Call for Papers, American Psychological Association Convention

Dear HumanDHS Friends

Division 32, American Psychological Association

2013 Convention Call for Proposals

“Multiple Voices, Multiple Stories, Multiple Selves: Human Diversity and
the Humanistic Vision”

Deadline: November 16, 2012

Humanistic psychology aims to be faithful to the full range of human
experience. Its foundations include philosophical humanism, existentialism
and phenomenology. In the science and profession of psychology, humanistic
psychology seeks to develop systematic and rigorous methods of studying
human beings, and to heal the fragmentary character of contemporary
psychology through an ever more comprehensive and integrative approach.
Humanistic psychologists are particularly sensitive to uniquely human
dimensions, such as experiences of creativity and transcendence, and to the
quality of human welfare. Accordingly, humanistic psychology aims
especially at contributing to psychotherapy, education, theory, philosophy
of psychology, research methodology, organization and management, and
social responsibility and change.

We are seeking proposals that address issues of human difference and
diversity in dialogue with a humanistic perspective. Preferred proposals
are posters and symposia. Some related questions of interest include but
are not limited to:

– How may humanistic psychology contribute to addressing the paradox of
seeking truth yet being open to diversity and respectful of difference?

– What are ways that psychology might address human suffering and work
toward human growth and development without essentializing groups of people
in harmful or oppressive ways?

– In what ways can humanistic psychology contribute to a more integrated
field of psychology, with more meaningful contributions from minorities and
marginalized groups of people? How can this be accomplished without falling
prey to mere tokenism?

– What are historical and contemporary contributions to humanistic
psychology among minorities and women?

Contact information for Division 32 Program Co-Chairs:

Brent Dean Robbins, (

Donna Rockwell, (

Louis Hoffman, Ph.D.
Executive Faculty, Saybrook University
Society for Humanistic Psychology, President
Author, *Existential Psychology East-West *
Regular contributor to the New Existentialist
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