Call For Proposals

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other" - Mother Teresa


Our hope is that our conversations and collaborations will challenge and deepen our various disciplines. Submissions for group symposia, individual papers, and posters are welcome. We invite papers that seek some form of interchange between psychology, philosophy, theology, and/or humanities-related disciplines. (Student posters are highly encouraged as well). 

Our submission portal is officially open and we will be reviewing proposals until our deadline of Friday, March 5, 2021Notifications will be sent out in late April 2021. See the sub-sections below for the required components - and click on the button to the right to submit your proposal for submission!! (Submissions are under review - and we will send decisions by late April 2021)

(Our upcoming Psychology and the Other conference will take place on September 17-19, 2021).

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Types of Presentations


Accepted papers are given 20-25 minutes and will be organized on panels of papers with similar content, themes, and/or thinkers. There will be additional time for Q&A (30 minutes). These panels may be discipline-specific or interdisciplinary in makeup.



Symposia will be formatted in 90-minutes slots. Symposia are intended to be pre-organized combinations of papers on a shared area of scholarship (3-6 persons). Conversations between symposium members and/or the inclusion of discussants are expected as a part of the program. The symposium chair is responsible for organizing and submitting the proposal.



Posters are strongly valued at this conference and are given significant space and attention (with wine/cheese and a designated time slot). Though posters are not frequently a part of theoretical, philosophical, and psychoanalytic conversations, we do not consider this designation to be a "second class" category. During the last conferences, the posters were given prominence in a beautiful space and the exhibition period was very well-attended. We welcome posters as a means of representing this area of scholarship.


I. General Track

This is meant to be an all-inclusive category. This track is for submissions which may not particularly dialogue with the six other tracks below. Do feel free to see the concepts and thinkers to the right (as well as past conference programs and past publications) to get a feel of conference topics.

II. Plato Symposium

The 20th-century philosopher Alfred North Whitehead famously declared that the western intellectual tradition could be understood as “a series of footnotes to Plato.” But if Plato is the father of western thought, he is certainly an oedipal father -- one whose progeny remain ambivalent toward him, whose influence they both fear and revere. This symposium invites contributors to offer nuanced, non-traditional readings of Plato, readings that not only analyze but build upon the Dialogues by bringing them into conversation with psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and contemporary Continental thought more broadly.

III. Dante Salon


The Dante Salon returns in 2021! Building on the rousing success of 2019’s gathering and the forthcoming collection Dante & the Other, this latest convivium will respond to and go deeper into the themes of alterity, the ineffable, and how Dante can bridge contemporary philosophy, theology, and psychology to his ancient sources.

IV. Alien Salon

No issue is more critical to contemporary society than the encounter with the other. Yet, whether in nature, culture, politics, or pathology, alterity is too-easily blanketed in banal familiarity. Where can we turn to return the sublime, the ineffable, and the unspeakable to the encounter? This gathering will examine such constructs as the uncanny of Freud or Heidegger, Kristeva’s abject, Levinas’s Other, and Miéville’s abcanny to look with fresh wonder—or horror—upon the extraterrestrials, monsters, alien landscapes, and stranded cosmic travelers of weird, horror, speculative, and science fictions.

V. Narrative & Psychosocial Dialogues

Whether in our larger society or particular therapeutic relations, our intertwining and dissonant narratives have the ability to heal and to harm, to (re)member or tear asunder. The intention of this track is to bring into dialogue diverse approaches in narrative, psychosocial, existential, and meaning-oriented practices - as well as conceptualizations of the human subject. In particular, attention will be given to questions of human suffering, existential vacuum, racial prejudice, spiritual transcendence, and/or ethical responsibility as it relates to the intersection of persons and larger social order.

VI. Psychoanalytic Ideas on Technology and Subjectivity

The advent of the technological age has altered the fabric of our lives. And while the rapidly changing technological landscape has received intensive commentary in recent years, psychoanalytic ideas have rarely been deployed to conceptualize the nature of our present transformations. The purpose of this track is to create a laboratory within which psychoanalytic formulations can be brought to bear on the impact technology has had on such facets of human life as subjectivity, intimacy, political motivation, interpersonal exchange, thought, desire, attention, vulnerability, and development.

VII. Psychological Humanities and Ethics

At a time when the practice of psychology has become defined by and beholden to the advances and strictures of modern science, many psychologists are expressing the desire for a more mature, capacious discipline. The purpose of the Psychological Humanities and Ethics track is to address that desire by bringing together voices who seek to put the psychological sciences into dialogue with the humanities in order to enrich ethical responses to and languages for human suffering, identity, and potential. We welcome proposals that open the borders of psychology to the contributions of other fields (e.g., philosophy, sociology, history, literature, art, political studies, and theological/religious studies).



Please review the following information as you create your proposal...

Submission should include the following:

  • Author's name(s)

  • Working Title

  • 500-word maximum proposal abstract

  • Institutional Affiliation / Current position

  • Preference for a symposium, paper, or poster - and track

  • Contact information (including preferred phone number and e-mail)



Registration to the conference is required for all first author presenters. Additionally, it's suggested to cut-and-paste your abstract from a word processor.


When you complete your submission, you should receive a confirmation e-mail within several minutes. If you do not receive this e-mail (or have any other difficulties), please e-mail for assistance.


After the conference concludes, selected papers will be published in journal special issues or as a book chapter in an edited book volume. In previous years, four special issues of journals and six book volumes have emerged from conference conversations (including Oxford University Press, Routledge, Duquesne, and others). More information regarding publication opportunities will be available at a later time. 

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 Psychology and the Other

Conference 2021


I. General Track

II. Plato Symposium

III. Dante Salon

IV. Alien Salon

V. Narrative & Psychosocial Dialogues

VI. Psychoanalytic Ideas on Technology and Subjectivity

VII. Psychological Humanities and Ethics

Topics (non-exhaustive):

- phenomenological ethics

- existential phenomenology

- existential psychoanalysis

- narrative theory

- relational psychoanalysis

- ethics and morality

- subjectivity/intersubjectivity

- feminism/gender theory

- multicultural/cross-cultural dynamics

- sociopolitical trends

- critical race theory

- dialogical self/dialogical methods 

- diacritical hermeneutics

- mimetic theory

- meaning-oriented psychotherapy

- embodiment and human-condition

... and many others!



– Emmanuel Levinas

– Jacques Lacan

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

– Stanley Cavell

– Rene Girard

– Jean-Paul Sartre

– Martin Heidegger

– Hans-George Gadamer

– Paul Ricoeur

– Jean Luc-Marion

– Maurice Merleau-Ponty

- Frantz Fanon

– Julia Kristeva

– Luce Irigaray

– Simone De Beauvoir

– Martin Buber

– Abraham Joshua Heschel

– Erich Fromm

- Viktor E. Frankl

– John Zizioulas

– Jessica Benjamin

– Mikhail Bakhtin

– Edmund Husserl

– Alfred Schutz

– C. G. Jung

– James Hillman

... and many others!