Exploring Justice:
Terra Firma and Terra Incognita
Exploring Justice:
Terra Firma and Terra Incognita


Due to the global crisis and countermeasures being deployed to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the 18th International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) conference will take place online July 7-10, 2021.

As a global community dedicated to social justice, we want to do what is best for our society and our members, and also what is socially responsible and fair to others. In the current situation this includes avoiding unnecessary travel and large gatherings until the risks are reduced to an acceptable level.

The 18th biennial meeting of ISJR will take place online, in collaboration with Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, where the original face-to-face conference was scheduled to be held in 2020.

Before the conference was postponed in March 2020, the program committee had accepted 110 papers and 12 symposia for presentation. They hope to also receive a large number of quality submissions for the rescheduled conference, in response to the new call for papers. In addition, for the 2021 online conference, poster submissions are also possible.

Individuals whose papers or symposia were accepted for presentation at the 2020 conference, before it was postponed to 2021, will be contacted individually and encouraged to resubmit

Finally, in recognition of the financial challenges to many instutions in the current epidemic and in an effort to make participation in the online conference as broad and inclusive as possible, conference registration will be free for all current and paid up members of ISJR.

Please mark the dates, and we hope to see you – online! – at the ISJR Conference 2021. Please see further details in the call for submissions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the organizers at contact@isjr2021.org.

Call for Papers

ISJR 2021 Call for Papers

Exploring Justice: Terra Firma and Terra Incognita

Paper, poster, and symposium submissions are invited for the ISJR 2021 Conference. The 18th meeting of the International Society for Justice Research will take place online due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The theme, Exploring Justice: Terra firma and terra incognita, is intended to encourage submissions investigating established areas of research as well as areas of research that are less explored. Basic and applied research relating to social justice is welcomed, from a range of disciplines.

Research that is more terra firma would tend to build on existing constructs, frameworks, models, and paradigms. It would frequently examine consequences of known types of social justice and use established methodologies. Terra firma topics could include timeless issues such as just world beliefs, social equality, ethical reasoning, and organizational justice, and a range of consequences of social justice.

Research that is more terra incognita is likely to focus on less explored topics, use novel methodologies, identify fresh perspectives and questions relating to social justice, and propose new antecedents of social justice. Terra incognita topics could include research exploring environmental, intergenerational, or ageist justice, or relating to neuroscience, physical and mental health, intersectional identity, or nudging justice. Social justice issues relating to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic may also generate a range of promising terra incognita topics.

Of course, topics can introduce novel and unexplored aspects to familiar terrain, and extend solid foundations developed in one area to less explored territories. The key requirement is that papers contribute to our understanding of social justice issues, either by deepening our understanding in established areas or by extending and challenging existing approaches to social justice – or both.

Submission details

Scholars may submit individual papers, paper symposia (including 3-4 individual papers and a discussant), and posters. For papers, a maximum 500-word abstract is required. For symposia, a maximum 250-word overview abstract is required, plus maximum 250-word abstracts for each individual paper. For posters, a maximum 250-word abstract is required.

The program committee also welcomes proposals for innovative formats for sessions (such as panels, debates, visual exhibitions) that take advantage of the online format and increase opportunities and exchange. Please contact the Program Chair directly at david.patient@vlerick.com.

Doctoral student consortium

Doctoral students are invited to apply for participation in the doctoral student consortium and research incubator by sending a cv, and research proposal.

Online format, and registration fees waived for current ISJR members

In order to encourage broad participation, in the face of hardships experienced by many higher education institutions as a result of the covid-19 epidemic, registration fees for the 2021 ISJR Conference will be waived for current ISJR members. See https://www.isjr.org/ for ISJR membership categories and fees, and to become a member or renew your membership.

Key dates and deadlines

February 1, 2021Submission portal opens.
April 1, 2021Deadline for submission of abstracts.
April 20, 2021Receive notification of acceptance of abstracts.
May 1, 2021Registration opens.
May 15, 2021Deadline for applications to the Doctoral Student Consortium.

Decisions communicated by June 1, 2021.


  • Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics
    Universidade Católica Portuguesa
    Palma de Cima, 1649-023 Lisboa, Portugal
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