Reminder: call for papers – Social Policy Association Annual Conference 2011, ‘Bigger Societies, Smaller Governments?’ – 4-6 July 2011, University of Lincoln
Proposals are invited for papers on any aspect of social policy. We particularly encourage proposals reflecting high quality research or which explore questions of social policy in practice or the teaching of social policy. In addition to standard papers, we are also calling for proposals for symposia, with three or four abstracts linked to a particular theme. Symposia will potentially allow participants to engage more deeply with their special interests.
For papers, abstracts of up to a maximum of 400 words should be submitted as a Word or .rtf email attachment to [log in to unmask] Proposals for symposia should consist of a 200 word outline of the aims of the symposium together with contributors’ abstracts. Proposals will be reviewed by a Programme Committee prior to acceptance. The closing date for the submission of abstracts and proposals is Friday 25 February 2011. All submissions will be reviewed by a Programme Committee prior to acceptance. Full papers must be submitted in pdf form by 10 June 2011.
Postgraduates are also invited to attend the conference. Options for participation include: a presentation in a regular conference stream; a presentation in a session closed to postgraduates only; and show-casing your research in a poster presentation. You can also join forces with your peers and submit a proposal for a symposium, with three or four abstracts linked to a particular theme. Please follow guidelines for submission as outlined above. On your submission, it is essential that you record your status as a postgraduate and mark your chosen option as: ‘Presentation’; ‘Symposium’; ‘Postgraduate presentation’; or ‘Poster’.
Plenary sessions include Dr Sarah Cook of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Professor Jan Pahl of the University of Kent, and a session on ‘The Big Society: A new direction for third sector policy in England?’ with Professor Pete Alcock of the University of Birmingham, Karl Wilding of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and Ruchir Shah of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. There will also be a debate on the idea of the Big Society between the Labour MP Roberta Blackman-Woods and Conservative MP Jesse Norman.
Further information about the conference and on line booking is available at: www.lincoln.ac.uk/conferences/spa2011.