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Call for Papers

Call for Papers
First Global South Graduate Student Conference
May 5-6, 2022 at George Mason University

“Global South Possibilities: Exploring Linkages, Building Solidarity”

Deadline for submitting abstracts: February 15, 2022

Deadline for submitting papers for the best student paper award: April 10, 2022

The Global South Hub, housed within Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) at George Mason University is organizing its inaugural Global South Graduate Student Conference in Spring 2022 on May 5-6, 2022 scheduled to be held virtually over Zoom.

Global South has come to represent those spaces and people, cartographically and epistemologically that are on the periphery of the world social order, through the history of post-16th-century global capitalism, colonialism, empire, and contemporary neoliberalism. Global south solidarity networks such as the Bandung Conference served as the meeting point for nations and people to reflect on and imagine their position in the world. These networks created political spaces for anticolonial and anti-apartheid resistance, and imagined a collective future imbued with postcolonial camaraderie. These emancipatory visions never materialized. Through this graduate student conference, we hope to regenerate some of those old visions of solidarity, while global capitalism and its perspectives continue to shape the world unequally. Beyond a place of critique, we want to envisage a world where the South-South dialogues will create unexpected connections and possibilities of solidarity. There is a dignity and importance in the ‘global south’ – it carries with it the weight of most of the world but also a sense of possibility.

We invite papers that look at any part of the world through the lens of the global south, through its methodologies, knowledges, paradigms, histories, sociologies, and anthropologies. While we value comparisons and transnational connections, all papers from all parts of the world written with the global south as a state of mind are welcome.


  • Dispossessions and displacement
  • Resistance and power
  • Theoretical and historical considerations
  • Methodological questions
  • Nature
  • Marginalities, edges within the Global South
  • Populism and politics
  • Diasporas
  • Transnational connections
  • Comparisons
  • Building solidarity
  • Political economy
  • Mobilizations and mobility
  • Production of knowledge
  • Digital world

We are inviting submissions of abstracts by February 15, 2022, from current graduate students at any stage of their study, across disciplines within humanities and social sciences, from any part of the world. We will notify you about acceptance by February 25, 2022. We are also inviting draft papers from students with accepted abstracts to be submitted for the best student paper awards competition by April 10, 2022. The award will carry a cash prize of $300 for the winner and $200 for runner up, along with a certificate.

Note: The submission of papers is only for the award and is not a requirement for the conference. All students with accepted abstracts will be invited to make conference presentations.

Please submit a 250-word abstract with your name and academic affiliation by February 15, 2022. Presentations should be given in English and not exceeding 15 mins. Any questions or concerns may be addressed to:

Deepika Hooda ( Kevin Nazar Pastor ( Karthik Balaji Ramanujam (

Please use this link to submit abstracts:

For more information, please visit the website:

Call for Papers (Book/Special Issues)

Call for Papers
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
W.E.B. Du Bois Special Issue on Religion and Social Inequality

Following in the path of W.E.B. Du Bois, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (JSSR) invites submissions for a special issue on the intersection of religion and social inequality in the contemporary world. Indeed, religion throughout history and across societies has been integral to the reproduction of social inequality. Yet, religion has also been the catalyst for social change and used to challenge social inequality in the world. We continue to see ample evidence of religion being used to reproduce social inequality and disrupt social inequality in modern societies.

The primary objective of this special issue is to promote theoretically driven and methodologically rigorous social scientific scholarship on the role of religion for social inequality in the contemporary world that is informed by a Du Boisian scholarly tradition.

W.E.B. Du Bois recognized this critical role that religion plays in the social organization of human life and consistently addressed this fact in his work. We see this in The Philadelphia Negro where he a dresses the historical, economic and social role of religion in the community. In his classic volume, The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois shines a light on how religion can be both a space of solace and cultural reproduction as well as a mechanism for the reproduction of social oppression and division. However, it is with The Negro Church that his focus on the importance of religion is on full display. Published in 1903, it is the first social scientific volume published on religion in North America. The empirical and methodological rigor of this book is astonishing, particularly considering the time-period when this study was conducted. Du Bois took religion seriously. Du Bois’s scholarship on religion is an exemplar for all scholars interested in the social scientific study of religion and is thus a guide for contemporary research on not only the Black Church but religion generally.

Moreover, Du Bois recognized how religion mattered for social (in)equality at the micro-level, in say churches; at the community level, for say neighborhoods; at the meso-level, for example with denominational structures, and at the societal level, in say social segregation. We will thus consider submissions that address religion and social inequality at all levels of analysis.

Submissions should be limited to 35 pages and double-spaced. This limitation is inclusive of the main document, references, tables, and figures. The limitation does not include appendices that will be published online. Papers longer than the limitations are likely to be rejected without review. We also strongly encourage you to follow the format and structure of published JSSR articles. All manuscripts are subject to the normal anonymous peer-review process. When making your submission, please select the option to designate the manuscript as part of the W. E. B. Du Bois Special Issue. The deadline for submitting papers is June 1, 2022.

