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The Graduate Student Association at Fordham University is pleased to present an interdisciplinary conference on April 5th, 2014.

Conference Theme:  Inequalities

Inequality has marked human existence and its effects have been felt worldwide. Academics and public intellectuals have pursued the causes and effects of inequalities through academia and the public sphere.  The concepts and realities of  inequality have been much examined through the lenses of literature, philosophy, theology, sociology, political science, economics, and psychology. From the ancient to modern analyses of the subject, the interpretation of equality and inequality has evolved, but inequality has always been a central theme of academic discourse. This conference will explore inequality as it impels us forward in our pursuit of an end that may ultimately be unattainable.

About The Conference:

We invite papers and panel/session proposals from all disciplines focusing on works from any period that explore inequality as it is discussed in literature, philosophy, theory, art, film, science, or society and its effects on the study of the same. Possible topics falling under this heading include, but are not limited to: Pedagogy; Gender; Race; Education; Representation; Love; Death; Science; and Society.  The conference will take place on April 5, 2014 at Fordham's Rose Hill Campus in McGinley Commons.  Register online

Application Process:

At this time the deadline has passed for proposing a panel or session.  If you are interested in possibly moderating a panel please let us know by email at and we will contact you if there is a need once all the abstracts are in.  You may still submit your abstract to a specific panel or to the general pool.  Once the deadline has passed, if the abstracts are accepted,  applicants in the general pool will be either selected by already approved panels or grouped into new panels.

All abstracts must be submitted through our website through the propose a paper or panel page.

Keynote Speaker: Celia Fisher

Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., is the Marie Ward Doty Endowed University Chair and Professor of Psychology, and founding Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education
She currently directs the NIDA funded Fordham University Training Institute on HIV Prevention Research Ethics. She also currently serves as a member on the National Academies' Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences.  She is past Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board, a past member of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP; and co-chair of the SACHRP Subcommittee on Children’s Research) and a founding editor of the journal Applied Developmental Science. She chaired the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code Task Force, the New York State Licensing Board for Psychology, and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Common Rule Task ForceDr. Fisher has served on the National Institute of Mental Health Data Safety and Monitoring Board, and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Clinical Research Involving Children. She is the author of Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists (3rd edition, 2013, Sage Publications); co-editor of eight books, including The Handbook of Ethical Research with Ethnocultural Populations and Communities (2006, Sage Publications) and Research with High-Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics, and Law (2009, APA Publications); and over 150 theoretical and empirical publications in the areas of ethics in medical and social science research and practice and life-span development. 

Dr. Fisher is well-known for her federally funded research programs focusing on ethical issues and well-being of vulnerable populations, including ethnic minority youth and families, active drug users, college students at risk for drinking problems, and adults with impaired consent capacity. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection in 2010 and was named a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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