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Indigenous Emancipation: The Fight Against Marginalisation, Criminalisation, and Oppression

Social Inclusion (Open Access Journal) with (In)Justice International


Grace O’Brien (Queensland University of Technology), Pey-Chun Pan (National Pingtung University of Science and Technology), and Simon Prideaux ((In)Justice International) as part of the (In)Justice International Collective


According to the United Nations, Indigenous peoples are the inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating collectively and to the environment. Indigenous peoples have retained social, cultural, economic, and political characteristics that are uniquely different from those of the dominant society. Yet despite their cultural differences, Indigenous peoples from around the world share common concerns and obstacles in the protection of their rights as distinct peoples. As a result, they have sought recognition of their identities, way of life, and their right to traditional lands, territories, and natural resources for many years.

Throughout history, however, Indigenous peoples’ rights have always been violated. Today, they are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. In response, the international community is tentatively recognising that special measures are required to protect Indigenous rights and maintain distinct cultures and ways of life. Yet neoliberal-endorsed/inspired acts of travesty against Indigenous groups have emanated from illegal deforestation, land clearances, mining, and the desecration of sacred sites (as in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Brazil), the confiscation of lands either by deception or force (in the US and New Zealand), and the inculcation of “white” norms and values of the dominant “social” configurations of the “civilized” Western (minority) World (epitomised by the Residential Schools in Canada, 1880s–1996, and Missions in Australia 1820–1987).

Despairingly, such practices continue in a relatively unabated manner and, in the midst of all this violation, Indigenous women are particularly vulnerable. So too are Indigenous youth who are disproportionately impacted by a lack of access to education, employment opportunities, decision making processes, and, above all, access to justice. Indeed, the semi-autonomous status and/or social exclusion of Indigenous communities has led to inadequate mechanisms to address gender-based violence, which tends to be higher than national averages in many countries, whereas Indigenous youths are significantly overrepresented in judicial sentencing statistics and youth suicides.

This call for papers is asking for transnational and transdisciplinary studies/expressions of lived experiences facing Indigenous peoples across the globe. Accounts may range from the results of deforestation, environmental destruction, destruction, and denial of “homelands,” renouncement of human rights, neoliberal exploitation, or indiscriminate impoverishment. Similarly, analysis of the social harms caused by discriminatory incarceration of Indigenous peoples, prejudicial attitudes toward Indigenous women, lack of care or respect for disabled Indigenous people, access to healthcare, and/or the inequity levelled against Indigenous LGBTI+ groups/individuals would also be welcome.

We also encourage authors whose first language is not English to send in a copy of their manuscript in their Native language, to be made available through the (In)Justice International website. These manuscripts will form an informal companion to the official issue published by Social Inclusion: They will not undergo peer-review and are exempt from the journal’s article processing fee, but will not be included in the published volume. For more information, please contact Simon Prideaux (


Instructions for Authors: 

This thematic issue is the result of Social Inclusion’s partnership with research network (In)Justice International, who is also available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ( directly. Corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here).

Open Access: 

The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. For this thematic issue, (In)Justice International will also be available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ( directly. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.


Deadline for Abstracts: Now Passed


Deadline for Full Papers: 15 November 2022


Publication of the Issue: April/June 2023

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