Call for Abstracts SWIC 2022


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


Conference theme: Riding the Shock Wave: Social Work challenges during and after COVID-19

Conference dates: November 3rd – 4th, 2022

Conference venue: Online

Conference language: English



The Social Work Department of the University of Bucharest is pleased to invite submissions for presentations at the 6th edition of the Social Work International Conference (SWIC) to be held between November 3rd – 4th, 2022.


When the science fiction of the 1970s meets the real world and begins to be confused with it only half a century later, we start to wonder what kind of world we built, what we could do better and how we respond to the challenges that emerge on the horizon. In the 1970s, Alvin Toffler in his iconic book Future Shock drew attention to the fact that we face certain psychological states of individuals and entire societies, more precisely “too much change in too short a period of time”. The title of the SWIC 6th edition is a mixture between the title of two SF novels: The Shockwave Rider (1975) by John Brunner and The 5th Wave (2013) by Rick Yancey. Both main heroes of the two novels have to face brutal world changes, adapt to the new social arrangements and, at the same time, resist inherent mechanisms of oppression. This is exactly what the COVID-19 crisis caused – a myriad of changes in response to the shock. We can look at these changes from two diametrically opposed perspectives: the disorganization and chaos created – the breakdown of the system in the terms of R.K. Merton, on the one hand, and the potential for development through crisis – the search for answers, resources, solutions, adaptation and resilience, on the other hand.

In this context, as other socio-economic turbulences caused by situations and events also with global impact emerge, such as the recent escalation of the Russia-Ukraine war, social work has had to activate crisis intervention mechanisms and re-think its strategies for assisting the most disadvantaged populations. Social work, through its resilience and capacity for innovation, can contribute not only to diminishing the psycho-socio-economic consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and other widespread phenomena but also to shaping a better and more equitable world.

We invite researchers and practitioners from the field of social work as well as other connected social science fields to join us in reflecting on the dynamic and adaptative character of social interventions, looking past the “shock wave”. What have been the lessons learned for social work from the recent challenges with world-wide effects? What innovative approaches to practice, research and/or social work education took effect or became necessary as a consequence of facing these challenges? What needs to be done in order to better leverage the innovative possibilities of social work for improved social protection strategies?


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. Answers to the COVID-19 Shock and future challenges for Social Work education
2. Answers to the COVID-19 Shock and future challenges for Social Work research
3. Answers to the COVID-19 Shock and future challenges for Social Work practice


Online Conference Participation

Due to the high number of requests for online participation, the SWIC 2022 Organizing Committee has decided to hold the SWIC 2022 conference in an online format. Instructions about the conference platform and how to access it will be sent to the registered participants before the start of the conference. 


Abstract submission – instructions for authors

All abstract submissions are to be made by filling in the Abstract Submission Form by August 10th, 2022 September 18th, 2022. Please see all the key dates here.

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, and 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

We are now receiving abstract submissions! To apply please fill out the Abstract Submission Form.

The abstract submission deadline is August 10th, 2022 September 18th, 2022.

Please see the important dates here.

The full Call for Abstracts is available here.