SPA Biennial Meetings 2015


Omni Parker House in Boston, MA

April 9-12, 2015


Call for Papers

The Society for Psychological Anthropology invites you to submit proposals for its 2015 Biennial Meeting to be held at the historic Omni Parker House in Boston. We will be accepting submissions of individually volunteered papers and posters, volunteered paper sessions, and discussion roundtables on any topic in the field of psychological anthropology. We sincerely hope that you will join us for what we believe will be an exciting conference!

Deadline for submission is Sunday, January 25, 2015. Abstract submission will open in late December.

Information about registering for the conference and submitting abstracts can be found here.


Plenary Sessions

The Biennial Meeting will include one plenary session on “Controversies in Global Mental Health” and a second on “Post-Colonial Psychologies” featuring a presentation by Dr. Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.


Special Events

We will be hosting a breakfast event entitled “Methods that Matter: Breakfast and Lectures from Robert LeVine and Tom Weisner“. This breakfast event is an invitation to explore the benefits of mixed methods research with two leaders in the field. To launch our conversations, Dr. Robert LeVine will speak on “Repairing the Fractured Social Sciences: A Historical Perspective on Mixed Methods and their Rediscovry.” Dr. Tom Weisner will follow discussing how combining methodologies leads to, as the title of his talk states, “Findings that matter.” These talks will illustrate the advantages of a restored social science, one that has come of age by doing the kind of integrative, holistic and often collaborative research our social science ancestors originally envisioned. We invite you to join the conversation over a delicious breakfast.

Our Saturday Night Banquet will include presentation of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award and a talk by Dr. Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University.


Omni Parker HouseConference Hotel

Opened in 1885, the elegant Omni Parker House is located in the heart of downtown Boston with easy access to the Boston Common, Beacon Hill, and a wide variety of Boston’s many attractions. Special conference rates of $219 for double rooms and $269 for suites are available for conference attendees through the Omni Parker House Conference Website.


International Early Career Scholars

Funding for international graduate students and early career scholars will be available to attend the meetings through the SPA’s new International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant program. We anticipate awarding three grants up to $2,000. If you are organizing a session, please consider inviting an international scholar.

Book Exhibit

The Scholar’s Choice will be managing the book exhibit for our biennial meeting. It may be possible for your recently published books to be included in their display. Anyone interested in having their book displayed at the meeting should contact their publisher as soon as possible to see if the press would be willing to send the book for the exhibit. The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and all requests must come from them, not the individual authors.

Publishers who are unable to attend, but wish to have titles exhibited should contact Mary Lynn Howe by email ( or phone (585-262-2048 xt 111) for more information.