Call for papers – TiSSA 18th Annual Conference Ghent, Belgium


Sustainable social work in times of crises

General information
The Steering Committee of The International Social Work & Society Academy (TiSSA) is proud to announce that the 18th TiSSA Conference of 2021 will be held in Ghent (Belgium). The PhD Conference will be held from Friday 17.12.2021 till Sunday 19.12.2021 in conjunction with the Plenum Conference that will be held from Monday 20.12.2021 till Wednesday 22.12.2021.

Conference theme
The current pandemic has shown to not be the great equalizer, yet points more clearly than ever to existing and new societal inequalities penetrating the very fabric of our societies. While some have argued for the death of social work, as it would not be living up to its ideal of social justice and social change, others highlight the opportunity this current disturbance of the equilibrium offers to radicalize a social agenda. In any case, all over the world social work is being challenged to reposition itself in the face of a post-crisis struggle to maintain or challenge the reintroduction of a simple status quo.

In order to address this struggle, TiSSA invites experts from academic social work research, professional fields and policy to the TiSSA 2021 conference in Ghent, Belgium, to discuss the development of sustainable social work in the face of the challenges that the current pandemic and post-crisis struggle pose to societies and the field/discipline of social work itself.

Call for Papers
All academics (including PhD students) and non-academics are cordially invited to register and send an abstract via our website. Submissions can either represent practical experiences, empirical research, theoretical concerns and/or examples of resistance, conflict and alternates. A scientific committee will evaluate all incoming abstracts.

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.

Important dates
1. The deadline for submitting your abstract is October 1, 2021.
2. The deadline for registration is November 1, 2021

More information
Click here to download the full Call for Papers with all information or click here to visit our website and register for the conference. Please feel free to spread this call in your network.