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We are glad to inform you that at this year conference we can offer 17 Special Interests Groups.
Registration for the SIGs will be possible until the 10th of march.
For registration please click -----> here.
Please keep in mind that after registration for the SiGs there will be no confirmation mail send.

Only SiGs with a minimum number of 8 participants will be effectively held

Special Interests Groups 2014

 Title  Organized by
1.Creative arts in social work theory and practice Ephrat Huss
2. Critical realism and social work research Monica Kjorstad, Elina Pekkarinen
3. Social Work, History and Research Ian Shaw
4. Human Rights, Health and Migration George Palattiyil, Dina Sidhva
5. Police social work: balancing welfare vs. Justice Tijs Van Steenberghe, Didier Reynaert,
Rudi Roose, Marleen Easton
6. Ageing, migration and care – Social Work Research perspectives Claudio Bolzman, Ruxandra Oana Ciobanu, Ute Karl
7. Reflective practice in Social Work Alessandro Sicora, Silvia Fargion
8. Practice Learning (Field Education): Contexts, Challenges and Collaboration  Jo Finch
9. Social Work Practice Research Mirja Satka
10. Practice Near Research with Children and Young People: Opportunities and Challenges Gillian Ruch, Michelle Lefevre
11. Service user studies with hard to reach groups (e.g. clients with language barriers, people with a cognitive impairment, sans-papiers) Anne Parpan-Blaser
12. It takes two to tango: Social work with immigrants and with the receiving Population. Eugene Tartakovsky
13. Media representation of social work Shula Ramon, Elena Allegri, Ria Puhl
14. Social Work in Film and Television (SWIFT) Discussion: Beyond the Childcatchers: International perspectives on the representation of social work in film and television. Martin King, Emilio José Gómez- Ciriano, David Edmondson
15. LGBT Issues in Social Work Research Davina Höblich, James Martin 
16. Sexuality in Social Work Special Interest Group (SSWSIG) Steve Myers, Paul Willis, Priscilla Dunk-West
17. Creating Networks for PhD-students in Social Work Johanna Hietamäki, Talia – Meital Tayri, Urban Nothdurfter, Sigrid Mairhofer

Call for Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The European Conference for Social Work Research provides a space for the creation of international groups of scholars interested in working together during and between conferences on specific themes. Themes could be particular subjects of research, such as social work history, or specific social work research issues, such as participation in the process of knowledge production, or research methods, as for instance the use of research methods such as narrative research or randomized control trials. The interest groups offer the opportunity  for developing debate and knowledge exchange, developing strands of social work research, as well as promoting cross-national new projects. They will support the aims of the planned European Social Work Research Association. 

The 4th European Conference will continue in this tradition, and for the first time will schedule opportunities for such SIGs to meet within the conference programme. In order to facilitate the meetings of special interest groups, this call invites representatives/conveners of all pre-existing and new SIGs to notify the conference planning group in advance so that we can collect the convener contact information, schedule the groups, and provide a meeting space for the groups. 

We invite therefore all interested to write your proposal and send it by mail by no later than 24.00  on 31st of January 2014. By the 15 of February we will publish the list of all the special groups and will offer the participants to the conference the opportunity to subscribe to a group. The groups will be officially recognized and programmed, and provided a room, when they have a minimum of 6 members, so advance signing up is important. Smaller groups will be offered a common room for self-organization. 

  • Your name(s)
  • Title of the SIG
  • Brief description of scope and aims of the group
  • Any further relevant information you would wish to include


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Call for papers:
1 June 2013 – 3 November

20 December

Early birds:
15 February 2014

Final booking date:
10 March 2014
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