Call for Papers: Living Well: Histories of Emotions, Wellness & Human Flourishing, A special issue of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences Submission deadline: November 1, 2018

Call for Papers: Living Well: Histories of Emotions, Wellness & Human Flourishing, A special issue of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Submission deadline: November 1, 2018

Organized by the Forum for History of Human Science in honor of historian John C. Burnham (1929-2017), this special issue will bring together historical studies that analyze how the social and behavioral sciences have attended to the meanings and conditions of living well and human flourishing. We are interested in accounts that consider what these sciences, as well as popular works that draw on them, have said about living well, in its spiritual, psychological, cultural, social, economic, and/or political dimensions.

We welcome article-length submissions that explore the development, implementation, and critique of social and behavioral science research and theoretical frameworks in this area. In addition, we are interested in studies that consider the uptake of such work in the broader society, at the level of ideas, social practices, popular culture, and/or public policy.  We welcome manuscripts that engage with the topics, geographical areas, and theoretical approaches that Burnham used himself.  But we are equally interested in manuscripts that advance other lines of analysis.

Possible topics of historical investigation include:

– self-help and other advice literature

– humanistic psychology, positive psychology, and happiness studies

– work on mindfulness and resilience

– studies of the emotions

– research from behavioral economics

– social justice movements’ use of the behavioral sciences to challenge the conditions and inequalities impeding human flourishing at the levels of the individual, group, and/or society

– social and behavioral scientific studies of “bad habits” and strategies for overcoming them

– critiques of scholarly work and popular accounts of living well, happiness, and/or positive thinking

– the biopolitics of living well

-the relationship between popular and expert views of how to live well and flourish

– the sponsorship of studies on well-being and the use of such work by communities, groups, private organizations, philanthropy, business, and government.

Send manuscript submissions of approximately 10,000, including notes and references, by November 1, 2018 to guest editors Mark Solovey ( and Debbie Weinstein ( The guest editors also welcome preliminary inquiries about the appropriateness of particular subject matters and lines of analysis. All submissions should follow the format outlined in the journal’s Author Guidelines.  Submissions selected by the guest editors will be peer-reviewed per the standard procedures of the journal.

Call for Papers, History of Recent Economics Conference Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Cergy-Pontoise October 12-13th 2018

The twelfth History of Recent Economics Conference (HISRECO) will be held at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) of the University of Cergy-Pontoise on October 5-6, 2018. Since 2007 HISRECO has brought together researchers from various backgrounds to study the history of economics in the postwar period. It is the organizers’ belief that this period, during which economics became one of the dominant discourses in contemporary society, is worth studying for its own sake. The increasing availability of archival materials, along with the development of new perspectives inherited from the larger history and sociology of knowledge, has helped to provide insightful histories of the development of recent economic practices, ideas, and techniques. In particular, this area of research offers good opportunities to young scholars who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the history of economics.

We invite researchers in all related fields to submit a paper proposal of no more than 500 words. Even though the organizers are open to a wide range of approaches to the history of economics, paper proposals that address the interface between this field and the history and sociology of science, or cultural and science studies will be particularly appreciated.  Proposals should be sent electronically (as a pdf file) to Béatrice Cherrier (beatrice [DOT] cherrier[AT] gmail [DOT] com) by April 15, 2018. Successful applicants will be informed by May 31, 2018.

Thanks to financial support from the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Cergy and FIPE (The Institute of Economic Research Foundation, Department of Economics, USP, Brazil), HISRECO has limited funds to partially cover travel and accommodation for a number of young scholars (PhD students or researchers who have obtained their PhD over the past two years or so, from October 2015 to January 2018). Young scholars should include in their proposal their current affiliation and the university and year of their PhD, if this is the case. Those needing more information about funding are welcome to approach the organizers.

For those who want to know more about HISRECO, a list of past conferences and contributors can be found at

The organizing committee: Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (University of Lausanne), Béatrice Cherrier (University of Cergy-Pontoise), Pedro Duarte (University of São Paulo), Jean-Baptiste Fleury (University of Cergy-Pontoise) and Yann Giraud (University of Cergy-Pontoise).

2016 Cheiron Book Prize

Beginning in 2004, Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences has awarded the Cheiron Book Prize biennially for an outstanding monograph in the history of the social/behavioral/human sciences. For more on Cheiron, including past Book Prize winners, see

Eligible works for the 2016 Cheiron Book Prize include original book-length historical studies, written in English and published in 2013, 2014, or 2015. Topical areas can include, but are not limited to, histories of psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, sociology, and social statistics. Works that are primarily history of medicine or history of education are not suitable entries, unless they are strongly tied to the history of the social/behavioral/human sciences. Edited collections or anthologies are not eligible, nor are conventional textbooks. Submissions will be judged on the basis of their scholarly character, depth of research, and the importance of their contribution to the field. Submissions can be made by publishers or authors.

Deadline: Two copies of each entry must be received by the committee chair (address below) by October 1, 2015. Books that are released later in 2015 can be eligible for the next competition; only printed books are eligible.

The author of the winning book will receive $500 plus up to $300 in travel expenses to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of Cheiron in Barcelona, Spain, where the prize will be awarded. Remote-electronic presentation may be arranged, if possible, for a winner who cannot make the meeting. Announcement of the award will be widely circulated to relevant journals and organizations.

To enter the competition, two copies of each entry, clearly labeled “2016 Cheiron Book Prize,” must be mailed directly to the committee chair:

Phyllis Wentworth
27 Tanager Street
Arlington, MA  02476