Spring 2021

Newsletter Editor: Manfred Schmitt (


  • Letter from the President
  • ISJR Conference 2021
  • Justice-Related Conference
  • Justice-Related Journals
  • Justice-Related Books
  • Recent Justice-Related Publications

Letter from the President


Dear ISJR Members,


Happy New Year!   As I sit down to draft this letter, the U.S. is less than 12 hours from confirming a new president, with all the excitement and anxiety that comes with it.  Yet it follows from what seems like a constant stream of excitement and anxiety, particularly over the last year as we have all battled with the effects of the pandemic (and continue to do so) and the associated socio-political challenges.  From the perspective of a social justice scholar, the global health crisis not only constitutes a threat to individuals suffering personal and financial tragedies, but also to those communities who are particularly vulnerable to the threat of exacerbated inequality and social injustice.  Yet as I look ahead to 2021 and beyond, I remain optimistic about the future, and I am energized by the potential contributions our society can make (as individual members and as a collective) during this time of need. 


With this sentiment in mind, I would like to thank our membership for all that they are doing individually.  I know from discussions with colleagues that many people are working overtime, not just for their students, but in their scholarly attempts to understand and educate others about the variety of social justice phenomena that we are seeing play out on a daily basis.  Irrespective of your particular area of expertise – procedural justice, inequality, ethics, conspiracy theories, gender equity, victimization, political ideology, moral decision making, responsible leadership, collective action, etc. – our work is more relevant now than ever, and I am proud of the impact our work has on advancing social justice both in theory and in practice.  This newsletter (thanks to Manfred and to all those who contributed!) serves to share and celebrate those accomplishments among colleagues.


As I shared in my most recent email messages, I am keen to develop new ways of supporting ISJR research, both in its development (as we traditionally have), as well as in translation and downstream impact.  Earlier this year, ISJR supported a small grant scheme for COVID19-relevant justice research.  We now have a LinkedIn page for ISJR to enhance our public-facing presence (although I am quite social-media-impaired so still learning how to manage this) – please add ISJR to your profile!  Most importantly, thanks to the hard work and resilience of David Patient and his team, in 2021 we will finally be able to come together for our (virtual) ISJR conference – see details that follow in this newsletter.  If you have any additional ideas or initiatives that might help to advance our research, feel free to contact me!


Last but definitely not least, I wanted to thank our outgoing ISJR president, Michael Platow, for his guidance and leadership over the past two years, and in particular through the challenges of early 2020.  I also wanted to thank the ISJR Executive for their continued service: Elizabeth Mullen, Thomas Schlösser, and Manfred Schmitt. 


Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021! 


Michael Platow, ISJR President


ISJR Conference 2021

 International Society for Justice Research


18th Biennial Meeting, July 7-10, 2021

 Online edition, in collaboration with Católica-Lisbon, Portugal


ISJR 2021 Call for Papers

 Exploring Justice: Terra Firma and Terra Incognita


Paper, poster, and symposium submissions are invited for the ISJR 2021 Conference.

The 18th meeting of the International Society for Justice Research will take place online due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.


The theme, Exploring Justice: Terra firma and terra incognita, is intended to encourage submissions investigating established areas of research as well as areas of research that are less explored. Basic and applied research relating to social justice is welcomed, from a range of disciplines.


Research that is more terra firma would tend to build on existing constructs, frameworks, models, and paradigms. It would frequently examine consequences of known types of social justice and use established methodologies. Terra firma topics could include timeless issues such as just world beliefs, social equality, ethical reasoning, and organizational justice, and a range of consequences of social justice.


Research that is more terra incognita is likely to focus on less explored topics, use novel methodologies, identify fresh perspectives and questions relating to social justice, and propose new antecedents of social justice. Terra incognita topics could include research exploring environmental, intergenerational, or ageist justice, or relating to neuroscience, physical and mental health, intersectional identity, or nudging justice. Social justice issues relating to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic may also generate a range of promising terra incognita topics.


Of course, topics can introduce novel and unexplored aspects to familiar terrain, and extend solid foundations developed in one area to less explored territories. The key requirement is that papers contribute to our understanding of social justice issues, either by deepening our understanding in established areas or by extending and challenging existing approaches to social justice – or both.


Submission details


Scholars may submit individual papers, paper symposia (including 3-4 individual papers and a discussant), and posters.  For papers, a maximum 500-word abstract is required. For symposia, a maximum 250-word overview abstract is required, plus maximum 250-word abstracts for each individual paper. For posters, a maximum 250-word abstract is required.


