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Call for Abstracts

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Call for Chapters

Call for Chapter Proposals
Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions for 2024
A Project of the Justice 21 Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems Chapter Proposals
Due: May 01, 2023

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and the Justice 21 Committee are beginning our work on the seventh iteration of the publication the Agenda for Social Justice. This iteration of the series – Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions for 2024 – is the US-nationally focused volume that coincides with the US Presidential election cycle. It is designed to inform the public-at-large about America’s most pressing social problems and to propose actionable responses and solutions to those social problems.

This project affirms the resiliency and commitment of the SSSP to social justice scholarship. This volume will be an “agenda for social justice,” in that it will contain specific recommendations for action for elected officials, policy makers, and community members.

This work is scheduled to be published by Policy Press, an academic publisher at the University of Bristol, UK, as a project in public sociology. We ask you, individually or with colleagues, to submit a brief proposal (1-2 pages max.) identifying a significant social problem in America. The proposal should include responses to each of the following prompts. Identify and define a concrete social problem of national scope; and then answer the following three prompts: P

  • Prompt 1: Clearly define the social problem and scope of the social problem for a non-specialist/generalist audience (i.e., what is the definition and extent of the social problem?).
  • Prompt 2: Describe how we know this is a pressing social problem (i.e., what are the sources of data, information, or evidence that tell us about this social problem?).
  • Prompt 3: Explain the kinds of law, policy or social actions that can alleviate the social problem. These should be viable and actionable solutions for reducing, mitigating, solving, or abolishing the social problem.

Please submit a copy of your 1 to 2-page proposal using the Google Form by May 01, 2023. Chapter drafts will be due September 01, 2023, and final manuscripts will be due December 01, 2023. Final contributions will be limited to 3000 words maximum (or roughly ten double-spaced manuscript pages). The volume is expected to launch in August 2024.

Read the full proposal here.

Call for Chapters
Arbiters of Race: Cultural Intermediaries, Racism, and Consumer Industries

Edited by Erik T. Withers (University of Wisconsin-River Falls) David L. Brunsma (Virginia Tech)

Deadline for Extended Abstract Submission: May 1, 2023

We are looking for extended abstracts of 500 words (max) for consideration and possible inclusion in this edited volume under contract with Routledge Cultural Intermediaries (hereafter CIs) are market actors whose performances manipulate social and cultural tastes within societies - a manipulation that is fundamentally based on the matrix of social relationships and the positionalities of those within it. They construct value and meaning for products, practices, and consumers within a wide variety of consumer industries, especially, but not necessarily limited to, cultural and creative industries. CIs may be salespeople, marketers, brand ambassadors, or other industry representatives. They play a large role in framing how others (end consumers and other market agents) engage with goods and affect the perception of goods, services, ideas, and behaviors as meaningful, legitimate, and worthy within various social and cultural fields. These folks are emissaries who build relationships, maintain accounts, and most importantly, share provocative narratives about the product and the consumers who consume it. This is different from the world of marketing and advertising, where this kind of regular and maintained interaction with buyers seldom happens. Through their practices and work, CIs also alter meanings of what is good, desirable, worthy, and, importantly, for whom within the matrix. From literary agents to marketing personnel, from sports agents to booksellers, from realtors to wine representatives, from critics to social media influencers, from the historical gatekeepers to the contemporary algorithms on social media platforms, CIs actively work to connect and exclude, channel and erect barriers, forge and dissemble products, participation, opportunities, and markets in complex ways.

At the threshold of the second quarter of the 21st century, social scientists have much to offer in conceptualizing, studying, theorizing, understanding, and, ultimately, impacting racial justice within consumer industries. We are excited to bring together a group of critical scholars in this edited volume project to focus closely on race and racism in a myriad of consumer industries and, specifically, the role of cultural intermediaries in reproducing and/or rectifying such market-based inequalities.

We believe that Arbiters of Race comes at an important moment when a variety of industries are being fundamentally called out for the racism that organizes their markets and the connection between producers and consumers. As such, this volume has every potential to be an empirically substantive and theory-shifting project within the discipline of sociology as well as the critical interdisciplinary intersections across the social sciences. Although there has been a growing body of scholarship dedicated to CIs over the past couple decades, little attention has been paid to their role in reproducing (or challenging) existing racial hierarchies. This is where Arbiters of Race enters the conversation. Much of the past work on CIs fundamentally misses how consumer industries were founded in the context of white supremacy and the active exclusion of racialized minorities and people of color. Take for example cultural markets such as the craft beer market, music scenes, and leisure and sporting markets, to name a few, where it has been shown that whiteness is one of the primary organizing principles that orientates production, distribution, and consumption. Markets such as these have also differentially integrated those racialized minorities who have been marginalized without recognizing exclusionary structures already in place. If not acknowledged, there is a very real and evidenced risk of reproducing the very racist structures upon which these markets/industries were founded. There is a significant need to investigate these processes and to push social theory to incorporate race and racism in our understanding of CIs work in the marketplace.

If you are interested, please send us a tentative title and a brief (max 500 words) description/outline/abstract of the potential chapter. Be sure to include the core problematic(s)/question(s), key data and methodolog(ies), key conversations that your work will be engaged with, and the industr(ies) your work investigates. Please send these by May 1st , 2023 to: and 

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers
Autonomy in Later Life

Invitation to Submit a paper for the Journal of Elder Policy, Issue 7, Summer 2023
Editor-in-Chief: Eva Kahana PhD, Distinguished University Professor,

Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University
Abstracts of 500 words are due by March 24, 2023
Full papers (8000 -10000 words) are due by June 1, 2023.

