Journal für Psychologie Call for Papers: Polyamory

Journal für Psychologie Call for Papers Special Issue »Polyamory«, edited by Peter Mattes & Martin Dege
The media serving the erotic industry as well as the discourses of intellectual European and North-American urbanity have recently witnessed a type of lifestyle of lived eroticism which is termed, still somewhat awkwardly, Polyamory. This concept denotes an understanding of relationship »which enables sexual and/or love relationships with several partners simultaneously« based on the »precondition […], that all participants know about and support the non-monogamous character of the relationship« (Klesse 2007, p. 315). While many deride this lifestyle as a well-known practice of a however barely legitimized gay life, which has always already dwelled in the nooks of our culture to a larger or lesser degree, others experience it differently and view it as an extension of possibilities guiding the practices of desires.

The Journal für Psychologie will dedicate a special issue to this topic.

We are primarily interested in descriptive accounts—including practices of everyday life—, historical and anthropological accounts as well as social empirical investigations of the phenomenon ›polyamory‹. We hope that these accounts will be helpful to our, in this respect probably not sufficiently informed, readership.

Queer-theorists claim polyamory as a practice of deconstruction of heteronormativity. And at this point we believe it becomes interesting for us as scientists of the social sciences and the humanities:

If we want to understand performances of desire with Foucault as governed within an episteme, as »a decisively heterogeneous ensemble, which includes discourses, institutions, architecture, regimented decisions, laws, administrative actions, scientific statements, philosophical, moral, or philanthropic theorems« (Foucault 1978, S. 119f.)*, then the analysis and investigation of such a phenomenon could provide us with multiple insights into the discursive structure of our (scientific) disciplines, as constituted by sexuality, interpersonal relationships, social and cultural institutional practices. It could be asked, for example,

  • if and to what extent the dyadic basic assumption of psychoanalysis and other social psychological theories demands generality,
  • whether relational psychologies dominated by the concept of monogamous partnerships are justified in various therapeutic and consulting practices
  • whether there exist exclusions, one-dimensional bipolarities of presupposed anthropological and psychological models
  • to what extent there are power dynamics in a bio-psychosocial discourse which dominate a large degree of our everyday life—and possibly also helps to engender its particularities
  • if and to what extent these dyadic presuppositions remain unquestioned politically and socially, and whether they have a significant impact on the coordination, organization and (optimization of) efficiency of a society, its norms, values and political opinions

We are, of course, also open to contributions beyond the suggestions above. All articles will be evaluated in a peer review process.

The editors of this issue are Peter Mattes (Berlin/Vienna) and Martin Dege (New Haven).

Abstracts should be sent to and The deadline is February 15, 2013.
Feedback about your abstract will be provided until the end of February. The final version of your contribution should be submitted by June 30, 2013. The review process will be completed until August 31, 2013 and the special issue will be published in February 2014.

The Journal für Psychologie always welcomes contributions beyond our special issues. These should be submitted to redaktion@journal-fuer–


Foucault, Michel (1978): Dispositive der Macht. Über Sexualität, Wissen und Wahrheit. Berlin (Merve)

Klesse, Christian (2007): Polyamory – Von dem Versprechen, viele zu lieben. Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung 20 (4) , 316-330

Call for Papers as pdf

Journal für Psychologie 1/2012 published: Material Girl_Boy: Intersubjectivity and Technology in children’s everyday life

The mixed-language, open access “Journal für Psychologie“ just published its most recent issue 1/2012 entitled “Material Girl_Boy: Intersubjectivity and technology in children’s everyday life”, edited by Niklas A. Chimirri and Ernst Schraube (both Roskilde University, Denmark).

Children conduct their everyday lives in a technological world: From their birth onwards, they are surrounded by material things – clothes, toys, rooms, apparatuses, electrical devices, etc. –, with and through these things they explore the world. The process is inextricably intertwined with the exploration of the world with and through others: Siblings, parents, friends, pedagogues, teachers, fictional characters, etc. get closer to the children via those things, assist the children in their explorations, explore together with the children the material and technological world. This reciprocity of the material and the intersubjective points to the fundamental socio-material mediatedness of children’s learning and of human development.

