Call for Abstracts

The theme of this conference is Paths to Social Change: theories, concepts and processes that work


We welcome contributions that address themes including, but not limited to:

social movements, advocacy, law or policy reform, and emancipatory research. Contributions may come from any field or discipline including development studies, equality studies, women’s studies, social justice, studies of ‘race’, sexuality, gender, care, health, education, geography, history, politics, health, law etc.

We welcome contributions that have a social change agenda from students and graduates in third-level institutions across Ireland, activists and practitioners in NGOs, community groups, and partner organisations working for equality and social justice. There will be an opportunity to present your research and participate in workshops. Keynote lectures will explore what works and how to effect change through research, scholarship and practice.


There are four options for participation:

  • Present a full paper (15 minute presentation, 250 word abstract, 5,000 paper)
  • Short paper (5 minute presentation “Ideas for Change”, 150 word abstract, 500 word presentation)
  • Poster presentation
  • Practice stand (for NGOs, community groups, etc.)

Abstracts should include:

  • Your name, contact details, institution/NGO/group
  • A short overview of your research (i.e. your research area, brief overview of research question, no more than 100 words)
  • The format of your presentation, as per options above
  • A short bio (no more than 150 words)

Abstracts should be submitted to before the 4th September 2015.


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