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Early Career Researchers Network: Social Work+ in a Globalised World
Tuesday, 15/June/2021:
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Parallel Session 2

Sandra Holtgreve
Nina Westerholt

Session Abstract

Social Workers are challenged to find (often) local answers to complex global problems. As we witnessed not only with the CoVid 19 pandemic but also climate change, political crisis forcing people into migration and displacement or genderised and racialised violence, it has become evident that crises are not restricted by borders. Respectively, our special interest group intends to provide an academic forum for young researchers on how Social Work and its related fields (such as the Applied Cultural Sciences; Critical Diversity Studies; Educational Sciences a.o.) relate to the intersection of the profession’s purposes and global processes. The SIG opens a space for early career researchers to meet peers, share their work and produce knowledge on this topic together. Possible ways forward in this regard are (a) explore theoretical foundations from globalisation, world society, post-/decolonial studies, and transnationalisation (a.o.) for Social Work; (b) collect empirical research examples about the challenges and impacts of global entanglements for Social Work; (c) reflect upon methods of Social Work and develop suitable approaches for Social Work research in these settings, (d) research on innovative teaching practices to equip students with competences to address social problems, and (e) find new ways to look at the emergence of the profession from a global history. Our focus lies on the exchange and development of collaborative research: We want to elaborate innovative perspectives to study how our globally connected world shapes the profession and discipline, and inquire about coherent theories and methods. Subject areas that nurture this intersection are (a.o.): Migration, mobility, citizenship and border regimes; Anti-Racism and intersectional forms of violence (e.g. racialised gender violence); Post- and decolonial studies, social movements and resistance; Inter-, transnational and transcultural forms of society and community development; Global crises and Anthropocene (environmental degradation/food supply/climate).

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