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Structure of the Conference Sessions

The conference sessions for paper presentations are as follows:

Session 1: Sociology: ”New social realities”

Session 2: Social Work: ”Social workers towards an undivided humanity”

Session 3: European studies: ”United in diversity”

Session 4: International Relations and Security Studies: ”Towards a new world order”

Session 5: Political Science: ”Europeanization, policy-making and institutional change”

Session 6: History: ”History and Politics through time

Session 7: Philosophy: “Contemporary Philosophical Issues“

The Conference sessions welcome papers approaching theoretical studies and empirical research, good practice examples or lessons learnt in practice.

Session 1: Sociology: ”New social realities”

In the context of new social realities, social phenomena and processes contain unique aspects and challenges that must be exploited in theoretical debates. Different cultural communities develop distinctly paths for their own ”welfare status” and adopt different strategies and lifestyles. Bad things happen in nowadays society, like political and economic turbulence which has destabilized communities and dislocated individual lives, or good things like the the extension of new technologies which is creating possibilities for new forms of interpersonal relationships, as well as a revival of grassroots community and political engagement. In this new reality, sociological debate and the formation or strengthening of specialist networks, could contribute to both wider public engagement and policy-making.

Papers on the subject may address the following:

Ø  citizenship, ethnicity and migration

Ø  cooperation and coordination mechanisms in partnership agreements

Ø  culture, mass media, social media and communication

Ø  families and relationships

 

Ø  gender studies

Ø  judicial sociology

Ø  labour market

Ø  social integration

Ø  social structure

Ø  sociological theory

Ø  sociology of art

Ø  sociology of education

Ø  sociology of religion

 

 

Session 2: Social Work: ”Social workers towards an undivided humanity”

Social Work session has the same ”motto” with the ”Word Social Work Day”, given that this conference takes place during the month of this celebration: ”Societies thrive when the dignity and rights of all peoples are respected: Social workers towards an undivided humanity”.

The present society, with its primordial desire to create economic performance, unfortunately, overshadows the risks of marginalization and gross inequality along with social exclusion. Therefore, the debates on these issues are essential. Papers addressing aspects of the theory of social work, and research results on topics such as the following are expected:

  • challenges in social policies
  • deontological aspects
  • development of social policies in different social, economic and political contexts
  • human rights and social justice
  • intervention methods
  • indigenization and globalization in social work
  • problems related to disability
  • protection and child wellbeing
  • social work education

 

Session 3: European studies: ”United in diversity

Facing an era of new challenges, the European Union needs to prove both its members and other international partners that it is still a viable construction, bringing together in one voice the interests of 28 countries. Nowadays, Europe needs to find the responses of the states and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by the several crises it has faced, thus creating a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.

This panel invites contributions addressing the following issues:

  • cultural Identities in Europe
  • economic or social integration in the EU
  • EU Cohesion Policy – future challenges today
  • legitimacy and European foreign policy
  • rethinking European neighborhoods
  • regulation and the business environment in Europe
  • social and cultural challenges of migration in EU
  • the balance of powers and division of competences between the EU and the Member States

 

Session 4: International Relations and Security Studies: ”Towards a new world order”

In the international context of world politics post-9/11, many of the analyses on international relations focus on arguing on the relationship between security and the ways in which various types of threats can impact on the respect of presumed democratic politics.

We invite paper proposals addressing the field of international relations and related questions about security politics in different areas from a theoretical, empirical or normative perspective

  • building contemporary foreign policy
  • building diplomatic tools to address new types of threats
  • global interests and regional policies
  • inter-organizational contributions to global order
  • regional and global alliances
  • security politics: from conceptual framework to practice

Session 5: Political Science: ”Europeanization, policy-making and institutional change”

             The section Europeanization, social services and institutional change aims at gathering seminal scientific researches that help explain the convergence or divergence of policy-making using international, European or corporatist governance models in assessing institutional continuity or discontinuity dynamics. Institutions as rules of the game shape behaviors, perceptions and expectations. The panel unites studies on forms and patterns of coordination, steering and guidance at community, sector, regional, societal, national, supranational European and/or international levels. Institutional change in governance, either incremental or spectacular, is approached towards the understanding of decision-making processes in collective issues in the realm of politics, justice and public administration reform, security policies, public policies reform balancing between European and national or local mechanisms and solutions.

Papers on the subject may explore the following:

  • innovative methods of research in political sciences
  • national legislatives, executives and European governance
  • political parties and ideologies
  • political power and cultures
  • public opinion, voting and elections
  • security studies

 

Session 6: History:”History and Politics through time

In the XXI-th century the study of history without politics and vice versa is an incomplete approach. The two disciplines are complementary, highlighting contemporary political problems from a historical perspective and investigating past from a political perspective. 

A debate over history issues is welcome because nowadays many problems (political, social, economic etc.) can find their solution through careful analysis of the events that took place through time.

Papers addressing aspects of the history and politics, and research results on topics such as the following are expected:

  • historical personalities
  • international relations
  • international organizations
  • national identity vs. globalization
  • political parties
  • political regimes
  • state and society

Session 7: Philosophy: “Contemporary Philosophical Issues“

This panels deals with novel and controversial issues in contemporary philosophy and humanities, such as:

  • Attitudes and mentalities
  • Autonomy, individualism, revolution
  • Discourse, ethics, communication
  • Identity and otherness
  • Knowledge and Society
  • Ontology of the virtual
  • Philosophy of Social Sciences
  • Philosophy of film
  • Religion and politics
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