Such an understanding opposes and contrasts the individualism and the “worldlessness” of experimental, classical psychology. Instead it requires theories, concepts, and methods that are able to systematically think and explore the “worldliness” of human existence. Here human beings and the world cannot be understood as static entities: Human learning and development in the world is development of human relations to the world. The world itself does also not stand still: It is changing and is being changed. Consequently, the relation between children and the socio-material world must be considered as a reciprocal, dynamic process of mutual change. This special issue’s contributions build on such a presumption and argue for a contextual child research and for situated knowledge; a knowledge that connects the subjective and the particular in order to garner generalizable insights.

Research that investigates the relation between children and technology must thus take its point of departure in the everyday life of the children and in their concrete experiences with others and the material arrangements at hand. This implies looking at the children’s actions and on how these actions are directed towards human beings and material conditions. So as to grasp children’s everyday lives as “worldly”, research needs to understand children as actors and as active members of and contributors to their social worlds. And it requires the children’s perspectives on their everyday worlds in order to be able to say anything about children in the world.

The special issue’s articles try to establish a child research that contributes to a social self-understanding about the possibilities and limitations of everyday technologies for the development of children’s agency. They emphasize how important it is to engage in research that takes the perspective of the children on their everyday lives really seriously, while not forgetting about the challenges that such an endeavor faces.

Editorial: Intersubjektivität und Technik mit Kindern erforschen
Ernst Schraube und Niklas A. Chimirri

Kinderperspektiven: Partizipation in gesellschaftlicher Praxis
Charlotte Højholt

Mit Kindergartenkindern Medientechnologien ergründen: Alltägliche Lebensführung und subjektwissenschaftliche Technikforschung
Niklas A. Chimirri

Aesthetic Play: The Meaning of Music Technologies for Children’s Development
Jytte Bang

Ethnographische Methoden zur Erforschung der Medienaneignung in Kindertagesstätten
Katrin Hoffmann und Sarah Steiger

How Things Matter in Everyday Lives of Preschool Age Children: Material-Semiotic Investigations in Psychology and Education
Michalis Kontopodis

Das Ich und der Andere in psychologischer Technikforschung
Ernst Schraube

As always, all articles are downloadable for free:

Theory in Practice ? – May 29-30 2012

In the end of May (29/30), an interesting conference on the relation of theory and practice in the Social Sciences and the Humanities will take place at the Department of Psychology and Educational Studies at Roskilde University. The list of presenters includes Jean Lave, Estrid Sørensen, Morten Nissen, Uffe Juul Jensen, Erik Axel, Kristian Kreiner, and Charlotte Højholt.
You can find more detailed information on content and registration here:

Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries

Growing Unequal? brings together a range of analyses on the distribution of economic resources in OECD countries. The evidence on income distribution and poverty covers, for the first time, all 30 OECD countries in the mid-2000s, while information on trends extending back to the mid-1980s is provided for around two-thirds of the countries.

The report also describes inequalities in a range of domains (such as household wealth, consumption patterns, in-kind public services) that are typically excluded from conventional discussion about the distribution of economic resources among individuals and households. Precisely how much inequality there is in a society is not determined randomly, nor is it beyond the power of governments to change, so long as they take note of the sort of up-to-date evidence included in this report.

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Third International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference

Building and Sustaining Alternative Scholarly Publishing Projects Around
the World

The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce that, in partnership
with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Third International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference will be held from September 26 – 28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. This is the first time that the PKP Conference is being held outside of Vancouver, Canada, and we look forward to meeting more members of the growing, international PKP user community. Given that the landmark Budapest Open Access Initiative, launched in December 2001, will be celebrating its first decade, the conference invites explorations of the lessons learned, successes achieved, and setbacks overcome in our shared attempts to increase and open access within scholarly publishing. The first and second PKP conferences brought together a remarkable array of presentations and participants from around the world, and we anticipate an equally valuable experience in 2011.

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The Impact of Barrier on Health

The current update summarises the main findings of this research, while outlining developments since the last Barrier report, issued in July 2009. This year, in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), the update focuses on the impact of the Barrier on health, in particular patient and staff access to the specialized medical facilities only available in East Jerusalem.

