Intergenerational Transmission of
Trauma and Resilience

Special Issue, Fall 2022
Submissions due June 15, 2022

Since our Spring 2019 issue on the psychology of trauma, Inna Rozentsvit and other colleagues have been doing important work on three aspects of trauma: intergenerational transmission, resilience, and its neurobiology. As we write this while still dealing with the trauma of the GREAT COVID PLAGUE, that will in all likelihood cost a million American lives by the end of the year, our screens are focused on the trauma facing Ukrainians in the light of the February Russian invasion. While Americans and the world have not faced a viral trauma of this magnitude since the Spanish flu of February 1918 to April 1920, people of Ukrainian land have faced three prior traumas of enormous magnitude: WWI and the Russian Civil War, Stalin’s genocidal collectivization of agriculture in 1932-1933, with following Holodomor, and WWII.

So, for our Fall 2022 Special Issue of Clio’s Psyche, we welcome your thoughts, especially psychoanalytic, psychological, and psychohistorical insights, on the following subjects:

  • Personal experiences with inter- and transgenerational trauma
  • Your understanding of the ways trauma is transmitted through generations
  • Your understanding of how transgenerational trauma can be worked through
  • Case studies of how inter- and transgenerational trauma affected individuals and groups
  • Psychobiographical studies that illustrate transgenerational transmission of trauma
  • Psychobiographical studies that illustrate transgenerational transmission of resilience
  • Any other subtopics to expand on our understanding of inter- and transgenerational transmission of trauma, as well as resilience and post-traumatic growth
  • How Holocaust studies is the model for transgenerational transmission of trauma
  • Reviews of books and media relevant to this subject

We seek articles from 1,000-2,500 words — including your title, author name with affiliation, a 25-word abstract, 7-10 keywords, and your brief biography (3-4 sentences) ending in your email address.  Two high-quality, extremely well written articles of up to 3,500 words may be accepted to serve as symposium articles if received by May 15, 2022. One will be by Dr. Inna Rozentsvit, who will be submitting a symposium article on the subject for our referees to consider.

Send documents in Microsoft Word (*docx or doc) format that include a title, any institutional affiliation you may have, and about four sentences of biography ending in your e-mail address.

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.

For those who are not familiar with our publication and its sponsor, Clio’s Psyche is in its 28th year of publication by the Psychohistory Forum, a 40-year-old organization of academics, therapists, and laypeople holding regular scholarly meetings in Manhattan, at international conventions, and virtually.  For information on our publication and back issues over a year old, go to our website at Write me for information on how to join our group and read our print journal.

We hope you can join this important endeavor. Many of our readers tell us that they find our publication to be a lively, compelling read that provides in-depth analyses. Please forward this Call for Papers to any colleagues (including associations or electronic mailing lists) who may be interested. If you have any questions, please e-mail Inna Rozentsvit at or Paul Elovitz at Inna Rozentsvit will be the guest editor for the issue and Paul Elovitz as co-editor.