Issue November, 2012
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The International Conference on Sustainable Development aims to bring together students, faculty, proffesionals, government leaders and practitioners to discuss, examine, and propose solutions to the most pressing development problems.
Web address: http://sidsgg.webs.com/2ndconference2012.htm
November 28th, 2012
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Social work research in the international context: the challenges of comparison and generalisation
In an increasingly globalised world the relationship between the local, regional, national and international is becoming ever more blurred. Social work practitioners will often work within a localised context, yet draw on policies and practices devised elsewhere. Similarly those researching social work are increasingly drawing on the findings, methods and ideas of researchers from across the world.
Modern means of communication and increased ease of travel means that traditional barriers to the exchange and development of ideas are increasingly becoming less problematic.
It is important for practitioners, policy makers and researchers that forums exist for the free exchange and mutual development of ideas, such as the 2nd European Conference for Social Work Research (ECSWR).
This forum gives social work researchers the opportunity to explore some of the key issues facing research today, issues such as:
What is the current scope and significance of research in social work?
What are the various ways in which locally collected research results can be transferred or generalised?
Where do we stand with international comparative studies?
Are there examples of good practice in the utilisation and dissemination of research?
What are the possible ways that social work researchers can collaborate across regional and national boundaries? What examples of good practice can be developed in this over the coming years?
Web address: http://web.fhnw.ch/plattformen/ecswr/European%20Conference_ecswr_web.pdf
November 28th, 2012
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This three-day program is unlike most academic conferences, which will focus on issues of poverty and its eradication, social inequality, race relations and policy management and mismanagement with an international perspective. As poverty continues to be an ongoing, often-inhumane problem, this conference aims to provide a comparative perspective in analyzing past/current
trends and conditions to better understand the never-ending downward spiral many individuals and families find themselves in.
The 5th Annual Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Conference will address questions regarding the role and importance of equal distribution of resources and social inclusion, the potential roles and impacts less-developed countries have on politics, business, education and the public sector and major social and economic trends and their potential for poverty reduction.
PSPC2012 will welcome scholars, NGO representatives, corporate and Governmental representatives gathered with a common goal- that of poverty reduction and to increase social responsibility. Fostering partnerships and international cooperation are integral steps owards notable change.
Web address: http://www.tomorrowpeople.org/poverty-alleviation-and-social-protection-conference-2012.html
November 28th, 2012
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The 10th TISSA conference including PhD Preconference and Plenum will take place in Bucharest (Romania).
For more information an registration see www.tissa.net
March 22nd, 2012
For quite some time now the European welfare state models have come under heavy pressure. This pressure was characterised by the discussion on the nature of social solidarity under the impact of neo-liberalism. This has brought about socio-political restrictions in almost every European country, at times in extreme form. The principle of subjectivity as self-responsibility of the individual citizen found wide political acclaim.
Privatization was promoted as a way of dealing with the ensuing structural problems bringing about a paradigmatic change that now dominates the new welfare agenda under the title of “activation”. This process obscures the perception and treatment of the
increasing social inequality as a class division between rich and poor. It urgently requires a new fundamental debate on the meaning of the terms of solidarity and social equality.
The field of social work must reposition itself with regard to these questions if it does not want to lose its critical function for the persons affected and its role in societies in the process of modernization. Therefore, the overview and clarification of current basic positions is urgently needed. This will provide crucial reference points to public and private service providers, particularly in the light of the new distribution of responsibilities between publicly financed, not-for-profit and for-profit organisations and the growing importance of NGOs and self-help initiatives. This discussion is particularly pertinent concerning socio-political programs under development in Central and East European countries and in the light of the politically motivated dismantling of classical welfare systems in West European countries. Therefore, the 10th plenum of the “Social Work & Society Academy“ at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology & Social Work will address issues which are of crucial importance for all European countries.
The PhD PreConference in conjunction with the TISSA conference from August 24 to 26 provides a unique opportunity for PhD students 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 from a variety of countries will form a panel to comment on the presentations and will be available for any further guidance. The PhD PreConference offers therefore a very valuable occasion to engage in comprehensive networking with colleagues from other European countries, and to further one´s own academic and professional development.
All colleagues are cordially invited to send an abstract (1-2 pages) to the TiSSA coordinator: email@example.com. Submissions can either represent reflected practical experiences, empirical research or theoretical concerns. A scientific committee will evaluate all incoming abstracts. Presentations will be limited to max. 20 minutes. Points for subsequent discussions are welcome. For all colleagues intending to give a paper either for the TiSSA Plenum or for the PreConference of PhD-Network the deadline for the announcement of the abstract is June, 15th, 2012.
For further information and the easy online registration please see www.TiSSA.net
The registration deadline is July, 15th, 2012.
Prof. Dr.Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Uwe Otto
Chair of the international TiSSA steering committee
Bielefeld Center for Education and Capability Research
Postbox 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld, Germany
Phone: +49(0)521.106.3308 or 6876
TISSA 2012 in Bucharest – a special professional event in the European context and also an attractive tourist destination
March 22nd, 2012