The Social Psychology Days in Helsinki
Professor Nadezhda Lebedeva, PhD Alexander Tatarko, PhD Maria Efremova, PhD Zarina Lepshokova, and student of the master program “Applied Social Psychology” Tatiana Ryabichenko participated in the Symposium “Managing multiculturalism in Finland, Estonia and Russia” organized by the Department of Social Sciences (Unit of Social Psychology) during the Social Psychology Days in Helsinki 23.-24.11.12.
The aim of the Symposium was to achieve a better understanding of the role of national legislations, ideologies and policies in the formation of intergroup relations, and of different meanings ascribed to multiculturalism and immigrant integration by members of majority and minority groups in Finland, Estonia and Russia. In addition, the symposium aimed to bridge the research endeavours of Finnish, Estonian and Russian members of the international MIRIPS network.
The following scientific reports were presented:
The head of the lab prof. Nadezhda Lebedeva spoke on “Immigration and Intercultural Interaction Strategies in Post-Soviet Russia” (co-author: the leading researcher of the lab A. Tatarko).
Aune Valk: “The majority’s role in acculturation: developing mutually inclusive national identity in Estonia”.
Anna Korhonen: “The relevance of international minority protection efforts for the minority: Case of Estonian Russian-speakers”.
Asteria Brylka: “Russian Immigrants in Finland: Majority Perspective. Threats and Gains as Predictors of Outgroup Attitudes and Identity Openness”.
Liisa Larja: “Discrimination in the Finnish Labor Market. A Field Experiment on Recruitment”.
The Symposium was also followed by a project meeting in which the collaboration with all MIRIPS teams was outlined. Prof.Lebedeva, PhD Tatarko, PhD Efremova, PhD Lepshokova, PhD Osipova, Ryabichenko are the Russian partners of the MIRIPS (Mutual Intercultural Relations In Plural Societies) network and therefore their participation in the Symposium and project meeting was central.
The future directions of research collaboration in migration and acculturation studies between Finland, Estonia and Russia were also discussed.