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Focusing on self and identity

Published: 1 July 2008

The issues of self and identity will be the focus of a major conference at the University of Southampton this month.

Delegates from across the globe will be descending on the city to take part in the second symposium on self and identity.

The event follows on from the success of last year's conference and aims to showcase research advances in the areas of self and identity.

It also encourages communication among researchers in a friendly and supportive environment.

Speakers from the UK, USA, Netherlands and Germany will lead debates covering areas such as the differences between feeling independent and behaving independently, facing death, and being in search of the immortal self.

The symposium takes place at the University of Southampton on 11 and 12 July and will be attended by invited delegates from the UK, Europe, the USA and Israel.

It is sponsored by the British Psychological Society Seminar Award and is being organised by the University of Southampton's Centre for Research on Self and Identity.

Director of the Centre for Research Constantine Sedikides said: "This symposium is a great opportunity for delegates from around the world to get together and focus on the areas of self and identity.

"We hope that this series of seminars will bring researchers together to exchange ideas and benefit future collaboration."

Notes for editors

  • The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship.

    This is one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine, and home to a range of world-leading research centres, including the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies.

    We combine academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning.

    As one of the UK's top ten research universities, we offer first-rate opportunities and facilities for study and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, health, science and engineering.

    We have over 22,000 students, around 5,000 staff, and an annual turnover in the region of £325 million.

  • For further information

    Liz Gilbride, Communications, University of Southampton,
    Tel: 023 8059 2128, email:

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