***This conference is now LIVE with virtual conversations occurring over Zoom between May 18-21th. Come visit the conference website to join in the conversation!***

Call For Papers:

Reimagining our Worlds from Below:

Transnational Conversations on Resistance, Movements, and Transformations

May 2022

A Free Virtual SSSP Global Outreach Conference


The COVID-19 pandemic has made more evident persistent, systemic inequalities that are rooted in and shaped by ideological, economic, political, social, and cultural structures. However, there are other transnational concerns that exacerbate these inequalities, including dwindling natural resources, expanding conflicts, increasing authoritarianism, and widening wealth gaps. Amid all these, a deeper awareness of the damage of colonial and imperialistic histories is emerging, making obvious that Western/Euro/American-centric solutions are no longer viable, and are, in fact, sources of social problems.

In response to the challenges these inequalities pose, the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is hosting a free virtual international conference. It aims to provide a platform for scholars, activists, practitioners, students, professionals, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and members of civil society from all over the world to network, share experiences and learn from one another across boundaries – as we reimagine forms of resistance, movements, and solutions to the unconscionable historic and existential challenges we face on our planet. We warmly invite you to join the conversation. Participation from the Global South is especially encouraged.

Call for Submissions

We invite individual contributions to our themed sessions. In addition, the open part of our call invites you to propose an additional session, with a topic of your choice that matches our overall conference title and mission. All presenters will:

Please note that by handing in a proposal, you give your express consent to the conference model, including the open accessibility and archiving of your contribution.

Contributions can range from rather “classical” paper presentations in English with slides to elaborated clips with video material or pictures, to extraordinary, experimental presentations with potentially several speakers. Different languages can be used, as long as contributors put subtitles to their recording in English.

Proposals for individual contributions: Your response to the call for a themed session should entail a title plus an abstract of 250 to 350 words. Please add a brief biographical note. Submissions should be sent to the corresponding session organizer(s) by March 20, 2022.

Proposal for an additional, full session: You offer to organize and lead a session. Your response should entail a session title, the name(s) and affiliations of the session organizer(s), an abstract of 250 to 350 words explaining its rationale, plus a title and abstract of each contribution. A minimum of three (3) named and confirmed contributions per session is required.If accepted, the complete information you sent will be included in the conference program and schedule. Submissions should be sent to the central conference address by March 20, 2022transnationalconversations@gmail.com, point persons: Diana Therese M. Veloso & Pattie Thomas.

Schedule for Contributors and Special Organizers

  • Abstracts are due by Sunday, March 20, 8pm Eastern Time (US East coast). Note:  if you are submitting a proposal to more than one session, please let both session organizers know, and also indicate your top choice.
  • Session organizers and point persons will review the proposals between March 21 and April 2.
  • Responses will be given by Sunday, April 3. Shortly thereafter, the overall conference program and schedule for the real-time panel discussions will be published online.
  • Videos of your contribution will be due by Friday, April 22.
  • Videos should be accessible from Sunday, May 1. Thereafter, the online Q&A starts.
  • The virtual real-time panel discussions will take part between May 18-21, according to the time zone that works best for the session participants.

Conference Model

This conference will largely occur online. It mainly follows the “nearly carbon neutral conference” model that has been successfully elaborated and practiced by Environmental and Climate Justice Studies Hub of the University of California as Santa Barbara, our co-host.

  • During the conference, which will take place over three weeks, starting on May 1, 2022, the contributions will be available for viewing on the conference website.
  • Q&A will also take place online during this period, as participants and registered attendees will be able to pose questions to speakers via online comments and speakers will be able to reply in the same way.
  • In addition, virtual real-time panel discussions with the contributors will take between May 18 and 21, 2022. The recordings of these discussions will be available on the conference website shortly after they take place.

The individual contributions, the Q&A sessions and the panel-discussions will remain up on the website as a permanent archive of the event.

This approach will not replicate the face-to-face interaction of conventional conference presentations, Q&A and panel talks. Yet, we hope that it will nonetheless promote lively discussion, as well as help build a community of activists, practitioners, students, professionals, members of civil society, governmental entities and non-profit organizations alike, with intersecting interests. With our chosen conference model and mission, we hope to contribute to a decolonizing of science and academia, and a networking between actors from different sectors sharing a similar interest.

There are a number of advantages to this approach:

  • Individuals who would not otherwise be able to become involved in the conference (owing to distance or financial limitations, for example) will be able to fully take part.
  • Participation in the conference is independent of one’s location in a particular time zone.
  • Presenters, discussants, and session chairs help create freely accessible material that can be used thereafter for multiple purposes of training, teaching and learning, independent of time and place.

There will be no registration fee for the conference. Although this online conference will have its own carbon footprint, as data centers and web activity also require energy, we expect that it will only be a small fraction of that of a conventional conference, likely just 1-3%.For details on how to coordinate online events of this sort, see the White Paper / Practical Guide, provided by Ken Hiltner from UCSB.

Organizers and Contact

The conference is organized by the members of the SSSP Transnational Initiatives Committee& Transnational Virtual Initiatives Committee in a largely decentralized way. The financial resources that allow to make this event freely and sustainably accessible have been approved by the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (2020-21).

The conference is co-hosted by the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. It co-sponsors this conference and takes care of the archiving, which is accessible at the website of the EJ/CJ – The Environmental & Climate Justice Studies Digital Hub. Technical assistance is provided by Baron Haber.

Conference contact: transnationalconversations@gmail.com

Point persons: Diana Therese M. Veloso, Professor at De La Salle University (Manila, Philippines) & Pattie Thomas, Professor at College of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas, USA).