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The New Association of Psychology (NGfP) is a coalition of researchers and practitioners in the field of psychology as well as related disciplines. Our goal is to establish a critical discourse about psychological topics that takes into account the societal and cultural dimensions. The NGfP supports inter- and transdisciplinary research and works on closing the gap between research and praxis.

The NGfP’s associated Journal is the Journal für Psychologie

New Book by Mark Freeman

Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward

Although the idea of hindsight is frequently associated with the biases, distortions, and outright lies of memory–as in the infamous “20-20” scenario or the conviction that one “knew it all along” – Mark Freeman maintains that this process of looking backward over the terrain of the past can also serve as a profound source of insight, understanding, and self-knowledge. Consider Tolstoy’s harrowing tale of Ivan Ilych, revisiting his past on the eve of his death, only to realize that the life he had been living was a lie. Consider as well the many times in our own lives when, upon reviewing the past, we are able to see what we could not, or would not, see earlier on.

Hindsight is also intimately connected to what Freeman calls narrative reflection: Through the distance conferred by time, we can look back on past experiences and see them anew, as episodes in an evolving story. As important as “being in the now” and “living in the moment” are, it is no less important to pause at times and, by looking backward, seek to discern those aspects of
experience that might otherwise escape our notice. Far from necessarily leading to deception and lies, therefore, hindsight can lead to wisdom and indeed truth – of a sort, Freeman contends, that is only available in retrospect.

In addition to serving as a central site of self-knowledge, hindsight plays an integral role in the process of moral growth. For, through hindsight, there emerges the opportunity not only to see the possible errors of our ways but to transcend them and thereby to move on to better ways of being in the world. Drawing on psychology, philosophy, literature, and personal experience, this wide-ranging volume offers an insightful and engaging exploration of the role of hindsight both in discerning the personal past and in deepening moral life. (mehr …)

Marxism and Psychology Conference

Call For Papers (Extended Deadline)
Marxism and Psychology Conference
The University of Prince Edward Island
August 5-7, 2010

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2010 (Extended Deadline)

In the history of social thought, it is difficult to find a more divisive figure than Karl Marx. For many, the mere mention of his name conjures up images of totalitarian regimes dominating nearly every aspect of an individual’s existence. Yet for others, Marx’s critique of the capitalist mode of production draws attention to the fact that our beliefs, thoughts, and desires inevitably emerge against the background of specific cultural, historical, and social practices.

The purpose of this conference is to bring students, scholars, and activists together to discuss exciting issues at the intersection of Marxism and Psychology. While it is clear that a number of organizations are making important contributions to this area of study, we believe that the time is right to open up a space for students, scholars, and activists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on the role that Marxism can play in psychological theory, research, and practice.

In bringing together scholars at the forefront of research in Marxism and Psychology, we also hope to give new students and activists an opportunity to interact with individuals who have made significant contributions within this area. By organizing an impressive collection of plenary participants, we hope to foster an environment where students, activists, and scholars can identify potential graduate advisors, research assistants, and participatory investigators. This year, confirmed plenary participants include: (mehr …)

Subjectivity and Learning Conference

Roskilde University, Denmark, 26 to28 May 2010

This conference focuses on the everyday practices of persons, and the interplay between actors and social structures in everyday life. Everyday life in the Nordic and Europeans societies is characterized by an unprecedented rupture of economic and political systems, cultural meanings and individual identities. Global and environmental changes force us to revise and reconsider our way of life and affects us at all levels of existence. It appears as if that which seems stable today will be rendered unstable tomorrow. The conference focuses on these changes and transformations and aims to debate and discuss how this can be understood and explored. What theories, methodologies and analytical concepts help us to study the transformations of everyday life in changing societies? (mehr …)

The Critical Potential of Language. Call for Papers. Journal für Psychologie

Spawned by the linguistic turn, and in psychology specifically by the narrative turn associated with the names of Theodor Sarbin and Jerome Bruner, language became the central focus in many areas of the social sciences. The special issue of the German Journal für Psychologie aims to look behind the curtains of this development to investigate the meaning of language for our understanding of psychic life as the core subject matter of psychological investigations. Specifically, language shall be investigated with respect to its critical potential for psychology in particular and the social sciences more generally.

The CfP as pdf file

The Call on the Marxism and Psychology page

Abstracts (approx. 2 pages) should be submitted to no later than August 31, 2010.