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Sabina Clancy
"Shared Perceptions of Morality as an Essential Dimension of Intergroup Reconciliation"
Monday, April 22, 2019, 03:30pm - 05:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43201

Sabina Clancy

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Sabina Čehajić-Clancy is an associate professor of social and political psychology at Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and a former dean of the Political Science and International Relations Department. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Sussex University (2008). She is also affiliated with Stanford University as a former Fulbright scholar. She is an expert in the area of intergroup reconciliation for which she has received many dissertation and career awards.

Her research and work fit into four main categories: intergroup emotions, morality, intergroup contact and education policies. She has more than 15 years of experience working as a consultant for governmental and civil society agencies in the area of conflict resolution, peace building, and education reform. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles (including journals such as Psychological Inquiry, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology) on issues related to psychological processes and mechanisms of intergroup reconciliation. Her work has also received wide national and international coverage. She also serves on editorial boards for Political Psychology and European Journal of Social Psychology.


Intergroup conflict leaves deep scars that history tells us may never completely heal. Furthermore, these old animosities are instrumentalized to foster new, and often violent, conflicts. A better understanding is needed about regulating intergroup relations in the aftermath of conflicts and the establishment or intergroup reconciliation. In this talk, I will present our new framework demonstrating the use of moral exemplars as a mechanism to (re)create positive and functional intergroup relations after violent conflicts such as wars, genocides and ethnic cleansing. I will review our research on how learning about outgroups’ morality (through moral exemplars) can foster intergroup reconciliation processes. Consequently, I will argue and discuss that shared perceptions of morality (perceiving out-groups and in-group as capable of moral conduct) is an essential social cognition for fostering intergroup reconciliation.


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