Event Details

The submission deadline has passed [October 4, 2021 8:00pm EDT].
If you have questions about your submission, please contact programoffice@srcd.org.

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NOTE: Those previously accepted for the 2020 meeting do not need to re-submit and should have already been contacted regarding their intent for the 2022 program. Please contact programoffice@srcd.org with any questions.

At this time, we anticipate that this special topic meeting will be taking place on-site in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Therefore, all presenters will be expected to attend in person. While in Puerto Rico, SRCD will be following all CDC and local guidelines regarding COVID-19. The Wyndham Grand has also instituted health and safety protocols to ensure a safe experience for their guests. 

About This Meeting

Our historical era has witnessed the explosion of overt racism and other versions of both explicit and implicit exclusionary behaviors, manifested in individual and group behaviors, daily practices, policies, and even armed conflicts against the “other” and “out‐groups”. These “out‐groups” can be based on class, race/ethnicity, religion, birthplace, gendered behaviors, sexual orientation, ability, and other sociocultural characteristics. We also know that these categories are socially constructed and that for many individuals and groups, intersectionality creates even more risk. As we strive for inclusion, diversity and pluralism around the world, fundamentalist reactions to exclude the “other” appear commonplace and are often embedded into the very fabric of our social systems. The Construction of the ‘Other’ meeting will highlight research from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives to understand how racism, prejudice and discrimination is developed, socialized, or manifested; the consequences of growing up in marginalized groups; and the promising policies, interventions, and social movements that can help prevent the development of prejudice, buffer the effects of marginalization, or dismantle oppressive social systems and practices. View a tentative invited program agenda and learn more about invited speakers.


Submission Guidelines

  1. Submission Limits: There is a limit of 2 presenting roles for either members or nonmembers of SRCD.
  2. Presenting Roles, Defined:
    • Chair of a symposium
    • Discussant of a symposium
    • Presenter of a paper
    • Presenter of a poster
    • Moderator of a conversation roundtable
    • Panelist in a conversation roundtable

Additional Considerations:

  1. Only presenting roles will be protected from schedule conflicts (see role definitions above).
  2. There is no limit to the number of authors for a paper or poster. Non-presenting author roles are not protected from schedule conflicts.
  3. Do not submit the same material more than once, (e.g., as a poster and as a symposium presentation or as a paper in two symposia).
  4. SRCD normally does not accept submissions that have been presented or published before the meeting unless they differ substantially from the original in presenting additional data, new findings or additional comparisons, etc. Even in cases where SRCD members may not have had access to your original presentation, the current submission should not duplicate an earlier presentation.
  5. During the submission process, you will be asked to select both a primary and secondary review panel.
  6. Plan ahead and submit early!
    • The Submission site will open late August.
    • You may edit your submission at any time prior to the submission deadline, October 4.
    • View and/or print your submission proof and review it carefully.
    • No changes can be made after the submission deadline, October 4.
  7. SRCD membership is not required to submit; however, we encourage you to take advantage of the benefits of membership Members in the Society are offered a significant discount on conference registration in addition to eligibility for a variety of resources and initiatives.

Questions? Please contact the Meetings Team at programoffice@srcd.org


Submission Review Panels

Submitters will choose one primary review panel and an optional secondary review panel:

  1. Context: Cultural, Neighborhood, School, and Social (e.g., cross-cultural; economic; immigrant/refugee; international; media/social media; natural disaster)
  2. Cultural Processes (e.g., acculturation, acculturative stress, cultural values, gender socialization)
  3. Discrimination, Equity, and Justice (e.g., economic; incarceration; moral outcomes; systemic discrimination; social policy; violence)
  4. Education (e.g., academic achievement; other educational outcomes; bilingual education; college and career pipelines; early childhood education; special education)
  5. Families, Parenting, and Relationships (e.g., friendships, marriage/divorce; peers, romantic relationships; same-sex)
  6. Health and Wellbeing (e.g., physical, mental, and sexual health; biological processes)
  7. Identity (e.g., ethnic-racial, gender, national, and sexual; social position and intersectionality; identity development)
  8. Internal Psychological Processes: Cognitive, Emotional, Identity, and Language (e.g., bilingual development; grief/bereavement; moral traits and development; schema)
  9. Risk, Intervention, and Prevention (e.g., resilience; interventions to reduce bias or the effects of bias)
  10. Social Intergroup Processes (e.g., bias; discrimination; in/out group; peers; prejudice; sexual orientation)

Submission Formats

Submission Formats: Submissions will be accepted in the following formats and all will be peer-reviewed.

