Call for Papers

The theme of the De Novo ’18 conference is Social Work and Community Engagement: Perspectives from Practice, Research and Education. The conference aims to provide an opportunity to explore and discuss developments, issues and challenges in the field of social work and community engagement. The concept of ‘community engagement’ is being interpreted in its broadest sense to allow a diverse and engaging range of papers and presentations. In convening this conference, it is our intent to engage social work practitioners, academics, researchers, students and others working in allied disciplines in dialogue that will create insight, promote discussion and stimulate action about the nature and future of social work and community engagement. We will be welcoming a wide and varied group of attendees from across India, Australia and other diverse locations.

This conference will be of interest to practitioners in social work and related disciplines, whose work deals with community issues or takes place in community-based settings. This may extend from work based in Government bodies and NGOs through to holistically oriented community development projects.

Academics in social work and related disciplines who are concerned with all aspects of community and community engagement will find this conference of great interest. Research, teaching and community engagement will all be key areas of interest at the conference.

The conference will provide opportunities to present, hear about, and build networks for, research related to social work and community. In particular, the networking opportunities presented by the conference may be useful in building collaborative, international research projects.

The increasing interest in forming collaborative relationships with Indian social work institutions and educators means that the conference will be highly relevant for many involved in higher education. As well as exploring approaches to social work education in community-related areas, student and staff exchanges, work-integrated-learning, student placements and other areas of interest will be discussed at the conference.

Students with an interest in social work and community are particularly invited to attend the conference, to consider presenting papers and to participate in the ‘International Student Meet’ – a unique opportunity to interpret the conference theme through a variety of student activities, competitions and presentations.

People interested in presenting a paper at the De Novo ’18 Conference “Social Work and Community Engagement: Perspectives from Practice, Research and Education” are invited to submit an abstract outlining the focus and content of their paper, along with a short biographical description. Abstracts (max 300 words) should be submitted via email as described below, by the 30th of July, 2018.The abstract should be accompanied by a short (100 words per author) author bio. Submitters will be advised of the success of their submission by August 4th, 2018.

All accepted abstracts will be included in the Book of Abstracts which will be available at the conference. Participants interested in having a full paper published in the Official Conference Proceedings (non-refereed) must submit the full paper, formatted as per instructions below, by September 14, 2018.

In addition to the Conference Proceedings there is a further opportunity for participants to publish their work for this conference. Conference organisers plan to publish an edited collection of key papers from the conference as a book.

Participants interested in having their paper considered for the edited book must indicate this at the time of the submission of their abstract. Full papers for consideration in the book must be formatted as per requirements and submitted by September 14, 2018. These submissions will then be peer-reviewed, papers selected, and authors advised of the outcome of this process. Papers submitted but not selected for the book will appear as full papers in the Conference Proceedings.

Key Dates for Submissions
• Submission of Abstracts and Bio: July 30.
• Advice of Acceptance of Abstracts: August 17.
• Submission of Final Papers: September 14

Submission Process
Please email your abstract along with the author biographical information by July 30 to: