ECSWR2020 – Bucharest, Romania
The Ethical and Methodological Challenges in Genuine Collaboration and Mutual Learning
Social work practice research aims to bridge the gap between research and practice while collaboration is at the heart of its undertaking. Although collaboration literally means ‘working together’, the reality is often more complicated and challenging. The power dynamics that shape the research agenda and processes, the ethical dilemmas arise from balancing the different stakes and the methodological compromise to make for transdisciplinary knowledge production are just a few of the many issues encountered in practising social work practice research. How do we navigate and manage differences to work together? What are the enablers and barriers in fostering a genuine collaboration and mutual learning? While collaboration is an ethical choice, what are the ethical issues that collaboration may pose?
Our SIG event will unpack the challenges, such as political, ethical, epistemological and methodological questions, arising from social work practice research collaboration. It also aims to create space for exchanging ideas that helps us sail through the troubled water of ‘working together’.
The aims of these working groups are for gathering working knowledge and developing a supportive learning community among members to explore the complexity and possibilities in collaboration. In the workshop, the contributors can base on a concrete example of their work to either raise a question for discussion or facilitate participants to contribute their experiences around a topic.
An invitation – submit your abstract
We invite all to submit abstracts for working groups which address these challenges. The abstract should include (1) a brief description of the topic or question you want to address in the workshop, (2) your experiences around the topic/question, (3) possible questions for exploration.
Click here to submit your abstract.
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30th of November 2019
Notification: 20th of December 2019
We are looking forward to working together!
Caterine Torbjørnsen Halås - Centre for Practical Knowledge, Nord University (Norway)
Elke Plovie - University of Applied Sciences UC Leuven-Limburg (Belgium)
Sara Serbati - University of Padova (Italy)
Vera Taube - Faculty of Social Work, University of Applied Science Würzburg (Germany)
Sui Ting Kong - Department of Sociology, Durham University (UK)
Lars Uggerhøj - Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University (Denmark)
Martine Ganzevles – HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (the Netherlands)
10:20 Plenum discussion
10:40 Coffee break
11:00 Working groups I (parallel groups)
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Working groups II (parallel groups)
14:00 Summing up working knowledge
15:00 Conclusions- agenda setting for the next year’s event
15:30 End of the SIG-event