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Call for Abstracts
Call for Chapters
Call for Nominations
Call for Papers
Call for Papers (Book/Special Issues)
Call for Proposals (Special Issues)
Virtual Events

Call for Abstracts

“A Sociology of Artificial Intelligence: Inequalities, Power, and Data Justice” 
Special Issue of Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World

Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2023

Description: Investments in artificial intelligence have sparked broad-ranging conversations about AI’s impact on how we live, learn, and work. Software applications ranging from clinical algorithms, predictive policing, and generative AI such as ChatGPT provoke strong controversy across multiple institutional spheres, and public and private investments in AI suggest many more sociotechnical systems will be developed in the coming years. Sociology, with its focus on inequalities, power, and social justice and its robust methodological and theoretical toolkit, has much to offer to the critical study of AI. 

This special issue seeks to outline an emerging sociology of AI, algorithms, and machine learning. We aim to highlight new work in this area, building from our original call for sociological research into AI and inequalities (Joyce et al. 2021, Socius) as well as the White House’s Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights under the leadership of sociologist Alondra Nelson. We welcome a wide range of submissions on sociological examinations of AI, including but not limited to: 

-Empirical studies of AI, algorithms, and data-intensive technologies in social practice;
-Intersectional research on AI inequities by gender, race, class, sexuality, and disability;
-Public construction of AI-related social problems, such as surveillance and automation;
-Comparative scholarship on AI across institutional, structural, and/or global contexts;
-Methodological pieces that investigate how to study AI technologies; and
-Reflexive accounts of interdisciplinary collaboration with computer and data scientists.  

We seek contributions from all subfields of sociology, including science and technology, culture, work and occupations, health and medicine, politics and policy, race and racism, education, criminal justice, gender and sexuality, aging and the life course, and global and transnational sociology. We particularly welcome submissions from graduate students and early career scholars, as well as scholarly contributions with a thematic focus on inequalities, power, and social justice. We welcome traditional manuscript styles and encourage short papers providing interesting empirical findings that may spark innovation and future work. 

Journal: Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World is the American Sociological Association’s open access journal that aims to make new research readily available. It provides an online forum for the rapid dissemination of peer-reviewed empirical work, produced in time to be relevant to ongoing debates. For more information, please visit the journal’s website ( 

To Submit an Abstract: Prospective contributors should send an abstract up to 300 words to Kelly Joyce,,
and Taylor Cruz, by June 1. Name and contact information of author(s) should be included in the submission. Abstracts should clearly demonstrate the proposed paper’s sociological importance for the special issue. Invitations to submit full papers will be issued by July 1. An invitation to submit a full manuscript does not guarantee acceptance; all manuscripts must undergo the journal’s rigorous peer-review process. Full papers should be submitted by November 1 to ensure timely publication.

Guest Editors:
Kelly Joyce, PhD 
Professor, Sociology Department 
Center for Science, Technology & Society 
Drexel University 
Philadelphia, PA 

Taylor M. Cruz, PhD 
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology 
California State University, Fullerton 
Fullerton, CA

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Media and Information Literacy Seminar 2023:
A Collective Global Agenda 

Abstract Deadline: September 22, 2023

Submission Guidelines:

The UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture and University of Tehran are organizing the 2023 Media and Information Literacy Seminar with the main theme of “A Collective Global Agenda” on Wednesday, 25 October 2023, which coincides with the World Development Information Day and United Nations Day.

The Sixth Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Seminar commemorates the 12th Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2023 (24 – 31 Oct) that highlights the 13th Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Conference and the seventh Youth Agenda Forum.

The annual Global MIL Week, initiated in 2012, is led by UNESCO in cooperation with the UNESCO MIL Alliance, the UNESCO-UNAOC MIL and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), and other partners. This week-long event offers an opportunity for all stakeholders to assess their progress towards “Media and Information Literacy for All”, and unites diverse actors committed to promoting MIL as a way to foster social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.

