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Clio’s Psyche Call for Papers on Psychohistorical Perspectives on Psychoanalysts (Special Issue)

Papers are due July 1st, 2017 for the Fall 2017 Issue

Dear Colleague,

There is a double value to using the psychohistorical lens to view psychoanalysts.  As with examining anyone who is creative, examining a psychoanalyst enables us better to understand how the inner life underlies, indeed produces, that person’s accomplishments and helps account for that person’s failures and conflicts. But psychoanalysts differ from other creative people in a significant way. They produce psychological ideas – such as theories, ways of comprehending the world, and methods of treatment. Hence a psychological investigation of them can show us the intimate connection between their life and work. It is no coincidence that Freud, who developed the concept of the Oedipus complex, had, according to his own words, a searing Oedipus complex and that Erik Erikson, originator of the idea of the identity crisis, had, as he tells us, an imposing struggle in developing his own identity. Hence psychobiography is a natural approach for looking at a psychoanalyst.

But beyond psychobiography, there are also the varied approaches of psychohistory; they bring into play societal and cultural influences, religion, historical trends, and group phenomena.  Countless pregnant topics are possible:

1) the tangled relationship that many psychoanalysts, from Freud - to Erikson - to Kohut had with their Jewishness;

2) the effect of turning away from God on the development of psychoanalysis, which for some served as a replacement for religion;

3) the endless complications of relationship between each of the great generative psychoanalysts, such as Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, Carl Jung, and Harry Stack Sullivan, and their followers.

Psychoanalysts from the past are a ripe topic for study, but so are living psychoanalysts.  In addition, groups of people, such as psychoanalytic institutes and associations, groups of collaborators (such as the colleagues around Anna Freud and Melanie Klein), and publishers of psychoanalytic journals and books, are also worthy of study.

For our date Fall Special Issue of Clio’s Psyche, “Psychohistorical Perspectives on Psychoanalysts,” we welcome your psychoanalytic and psychological thoughts on these and additional questions.

We seek articles from 500 to 2,500 words (including some key words), an abstract of 100 words or less, and your brief biography ending in your e-mail address—by June 15, 2017.  An abstract or outline by May 1st would be helpful.  Send them as attached Microsoft Word documents (*.docx) to cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com.

It is the style of our scholarly quarterly 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 strongly favor case studies), without psychoanalytic/ psychological terminology or jargon and without foot/endnotes or a bibliography (use internal citations for quotations).  We have a policy of accepting one long article (3,000-4,400 words) per issue, provided it is eminently insightful and readable. It may possibly be used as the basis of a symposium, but it would need to be received by add by May 1st.  Submissions the editors deem suitable are anonymously refereed in a double-blind system.

For those who are not familiar with our publication and its sponsor, in summer 2017 Clio's Psyche will complete its 24th year of publication by the Psychohistory Forum, a 35-year-old organization of academics, therapists, and laypeople holding regular scholarly meetings in Manhattan and at international conventions.  For additional meeting information join the Forum.  Membership questionnaires and other information may be found at our website at www.cliospsyche.org.           

I hope you can join this important endeavor.  Many of our subscribers 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 colleagues (including associations or electronic mailing lists) who may be interested.  If you have any questions, please e-mail me at cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com.

Sincerely yours,

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

 

 


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