Call for Abstracts SWIC 2021


Organizers: The Department of Social Work, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, the University of Bucharest in collaboration with the the Association of Schools of Social Work in Romania (ASSWR)


Conference theme: Social Work Diversity: A Dialogue Among Professions. Enriching solidarity in unruly times

Conference dates: October 28th – 29th, 2021

Conference venue: Virtual

Conference language: English



The Social Work Department of the University of Bucharest is pleased to invite submissions for presentations at the 5th edition of the Social Work International Conference (SWIC) to be held online between October 28th 29th, 2021.


The crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic has widened socio-economic gaps and led to increased vulnerability and marginalization of social groups, most of which were already traditionally/historically socially disadvantaged populations. In the context of increased economic and social polarization, generated by individualistic capitalism, in which solidarity seems to be rather intra-class than inter-class, it is necessary to rethink the paradigm of solidarity in “unruly times”. Social work, through its diversity and capacity for dialogue with a multitude of other professions, can contribute to and decisively enrich the landscape of social solidarity in times of crisis. We invite social work researchers, educators and practitioners to reflect on social work’s role as a catalyst of inter-professional dialogue and of the diversity of interests that are at stake during crisis such as the one imposed by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.


We welcome scientifically sound and original contributions from researchers, educators, practitioners, and students from social science in the areas listed below. Submissions can be empirical, theoretical or practice based. We accept submissions from both experienced researchers/practitioners and students.


Conference sub-themes

The streams of the conference are divided based on the 3 main areas:

  1. Enriching solidarity in unruly times through social work education
  2. Enriching solidarity in unruly times through social work research
  3. Enriching solidarity in unruly times through social work practice

Registration and Instructions for Authors

Presentation types include individual or co-authored papers, poster presentations, and organized workshops. The papers will be selected based on criteria such as compliance with the conference theme, relevance, actuality of the subject.

Abstract submissions should include the following:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Name and affiliation of the author(s)
  • 3-5 keywords

The abstract body should have 300 words or less (maximum 3000 characters) and it is recommended that to follow as much as possible the below structure:

  • Background/Context
  • Research objective
  • Methodology
  • Main results and/or implications for social work education, practice and/or research
  • General conclusion

Registration is now open! To register please fill out the Abstract Submission Form.

The abstract submission deadline is September 26th, 2021  October 10th, 2021

Please see the important dates here.

The full Call for Abstracts is available here.