Journal of Gender, Race & Justice’s 15th Anniversary Symposium

Date(s) of Conference:

March 3-4, 2011


University of Iowa College of Law
186 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242


From the War on Poverty, to the War on Crime, to the Wars on Drugs and Terror, by utilizing the “War on” rhetoric, policy and lawmakers unite the public against a common enemy and authorize themselves to act more aggressively against a group of people. Our symposium will be examining who gets swept into this class of enemies, and how this practice of declaring wars on social issues affects marginalized communities.

Call for Papers:

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Race and the War on Drugs
  • The relationship between the prison system and social wars
  • Female casualties in social wars
  • The War on Terror and immigration
  • The effect of social wars on the market crash and current economic climate
  • The War on Drugs and Crime and the juvenile justice system
  • Progression or lack of in the War on Poverty, 55 years later
  • Medical marijuana and the War on Drugs

Paper proposals must be submitted by November 15th, 2010.  Please email a proposal and curriculum vitae to Sarah Pierce at

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