In line with the International Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Conference, and the Global MIL Week Youth Agenda Forum, 2023 MIL Seminar at University of Tehran aims to address the concept of incorporating MIL for the public good, and focus on how the global community can use Global MIL Week to build MIL as key to a vision of information as a public good and towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Amidst the rise of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) that provides new solutions to development challenges and SDGs, MIL is an essential tool for people’s development. Through MIL individuals can mitigate the problems of potentially harmful content and reinforce rights to information and freedom of expression within the current complex of information ecosystem, and it can empower individuals to develop themselves and their societies through enhanced capacities in communication and information.

We hope to provide an engaging forum for the participants, and uphold the vision that MIL contributes to the public good, and progress towards the objectives of open and pluralistic information systems, promoting sustainable development, inclusion, equality, intercultural dialogue, and safeguarding democracy.

We welcome submissions of scholarly abstracts for oral presentation on all MIL-related topics, particularly the following:

  • Global, international, regional, and national agenda for MIL
  • Internet literacy, MIL, and meta literacy
  • Disinformation, propaganda, and MIL
  • MIL’s role in preventing the use of social media to polarize society
  • MIL, elections, good governance
  • MIL in times of crisis (e.g. pandemics) and war (e.g. Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan)
  • The role of social media in promoting peace and access to information
  • The use of media, information, and technology to advance MIL development among people
  • MIL and social justice
  • MIL policies and practices
  • Teacher training; how to educate the educators?
  • Youth: Formal/informal education, and peer education
  • Information literacy, libraries, the public sphere
  • MIL in theoretical contexts
  • Youth and the news
  • MIL citizens as empowered and informed members of the society
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue through MIL
  • MIL and freedom of expression: Hate speech, dialogue, and engagement
  • MIL’s role in privacy and protection of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation)
  • MIL Futures: Innovation, best practices, challenges, the next step, where are we heading?
  • Innovation, tools, state-of-the-art technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and MIL


The deadline for submitting the abstracts is 22 September.

Abstract preparation:

The unstructured abstracts can be submitted in either English or Persian in about 300 (max 500) words.

1. Title

Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

2. Author names and affiliations

Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation below the names. (in this format: Name, Department/Center/Faculty/College, Institution, City, Country) Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. You may include your ORCID, and list a secondary affiliation.

3. Corresponding author & presenter

If your paper has multiple authors, clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing, and who will present the paper at the Seminar. Their email should be provided listed.

4. Keywords

Provide four to six keywords representing the main content, and try to avoid general and plural terms and multiple concepts.

5. Biographies

A brief biography of the author(s) in about 30 words (min 20, max 40).


All abstracts should be submitted on the Seminar’s website ( ) or in MS Word files to with “MIL Seminar 2023” in the subject line by 22 Sep 2023.

This seminar does not charge any submission or registration fees.

Presentations and proceedings:

The presentation language can be in either English or Persian. The proceedings will be published Civilica. Although the seminar only accepts abstracts, the authors are encouraged to submit an English Commentary (1500-4000 words) or an Article (6000-9000 words) for consideration for publication in Journal of Cyberspace Studies’ special issue on MIL. (


You may direct any queries regarding this event to Alireza Salehi-Nejad ( with “MIL Seminar 2023” in the subject line.

Call for Chapters 

Call for Chapters: Survival Strategies and Transformations of the Global Media Industry: Mitigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Editor: Floribert Patrick C. Endong Ph.D. (University of Dschang, Cameroon)
Publishers: Idea Group International (IGI) Hersey PA: USA
Deadline for Chapter Proposals: June 19, 2023

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted all human businesses including the entertainment and media industries. In the global cinema and audiovisual media industry in particular, this impact has since the year 2020, been very much palpable at all levels: production, distribution and consumption. This impact has actually ranged from the interruption of new film productions through the delayed release of movies to the closure of movie-theatres (which particularly led to a global decline in film attendance) and the adoption of streaming as an approach par excellence to film release and distribution. Thanks to the new normal – which was enabled by the COVID-19 pandemic – a good number of films initially made for cinemas were, rather released through streaming platforms such as Disney+ and Netflix among others. Meanwhile, studios, networks, production companies and businesses making television and film productions possible were forced to rethink their modus operanda and labour practices in guise of survival strategies. Issues such as the remote-work protocols became in vogue. And although the gradual amelioration of the global health situation has implied a relative return to old traditional production approaches, the impact of the pandemic has remained visible in the global audiovisual media industry (Shah, Yaqoub & Wu, 2020; Johnson, 2021). In other words, the COVID pandemic has enabled the birth, naturalisation and popularisation of various new cultures in the production, distribution and consumption of cinema and audiovisual media products. Some of these cultures include the streaming video on demand (SVOD) paradigm, remote-work-protocols and the popularity of plague narrative or COVID plot among others. The various cultures mentioned above have for the most part remained understudied or unstudied.

