Call for Papers:
Psychoanalytic Reflections on Animals and Pets in Our Lives

(Articles are to be 500 – 2,500 words including a brief abstract, keywords, & short biography of the author.)
Due Date October 1, 2024, for the Winter issue

Dear Colleagues,

Animals have had an important relationship with humans, significantly contributing to the development of different cultures and economies.  Historically, animals have been beaten, eaten, worked to death, and otherwise used by humans; increasingly in American, England, France, and around the world among people who can afford it, pets are even pampered and treated like children.  Today, animals and pets aid humans with disabilities, provide companionship to their owners, and are often considered to be members of human families.  Increasingly, pets play an enormous role in the emotional life of their caregivers, companions, family members, and owners, who even refer to themselves as the parents of their pets.  We are only beginning to recognize the sophisticated communication within each animal species and across all animals from fish to reptiles to elephants and humans.  This at a time when more and more species are driven to extinction, and we devote enormous resources and time to zoos, veterinary and other shows on TV, dog parks, and so forth, as well as spending an enormous amount of time on social media (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.) watching cat and dog videos.

While historically, pets were viewed as a symbol of status or wealth, they have become more commonplace across contemporary society.  Cats and dogs continue to be popular choices for many people, although other animals, such as birds, hamsters, mice, and others are increasingly being chosen today as pets.  Additionally, there are “exotic pets,” such as spiders, reptiles, monkeys, and even big cats like lions and leopards, raising important ethical questions. Whatever the animal, we are looking to understand the emotional connection between animals and humans.

Some possible psychoanalytic/psychological topics to write about include:

  • Why do people love, cherish, or have fears/phobias about animals beloved by others?
  • Are pets transitional objects? Are animals in the zoo transitional objects?
  • What do animals teach us about life and death?
  • What is it about Disney animal characters (Mickey Mouse, et al.) that is so appealing?
  • The social dynamic between humans and animals, pet as family members
  • The power of social media to shape or alter peoples’ attitudes about pets and animals
  • Reflections on different national and cultural attitudes toward animals
  • Animals in war and in the healing process from trauma and war
  • Why do some misanthropic people bond with animals?
  • Zoos today, throughout history, and on TV
  • What humans learn from our fellow mammals
  • Psychobiographical examples of famous people (presidents) and their pets
  • Differences between pets and/or working animals
  • Television shows focused on animals (e.g., Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Fury)
  • Depictions of animals in books, cinema, humor, poems, songs, and on screens

We seek articles from 1,500-2,500 words—including your title, author name with affiliation, a 35-50-word abstract, 7-10 keywords, and your brief biography (3-4 sentences) ending in your email address.  Send documents in Microsoft Word (*docx or doc) format by October 1, 2024.  We urge you to share this Call for Papers with colleagues and lists.

It is the style of our scholarly quarterly to publish thought-provoking, clearly written articles usually based upon psychoanalytic/psychological insight and developed with examples from history, current events, and the human experience.  We are open to all psychological and psychohistorical approaches and prefer that articles be personalized, without psychoanalytic/psychological terminology or jargon.  At the moment, we are converting to a modified version of the latest APA citation system, which will have very few references and those overwhelmingly for direct quotes.  We emphasize good literary style without referring to authorities except when essential.  Indeed, we discourage citations except where there are quotations, or they are otherwise essential.  Submissions the editors deem suitable are anonymously refereed in our double-blind system.  Once you have submitted your article, please do not make any further edits to the piece until we return it to you if necessary.

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Sincerely yours,

Paul

Paul H. Elovitz, PhD, Historian, Research Psychoanalyst, Online Professor, Editor-in-Chief, Clio’s Psyche, Founder and Director of the Psychohistory Forum, and author The Making of Psychohistory: Origins, Controversies, and Pioneering Contributors (Routledge, 2018)
E-mail: cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com

Inna

Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD, MBA, MSciEd, Associate Editor of Clio’s Psyche, and Associate Director of the Psychohistory Forum, Neurologist, Neurodiversity & Neurorehabilitation Specialist, Psychoanalyst, and Psychohistorian who may be contacted at innarozentsvit@gmail.com