Call for Papers

Current Call | Future Issues

Current Call

The Fall 2018 issue of Clio’s Psyche will be distributed late July/early August.  (Submissions are now closed.)  Topics:
“Awakening from the Nightmare of the Subjugation and Violation of Women” Symposium
“The Psychology and History of Sexual Violation and Its Condemnation” Special Issue


Future Issues

Winter 2019 (published late November/early December 2018)

Clio’s Psyche Call for Symposium Responses and Articles on

“The Psychobiography of Abraham Lincoln”

The due date is October 15, 2018

Abraham Lincoln has intrigued historians and biographers—and Americans and the world generally—for 150 years.  Over 16,000 books have been written about him.  We hope you will write something psychoanalytically/psychologically new on Lincoln as you respond to the Strozier-Anderson “Psychology of Lincoln” dialogue or write a standalone article.

In the words of James William Anderson, what were “the inner psychological factors that motivated Lincoln”?  Historian, biographer, and Lincoln scholar Charles B. Strozier and psychoanalyst and psychobiographer Anderson dialogue about the 16th president in “The Psychology of Lincoln,” available upon request from Bob Lentz at  Strozier and Anderson talk about Lincoln’s:

  • childhood and family
  • fantasy Founder grandfather
  • depression
  • empathy and compassion
  • “aggressiveness” (or not)
  • guilt over the deaths from the Civil War

We invite your 500-1000-word response to the dialogue.

Or you may wish to present your insights on what motivated Lincoln, especially as he felt, thought, and acted on issues such as:

  • slavery and emancipation
  • states’ rights and union
  • total war and unconditional surrender

What do attachment and mirroring in his youth reveal about the mature politician and president?  What were the psychological origins of his authoritarianism?  From where came the literary Lincoln—his fondness for theater and Shakespeare, poetry and humor, and his increasing eloquence in speeches and writings?

Lincoln’s relationship with Americans of his time and through the generations since also deserves analyzing.  Why did a president initially so reviled become so revered?  Would Lincoln have become so well regarded if he had not been assassinated and become a martyr?  How do group fantasies about Lincoln compare with reality?

Responses to “The Psychology of Lincoln” dialogue should be 500-1000 words, including title, your affiliation, and a brief author credit ending in your email address.

Articles separate from the dialogue should be 1000-2000 words, including title, your affiliation, seven to ten keywords, a 50-100-word abstract, and a brief author credit ending in your email address.

Both are due by October 15, 2018.  An expression of interest or abstract by September 1 would be appreciated.  Send them as attached Word files to


Winter 2019 (published late November/early December 2018)

Clio’s Psyche Call 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

“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 [Paul Elovitz] 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 [Paul Elovitz] 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 by March 31, 2019:

  • 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

If you have any questions about our organization, journal, or The Making of Psychohistory book, please e-mail me, Paul Elovitz,  at


Clio’s Psyche is looking for articles on a variety of subjects.  Here are some special issues that we would welcome an informed guest editor or co-editors for articles on:

  • Psychobiography
  • Globalization
  • Environmentalism and Anti-Environmentalism
  • The Impact of Celebrity Culture on America
  • TV as Object Relations: Our Emotional Connection to Fantasy
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Business Success
  • Images and Psychology of Enemies and Hatred through the Ages
  • The Intrapsychic and Societal Processes of the American Acceptance of Homosexuality
  • The Contemporary American Fascination with Animals
  • Anti-Government Fantasies and Civilization
  • The Psychology of Anti-Intellectualism and its Implications for Democracy
  • Psychoanalytic/psychological Anthropology
  • Psychogeography
  • Psychoeconomics