This special issue is edited by Korie Little Edwards, Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, and Sandra Barnes along with the support of JSSR Associate Editors, Aida Ramos and Andrea Henderson.

More information available at If you have any question(s) concerning this special issue feel free to contact the JSSR W.E.B. Du BOIS CO-EDITORS at

Call for Book Chapter Proposals
"Handbook on Social Justice in the Global South"


Nikhil Deb (Murray State University, USA)

Manjusha Nair (George Mason University, USA)

Glenn Muschert (Khalifa University of Science & Technology, UAE)


The editors invite scholars worldwide to submit proposals for chapters for the volume “Handbook on Social Justice in the Global South” (under contract with Edward Elgar Publishing, UK). The book will be of interest to graduate students, scholars, and practitioners in the multidisciplinary field of social justice and the global south.

Chapters need to focus on contemporary issues for social justice in global south research. The editors especially welcome proposals for chapters on the following topics, as focus areas within the volume theme of social justice in the global south:

  • Children
  • Comparative Case Studies
  • Corruption
  • Crime / Violence
  • Disabilities
  • Education
  • Elders / Ageing
  • Extremism
  • Future Generations
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Latin America
  • Life Course
  • Middle East/North Africa Region
  • Populism
  • Religion
  • Sexual Minorities
  • Slums
  • Small Island Developing States
  • Social Enterprise
  • South Asia Region
  • Southeast Asia Region
  • Sustainability & UN SDGs
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Theoretical and Epistemic Concerns

We are open in terms of methodologies, perspectives, and geographical areas among contributors. Each chapter is expected to have a special emphasis on the interrelation between its topic and the field of social justice in the global south.  Ultimately, the volume aims to establish a new agenda for research on social justice in the global south.

Deadlines & Timetable

Submission of proposals (max. 5 pages): May 15, 2022

Submission of full chapters of 5,000 to 7,000 words (1st review): September 1, 2022

Submission of revised chapters (2nd review): March 1, 2023

Edward Elgar Publishing (UK) will promote this book to a wider audience globally. It is expected that graduate students, practitioners, and scholars in diverse markets will adopt this book.

For consideration, submit a proposal by May 15, 2022 using the following link:

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Call for Proposals (Special Issues)

Call for Proposals
Moral Panics in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Deadline to submit a 500 to 750-word abstract: October 31, 2021

Submit via email to:


The concept of moral panic emerged thanks to the seminal work of Stanley Cohen and other scholars in the field of radical criminology about five decades ago. Over such decades, the notion of moral panic and its sociological models have known periods of alternating fortune, have been applied in a range of empirical cases, and entered the popular and journalistic discourse. Then, in recent years, the notion has received renovated theoretical and empirical attention and has been linked to different theories and approaches like, among others, risk, moral regulation, discourse analysis, figurational sociology, sociology of emotions, social problems sociology. These recent contributions have confirmed that the notion and its models are well suited to analyze crises, changes, and transformations in our contemporary societies. However, academic attention to moral panics related to a specific topic or situation or social category has often consisted of disconnected or isolated contributions, with little or no conversation between scholars.

An opportunity to analyze a social situation of rapid social transformations and the moral panics related to them is constituted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This will allow moral panic scholars to write contributions connected among them by a defined theme and to engage in a conversation about the strengths and weaknesses of the concept using empirical cases related to the same topic.


Call for abstracts for an edited volume

With these aims and this theoretical background in mind, we are calling for chapter proposals, which will explore the relevance of the notion of moral panic in analyzing societal reactions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has raised collective reactions toward specific social situations, social categories, and groups, which can be read through the lenses of the moral panic concept and models. Moral panics emerged not only during the first months of the Covid-19 outbreak (e.g., the so-called “runner hunt”) but also later up to now (e.g., the spasmodic media attention toward the emergence of new virus variants or the moral condemnation against the “careless holiday-makers”).


How can the concept of moral panic and its models explain these societal reactions? This question will guide our analyses, which will take account of the different social, national, political, economic, organizational, and cultural contexts in which such moral panics emerged.

The book aims to hold in view both theoretical and methodological debates and empirical studies by focusing on pandemic moral panics.

We aim to solicit writing that, analyzing the societal reactions that emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic, could utilize not only classical approaches to moral panic analysis but also more recent trends which consider risk (Critcher 2008), fear (Furedi 2011), anxiety (Hier 2011), moral regulation (Critcher 2009; Hunt 2011), social problems (Best 2011) as analytic categories.

We are seeking contributions with empirical and theoretical rigor and originality from scholars who belong to different fields: sociology, media studies, criminology, cultural studies, journalism studies, politics, and history.


