CfP 51st Annual Meeting of Cheiron, June 20-23, 2019 in Edmonton

Sara Igo

The call for papers for the 51st annual meeting of Cheiron has been released. The Scarborough Lecture will be delivered by Sarah Igo of Vanderbilt University. Full details follow below and can be found on the Cheiron website.

Call for Papers: 51st Annual Meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Conference Date: June 20-23, 2019

Conference Location: MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Submission Due Date: January 15, 2019, 5pm EST

Email submissions to the Program Chair, Phyllis Wentworth,


Keynote address: Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, will deliver the Scarborough Lecture. 

Papers, posters, symposia/panels, or workshops are invited for the 51st annual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences. We welcome submissions on any aspect of the history of the human, behavioral, and social sciences or related historiographical and methodological issues (see guidelines below). 

The conference will be held at MacEwan UniversityEdmontonAlberta, Canada, with Nancy Digdon as local host. MacEwan is located in downtown Edmonton (metro population about 1 million). We acknowledge that the land on which we meet in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home. 

MacEwan University is approximately 35 minutes from the Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Ground transportation at the airport includes shuttles, taxis, car rentals and Edmonton Transit (bus to train). Conference attendees will have the option to stay in MacEwan dorm rooms (equipped with towels and linens) or nearby hotels.


All papers, posters, and proposed symposia/panels should focus on new and original work, i.e. the main part of the work should not have been published or presented previously at other conferences. 

To facilitate the peer review and planning process, please provide a separate page that includes: a) title; b) author’s name and affiliation; c) author’s mail and email address and phone number; d) audio/visual needs. In all types of proposals below, names of authors/presenters should not be indicated anywhere but on the separate cover page for the submission.

Papers: Submit a 700-800 word abstract plus references that contains the major sources that inform your work. Presentations should be 20-25 minutes in length.

Posters: Submit a 300-400 word abstract plus references that contains the major sources that inform your work. 

Symposia/Panels: Organizer should submit a 250-300 word abstract describing the symposium as a whole and a list of the names and affiliations of the participants. Each participant should submit a 300-600 word abstract plus references that contains the major sources that inform your work. 

Workshops: Organizer should submit a 250-300 word abstract describing the workshop and, if applicable, a list of the names and affiliations of those participating.


 Travel StipendsCheiron will make funds available to help defray travel expenses for students, as well as other scholars facing financial hardship, who present at the conference. We encourage everyone to apply for support from their home institutions. The Travel Stipend is limited to $100 to $300 per accepted submission; co-authored presentations must be divided among the presenters. If you wish to be considered for the Stipend, please apply by sending the Program Chair a separate email message, explaining your status, at the same time that you submit your proposal.

 Young Scholar Award: Since 2008, Cheiron has awarded a prize for the best paper or symposium presentation by a young scholar. To be eligible for consideration, the young scholar must be the sole or first author on the paper and must be responsible for the bulk of the work of the paper. The young scholar must be a student currently or must have completed doctoral work not more than 5 years prior to the meeting.

About three weeks after the meeting, applicants for this award will submit a copy of the presented paper (rather than the abstract); it may include further, minor changes. Submissions go to the Cheiron Executive Officer, who sets the exact deadline, and the entries will be judged by members of the Program Committee and the Review Committee. The winner will receive a certificate from Cheiron and will be asked to submit the paper to the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences within a reasonable period of time. The Award winner may ask Cheiron for assistance in preparing the paper for submission to JHBS. If the paper is accepted by JHBS for publication, the winner will receive a $500 honorarium from the publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, in recognition of the Cheiron Young Scholar Award. Please note that the award committee may choose not to grant an award in any given year and that the honorarium depends on publication in JHBS, in addition to winning the Award.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.