The Call for Papers for IJR Volume 10: Pandemic Justice Is Closed

Stay Tuned: IJR Vol. 11 CFP Coming Soon!

Submission Deadline Has Passed.

Call for Papers: The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research (IJR) in conjunction with the Department of Criminal Justice and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies (CIJS) at the University of Winnipeg invites manuscripts for Volume 10 (2021) on the theme of Pandemic Justice: Policing, Confinement, and Law in the Coronavirus Era.


The Coronavirus pandemic is changing patterns of social interaction, institutional procedures, and everyday habits and practices of people and groups in Canada and around the world. In these uncertain times, many taken for granted ideas about social value and social order have been upended. Governments are imposing a wide range of emergency measures, many of which place strict conditions on the movement and behaviors of citizens and non-citizens. These measures have produced new social control practices and intensified existing ones. In some cases, the effects of these changes are unpredictable and unknown. In other cases, they are tragically predictable, as the unequal distribution of life and death mirrors existing social hierarchies. This moment provides important opportunities to study the nature of power in contemporary society and to re-think the status quo.


Theme: Pandemic Justice: Policing, Confinement and Law in the Coronavirus Era. We invite manuscripts on policing, imprisonment, or other forms of (criminal or non-criminal) regulation in the age of pandemic governance. Intersections between public health and criminalization are ramping up as we are witnessing extended surveillance and governance powers being granted to public health and other government agencies. Our movements, bodies, and our data are being coded as risk and threat in novel ways, while secrecy is being entrenched and extended. All of these processes are stratified as well as racialized and gendered. Part of the panic and anxiety of this moment is generated by media representations of policing, imprisonment, or other forms of pandemic regulation. Popular cultural texts referencing disaster and apocalypse are gaining new cultural meaning in the context of the pandemic. Pandemic governance also shapes and constrains the way we teach and conduct research about justice issues. All of these facets of our current pandemic age beg deeper scholarly engagement.  


We seek academic contributions as well as photographic, artistic and cinematic exposures of pandemic governance including but not limited to: health justice; ecological justice; anarchic justice; Indigenous justice; urban justice; human rights and justice; works on surveillance; the role of the body in criminal justice; critical public health; theoretical and philosophical works; governing labour practices; media representations of pandemic governance and apocalyptic cultures; governing consumption practices, order and justice more broadly; pandemic governance in practice; resistance to pandemic policing and detention; pandemic misinformation and injustice; pedagogical and research notes; and any other work that engages the theme of Pandemic Justice: Policing, Confinement, and Law in the Coronavirus Era. We encourage scholars to creatively apply the theme and expand conceptions of the very idea of both the pandemic and justice itself.


Journal Aims and Scope: The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research (IJR) is a double-blind, peer reviewed academic journal dealing with thematic issues in justice. The idea began in response to our first conference in 2009, “Theorizing Justice”, when Fernwood Publishing and some members of the CIJS collaborated in publishing a peer reviewed collection of academic papers titled Thinking About Justice. Subsequently we have published nine annual volumes engaging the themes of our conference calls. Our journal is online, open access and independent. We do not charge fees to publish in or access the journal. Our goal is to get rigorously reviewed double-blind peer reviewed articles into public spaces where debate and analysis can take place. Past volumes of the journal can be read and downloaded without charge on our website:


We welcome submissions from across the disciplines and beyond. Past contributors have been notable academics, theorists, policy specialists, activists, justice practitioners, lawyers, and students. The topics of the papers we have published span the disciplines of law, criminal justice, criminology, constitutional theory, sociology of law, psychology of law, politics, culture and media analysis of justice, poverty and its intersection with justice issues, Indigenous issues of justice, law and justice, and economic justice.


Editorial and Peer Review: Submissions are selected by the IJR editorial board from manuscripts received through our yearly call for papers. To ensure editorial and academic integrity, all submissions are subject to a double-blind, peer review process.


Submission Guidelines and Procedures: Submissions must be original work not published or submitted elsewhere for review. If you submit an article you are agreeing to our exclusive submission policy. Manuscripts should range between 6000-7500 words including all references and notes. Please remove all identifying information from the body of the manuscript and your identifying information should appear on a separate cover page, along with contact information, including your email address, mailing address and affiliation. Your work must include an abstract of under 250 words as well as a title.

If you are interested in submitting a book review, a research note or another form of written scholarship other than an article, please contact us well in advance of the submission deadline for further information. Usually we do not accept book reviews that are longer than 2500 words or research notes that are longer than 5000 words. An abstract of under 150 words is usually required for these submissions. We welcome artistic works that relate to themes of justice, including visual art, poetry, prose and other art work.


Citations and references should conform to APA guidelines. Tables and figures can be costly and time consuming to reproduce. Please keep tables and figures to an absolute minimum. Lengthy footnotes are also to be avoided. Footnotes should be used sparingly.


All submissions will be subjected to double-blind peer review and subsequent editorial acceptance prior to publication.


All submissions must be submitted electronically in MS Word format. Submissions will be reviewed by the editorial collective and sent out for double-blind peer review to scholars who are suitably versed in the subject matter of the submission. Two to three double blind peer reviews will normally be sought.


Following the review process the manuscript will be either accepted, accepted subject to revisions, requested to be revised and resubmitted within a certain time frame, or declined. Revisions must be completed strictly within the specified timeframe to ensure we meet our deadline for annual publication. Submissions or revisions received beyond the specified due dates will not be published in the current volume but may be considered for future volumes of the journal.


Acceptance of a piece will include open access publication through the CIJS webpage and physical publication in a volume of the Annual Review. Your work will be publicized and available through Facebook, Twitter and So far, between 2010 and 2020, the journal has been downloaded over eighteen thousand times and counting.


All submissions and inquiries should be made via our email:


Submission Deadline: August 1, 2020

© 2017 by CIJS