Calls for papers or proposals

1. Special theme issue of Psychology and Sexuality
I Do Not Miss What I Do Not Want: Asexual Identities, Asexual Lives
Deadline: February 28, 2011

Information: This issue will represent a significant contribution to our understanding of asexuality by bringing together a range of papers on the topic for the first time.  It will also provide an opportunity both to map the current state of research on asexuality and to provide a direction for future scholarship and inquiry.  Full length papers (6000 words) and shorter articles (1000-2000 words)

Possible topics include though are not limited to: 

  • Asexual identities; 

  • Asexuality and assumed pathology; 

  • Asexuality and sexual normativity;

  • Asexuality and love; 

  • Asexual relationships; 

  • Asexuality and the LGBT community; 

  • The universality and/or particularity of sexual desire; 

  • Marginalization of asexuality; 

  • Asexuality and the internet; 

  • Social and political goals of the asexual community.

For information about the journal Psychology & Sexuality visit the Taylor & Francis Group website.

If you have questions, please contact one of the guest editors for the issue:
Mark Carrigan, Kristina Gupta, or Todd G.  Morrison.

2. Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University: 16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse & Trauma
Deadline: February 18, 2011

Submit your Proposal Online

The Conference Includes:
Reflections on 9/11: A Decade Later and National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Life Span (NPIEV)

Topics & Threads 

  • Adult survivors of childhood victimization 

  • Children exposed to violence 

  • Child maltreatment 

  • Sexual abuse survivors & offenders  

  • Intimate partner violence offenders & victims 

  • Legal & criminal justice issues 

  • Trauma in the military 

  • At risk youth 

  • Trauma in general 

  • Underserved populations – elders, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, people of color 

  • Substance abuse

3. Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Multiple Diversities in the New Millennium
Deadline: February 25, 2011

Proposals for clinical, theoretical, and research papers (of 20 minutes duration), or panel sessions (groups of papers on a common theme, to last 1 hour 50 minutes), dealing with the conjunction of the psychodynamics of diversity and psychological or psychoanalytic explorations are invited.  The topics might include, but will not be confined to:

  • The psychodynamics of race and culture 

  • Culture and psychotherapy 

  • Historical reviews of culture 

  • Psychoanalysis and race-based transference and countertransference 

  • Issues of multiple diversities – socioeconomic class, religion/spirituality, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability 

  • Innovations in assessment and treatment of diverse groups

The deadline for proposals is February 25, 2011.  Proposals should take the form of a title and a 250-word abstract, accompanied by a brief biographical note, including institutional affiliation where appropriate. 

To submit a proposal, or for more information, please write or e-mail:

Richard Ruth, Ph.D., Conference Chair
The Center for Professional Psychology
The George Washington University
1922 F Street, NW, Suite 103
Washington, DC  20052

4. Reporting From the Front Line: A Transdisciplinary Conference on Gender
Deadline: March 10, 2011

The conference seeks to create a transdisciplinary dialogue that maps the cutting edges in gender studies research, practice and activism.  In particular, we invite submissions addressing gendered aspects of: 

  • Citizenship, social policy and human rights; 

  • Health, health care and health technologies; 

  • Workplace and educational settings and organizational practices; 

  • Conceptualisations, productions, uses and impacts of social, cultural, media, architectural, environmental and/or political spaces; 

  • Discursive representations of new masculinities, femininities and sexualized subjectivities in national and international contexts; 

  • Gender at the intersection of age, ethnicity, social class and dis/ability in ‘the big society’.

Submissions may be in a variety of formats including posters, verbal presentations and workshops.  Please e-mail abstracts of 150 words, including with your submission, presentation title and format, author names, institutional affiliations and email addresses and an indication of which of the above themes your presentation addresses.

5. PsySR Conference -- "Transforming a World in Crisis: The Role of Socially Responsible Psychology"
July 14 – 16, 2011
Boston-Brookline, MA
Deadline: March 15, 2011

Proposals are sought for three categories: Symposia or Workshops, Participant Idea Exchanges, and Posters:

  • Proposals for 90-minute symposia or workshops should address a crisis situation in today’s world and describe the roles that socially responsible psychology can play in promoting positive social change.  We especially welcome programs that explore psychological factors as key levers and obstacles in broad or specific intervention efforts, including lessons learned from past successes and failures.  Our hope is that each program will provide practical ideas and actions to more effectively tackle the contemporary crises that surround us.  All programs should include ample time for audience discussion and participation.  To submit a symposium or workshop proposal, send a 300-word summary, along with the names and contact information for all participants; where appropriate, include a description of each participant’s contribution to the program.  If you have questions, please contact Brad Olson.

