Call for Papers

  2015 Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Meeting

Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

April 9 – 12th, 2015

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!

We are currently updating the conference website. More details on conference registration and abstract submission will appear on December 8th.






Plenary Sessions:

The Biennial Meetings will include a plenary session on “CONTROVERSIES IN GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH” organized by Dr. Byron Good, Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard University and Dr. Janis Jenkins, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at San Diego. We will also be hosting a second plenary session 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: THE HISTORY AND PURPOSE OF MIXED METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY” featuring lectures from Dr. Robert Levine, Roy Edward Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, Emeritus at Harvard University and Dr. Thomas Weisner, Professor of Anthropology, Departments of Psychiatry and Anthropology at UCLA.

Finally, 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.

Conference Hotel:

Opened in 1885, the elegant OMNI PARKER HOUSE is located in the heart of downtown Boston with easy access to 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 by following the link from the Omni’s 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 International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant. We anticipate awarding three grants of up to $2,000. Details on the program can be found here ( If you are a session organizer, please consider inviting an international scholar to participate in your session.


Information on previous biennial meetings can be found here.

The SPA also sponsors a number of panels at the annual American Anthropological Association meetings. Information on the most recent SPA events at the AAAs can be found here.