Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Call for Papers

  • Thank you to those who submitted abstracts! Conference organizers will respond by mid-April as to the status of your submission.

     Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability invites papers and proposals for talks, workshops and panel presentations for its inaugural conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” to be held August 7-9, 2014.  We invite papers related to environmental justice and sustainability from all fields of discourse, including but not limited to environmental studies, theology, business, philosophy, engineering, education, law, the arts, international development, anthropology, religious studies, geography and the natural sciences.

    We welcome papers that examine sustainability topics such as water, energy, food systems, climate change, biodiversity conservation, law and policy, and education through the lens of environmental justice, as well as papers that engage with the ethics, challenges and opportunities presented by the transition to a sustainable society. We particularly encourage papers from Jesuit institutions, as we hope to begin to build an environmental justice and sustainability network of individuals, centers, and university departments throughout the Jesuit world. We also seek active participation by those working in the arts and invite proposals that will bring visual or performance arts to the conference.

    Submit presentation abstracts of no more than 200 words to by February 24th, 2014 (extended by 4 weeks beyond the initial deadline). Authors should indicate their preference for an oral or poster presentation. Authors should also indicate if they would like to submit a full paper for a special issue of the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review. Full papers will be due on June 1st, 2014 and final versions of accepted papers will be due on October 1st, 2014.  

    In addition to paper presentations, we welcome proposals for panel discussions and workshops that will 1) enable scholars to develop theoretical frameworks and/or engage non-academic communities, 2) focus on environmental justice issues from the perspective of nonprofit, agency and community leaders, and 3) facilitate discussions for undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Proposals for panels, workshops and art exhibits should be no longer than 200 words and should be emailed to:


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