Call for Submissions – Third Annual Social and Environmental Justice Symposium

January 9, 2017 10:40 pm - 11:55 pm

U of G MacKinnon Building

MacKinnon Bldg., University of Guelph

Organized By

OPIRG Guelph


O.P.I.R.G. Guelph

OPIRG-Guelph’s Social and Environmental Justice Symposium is a convergence of academic and community research, activism, and art focused on social and environmental justice issues. We are aiming to make research more accessible to all and to foster deeper relationships and idea-sharing between academics and community activists. Our goal is to support the development of research that is useful to community-based campaigns and projects working for social change by creating a space for this exchange to take place.

We welcome all contributions and ideas focused on creating social and environmental change: research presentations, panels, roundtables, breakout groups, multimedia and art displays, interactive activities, zines and more. This year we are especially interested in work that critically considers the ways in which the election of the Trump regime and the resurgence of other hard-right movements in the West and elsewhere affects our continued resistance to injustice and oppression. OPIRG-Guelph welcomes proposals on topics related (but not limited) to the following:

– Prison abolition, the prison-industrial complex
– Police and state violence
– Anti-fascist organizing (including historical perspectives)
– Racism and xenophobia, especially anti-Black racism and      Islamophobia
– Climate justice, environmental racism, extractive industries (renewable and nonrenewable), sustainability
– Reproductive justice
– Rape culture
– Food security, economic justice
– Migrant justice
– Disability justice, accessibility
– Gender justice, women’s rights, feminisms
– Alternative economies, governance models
– Native sovereignty, Indigenous solidarity
– Strategies for making change, social movement history
– Queer liberation, qtpoc resistance
– Healthcare activism, the medical-industrial complex
– War, occupation, and the military industrial complex

If you are interested in having your work considered for this conference, please submit the following to [email protected] in a single document:

– An abstract of no more than 300 words describing the proposed contribution and its format (e.g. research presentation, panel,
roundtable, interactive workshop, etc.),
– A shortened description of your contribution for use in the program (no more than 70 words)
– A biography of no more than 50 words
– Your contact information (including an email address that you check regularly)

Submission deadline: Friday, January 27th 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

The symposium itself will be held the weekend of March 4th and 5th.