  • We also invite proposals for 40-minute “Participant Idea Exchanges” (PIEs).  PIEs are facilitated discussions that give attendees a chance to discuss a topic related to the conference theme and share ideas and resources in a small group.  In addition to facilitating the discussion, facilitators are encouraged to bring handouts if they have helpful resources for attendees.  PIE proposals (300 words) should describe the topic to be discussed, some sample questions for the discussion, and the names and contact information for all facilitators.  If you have questions, please contact Meghan Duff.

  • Posters should describe a research study or action project relevant to socially responsible psychology.  Poster proposals should include a title, a 150-word summary of the poster, and the names and contact information for all participants.  If you have questions, please contact Brian Jones

Sample topics for symposia, workshops, PIEs, and posters include examination of the psychological aspects of: the economic crisis, increasing inequality, threats to the environment, diminished concern for human rights, the collapse of the social safety net, or openings created by challenges to U.S.  hegemony.  Organizing strategies appropriate for psychologist-activists or innovative ideas for social activism relevant to our members are encouraged as well.
Proposals are welcome from PsySR members and from non-members, including community members, activists, and students.  All proposals will be peer-reviewed.  Due to logistical constraints, audiovisual equipment will not be available.

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to. The deadline for submission is March 15th at 5 PM, with notification of acceptance no later than April 30th. All participants will be required to register for the conference.

6. Demeter Press seeks submissions for an edited collection on Muslim Mothering: Local and Global Histories, Theories, and Practices
Deadline: May 1, 2011 - December 1, 2011

The concept of Muslim mothering elicits a wide range of assumptions about the roles Islam plays in shaping experiences of mothering and motherhood.  While Muslim women are often subjects of scrutiny and analysis, Muslim mothering evokes scant theoretical attention and concern.  This collection will attempt to problematize the concept of Muslim mothering while contributing to an understanding of the diverse ideas, practices, and strategies employed by Muslim mothers across the world from a range of historical, theoretical, and political perspectives.  It aims to examine the challenges of Muslim mothering while remaining attuned to the particular difficulties and complexities of practicing Islam today in a variety of national, transnational, and international contexts.  We seek works that can address multiple, varied, and even contradictory images, symbols, and representations of Muslim mothers and Muslim mothering.  In considering the importance of understanding how religious practices shape or inflect mothering and the institution of motherhood, the collection will be guided by the following question: How do Muslim mothers mother?

The editor of this collection seeks article length contributions from across the humanities and social sciences on the following topics: Muslim mothers or mothers in Islam; intersectional approaches to Muslim mothering and Muslim mothering practices; race, class, sexuality, and religion in Muslim mothering; constructions of Muslim mothering in the Quran and the Hadith; rights of Muslim mothers; representations of Muslim mothers; Motherhood in Islam; Muslim mothers and pregnancy, birth, motherhood, and adoption; gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/heterosexual Muslim mothering; Muslim mothering and (dis)ability; single Muslim mothering; Muslim mothering and Islamophobia; mothering in Muslim majority and minority states; Muslim mothering in times of war, occupation, conflict, and/or natural disaster; Muslim mothering and migration; national, international, and/or transnational Muslim mothering; Muslim mothering and reproductive technologies; bilingual, multilingual and/or multicultural Muslim mothering; Muslim mothering and/as resistance; convert Muslim mothering; non-Muslim mothers of Muslim children; Muslim Milk mothers; feminist Muslim mothering; anti-capitalist Muslim mothering.

Papers that examine Muslim mothering from multidisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome.

Submission Guidelines 
Abstracts should be 500 words.  Please also include a brief biography (with citizenship information).  Please send abstracts or inquiries to Dana Mohammed Olwan in word document file with "Muslim Mothering" in title of e-mail message.  Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-18 pages) will be due December 1st, 2011 and should conform to MLA citation format. 

7. Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance (an edited collection).
Deadline: May 31, 2011 - November 1, 2011

A large proportion - and in many jurisdictions the majority - of incarcerated women are mothers.  Popular attention is often paid to challenges faced by children of incarcerated mothers while incarcerated women themselves often do not "count" as mothers in mainstream discourse.  This anthology will explore complex issues relating to incarcerated mothers, from connections between mothering and incarceration, through criminalization of motherhood to understanding experiences of mothers in prison. 

