2023 ISRI Conference




29th Annual Conference

Wednesday June 7th – Friday June 9th, 2023

Tufts University, Medford/Somerville (Boston Area), Massachusetts, USA

The Program Committee invites submissions for the twenty-ninth annual ISRI meeting. The conference will be held at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Membership in ISRI is not required to submit a presentation for consideration or to attend the conference. ISRI is an interdisciplinary organization and strongly encourages submissions from a diversity of fields such as psychology, sociology, family studies, public health, and anthropology.

Submission Deadlines

  • November 17th, 2022: The submission portal will be open.
  • December 30th, 2022: Rolling review of proposals will begin. Please note that poster submissions must be in the required format to be reviewed.
  • January 16th, 2023: Proposal decisions submitted by December 30th will be sent.
  • March 1st, 2023: The submission portal will close.
  • March 30th, 2023: FINAL NOTIFICATIONS regarding proposals submitted after December 30th but prior to March 1st will be sent to authors.


General Conference Schedule (All Times Eastern Daylight Time)

June 7th, 2023: Evening Reception.

June 8th, 2023: Full Day of Conference Events, including Keynotes, Invited & Paper Sessions

  Evening Social Event: Group Duck Boat Tour (Optional; Separate Tickets)

June 9th, 2023: Full Day of Conference Events, including Keynotes, Invited & Paper Sessions


Instructions for Preparing Submissions

Carefully follow the instructions below while you are preparing your proposal(s). Please note that some things have changed from prior years! Proposals not prepared according to the instructions below will not be reviewed. If you have questions about how to prepare your submission, please contact the chair of the Program Committee, Megan L. Smith at mlsmith@boisestate.edu

Proposals should address key issues of concern to identity researchers and theorists. ISRI is an interdisciplinary organization and strongly encourages submissions from all relevant fields.

Submission Deadlines

  • Submission Portal Opens: November 17, 2022
  • Early Notification Submission Deadline: December 30th, 2022
  • Early Notification Acceptance will be sent by January 15th, 2023.
  • Submission Portal Closes: March 1, 2023. Notifications sent by March 30th.


Grant Competition for Early-Career Researchers 

(Students or <5 Years Post-PhD)

Description: Early career researchers are invited to submit their ideas for a chance to participate in a grant competition to take place at the 2023 ISRI conference. 

If you are a student or are within five years of receiving your PhD, you can submit a proposal for a research project that you would conduct with a $1,000 grant. These proposals will be reviewed during the same time as the regular conference submission. Author teams can include up to 3 authors, but all must be early-career researchers and each person can only be an author on one proposal for the grant competition (but may submit proposals of other types). 

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee and ISRI Board. Review criteria include 1. the scientific quality of the project (including that it is clearly about some aspect of identity, broadly defined), 2. whether the project is feasible with $1,000, and 3. the creativity of the research. The authors of the 3 highest-rated proposals will be invited to participate in a special session. 

During the Grant Competition session at the conference, the judges and audience members will have 30 minutes to ask the authors questions (10 minutes for each proposal). The judges will then rank the proposals, and the audience members will vote on which proposal should be funded. The grant recipient will be determined by 50% judges’ ranking and 50% audience choice and will be announced at the ISRI Business Meeting.   


  • Title
  • Author information (up to three authors, all must be early-career researchers, please indicate anticipated year of graduation or year of receipt of PhD)
  • 100-word maximum short abstract, for the conference program
  • 500-word maximum long abstract, without author information, for review purposes. Long abstracts should describe why the study is needed, what research questions the project will address, what activities will be done for the project, and a brief description of how the grant funds would be spent. 

Your 2023 ISRI Program Committee:

Megan L. Smith (chair) – mlsmith@boisestate.edu

Sara K. Johnson (local host) – s.johnson@tufts.edu

Theo Klimstra (local host)- Theo.Klimstra@tufts.edu 

Maya Cohen-Malayev – cohen-malayev.maya@biu.ac.il

Katie Crowell- kcrowell@hartford.edu

Konrad Piotrowski- kpiotrowski1@swps.edu.pl

Elizabeth Morgan- emorgan2@springfieldcollege.edu


Please direct submission questions to: Megan L. Smith – mlsmith@boisestate.edu