Actually, only few authors have given a modicum of scholarly attention to the impact of the COVID pandemic on global cinema and television production (Li, Wilson and Guan 2023; Nulman 2021). The bulk of the available literature that addresses the impact of the pandemic on audiovisual media production mainly explore the American or European experiences leaving other parts of the world visibly untouched (Fortmueller 2021; Blazquez et al 2020). Furthermore, interesting issues such the screening of the pandemic, the representation of the COVID-19 pandemic in television and audio-visual media productions and the impact the pandemic on narrative/storytelling approaches are grossly overlooked in recent scholarly works devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic and audiovisual media production. There therefore arises the need to fill the gap in knowledge mentioned above through a global perspective on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the audiovisual media industry.

In line with the observation made above, this book seeks to attain three principal objectives: 1) analyse the ongoing COVID-enabled transformations in the global audiovisual media and cinema industries at the levels of production, distribution and exhibition, 2) examine the various survival strategies deployed by global audiovisual media practitioners and cineastes during all the stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and 3) explore audiovisual media representations of the pandemic using a global, national and/or comparative perspectives.

Target Audience
University students, media and cinema scholars, media policy makers, filmmakers, media practitioners, global audiovisual media outlets, international relation experts and politicians.

Recommended Topics

  • The COVID-19 pandemic, media production and survival strategies
  • Cinematic and television representations of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and film studios
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the streaming video on demand (SVOD)
  • Gender, COVID-19 pandemic and TV/Cinema production
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and film festivals
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and global music
  • The COVID-19 and trans-media
  • Social media and COVID themed videos
  • The COVID-19 pandemic, film production and the law
  • The COVID-19, audiovisual media and nation branding
  • The COVID-19 pandemic, diplomacy and TV production
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and film budgeting
  • The COVID-19 pandemic, cinema and fandom
  • The COVID-19 pandemic, television advertising and social representations

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 19, 2023, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by June 25, 2023 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 13, 2023, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Survival Strategies and Transformations of the Global Media Industry: Mitigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager at:

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2024.

Important Dates
June 19, 2023: Proposal Submission Deadline
June 5, 2023: Notification of Acceptance
August 13, 2023: Full Chapter Submission
September 25, 2023: Review Results Returned
November 6, 2023: Final Acceptance Notification
November 19, 2023: Final Chapter Submission

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Call for Papers

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
The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers, posters, and videos) for the Program of the 84th Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, NM.
March 26-30, 2024
The theme of the Program is “Enchantment and Transformation.”

The 2024 SfAA Annual Meeting offers researchers, practitioners, and students from diverse disciplines and organizations the opportunity to discuss their work and consider how it can contribute to a better future. SfAA members come from a host of disciplines -- anthropology, geography, sociology, economics, business, planning, medicine, nursing, law, and more. The annual meeting provides a fertile venue in which to trade ideas, methods, and practical solutions, as well as an opportunity to enter the lifeworlds of other professionals.

The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2023. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page and click on annual meeting.

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Call for Papers
Twenty-fourth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations
Hosted by Lusiada University, Lisbon, Portugal
3-5 July 2024

The Twenty-fourth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations features research addressing the following annual themes.


Special Focus
The Future We Want:
Socio-Environmental Challenges in Times of Climate Emergency

For over 20 years, we've aimed to traverse a broad terrain, sometimes technically and other times socially oriented, sometimes theoretical and other times practical in their perspective, and sometimes reflecting dispassionate analysis while at other times suggesting interested strategies for action. We welcome returning and new members to add their voices to the conversation.

: In-Person presentations will be delivered onsite. We offer innovative formats for a range of presentation styles.