This book will examine how incarcerated mothers are ascribed identities, and especially how society scripts of the mother role and counts as a good or real mother in Western patriarchal society.  We encourage submissions that interrogate popular discourses about mothering, virtue and criminalization and especially those that focus on resistance and agency by incarcerated mothers.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Health of  mothers in prison; 

  • Experiences of mothers in prison; 

  • Representations of incarcerated mothers in popular culture; 

  • Prison narratives by and about mothers; 

  • History of incarcerated mothers (public policy); 

  • Criminalization of pregnancy and motherhood -constructing identities; 

  • Survival patterns as incarcerated mothers; 

  • Negative cultural portrayals of mothers who are criminalized; 

  • Relationship of patriarchal discursive systems to portrayals of incarcerated mothers; 

  • Incarcerated mothers in the press and other mainstream cultural media; 

  • Adolescent incarcerated mothers; 

  • Race, class, ethnicity and incarcerated mothers; 

  • Foster families and incarcerated mothers ( mother and caregiver relationships); 

  • Mothers after incarceration (transitioning from carceral settings to the community); 

  • Lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and transsexual incarcerated mothers; and 

  • Gender identity, criminalization and the social construction of motherhood

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a brief biography,
including citizenship (50 words).

Accepted Papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) will be due November 1, 2011 and should conform to MLA citation format. 

Demeter Press
140 Holland St.  West, PO 13022
Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5

8. Special Issue of Feminism & Psychology
Trans(cending) Psychology: Advancing Feminist Scholarship on Gender and Transgender Experience
Deadline: July 1, 2011

Information: In light of these recent developments in scholarship and activism, we invite scholars with interests in the intersection of feminism and psychology to break new ground in understanding the lives of trans-identified people and in psychological theorizing of gender through a trans-focused lens.  Manuscripts addressing the theory, method, and practice of feminist psychology, broadly construed, relating to transgender experience are sought.  Contributions that address the following are particularly welcome: 

  • Theorizing that considers the relationships among feminist psychology, research methodology, and transgender studies; 

  • Analyses of sociohistorical contexts, religion, capitalism, colonization history, heteronormativity, other sociopolitical forces, and other meaningful social identity categories (race, class, sexuality) as they influence trans people’s identities and experiences, or as they influence scholarly and lay understandings of trans experiences; 

  • Implications of trans-spectrum identities (transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender fluid, etc.) and communities for theorizing gender, the gender binary, the social construction of gender, and gender essentialism; 

  • Ways in which the lived experiences of trans-identified people demonstrate agency and self-definition outside the realm of psycho-medical discourses; 

  • Feminist alternatives to the “gatekeeper” role that psychologists have traditionally played in trans-related diagnosis and health care; 

  • Transnational and international perspectives on trans identities and lives, using culturally-specific analyses that consider the sociocultural specificity of gender-variant practices (particularly within non-Western contexts); 

  • Reflections on the ways that feminist psychologists can contribute to social change that will enhance the lives of trans-spectrum people. 

We also welcome submissions on other topics relevant to feminist psychology and transgender studies.  For informal discussion of contributions, please e-mail us at or

This special issue will include a mixture of full-length articles (up to 8,000 words), brief reports (up to 3,000 words), and observations and commentaries (up to 2,000 words). 

Manuscript submission deadline is July 1, 2011.  Please e-mail submissions.  All manuscripts should be prepared according to the editorial guidelines of Feminism & Psychology, and all submissions will be subjected to the typical peer review process.

9. 4th Conference of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies (FEMMSS)
Deadline: August 2011

Information: Paper proposals are invited for the fourth conference of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies (FEMMSS) to be held at The Pennsylvania State University in May 2012.  New participants and perspectives from across the academy and outside it that provide feminist discussion on any topic in epistemologies, methodologies, metaphysics, or science studies are welcome.  Note the following broad themes of recent and ongoing interest: 

  • Practicing & teaching science as a feminist 

  • Gender, justice & climate change 

  • Liberatory approaches to science policy 

  • Feminist perspectives on cognition, logic, argumentation & rhetoric 

  • Liberatory methodologies 

  • Knowledges of resistance 

  • Experience, authority & ignorance 

  • Science, technology & the state 

  • Public philosophy

Proposals of 250-300 words, plus bibliography, and a CV of no more than three pages should be combined in a single Word (or Rich Text Format) file.  Submissions by e-mail attachment are due by August 1, 2011.  Please note “FEMMSS4 submission” in the subject line.