Conference on Social and Environmental Justice

May 1-2, 2023

Call for Abstracts

Fordham University
Lincoln Center Campus, 150 W 62nd Street, New York City

Organized by:
Fordham University
Fordham Office of the Provost
Fordham Office of Research

Sponsored by Fordham Strategic Research Consortia on:
Digital Scholarship
Global Studies
Science and Justice

Supported by:
Columbia University
New York University
Georgetown University

Conference Abstract

Current social, economic, and political systems throughout the world have fostered profound injustice and resulted in unconscionable phenomena such as environmental degradation, racism, ableism, and rising inequality in access to resources and information. Many of these problems are worsening by the day and leading to an increased risk of social and environmental collapse. In response, a substantial body of scholarship and activism has resulted in an attempt to increase social and environmental justice. However, there are rarely efforts to integrate different perspectives on justice issues in a way that can form a foundation for a deep societal shift in mindset and practices.

These ideas motivate our Fordham University 2023 Conference on Social and Environmental Justice. Through this conference, we plan to listen to a variety of voices that will speak to social and environmental problems and potential solutions. The conference looks to engage academics, intellectuals, social service providers, education leaders, public policy experts, artists, activists, and students alike to imagine a more just and humane landscape. It is our aim to address the question that Indigenous Hawaiian academic, Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo’ole Osorio asked at the turn of the 21st century: “What might we do in a society where custom, law, and leadership reflect our own desires and aspirations”? Ultimately, we look to address questions of social and environmental justice in the access to natural and technological resources and knowledge nationally and globally. We also seek to understand how such inequalities relate to history, colonialism, extraction of resources, structural adjustment programs, and neoliberal policies worldwide that are manifested in exploitative conditions for a myriad of communities and species, and the uneven manipulation of environmental regulations and standards all over the world.

Conference Themes and Focus Areas

Conference organizers are open to proposals on a range of topics, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary perspectives on justice. Examples of possible topics include:

I. Environmental Justice

  • Governors Island and Climate Change in NYC
  • Energy Generation and Use
  • Access to Nature and Natural Areas
  • Environmental Justice and Minorities in the US
  • Environmental Justice, Policies, and Solutions
  • Climate Adaptation and Climate Justice
  • Climate Mitigation and Green Environment

II. Immigration Justice

  • Forced Migration
  • The Mobility of Waste
  • The Americas with an Accent and in Plurality
  • Languages, Power, and Identities Immigration Justice
  • Urbanization and Immigrants

III. Disability Justice

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Climate Change and Disability
  • Implementing the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Disability Data Justice
  • Intersectionality
  • Care Work

IV. Digital and Information Access Justice

  • Digital Storytelling and Marginalized/Forgotten Voices/Justice Through Digital Storytelling
  • Mapping (In)Justice
  • Digital Platforms and Advocacy/Activism
  • Data Ethics in the Digital World
  • Digital Research, Innovations, and Justice

Submission Process and Deadlines

We invite participants from universities, research institutions, government agencies, communities, NGOs, and the private sector to submit proposals. While papers are encouraged and the Conference organizers intend to publish selected Conference papers, we also welcome thoughtful proposals for presentations that will not include an eventual paper, particularly from participants from public policy, industry, NGO, and the non-profit sector.

Interested presenters should submit an abstract for the participation of no longer than 500 words to by January 15, 2023. We will inform participants of acceptance by February 15, 2023. Optionally, a full paper will be due by April 15, 2023. Please note that there is no charge for attendance at the Conference, but presenters are responsible for the cost of transportation, lodging, and non-conference meals.

Please contact Mr. David Heston at if you have any questions.


September 15, 2022 Call for Abstracts release
January 15, 2023 Abstract submissions due
February 15, 2023 Notification of abstract acceptance
February 16, 2023 Registration opens
April 15, 2023 Registration for active participants due
April 15, 2023 Optional: full paper due