World Convention in Finland 2023










Injustice in a World of Uncertainty

International Convention in South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

 Mikkeli, Finland


**28th-31st March, 2023**



War, climate change and economic instability pose unpredictable security threats in today's world. Are societies safe, and safe for whom? In the second World Convention of the network (In)Justice International taking place in Mikkeli, Finland, we tackle the question from the perspective of minorities and others with marginal positions in societies and mainstream cultures.

We ask in the convention, how does increased insecurity affect people in marginal positions due to their Indigenous backgrounds, ethnicity, age, gender and sexuality, disability and illness, socio-economic position and class? We also want the convention to inquire or examine if these insecure individuals are left to struggle by themselves and why. Are they excluded from existing security networks, or are there any networks at all? How do these global, dangerous developments affect their sense of safety, trust in society and abilities to use welfare services? And how are their needs met?

We call for abstracts for presentations in the conference by scholars, NGOs, barristers and practitioners in the fields of sociology and social policy, anthropology, geography, critical economics, political sciences and criminology, gender studies, youth studies and disability studies.  Abstracts or proposed talks from people who have ‘lived’ experience of this desperation or have reported upon it would also be welcome. 

**Please Note the Change in Dates**



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Stream 1: Climate Change, Insecurity and Danger

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Stream Overview

Natural disasters due to climate change can have cataclysmic consequences: especially for people living in areas with high rates of poverty, poor infrastructure and a lack of sustainable environmental policies. This stream calls for papers dealing with the societal position of people living in unstable environmental conditions caused by the inability of societies to face climate change and the risks and threats that it causes relating to safety, wellbeing and health.


Stream 2: War, Refugees and Migration: What Happens Next?

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War threatens security and causes social instability to a profound extent. Forcing people to leave homes due to the loss of safety, results in wars not only violating basic human rights and causing considerable damage to individuals but also to whole nations. The stream calls for papers concerning the effects of war and the unstable safety conditions inflicted upon migrated people in relation to their violent, socio-economic, social, cultural and individual upheaval. 

Stream 3: Indigenous People and Ethnic minorities at the Margins of Safety and Security

Keynote Speaker: Research Professor Rauna Kuokkanen

Research Professor Rauna Kuokkanen is a Research Professor of Arctic Indigenous Studies at the University of Lapland (Finland) and Adjunct Professor of Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on comparative Indigenous politics and law, Indigenous feminist theory, Arctic governance and settler colonialism. She is a Fulbright Arctic Initiative Fellow for 2021-2022.


Rauna’s most recent book Restructuring Relations: Indigenous Self-Determination, Governance and Gender by Oxford University Press (2019) has been awarded with three prizes (the International Studies Association’s Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section Best Book Award 2020, the British International Studies Association’s Susan Strange Best Book Prize and the Canadian Political Science Association Prize in Comparative Politics in 2020). It has also been selected as the semi-finalist for the US-based Grawemeyer 2021 Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Drawing on extensive interviews and political theory, the book is  an Indigenous feminist investigation of the concept of Indigenous self-determination, governance and gender regimes in Indigenous political institutions.


Other books include Reshaping the University: Responsibility, Indigenous Epistemes and the Logic of the Gift (UBC Press, 2007) and Boaris dego eana: Eamiálbmogiid diehtu, filosofiijat ja dutkan (in the Sámi language, translated title: As Old as the Earth. Indigenous Knowledge, Philosophies and Research, 2009).  She was the founding chair of the Sámi Youth Organization in Finland and has served as the Vice-President of the Sámi Council. She has also long worked and advocated for the protection of Sámi sacred sites, particularly Suttesája, a sacred Sámi spring in Northern Finland. Professor Kuokkanen was recently appointed as the Chair of the Arctic Program Committee of NordForsk. She is from Ohcejohka/Utsjoki, Sápmi (Finland).

Chair: Dr Pey-Chun Pan (National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan)

Dr Pey-Chun Pan is an Assistant Professor of Department of Social Work, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (Taiwan). Her research is on accessibility, transport policy of disabled people and the social movement of people with Hansen’s Disease in Taiwan. She has joined several research projects including one on independent living policy, reasonable accommodation on health issues and the development of Taiwan human rights indicators of CRPD. She is a horticultural therapist as well. She has published 4 book chapters on disability and also published in the Community Development Journal Quarterly, the Journal of Disability Research and Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies.

Stream Overview


People living at the socially enforced margins of society due to their ethnic or Indigenous origin have to endure an inferior position in many parts of the world. They may lack legislative rights and, as a consequence, the absence of a judicial shelter further subordinates their positions and statuses in many spheres of society and culture. Due to a lack of equal rights and sufficient security networks, they are especially vulnerable at unsafe times of war and other threats. This stream calls for papers that reveal the position of Indigenous and ethnic minority groups of people placed in unpredictable or life-threatening circumstances as a consequence of flagrant discriminatory practices and attitudes that are exacerbated during times of crises.

