Call For Papers


The William James Society (WJS), in conjunction with William James Studies, would like to announce that it will be offering its annual Young Scholar Prize to the young scholar (within five years of the Ph.D.) who submits the essay that best explores the thought and work of William James.

The prize will include: (1) the opportunity to read the paper during the WJS session at the meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy in March 2025, (2) $750 to subsidize travel to that meeting, and (3) publishing the paper in William James Studies.

Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the guidelines of William James Studies manuscript submission information (here). Please note that past recipients of the WJS Young Scholar Prize are not eligible to submit. All submissions must constitute new work not under consideration elsewhere. All papers must be submitted to WJS Secretary Kevin Decker( by August 15th, 2024. After the submissions have been considered by the prize committee, the winner will be announced in late September.

Call For Papers

The William James Society and its peer-reviewed journal William James Studies invite article submissions from scholars with diverse interests and approaches to the life and work of William James. We are particularly interested in articles that reflect William James’s work (psychology, philosophy, metaphysics, etc.) as it intersects with modern concerns and interpretive contexts. The William James Society is a multidisciplinary professional society that supports the study of, and communication about, the life and work of James and his ongoing influence in the many fields to which he contributed. William James Studies can be found on several subscription databases, including the Modern Language Association.

We welcome submissions that examine James and pragmatism’s relationship to current issues in contemporary society, especially those with interdisciplinary perspectives with possible orientations toward history, politics, economics, American studies, or religious studies. Papers might examine any number of the following:

* James and the theory and practice of literary interpretation

* James and his relationship to modernism, realism, and other literary genres

* James and nineteenth and/or early twentieth-century aesthetic movements

* James’s philosophies of psychology, pragmatism, religion, and literary authors/texts

* James and contemporary interpretive contexts, including critical race theory, feminism, queer theories, ecocriticism, religious studies, game studies, and archival approaches

To submit, please review the WJS submissions guidelines here: (

Submissions should outline a clear argument, identify relevant texts by James and others, and place their paper within a contemporary scholarly framework or conversation. Please submit direct queries or questions to General Editor Shawn Welch at: or