Session 11: “The Black Lives Matter Movement and Resounding Calls for Social Justice in an Interconnected World”

Events in recent years have attested to the extent of institutionalized racism and violence across the globe. A case in point is the 2020 murder of George Floyd, as well as other members of the African-American community who had been victimized and killed during the previous years, which sparked outrage and contributed to the growing urgency and global influence of the Black Lives Matter movement and resounding calls for social justice in different parts of the world.  In other countries, similar social movements have emerged, challenging unjust regimes and social structures and calling for the end of systemic, long-standing inequalities.

This session explores the dynamics of the Black Lives Matter movement and its reverberances in other countries, as well as the frames applied to these movements. This session also seeks to examine the links between these global social movements and their implications for challenging and dismantling entrenched structures of racism and other entrenched inequalities in an interconnected world, and to identify best practices and lessons learned. Abstracts of scholars, researchers, activists, scholar activists, social justice advocates, and practitioners from various countries or various contexts are welcome.

Session organizer: Diana Therese M. Veloso, De La Salle University, Philippines, dmveloso1@gmail.com.

This session is part of “Reimagining Our Worlds from Below: Transnational Conversations on Resistance, Movements and Transformations – A Free Virtual SSSP Global Outreach Conference,” May 18-21, 2022, organized by the Society for the Study of Social Problems and co-hosted by the EJ/CJ digital hub of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UCSB (USA). Please send your proposal for an individual contribution to the corresponding session organizer(s) by March 20, 2022. 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.