Call for contributions

Communication proposals must reach organisers by March 29th 2019 at the latest

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The Ninth Colloquium of the International Socio-cultural Community Development Network (RIA) intends to question, through the notion of « territory », the various issues and challenges confronting socio-cultural community development today.

It is jointly organised by the Social Work sites of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO).

It has the goal of highlighting the current forms taken by socio-cultural community development, the territories in which it is deployed, as well as
the ways in which it is conceptualised by various stakeholders, be they professionals, volunteers, citizens, politicians or researchers.

Community development is declined in a broad range of modes; it takes place in a variety of professional fields, intervenes with all types of populations of all ages, and mobilises a wide array of intervention methods. It thus is active in many kinds of territories, but is also acted upon by their specificities. Moreover, it is found, under various names and designations, in many countries from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere.

In connection with the evolution of its target populations as well as of the context of its interventions, the very identity of socio-cultural community development, as well as its territories, give rise to many questions on the part of the authorities, of citizens and of professionals themselves. Modes of intervention change, as do collaborations with other social work or health professionals, and the social expectations faced by professionals evolve; these changes have an impact on either broadening or restricting opportunities for community development.

Four specific thematic axes will structure exchanges at the colloquium :

1) Contexts as territories

This first axis pertains to questioning the ways in which contexts structure the range of potentials for socio-cultural community development. Here, the notion of territory pertains to the variety of intervention contexts that range from Northern to Southern countries and from rural to urban areas. The notion of territory also refers to public policies, whether local, national or international and thus to the social actors that mandate, frame or finance community development activities. The disengagement of the State results in placing the various institutions active in the field of socio-cultural community development in the midst of a competitive market; this process has an impact on the methods to be utilised. This axis will thus focus on the diversity of professions concerned with socio-cultural community work and their interdependence with ever singular contexts.

2) Professional territories

This axis will question the professional territories of socio-cultural community work in a three-fold dimension: firstly, through delving into their relations with other professions, regardless of whether the latter belong to the field of social work or not. What are the specificities of social-cultural community development when contrasted to other social work professions? Are we witnessing a continuous increase in the differentiation of socio-cultural community work or, on the contrary, a growing homogenisation of the professions of the field of social intervention? Do the values, the utopias and the instruments that characterise community development really still exclusively belong to it, or are they increasingly mobilised by other professionals? Second, is the territory of tasks attributed to socio-cultural community work by public policies evolving? Do the same activities still justify, in the eyes of policy-makers, the deployment of interventions by community work professionals? In an era in which sustainable development, to quote but one example, has become the watchword of every intervention, what is the role assigned to socio-cultural community development – and what role does it wish to play? Finally, this axis has the goal of questioning the issues of inter-professional intervention for today’s socio-cultural professionals. As they are increasingly integrated into networks, or work in institutions that employ different types of professional staff, community work professionals intervene more frequently in an inter-professional context than on their own. We will thus examine the ways in which socio-cultural community development asserts its specificity in these professional contexts.

3) Target populations as territories

While it potentially works with all types of populations – children, families, the elderly, whether marginalised or not – socio-cultural community development has in fact long been focused on youth and on working-class populations, calling upon its connexion with popular education and with its militant roots. Yet today, because of societal changes and at a time when other population segments are designated as problematic (due for instance to the increase in life expectancy and to population ageing, or to global migratory crises), socio-cultural community work is more and more frequently called upon to focus on new groups (for instance the elderly, or immigrants). This axis will question the ways in which this extension of the territory of socio-cultural community work challenges its practitioners. What responses should be provided to the needs and expectations of these « new » target populations? Are the classical instruments of sociocultural community development able to provide appropriate responses to their specific demands? More broadly, this axis will examine the possible pertinence of articulating conceptions of socio-cultural community development with specific target populations.

4) Methodological territories

The goal of socio-cultural community development is not to integrate populations in an assimilationist perspective, but to support them in the process of constituting themselves as actors of their own lives and their own environment. What tools should be used for the attainment of social citizenship and cultural and social democracy? Can the collective dimension and the direct involvement of target populations still be considered as pertinent objectives? What methodologies do professionals use in order to achieve them (for instance: social diagnosis, participative evaluation, etc.)? Also, in a context in which innovative approaches are increasingly brought to the fore in social intervention, is socio-cultural community development capable of imagining new methodological horizons? What responses do community works professionals provide in terms of new, creative approaches and how do they challenge existing practices? Finally, during the past few years, technological change has influenced our relationships to time and space. As a result, socio-cultural community development sometimes finds itself having to intervene in dematerialised and de-territorialised spaces. How does it deal with this challenge?

Communication proposals must reach organisers by March 29th 2019 at the latest (the deadline was extended).

Communications must have a maximum length of 5000 characters (including spaces and titles).

They may be submitted in French, English, German or Spanish.

For further information : info@ria2019.org

Papers reporting on field experiences are welcome.

You will find out whether your proposal has been accepted by the beginning of June
2019.

If a proposal is accepted, its authors will be asked to send a written version of the
communication at the latest one month before the Colloquium (October 1st 2019).

Colloquium languages are French, German, English and Spanish. Simultaneous
translation will be provided in French and English for plenary sessions only.

Organisation

Organisation Committee (Switzerland)

  • Ulrike Armbruster Elatifi, Haute école de travail social, HES-SO, Geneva
  • Karine Darbellay, Haute école de travail social Valais/Wallis, HES-SO, Sierre
  • Nicole Fumeaux-Evéquoz, Haute école de travail social Valais/Wallis, HES-SO, Sierre
  • Sylvia Garcia Delahaye, Haute école de travail social, HES-SO, Geneva
  • Alexandre Lambelet, Haute école de travail social et de la santé (EESP), HES-SO, Lausanne
  • Yuri Tironi, Haute école de travail social et de la santé (EESP), HES-SO, Lausanne

Scientific Committee

  • André Antoniadis, Haute école de travail social et de la santé (EESP), HES-SO, Lausanne
  • Antonia Arevalo, Universidad Externado de Colombia (Colombia)
  • Maria-Angela Belfiore Wanderley, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Aicha Boukrissa, University of Algiers (Algeria)
  • Fernando Curto, University of Zaragoza (Spain)
  • Claudia della Croce, Haute école de travail social et de la santé (EESP), HES-SO, Lausanne
  • Chantal Furrer Rey, Haute école de travail social Valais/Wallis, HES-SO, Sierre
  • Jean-Claude Gillet, University of Bordeaux (France)
  • Luc Greffier, IUT, Bordeaux Montaigne (France)
  • Anne Jetzer, Haute école de travail social et de la santé (EESP), HES-SO, Lausanne
  • Jean-Marie Lafortune, Université du Québec à Montréal, UQÀM (Québec, Canada)
  • Stéphane Roduit, Haute école de travail social Valais/Wallis, HES-SO, Sierre
  • Izabel Solyszko Gomez, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota (Colombia)
  • Pascal Tozzi, University of Bordeaux (France)
  • Bernard Wandeler, HSLU, Lucerne (Switzerland)
  • Lucero Zamudio Cardenas, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota (Colombia)

Pricing

Registration fees including access to the conferences, lunches and coffee breaks for paid days.

Early Bird Rates (March, 1 – July, 5 2019)

Rates 3 days 2 days 1 day Festive evening (05.11) *
Full rates
CHF 230.– CHF 180.– CHF 140.– CHF 30.–
Reduced rates for students, OASI, DI, ALV CHF 180.– CHF 140.– CHF 120.– CHF 30.–

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 : Festive evening, including entertainment and a meal. Single rate : CHF 30.- (including meal and entertainment)

Standard rates (July, 6 – September, 30 2019)

Rates 3 days 2 days 1 day Festive evening (05.11) *
Full rates
CHF 250.– CHF 200.– CHF 150.– CHF 30.–
Reduced rates for students, OASI, DI, ALV CHF 180.– CHF 140.– CHF 120.– CHF 30.–

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 : Festive evening, including entertainment and a meal. Single rate : CHF 30.- (including meal and entertainment)

Registration

Early Bird Rates (March, 1 – July, 5 2019)

Rates 3 days 2 days 1 day Festive evening (05.11) *
Full rates
CHF 190.– CHF 140.– CHF 100.– CHF 30.–
Reduced rates for students, OASI, DI, ALV CHF 140.– CHF 100.– CHF 80.– CHF 30.–

* Tuesday, November 5, 2019 : Festive evening, including entertainment and a meal. Single rate : CHF 30.- (including meal and entertainment)

Standard rates (July, 6 – September, 30 2019)

Rates 3 days 2 days 1 day Festive evening (05.11) *
Full rates
CHF 210.– CHF 160.– CHF 110.– CHF 30.–
Reduced rates for students, OASI, DI, ALV CHF 140.– CHF 100.– CHF 80.– CHF 30.–

* Tuesday, November 5, 2019 : Festive evening, including entertainment and a meal. Single rate : CHF 30.- (including meal and entertainment)

Registration

Register to the colloquium

Conference registration fee includes conference attendance, coffee breaks and lunch for paid days

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By registering, you accept the general conditions (GTC).
The Student, OASI, DI, ALV rates do not entitle you to a discount for early registration.

If you are unable to attend the colloquium, please send us an e-mail to: info@ria2019.org.

Any cancellation made until 15 September 2019 will allow the refund of paid registration fee, for a fee of CHF 40. After this date, no refund will be made, except upon presentation of a medical certificate.

Refunds will be made by reversing the amount due on the credit card account used to pay the registration fee.

By registering for this colloquium, you agree to comply with the payment and cancellation conditions.

You agree that your data submitted on the registration form, namely your name, institution, country, email, may be included in the list of participants in the event.

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The venue for the colloquium is an open school. You agree that the organizer and its partners cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to the property of participants during the event.

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