International Social Pedagogy Conference in Cyprus 2020

We are very pleased to share details of the forthcoming international conference Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Here and Now in Cyprus. The 3-day conference is hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the Social Pedagogy Association (SPA), us at ThemPra, and Arizona State University (ASU) at UCLan’s beautiful campus in Cyprus, Pýla, Larnaka from 16 to 18 June. We hope to see many of you there.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Eastern Mediterranean, surrounded by beautiful beaches, ocean vistas, palm trees, and blue skies. Temperatures in June average around 30°C  during the day and around 20°C at night. We are quite excited for our subtropical summer conference!

We hope to make this conference a uniquely interactive experience for our participants. We will offer speakers, interactive workshops, Open Space forum, and a more general poster presentation area for those not wanting to give a full presentation. This conference is part of an international initiative to bring together scholars and practitioners of social pedagogy and social education from around the world.  It builds on many previous efforts, most recently the Puebla 2018 conference “Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Bridging Traditions and Innovations”, which represented a wide variety of topics reflecting many of the diverse areas encompassed by social pedagogical research and practice.

In Cyprus, we will focus on similar connections between social education and social pedagogy while highlighting the many aspirations pedagogues hold for a better world. It is our intention to connect and respond to social change while exploring solutions for challenges in sustainability, inequality, global violence, participatory democracy and more.

We have included some information below to help you plan:

 

Proposal Submissions

Submissions may include paper presentations or workshop proposals. Workshops must offer attendees active participation through acquisition of a new skill or through responsible engagement of participants in discussion and problem-solving.

Due to popular request, we will have a second deadline for proposal submissions. First submissions were due 31 September, 2019, and are currently under review.The acceptance of those submissions will be sent in early November. The second proposal submission will be accepted between 1 November 2019 and30 January, 2020. Notification of acceptance for these submissions will be sent mid-March of 2020.

All proposals, for workshop, presentation, or posters, should be submitted via this Google form.

In addition to Cyprus 2020, papers on issues around migration will have the opportunity to submit to the forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Social Pedagogy (see here).

 

Accommodations

Accommodations in Cyprus are varied. We are reserving 120 rooms on campus, with first preference given to organizers and volunteers. There will be a room registration form and contact information shared during your registration process, but it is very important to note that the rooms are NOT included in registration and you MUST reserve your room separately. Rooms on campus are charged at €35 per night for a single and €55 per night for a double. These rooms will go fast, so if you are interested, be sure to reserve your room as soon as possible.

 

Volunteer Opportunity

We are requesting additional volunteers to help with conference needs such as sign-in, registration, room assignment assistance, and so on. Volunteers will be guaranteed a held room on campus. Volunteer expectations will include one four-hour time slot of any of the three conference days. Volunteer times will be 8:30 – 12:30, 12:00 – 16:00, or 15:30 – 19:00. If you are interested in volunteering for the conference, please apply via this Google form.

 

Expected Costs 

Conference: The early-bird conference rate is £125. This rate will be available until the end of 2019. Please take note that the conference fee will be charged in Great British Pound (£) as this goes to UCLan, while you will pay for your accommodation and remaining costs in Euro (€), the local currency in Cyprus.

Flights: We are unfortunately unable to offer general flight cost expectations to Cyprus, due to the number of countries involved in our conference.

Food: Included in your registration fee is breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon coffee and biscuits. It is possible to offer dinner, as well, by advance reservation, at the cost of €11 per meal. These costs are inclusive of VAT (taxes). To eat “in town” costs an average of €45 for two people at a mid-range restaurant.

 

If you have any further questions you can reach us by emailing contact@socialpedagogy.org. We look forward to seeing you in Cyprus this coming summer!

International Conference Programme

Contemporary Challenges for Social Professions – The Case for Social Pedagogy as a Meaningful Perspective

Ghent University, 21 May, 2019

We’re excited to announce further programme details at the forthcoming International Conference in Ghent.

 

CONFERENCE OUTLINE

Social professions find themselves under intense pressure to achieve better outcomes with fewer resources. Aimed at policy-makers and other professionals from across Europe, this conference highlights the importance of a social pedagogical perspective in countering some of the most profound and persistent challenges to social professions across Europe. Throughout the conference day we will focus on how decision-makers can create the conditions in which practitioners can develop meaningful relationships with the people they support, facilitate social inclusion and remain committed to social justice. Presenters at the conference include Prof Walter Lorenz (Charles University Prague) and Dr Sanna Ryynänen (University of Eastern Finland). You will also have the opportunity to gain insights into innovative practice developments and grow your international network with other professionals from different European countries.

 

PROGRAMME

from 8.30: Registration

9.30:         Welcome by Prof Ann Buysse (Dean, Ghent University)

9.45:         Social Pedagogy as a Meaningful Perspective: Insights from our MOOC project – Gabriel Eichsteller & Sylvia Holthoff (ThemPra Social Pedagogy, UK)

10.15:      Inequality as a Social Pedagogical Question – Dr Sanna Ryynänen (University of Eastern Finland)

10.45:      Coffee break

11.15:       Social Pedagogy as a Perspective on Social Policy – Prof Walter Lorenz (Charles University Prague)

11.45:       Facilitated thematic discussion

12.30:       Lunch

13.30:       Social Pedagogy in Practice: Examples from six countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom) – workshop round 1

14.45:       Coffee break

15.15:      Social Pedagogy in Practice: Examples from six countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom) – workshop round 2

16.30:       Reflections from the day

17.00:       Reception

 

WHO THE CONFERENCE IS FOR

Policy-makers, decision-makers and leaders as well as frontline practitioners working in social welfare, care, health and education settings will find this conference of particular relevance.

 

REGISTRATION & FEES

Please register here to secure your place. Registration for this event will cost 60 €. After registering you will receive a payment link by email.

For international guests from Southern, Central and Eastern Europe with substantial travel costs we’re able to offer some financial support through our Erasmus+ funds. Please contact gabriel@thempra.org.uk for details.

 

VENUE

The conference will take place at Universiteit Gent, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Ghent. Click here to find it on Google Maps.

 

VISIT GHENT

If you’ve never been to Ghent, Belgium, you’re probably unaware of how amazing the city actually is! There’s so much to see, so make sure you leave some time on your trip for sightseeing and the local cuisine – Belgian beer, frites, waffles and chocolates are just the tip of the culinary iceberg!

International Conference – Ghent University – 21 May 19

Conference Outline

Social professions find themselves under intense pressure to achieve better outcomes with fewer resources. Aimed at policy-makers and social care leaders from across Europe, this conference highlights the importance of a social pedagogical perspective in countering some of the most profound and persistent challenges to social professions across Europe. Throughout the conference day we will focus on how decision-makers can create the conditions in which practitioners can develop meaningful relationships with the people they support, facilitate social inclusion and remain committed to social justice. Presenters at the conference include Prof Walter Lorenz (University of Bolzano, Italy) and Dr Sanna Ryynänen (University of Eastern Finland). You will also have the opportunity to gain insights into innovative practice developments and develop your international network with other leaders in your professional field.

Costs

Delegate rate: 60€ (includes evening reception)

For international guests with substantial travel costs we’re able to offer financial support through our Erasmus+ funds. Please check the box in the registration form below if you’d like us to send you more details.

Registration

Please register here if you’re interested in joining us. Your registration will only be confirmed once we’ve received payment. We will publish the full programme in late February and send you payment details then.