Calls for papers or proposals

1. “Expanding Our Horizons: Giving Voice to Underrepresented AAPIs
Asian American Psychological Association
2011 Annual Convention
Deadline: March 30, 2011 at 11:00pm PST.

The Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) invites submissions of proposals for the AAPA 2011 Annual Convention to be held in Washington, DC. The convention theme this year is Expanding Our Horizons: Giving voice to underrepresented AAPIs. Underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) constitute a minority group in the United States in terms of number and power. AAPI are often marginalized and underrepresented, both within AAPI communities and American society as a whole.  We seek proposals that address the issues, problems, and experiences as well as the accomplishments, strengths, and advocacy efforts of AAPI who may be underrepresented in our own communities as well as within the U.S.
Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following topics within AAPI psychology: 

  • Identity issues – immigrants, international students, adoptees, multiracial/multiethnic, religious affiliation, sexual identity. 

  • APIs in homogenous communities engaging in research, scholarship, teaching, practice, advocacy 

  • Experiences related to oppression, discrimination, or microaggression 

  • Concerns related to physical health or mental health, such as physical disabilities, sexuality 

  • Personal or institutional barriers such as access, language, etc. 

  • Critical issues of advocacy, social justice, and activism. 

  • Issues related to multicultural competency (e.g. being aware of our own biases as    clinicians' and    aware of others' cultures and traditions) in working with underrepresented APIs. 

  • Intersections of identities 

  • Career selection/choices – especially given the theme – use of psychology across various career domains, etc.

Who May Submit

AAPA members at all levels of training (professional, graduate level, and undergraduate level), including non-psychologists interested in psychological issues affecting AAPIs are encouraged to submit proposals. Undergraduate proposals are encouraged. Non-AAPA members at all levels may also submit proposals. We particularly encourage submissions from those interested in AAPI psychology who have not previously participated in AAPA conventions.

To underscore the convention's theme on interdisciplinary collaborations, we also encourage submissions from non-psychologists, including members of related mental health professions (e.g. nursing, social work, education) as well as members of other professions and fields that are not primarily psychological in nature (i.e., sociologists, anthropologists, journalists, clergy, artists, writers).  Because strengthening diverse families and communities are of particular importance for psychologists of color, we strongly encourage submissions from members of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP), or the National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA).

  • Deadline for all submissions is March 30, 2011 at 11:00 p.m. PST 

  • Submit presentations to the Asian American Psychological Association website

  • All presenters are required to officially register for the convention

Types of Submissions

Interactive Sessions (60 minutes) provide an environment for focused discussions and interactions. In a typical session, facilitators introduce the topic and set up a context for subsequent discussions and interactions among participants. Please contact Miki Lasher with any questions about submitting interactive session proposals. 

Symposia (60 minutes) provide forums for multiple presentations and discussions around a common theme. A typical symposium will include 3 or 4 presentations. An invited expert discussant may provide feedback. Please contact Miki Lasher with any questions about submitting symposia proposals. 

You may indicate on the proposal if you would like to have your interactive session or symposia proposal considered for a poster presentation in the event that it is not selected for an interactive session or a symposium presentation. Do not submit a separate poster proposal for a session that you would also like to be considered as a poster. Instead, clearly indicate on the cover sheet under “A: Type of Program” that you would like your session proposal to also be considered for a poster presentation.

No individual paper proposals for oral presentations are accepted.  Single research papers should be submitted as posters.

Poster Sessions (60 minutes) provide a forum for conceptual and/or empirical reports to be presented in the form of a poster. In a poster session, multiple posters are displayed to disseminate information and elicit interactions with participants. Please contact Yung-Chi Chen with any questions about submitting poster proposals. 

AAPA Conference-Related Awards and Application Process

Student Travel Awards

AAPA offers some travel awards for student presenters. AAPA student presenters who have been a member anytime in the last three years are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to the first authors, students who have not received the award before, and students traveling longer distances to the convention. Following the acceptance of your proposal, students should send application materials to the AAPA Awards Chair: Christine Iijima Hall. Please see the AAPA website for further information. 

Division on Women (DoW) Awards

The DoW offers two awards: 

  • The Division on Women Award is given to a presenter of a session related to psychological issues of AAPI women to celebrate and highlight work on AAPI women's issues. Following the acceptance of your proposal, applicants interested in the DoW Award should send application materials to the DoW co-chairs: Agnes Kwong. For more information see AAPA website.

