Presentation Procedure

  1. Join the Psychobiography Forum, which is a subgroup of the Psychohistory Forum, by filling its Membership form (
  2. Discuss your proposed presentation project with Paul Elovitz, Claude-Helene Mayer, or Inna Rozentsvit.
  3. If it seems suitable, send the following:
  •    15 to 50 pages (a committee will look over this and respond if need be)
  •    provide some information on the primary and secondary sources available on the subject
  •    how far along are you in the project
  •    what is your ultimate goal (__ scholarly article __ book)
  •    what do you hope to receive from the group beyond having a deadline for your work?
  1. After a session is scheduled, it will be your responsibility to submit an electronic copy of your submission and communicate to the organizer (currently Paul Elovitz).  A cover letter, which includes your expectations of the type of feedback you’re seeking from multi-disciplinary colleagues in a non-critical “holding environment” and for nurturing your scholarly project, will be sent out to the potential attendees three to four weeks in advance of the meeting.
  2. The standard meeting procedure will be for the group to sit around a seminar table or in a circle when it is in-person with some members virtually attending.  The presenter may be virtual as may the entire meeting.
  3. For in-person meetings, each colleague present reads the paper ahead of time, introduces themselves very briefly, and then states a question they have about the paper or the research project generally.
  4. The presenter speaks for no more than 20 minutes, doing one of the following:
  •    summarizing the paper
  •    adding new materials
  •    directly responding to questions raised by the attendees
  1. For virtual meetings, except when they are very small, questions will be emailed on the Chat function of the virtual communication platform.  The moderator will either read the questions or the participant would say them directly when it’s their turn.  Normally, questions are kept short to two or three minutes.  Follow-up questions come later, after other people have had a chance to communicate with the presenter.  Note that the primary focus will always be on the presenter at our seminar.
  2. Provided there is time, there may be a general discussion of the subject.
  3. Participants and the leaders will either at the meeting or subsequently discuss with the presenter ideas for furthering the psychobiographical research and publication project.
  4. The moderator or chair summarizes the meeting, thanking the presenter and participants, and then goes to lunch with those in-person colleagues who can fit this into their schedule.