Call for abstracts

The imposed restrictions on our day-to-day lives over the past 16 months have, through necessity, impacted on all aspects of our lives. Many of us will have embraced opportunities for cultures to converge as the world has become more digitally connected however, political and social polarisation continue to leave communities divided and disconnected. Restorative justice practices can serve as an important bridge within societies, connecting individuals and communities with differing perspectives. 

In a world of growing division, creating a culture which proactively prevents harm and creates more resilient communities is even more critical. That is why during this year’s conference we want to explore the potential for restorative justice and practices as a bridge builder when responding to complex challenges and overcoming inequalities and vulnerabilities in our communities. We are particularly interested in learning from academics, organisations and practitioners about where restorative justice is breaking new ground. Finally, we want to understand how restorative justice is being effectively implemented across our communities including educational, health, workplace and secure settings. Thus, the theme of the 3rd annual RJC conference is ‘Restorative netWorks – bridging divides & strengthening communities. 

Specifically, we invite abstracts that provide insight into how we might bridge the divides of a polarised world and strengthen our communities. This could be in the form of personal experiences, experimental practice and/or research findings on the use of restorative justice/practices in the UK and abroad. Abstracts must be focused on one of our conference themes: 

  • Overcoming inequality & adversity through restorative justice
  • Restorative justice – evidence of effectiveness 
  • Restorative Justice – breaking new ground
  • Restorative practice in communities

Abstracts can be submitted for consideration in one of the following five session types that will be run during the course of the two-day conference:

Session type Example
Paper Abstracts submitted for this type of session will involve individual papers on experiences, practices and/or research findings. The selection committee will combine papers of a similar theme into one parallel session.
Panel Abstracts submitted for this type of session will involve a group of individuals proposing up to a maximum of four papers on a specific topic to be presented in one parallel session. The purpose is to provide a platform for the advancement of experiences, research and/or practice on a particular area of restorative justice/practice.
Skills workshop Abstracts submitted for this type of session will involve participants with hands-on experience delivering and sharing skills/practices with attendees. Sessions must include practical exercises to learn specific practices or experience specific situations.
Dialogue session This session type includes a short introduction on a specific topic; the presenter will then facilitate an open conversation with the audience.
Poster presentation Poster presentations give an overview of an area of research or practice that is visually presented on a single sheet. Unlike oral presentations, viewers can engage with the presenter informally over the course of an extended period of time.

Participants can contribute to the programme of speakers by completing this online form with an abstract of no more than 500 words. All abstracts must be submitted in English.

Sessions will run for 90-minutes and include three presentations. Presentations will be 15 or 20 minutes long, depending on how many papers are in the panel, to ensure there is enough time for Q&A with the audience. 

The deadline for abstracts is 10th September

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by our communications committee and a decision will be communicated to applicants by the 17th September. Where abstracts are accepted, the title, names and contact details of the presenters will be included in the final programme of the event. Please note that all presenters must be registered and have paid for the conference in order to be listed in the conference programme.

For further information please email enquiries@restorativejustice.org.uk and a member of the team will get back to you.

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