Welcome to the Self & Identity’s SPSP 2023 Preconference! The International Society for Self and Identity promotes scholarship on the individual and collective aspects of the self, and showcases some outstanding research at this preconference. This year’s theme is "The Social Self," highlighting how our self-views influence our relationships and interactions with others, and are influenced by them in turn. The way we think of ourselves affects our willingness to reach out to others—to connect with them and learn from them. Interacting with others, in turn, can shape the way we view ourselves and our various identities. The preconference will feature work of eminent and emerging scholars in these areas, as well as addresses from Early Career and Lifetime Career Award winners from the International Society for Self and Identity. The preconference will also feature a poster session and data blitz, and a mentoring and networking lunch.

Submit to the Preconference

The Self and Identity Preconference will have a Data Blitz Session and Poster Session that features cutting-edge research from all areas of self and identity research. We invite submissions for the Data Blitz and Poster Session; please see submission eligibility and instructions below. The plan is for all presenters to be together in person in Atlanta.

Preconference Organizers

Stav Atir, stav.atir@wisc.edu, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Negin Toosi, negin.toosi@gmail.com, California State University East Bay


We are still working with SPSP to finalize registration rates, but there will be a discount off the preconference registration for all ISSI members! Not a member? Join Now!

Membership fees are inexpensive, $20 for those post Ph.D., and $15 for students. Benefits to joining ISSI now include: Having membership paid for by the preconference discount as well as online access to the flagship journal, Self and Identity. Find information on how to get your discount code here.

* Discount is only available to members. You must register on the ISSI website before registering for SPSP 2023 Annual Convention and the Self and Identity Preconference. Discount cannot be applied retroactively and is limited to the first 50 new/renewed members.


Call for submissions! We encourage individuals with exciting findings from all areas of self and identity research to apply, especially those with work relating to our conference theme, "The Social Self"! All submissions will take place through SPSP's submission portal. 

Data Blitz

The Self & Identity Preconference will feature several Data Blitz Talks from scholars in the field. The first/presenting author of the Data Blitz must already hold a Ph.D., although co-authors can be at any stage of their careers. The submission period for data blitz abstracts is Sept. 1 – Nov. 15, 2022, and submitters will be notified by early December. If your Data Blitz is accepted, you will need to register for the preconference through SPSP's website. 

Poster Session

The Self & Identity Preconference is excited to be hosting a poster session. The submission period for poster abstracts is Sept. 1 – Nov. 15, 2022, and submitters will be notified by early December. If your poster is accepted, you will need to register for the preconference through SPSP's website.

Our Submission Guide outlines all the information needed for submitting to a preconference.