Online Only: online presentations will be delivered and viewed online as asynchronous digital media. Online Only presenters also have discussion boards to structure conversations and access to other online activities.

Conference as Archive: we'll capture and add as much content as possible on the conference microsite. While it's a requirement for online-only presenters, we strongly encourage in-person presenters to pre-record and upload their presentations to the conference microsite. The conference microsite becomes an archive to which delegates and Research Network members can return anytime.

With this
 step-by-step guide, we walk you through the new phases pre/during/post-conference to ensure you have a productive conference.

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Call for Manuscripts
African Educational Research Journal (AERJ)

African Educational Research Journal (AERJ) is a peer-reviewed open access journal which publishes high-quality articles in all areas of Education. African Educational Research Journal publishes original empirical and theoretical studies and analyses in education that constitute significant contributions to the understanding and/or improvement of educational processes and outcomes.

AERJ is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. Send manuscript attached as MS word to or

All manuscripts are reviewed by qualified reviewers and the review outcomes are sent back within two to three weeks of receipt of the article. Following acceptance, the paper will be published in the next available issue.

Indexing Body and Partners:

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), Educational Research Abstracts online (ERA), International Scientific Indexing (ISI; Impact Factor: 0.924), Index Copernicus (ICV: 81.10), CrossRef (DOI: 10.30918/AERJ), Google Scholar (h-index: 6), Publons, CiteFactor, Science Library Index, Scilit.

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Call for Papers (Book/Special Issues)

Call for Papers
Journal of Cyberspace Studies
Call for Papers on Media & Information Literacy

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2023

The Journal of Cyberspace Studies (JCSS) is an international peer-reviewed free platinum open access journal that the University of Tehran Press biannually publishes on behalf of the “Cyberspace Policy Research Center” and the “UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture” with links to UNESCO’s IFAP thematic priorities.

The journal aims to contribute to the reinvigoration of the interdisciplinary intersections of cyberspace studies, and to provide a leading scholarly platform for publishing contributions to the field.

Celebrating the 12th Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week (24 – 31 Oct 2023), the Editors welcome submissions of scholarly articles on all MIL-related topics, particularly the following:

  • Global, international, regional, and national agenda for MIL
  • Disinformation, propaganda, and MIL
  • MIL’s role in preventing the use of social media to polarize society
  • MIL, elections, good governance
  • MIL in times of crisis (e.g. pandemics) and war (e.g. Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan)
  • The role of social media in promoting peace and access to information
  • The use of media, information, and technology to advance MIL development among people
  • MIL and social justice
  • MIL policies and practices
  • Teacher training; how to educate the educators?
  • Youth: Formal/informal education, and peer education
  • Information literacy, libraries, the public sphere
  • MIL in theoretical contexts
  • Youth and the news
  • MIL citizens as empowered and informed members of the society
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue through MIL
  • MIL and freedom of expression: Hate speech, dialogue, and engagement
  • MIL’s role in privacy and protection of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation)
  • MIL Futures: Innovation, best practices, challenges, the next step, where are we heading?
  • Innovation, tools, state-of-the-art technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and MIL

Potential contributors may submit their manuscripts as original research articles (6,000 to 9,000 words) or commentary (2,000 to 4000 words).

The submitted manuscripts are subject to double-blind peer reviews, and potential contributors, who wish to write a commentary are required to submit a brief proposal (maximum 300 words) along with a brief bio of the author(s) to the Review Editor at with “JCSS – MIL Commentary” in the subject line.

Timeline and submission instructions

Although the “commentaries” can be submitted directly to the Review Editor, the articles must be submitted through our online submission system. by 30 September 2023. This deadline will not be extended as the Special Issue is to be published in January 2024. All finalized accepted articles papers will be published ahead of print prior to the issue’s publication.

You will need to choose Special Issue from the drop-down menu that is provided for the type of submission.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines on the journal’s website:

For queries about submissions contact, please the editorial office at

For further questions about the special issue and commentaries, contact the Review Editor at with “JCSS – MIL Commentary” in the subject line.


1. Publishing Policies

The JCSS is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Journal’s Publication Ethics page.

2. Open Access 

The JCSS is an open access journal: all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

The JCSS publishes articles under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License. The Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC) permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

For considerations for licensors and licensees, viewing the License Deed, or the Legal Code you may refer to the Creative Commons.

Under certain circumstances, the JCSS permits publishing open access articles under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

3. Fees

The Journal of Cyberspace Studies does not charge the authors or their institutions any submission fees or article processing charges, and the published contents remain freely accessible to the readers.

4. Language

Manuscripts should be submitted grammatically and stylistically adequate. Either Standard American English or Standard British English usage is acceptable, but not a mixture of these. It is required that manuscripts be submitted as a copyedited and proofread document, including proper use of the English language, proper grammatical structure, and correct spelling and punctuation. Where not specified, follow the Concise Oxford Dictionary, New Hart’s Rules and the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors. Whenever in doubt, refer to Judith Butcher, Copy-editing.

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Call for Proposals (Special Issues)

Special Issue on Legal Mobilization by the Right against Rights
Submission Deadline: June 26, 2023

In the past few decades, powerful right-wing mobilizations – the right against rights – have emerged around the world. These mobilizations have rolled back rights advances by historically marginalized groups, particularly migrants, LGBT+ and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities, and women. Endangered rights include reproductive rights, environmental protections, freedom from discrimination, asylum, and other human rights. In doing so they use tactics to erode democracy. These include: claims of electoral fraud in legislative and judicial bodies; mobilizing to support the appointment of conservative high court and lower court judges; legal defense of violent political attacks (e.g., in the US and Brazilian capitals); legal backlash campaigns against rights-seeking groups, and scientific information in areas such as (pandemic) public health and climate change. The scholarly literature on legal mobilization, however, has disproportionately addressed progressive collective action, paying insufficient attention to the success of right-wing legal mobilization in blocking change.

The Special Issue seeks to bring together innovative research on the legal mobilization of the right against rights. In other words, it studies how those mobilizations articulate right-wing aspirations and grievances into legal rights claims. While most legal mobilization seeks social transformation, the right against rights strategically uses it to block or reverse the “rights revolution” that has benefited historically marginalized groups.

To be considered, the work must engage with theory, offer empirical analysis, and make clear contributions to social movements and socio-legal studies. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Areas of legal mobilization

  • International bodies
  • Transnational advocacy networks
  • Cause lawyering and strategic litigation 
  • Conservative and religious litigation
  • Mobilization in constitutional processes
  • Uncivil and violent legal mobilization

Fields of backlash and anti-rights mobilization

  • Gender and reproductive rights
  • Protection of migrants and refugees
  • BIPOC’s rights
  • Environment and climate change
  • Pandemic and healthcare policies

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to the Law & Society Review must not be under consideration by another publication. All manuscripts should include the following content, easily identifiable as such by readers.

1.    A literature review section that situates the research question in a broader socio-legal literature.

2.    A data and methods section that describes the data used to answer the research question and how the data were analyzed.  

3.    A results section that presents and discusses all research findings.

Law & Society Review will consider submissions between 8,000 and 14,000 words in length, inclusive of tables, figures, references, notes, abstract and title. The editor reserves the right to reject without review manuscripts that are longer than 14,000 words or shorter than 8,000 words.

Submission Process for the Special Issue 

If you are interested in participating, please email an abstract (250-300 words) and working title to and special issue editors Leigh Payne (, Simón Escoffier (, and Gabriel Pereira ( by 26 June 2023. Please include Legal Mobilization in your subject heading.  The special editors plan to select the slate of articles for this special issue of Law & Society Review by 08 July 2023. A full draft of the articles that the editors have chosen will need to be submitted to Law & Society Review for peer review by 8 October 2023. 

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Special Issue on Law in a Changing Climate
Submission Deadline: September 15th, 2023

Climate change represents a pressing global challenge. Societies struggle with complex questions about responsibility for causing climate change and the costs of adapting to its consequences. In addition, injustices stem from floods, fires, and droughts; serious widespread problems in a changing climate but disproportionately affecting the Global South. Racialized and ethnic minorities are unequally vulnerable to climate change everywhere.