  • The Alice F. Chang Student Scholar Award is given to the best poster presentation related to the mental health of Asian and Pacific Islander women. All accepted and presented posters submitted by students as the first author are considered for this award. The best poster will be judged and awarded at the convention.

Additional Information

Number of Accepted Proposals Allowed 

  • There is no limit to the number of submitted proposals per individual. 

  • However, individuals can only be the first author of one proposal. 

  • In the event that multiple first author submissions are received, the committee will review only the first proposal received. 

  • Exempted from this rule are presenters who are invited speakers and discussants in symposia.

Audiovisual Equipment 

  • Following the acceptance of your proposal, presenters will be asked to indicate their needs for audiovisual equipment. AAPA will provide LCD projectors for power point presentations. 

  • Presenters should bring their own laptops (and those with Mac laptops should bring the appropriate adaptor to connect to the LCD projector).

Guidelines for Proposals

The deadline for all proposal submissions is March 30, 2011 at 11:00 p.m. PST.

All online proposals should include: 

  • Contact information for the presenters 

  • Abstract (50 to 100 words) with no author names, and 

  • Program Summary (500 to 700 words) with no author names.

For submissions to interactive sessions and symposia, submit only one program summary that integrates the multiple presentations within the proposed session and that also clearly indicates the titles and contents of each presentation within the interactive session or symposium. 

  • Proposals will be sent for anonymous reviews. As such, the Abstract and Program Summary should not include identifying information of the author(s) and/or presenter(s).  

  • Submitters will be notified by email upon receipt of their proposal. 

  • Submission outcomes will be sent by email by the end of April 2011.

2. Generations of Feminism
Deadline: April 15, 2011

The editors of thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture invite submissions for a themed issue of their journal, “Generations of Feminism.” We welcome papers on subjects including (but not limited to):

  • Contemporary and historical debates and discussions about generational divides within feminism(s) 

  • Reflections on geographic and global distinctions within debates and discussions about generationality and feminism 

  • The politics of seniority and generation in feminist organizations, activist groups, and academic communities 

  • The notion of feminist “waves” and its remaking, conceptualization, and contemporary relevance 

  • The issue of “mother-daughter” dynamics within feminist movements and theories, and in society more broadly 

  • The ways in which race, class, and sexuality impact (or are left out of, or marginalized within) debates about feminism and generationality 

  • How different generations of feminists define and reshape ideologies and practices of feminism(s)

To be considered for this special issue, submissions must be received by April 15th, 2011.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives. Submissions from researchers working within, or among, the disciplines of geography, sociology, literature, area studies, cultural studies, film/media studies, art, history, education, law, and women’s/gender studies are particularly encouraged.

We accept the submission of work from scholars of any rank or affiliation, and encourage submissions from emerging feminist scholars, including graduate students.

All submissions to the journal must be submitted electronically through our online submission process. All submissions are peer-reviewed by established, senior feminist scholars. For more information on our publishing policies please read the editorial policies.

To submit: Please follow our online submission process.

For more information, please e-mail us.

3. Psychotherapy with Women Award
Deadline: May 1, 2011

The Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35 of APA) funds this award out of royalties from the book edited by Drs. Annette Brodsky and Rachel Hare-Mustin, Women and Psychotherapy: An Assessment of Research and Practice.

Content: Manuscripts on the broad topic of psychotherapy with women are eligible.  Research (quantitative and qualitative), clinical applications, clinical case studies, and theoretical review articles are welcome.

Eligibility: Individual and jointly authored articles are eligible. However, only one submission can be made by the first author. Additionally, the first author may not have previously received this award through Div. 35.  Entries should be of approximately journal length and written in APA style.  Papers that have been submitted for publication or presented at professional meetings are eligible, along with papers that have been accepted for publication or published within the past two years.

In the case of the latter, the papers may not be published more than two years prior to the May 1 submission deadline.

Judging: A panel of psychologists with expertise on psychotherapy with women will read all the entries using a standard anonymous review procedure.  Judging will be made on the basis of scholarly rigor, clinical impact, theoretical creativity and innovation, methodological skills, clarity and style of presentation, in addition to its relevance and importance to psychotherapy with women.  A cover sheet with the author's name, address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers should accompany the paper.  The author's name should not appear on the paper itself.

