they think" and not the opposite.

The meeting aims at bringing together junior and senior researchers to discuss theoretical aspects of Moscovici’s work, his conceptual contributions and the impact of his findings that grounded an essential part of psychology social. We will examine how his contributions can help to face the contemporary challenges of our discipline.


 Mots de bienvenue et présentation
Gretty Mirdal (directrice de l'IEA de Paris), Juan Perez (University Valencia) et Saadi Lahlou (London School of Economics)

The legacy of Serge Moscovici
Charlan Nemeth (University of California, Berkeley)

The discrete charm of the genetic model of influence and its indirect impact on epistemic level
Stamos Papastamou (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Grèce)

Minority Influence and Fashion. The Model of Style Transformation
Carlo Michael Sommer (Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences)

Contexts and Conditions of Outgroup Influence
Amber M. Gaffney (Humboldt State University), Jiin Jung (Claremont Graduate University), William D. Crano (Claremont Graduate University), et Michael A. Hogg (Claremont Graduate University)

The impact of majority and minority social support for pro-environmental values on pro-environmental behaviours
Fanny Lalot, Juan Manuel Falomir-Pichastor et Alain Quiamzade (University of Geneva)

Minorities, Meanings, and the Structure of Group Influence: Reflecting and Building Upon the Theoretical Contributions of Serge Moscovici
Timothy B. Hayes et Wendy Wood (University of Southern California)

Psychologie sociale et recherches sur l’influence minoritaire
Bernard Personnaz (Centre Edgar Morin IIAC EHESS-CNRS, Paris)

Validation of Everyday Knowledge: The role of Consensus and Perceived Heterogeneity
Diniz Lopes (ISCTE-IUL, CIS-IUL, Lisbon), Jorge Vala (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa), Ewa Drozda-Senkowska (Université René Descartes, Paris) et Dominique Oberlé (Université Paris Ouest, Paris)

Connecting social representation research with minority influence
Kamilla Khamzina, Elodie Roebroeck et Serge Guimond (Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale et Cognitive Clermont Université Auvergne)

Is There a Social Psychology of Historic Grievances and Intergroup Conflict in the Age of ‘Radicalisation’?
Andreea Ernst-Vintila (Université Paris Ouest) et Yechiel Klar (Tel Aviv University)

De la polarisation à la radicalisation
Marie Personnaz (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense - Centre Edgar Morin IIAC. EHESS-CNRS)

Understanding Complexity in Social Engagement with Multiculturalism: why a Multimethod Approach is needed to unravel the Contention with ‘Differences’
Babette Gekeler (Institute for Medical Psychology, Charité University Hospitals, Berlin) et Kathrin Friederici (Humboldt University, Berlin)

To a semiotic approach to Serge Moscovici's thinking
Jorge Correia Jesuino (Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP) Universidade Técnica de Lisboa)

For a "psychology of our culture"
Dorra Ben Alaya (Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunis)

How "human history of nature" and the theory of minorities shed light on the dialogical part of social representations. The case of psychologists addressing ecological issues
Sabine Caillaud (Université Paris Descartes)

The formation processes re-visited – the importance of naturalized representations
Inari Sakki, Rusten Menard et EEmeli Hakoköngäs Sakki (University of Helsinki)

What and why questions in social representations: securing Moscovici's legacy
George Gaskel (London School of Economics)

Society and Theory in Social Psychology: a reconsideration
Juliet Foster (University of Cambridge)

Diffusion, propagation, propagande : et après ? L’effusion, un nouveau mode de communication médiatique pour l’étude des représentations sociales
Fabrice Buschini (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

Experimental social psychology is not a science of discovery, but an art of theatrical reflection
John Rijsman (University of Tilburg)

Future issues: The analysis of behaviour
Saadi Lahlou (London School of Economics)

Future issues: Methods and themes
Themis Apostolidis (University of Aix-Marseille)

Future issues: On forms of social thinking
Nikos Kalampalikis (University of Lyon)

Future isues: Active minorities vs. Victimized minorities: An Unfinished Task
Juan A. Pérez (University of Valencia)

Future issues: Applications of Social representations to education and health
Denise Jodelet (EHESS, Paris)


Context and actuation of selves: an empirical investigation
24 February 2014 - 24 December 2014
Context and actuation of selves: an empirical investigation
24 February 2014 - 24 December 2014
24 December 2014
European Association of Social Psychology meeting, organized with the support of the Paris IAS
17 Nov 2016 09:15
18 Nov 2016 18:00
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