At this moment, the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is being felt all around the world. This is a challenge for all of us, in our private as well as in our professional lives. It is a challenge for social work and social work researchers all over the world, as the pandemic shows once again our vulnerability, yet also the detrimental effects of social inequality. At the same time, it shows the importance and strength of social work, as we see creative and engaged practices all around us. Suddenly our societies – in Belgium anyway – seem to notice the high value of non-economical driven practices. This might be cynical (why do we need a disaster before this is noticed?), but let us hope it is also a driver for future avenues. As such, the need to unite and built a shared vision on social work in a globalised world seems more than ever important.
As such, also Tissa wants to keep creating a forum for mutual learning and solidarity, and – more than ever – for connection. Of course, as many conferences have already been cancelled or rescheduled, we hope the coming months will bring us better times. For now, we still have good hope we will be able to meet in person in Coimbra the end of the summer. Of course, we will – together with our Portuguese hosts - monitor the situation closely and inform you all in due time.
The 18th edition of The international 'Social Work & Society' Academy (TiSSA 2020) will be hosted by the University of Coimbra, in cooperation with the ISCTE university of Lisbon and the Catholic University of Lisbon .
The Pre Conference will take place from 21 - 23 August.
The Plenum Conference will take place from 24 - 26 August.