Category Archives: Call for Papers

Call-for-Papers, AALS Poverty Law Section: “Working But Poor: Understanding and Confronting the Working Poor Phenomenon”

The AALS Section on Poverty Law will sponsor a session at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting. The title of the program is Working But Poor: Understanding and Confronting the Working Poor Phenomenon. In collaboration with the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, the Section seeks papers for publication and presentation.  The deadline for submissions is August 8, 2014. See this link for additional information: AALS Poverty Section Call for Papers 2015 Program.

Call-for-papers: Children in America’s Poorest Neighborhoods—AALS 2015—Washington, DC

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The AALS Section on Children and the Law announces a Call for Papers for its program during the AALS 2015 Annual Meeting: Dead Upon Birth: The Inter-Generational Cycle of Thwarted Lives in America’s Poorest Neighborhoods. The submission deadline is Aug. 15, 2014. See 2015 AALS call for papers Dead Upon Birth. The annual meeting is Jan. 2-5, 2015, in Washington, DC.

“The D.U.B.” is a nickname southside Chicago residents have given a neighborhood exemplifying a tragic reality in many of this country’s urban and rural areas: Children are born into struggling families in deeply dysfunctional neighborhoods and have little chance for full and flourishing lives. In some parts of America, a boy born today is more likely to end up in prison than college and a girl is more likely to become drug addicted than married. . .

Call-for-papers and Upcoming Conference: “Southwest Regional Clinical Workshop–Empowering Future Generations

Call-for-papers and Upcoming Conference: “Southwest Regional Clinical Workshop–Empowering Future Generations,” Apr. 18, 2014, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, AZ.  The call for papers info from the organizer is after the break:

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Call-for-Papers: “Minding the Gap Educating for Economic Justice”

Call-for-Papers: The Society for Values in Higher Education has issued a call for papers for its upcoming conference on “Minding the Gap Educating for Economic Justice,” July 16-20, 2014 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.  [I went the their conference last year and it mainly consists of non-lawyers -- at my session there were lots of financial aid advisors -- but they are super nice and it is one of those conferences that is more kid-friendly than most.]

Call-for-papers: “Severe Deprivation in America”

From the Russell Sage Foundation:


Request for Articles: Severe Deprivation in America 

Since 2000, the U.S. poverty rate has increased and the poor have become poorer. Along with hardships brought on by the Great Recession, welfare reform, the prison boom, the rise of short-term and low-wage jobs, political decisions at the federal level, declines in union membership, and high rates of joblessness have all contributed to deepening poverty in America.

At the same time poor families saw their incomes drop or stagnate, their cost of housing rose substantially. Median asking monthly rent for vacant units has increased by more than 70 percent since 1990. At the same time, fewer new households were receiving government assistance. Cash assistance caseloads have fallen from 12.3 million recipients per month in 1996 to 4.5 million in 2011. Today, only one in ten adults living below the poverty line receives cash welfare.

On the other hand, some federal programs have grown substantially over the last two decades: namely, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Large-scale changes in federal poverty policy have created new winners and losers. Some low-income families now fare much better; others fare much worse.

If conditions have worsened for many poor Americans, how do they endure conditions of severe economic deprivation? What is life like on the fringes of the economy? What are the coping mechanisms and survival strategies of families with very low incomes? What are the effects of poverty-related traumas on adults and children?

The fact that millions are living on so little and experiencing various forms of severe deprivation presents several analytical and methodological challenges to policy-relevant research. When it comes to documenting the complexity and effects of acute material hardship, explaining how and why different disadvantages cluster, or comparing sub-populations of the poor with similar incomes but vastly different lived realities-standard methods, theories, and concepts often are ill-equipped. Many statistical methods favor isolating the effect of a single treatment on a single outcome, but the lives of the extreme poor are characterized by correlated and compounding disadvantages. And much social-scientific data do not sufficiently capture the experiences of vulnerable citizens, who often are left out of survey samples or infrequently show up in administrative databases.

