[DEADLINE EXTENDED—07/10]"Justice" (SCLA, November 6-8, 2024, Austin TX)

deadline for submissions: 
July 10, 2024
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Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts
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2024 Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts

November 6-8, 2024
Embassy Suites Austin Central
Austin, TX


Justice has been central to our political and philosophic culture from the beginning.  Plato's Republic opens with the question: "what is justice?"  And yet, while almost everyone believes that justice is something real, that things actually are just or unjust, there is very little agreement on what justice is either in the abstract or whether a given act is just or unjust.  Rather we frequently feel wronged.  We cry out for justice.  In our narratives, our cultural productions, our discourse, the question of the just is then both central and often highly unstable.  In recognition of this centrality, and the pressing urgency of questions of justice under current conditions, the SCLA has elected to devote its next three conferences to this topic .

For our coming 2024 conference in Austin, Texas, we welcome contributions that examine the notion of justice in comparative studies and literary theory. How do we mobilize the idea of justice in the face of atrocities and abuses of power? What is justice? Who can claim it? And who is or has been excluded from its appeal? When we evoke “social justice,” “economic justice,” or “racial justice,” are we really talking about the same thing? And, finally, which forms or deployments of justice do existing systems of power find less or more threatening? With an eye for justice’s multiple meanings, and the divergent circumstances under which it emerges, this conference will consider justice’s relevance and force in the world. Topics of interest could include:

Justice and the philosophical tradition
Justice and posthumanism
Environmental justice
Justice and violence
Justice and politics
Law and justice
Justice in Palestine
Justice and terror
Indigenous sovereignty
Global Black Lives Matter
International law
Concepts of guilt and innocence
What is a just peace
Solidarity and justice
Queer justice
Class struggle
Prisons and justice
Restorative justice
Reparative justice

Selected papers from the conference will be included in a special issue of The Comparatist.

Email: scla2024austin@gmail.com


Panel and paper proposals related to the conference theme are especially encouraged, but all topics are welcome. Please submit panel proposals (500 words) and individual abstracts (250 words) by July 10, 2024. Please include in the body of the email your name, academic affiliation, status (faculty, grad student, etc.), and mailing address. For panel proposals, include the names, addresses, and affiliations for all participants.

Graduate students submitting a paper proposal may be eligible for an SCLA travel scholarship.