Not surprisingly, law in a changing climate raises unique empirical and theoretical problems. First, legal actors and legal institutions are engaged, from local courtrooms and county commission hearings to the supranational stage of negotiations and conflict resolution. Second, litigation has emerged across countries, states, and cities, involving actors from big corporations and governmental agencies to environmental organizations. While some estimates suggest that

climate change litigation has doubled since 2015, this surely understates the growth given that the ecological risks aggravate existing, everyday conflicts – about housing, jobs, immigration,

pandemics, disaster recovery, and even democracy itself. Thus, as climate change poses a threat to social systems, all litigation is potentially climate-related litigation. Finally, law has radiating effects as societies, governments, and courts adjust to a changing climate. Institutions, ranging from insurance to construction and social welfare, respond to environmental change, sometimes by resisting new demands, and sometimes by demanding creative solutions.

The co-editors for this special issue invite manuscripts on any of the sociolegal dimensions of a changing climate, including but not limited to the issues and actors mentioned above. To be considered, submissions must be grounded in sociolegal studies, and demonstrate a substantial contribution. We strongly encourage submissions from outside of the United States. Possible topics include:

1. Sociolegal aspects of both the causes and consequences of climate change;

2. Legal, political, and social mobilization concerning climate change;

3. Comparative perspectives on climate change and sociolegal governance.

Law and Society Review Author Guidelines can be found here.

Submission Process for the Special Issue
Submit your manuscript, formatted according to the LSR’s guidelines, to the LSR submission site by September 15th, 2023. The special issue editors Vitor M. Dias (, Anna-Maria Marshall (, and Susan Sterett ( editors are eager to consult with anyone considering submitting; email us before September 2023. We anticipate working with the Law and Society Review editors to

select manuscripts for revision in early 2024, to be resubmitted by mid-2024. A final version of accepted articles must be submitted to the Law and Society Review by September 2024.


American Sociological Association
118th Annual Meeting: The Educative Power of Sociology
August 17-21, 2023 | Philadelphia, PA | #ASA2023

The Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association provides the opportunity for professionals involved in the scientific study of society to share knowledge and new directions in research and practice. Nearly 600 programmatic sessions are convened that provide a scholarly outlet for more than 3,000 research papers, over 4,500 presenters, and 5,000 attendees. The 2023 Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia on August 17-21, 2023. Please note that these dates depart from the usual ASA Annual Meeting pattern, running Thursday – Monday instead of Friday – Tuesday.

Please find more information here.

53rd Annual Conference of the Association of Black Sociologists
Philadelphia, PA
August 17-19, 2023

The 53rd Annual Conference is dedicated to exploring the ways in which sociologists and scholarly partners can confront, challenge, and contribute to the eradication of the assault unfolding in certain sectors of the public on the critical and crucial research done by Black sociologists.

We invite general papers and sessions that draw on the Black Sociological Tradition, centering voices and experiences of Black people. Space will be devoted to, but not limited to, young scholars, centering Black women, and Black public sociology. All interested individuals are invited to submit papers as well as proposals for complete sessions (three-to-four papers) and roundtables (including: Regular Sessions, Salon Noir Book Talks, Regional Spotlight Sessions, Thematic Sessions, Poster Sessions, and Workshops) on the conference theme, the state of the field, or any general substantive field related to Black sociology.

All program participants must be current 2023 ABS members. The ABS membership year runs from January 1 through December 31 each year. To be included in the final program, all participants must join and register by the registration deadline of May 15, 2023.

Submit your proposal here.

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Sociologists for Women in Society
Summer Meeting 2023
August 19-20, 2023 | Philadelphia, PA

We are delighted to inform you about our plans for the SWS 2023 Summer Meeting, which will include two parts this year. First, we will have an in-person meeting in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown from August 19 – 20, 2023. We are grateful that the American Sociological Association has provided this meeting space for us at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Second, we will have a virtual Students’ Research Symposium to be held in September 2023. 

Given the many competing events of the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting (August 17th-21st) and other sociological meetings during this period (e.g., ABS, SSSP, etc.), we decided to streamline the offerings of our Summer Meeting to enable our members to participate in all the phenomenal programming taking place in Philadelphia this August. This year, our in-person meeting will consist of several workshops that consider the “stages in the life cycle of a sociologist,” from milestones in the life of a graduate student through preparing for retirement, for example, as an academic or an applied sociologist.  

