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

For consideration for the Fall 2024 issue, please submit articles with abstracts by May 1, 2024.

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. All submissions will conform to a strict timetable for publication for the Fall 2024 issue of William James Studies.  Please submit direct queries or questions to General Editor Shawn Welch at: or

William James Studies is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality, scholarly articles related to the life, work and influence of William James.