In the following you find information on the experts that we invited to guide the group sessions at the SoDoc 2021.

Information on the invited Experts of the SoDoc 2021

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Michał Bilewicz

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Professor for Social Psychology

Chair of the Center for Research on Prejudice (University of Warsaw)

University of Warsaw



His research interests include conspiracy theories, reconciliation processes, dehumanization, prejudice, and collective moral emotions.

  • Bilewicz, M., Winiewski, M., Kofta, M., & Wójcik, A. (2013). Harmful Ideas, The Structure and Consequences of Anti‐S emitic Beliefs in P oland. Political Psychology34(6), 821-839.
  • Bilewicz, M., Imhoff, R., & Drogosz, M. (2011). The humanity of what we eat: Conceptions of human uniqueness among vegetarians and omnivores. European Journal of Social Psychology41(2), 201-209.
  • Soral, W., Bilewicz, M., & Winiewski, M. (2018). Exposure to hate speech increases prejudice through desensitization. Aggressive behavior44(2), 136-146.
  • Bilewicz, M., & Krzeminski, I. (2010). Anti-Semitism in Poland and Ukraine: The belief in Jewish control as a mechanism of scapegoating. International Journal of Conflict and Violence (IJCV)4(2), 234-243.
  • de Zavala, A. G., Cichocka, A., & Bilewicz, M. (2013). The paradox of in‐group love: Differentiating collective narcissism advances understanding of the relationship between in‐group and out‐group attitudes. Journal of Personality81(1), 16-28.
  • Vollhardt, J. R., & Bilewicz, M. (2013). After the genocide: Psychological perspectives on victim, bystander, and perpetrator groups.
  • Imhoff, R., Bilewicz, M., & Erb, H. P. (2012). Collective regret versus collective guilt: Different emotional reactions to historical atrocities. European Journal of Social Psychology42(6), 729-742.
  • Bilewicz, M. (2007). History as an obstacle: Impact of temporal-based social categorizations on Polish-Jewish intergroup contact. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations10(4), 551-563.
  • Bilewicz, M., & Wójcik, A. (2010). Does identification predict community involvement? Exploring consequences of social identification among the Jewish minority in Poland. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology20(1), 72-79.
  • Bilewicz, M., & Jaworska, M. (2013). Reconciliation through the righteous: The narratives of heroic helpers as a fulfillment of emotional needs in Polish− Jewish intergroup contact. Journal of Social Issues69(1), 162-179.
  • Stefaniak, A., Bilewicz, M., & Lewicka, M. (2017). The merits of teaching local history: Increased place attachment enhances civic engagement and social trust. Journal of environmental psychology51, 217-225.
  • Bilewicz, M. (2016). The dark side of emotion regulation: Historical defensiveness as an obstacle in reconciliation. Psychological Inquiry27(2), 89-95.
  • Bilewicz, M., Witkowska, M., Stefaniak, A., & Imhoff, R. (2017). The lay historian explains intergroup behavior: Examining the role of identification and cognitive structuring in ethnocentric historical attributions. Memory Studies10(3), 310-322.

Julia Becker

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Professor for Social Psychologie

Institute for Psychology

University of Osnabrück



Collective Action, Political Ideology, Social Justice, Social Change

  • Becker, J. C. (2010). Why Do Women Endorse Hostile and Benevolent Sexism? The Role of Salient Female Subtypes and Internalization of Sexist Contents. Sex Roles, 62(7-8), 453–467.
  • Becker, J. C., Kraus, M. W. & Rheinschmidt-Same, M. (2017). Cultural Expressions of Social Class and Their Implications for Group-Related Beliefs and Behaviors. Journal of Social Issues, 73(1), 158–174.
  • Becker, J. C. & Wright, S. C. (2011). Yet another dark side of chivalry: Benevolent sexism undermines and hostile sexism motivates collective action for social change. Journal of personality and social psychology, 101(1), 62–77.
  • Becker, J. C., Wright, S. C., Lubensky, M. E. & Zhou, S. (2013). Friend or ally: whether cross-group contact undermines collective action depends on what advantaged group members say (or don't say). Personality & social psychology bulletin, 39(4), 442–455.
  • Reimer, N. K., Becker, J. C., Benz, A., Christ, O., Dhont, K., Klocke, U., Neji, S., Rychlowska, M., Schmid, K. & Hewstone, M. (2017). Intergroup Contact and Social Change: Implications of Negative and Positive Contact for Collective Action in Advantaged and Disadvantaged Groups. Personality & social psychology bulletin, 43(1), 121–136.
  • Tausch, N., Becker, J. C., Spears, R., Christ, O., Saab, R., Singh, P. & Siddiqui, R. N. (2011). Explaining radical group behavior: Developing emotion and efficacy routes to normative and nonnormative collective action. Journal of personality and social psychology, 101(1), 129–148.
  • Wagner, U., Becker, J. C., Christ, O., Pettigrew, T. F. & Schmidt, P. (2012). A Longitudinal Test of the Relation between German Nationalism, Patriotism, and Outgroup Derogation. European Sociological Review, 28(3), 319–332.

