Pursuit of Justice Conference – Call for Papers

Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, Gonzaga University Law School, and the Washington State Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System are sponsoring The Pursuit of Justice: Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality Conference April 18-20, 2013.  Organizers are seeking paper and presentation ideas, which need to be submitted by December 1, 2012.  This conference is a joint venture of the 3rd International Conference on Hate Studies and the 2nd Conference on Race and the Criminal Justice System.

The conference brings together the leading interdisciplinary academic forum on hate and directly related social problems with the combined social justice leadership of the Gonzaga Law School and the Washington Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System.

This pairing provides opportunities to align interests in understanding and addressing fear and ignorance of the “other” with interests in how these conditions manifest in hatred, intolerance, and inequality.  The conversation will be centered around how these problems affect the pursuit of justice.

Of special interest is the matter of racial inequality in the criminal justice system, among broader concerns within the conference theme, as approached through the lenses of research, education, practice, and advocacy.  We anticipate receiving Washington and Idaho CLE credit for this event.

This conference will bring together members of academia and other education circles, the legal community, government, and non-governmental organizations, as well as policy experts, journalists, human rights leaders, community organizers, and engaged global citizens.  We anticipate cross-sector participation from international, national, and regional audiences.

Select conference proceedings will be published in The Journal of Hate Studies, the international interdisciplinary peer-review scholarly journal operated by the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies.  Publication opportunities through the Gonzaga Law Review may be available as well.

This special conference is an activity of the 125th Anniversary of Gonzaga University “Tradition and Transformation,” the Gonzaga University School of Law Centennial Anniversary, and the 15th Anniversary of the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies.

All proposals for papers and sessions are due December 1, 2012.  Notifications of acceptance will be made by December 31, 2012.  Full papers submitted for publication consideration are due March 1, 2013.  Full conference details, including how to register and how to submit proposals for papers and sessions, are available at http://gonzaga.edu/pursuitofjustice

To reach the conference co-chairs, contact Jason A. Gillmer, Professor of Law and John J. Hemmingson Chair in Civil Liberties, Gonzaga University Law School (jgillmer@lawschool.gonzaga.edu) or Dr. John Shuford, Director, Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies (hatestudies@gonzaga.edu).

Contributed by Jim Mohr

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