Individual Poster Presentation. Posters are individual, free-standing research presentations. They are the appropriate format when material can be explained briefly, is suited for graphic or visual presentation, and/or the presenter would benefit from high levels of interaction and discussion. Each poster occupies one 8’ wide x 4’ high poster board for the entire session.

Individual “Flash Talk” Paper Presentation.  Individual “flash talk” papers are free-standing research presentations.  A flash talk is a 6-to-8-minute presentation highlighting the key attributes of a research study and may include 4-to-8 slides.  Six-to-eight individual flash talks that are thematically related will be included in one session with an assigned moderator engaging the audience in discussion.  Individual “flash talk” papers that are highly rated but cannot be accepted under this category (either because there are not 6-8 related papers on the topic or the maximum number of “flash talk” sessions has been reached) will become Individual Poster Presentations if and only if submitters have indicated that they would like to present the research as a poster.

Paper Symposium. A cohesive cluster of research presentations and theoretical perspectives focused on a specific topic and emphasizing conceptual issues and an integration of findings with representation from multiple institutions. In the traditional format, the chair briefly presents the theme of the symposium, presenters speak for 15 minutes each, and a discussant provides an overview. At least 15 minutes MUST be set aside for audience discussion. Requirements: 1 chair with optional 2nd chair if there is no discussant, 3 presentations plus 1 discussant or 4 presentations.

Conversation Roundtable. This format is intended as a forum for a discussion of overarching questions/issues, not for presentation of specific research findings. The roundtable is an engaging conversation among three or four scholars and the audience about ideas, methods, or professional- and research-related experiences. A roundtable must have representation from multiple institutions. A central question or theme should serve as a focus for the roundtable. The broader purpose of a roundtable is to encourage networking among individuals or groups who may benefit from shared experiences or from hearing different views on a topic. The audience must be given 30 minutes to respond to the questions/issues raised and to introduce additional questions and comments to the panel.  


Review Process and Criteria for All Submissions

  1. Submissions are rated according to the following criteria:
    • Clarity of formulation/conceptualization
    • Adequacy of methods
    • Appropriateness of interpretations
    • Importance of topic
    • For multi-presenter formats: Cohesion among presentations, relevance of presentations to the topic, and expression of different views.
  2. A submission that does not adhere to the rules and procedures will receive a low rating. For example,
    • Do not include author names or other identifying material (i.e., grant support) as part of the integrative statement or the abstract unless required (i.e., conversation roundtable).
    • Submitting material more than once could result in a submission not being reviewed.
    • The abstract lacks sufficient data—coded and analyzed, even if not yet complete—to provide a basis for reviewer evaluation. Evaluation of the methods will be sensitive to qualitative and case study approaches as well as quantitative approaches.
  3. Reviewers may consider SRCD's strategic plan when evaluating submissions that are of equivalent scientific merit.
  4. Symposia and Conversation Roundtables must have representation from multiple institutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my work have to directly assess or focus on prejudice/discrimination to be relevant for the conference?

We aim to provide opportunities for scholars to receive funding from their universities to attend the conference. We recognize that many scholars may be interested in this topic but may not have begun collecting or directly assessing prejudice or discrimination in their research. For this reason, we have developed 10 review panels so that people could submit across a wide range of developmental topics (that may or may not directly include prejudice or discrimination variables).

I conduct research with marginalized populations but do not study prejudice/discrimination? Would my proposal be relevant for the conference?

Yes, as our interest is in the development and/or consequences of marginalization, we believe any research where scholars are working with marginalized populations can be relevant to our conference.

Would research on an adult sample be relevant to this conference, given that it is sponsored by SRCD?

Research that includes or solely focuses on adult samples is welcome as long as the proposal has a developmental lens or perspective, or has potential to inform developmental science, in general.