The European Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2017

Key Information
  • Location: The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton, UK
  • Dates: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 ​to Wednesday, July 05, 2017
  • Conference Theme: "Identity"
  • Initial Abstract Submission Deadline: February 16, 2017*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: April 16, 2017
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: May 16, 2017

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.


The study of Identity in Psychology was pioneered by Erik Erikson in his early work in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Identity: Youth and Crisis, and Identity and the Life Cycle. He looked at three aspects of identity – ego identity, personal identity and social identity. Developing a strong sense of ego identity, a coherent sense of who one is and isn’t, that is consistent and stable over time is a key task in adolescence. Ego identity can also be equated with the personality level of identity. One’s personal identity is based on one’s abilities, goals, and possibilities for the future and can be seen as the level of identity influenced most by one’s primary relationships, while one’s social identity is formed through identification with groups or secondary relationships, and shows one’s position within the social structure.

In most societies in the past, forming an identity – a self-definition within a community – was a straightforward process. People adopted roles that were already decided for them by their family and their community. In most modern global societies today the possibilities, choices and dilemmas young people face make this process of identity formation much less simple.

This partly explains the explosion of studies on Identity in Psychology since Erikson’s day. This has happened within all areas of psychology and has also incorporated theoretical ideas from sociology. In one sense, this integration of the Identity or Self with diverse areas of psychology has helped to personalise these areas of study by focusing on the whole person with their contradictions and complexities with specific contexts and relationships.

We welcome your proposal for presentations in all areas related to Identity, including but not limited to:

  • Ego Identity
  • Personal Identity
  • Social Identity
  • Personality
  • Motivation
  • Identity development/formation
  • Self-concept
  • Hybrid Identity
  • Cultural/Bi-cultural/Multi-cultural Identity
  • Sexual Identity
  • Gender Identity
  • Racial/Ethnic Identity
  • National Identity
  • Global/Local identity

The European Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2017 (ECP2017) will be held alongside The European Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2017 (ECERP2017). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, including the University of Sussex and Birkbeck, University of London, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2017.

The ECP2017 Organising Committee

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