Clio’s Psyche Call for Papers on

The Psychology and History of Sexual Violation and its Condemnation  

The Spring 2018 Special Feature

The due date is April 30th, 2018

Include keywords, a 100 word abstract, and your biography

Dear Colleague,

Why has sexual violation by powerful men, covered up, denied, suppressed, and repressed for so long, become a powerful theme in the American media in the fall of 2017? The primary focus is overwhelmingly on older men inappropriately touching or displaying their bodies to women. Why are men, whose predecessors usually got away with rape, now being exposed, shamed, forced to retire, and sometimes fired for unwanted touching? Male sexual privilege is now being challenged as never before. What makes for this change of standards?   

Clearly women are finding their voice in the face of misconduct and sexual abuse; the media and society are generally more inclined to listen to them than they were previously. A substantial collective voice is now rising against these longstanding sexual violations. Blaming the victim by saying they were “asking for it” is now being challenged. At a glance these changes seem related to greater acceptance of women outside of the home and having more positions of power, feminist ideas, greater societal empathy, more outlets for expression in the face of mistreatment (such as on social media), and a president who bragged about his violation of women. In this issue we are searching for more in-depth psychodynamic reasons as well. 

Human touching and sexuality are clearly complex issues.  People hug and kiss far more freely than they did when the editor of our journal was growing up.  While we are open to many causal factors, our focus in this issue is on the psychodynamic forces underlying these changes.  Our perspective is psychological with a preference for case studies.  We are looking for articles commenting on one or more of the following:  

Why in America have the barriers to making these issues public broken down?

To what extent is the openness about these abuses related to the Trump presidency?

The varied response to charges of sexual abuse

The “casting couch” in Hollywood and the Weinstein case

Therapies for sexual misconduct and their effectiveness

Charges for political purposes and fantasies of sexual intrusion

How celebrities, politicians, businessmen, and the wealthy deal with the erotic transference

Sexual abuse and sexual fantasy in the Freudian tradition

The Congressional Accountability Act as Congressional payoff and cover-up

The #MeToo movement 

Legislation on sex and sexual violation throughout history

The complexities of gender & sexuality

Cases of a rush to judgment without due process, ruining a person’s career

Rape as a part of ethnic cleansing, genocide, the Holocaust, and in war

Misogyny in history and its implications for the sexual violation of women 

Sexual violation in medical and therapeutic relationships 

Sexual privilege in the Middle Ages and throughout history

The sexual abuse of boys

Specific cases: Conyers, Franken, Franks, Lauer, Moore, Rose, Trump, Thomas, Weinstein, et al.

Reviews of relevant books, broadcasts, games, movies, music, or plays

We seek articles from 500-2,500 words—including seven to ten keywords, a 100 word abstract, and your brief biography ending in your e-mail address—by April 30th, 2018.

An abstract or outline by April 1st, 2018 would be helpful.  Send them as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com. It is the style of our scholarly quarterly to publish thought-provoking, clearly written articles based upon psychological/psychoanalytic insight, and developed with examples from history, current events, and the human experience.  We are open to all psychological approaches and prefer that articles be personalized (we especially like case studies) without psychoanalytic/psychological terminology or jargon and without foot/ endnotes or a bibliography (use internal citations for quotations).  Submissions the editors deem suitable are anonymously refereed.

For those who are not familiar with our publication and its sponsor, Clio's Psyche is in its 24 year of publication by the Psychohistory Forum, a 35-year-old organization of academics, therapists, and laypeople holding regular scholarly meetings in Manhattan and at international conventions.  To find additional meeting information, membership questionnaires, any other information, or to join the Forum, visit our website at www.cliospsyche.org.  We hope you can join this important endeavor. Many of our subscribers 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. Contact coeditor Eva Fogelman at evafogelman@aol.com or me regarding questions about the issue.  If you have any questions about our organization or journal, please e-mail me at cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com.

Sincerely yours,  

Paul Elovitz, PhD, historian, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, professor, director of the Psychohistory Forum, and Editor, Clio's Psyche, cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com

Eva Fogelman, PhD, social psychologist, psychotherapist in private practice, filmmaker, and author, evafogelman@aol.com


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