CFP: “Comments on _The Making of Psychohistory_” and “_Your_ History of Psychohistory”

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Call for Papers
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Psychology, Political Science, Social Sciences

Clio’s Psyche Calls for Papers on

“Comments on The Making of Psychohistory

Winter 2019 Issue

The due date is September 30, 2018


Your History of Psychohistory”

The Summer 2019 Special Issue

The due date is March 31, 2019


Dear Colleague:

I invite you to write on either or both of these important topics.

            “Comments on The Making of Psychohistory” - The recently published book, The Making of Psychohistory: Origins, Controversies, and Pioneering Contributors (Routledge, 2018), is the first volume dedicated to the history of psychohistory, an amalgam of history, psychology, and related social sciences.  I wrote the book based on my half century in the field, editorial and organizational leadership, extensive research, and numerous interviews of colleagues.  We now welcome your comments on the book by September 30, 2018.  Several questions that may help your evaluating the book are:

  • What is the book’s contribution to our scholarship?
  • Is the book fair in its assessment of the originators and disputes within the field over the decades?
  • In its 125 pages of text, is there inadequate coverage (or omission) of important individuals, centers of scholarship, events, or publications that should be corrected in a second edition or written about elsewhere?
  • What are the implications from the book about the future of psychohistory?

          “Your History of Psychohistory” - You should consider leaving a record of your own experiences in applying psychology to society.  Of course, The Making of Psychohistory was written from my own perspective, and I only had 125 pages to cover over a century of psychohistory.  We at the Psychohistory Forum would like you to write your own history of the field for the Summer 2019 issue of our journal, which we will then publish as The Builders of Psychohistory book (assuming there are enough submissions).  You may or may not see yourself as a psychohistorian, but if you have done work in the fields of applied psychoanalysis, political psychology, psychobiography, psychoanalytic anthropology, psychological history, or psychologically-informed cultural, environmental, or women’s (including gender studies) history, we would like you to consider writing for this historical record of academic and personal achievement.  Some questions that may help focus your writing about your professional and life journey:

  •  What or who brought you to your field?
  •  How do you view yourself professionally?
  •  What relevant training do you have?
  •  Did you have role models and mentors?  If so, please discuss them.
  •  Were there centers of scholarship that you were associated with?  If so, how did they influence you?
  •  What were and are your experiences?
  •  What obstacles did, or do, you face in doing your psychologically-based scholarship?
  •  How did your analysis, or treatment, if any, influence your life and work?
  •  What is your best work, why, and what inspired it?
  •  Was your psychological interest connected to the following movements or interests: civil rights, environmentalism, feminism, LGBT rights, or Marxism?
  •  What do you think you will be remembered for in the future?
  •  What are you working on now?

                 Submission Guidelines - Please send your 500-3,000 words—including five to ten keywords and a 25-150-word abstract (both depending on the length of the article), as well as your brief biography ending in your e-mail address—by:

  • September 30, 2018 for “Comments on The Making of Psychohistory
  • March 31, 2019 for “Your History of Psychohistory”

An abstract or outline would be helpful by 60 days before the due date, or July 31, 2018, and January 31, 2019, respectively.  Send articles and abstracts as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to

It is the style of our scholarly publication to publish thought-provoking, clearly written articles based upon psychological/psychoanalytic insight, developed with examples from history, current events, and the human experience.  We are open to all psychological approaches and prefer that articles be personalized (we especially like case studies) without psychoanalytic/psychological terminology or jargon.  Submissions the editors deem suitable are anonymously refereed.

For those who are not familiar with our publication and its sponsor, Clio's Psyche is in its 25th year of publication by the Psychohistory Forum, a 36-year-old organization of academics, therapists, and laypeople holding regular scholarly meetings in Manhattan and at international conventions.  To find back issues, meeting information, membership questionnaires, and any other information, or to join the Forum, visit our website,

We hope you can join this important endeavor.  Many of our readers tell us that they find our publication to be a lively, compelling read that provides in-depth analyses.  Please forward this Call for Papers to any appropriate colleagues (including associations or electronic mailing lists) who may be interested.  If you have any questions about our organization or journal, please e-mail me at

Sincerely yours,


Paul Elovitz, PhD, Historian, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Professor, Director of the Psychohistory Forum, and Editor, Clio's Psyche

Author of The Making of Psychohistory: Origins, Controversies, and Pioneering Contributors (as a paperback ISBN # 978-1-138-58749-6, it is reduced at checkout at the Routledge Publishers site with the code FLR40 from $38.95 to $31.16) 

Contact Info: 

Paul H. Elovitz, PhD