Social Justice

Funding – Russell Sage Foundation: Social Inequality. Due: 11am PST, May 31, 2017.

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  • The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social Inequality supports innovative research on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and intergenerational transmission of advantage. We see investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions for details regarding funding priorities and application procedures. If you still have questions, substantive or otherwise, regarding the submission of letters of inquiry (LOI), please submit them no later than 30 days before the next deadline. Please contact us at We cannot guarantee a response to any questions submitted within 30 days of an LOI deadline. Next LOI due at 11am PST, May 31, 2017

Please see here for more information.

CFP – Activism and Justice: Indigenous Responses to Neoliberalism; 6th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium Currents of Resistance, Due: Jan 13, 2017

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CALL FOR PAPERS Due: January 13, 2017

6th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium

Currents of Resistance, Activism and Justice: Indigenous Responses to Neoliberalism

April 13-14, 2017 UC Davis


We are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium, to be held on the UC Davis campus on April 13-14, 2017. We welcome proposals from current graduate students and tribal college students from across the globe whose research critically addresses the issues, concerns, and lives of indigenous peoples worldwide.


This year’s theme, “Currents of Resistance, Activism and Justice: Indigenous Responses to Neoliberalism” draws inspiration and guidance from the affirmation “Mni Wiconi” or “Water is Life,” a call heard and repeated across the globe in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux actively resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. This and previous struggles continue to connect indigenous activists and allies around the causes of Native sovereignty, environmental protection, land reclamation, and justice for indigenous peoples who have been brutalized and criminalized for fighting for the right to exist. Like rivers meeting the sea, Native and non-Native currents of resistance, activism and justice are coming together, uniting our voices as we find each other. It is in this spirit of unity that we extend our call for papers across and beyond Turtle Island. Some of the questions we hope to explore during this year’s symposium include:


● What are decolonial and indigenized correctives for current globalized neoliberalism?

● How can we indigenize the voices of resistance and justice against the calls of moderation and modernization?

● How do indigenous peoples work together to create sacred spaces for intellectual metamorphosis?

● How do indigenous communities and allies come together to mobilize indigenous knowledge for change?

These and many other questions call upon the wisdom and efforts of our diverse communities and relatives.


Graduate students from all disciplines from universities worldwide are encouraged to participate in this international dialogue. Presentations should be 12-15 minutes in length.

Possible areas of interest may include (but are not limited to):


Arts/Artists/Creative Expressions


Activist/ Social Movements

Indigenous Methodologies/Interpretations

Colonization/Internal Colonization/Decolonization

Queer Theory



Community Development/Empowerment

Racial/physical/economic/political borders

Native American Studies Pedagogy

Culture/Language Preservations

Critical Theory/Philosophy/Worldviews

Animal Studies

Tourism and Native Communities

Representations in popular culture


Social media/technologies




Structural Inequalities


Diverse presentation formats are encouraged:

● Paper or oral presentations

● Workshops

● Roundtables or panels

● Showcasing creative work

To submit your abstract, please click here.

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Social Justice and Carcerality, University of Colorado Boulder

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Assistant Professor of Social Justice and Carcerality
Area of Specialization:  tenure-track assistant professor position in Social justice and carcerality studies (an interdisciplinary field that examines confinement in settings such as prisons, reservations, and plantations; the social and cultural conditions leading to criminalization and imprisonment; and bodily coercion in border policing and human trafficking)
We are particularly interested in applications from scholars focusing on borderlands and Latinx or Chican@ populations, however, the area of specialization for this position is open.
Preferred Research Areas:  Race, gender, and prisons, border policing, and human trafficking, with a focus on Latinx  and comparative ethnic studies.
Tenure-track assistant professor position in social justice and carcerality studies (an interdisciplinary field that examines confinement in settings such as prisons, reservations, and plantations; the social and cultural conditions leading to criminalization and imprisonment; and bodily coercion in border policing and human trafficking) to begin in Fall 2017.
We are particularly interested in applications from scholars focusing on borderlands and Latinx or Chican@ populations, however, the area of specialization for this position is open.
In line with building our newly established Ph.D. program in Comparative Ethnic Studies, we welcome comparative, interdisciplinary, and intersectional approaches and innovative theoretical perspectives.
For job posting, and additional application information, please go to


Orange Shirt Day, Faculty of Forestry, UBC – 30 Sept, 2016

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Why Orange Shirts?
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Taiwan’s President Apologizes to Aborigines for Centuries of Injustice

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HONG KONG — President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan offered a formal apology on Monday to aboriginal peoples for centuries of “pain and mistreatment,” and she promised to take concrete steps to rectify a history of injustice.

In a ceremony at the presidential office in Taipei attended by aboriginal community leaders, she said that although Taiwan had made efforts to end discrimination against hundreds of thousands of indigenous people, a formal apology was necessary.

“Unless we deny that we are a country of justice, we must face up to this history,” Ms. Tsai said. “We must tell the truth. And then, most importantly, the government must genuinely reflect on this past.”

Taiwan has 540,000 residents who are members of aboriginal groups, or about 2 percent of the population of 23 million. The Council of Indigenous Peoples officially recognizes 16 groups, with three — the Amis, Atayal andPaiwanmaking up 70 percent of the total indigenous population.

Taiwan’s earliest known residents are believed to have come to the island 6,000 years ago or earlier from Southeast Asia and are part of the Austronesian peoples who range from Madagascar to Polynesia. When Han settlers from mainland China began arriving in the 17th century, indigenous peoples, particularly those on Taiwan’s western plains, faced assimilation, loss of land and outright violence.