Topics may include:

  • Sociological or interdisciplinary analysis of Covid-19 moral panics;
  • Socio-historical and/or comparative analysis of moral panics related to the Covid-19 pandemic and other pandemics;
  • Examination of contemporary moral panics related to the lockdown and/or other preventive measures;
  • Analysis of the role of different organizations in pandemic-related moral panics;
  • Moral panics related to the medical and pharmaceutical industrial complex in pandemic times.
  • Media panics concerning the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Theoretical contributions on moral panics and pandemics
  • Analysis of grassroots panics in pandemic times
  • Groups of interest, groups of pressure and Covid-19 pandemic’s moral panics
  • Global and local panics in the Covid-19 pandemic and relations with the political-economic assets.
  • Good panics and pandemic social transformation
  • Moral panics concerning gender and sexuality issues in the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Family, children, Covid-19 and moral panics.
  • ...

The proposal will be submitted for consideration to Routledge's The COVID-19 Pandemic Series as the series editor has already expressed an interest in the volume.


September 1, 2021: Circulate CFP

October 31, 2021: Submission of abstracts (500-750 words) deadline. Email abstracts to

November 20, 2021: Decision for acceptance of abstract after editorial review.

November 30, 2021: Submission of edited volume proposal to the publisher for external review.

January 15, 2022: Edits and feedback on the proposal returned to authors

March 30, 2022: Authors submit full chapters to the editors for internal review

April 30, 2022: Editors send comments to the authors for revisions.

May 30, 2022: Authors send revised chapters to the editors.

July 1, 2022: Editors review chapter submissions, revise the full manuscript, send it back to the authors for another round of revisions

July 15, 2022: Authors send revised chapters to the editors.

July 30, 2022: Editors review chapter submissions, revise the full manuscript, send it back to the authors for another round of revisions.

August 15, 2022: Authors send final revised chapters to the editors.

September 1, 2022: Complete final draft of the book goes to the publisher.

Completed manuscript in press: October-November, 2022


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Call for Participants
Dissertation Research at Memorial University

Looking for never-married, voluntarily childfree women of color Participants Wanted!!

My participant criteria are the following

  • Single, never-married, voluntarily childfree women of color to include: Heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian, cis-women and trans women
  • Women who are celibate, asexual and sexually active
  • Currently single (not in a cohabitation relationship for at least 6 months prior to participating in the study)
  • Single (not in a cohabitation relationship) for the majority of their lives.
  • From the United States or have lived in the United States for at least ten years
  • Between the ages of 40 and 60-years-old.

Purpose of the Research
My name is Kimberly Martinez Phillips, and I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. I am conducting a research project An Examination of Single, Never-Married, Voluntarily Childfree Women of Color for my PhD doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Power and Dr. Allyson Stokes.

The purpose of this study is to examine the perceptions and experiences of women about their lives and how they feel about romantic love, singleness, relationships and sex. These women will self-identify and may not answer any question that makes them uncomfortable. I will conduct one online interview that will range from 1-2.5 hours in length.

Interviews will be audio-recorded and take place online
If you know anyone who may be interested in participating in this study, please give them a copy of this information. This study is not a requirement of any organization. Demographic Information will be requested.

Researcher Contact Information
Kimberly Martinez Phillips, Ph.D. Candidate
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Department of Sociology
(714) 227-6178

The proposal for this research has been reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research and found to be in compliance with Memorial University’s ethics policy. If you have ethical concerns about the research, such as the way you have been treated or your rights as a participant, you may contact the Chairperson of the ICEHR at or by telephone at 709-864-2861.

Virtual Conferences

Reimagining Our Worlds from Below: Transnational Conversations on Resistance, Movements and Transformations 
A Free Virtual SSSP Global Outreach Conference  
May 18 to 21, 2022 

The Covid-19 pandemic has made more evident persistent, systemic inequalities that are rooted in and shaped by ideological, economic, political, social, and cultural structures. However, there are other transnational concerns that exacerbate these inequalities, including dwindling natural resources, expanding conflicts, increasing authoritarianism, and widening wealth gaps. Amid all these, a deeper awareness of the damage of colonial and imperialistic histories are emerging, making obvious that Western/Euro/American-centric solutions are no longer viable, and are, in fact, sources of social problems.

In response to the challenges these inequalities pose, the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is hosting a free virtual international conference. It aims to provide a platform for scholars, activists, practitioners, students, professionals, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and civil society from all over the world to network, share experiences and learn from each other across boundaries---as we reimagine forms of resistance, movements, and solutions to the unconscionable historic and existential challenges we face on our planet. We heartily invite you to join the conversation. Participation from the Global South is especially encouraged.

More information and the call for submissions:
Deadline is March 20, 2022.

Organized by the SSSP Transnational Initiatives Committee & Transnational Virtual Initiatives Committee

Co-hosted by the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Point persons: Diane Veloso or Pattie Thomas