Older adults are more diverse and active than ever. Despite this, many portrayals and stereotypes of older adults allude to their dependence on others. While later life does tend to come with unique challenges (e.g. health issues, functional impairment), older adults tend to be far more proactive and adaptive than society (and research) gives them credit for.

This issue of the Journal of Elder Policy seeks to explore issues related to autonomy in later life.

We welcome both empirical (qualitative and quantitative) and conceptual papers from diverse disciplines with an emphasis on policy implcations.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Meaningful employment in later life (new or continuing)
  • Finding new directions in retirement
  • Relocation in later life
  • New relationships in later life
  • Managing identity when having to rely on others due to illness/functional impairments
  • Shifts in family dynamics (e.g. adult children attempting to manage care/finances, suggestions of downsizing)
  • Speaking up in health care contexts
  • Adaptation to widowhood in later life

Authors should send a 500-word abstract related to their paper by March 1, 2023 to Managing Editor, Kaitlyn Langendoerfer, PhD (

​The Journal of Elder Policy is an Open Access Journal sponsored by Policy Studies Organization. There is no publication fee. All articles will be peer-reviewed. More information about the Aims and Scope of the journal and previous issues can be found here:     

Call for Papers
International Journal on Environmental Research and Public Health

Please consider submitting an article to either of two special issues on "Social Determinants, Behavioral and Lifestyle Choices, and Health Disparities of Older Adults" or "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Chronic Conditions among Adults and Older Adults: Second Edition" in the International Journal on Environmental Research and Public Health (IF 4.614). The venue is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal that publishes articles in the areas of environmental health sciences and public health. For further information on the journal and our special issues, we refer you to or

If you are interested in the first special issue and would like to send us an abstract, please email Drs. Ronica Rooks ( and Joyce Weil (

The deadline for full manuscript submissions is August 31, 2023.

If you are interested in the second special issue and would like to send us an abstract, please email Drs. Cassandra Ford (, Ronica Rooks (, and Arlesia Mathis (

The deadline for full manuscript submissions is April 30, 2023.

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Call for Papers (Book/Special Issues)

Call for Papers
Social Work Practice Innovation and Social Determinants of Health: Social Work Expertise for Achieving Health Equity

The editors of Social Work in Health Care have share this exciting call that I imagine is a great fit for much of the work this group is engaged in. The special issue is entitled: Social Work Practice Innovation and Social Determinants of Health: Social Work Expertise for Achieving Health Equity.

The goals of the special issue are to expand our understanding of the complex intersectionality of SDOH, inequity, racism and health outcomes. They welcome submissions that use innovative social work perspectives to advance understanding of the effects of SDOH on health and well-being, provide evidence-based strategies for the education and clinical practice of social workers and other health care professionals, and/or discuss programs or interventions aimed at mitigating the effects of SDOH.  Papers reporting quality improvement or program evaluation of initiatives that address SDOH and health outcomes (e.g., advocacy, policy development, practice changes) are also welcome. Link to the call is

Submissions are due by March 31, 2023.

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Call for Proposals (Special Issues)

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3-Day Virtual Institute
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

The Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion is now accepting applications for the Virtual Knapsack Institute, June 14-16, 2023!

An intensive, three-day institute, The Knapsack Institute (KI) provides the latest knowledge, tools, strategies, and support to build an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment. Now in our third decade, we especially want to welcome higher education faculty, staff, administrators and advanced graduate students. The KI includes participants from around the country from various professions, seeking to advance their DEI knowledge and work. The work of social justice belongs everywhere. The opportunity to learn from people working in a diverse range of settings, all with a shared commitment, is one characteristic that makes this a unique experience.

Unlike a conference, we provide an intimate learning community facilitated by specialists in the field. Our curriculum changes each year to incorporate the latest research and best practices and to respond to the current cultural context shaping the work we are engaged in. The KI provides both a foundational intersectional framework and engages with the most challenging issues we encounter in the ongoing work of advancing equity and social justice. We are here to support you in working towards your goals!

Participation is limited and early bird registration will end May 1. Apply today to be a part of our 2023 learning community! Many participants attend with a partner or group from their departments or institutions to implement concrete plans. We offer a discounted group rate for 2 or more participants. Graduate academic credit available: Dr. Ferber offers an on-line graduate course Inclusive Teaching. Interested students should contact her. The KI fee + low tuition rate for attendees is less than regular tuition for a graduate course at most Universities.) Questions? Contact Professor Abby Ferber, Director of the Matrix Center, or Linda Martin Smith, Project Manager,

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Funding Opportunity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize 

Everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to reach their best health and wellbeing, no matter their race, ethnicity, ZIP code, or socioeconomic status.

That's why, in the 10 years since it launched, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize has recognized more than 50 communities across the country that are at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all. 

This year, the Foundation is relaunching the Prize to celebrate people and organizations in communities across the country who are collaborating to build positive solutions to structural barriers that have created unequal opportunity. Will the story of your community's work inspire others to take action and create a healthier future for everyone's children and grandchildren?  

Prize-winning communities will receive:

  • A $250,000 prize.
  • National and local promotion of communities' stories that will inspire others' efforts.
  • Training to enhance outreach to media, policymakers, advocacy networks, and grassroots organizations.
  • Opportunities to expand networks by connecting with other Prize-winning communities as well as national and local leaders working to build a Culture of Health.
  • Access to technical assistance, coaching, and workshops to enable Prize winners to accelerate their progress.

Learn more about the eligibility and application requirements. Apply by March 29 >>

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Virtual Events

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