Call for Proposals -- PsySR's 2011 Conference

**CALL FOR PROPOSALS -- The Deadline for Submissions Has Passed**

PsySR Conference -- July 14th-16th -- Boston-Brookline, MA

"Transforming a World in Crisis:

The Role of Socially Responsible Psychology"

We invite psychologists, other professionals, researchers, students, and other activists to submit proposals for Psychologists for Social Responsibility’s July 2011 Conference, “Transforming a World in Crisis: The Role of Socially Responsible Psychology.” The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Proposals are sought for three categories: Symposia or Workshops, Participant Idea Exchanges, and Posters:

  • Proposals for 90-minute symposia or workshops should address a crisis situation in today’s world and describe the roles that socially responsible psychology can play in promoting positive social change. We especially welcome programs that explore psychological factors as key levers and obstacles in broad or specific intervention efforts, including lessons learned from past successes and failures. Our hope is that each program will provide practical ideas and actions to more effectively tackle the contemporary crises that surround us. All programs should include ample time for audience discussion and participation. To submit a symposium or workshop proposal, send a 300-word summary, along with the names and contact information for all participants; where appropriate, include a description of each participant’s contribution to the program. If you have questions, please contact Brad Olson at

  • We also invite proposals for 40-minute “Participant Idea Exchanges” (PIEs). PIEs are facilitated discussions that give attendees a chance to discuss a topic related to the conference theme and share ideas and resources in a small group. In addition to facilitating the discussion, facilitators are encouraged to bring handouts if they have helpful resources for attendees. PIE proposals (300 words) should describe the topic to be discussed, some sample questions for the discussion, and the names and contact information for all facilitators. If you have questions, please contact Meghan Duff at

  • Posters should describe a research study or action project relevant to socially responsible psychology. Poster proposals should include a title, a 150-word summary of the poster, and the names and contact information for all participants. If you have questions, please contact Brian Jones at

Sample topics for symposia, workshops, PIEs, and posters include examination of the psychological aspects of: the economic crisis, increasing inequality, threats to the environment, diminished concern for human rights, the collapse of the social safety net, or openings created by challenges to U.S. hegemony. Organizing strategies appropriate for psychologist-activists or innovative ideas for social activism relevant to our members are encouraged as well.

Proposals are welcome from PsySR members and from non-members, including community members, activists, and students. All proposals will be peer-reviewed. Due to logistical constraints, audiovisual equipment will not be available.

Proposals should be submitted via email to The deadline for submission has been EXTENDED to March 25th at 5 PM, with notification of acceptance no later than April 30th. All participants will be required to register for the conference.

We’re anticipating a very special conference this summer, one that will provide an unusual opportunity to learn together while building a stronger and broader community of members committed to shared social change work. We hope you’ll consider submitting a proposal that reflects your passion and perspective. Thank you!

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