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Call for Papers: 2018 International Network for Personal Meaning Conference


Since 2000, the INPM’s International Meaning Conference has been the only world congress totally dedicated to meaning-oriented research and its applications. It has been a gathering place for all who are interested in making a difference in the world through meaning, regardless of their discipline or theoretical perspective. The International Meaning Conference is globally known for its quality programs, distinguished speakers, positive atmosphere of collegial open-mindedness, and exchange of provocative ideas, where traditional barriers fade in light of a shared higher purpose. Between programs, there are many opportunities for conversation, reflection, and discussion about collaborative research with individuals whom one does not normally meet at conferences devoted to only one discipline or one approach to psychology.

Conference Themes

  1. Evolution of positive psychology and the emerging existential positive psychology or second-wave positive psychology (PP 2.0)

  2. Working with meaning-in-life issues in counseling, coaching, and therapy

  3. Research and practices to enhance meaning of work, positive management, and positive organizations

  4. Meaning-oriented interventions to enhance wellbeing and human flourishing

  5. Focusing on virtues such as courage, faith, meaning, and wellbeing in adversity or trauma

  6. Exploring life education or positive education 2.0 in promoting global wellbeing and peace

  7. Understanding the existential crises of terrorism, violence, pollution, opiate addiction, etc.

  8. Incorporating cultural differences and indigenous psychology in well-being research

  9. Other topics related to worldviews, beliefs, spirituality, self-transcendence, and PP 2.0

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are not restricted to the above conference themes. We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics related to the broad domains of meaning research and applications, such as resilience, grit, addiction recovery, positive education, life and death education, and psychotherapy. Both qualitative and quantitative presentations are welcome.

Submissions on the topic of the meaning of work, positive management and organizations, and the like may be placed within the Work and Meaning tract organized by the Work and Meaning (WAM) Special Interest Group of the INPM (click here to learn more about the WAM Special Interest Group).

Please submit all abstracts to no later than 11:59 PM on April 30, 2018:

  1. The email subject line should be “Meaning Conference 2018 Submission | [Author Name(s)]”

  2. The attached file(s) should be .docx or .doc (or .rtf for those without Microsoft Word)

  3. Minimum 1 and maximum 3 submissions per person

  4. Text should be single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-pt font

  5. Include author name(s) and affiliation(s), submission title, presentation type, presentation length (if it is a workshop)

  6. Please see the presentation types below for further instructions for each presentation type and CE credits

Notice of acceptance will be issued as soon as the review is completed, and no later than May 20, 2018.

Presentation Types


Symposia are 60-minute presentations by 3-5 individuals who address a common theme or topic. Ten minutes should be reserved for questions from the audience. Proposals for symposia should include a 300-word overview and abstracts from the individual participants of about 300 words.

Paper Sessions

Individual oral presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes and will be grouped with other presentations. Individual papers should include a 300-word abstract and an indication of which conference theme(s) apply to it. Your submission may be reviewed for a poster presentation if it cannot fit into a paper session. Please note that invited paper presentations will be 20 minutes.


Workshops may range from 1 to 2 hours. Typically, they involve interaction with participants with a focus on interventions. Workshop proposals should include a 500-word overview and a 250-word biography which includes the presenter’s education and professional experience.


Poster submissions should include a 300-word abstract. Posters will be displayed on 4’ x 3’ (121cm x 91cm) poster boards.

CE Credits

If you seek CE Credits, please include a 250-word biography for each presenter as well as the learning objectives of your submission.

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