“Family and Community in a Fractured World: Rooting for Justice, Restoring the Roots”

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“Family and Community in a Fractured World: Rooting for Justice, Restoring the Roots”

May 30 – June 1, 2013

Arcadia University, Glenside, PA.


The 15th annual meeting of the Justice Studies Association will focus on family and community in our world. The conference is interdisciplinary and so is our understanding of family and community. The Justice Studies Association welcomes any research, experiences, activism, teaching, and reflections on the justice issues related to families and communities.

Presenters might address the following themes, questions or issues:

. How do we define family and/or community?

. How do we build community?

. What are some of issues undermining families- childcare, nutrition, healthcare etc.?

. What are some model programs for families and communities?

. How has mass incarceration undermined families and communities?

. How do we restore broken communities?

. What is the role of restorative justice and reintegration in fractured communities?

. Where can you find community – on campus, in prison, on-line etc.?

. How reflective of justice are gated communities?

. What are the characteristics of a healing community?

. What is the restorative role of gardens for families and communities?

. What is the role of the arts in building community and strengthening families?

. How has recent legislation and government policies affected families and communities?

. What are the realities and promises of restorative justice in intimate partner violence?

. How does the educational system address family and community issues?

. What is the future promise for families and communities in a world of increasing inequality?

. What is the reality of community policing today?

. Is grassroots justice the answer?

You may submit a paper abstract or propose an entire panel session. JSA encourages your creative modes of presentation, including but not limited to video, photography, and interactive sessions.

Please send your presentation or session title with a 200 word abstract electronically to Program Co-Chair, Sara Ellen Kitchen, kitchens@chc.eduby April 1, 2013.