The language of “poverty,” meanwhile, can be fuzzy and imprecise. Social-scientific terminology groups all families below a certain income threshold into a single category: the poor. But doing so can flatten crucial differences in how material scarcity is experienced. Some fall into poverty from relatively stable backgrounds; for others, poverty courses through the generations. Some low-income Americans have experienced incarceration, hunger, violence, addiction, and eviction; others know nothing of these traumas. What, then, do we mean by “poverty”? How can this term-central to both social science and social policy-be refined or redefined? How can we capture with more precision variations or degrees of scarcity and social suffering among low-income families? And what are the implications of severe deprivation for urban ethnography, measurement, survey design, causal inference, or experiments?

In devoting an issue to Severe Deprivation in America, RSF: The Russell Sage Journal of the Social Sciences is interested in publishing research that investigates these questions. We are interested in studies-from multiple disciplines and employing multiple methods-that analyze the causes, conditions, and consequences of severe deprivation in the United States. By severe deprivation, we have in mind economic hardship that is (1) acute, (2) compounded, and (3) chronic.

(1) Acute: deep poverty; the poverty of those far below the poverty line characterized by scarcity of critical resources and material hardship.

(2) Compounded: poverty “plus” or correlated adversity; the clustering of different kinds of disadvantage across multiple dimensions (psychological, social, material) and institutions (work, family, prison).

(3) Chronic: enduring disadvantage; the lasting effects early-life trauma or deprivation experienced over long stretches, lifetimes, or generations-and therefore often impervious to change.

Please click here for a link to a more detailed description of the proposal

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and a one-page abstract of their study no later than February 24th to Please put Severe Deprivation in the subject line and address the email to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications. Only abstracts submitted will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. The journal issue is being edited by Matthew Desmond, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University, but all questions should be directed

A conference will be organized at RSF in New York City in early fall of 2014. The contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present preliminary findings and receive feedback from the other contributors. Travel costs, food, and lodging will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference.

After the conference, the authors will submit their final drafts on or before November 15, 2014. The papers will then be sent out to two additional scholars for peer reviews. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers before March 15, 2015. The full and final issue will be submitted for publication in the fall of 2015.

Papers will be published open access on the foundations website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Project Muse.

Please click here for a link to a more detailed description of the topics covered in this call for papers.

Call for Papers and Conference: “Vulnerability, Resilience, and Public Responsibility for Social and Economic Justice” SUNY Buffalo, June 13-14, 2014

Vulnerability, Resilience, and Public Responsibility for Social and Economic Justice; June 13-14, 2014 in Buffalo, NY; A VHC Workshop at SUNY Buffalo Law School The State University of New York

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Call-for-Papers: “Global Justice and the Global South”

Call-for-Papers and Conference: “Global Justice and the Global South,” to be held at the University of Delhi, India, April 25-27, 2014.  The link above has more info on the call, which is due Jan. 15, 2014.

Call-for-Papers: WREC 2014 — 17th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference, May 28-30, 2014 Washington D.C.

Call-for-Papers: WREC 2014 — 17th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference, May 28-30, 2014 Washington D.C.  Deadline for proposals focused on TANF and related programs is Nov. 15, 2013.

Call-for-Papers: “Poverty in the New Gilded Age: Inequality in America”

Call-for-Papers: The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law has issued a call for papers for a symposium on “Poverty in the New Gilded Age: Inequality in America.”  Call for Papers – Spring 2014  The deadline for abstracts is Jan. 10, 2014 and the conference will be on April 2, 2014.

Call-for-Papers: “Moving to Opportunity: Examining the Risks and Rewards of Economic Migration”

Call-for-Papers: The Indiana International and Comparative Law Review is hosting a symposium, “Moving to Opportunity: Examining the Risks and Rewards of Economic Migration,” on Feb. 21, 2014 in Indianapolis and a deadline of abstracts of Oct. 18, 2013.  More info at the above link courtesy of the