Symposium on Motivation's 60th annual event set for April 16-17

Released on 04/11/2012, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Monday, Apr. 16, 2012, through Apr. 17, 2012

WHERE: Nebraska Union, 14th and R Streets

Lincoln, Neb., April 11th, 2012 —

            The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Psychology on April 16 and 17 will host the 60th annual Symposium on Motivation, an internationally renowned gathering of scholars of psychology. This year the conference will focus on the theme "Objectification and (De)Humanization."

            The symposium, the longest-running symposium series in the field of psychology, will bring together leading international experts to present relevant research on the motivational perspectives involved when objects and animals are humanized and humans are dehumanized or objectified. For example, people often treat their pets, technology, and the environment in human-like ways. As well, people often dehumanize or objectify other people, particularly women, poor people or others regarded as different. People can even take on objectifying views of themselves. These everyday behaviors can lay the foundation for more extreme behaviors, including violence, mental health disorders, or discrimination and have implications for human and animal rights. The speakers will consider these issues from various viewpoints, including biological and social perspectives.

Some highlights of the program include these lectures:

  • Rachel Calogero, Virginia Wesleyan College, "Objects Don't Object: An Integrative System Justification Perspective on Objectification"
  • Nicholas Epley, University of Chicago, "Humanization: Motivated Perception of Pets as People and People as Animals"
  • Susan Fiske, Princeton University, "Varieties of (De)Humanizing Experience"
  • Jamie Goldenberg, University of South Florida, "Immortal Objects: The Objectification of Women as Terror Management"
  • Nicholas Haslam, University of Melbourne, "Bodies and Beasts, Minds and Meat, Objects and Otherness"
  • Bonnie Moradi, University of Florida, "Toward a Pantheoretical Framework for Understanding the Mental Health Implications of Dehumanization Experiences: An Integration of Objectification and Minority Stress Theories"

            More details about the symposium, including a registration form, full schedule and lecture abstracts, are posted at Registration also will be held on-site. All events tied to the symposium will be in the Nebraska Union, 14th and R streets, and are free and open to the public.

            Organizers have made arrangements to stream live video from the symposium online at Viewers will need Flash installed on their browsers to view the video.

            Each year, the conference focuses on a different topic and brings together top scholars from around the world. Presenters write a chapter for an edited book that is distributed to libraries around the world.

            The symposium is supported by gifts from the Office of UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Cora L. Friedline in memory of Harry K. Wolfe, her professor and founder of UNL's psychology department.

Writer: Jean Ortiz Jones, University Communications, 402-472-8320


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