Today, indigenous groups face high levels of unemployment, low wages and less access to education and other services.

“Another group of people arrived on these shores, and in the course of history, took everything from the first inhabitants who, on the land they have known most intimately, became displaced, foreign, non-mainstream and marginalized,” Ms. Tsai said.

Capen Nganaen, 80, a representative of the Yami, said he was happy to receive the government’s apology.

“Taiwan has had many presidents during its history, but never before has one been willing to offer an apology to the indigenous peoples,” he said during the ceremony.

He spoke of how the Yami had unsuccessfully resisted the use of their homeland, Orchid Island, southeast of Taiwan, as a depository for nuclear waste from power plants on Taiwan. “This is the pain of the people of Orchid Island,” he said.

Mr. Capen said many Yami feared that an accident would render Orchid Island uninhabitable, and he called on Ms. Tsai to address how to remove the waste.

Ms. Tsai became the first female president of Taiwan after winning a landslide victory in January, and her Democratic Progressive Party took control of the legislature for the first time. She campaigned in part on social justice issues, including an investigation into assets acquired by the Kuomintang, the former governing party, during decades of autocratic rule. Last week, the legislature passed a law ordering the return of ill-gotten assets taken by political parties since 1945, the year the Kuomintang took control of Taiwan from Japan, which had ruled the island as a colony from 1895.

During her inauguration in May, Ms. Tsai said her government would take an “apologetic attitude” toward indigenous peoples.

On Monday, Ms. Tsai announced that she would lead a commission to address the injustices faced by indigenous groups and said that she would push through a law outlining their basic rights. She also said the government would provide compensation to the Yami before a decision was made on where to store the nuclear waste deposited on Orchid Island for the past 30 years.


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The Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC)
Invites you to a West-Coast Networking Conference
December 4 – 5, 2014
Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre campus, Vancouver
The CIESC decided at its last meeting to hold a scholarly meeting and event at a different location
and time than CSSE, to encourage more networking and research-sharing among members. This is
our first Regional Event … so please join us, and promote this networking opportunity among your
colleagues. We welcome new members (researchers, graduate students, practitioners,
administrators) to the CIESC!
Higher education faces new challenges in a world more globally connected than before and yet
more fractured and unequal. This is a critical moment in higher education internationalization, and
the publication of a national strategy for higher education internationalization has given rise to new
directions, pressures and actors with various agendas. On the national front, new funding
formulations and criteria are reshaping curricula and the organizational structure of faculties of
education and beyond. In this context, the recently ratified ACDE Accord on Internationalization of
Education, launched at the CSSE conference at Brock University last May, offers principles,
guidelines and standards for ethical practice and preferred futures. In reviewing possibilities we
ask: Can internationalization of education be compatible with and lead us towards social justice
outcomes? What is social justice in relation to internationalization of education?
We seek contributions to this dialogue in the form of short discussion papers, round-tables or
posters, on any topic on internationalization including (but not limited to) the following lines of
• Internationalization of education has been critiqued as having a recolonizing/ neocolonizing
agenda. Others view it as the obvious direction for education in a highly interconnected
world. How can social justice help us to understand the many impacts of internationalization
policies and practices? Whose vision for justice?
• Who are the new actors in the field of international education policy? How are diplomats,
corporations and philanthropists, for example, changing the field?
• What is new in comparative and international education research?
• What are the implications for an intensified drive to internationalize Canadian universities?
• How do ideologies such as neoliberalism and neoconservatism inform/influence new policy
How is internationalization enacted within universities? What are the experiences of
students, faculty, staff, administrators and practitioners ?
• How can educators use internationalization to create space for multiple voices,
epistemologies, and futures?
• What are the key challenges facing researchers interested in critical analyses of the effects
of internationalization?

The conference, which will be launched with a key-note panel on Thursday afternoon, will be
organized as a series of panels and round-table discussions where participants can share their
research and work-in-progress on themes related to the conference topic and identified from
participant proposals.
Please submit your proposal as follows:
Include a Title,
Your name and affiliation,
200 word Abstract,
whether a paper, round table, or poster,
Submit proposals to: by November 17, 2014
Registration information will be sent out shortly.
Who: Graduate students, Instructors, Administrators, Faculty, Practitioners
and Staff interested in the themes and topics of this conference.
Where: The Vancouver Campus, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre 515
West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5K3
When: Thursday Dec 4 (1:00 pm – 6:00 pm) – Friday Dec 5 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Registration fees: Includes Thursday reception, Friday continental breakfast, and lunch.
Regular Rate: $ 60.00
Student Rate: $40.00
Social time and Networking will continue after hours at the Steamworks Pub located behind Harbour
Centre (self-financed). Here’s an opportunity to spend the weekend in Vancouver after the
Accommodation: We have secured a preferred rate from Delta Hotel & Suites, right across the
road from Harbour Centre, and more information will be coming out with the Registration form. You
are also encouraged to find accommodation from the many possibilities offered on the web.
Jointly hosted by:
The Centre for Research on International Education, Simon Fraser University
The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research, University of Alberta
The Comparative and International Education Society of Canada

US to pay largest Native American nation $554 mn in landmark settlement

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Published time: September 25, 2014 15:55

​The Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle claims by the most populous Native American tribe that funds and natural resources on its reservation were mismanaged by the US government for decades.

The agreement will be formally signed on Friday at Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo reservation, the largest in the US by land mass.

The accord was borne from litigation that accused the government of mishandling Navajo funds and natural resources on its more than 14 million acres across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, all held in trust for the tribe and leased out for purposes of farming, energy development, logging, and mining. The Navajo claims date back as far as 50 years. Read More…