Call for Papers:
Women’s Voices in Psychohistory and Psychoanalysis:
Different, Distinct, Marginalized, or Forgotten

(Articles are to be 500-2,500 words including a brief abstract, keywords, & bio.)
Papers to be submitted by June 15th for the Fall 2024 issue

Psychoanalytic theory and practice were originated and advanced by men.  To say that psychoanalysis was male-centric would be an understatement.  From Freud’s original work to the Wednesday Psychological Society, women had only a faint voice in the early psychoanalytic movement.  However, as the 20th century progressed so did the presence of women in psychoanalysis.  Theorist/clinicians such as Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Karen Horney, Hanna Segal, Helene Deutsch, Joyce McDougall, to name a few, had begun to make significant and enduring contributions, garnering their share of notoriety, respect, and recognition, challenging the male dominated establishment.  Women psychobiographers who come to mind are Marie Bonaparte, Elizabeth Ann Danto, Phyllis Greenacre, Linda Hopkins, Elizabeth W. Marvick, Michelle Moreau-Ricaud, Élisabeth Roudinesco, and Elisabeth Young-Bruehl.

On December 2, 2023, the Psychohistory Forum organized the first Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony dedicated to women contributors to psychohistory and psychoanalysis, and the recipients of the awards were Nancy Chodorow, Eva Fogelman, Carol Gilligan, and Nancy McWilliams.

We hope that this special issue of the Clio’s Psyche will celebrate the lives and achievements of more women contributors to this unique transdisciplinary field of psychohistory, as well as it will highlight various issues that women encounter in their everyday life.  It is your opportunity now to provide the insights that Freud hoped would come from women themselves.  “If you want to know more about femininity, enquire from your own experience of life, or turn to poets, or wait until science gives you deeper and more coherent information.” (S. Freud, 1933, Femininity. SE XXII, 112-135.)

Some possible approaches, all of which must be psychological, include:

  • The psychobiography of historical female personages
  • Case studies of women in psychohistory, psychology, psychoanalysis, and the politics of these organizations
  • The challenges of women in psychoanalysis, psychohistory, and political psychology
  • Women psychoanalysts’ psychology and women’s development as distinct from men, and can this be women in general as varying from the male model that Freud focused on?
  • In a different voice: gender differences in evaluation of various life situations
  • Poetry related to women, women’s lives, women’s issues—motherhood, parenting, partnership, creativity
  • What do women bring to psychoanalysis and psychohistory that men don’t, or don’t bring as readily?
  • Some other female analysts to consider writing on are Rosemary Balsam, Eva Fogelman, Annie Reich, Edith Jacobson, Arlene Kramer Richards, Sabina Spielrein, Harriet Lerner, Helen Block Lewis, Muriel Gardiner, Helen Gediman, Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, Therese Benedek, Freida Fromm-Reichmann, Judith Kestenberg, Juliet Mitchell, Selma Kramer??, Helen Kaplan, Mary Jane Sherfey, Eleanor Galenson, Melitta Sperling, Ruth Mack Brunswick, Edith Weigert, Elizabeth Zetzel, Judy Kantrowitz, Selma Fraiberg, Clara Thompson, Contemporary psychoanalysts: Galit Atlas, Beatrice Beebe, Jessica Benjamin, Adrienne Harris, Deborah Luepnitz, Clara Mucci, Karlin Lyons-Ruth, Donna Orange, Joyce Slochower, Sandra Beuchler
  • Review essays of important books and movies regarding women in psychoanalysis

500-2500 words, due June 15, 2024

(Early submissions welcomed)

Sincerely yours,

Inna

Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD, Associate Editor of Clio’s Psyche and Director/Convenor of the Psychohistory Forum; Founder of NeuroRecovery Solutions, Inc.; Founder & Editor-in-Chief & ORI Academic Press, MindConsiliums, and MindMend Publishing; Programs Director @ the Object Relations Institute, NYC.  E-mail: inna.rozentsvit@gmail.com

Paul

Paul H. Elovitz, PhD, Historian, Research Psychoanalyst, Online Psychohistory Professor, Psychohistory Forum Director, and Editor, Clio’s Psyche; Author, The Making of Psychohistory: Origins, Controversies, and Pioneering Contributors (Routledge, 2018); Editor, The Many Roads of the Builders of Psychohistory (ORI Academic Press, 2021); Author/Editor of other books and about 400 other publications. See CliosPsyche.org for additional information.