Date: Wednesday 4th October 2023
Time: 14:00 - 16:00 BST / 15:00 -17:00 CEST (13:00 UT)
I will critically assess how social work writing has dealt with the colonial. The seminar will draw from an archival study of the development of social welfare in Singapore as a British colony, in the late colonial period from the end of Japanese occupation in 1945 through to final independence in 1965.
I will take two broad questions by way of illustration and include group exercises on this material. First, I will sketch a case study of late colonial, welfare-engaged women in Singapore, in a world of imperial privilege, welfare exceptionalism and late colonial fragmentation. Second, I will depict late colonial social work practice, taking adoption in the ethnically diverse community of Singapore as the anchor for this. If we are to grasp the colonial heritage, these lives and practices should neither be ignored nor assigned to a past that has irretrievably been left behind. I seek to avoid the assumption that all social workers need to know about colonialism is its horrors.
The seminar connects with the work of these SIGs: Social Work History and Research. Social Work Research on Migration And Asylum. Social Justice and Human Rights; and Social Work Workforce Research
Dr Ian Shaw. Formerly S R Nathan Professor of Social Work, National University of Singapore, and Professor Emeritus, University of York.
1. Critical review of social work writing on the colonial, followed by brief Q&A. 15 minutes
2. Theme #1: late colonial, welfare-engaged women in Singapore. Archive material followed by exercise considering instances from the data. 30 minutes.
3. Theme #2: late colonial social work practice. Adoption in Singapore, 1945-1965. Archive material followed by exercise considering instances from the data. 30 minutes
4. 10 minute break
5. Inferences and implications: I will signal the relevance of mutual influences between colonies and the metropole; the inter-relation of war and welfare; the role of central and colonial government officials; the significance of work by imperial anthropologists; women in late colonial social welfare; and the meaning of nation-building as part of late and post-colonial welfare programmes. 20 minutes
6. Final Q and A. 10 minutes
The most helpful reading in advance of the seminar is the paper appeared in The British Journal of Social Work Late colonial social work practice earlier this year, Late colonial social work practice It provides the foundations for the more empirical parts of the seminar.
Shaw, I. 2023. ‘Approaching the colonial.’ British Journal of Social Work. 53 (1): 637-655
Shaw, I. 2022. ‘Late colonial women in a welfare world.’ Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/02185385.2022.2077817. Online first.
Late colonial social work practice. Qualitative Social Work, 22(4), 735–752, https://doi-org/10.1177/14733250221098602
For more information and to register for the 4th October 2023 Seminar led by Prof. Ian Shaw 'Approaching late colonial Social work' please follow the google forms link: Register 04/10 If you have trouble accessing Google forms or have any questions about the seminar series please email email@example.com . We look forward to seeing you!|2023-09-07|3|1|§341|ESWRA Seminar Series|
We are delighted to announce the schedule for the ESWRA Seminar Series:
4th October 2023:14:00 UK / 15:00 CET Tile: Approaching Late Colonial Social Work. Lead: Dr Ian Shaw
8th November 2023: Social Work Practice Research SIG Martine Ganzevles
6th December 2023: Mental Health SIG Kevin Stone & Sarah Vicary
10th January 2024 Social Work Crime & Criminal Justice SIG (SWCCJ) Ines Herrero & Caroline Bald
21st February 2024 Social Work Practice Research SIG Martine Ganzevles
13th March 2024 Children's Rights In Practice SIG Paul McCafferty
15th May2024 The use of evidence in social work practice: Beyond the obvious facilitators and barriers Holger Suarez
12th June 2024, Social Work Workforce Research SIG Austin Griffiths
Date to be arranged Conversation Analysis and Social Work (CASW)
Date to be arranged Research on Social work and Policy Engagement
Details about each seminar will follow in the coming weeks please check our website for updates and look out for ESWAR Seminar Series mailshots and in newsletters and mailshots.
|2023-09-05|4|1|§337|ECSWR 2024 Vilnius Call for Abtracts|
Call for abstracts
The main theme of the 13th European Conference for Social Work Research is “Social Work Research and Discourse in the Age of Industry 4.0”. Researchers, scholars, practitioners, and students are invited to submit abstracts for the below proposal types. Abstract submission deadline is October 1, 2023.
Oral Paper Presentation
The oral paper presentation may be authored by an individual or by a group. The abstract should be in line with the main theme of the conference and linked to the conference’s sub-themes. The oral presentations will be grouped in parallel sessions based on the sub-themes. The abstract submitted should be 500 words or less. More information about the abstract is provided below.
