The 4th Annual Social Justice Conference

Dates: Friday, April 21, 2023

Call for Papers, Presentations, and Panels

Native Sovereignty, Decolonization, Divestment, Reparations, and Environmental Justice: Constructing Coalitions at the Intersections.

WSU SJCON is an interdisciplinary social justice conference launched in 2019 by WSU graduate students in coalition with BIPOC-led community groups. We are pleased to accept proposals for presentations, panels, films, creative works, and workshops that focus on pragmatic and action-based approaches to building and sustaining coalitions.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Landback and decolonizing land-grab institutions

• Intersections of divestment, reinvestment, and landback

• New/old multi-media Indigenous stories and/or art that challenge and make visible the extractive violence of settler colonialism, particularly against women, girls, and Two Spirit/Queer people (e.g. Reservation Dogs, Daily Alaska, Three Pines, etc.)

• Decolonizing academia/curriculum to build sustainable futures with access to First Foods/Food Sovereignty

• Organizing universities, local governments, pension funds, etc. to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in Indigenous communities

• Removing institutional barriers and creating new pathways to Indigenous participation in shaping local, regional, and national political policies and processes

• The legacies of Indigenous autonomous zones/zones of resistance (e.g. Alcatraz, Wounded Knee, Fort Lawton/Daybreak Star, Chiapas, Standing Rock, etc. )

• Intersections of extraction, climate collapse, landback, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP)

• Understanding, and building coalitions to address, the Intersections of student debt, extractivism, and land-grab universities

• Storytelling, re-storying, and the importance of narrative in addressing and repairing the harms of colonialism and climate collapse

• Accessible and inclusive activism, organizing, and social movements, including

practical strategies for coalition-building

• Native-led campaigns to exonerate treaty fisher people & Leonard Peltier

Please send a 250-300-word abstract, 3-minute video, single-page graphic, or other short explanation of your work, and a short biography (no more than 100 words) to the WSU Social Justice Conference planning committee at by February 28th, 2022. Works in progress are very welcome! Please note in the body of your email if you prefer to present virtually or in-person from the WSU Vancouver campus.

The 4rd annual WSU Social Justice Conference will be offered virtually via Zoom with in-person networking and workshop opportunities available at the WSU Vancouver campus.

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