The 17th Biennial Conference of The ISTP at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, August 21 - August 25, 2017

Call for papers

Submission Deadlines and Details

ISTP 2017 The Ethos of Theorizing 21th - 25th August 2017 Call for Papers

The Ethos of Theorizing

The 2017 International Society for Theoretical Psychology in Tokyo is the 17th ISTP conference and the first one held in Japan. We have chosen “The Ethos of Theorizing” as the 2017 conference theme to reflect the ethical dimension of psychology as subject matter and discipline. Theorizing, including our epistemological and ontological concepts, is deeply embedded in ethical and normative considerations. For example, objectivity is foremost a virtue and truth and truthfulness are clearly interconnected. Thus, theorizing in psychology is not just an activity, but a practice that engages theoretical psychologists deeply and calls us to take responsibility for doing “good” theory. In deconstructing and critiquing the status quo, we also construct theory and build bridges between geographical locations, the past and the present, and the diversity of theoretical commitments. This theme then invites reflections on our incursions into culture and the aims of our theoretical practice.


First submission Deadline: 31 October 2016 (Notification: 15 December 2016)
Final submission Deadline: 31 January 2017 (Notification: 1 March 2017)

The ISTP 2017 Organizing Committee welcomes abstract submissions related to the conference theme, or any other appropriate topics with a focus on theoretical psychology. Symposia are also welcomed. Submissions will be blind reviewed.

Presentation formats for the conference are:


A symposium is organized around a theme, issue or debate. Since the main goal of the conference is to discuss and debate conceptual and theoretical problems, submission of a range of symposium formats are encouraged. Two formats are suggested: (1) Three paper presentations; each paper is 20 minutes followed by 20 minutes for a discussant to comment plus 10 minutes of general questions and/or discussion. Total time 1 hour 30 minutes. (2) Round-table discussion in which three or four 20-minute papers are followed by a 20-minute panel discussion and a 10-minute general discussion. Three paper round tables will be scheduled for 1 hour 30 minutes and four paper round tables for 2 hours.

Workshop session

A workshop provides an opportunity to discuss an important issue for philosophical, theoretical or critical psychology (e.g., a presentation by a journal editor about how to write for a given publication, discussion of a collaborative research or writing proposal etc.). The role of the presenters is to prepare questions to be discussed among all the participants. The workshop organizer is responsible for leading the discussion, fostering debate and introducing thoughtful comments and concerns. Timing: Workshops are scheduled for 1 hour 30 minutes total, including 1 hour of open discussion.

Individual Presentations

Presentations of 20 minutes followed by questions/discussions.


The format of poster presentations is paper Size A0 with maximum dimensions of 120cm (height) and 90cm (width).

Submission instructions:

Proposals for symposia in either format require an overall abstract (maximum 250 words) and title as well as an abstract 250 words) and title for each presentation (except the discussant). Include a cover letter with the organizer(s) name, institution, email address, and symposium title as well as the name, institution, email address, and presentation title are required for each presenter and the name, institution, and email address for the discussant.

All proposals for individual presentations, poster presentations, and workshops require an abstract (maximum 250 words) and title. Please submit your abstract in .doc, .docx, .pdf or .rtf format. Include a cover letter with your name, institution, email, preferred presentation format, and presentation title.

Submit your proposals to: