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University of Warsaw, Poland 23 -26 JUNE 2025


The main aims of the symposium are:

1. To provide the next forum for presenting and discussing current, cutting-edge research on intergroup communication.

2. To bring international seasoned scholars and graduates together with a view to crafting collaborative international projects on intergroup communication across a range of topics.

3. To continue the interest in research and teaching of intergroup communication in an international context.

All sessions will be plenary!

The study of intergroup communication concerns the interplay between communication and social relations in a variety of contexts: organizations, families, health, media, intercultural, new technology, etc. Papers on all topics of intergroup communication are invited: family; social networks; news media; disability; stigma; multilingualism; border communication; group vitalities; intergroup contact; multilingual settings; language and identity; particular intergroup settings (e.g., Ukraine, Covid-19 pandemic), etc.

Journal Psychology of Language & Communication, will have a Special Issue devoted to ISIC3. In the registration form you will be asked whether you want to submit a paper to the Special Issue. Actual submission deadline will be July 31st, 2025.



Important dates

University of Warsaw, Poland, 23 -26 JUNE 2025

January 1st – January 31st, 2025  abstract submissions

February 28th, 2025 – feedback on submission acceptance

March 1st – March 31st, 2025 – early registration

April 1st – May 15th, 2025 – full registration, including intent to submit a paper for Psychology of Language and Communication Special Issue

June 23 – 26, 2025 SYMPOSIUM

July 31st, 2025 – paper submission for Psychology of Language and Communication Special Issue

To be announced

Keynote speakers

Dominic Abrams

Dominic Abrams is a Professor of Social Psychology and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent. His research examines all aspects of relations between different social groups and the behaviour of groups in general. He has extensive experience in the areas of equality and human rights, prejudice, discrimination, social attitudes and social change across the life course. His expertise spans social and developmental psychology and gerontology and uses a wide range of methods, ranging from laboratory and field experiments to national and international surveys. Dominic has worked closely both with the charitable sector (notably Age UK, the Anne Frank Trust, and People United), and with government departments (DWP, CLG) as well as with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to develop and evaluate interventions to reduce prejudice and discrimination. He has authored and coauthored over 200 papers and numerous books on groups, identity and social inclusion, and edits the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Camiel J. Beukeboom

Camiel Beukeboom is associate professor at the Department of Communication Science of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in Social Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2003). His research mainly focuses on the role of language in the communication and maintenance of stereotypes and prejudice. Using both experimental methods and (automated) content analysis he aims to reveal the various ways in which social-category stereotypes are (implicitly) expressed in the use of language. His work, for instance, showed how specific linguistic biases (e.g., negation bias; irony bias) contribute to stereotype maintenance. In recent projects he uses automated content analyses to study when and how stereotypes are reflected in spontaneously produced natural language (e.g., in applied contexts; in news content, or age discrimination in job advertisements).

Michał Bilewicz

Michał Bilewicz is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Center for Research on Prejudice at the University of Warsaw. He specializes in social psychology of intergroup relations and political psychology, applied to such problems as social identity, hate speech, and stereotyping. He is interested in the determinants of people’s attitudes towards other social groups and other species, as well as post-conflict situations (issues of reconciliation, forgiveness, moral emotions, understanding and explaining the past). In recent years, he has been developing a model of reconciliation based on moral examples, as well as an epidemic model of the spread of hate speech.

Jake Harwood

Jake Harwood (PhD, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) is a Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on intergroup communication with a particular focus on age groups, and on the role of music in intergroup relations. He authored “Communication and Music in Social Interaction” (Cognella, 2018) and “Understanding Communication and Aging” (2nd Edition, Cognella, 2018). He co-edited “The Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication” (Oxford, 2018), “The Dynamics of Intergroup Communication” (Peter Lang, 2010) and “Intergroup Communication: Multiple Perspectives” (Peter Lang, 2005) He has published over 150 articles and book chapters.

Nicholas A. Palomares

Nicholas A. Palomares (Ph.D.; University of California, Santa Barbara; 2005) joined the Moody College of Communication in the Fall of 2021 as a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies after being a Professor of Communication at the University of California, Davis for 17 years. Dr. Palomares is a first generation, Latinx, and genderfluid (pronouns: she/he/they/Nik’s) quantitative social scientist whose research aims to shed light on how people understand messages and how those messages affect folks in a variety of social setting and contexts. Dr. Nik leads the Goal Understanding & Communication Lab in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas. Dr. Nik teaches courses on empirical research methods, gender and communication, theory construction in communication science, and (cyber)bullying. Dr. Nik’s research has appeared in top journals, such as Human Communication Research, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, International Journal of Communication or Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Yan Bing Zhang

Dr. Yan Bing Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Zhang is an intergroup and intercultural communication scholar. She studies the processes between communication, relationships, social cognition, culture, and identity in face-to-face and mediated contexts. She received the 2007 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student in Research, and the 2020 Howie Giles Mentorship Award from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology. Her publications have appeared in some U.S. and international journals in communication and social psychology including Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication Research, New Media & Society, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Journal of Language and Social Psychology. The Communication and Aging Division of the National Communication Association recognized her scholarship with the 2021 Giles-Nussbaum Distinguished Scholar Award.


Karolina Hansen (University of Warsaw, Poland)




Howard Giles (University of California Santa Barbara, USA & The University of Queensland, Australia)




Antonis Gardikiotis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

International Organizing Committee:
Michael Hogg (USA), Sucharita Belavadi (India), Miles Hewstone (UK), Anastassia Zabrodskaja (Estonia), Richard Clément (Canada), Liz Jones (Malaysia), Bernadette Watson (Australia); Hiroshi Ota (Japan), and Monica Rubini (Italy)

Local Committee (University of Warsaw):
Karolina Hansen, Maria Mirucka, Michał Wypych, Kamila Zochniak