Answering the question, “who am I?” is the great project of our lives. Authenticity describes the process by which people attempt to answer that fundamental question and verify the answer with others. As a psychological experience, authenticity is crucial for happiness, self-esteem, and well-being. Despite its importance, we know surprisingly little about what causes authenticity and what defines its contours. Is everyone allowed equal access to authenticity? Is authenticity always moral? What is “true” about authenticity—and what is not? What predicts whether someone will be seen as authentic by others?

To begin to unpack these questions, the inaugural Authenticity Preconference will bring together a set of interdisciplinary scholars who study authenticity to discuss their recent and in-progress research. Their research spans themes such as conversations, social hierarchy, social perception, and discrimination. 

Preconference Organizers

Erica Bailey, erica.bailey@columbia.edu, Columbia University


We will begin accepting submissions for our 2023 preconferences on Sept. 1. All submissions must be completed by 11:59 PM ET on Nov. 15.
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