The program committee also welcomes proposals for innovative formats for sessions (such as panels, debates, visual exhibitions) that take advantage of the online format and increase opportunities and exchange. Please contact the Program Chair directly at


Doctoral student consortium


Doctoral students are invited to apply for participation in the doctoral student consortium and research incubator by sending a cv, and research proposal.


Online format, and registration fees waived for current ISJR members


In order to encourage broad participation, in the face of hardships experienced by many higher education institutions as a result of the covid-19 epidemic, registration fees for the 2021 ISJR Conference will be waived for current ISJR members. See for ISJR membership categories and fees, and to become a member or renew your membership.


Key dates and deadlines

February 1, 2021    Submission portal opens.

April 1, 2021            Deadline for submission of abstracts.

April 20, 2021          Receive notification of acceptance of abstracts.

May 1, 2021             Registration opens.

May 15, 2021          Deadline for applications to the Doctoral Student Consortium. Decisions communicated by June 1, 2021.

Conference Information


For further inquiries, see: the conference website,, or a link at, or please email


Justice-Related Conference 2021

LGBTQI + Workplace Inclusion 2021 Conference


Please save the date for the LGBTQI+ Workplace Inclusion Conference, to be held on 20-21 May 2021 and organized by Leiden University in collaboration with the Workplace Pride Foundation.


The aim of the conference is to showcase the state of the art of research on LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion, to contribute to building a diverse platform of researchers, and to facilitate the dialogue between scientists, advocates, policymakers, employers, and employees.


The conference features keynote speeches by Dr. Lee Badgett (UMass Amherst) and Yvonne Muthoni (Kenya Open for Business), several multi-disciplinary academic sessions, as well as focused panel sessions that bring together researchers, employers, employees, practitioners and policymakers around topics relevant to LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion, broadly defined. These topics may pertain to both formal and informal workplaces, and include, but are not limited to, the challenges and opportunities that LGBTQI+people experience in the areas of training, recruitment, selection, promotion and retention, the policies and regulations affecting these areas, as well as promising interventions and solutions.


The conference provides:

  • A forum for scholars and other researchers studying these topics to present new findings, discuss future directions, and consolidate and extend their networks,
  • An opportunity for employers, employees and civil society organizations to learn about the latest scholarly insights on the topic
  • An opportunity for all present to learn about the ways in which science can inform practice and vice versa.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the conference will primarily be conducted online. As such, we hope to be able to include speakers and attendees from a diversity of locations and backgrounds.


Please check out our conference website for how to join the mailing list and for periodic updates regarding the program, registration and event details:


For further inquiries, please contact us at


Prof. Dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn

Social, Health & Organizational Psychology

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 1, Room H1.36

3584CS Utrecht, The Netherlands

+31 30 2534812

Professor of LGBT Workplace Inclusion

Social, Economic & Organizational Psychology

Leiden University

Wassenaarseweg 52, Room 2A-29

2333AK Leiden, The Netherlands



Justice-Related Journals

Social Psychology Quarterly (SPQ): Announcement


As incoming co-editors of Social Psychology Quarterly (SPQ), I want to remind the recipients of this Newsletter of the relevance of their scholarship to the SPQ audience and encourage them to submit to the journal. 


Social Psychology Quarterly (SPQ), a journal of the American Sociological Association, publishes theoretical and empirical papers on the link between the individual and society. This includes papers on the role of the individual in groups, collectivities, and institutions, as well as papers on how individuals are influenced by social structure and cultural processes. Additionally, we encourage research using a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods and that focus on current events and social problems. SPQ routinely publishes research on justice processes, and we welcome new submissions on this topic.  


Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the journal's online submission website:


Co-editors:            Jody Clay-Warner, Dawn T. Robinson, Justine Tinkler

Managing Editor:   Malissa Alinor

Deputy Editors:     Corey Fields, Matthew Hunt, Stefanie Mollborn

Jody Clay-Warner

Meigs Distinguished Professor of Sociology and

Associate Director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research

University of Georgia


Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research: Call for Papers for Special Issue

Justice-Related Books


Barker, E., & Richardson, J. T. (2021). Reactions to the Law by Minority Religions. London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.





The first systematic collection focusing on how minority religions respond to efforts at social control by various governmental agents, this book provides a vital reference for scholars of religion and the law, new religious movements, minority religions, the sociology of religion, political science, and religious studies. Contains chapters by noted scholars in the field concerning developments in Europe, North America, China, Japan, and other countries. The volume also includes chapters by knowledgeable individuals personally involved in legal battles by some well-known minority religions, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, and the Unification Church.


Recent Justice-Related Publications of ISJR Members


Adriaans, J., Bohman, S., Targa, M., Liebig, S., Hinz, T., Jasso, G., Kittel, B., & Sabbagh, C. (2020). Justice and Fairness in Europe: Topline Results from Round 9 of the European Social Survey. ESS Topline Results, Issue 10.


