Challenging Social Work: Borders, Boundaries and Bridges
Many countries are confronted with social and political forces that aim at strengthening symbolic and social boundaries such as class, gender, race and nationality. The strengthening of these boundaries leads to processes of othering, in which a strong focus is placed on distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Today, these distinctions are often translated and expressed in debates about a diversity of themes such as ‘we’ versus the ‘refugees’, the West versus the East, Europe versus the US, left versus right and so on. Hence, social work practice and research is challenged to position itself in the face of these often-polarised debates. In doing so, social work often seems to rely on essentialist concepts. Such an essentialist approach leads to methodological claims of truth rather than to democratic debates about possible diverse perspectives on social problems and answers to these problems. However, driven by a social justice agenda, social work practice and research should challenge these borders and boundaries, opening them up by also acting as a bridging rather than dividing force. In order to stimulate this debate and providing a forum for open discussion, TiSSA invites experts from academic social work research, professional fields and policy to discuss the tension between boundaries and bridges in social work as a way forward for social work in its quest for social justice at the TiSSA 2019 conference in Münster, Germany.
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 or less, 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.
Submissions for symposia include three to four papers on the same topic to be presented in the same session. When applying for a symposium, please submit an overall abstract of 1250 words or less describing the symposium theme and its importance, including an abstract of 300 words or less for each symposium paper. In the field of ‘Title of the abstract’, please type the title of the symposium. Preference will be given to symposia that demonstrate cohesiveness across presentations and to presentations strongly linked to the central of the conference. Symposia will be accepted or rejected as a whole, not in parts.
This year, we offer the opportunity for TISSA participants to publish in Soziale Arbeid as Wohlfahrtsproduktion by the publishing house Springer VS.
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 your abstract is accepted
Deadline: Deadline extended to May, 9 2019 at midnight
The Pre-PhD Conference from August 16, 2019 to August 18, 2019 provides a unique opportunity for doctoral 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 available 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, 2019.
For who: academics (researchers, PhD candidates) and non-academics (practitioners, policy makers and students)
Abstract: max. 500 words for individual presentations and 1250 for symposia
Participation: allowed without submission of abstract
Deadline: Deadline extended to May, 9 2019 at midnight
The TiSSA Plenum Conference from August 19, 2019 to August 21, 2019 also provides a unique opportunity for academics and non-academics from all over Europe who conduct 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 words or less for individual presentations and 1250 words or less for symposia after registration on the TiSSA website. All abstracts must be linked to the conference theme. A scientific committee will evaluate all incoming abstracts. Presentations, with an exception for plenum sessions and symposia will be limited to maximum 20 minutes, points for subsequent discussions are welcome. The deadline for submitting is April 30, 2019.
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.
This year’s conference will be held at the University of Münster (Germany). The conference venue is located at the city centre of Münster and therefore easy accessible. You can find the conference venue on Google Maps as well or look up the adress: