TiSSA Conference Info

Conference theme: Social Work and Solidarity: in Search of New Paradigms

The overall theme of the conference is 'Social Work and Solidarity: in Search of New Paradigms'. Historically, social work can be seen as an important actor in the creation of solidarity, operating on the tension between freedom and equality. In recent decades, the space for solidarity is under pressure due to developments of individualism and a focus on self-responsibility. This is entwined with the fragmentation of the European idea of solidarity and the dismanting or transformation of systems of social security and social protection. Professional social work is in danger of being reduced to an administrative, instead of political profession and to be replaced by market-oriented actors or a focus on community care. This urges social work research and practice to rethink its posistion and to search for new paradigms or rekindle old ones, such as a focus on social rights, social justice, social protection, private public cooperation and the development of commons. Therefore, TiSSA invites experts from academic social work research, professional fields and policy to discuss these and other paradigms as a way forward for social work in its quest for solidarity at the TiSSA 2018 conference.
Both individual papers and symposia will be accepted for submission. The individual papers are afterwards grouped into thematic sessions, if possible. Each accepted paper is given 20 minutes for presentation, followed by 10 minutes for discussion with the audience. Submissions for an individual paper presentation should include a proposal of no more than 500 words, containing the following information: introduction to the research question(s), description of methods, results, brief discussion and implications. Conceptual and theoretical individual papers do not need to follow this structure. A reference list is not required for the submission.
Pre-PhD Conference
For who: doctoral candidates
Abstract: max. 500 words, including introduction to research question(s), methodological framework, results, brief discussion and questions for supervisory panel
Participation: only when a abstract is submitted
Deadline: April 30, 2018
The Pre-PhD Conference from August 17, 2018 to August 19, 2018 provides a unique opportunity for PhD candidates who conduct research in the overall field of social services and related social problems to present their results or work in progress. A board of professors of international standing will form a panel to comment on the presentations and will be avaliable for any further guidance. The Pre-PhD Conference therefore offers a very valuable and exceptional occasion to engage in comprehensive networking with colleagues from other European and non-European countries. Important to emphasize is that the Pre-PhD Conference only accessible for doctoral candidates and is open for broad topics concerning social work that are not directly linked to the central topic of this years' conference. Presentations will be limited to maximum 20 minutes. The deadline for submitting is April 30, 2018.
Plenum Conference
For who: academics (researchers, PhD candidates) and non-academics (practitioners, policy makers and students)
Abstract: max. 500 words
Participation: allowed without submission of abstract
Deadline: April 30, 2018
The TiSSA Plenum Conference from August 20, 2018 to August 22, 2018 also provides a unique opportunity for academics and non-academics from all over Europe who vonduct research in the overall field of social services and related social problems to present their results reflecting practical experiences, empirical research, theoretical concerns and/or examples of resistance, conflict and alternates. All researchers are cordially invited to submit an abstract of maximum 500 wordds after registration on the TiSSA website. All abstracts must be linked to the conference theme. A scientific committee will evaluate all incoming abstracts. Presentations, withn an exception for plenum sessions will be limited to maximum 20 minutes, points for subsequent discussions are welcome. The deadline for submitting is April 30, 2018.
Submissions for the Plenum Conference can either represent practical experiences, empirical research or theoretical concerns relating to the central conference theme. The international Scientific Committee will validate all incoming abstracts with great care. 
Course venue
This years conference will be held at the brand new Faculty of Social Work at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). On November 28, 2017, the renovated Faculty of Social Work was officialy opened. It is located at the outskirts of the Ljubljana City centre as therefore easy accessible from the city centre. You can find the Faculty on Google Maps as well.