Social Differences, Social Justice Symposium Call for participants

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Presented by the Social Differences, Social Justice faculty group and sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Renee Crown University Honors Program and the Whitman School of Management, members of the campus community are invited to participate in the first annual symposium Social Differences, Social Justice. The symposium will be held as a hybrid event (in person and virtually) on March 31, 2022.

The inaugural symposium will explore the themes of equity, social justice and global transformation. “These fundamental issues remain unresolved in society, higher education, and in all professional settings,” says Kira Reed, associate professor of management at the Whitman School and member of the Social Differences, Social Justice cluster.

“Companies need to address them with their employees, activist investors, as well as the consumers who buy their stocks. Management researchers, working with humanistic colleagues, can examine this phenomenon in nuanced ways that will advance the study of organizational performance. Global challenges to existing systems and structures have the potential to transform the way we work and buy and close the gap in access to opportunity.

These challenges include access to quality education at all levels, affordable and quality health care and universal basic income; protection of our climate; the right to immigrate; the right to be free from violence, civil unrest and armed conflict, pandemics, environmental disasters; and the need for sustainable development.

The symposium seeks to respond to the urgent need for rigorous research and debate on these challenges. Key questions to explore include:

  • How can scholars and researchers from leading universities, such as Syracuse University, lead the process and inspire our students, communities, and decision makers to chart a common course?
  • How can scientific work help improve our communities while improving the well-being of others in remote places?
  • How can researchers better understand mainstream narratives and counter-narratives about current socio-political, economic, and other changes that impact our human condition?
  • How is interdisciplinary research in the humanities, social sciences, professional disciplines and sciences crucial to unpack these phenomena?

Established and emerging scholars, including students, who are conducting transformative research and investigating these questions are invited to submit a presentation abstract. Presentations can take many forms, including teams, and presentations will last approximately 20-30 minutes.

Submission process and deadline

Presentations are sought of works in progress, completed articles, performances and other forms of expression that deal with these themes. The deadline to submit a presentation is February 28. For more information, questions, or to submit work or join the Social Differences, Social Justice cluster, please email Kira Reed.

Interested in attending the symposium?

Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from Syracuse University and partner schools are invited to attend the research conference on March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. There is no registration fee to attend and lunch will be included for in-person attendees. Register here.