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2nd Annual Conference on Social Injustice

Published date: November 27, 2013

2nd Annual Conference on Social Injustice: Demanding Access and Accountability for Social Justice

April 24-25, 2014

Call For Papers

The Virginia State University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, announces the 2nd Annual Conference on Social Injustice. The conference will be held on the University’s campus with a two-day schedule of presentations.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 –Undergraduate and Graduate Student ConferenceFriday, April 25, 2014 – General Professional Conference

Keynote Speaker: Virginia Supreme Court Justice Bernard Goodwyn

In recent years, scholars, professionals, students and community activists have begun to drawmore attention to the many accounts of social injustices that people in the United States andthose in other countries around the world face on a daily basis. From mass incarceration, poverty,environmental issues, lack of access to education, legal representation, healthcare and manyother forms of socio-economic, political and religious injustices, that attention is well-warranted.Whether the basis for the injustices are based on age, race, sexuality or gender presentation,national or religious origin, and/or any other possible backgrounds, the concern is how to seek amore just society and thereby promote social accountability.

Conference Participants

It becomes the responsibility of all citizens who are interested and dedicated in social justice tohold society responsible for its obligation to provide access to fundamental human rights. Theconference is a multi-disciplinary effort (sociology, criminal justice, psychology, business,economics, social work and other related disciplines) that brings together scholars, professionals,students and community activists to examine issues, concerns and obligations to promote accessand social accountability to justice. Moreover, this is an opportunity to create strategies that willpromote access to justice and the challenge to social accountability in every element of human life.

Submission of Proposals

Extended abstracts or concept proposals are invited from scholars of any discipline, students, professionals and community activists. If you are interested in organizing a formal panel or round-table session on any of the broad or specified topics discussed are encouraged / requested to submit proposals on or before the deadline. If you know anyone who is interested in social injustices and may want to participate, please forward this call for papers.Abstracts of approximately 400-500 words should be submitted to the Conference Chair or Co-Chair indicating submission of any of the following options:

  • Individual or co-authored papers
  • Roundtables
  • Thematic panels (two or more persons)
  • Posters and papers from undergraduate and graduate students

Submissions should include (1) paper title, (2) names, affiliation and contact information for each author.

Electronic Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Friday March 7, 2014 to the conference Co-Chair, Dr. Z. Ogunnika at


Registration may be completed by sending a statement of intention to participate to the conference chair. Please include your name, address, email address and institutional affiliation.Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Conference Proceedings

Presented papers will be edited and published as online conference proceedings. In addition, authors may resubmit their papers for review and publication in the “International Journal for Social Science Research and Practice,” a peer-reviewed journal published by the VSU Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

For more information please contact:

Dr. G. Ahmed,

Social Injustice Conference Chair 2014

Dr. Z. Ogunnika, zogunnika@vsu.edy

Co-Chair, Social Injustice Conference 2014
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