Baert, F., McParland J., Miller, M., Hirsh, A., Wallace, E. et al. Mothers’ appraisals of injustice in the context of their child’s chronic pain. An interpretative phenomenological analysis. European Journal of Pain, 24, 10, 1932-1945.


Daenen, F., McParland, J., Baert, F., Miller, M., Hirsh, A., Vervoort, T. Child painrelated injustice appraisals mediate the relationship between justworld beliefs and painrelated functioning. Accepted for publication in European Journal of Pain.


Eder, A. B., Mitschke, V., & Gollwitzer, M. (2020). What stops revenge taking? Effects of observed emotional reactions on revenge seeking. Aggressive Behavior, 46, 305-316.


Gollwitzer, M., Magraw-Mickelson, Z., Vollan, B., & Süssenbach, P. (2020). Victim Sensitivity in groups: When is one a detriment to all? Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology. [Advance Online Publication].


Hillebrandt, A., & Barclay, L. J. (2020). How cheating undermines the perceived value of justice in the workplace: The mediating effect of shame. Journal of Applied Psychology, 105, 1164-1180. DOI: 10.1037/apl0000485


Introvigne, M., Richardson, J. T., & Šorytė, R. (2019). Would the real Article 300 please stand up? Refugees from religious movements persecuted as xie jiao in China: The case of the Church of Almighty God. The Journal of CESNUR, 3(5), 3-86.


Kurdoglu, R.S., & Ateş, N.Y. (2020), Arguing to defeat: Eristic argumentation and irrationality in resolving moral concerns. Journal of Business Ethics:


Martini, P., Springer, V., Clark, J., & Richardson, J. T. (2019) Studying Muslim identity online in post 9/11 America”. In A. Possamai-Inesedy, & A. Nixon (Eds.) Religion and Belief through the Digital Social (pp 67-89). Berlin: De Gruyter.


McGraw, B., & Richardson, J. T. (2020a). Religious regulation in the United States. In P. Djupe, M. Rozell, & T. Jelen (Eds.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (pp 1443-1467). New York: Oxford University Press. 


McGraw, B., & Richardson, J. T. (2020b). Tolerance and intolerance in the history of religious liberty jurisprudence in the United States and the implementation of RFRA and RLUIPA. In V. Karpov, & M. Svensson (Eds.), Secularization, Desecularization, and Toleration: Cross-Disciplinary Challenges to a Modern Myth (pp 233-256). New York: Springer.



McParland, J., Gasteen, A., Steultjens, M. The role of perceived organisational justice in the experience of pain among male and female employees. Accepted for publication in Journal of Health Psychology.


Mihai, P., & Richardson, J. T. (2021). The role of Jehovah’s Witnesses case law in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.” In E. Fokas (Ed.), Freedom of and Freedom from Belief at the European Court of Human Rights.


Richardson J. T. (2019). Religious freedom in flux: The European Court of Human Rights grapples with ethnic,

cultural, religious, and legal pluralism. Changing Societies and Personalities, 3(4), 303-318. 


Richardson, J. T. (2021). Minority religions responses to the law. In E. Barker & J. T. Richardson (Eds.), Reactions to the Law by Minority Religions. London: Routledge.


Richardson, J. T. (2021, forthcoming). Myth of the omnipotent leader: The social construction of a misleading account of leadership in new religious movements. Nova Religio.


Richardson, J. T. (2021, forthcoming). The rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and beyond: The role of the European Court of Human Rights. The Journal of CESNUR.


Richardson, J.T., & McGraw, B. (2019). Congressional efforts to defend and extend religious freedom and the law of unintended consequences. Religion – Staat – Gesellschaft, 20(1/2), 13-29.


Schwabe, J., & Gollwitzer, M. (2020). Explaining third-party reactions in interpersonal conflicts. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. [Advance Online Publication].


Strelan, P., Van Prooijen, J.-W., & Gollwitzer, M. (2020). When transgressors intend to cause harm: The empowering effects of revenge and forgiveness on victim well-being. British Journal of Social Psychology, 59, 447-469.


Van der Toorn, J., Pliskin, R., & Morgenroth, T. (2020). Not quite over the rainbow: The unrelenting and insidious nature of heteronormative ideology. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34C, 160-165. Open access


Varty, C. T., Barclay, L. J., & Brady, D. L. (in press). Beyond adherence to justice rules: How and when manager gender contributes to diminished legitimacy in the aftermath of unfair situations. Journal of Organizational Behavior. DOI: 10.1002/job.2482