The poster presentation may be created by an individual or by a group and is to be displayed on a portable wall. At times, the author(s) of the poster will accompany it, to answer questions that people have. To apply for a poster presentation, the author(s) must submit an abstract of a maximum of 500 words. More information about the abstract is provided below.
The symposium presentation is a self-organised seminar of three to four papers on a common topic which are presented within the same session and are in line with the conference’s main theme, as well as one or more of the sub-themes. The symposium session lasts 90 minutes.
When applying for a symposium, one person is responsible for submitting the following:
- a general abstract (maximum 500 words) that describes the theme of the symposium and which argues for the importance of it within the framework of the conference;
- an abstract (maximum 250 words) for each of the papers included in the proposed symposium.
You will also have to indicate which person will be the symposium convener. We will only communicate with this person.
Preference will be given to symposia that demonstrate cohesiveness across presentations and to presentations strongly linked to the central theme/sub-themes of the conference. Symposia will be accepted or rejected as a whole, not in parts.
A self-organized seminar of one or more presentations relevant to the conference theme/sub-themes. The workshops last 90 minutes. Workshops are intended to be thoroughly interactive with considerable participation and discussion from those attending. Workshops may have an explicit agenda of training participants on a given topic or of generating an interest group or a network for future collaboration. If applying for a workshop, please submit an abstract of 500 words or less including a description of the content and how it will be delivered (pedagogical methods, etc.).
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.
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’s aims and themes;
- Conclusions from and implications of your presentation for practice, policy or further research.
All abstracts must be relevant to the central conference theme and subthemes. Preference will be given to abstracts that are strongly linked to the conference theme and subthemes, so we encourage authors to show this explicitly. Authors are also asked to mention one or two theoretical or empirical references that inform or inspire the abstract. In addition, we actively welcome proposals for symposia and/or workshops by the Special Interest Groups.
Please note that authors may submit a maximum of three abstracts as follows: one abstract of which they are the main author and two abstracts of which they are a co-author.
Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by an international panel. Decisions will be notified by December 1, 2023 to the e-mail address provided by the authors when registering.
- Challenges and opportunities for social work research, practice, policy or education in contemporary contexts
- Social work research, policy, practice or education across national, social, cultural, disciplinary and professional boundaries
- Exploring the impact and effectiveness of social work practice
- Social work history and identity as a profession and discipline
- Linking the industry 4.0 and digital welfare state
- Theorizing social work and/or social work research
- Linking social work research and practice, including the co-creation of knowledge
- Methodological development, innovation, technologies and capacity building in social work research
- Technology-driven changes in social work identity, ethics, values and commitments.
For more information about the conference and the submission process please visit the ECSWR 2024 website https://www.ecswr2024.eu/|2023-06-13|1|1|§340|Call for Papers - Special Issue - Journal of Technology in Human Services|
CfP Special Issue 'AI in Human Services“ I Journal of Technology in Human Services
Abstract submission: September 1, 2023
Together with various colleagues from research and practice, we are guest editors for a special issue on 'AI in human services' (e.g. social work) in the Journal of Technology in Human Services. The vision of the special issue is to take a closer look at different application areas, the possibilities/limits or levels (micro/individual, meso and macro) of artificial intelligence in human service organisations. We also want to create a research community in this context. More possible research questions can be found in the (attached) CfP.
Contact and abstract submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
Link abstract: https://cloud.fh-erfurt.de/s/CxMZR5n2e7QHzMa
Prof. Dr. Michael Garkisch, M.A.
The Member Services & Research Resources Committee would like to invite you to take part in a survey about ESWRA members' research and membership resource needs and expectations. This survey is completely anonymous. The information you provide in this survey will help the committee gain a better understanding of the needs and challenges that ESWRA members face as researchers and academics. We'd also like to use your suggestions and expertise to improve ESWRA's services and research resource framework.
The survey can be found here ESWRA Resources Survey , it won't take long to complete please respond to the survey by July 30 Thank you for your time.
