The International Psychohistorical Association (IPA) was founded in 1977 by Lloyd de Mause, Paul Elovitz, David Beisel, Henry Lawton and others. Our basic goals are to further the study and teaching of psychohistory (see What is Psychohistory?). Our worldwide membership comes from many fields – history, psychoanalysis, art, law, religion,education, psychology, social work, business, anthropology, political science, sociology, film making, psychiatry, literature, family therapy, journalism, and more. The educational attainment of our membership is similarly variable, ranging from Ph.D.s and MDs to high school students. The IPA’s annual convention draws scholars and students from across the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. Click here for the program of our 38th Conference, held 3 – 5 June 2015 at New York University.
In addition to producing our conference, website, and newsletter, the IPA recently weighed in on one of the most pressing social and policy issues of our day, the problem of violence and what can be done about it. Here is our statement "How to End Violence in America." We hope you will find this a valuable resource for education and advocacy.
Here are some further ways to connect with the IPA and our members:
- Psychohistory News, our quarterly newsletter. Read back issues here.
- The Clio’s Psyche listserve, an online psychohistory discussion group independent of the IPA but involving many of our members. To join, contact Molly Castelloe.
- The Journal of Psychohistory. A peer reviewed journal independent of the IPA but publishing the work of many of our members. To subscribe contact David Lotto.
- Clio's Psyche. Another independent journal publishing essays by IPA members. To subscribe contact Paul Elovitz.
- Our annotated bibliography of books and articles in the field. Contact Brian D'Agostino if you would like to suggest additional titles.
If you have questions or comments about psychohistory, the IPA, or this website, we would love to hear from you. Contact Brian D'Agostino.