Call for Papers

Current Calls for Future Issues

Current Calls

“The Psychohistory of Comic Heroes/Villains”

The Winter 2020 Special Issue – The due date is October 1, 2019

“The Psychohistory of Comic Heroes/Villains” – Comic books have become a hugely influential form of media that have spawned the creation of numerous hits, from Marvel’s movie Avengers: Endgame (2019), which had a $1.2 billion opening weekend, to the television show The Walking Dead (2010-), which has been running for nine seasons now.  Comics are being taken more seriously as a form of literature and taught in college level classrooms.  What does the meteoric rise of the superhero in this era say about our culture?  How do comic books reflect and influence our society?

Readers of Clio’s Psyche may be wondering why comic books, games, movies, and television are worthy of psychohistorical exploration.  Below in a postscript I will explain my rationale.  Here the task is to get to the point of explaining to those for whom comics are a part of their fantasy life, just like Superman, the Lone Ranger, and later the first Star Wars movie were and to some degree still are a part of mine.  As a doctoral history student, I was told to ignore the fantasies of popular culture.  However, as a psychological historian, I discovered their enormous importance and urge a younger generation to apply historical and psychological insights to them.  In this special issue of Clio’s Psyche, we are showcasing the comic book medium.  Our perspective is psychological with a preference for case studies.   We are looking for articles commenting on one or more of the following due by October 1, 2019:

  • The psychology of the superhero and the role it plays in our politics and society
  • The societal influence of big budget comic book movies such as Avengers: Endgame
  • Comics as literature: Maus, Persepolis, Watchmen, etc.
  • Psychological studies of comic books focusing on themes such as death, denial, loss, mourning, survivors’ guilt, vengeance
  • Attacks on comics as causing juvenile delinquency, such as by Fredric Wertham
  • Psychobiographies of comic book creators such as Stan Lee, Paul Dini, Sina Grace, etc.
  • How do different personality types react differently to comic fantasies?
  • How are women, minorities, and the LGBT+ community increasingly being integrated into the comic world as a reflection of changes in our society?
  • What are some of the emotional reactions of devotees to the Marvel Universe to the killing off of half the comic family?
  • What is the process of the mourning of the dead heroes reflected in Avengers: Endgame?
  • What is the impact of comic reincarnation when the heroes come back in Avengers: Endgame?
  • A first person in-depth account of the role of comics in your life
  • Reviews of relevant books, broadcasts, games, movies, music, or plays

Submission Guidelines – We seek articles from 500-2,000 words—including seven to ten keywords, a 100 word abstract, and your brief biography ending in your email address—by October 1, 2019.  An abstract or outline would be helpful.  Send them as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to cliospsycheeditor @gmail.com.

It is the style of our scholarly quarterly to publish thought-provoking, clearly written articles based upon psychological/psychoanalytic insight, and 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 and without foot/endnotes or a bibliography (use internal citations for quotations).  Submissions the editors deem suitable are anonymously refereed.  There is also a $100 prize for an outstanding symposium paper by a young person (defined as under 35 years of age) that can be up to 3,500 words including a 100 word abstract, 7-10 keywords, and a short biography of the author ending in an email address.

  • October 1, 2019 for “The Psychohistory of Comic Heroes/Villains”

An abstract or outline would be helpful. Send articles and abstracts as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com.

“Psychology of School Shootings”

The Fall 2019 Special Issue – The due date is July 1, 2019

“Psychology of School Shootings” – For many, school shootings have disrupted the sense of schools as a safe place for education, socialization, athletics, and community.  We are looking for short papers on the impact of these horrendous events on those in the schools: children, young adults, teachers, and their families.  Our articles are typically from 500-2,000 words, including the title, 100 word abstract, 7-10 key words, and a short biography of the author ending in her/his email address.  We would like to hear experiences and responses from those whose lives have been impacted by gun violence.  Our tradition is to publish first person accounts alongside of the work of clinicians and professors.  We urge our authors to avoid technical terminology. Some possible thoughts that come to mind for articles due by July 1, 2019:

  • What does it feel like to be in a school when these events occur?
  • How are students, parents, and teachers coping with this gun violence?
  • Are you experiencing or observing PTSD?
  • Are there young people and parents developing school phobia?
  • What is the impact on teachers?
  • What is the impact on education?
  • What is the impact of “hardening” schools through greater security?
  • What is like for teachers to be encouraged to be armed and trained in armaments?
  • Do active shooter drills give the unconscious message to suicidal students of gaining their 15 minutes of fame (infamy) by becoming a school shooter?
  • Have some students become suspicious of loners in school?
  • Do “active shooter drills” reassure or spread fear
  • How effective are student led protests?
  • Do students speaking in Congress make a legislative difference?
  • Have these horrendous events prompted you to anti-gun action?

An additional possibility is to write a response to the attached article by our veteran member, Mary Coleman.  This retired doctor spent much of her long life campaigning against war and all violence, when not practicing medicine and writing her books on autism and war.  In her paper, attached below, Dr. Coleman’s primary concern is why there has been an effective mass movement of mothers (and fathers) to change our laws to lessen this danger.

Submission Guidelines – We at the Psychohistory Forum welcome personalized responses to Mary’s article.  Please submit articles with your own background information.  We are looking for articles from 300-1,200 words (including a title, 7-10 key words, and your biography ending in your email address) based on these issues, as a response to Mary Coleman’s article, or your own experience with gun violence, due by:

  • July 1, 2019 for “Psychology of School Shootings”

An abstract or outline would be helpful. Send articles and abstracts as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com.

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

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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