International Symposium for Contemplative Research
The biennial Mind & Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research (ISCR) is the flagship academic conference for interdisciplinary investigations of the mind and contemplative practices, welcoming all engaged in contemplative research and those who seek to understand how to apply this research in their work and communities.
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, near Phoenix, Arizona
November 8–11, 2018
Call for Abstracts: Guidelines for Submission
Call for Abstracts opens November 15, 2017
DEADLINE: January 31, 2018
Abstract Submission Guidelines:
The Mind & Life Institute is committed to building an interdisciplinary and intercultural community of contemplatives, scholars and professionals that integrates diversity of perspective and experience. Abstract proposals are welcome from all races, genders, ages, religions ￼and sexual orientations.
Abstract proposals should exemplify the highest standards of research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. This includes, where appropriate, controlled designs or designation as a pilot study, conveyance of a central argument or thesis statement, protection of human subjects and vulnerable populations, and the use of established research methodologies and sources. Proposals that appear to be a forum for sharing a personal story or a promotion for a commercial product or program will not be accepted.
All proposals will undergo a competitive peer review process. Review is conducted by a diverse and interdisciplinary committee of scholars.
Abstracts will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Contribution: Make sure that your abstract proposal exhibits both knowledge of existing literature and research on the subject as well as that it makes an original contribution by adding something new and interesting to the conversation in your field;
- Rigor: Make sure that your abstract proposal meets the highest standards of scholarship, including ethical integrity and research quality, in its respective field;
- Relevance: Make sure that your abstract proposal demonstrates its relevance and applicability to contemplative research and its component fields, and that it aligns with the ISCR mission to advance interdisciplinary investigations of the mind and contemplative practices
Presenters may be asked to shift formats (between Paper and Poster presentations) to allow for a diverse arrangement of presentations. For example, if you submit an Individual Poster Presentation that we feel would be a particularly good fit with another Paper Presentation or group of presentations, the review committee may combine your accepted presentation into a session of thematically-linked paper presentations. Alternatively, if you submit a paper proposal that reviewers feel would be a better fit as a poster session, it may be re-assigned.
During the submission process, please apply for your desired presentation type, and we will make every effort to accommodate your preferences. Individuals may be credited as an author on multiple posters and papers submitted to ISCR that the author is not also the presenter for.
The application deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in April 2018. Please contact the Mind & Life Programs Team with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ABSTRACT MAKE SURE TO READ THE GUIDELINES BELOW.