Susanne Bruckmüller

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Professor for Social Psychology

Institute for Psychology
Department Social Psychology, Focus: Gender and Diversity

Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


  • Social cognition and communication, spec. framing-effects, comparisons, explanations, metaphors
  • Social inequality (e.g. based on gender, socio-economic backround, ethnicity)
  • Asymmetries in the content of social percpetions and social judgement
  • Bruckmüller, S., & Braun, M. (2020). One group’s advantage or another’s disadvantage? How comparative framing shapes explanations of, and reactions to, workplace gender inequality. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 39(4), 456-474.
  • Bruckmüller, S., Hegarty, P., Teigen, K.-H., Boehm, G., & Luminet, O. (2017). When do past events require explanation? Insights from social psychology. Memory Studies , 10, 261 – 273. doi: 10.1177/1750698017701607
  • Bruckmüller, S., Reese, G., & Martiny, S. E. (2017). Is higher inequality less legitimate? Depends on how you frame it. British Journal of Social Psychology. Online veröffentlicht am 25.5.2017. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12202

  • Hoorens, V. & Bruckmüller, S. (2015). Less is more? Think again! A cognitive fluency – based more – less asymmetry in comparative communication. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109 , 753 – 766. doi: 10.1037/pspa0000032

  • Bruckmüller, S. (2013). Singled out as “the effect to be explained”: Implications for collective self – esteem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 237 – 249.

  • Hegarty, P. J., & Bruckmüller, S. (2013). Asymmetric explanations of group differences: Experimental evidence of Foucault’s disciplinary power. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 176 – 186.

  • Abele, A.E., & Bruckmüller, S. (2011).The bigger one of the “Big Two”? Preferential processing of communal information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 935 – 948.

  • Bruckmüller, S., & Branscombe, N.R. (2010). When and why does the glass cliff in leader selection occur? The role of gender stereotypes. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 433 – 451.

Steffen Krüger

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Senior Lecturer
Department of Media and Communication
Faculty of Humanities
University of Oslo

Cultural analysis, political aspects of digitalisation, affective dimension of interacting in online environments, subjectification and socialisation, critical theory, psychosocial & psychoanalytic qualitative methodology


  • Krüger, Steffen & Ni Bhroin, Niamh (2020). Vital Signs: Innovations in Self-Tracking Health Insurance and Social Change. The Journal of Media Innovations, 6(1), 93- 108. 
  • Krüger, Steffen (2019). The authoritarian dimension in digital self-tracking: containment, commodification, subjugation, In Vera King; Benigna Gerisch & Hartmut Rosa (ed.),  Lost in Perfection - Impact of Optimisation on Culture and Psyche (85-104).  Routledge. 
  • Krüger, Steffen & Spilde, Ane Charlotte (2019). Judging books by their covers – Tinder interface, usage and sociocultural implications.Information, Communication &Society. 
  • Rustad, Gry Cecilie & Krüger, Steffen (2019). Coping with Shame in a Media-saturated Society: Norwegian Web-series Skam as Transitional Object. Television & New Media, 20(1), s 72- 95 . 
  • Krüger, Steffen (2018). Facing Fanon: Examining Neocolonial Aspects in Grand Theft Auto V through the Prism of the Machinima Film Finding Fanon II. Open Library of Humanities, 4(1), s 1- 31 .
  • Krüger, Steffen; Figlio, Karl & Richards, Barry (ed.) (2018). Fomenting Political Violence - Fantasy, Language, Media, Action. Palgrave Macmillan.  
  • Krüger, Steffen (2018). Violence and the Virtual, In Steffen Krüger; Karl Figlio & Barry Richards (ed.),  Fomenting Political Violence - Fantasy, Language, Media, Action (75-102).  Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Krüger, Steffen (2017). Dropping Depth Hermeneutics into Psychosocial Studies – a Lorenzerian perspective. Journal of Psychosocial Studies,10(1),  47- 66.

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