Call for Participation

We are no longer accepting submissions for CSJ 2014! Please return to the site in Fall 2014 for more information on CSJ 2015. We hope you attend this year’s programs!
Responding to ongoing conversations about inclusivity and sociopolitical organizing happening both in and outside the classroom, the UMBC Women’s Center with Student Life’s Mosaic Center is coordinating an interdisciplinary programming campaign on the theme “Critical Social Justice: Engaging in Difficult Dialogues” to be held March 3rd through 7th, 2014.
This weeklong series of events will explore social justice in both theory and practice from academic, activist, and artistic perspectives. By examining the margins and intersections of identities, disciplines, and movements, we hope to take a crucial look at the various forms of social justice work and re-imagine a more inclusive and self-reflexive future.
In addition to the keynote speaker to be announced, this campaign will include a variety of interactive and thought-provoking programs. In the spirit of shared education and active participation, we invite all members of the community to take part in this groundbreaking initiative.
We encourage collaboration among departments, organizations, and individuals from the university and the Baltimore community in planning events related to the theme. All programming formats are welcome, from discussion panels to creative performances to practical workshops.
Recognizing the complexity of these issues, the theme is open to multiple interpretations and perspectives. Some questions to consider may include:
  • What does social justice look like across communities, traditions, and disciplines?
  • How are virtual spaces changing (or perhaps not changing) how social justice is discussed and enacted?
  • How does artistic creation and expression offer unique possibilities for engaging in difficult dialogues and doing social justice work?  
  • What do diversity, intersectionality, and inclusivity mean in theory and in practice?
  • How are (perceived or real) divisions between academia and activism being maintained, resisted, or transformed?
  • How does the history of exclusion within social justice movements continue to impact the current state of progressive and radical organizing and coalition building?
We hope that the inaugural Critical Social Justice spring events will provide an opportunity for campus-wide engagement to showcase the contributions UMBC students, faculty, and staff are making in the classroom, online, and in the community.
If you or your organization would like to propose a program for inclusion in the campaign, please submit the event details through the online form at tinyurl.com/CriticalSocialJustice. In order for us to best coordinate and promote the calendar of events, proposals should be submitted by February 7th, 2014. For more information on the Critical Social Justice campaign or to learn more about how to participate, please contact Megan Tagle Adams at megan@umbc.edu

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