Journal of Law and Social Policy

Call for Proposals

Re-imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada
A Symposium, October 21, 2016

New approaches to child welfare that acknowledge the effects of race in child welfare within the context of the histories and institutional racism experienced by different groups in Canada are urgently needed. Recognizing this need for new approaches and for action as well as good data, the Journal of Law and Social Policy (JLSP), Osgoode Hall Law School, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and the African Canadian Legal Clinic are pleased to host a symposium, "Re-imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada." The symposium will be held at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-3:30p.m.

The goal of the symposium is to bring together academics, practitioners, community-based organizations and those with lived experience to foster conversation, deepen analyses, and re-imagine radically different child welfare systems. We invite you to submit a proposal for a presentation at the symposium. Presenters will be encouraged to submit their work for publication in a special volume of the JLSP. The Journal publishes both peer-reviewed academic articles (maximum 12,000 words) and much shorter "Voices and Perspectives" pieces that can take a number of forms (first person narratives, poetry, reflections on an organizing campaign, artwork, a transcription or recording of an interview, etc.). The JLSP seeks to support the publication of works by new authors and to include voices often excluded from traditional academic publications. To this end, the Journal offers writing, research, and editing supports throughout the process, from proposal-writing to final publication.

Details for Proposals:

  • proposals should include a brief summary (max. 500 words) of the topic and form or medium for your presentation
  • proposals should be submitted to Janet Mosher (jmosher@osgoode.yorku.ca) by July 25
  • 8-12 proposals will be selected by the organizers and authors will be notified by August 8
  • the authors of selected proposals will be asked to submit a draft of their paper or other work by October 1
  • all presenters are encouraged to submit their work for publication in the JLSP’s special volume on child welfare; final works will be due January 16, 2017
  • additional information about the JLSP is available at http://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/jlsp/; if you would like to discuss an idea for a proposal or have any questions, please contact Janet Mosher at jmosher@osgoode.yorku.ca.

More details for proposals are available in this PDF.