We have asked our Committee Chairs to plan the workshops for the Summer Meeting in response to member needs that they have identified through their SWS Committee work. For this reason, we will not have an open call for submissions for the 2023 Summer Meeting

If you have an idea for a workshop, we do encourage you to reach out to the appropriate Committee Chair in March and early April as we have asked for Committee Chairs to submit their ideas to us by May 1, 2023. 

Please find more information here.

Association for the Sociology of Religion
84th Annual Meeting: Justice and Religion
August 19-21, 2023 | Philadelphia, PA

The 2023 annual meeting welcomes discussion and exploration of all research relevant to the sociological study of religion today and especially solicits theoretically and methodologically rigorous scholarship pursuing themes of justice in all its complexity.

Papers and sessions may also focus on any other topic in the sociology of religion. We especially encourage papers and sessions that pursue and stimulate new avenues of research and highlight innovative theoretical and methodological approaches. We welcome specialty sessions, including book events, workshops on teaching and professional development, and discussions that focus on a particular question or topic. This year we also invite mini-workshops proposals, consisting of a series of two or more sessions linked by a common overarching theme. 

Due to the expense of equipment and lack of staffing required, ASR will not organize hybrid sessions for the 2023 meetings.  However, we understand that some presenters may be able to organize with colleagues and conveners to have their papers presented via laptop set up. Note that the laptop and work of coordinating on site during the conference will be up to individual presenters who attempt to do so. Please note that ASR is not able to guarantee that the quality of Wi-Fi, sound system, or room set up will be optimal for such presentations. 

We will have special events, including a joint reception with the ASA-Religion Section. We will also host a book exhibit where publishers and ASR members can display their recent work.

Please find more information here.

Aging & Social Change: 13th Interdisciplinary Conference
Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
14-15 September 2023

The Aging & Social Change Research Network is a forum for discussion of challenges and opportunities for a rapidly growing segment of the population worldwide. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

Aging & Social Change: Thirteenth Interdisciplinary Conference features research addressing the following annual themes.


Special Focus

Overcoming Inequalities and Promoting Sustainability:
Opportunities and Challenges for Ageing Societies

Plenary Speakers

Nancy Morrow-Howell

Betty Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Guido Giarelli

Professor, University ‘Magna Græcia’ of Catanzaro, Italy

 Kieran Walsh

Professor, School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Lucie Vidovićová

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

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Thirteenth International Conference on Food Studies
Technologies of Sustainable Food: Facing the Challenge of Climate Change
18-20 October 2023
University of Guadalajara Guadalajara, México + Online

Founded in 2011, the Food Studies Research Network is brought together around a common interest to explore new possibilities for sustainable food production and human nutrition, and associated impacts of food systems on culture. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Thirteenth International Conference on Food Studies calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2023 Special Focus—Technologies of Sustainable Food: Facing the Challenge of Climate Change

Click here to learn more.

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The International Drug Policy Reform Conference
October 18-21, 2023
Phoenix, Arizona

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is back. Join us October 18-21, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. Save the date!

The Reform Conference is the world’s premier gathering of drug policy reformers to learn about drug policy and to strategize about ending the drug war and to mobilize, reform, and begin building a new world where health, equity, and human rights are front and center, not punishment. 

Attendees will spend three days building community with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world. More than 1,200 attendees representing over 50 countries joined us in St. Louis, MO in 2019. We are excited to bring the conference to Phoenix, Arizo

Call for Nominations

Labor Tech Research Network
Call for Nominations: Book, Graduate Student Paper, and Social Justice Awards

Labor Tech Research Network (LaborTech) invites submissions for our second annual Book and Graduate Student Paper Awards, and first annual Social Justice Award.

About Us: LaborTech is an interdisciplinary and transnational group of experts concerned with the intersection of technology and labor. We aim to reframe conversations about technology and labor towards issues of power, inequality, and social justice, and incorporate themes of feminism, anti-racism, and transnationalism. We also seek to foster an interdisciplinary, cross-regional, and community-oriented space for discussion, collaboration, and empowerment. For a deeper discussion of our mission, please see the 'About Us' page on our website as well as examples of topics in our decade-long Speaker Series.

