CFP: Social Justice Conference - Toronto, Canada

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End: May 30, 2017
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The State of (In)Equality: Social Justice Under Siege

Toronto, Canada.

October 28-29, 2017

Hosted by: Humber College and the International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

Keynote Speaker: Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Submit A Proposal by May 30:

Description: The perceived orthodoxy of progressive politics has come under attack in recent years by individuals, groups, and institutions that believe their actions and speech are being policed. The term ‘social justice warrior’ (SJW) emerged in 2011. This has attempted to switch the term ‘social justice,’ which has since 1840 been primarily a positive concept, into a mainstream pejorative used mainly to dismiss individuals and groups who espoused views concerning social progressivism, civil rights, cultural inclusiveness, gay rights, or feminism. For those activists and researchers who have spent their lives attempting to change society for the better, this is a troubling turn.

Our conference will examine the current and past state(s) of inequality and social justice from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The conference takes place October 28th and 29th 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada.

We invite proposals based on (but not limited to) the following themes:

Indigenous studies

Democracy vs. capitalism

Poverty and Economic inequality

Civil rights

Social movements



Past and future of labour

Identity politics

Racial inequality


Rule of law


Post-humanism and social activism



Gender inequality, eco-feminism

Social construction of difference


Social democracy

Social justice backlash

Pluralistic identities

Peace and justice

Health inequality



Access to education

Environmental activism

Abuse of state power