General Award for an Outstanding Publication in European Social Work Research - winner 2022
The General Award winner is Mandi Macdonald of Queens University, Belfast, with the article titled Digital Relationality, Rights, Resilience: Conceptualising a Digital Social Ecology for Children’s Birth Family Relationships When in Care or Adopted’. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcac140
The Doctoral Annual Award for Outstanding Publication in European Social Work Research - winner 2022
The doctoral award winner 2022 is Louise O'Connor, University of London, with the article titled: Agile Emotion Practices: Findings from an Ethnographic Study of Children and Families Social Work. British Journal of Social Work. British Journal of Social Work https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcac051
|2023-05-04|3|0|§333|ESWRA Chair and Secretary|
ECSWR 2023 Milan saw the outgoing Chair, Alessandro Sicora, and ESWRA Secretary, Emilio José Gómez Ciriano, hand over to Karen Winter, as ESWRA Chair, and Elena Cabiati, as ESWRA Secretary. We would like to thank Alessandro Sicora and Emilio José Gómez Ciriano for their valuable contribution to the continuing success of ESWRA.
A warm welcome to Karen Winter and Elena Cabiati, who began their mandates after the ESWRA Board meeting in April 2023. Building on the success of previous chairs and secretaries, their aim is to continue to develop ESWRA to support its thriving community of social work researchers.
Handover at the closing ceremony ECSWR 2023|2023-04-24|3|0|0e506afc-1fcc-4d71-8d23-8a50961a5f48.jpg§332|Call for abstracts for Special Issue. Social work Education: Teaching Human rights Social Work|
Deadline for submissions - 10 September 2023
This special issue welcomes contributions on human rights teaching in social work education.
The inaugural issue of European Social Work Research (ESWR) is available to read online. ESWR is the brand new flagship journal of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA) and is dedicated to the development, practice and utilisation of social work research. It is the only Europe-wide journal to focus uniquely on social work research.
The inaugural issue is free to access until 30 June 2023, so please share the journal with your colleagues!
ESWR is open for submissions of research articles, book reviews and contributions to our ‘Research, Policy and Practice Exchange’. Read our call for submissions to learn more.
Policy Press and the European Social Work Research Association are pleased to announce an exciting new journal for 2023: European Social Work Research.
Aims and Scope
European Social Work Research (ESWR) is the flagship journal of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA) and is dedicated to the development, practice and utilization of social work research. It is the only Europe-wide journal to focus uniquely on social work research and its intended audience is scholars, students, practitioners, policymakers and other researchers who have an interest in social problems, social work and the contribution that social work makes to just and equitable societies.
ESWR seeks to advance scholarship and debate, connecting empirical research with theoretical understandings that may inform, and be informed by, social work. The journal particularly welcomes innovation in social work research, including the development and application of innovative research methods and theory. As a double anonymous peer-reviewed journal, it provides a forum for high-quality research that contributes to understanding and furthering all aspects of social work. Articles need not originate in Europe but must be relevant to contemporary European social work contexts and issues.
ESWR seeks to include high-quality research articles examining:
- All major social work practice areas, including (but not limited to): vulnerable children and families; mental health; addictions; disability; migrants, refugees, and immigrants; employment and unemployment; health care and hospital social work; criminal justice; and sustainable social development.
- Contemporary challenges facing social work and the communities it serves, among them: poverty; social exclusion; discrimination and oppression; inequalities, injustice and relationships of power; abuse, trauma, violence and conflict; cultural, political and environmental hazards.
- Developing and strengthening effective social work practices, organisations, programmes, policies or movements for achieving positive change and empowerment.
- Developing and strengthening the social work profession, including social work education and training; professional identity, ethics and values; and interprofessional practice.
The journal values innovation and diversity, and so embraces research that uses a wide range of methodological approaches and is informed by a wide range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks. Scholarly articles may be literature-based, conceptual or based on empirical research. They may use quantitative, qualitative or mixed empirical methodologies. Innovative methods and high-quality participative and practice research that engages with service users, carers and communities, are encouraged. ESWR also welcomes a variety of perspectives, such as psychological, philosophical, sociological, political, legal, ethical or related to human growth and development, whilst showing clear relevance to practice, management, regulation, policy, research, education or training in social work.
In addition to traditional research articles and book reviews, ESWR features a Research, Policy and Practice Exchange section for shorter articles, critical discussions and reflections. Within this section, short papers relevant to furthering social work research in Europe are welcomed. These may include:
- reflective, research-informed commentaries on topical issues
- reports of significant new research initiatives, conferences or meetings
- guidance about, and critical appraisal of research funding sources, research training and capacity development opportunities and resources.
For questions and pre-submission enquiries, please contact the editorial team at: email@example.com.
The editorial team is led by Editor in Chief Lars Uggerhøj (Aalborg University, Denmark) and Co-Editors Ana M. Sobocan (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Elaine Sharland (University of Sussex, UK), and Brian Taylor (Ulster University, N Ireland). Find out more about the wider editorial team and board.|2022-03-24|6|0|