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The State of (In)Equality: Social Justice Under Siege

Published on February 14, 2017

Toronto: October 28-29, 2017

Keynote Speaker: 
Susan N. Herman

President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)


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.

To submit a proposal, visit our website:

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
  • Anti-globalisation
  • Post-neoliberalism
  • Past and future of labour
  • Identity politics
  • Racial inequality
  • Retribalization
  • Rule of law
  • Neo-reactionary
  • Post-humanism and social activism
  • Decolonization
  • Racialization
  • Gender inequality, eco-feminism
  • Social construction of difference
  • Reparations/reconciliation
  • Social democracy
  • Social justice backlash
  • Pluralistic identities
  • Peace and justice
  • Health inequality
  • Ableism
  • Heterosexism
  • Access to education
  • Environmental activism
  • Abuse of state power
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