Award: The winner will be announced at the APA Convention 2011, and will receive the annual prize of $250.

Submission: Please e-mail the paper electronically

4. Leading in Complex Worlds 
Editor: JoAnn Danelo Barbour
2012 Volume in the Building Leadership Bridges Series
Deadline for Submissions: June 1, 2011

The International Leadership Association invites you to submit your work on the theme, Leading in Complex Worlds for our annual volume in the Building Leadership Bridges series. The book captures the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, and educators working in the field of leadership studies. In keeping with the mission of the ILA, the book series connects ways of researching, imagining, and experiencing leadership across cultures, over time, and around the world. The book will be published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley with an expected publication date of March 2012.

The purpose of this call is to seek essays on leading, about leadership, and for leaders, that are multi-perspective in scope and focus that would be appropriate for the complex worlds in which we live. Each essay is expected to contain both the narrative (or story) and the theoretical and/or philosophical and/or disciplinary grounding supporting that narrative. We seek essays that blend the theory and practice of leading/leadership, and concurrently are multi-perspective: multi-grounded, multi-framed, multidisciplinary, multimodal, multi-dimensional, multi-intelligence, and/or multi-logical, for example.

Areas for Submission

  • The editor welcomes previously unpublished submissions that explore the theme Leading in Complex Worlds from diverse perspectives, disciplines, cultures and sectors. Submissions should strengthen ties between those who practice and who study leadership, and that foster effective leadership. Submissions will be considered in five areas that help us understand leadership and leading at the intersections of research or theory, application, and art. 
    Ways of Observing and Knowing Leaders and Leadership: With this submission, contributors should present question(s) or hypotheses, pertinent literature, findings, and discussion that relate to the research of leading from a multi-perspective focus. Research that combines both qualitative and quantitative research are encouraged including, but not limited to, case studies, ethnographies, interviews, biographies, autoethnographies, or surveys. Epistemological discussions that focus on the multi-knowledge base of leadership theory and practice are also welcomed.

  • Stories of Leadership Practices: Those who have applied, developed, taught or practiced leading from various perspectives are encouraged to submit in this area. The contributor’s application or story, for example, should include an explanation of the underlying theory(ies), philosophy(ies), and/or model(s) that ground or support the application, and include supporting references. Depending on the focus of the submission, contributors may also want to include a critically reflective section to the work, and/or applications as lessons for others.

  • Ways of Developing Leaders/Teaching Leadership: Those who develop leaders whether in classroom situations or in executive retreats are encouraged to submit ideas about teaching and/or developing others that includes a variety of perspectives. These essays should include a statement of outcomes and how one achieved those outcomes. Additionally, one would add the philosophical, disciplinary, theoretical, and/or methodological groundings one uses to support the teaching and development efforts, with supporting references.

  • Artistic Works: Poets, essayists, dramatists, photographers, and fine artists are encouraged to submit original works that thematically represent or relate to the theme.

  • Boundary Crossing: With each submission noted in the above areas, authors are encouraged to take a multi-perspective approach. Additionally, one could combine areas that explore the theme. For example, one could discuss artistic ways to teach in complex worlds, or leadership practices that have been studied (ways of knowing), or ways to observe and know leading through the arts or through teaching.

Submitted works must be previously unpublished.  They should be no longer than 5000 words, the word count to include narrative text, not to include references, tables, or charts. Submitted works will be double blind-reviewed, thus all identifying information should be on a separate cover sheet. Information on the cover sheet must include all of the following: suggested area of submission, title of submission, a maximum 100-word abstract, and names, affiliations, and contact information (including best phone, best email, and mailing address) for all contributors. APA style should be followed. Notes should be kept to a minimum but when used should come in the form of endnotes. Margins are to be 1” on all four sides, left-aligned, NOT justified, and all pages numbered in the top right-hand corner with the narrative starting on page 1. Submissions should be in Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, and indented paragraphs for all submissions Except artistic works. Please Note: All submissions must meet these guidelines except artistic works. If guidelines are not met, submission may be excluded from consideration.

Send submissions electronically to Debra DeRuyver by June 1, 2011.

5. 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 e-mail abstracts or inquiries 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. 

6. 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).  Please e-mail

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 

7. 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.

8. 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.