Call for Papers: Community, Psychology, and Indigenous Peoples- Due March 30, 2018

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Community, Psychology, and Indigenous Peoples

A special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology

Guest Editors:

Nathaniel Mohatt and Pauline Guerin

Substantial conceptual knowledge and theoretical background has been laid for our understanding of indigenous psychologies, that is, distinctive facets of mind and mentality among Indigenous populations that persist despite centuries of contact and colonization. For this special issue, we invite papers that explore community engagement with Indigenous people, emancipatory projects in Indigenous communities, or participatory psychology research in Indigenous communities. This includes how the values of community psychology and related fields are embedded and integrated with indigenous ways of knowing, as well as explorations of contested spaces between community science and Indigenous Psychology. This special issue will highlight how both Indigenous and non-indigenous community scientists and educators navigate the discipline-dominated structures to incorporate indigeneity in various forms. We seek papers that contribute new insights to how the practice of community psychology and related fields of action and inquiry contribute to the social justice and emancipation of indigenous peoples. Through this special issue we expect to bring to light innovations in community science stemming from collaborative inquiry with indigenous communities, as well as clarify the ways in which community action and inquiry are relevant to Indigenous peoples.

We are seeking papers related to the following topics:

  • Articles that elucidate how people are navigating the intersections of indigenous psychology with research, practice, and teaching through “project-based” examples.
  • Examples of engagement with indigenous communities and partners to conduct research, teaching, or practice to advance a social justice agenda relevant for Indigenous peoples or incorporates Indigenous knowledges.
  • Articles addressing the conflicts that arise or ethical issues relevant to collaborating with Indigenous communities when conducting research, practice, or teaching.

Submission process: Authors should submit proposals by email to the Guest Editors of the Special Issue no later than March 30, 2018. Guest Editors will review the proposals and invite authors by June 1, 2018 to submit a full manuscript, subject to peer review and consistent with AJCP guidelines for reviewers. All submissions should be in English and proposals should state the type of article proposed as described in the AJCP Instructions for Authors available on the online submission portal ( Types of articles may include: original articles (theory or research), mixed methods research, first person accounts, advancing science, or empirical reviews. The deadline for submission of full manuscripts is November 1, 2018. Initial acceptance and Online First publication is anticipated as early as Spring 2019.

Send proposal submissions or inquiries to the Guest Editors: Nathaniel Mohatt:; and Pauline Guerin:

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