Die IBH-Hochschulen FH Vorarlberg und HS Ravensburg Weingarten führen erstmalig eine internationale Konferenz des europäischen ERIS-Netzwerks (European Resarch Institute for Social Work) im Bodenseeraum durch.
Die Durchführung in englischer Sprache bietet lokalen AkteurInnen eine internationale Plattform mit breitem Diskurs und innovativen Aspekten für Forschung, Lehre und die sozialarbeiterische Praxis.
A joint cooperation between the FH Vorarlberg, European Research Institute for Social Work (ERIS) and Internationale Bodensee Hochschule (IBH)
Complex social problems require a solid scientific knowledge base for social work research, practice and education, alongside the competences and skills to address and develop anti- discriminatory practice to support vulnerable groups within our societies. This conference will therefore present models of research, theory and practice that address these challenges.
This conference draws together social work educators, researchers and practitioners as a plat- form to share, enhance and expand their understanding of social justice and diversity in professional social work practice.
What are the current challenges that confront social workers in heterogenic societies and how can the evolving theories of social justice and human rights contribute to the development of knowledge for practical application? These fundamental questions formed the basis of the international ERIS conference on Social Justice and Diversity that took place from 8th to the 10th October 2018 in the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria. The realities of migration societies and the accompanying issues of equality, rights and ethics have recently resulted in an intense level of critical public discourse within journalistic, educational, political and academic circles.
This conference was designed as a scientific exploration of these debates, providing 30 diverse lectures by social work academics and practitioners from over eleven different countries in Europe and North America. The conference’s core element involved the delivery of five keynote lectures by European experts covering a wide spectrum of themes ranging from anti-discriminatory practice, critical whiteness, human rights in the profession, the evolving public mandate of social work and social justice with regard to loss and death. These thought-provoking presentations were complemented by seven workshops, each addressing a particular perspective on the general issues of the conference. The participants were able to listen, and actively contribute, to debates on various issues including, amongst others, integrative work with Romanian Roma, cultural identity models of young refugees, gender and poverty, anti-racist educational work and an extensive report from members of the ERIS board on the current state of social work with refugees. The space and time to debate and reflect was not just confined to the formal lectures and workshops but was also to be found in the numerous informal conversations held between professors, practitioners and students during the refreshments breaks and the evening programmes. These presented an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions relating to both theoretical concepts and active strategies in the practice. The conference concluded with an opportunity to visit Austrian social work institutions specialising in the fields of gender, youth and refugee work, balancing the abstraction of theoretical discourse with an inspirational experience of actual practice methodology.
Conference Start – Welcome Words & Opening Speeches
KEYNOTE 1: Prof. Anna Gupta, Royal Holloway University of London, GBR
KEYNOTE 2: Prof. Nivedita Prasad, Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin, GER
KEYNOTE 3: Prof. Martina Tissberger, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria Linz, AUT
Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner
KEYNOTE 4: Prof. Johanna Hefel, University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg, Dornbirn, AUT
Coffee Break - W2 07/08
KEYNOTE 5: Prof. Walter Lorenz, Free University of Bozen, ITA W2 11/12
|17.00||Conference End - Closing Words|
|10.00||Optional Field Visit 1 – Offene Jugendarbeit Dornbirn (OJAD) including Lunch|
OJAD – The public youth work of Dornbirn operates two youth centers, performs mobile youth work and has several running projects on the subjects of education, integration, qualification, gender mainstreaming, youth social work, culture, de-radicalization, crime prevention, sports, participation, international youth exchange, political education and ecology.
|14.30||Optional Field Visit 2 – VINDEX, Bregenz|
VINDEX is an independent organization that supports and accompanies people who have applied for asylum in Austria. Its work with asylum-seekers involves advocacy, legal help and general support and this expands to include the ongoing needs of recognized refugees requiring social work in the area of integration.
|14.30||Optional Field Visit 3 – AMAZONE, Bregenz (at the Frauenmuseum Hittisau)|
VEREIN AMAZONE is an association that works towards gender equality with a feminist approach in three areas: Mädchenzentrum (girls center), Mädchenberatung (counselling for girls and young women) and Fachstelle gender (gender expertise).