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European Association of Schools of Social Work. Conference Madrid 2019

  • Fechas:

    Del 04/06/19 al 07/06/19

  • Lugar:

    Facultad de Trabajo Social UCM, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, España (mapa)

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4-7, June 2019

The European Association of Schools of Social Work and Universidad Complutense de Madrid announce the 2019 European Conference on Social Work Education, which aims at being an international forum for debating innovation, concerns, challenges and practices in Social Work education. The overarching theme of the conference is Meanings of Quality of Social Work Education in a changing Europe.

We invite social work educators, researchers and practitioners to present debates, experiences and research related to Social Work education for fighting against world inequality and for promoting social justice and dignity of people. At this stake we argue that high-quality Social Work education is needed, in order to also challenge the common understanding of the concept of quality as presented by the neo-liberal and managerial agenda for Social Work.

The concept of quality is meant to address issues of diversity, of inequality in societies, of barriers to access opportunities, of promoting social and human rights, of promoting respect for human dignity and individual identities, of sustainability, and of what these demand from Social Work education programmes and educators.

As we are concluding the 2020 target for the European strategy for growth, sustainability and inclusion and approaching the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development, it has become increasingly evident that the present conditions of world’s uncertainty, acceleration and rapid change have global implications and affect, in first place, vulnerable populations of each society. The issue of equality in societies and of barriers which hinders it is, thus, critical to whoever aims to contribute for a better world, driven by social justice purposes and human rights acknowledgement.

In this sense, social workers currently face complex challenges in tackling barriers to the access to opportunities, to social rights, to economic growth, to sustainable lifestyles and to take part of the global development and wealth. Professionals are urged to contribute to inclusive practices which engender new forms of distribution and create opportunities for all.

To meet this end, Social Work practice has become increasingly demanding and requests creativity, entrepreneurship, proactivity, policy action, expertise, high technical competencies and so forth from the professional. This challenges education for Social Work and puts on the arena the debate of how and what to teach students to become well-prepared and competent social workers. In other words, education should seek for high-quality practices, methodologies and contents.

The European Conference on Social Work Education, continuing the work developed at the previous ones, aims to create a forum for discussion, reflexivity and exchange of issues which can contribute to respond to such demands.

The conference will be structured in different settings of debate and sharing, which will include: 2 keynote speeches, 2 plenary panel, 2 masterclasses, parallel sessions of presenting papers according to the defined streams, symposia of collective presentation around a given topic, workshops of pedagogical experiences, e-poster presentation.

The purpose of the keynote conferences will be to inspire, to set the contextual and global analysis and to launch the debate and tone of the conference. The plenary panel will be conclusive of the conference and launch the future challenges of Social Work education. The masterclasses are defined in a basis of “each one teaches one” and intends to be an opportunity of knowledge transmission from more experienced teachers to the less experienced ones. At the parallel sessions, professors, researchers, students, practitioners and users are invited to present their work, experiences and reflexions centred on both professional and pedagogical situations. The symposia will enable that a group working collaboratively, from different institutional settings and different countries, may present a number of papers around a given topic. The workshops will be mainly directed to practical sessions focused on pedagogical issues, such as practicing new approaching, showing classroom exercises, sharing creative experiences, and so forth. The e-posters are welcome to present work developed by professors, students, researchers, professionals and users in an electronic format with possible interactive displays.

The call for papers will be open to any teacher, student, researcher, professional and user interested in social work related topics, and specifically social work education issues. Proposals from PhD students will be very welcome, as well as from experienced researchers and academics in the field of Social Work. Professionals and service users are also invited to participate. The proposals might be research-based, classroom or fieldwork-based or professional practice-based. Acceptance will not privilege any particular approach; the organizing committee is engaged with a pro-diversity orientation and will be happy to accept a mix of proposals that fit within the following themes. Parallel sessions, symposia and workshops will be subjected to a peer-review selection process.

Notwithstanding, and in order to optimize as many people participating in the conference as possible, there will be a limit to the number of proposals each author can submit. There is a limit of two (2) presenting‐author abstract submissions per person, which applies to individual papers, papers within an organized symposium, and workshops. This rule does not apply to posters or to co-authorship of an abstract where someone else is the lead presenting author.

Authors don’t have to be EASSW members to submit an abstract. However, a special registration fee is applied to members.



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