Call for Nominations: As part of our mission to promote scholarship and activism towards more equitable forms of labor and technology, LaborTech is announcing a call for three awards -- Book, Graduate Student Paper, and Social Justice.  These will honor projects which:

  • have distinctive intellectual merit or activist impact;
  • advance the knowledge about labor and technology in the global society; and
  • address our core focus on labor and technology and which may simultaneously address feminism, anti-racism, and/or transnationalism.

Eligibility: Works from all disciplines and methodologies are eligible for nomination. Nominations are open to members and non-members of LaborTech.  We welcome self-nominations especially, but also nominations from publishers, colleagues, and others familiar with the projects.  We encourage submissions from women, people of color, queer communities, and those from the global south.

Prizes:  Winners receive a small cash award and a certificate (which we hope to expand further in years ahead, as we are still a growing nonprofit organization :).  In addition, we offer our infrastructural supports at LaborTech to promote visibility of your projects:  by connecting with our 400+ expert members; by making a video of winners and distributing it both in and outside of our network to enhance public attention and exposure; and by creating a space and opportunity for sharing your work at out end of year virtual celebration.  Winners will be announced in December. 

Deadline and Contact:  The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2023.  Send questions to  See below for separate criteria and instructions for the various awards.



Submission Details: Please submit the following items in English to

  1. 1. An electronic version in PDF format (contact us if only print form is available for books)
  2. The author's contact email address
  3. A one-page nomination letter stating the significance and contribution of the work
  4. For Graduate Student Paper, please also include in the cover letter:
    • when the PhD was started and, if applicable, granted
    • if the paper was published, then state when and in what journal
    • if co-authored with faculty/advisors/other PhDs, please include a paragraph attesting to the student's dominant role in generating the paper (such as working on its theoretical components, doing the research, and writing it up). In addition, we ask that the cover letter is signed (digitally, or otherwise) by all co-authors, so that they are aware of this submission.

Book Award Criteria:

  • Monographs only (no edited volumes or anthologies)
  • Multiple authors accepted
  • Published in the last three years (2021-23)

Graduate Student Paper Award Criteria:

  • Written by students currently enrolled in a graduate program or who have graduated in 2023
  • Single-authored pieces are preferred, but co-authored pieces will be accepted with the above conditions in Submission Details 
  • Papers may be published within the last three years (2021-23) or unpublished
  • Page length: 25-40 pages, double-spaced


Submission details:

  • Fill out this online form, which includes a few short questions of 400-700 words each, regarding the significance and contribution of your social justice activities
  • Please submit all items in English.  If you have a submission in another language, contact us and we'll attempt to find a translator in our group.

Criteria: Those who are interfacing with technology in the course of their organizing, or who are organizing against inequitable technologies, in the context of labor, feminism, anti-racism, transnationalism struggles.  This may include:

  • tech workers
  • labor organizers, whether in unions or other workers' associations
  • feminist, immigrant, community, and ethnic rights activists
  • scholar-activists.  For this, we are not looking for purely academic work (i.e., scholars who are studying activism), but rather those who are participating in activism themselves, or who are promoting collaborations between activists and scholars.
  • people creating design alternatives for social justice, like engineers and designers 

Open to individuals, small groups, and if appropriate, organizations Focus will be on a particular campaign or project that is done with the aim of social justice regarding labor and/or technology.  These projects may be broad (such as educating the public on a social justice issue) or specific (such as organizing a protest for higher wages).  They may use a variety of strategies (e.g., art, design, social media, marches and strikes, policy interventions, etc.).  We'd like to honor activists who, through these projects

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Virtual Events

Virtual Social Hour
Hosted by the Association of Black Sociologists, SSSP, and Sociologists for Women in Society

Our goal for the conversation is to highlight the synergy/collaborative spirit across the three organizations to set the path for future collaborations. This event will serve as a space for members from our organizations to get to know each other, learn more about the organizations, and make some connections before getting together in Philadelphia for the August meetings. Register Now

Please find the flyer here

Virtual Social Hour

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,