TiSSA Conference submission
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Important dates
- Deadline: Deadline extended to May, 9 2019 at midnight
- Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2019
- Deadline for early registration: July 15, 2019
General information
The overall theme of the conference is ‘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.
The international Scientific Committee will review all submissions based on their relevance for the conference theme, originality and international diversity. This year, we offer the opportunity for TISSA participants to publish in Soziale Arbeid as Wohlfahrtsproduktion by the publishing house Springer VS.
On Tuesday August 20, 2019, we organise a National Day. On this day, all plenary sessions will be dealing with social work themes related to the host country of Germany. In the afternoon, field visits will be organized to get acquainted with the local social work services.
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 1500 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.
The following guidelines for all kinds of presentation are advisory. If you think there are good reasons to amend them, please feel free to do so.
- The number of submissions is limited to 2 as presenter.
- Note that this website is not a working tool. We therefore recommend to prepare your submissions offline and when ready copy everything on the submission website.
- Submissions can only be made through the appropriate online submission form. Submissions made by e-mail will not be evaluated by the international scientific committee.
If your abstract is for a presentation based on one or more empirical research projects, it could include the following:
- Background and purpose: description of the problem, study objectives, research question(s) and/or hypotheses
- Methods: study design, including a description of participants and selection strategies, data collection procedures, measures, and approaches to analysis
- Findings: specific results in summary form
- Conclusions and implications: description of the main outcome(s) of the study and implications for practice, policy or further research.
If your abstract is for a presentation which is not based on primary empirical research, it could include the following:
- Background and purpose of the presentation
- A summary of the main points of the presentation
- How the presentation will address one or more of the conference aims and themes
- Conclusions from and implications of your presentation for practice, policy or further research.
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 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.
At this moment, the following professors will be part of the 2019 international supervisory panel, which will guide the PhD candidates and reflect upon their presentations. Please be aware that this list is not yet completed and may updated due course:
1. Prof. dr. Rudi Roose, Chair of The international Steering Committee and Professor at Ghent University (Belgium)
2. Prof. dr. Mel Gray, Professor at the University of Newcastle (Australia)
3. Prof. dr. Anna Meeuwisse, Professor at Lund University (Sweden)
4. Prof. dr Christian Kjeldsen, Professor at Aarhus University (Denmark)
5. Prof. dr. Lieve Bradt, Professor at Ghent University (Belgium)
6. Prof. dr. Karin Böllert, Professor at Münster University (Germany)
7. Prof. dr. Ulrike Voigtsberger, Professor at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
8. Prof. dr. Anna Gupta, Professor at Royal Holloway University in Londen (United Kingdom)
9. Prof. dr. Michal Krumer-Nevo, Professor at Ben-Gurion University (Israel)
Plenum Conference
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.