SAANZ – Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Conference 2019

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Date(s) - 03/12/2019 - 06/12/2019
All Day

Auckland University


Call for Abstracts: Social Work Stream

Holding Social Work Accountable: Resistance, Challenge and Change

Social work is charged with the overwhelming task of addressing social problems generated by an increasingly polarized and conflictual social world. History confirms that social work interventions can easily recreate injustice and oppression rather than create positive challenge and change. How can social work ensure that it is aligned with those building social justice and equity, rather than their opposite? This stream invites papers that explore any aspect of social work and social policy efforts to address social inequities and individual, community, social and political problems. This stream also welcomes papers that explore the many ways that communities, individuals, families and practitioners resist difficult contexts, and challenge inequities and unfairness to create social change and social justice.

Please send your abstracts (150 word max) to or Liz Beddoe at by August 1, 2019. Confirmations will be sent out by September 2019.

In addition to the Social Work Stream and SAANZ streams, the conference will host the Gender and Sexuality Group, the Asia-Pacific Science, and the Technology & Society Network. This our third annual social work stream at this conference. Depending on the quality of the papers, we hope to publish a Special Issue in a social work journal. More details to follow.

The conference will be held at the city campus, 3-6 December 2019. The conference will commence with a pōwhiri at Waipapa marae.

The first keynote speaker will be Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith. There are four more confirmed keynote speakers. Details to follow.