Stream 4: Disability, Illness and Safety Infringements in an 'Ableist' World

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Chair: Dr Susan Eriksson (South Eastern Finland University [Xamk])

Dr Susan Eriksson, South Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK, Finland) works as a Senior Researcher in the Juvenia Centre of Youth Research and Development at South Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences. Her fields of expertise are marginalisation of young people, youth services and digitalisation. She also has a vast knowledge on disability research, and currently she researches young people with disabilities and their opportunities for participation, and the nature of their youth in general.

Stream Overview


Individuals affected by disability and such illnesses that cause them restrictions in ‘functioning’ (in ableist perceptions) have serious challenges in securing their own safety at the times of global crises as many may need continuous support. Disabled people are not helped by the fact that ableist societal and cultural structures based on superiority of bodily abilities, false understanding and prejudices towards disability profoundly affect their statuses. This stream calls for papers concerning the abhorrent position placed on these individuals when looking at  their safety during times of global crises.

Stream 5: Gender and Sexuality in a Heteronormative Time of War

Keynote Speaker: Professor Karen Soldatic (Western Sydney University, Australia)


Doctor Karen Soldatic is a Professor of Social Welfare, Disability Studies and Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University (Australia). She has written, co-authored and edited ten books with her most recent including: Social Suffering in the Neoliberal Age: State Power, Logistics and Resistance (2022, see our 'News and Themes' page), Women with Disabilities as Agents of Peace, Change and Rights: Experiences from Sri Lanka (2021), whilst  prominent articles have included one on (Re)Claiming Health: The Human Rights of Young LGBTIQ+ Indigenous People in Australia (2022)


Professor Soldatic also co-authored an article entitled Mobility Tactics: Young LGBTIQ+ Indigenous Australians' Belonging and Connectedness (2022).  Earlier in her career, Karen was awarded a Fogarty Foundation Excellence in Education Fellowship for 2006–2009, a British Academy International Fellowship in 2012, a fellowship at The Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University (2011–2012) and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2016–2019) examining the lived implications of poverty and inequality for Indigenous persons living with disability with the intensification of neoliberal welfare retraction. Her research on global welfare regimes builds on her 20 years of experience as an international (Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia), national and state-based senior policy analyst, researcher and practitioner. She obtained her PhD (Distinction) in 2010 from the University of Western Australia.


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Stream Overview

Heteronormative assumptions on gender and sexuality shape and construct social and cultural relations and status in those societies where social rights regarding gender equality and sexuality are still insufficient or non-existent. This stream calls for papers that tackle gender rights–or violations of those rights–during war and unsafe times. We especially welcome papers that deal with structures and practices of normative or hegemonic masculinity and its reverberations, both in the short-term and the long-term, that times of war and a lack of safety have on gender, gender identities and embodiments.

Stream 6: Global Crisis as a Generational Experience and the Insecure Futures of the Young and Old


Keynote Speaker: Research Professor Sofia Lane (The Finnish Youth Research Society)

Sofia Laine holds a PhD in Development Studies and holds a title of docent in Youth Studies (Tampere University). Her multidisciplinary research has focused on young people, and political and cultural engagements in multiple national, European, Mediterranean, and global settings. More recently she has also studied young refugees, volunteer work, and art education. Most recently she worked in the Academy of Finland funded research project:  'What works? Youth transitions from education to employment in the Middle East and North Africa' (2019–2023', University of Tampere). Now, she also leads a project in the Finnish Youth Research Network that analyses young people’s leisure-time activities in public and semi-public places during the Covid-19 pandemic. Before her appointment to Research Professor position, she worked as a Research Manager (2021-2022) at Juvenia – the Youth Research and Development Centre in the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences. 


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Stream Overview

Young people who have recently been affected by vast global crises posing security threats, such as the global coronavirus pandemic, climate change and war. In many countries, social polarisation amongst young people has been deepening during the pandemic. It indicates that many (especially those in a vulnerable socio-economic position) lack supportive networks to face the threats affecting their sense of security and, as a consequence, have to fully confront the changes in daily life practices that have been caused by these crises. This stream calls for papers concerning the abilities of young people to cope with the global crises and its consequences as well as examining the effects such crises have on their lives on a national, cultural and individual level. 


The Streams are organised into two sessions of four presentations (given online, in-person or pre-recorded).  Presentations are for 15 minutes only.  After a session of four talks, the audience (online or in-person) will be organised into workshop breakout rooms to conduct a discussion on what they have heard and what questions they have for the presenters.  After 10-15 minutes all will return for a Q&A session.


To be confirmed soon but a guide to the costs can be found from our previous convention.  Costs will be similar to Taiwan 2022. Please click here for further details.  Also note that fees for ISA's Category 'C' countries and for undergraduates and the low-waged fees are waived.


Accommodation costs will be finalised soon. The costs will hopefully be at a discounted rate and a range of different accommodation types will be made available.



You can send an abstract to by December 15th 2022. Acceptance will be informed by January 2nd 2023. As this is a hybrid Convention, you can present either onsite, on-line or pre-recorded (to primarily overcome time differentials). 



To pre-register/register for the Convention, learn more about our partners/hosts, venue, accommodation and Mikkeli, Finland please go to our official website in Finland by clicking here.

We welcome you to Finland!