world Convention

in Mikkeli, Finland

28.-31.3.2023

Overview

War, climate change and economic instability pose unpredictable security threats in today’s world. Are societies safe, and safe for whom? In the second World Convention of the network (In)Justice International taking place in Mikkeli, Finland, we tackle the question from the perspective of minorities and others with marginal positions in societies and mainstream cultures.

 

We ask in the convention, how does increased insecurity affect people in marginal positions due to their indigenous backgrounds, ethnicity, age, gender and sexuality, disability and illness, socio-economic position and class? We also want the convention to inquire or examine if these insecure individuals are left to struggle by themselves and why. Are they excluded from existing security networks, or are there any networks at all? How do these global, dangerous developments affect their sense of safety, trust in society and abilities to use welfare services? And how are their needs met?

 

We call for abstracts for presentations in the conference by scholars, NGOs, barristers and practitioners in the fields of sociology and social policy, anthropology, geography, critical economics, political sciences and criminology, gender studies, youth studies and disability studies.  Abstracts or proposed talks from people who have ‘lived’ experience of this desperation or have reported upon it would also be welcome.

Streams

Stream 1: Climate Change, Insecurity and Danger

Natural disasters due to climate change can have cataclysmic consequences: especially for people living in areas with high rates of poverty, poor infrastructure and a lack of sustainable environmental policies. This stream calls for papers dealing with the societal position of people living in unstable environmental conditions caused by the inability of societies to face climate change and the risks and threats that it causes relating to safety, wellbeing and health.

 

Stream 2: War, Refugees and Migration: What Happens Next?

War threatens security and causes social instability to a profound extent. Forcing people to leave homes due to the loss of safety, results in wars not only violating basic human rights and causing considerable damage to individuals but also to whole nations. The stream calls for papers concerning the effects of war and the unstable safety conditions inflicted upon migrated people in relation to their violent, socio-economic, social, cultural and individual upheaval.

Stream 3: Indigenous People and Ethnic minorities at the Margins of Safety and Security

People living at the socially enforced margins of society due to their ethnic or Indigenous origin have to endure an inferior position in many parts of the world. They may lack legislative rights and, as a consequence, the absence of a judicial shelter further subordinates their positions and statuses in many spheres of society and culture. Due to a lack of equal rights and sufficient security networks, they are especially vulnerable at unsafe times of war and other threats. This stream calls for papers that reveal the position of Indigenous and ethnic minority groups of people placed in unpredictable or life-threatening circumstances as a consequence of flagrant discriminatory practices and attitudes that are exacerbated during times of crises.

Stream 4: Disability, Illness and Safety Infringements in an ’Ableist’ World

Individuals affected by disability and such illnesses that cause them restrictions in ‘functioning’ (in ableist perceptions) have serious challenges in securing their own safety at the times of global crises as many may need continuous support. Disabled people are not helped by the fact that ableist societal and cultural structures based on superiority of bodily abilities, false understanding and prejudices towards disability profoundly affect their statuses. This stream calls for papers concerning the abhorrent position placed on these individuals when looking at their safety during times of global crises.

Stream 5: Gender and Sexuality in a Heteronormative Time of War

Heteronormative assumptions on gender and sexuality shape and construct social and cultural relations and status in those societies where social rights regarding gender equality and sexuality are still insufficient or non-existent. This stream calls for papers that tackle gender rights–or violations of those rights–during war and unsafe times. We especially welcome papers that deal with structures and practices of normative or hegemonic masculinity and its reverberations, both in the short-term and the long-term, that times of war and a lack of safety have on gender, gender identities and embodiments.

Stream 6: Global Crisis as a Generational Experience and the Insecure Futures of the Young

​Young people have recently been affected by vast global crises posing security threats, such as the global coronavirus pandemic, climate change and war. In many countries, social polarisation amongst young people has been deepening during the pandemic. It indicates that many (especially those in a vulnerable socio-economic position) lack supportive networks to face the threats affecting their sense of security and, as a consequence, have to fully confront the changes in daily life practices that have been caused by these crises. This stream calls for papers concerning the abilities of young people to cope with the global crises and its consequences as well as examining the effects such crises have on their lives on a national, cultural and individual level.

Format

The Streams are organised into two sessions of four presentations (given online, in-person or pre-recorded). Presentations are for 15 minutes only. After a session of four talks, the audience (online or in-person) will be organised into workshop breakout rooms to conduct a discussion on what they have heard and what questions they have for the presenters. After 10-15 minutes all will return for a Q&A session.

 

Abstracts

You can send an abstract to prideauxsimon@gmail.com by December 1st 2022. Acceptance will be informed by January 2nd 2023. As this is a hybrid Convention, you can present either on-site, online or pre-recorded (to primarily overcome time differentials).

Fees

Type of ticket

Price

General (full 6 streams online or on-site) 80,00 €
Postgraduate student (full 6 streams online or on-site) 50,00 €
General single stream (online or on-site) 20,00 €
Postgraduate student single stream (online or on-site) 10,00 €

【Special offers】
1.If your economic status is low-paid working class or your nationality is in ISA’s
CATEGORY C, it is free to join online. Please check the countries of CATEGORY C by following the link:
https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/membership/table-of-economies-by-category

2.It is free for undergraduate students to join online as an educational exercise.

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Contact info

Dr. Susan Eriksson

susan.eriksson@xamk.fi

 

Event manager

Mr. Antti Rantaniva

antti.rantaniva@xamk.fi