CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW OPEN!

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:

  1. 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;
  2. Rigor: Make sure that your abstract proposal meets the highest standards of scholarship, including ethical integrity and research quality, in its respective field;
  3. 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 programs@mindandlife.org.

BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ABSTRACT MAKE SURE TO READ THE GUIDELINES BELOW.

Begin the Submission Process

 

I. Papers

Paper Presentations
Paper Presentations will be presented orally (slideshows optional). Papers are to include new research results as well as theoretical, historical, textual or other relevant scholarship. Abstracts should provide sufficient specificity of content to allow the ISCR Review Committee to adequately evaluate the proposal. Each paper presentation is allotted fifteen minutes and will be grouped thematically with two other paper presenters within a single 60-minute paper session. Information regarding the placement of your presentation will be shared when abstract selections are announced in April 2018.

Paper Sessions
Paper Sessions are an opportunity to self-organize a 60-minute session composed of three paper presentations. Apply for a paper session by submitting paper abstracts for each of the three speakers, as well as a 150-word abstract describing the thematic link between the papers. Interdisciplinary sessions are encouraged as well as focused sessions that advance a topic within a single discipline. Each presenter in a paper session will have up to 15 minutes to present and take questions. An additional 15 minutes is reserved for collective discussion and Q&A at the end of each paper session.
We encourage multi-institutional collaboration, and no more than two presenters from one lab can participate in a single paper session.

Due to our commitment to increasing diversity of topics and presenters, an individual can submit no more than one paper abstract, whether it is submitted as an individual paper presentation or as part of a self-organized paper session. However, those who submit a paper abstract are welcome to submit an additional proposal for each of the other presentation categories: Discussion Sessions and Posters.

II. Discussion Sessions
Discussion Sessions foster open dialogue on issues of fundamental importance to contemplative research. Rather than focusing on research findings, discussion sessions address a critical topic or area of study or applied work in a format that encourages a lively exchange of different ideas and perspectives. Alternatively, a workshop model can be employed to give attention to a particular set of scientific or scholarly research methods with a high degree of interaction between the presenters and session audience.

Discussion sessions have a maximum of three discussants plus one person to preside over the discussion to ensure its moderation and the integration of ideas. Proposals should be interdisciplinary, with a minimum of two disciplines represented among the discussants. Please be sure to include contact information for each discussant and the presider in the proposal.

Each Discussion Session will be allotted 60 minutes, with 45-50 minutes dedicated to moderated discussion and 10-15 minutes reserved for Q&A.

Due to our commitment to increasing diversity of topics and presenters, an individual can apply to participate in no more than one Discussion Session (as a discussant or a presider). However, those who apply to participate in a Discussion Session are welcome to submit an additional proposal for each of the other presentation categories: Papers and Posters.

III. Posters
Poster presentations may include new research results as well as theoretical, historical, textual or other relevant scholarship. Descriptions should provide sufficient specificity of content to allow the ISCR Review Committee to adequately evaluate the proposal. Posters will be presented during open, 90-minute evening sessions.

Due to our commitment to increasing diversity of topics and presenters, an individual can submit no more than one Poster abstract. However, those who submit a Poster abstract are welcome to submit an additional proposal for each of the other presentation categories: Papers and Discussion Sessions.

  1. After clicking the link below, you will be directed to the login page for the Mind & Life Online Applications Portal.
  2. If you have not already applied for a Mind & Life Institute Grant or Program in the last year, please create a new login under the “Need an Account?” section. If you have applied for a Mind & Life Institute Grant or Program in the past year using this application portal, please use your current login (Note to administrators and assistants: Please fill out the information of the person you are registering).NOTE: The account you create will be used to populate the registration form for the main ISCR event, so please make sure your information is accurate. A separate registration link will be sent out in April 2018 to finalize your registration for ISCR 2018. (Note: submitting a CFA proposal does not constitute registration for the event, nor a commitment to attend).

Once you have created or logged into your account, you will be directed to the Mind & Life Institute Online Applications Portal which lists all open applications. Please click on the “Create Submission” button in-line with “International Symposium for Contemplative Research” to begin your abstract submission.

Please follow these guidelines when writing your abstract:

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO REVIEW THE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING A CFA PROPOSAL. Applicants may submit a maximum of 3 submissions: 1 Discussion Session, 1 Individual Paper OR Paper Session Presentation, and 1 Poster presentation. (you may be named as author on other posters submitted to ISCR as long as you are not also the presenter for them).

NOTE: Abstracts will be published “as is” without any edits, so make sure to adhere to these guidelines and confirm your text before submitting. Abstracts that do not follow these guidelines and/or do not appear to have been proofread may not be accepted.

Style Requirements

  • When writing a title, please practice title case convention by only using capital letters to start the principal words. For example: “The Phenomenology of Receiving Compassion”
  • Please spell out all abbreviations including Institutions. For Example: University of California, Berkeley.
  • Please do not include literature citations.
  • Please do not include statistical values.
  • Please remember to run spell check.

NOTE: ONCE YOU CLICK “SAVE & SUBMIT” YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EDIT YOUR SUBMISSION ANY FURTHER.

Begin the Submission Process