International Conference on Sociology and Social work
The interaction between sociology and social work:
Creativity, Cooperation and Knowledge
Thursday 30th - Friday 31th May 2013
Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Denmark
This year's conference on Sociology and Social Work explores the relation between sociology and social work as it is expressed in concrete forms of research exemplifying how a creative interaction and cooperation between the disciplines can lead to new forms of knowledge.
An interaction involves immediate processes of action, communication and symbolic forms of exchange between actors. When speaking of research interaction it involves the mutual interest in research subjects, questions, concepts, methods, data, approaches to analysis, dissemination as well as a concern for the practical use of research. Research interaction takes place in different social contexts and research fields, which influences the interactions possible in time and space. However, the concrete forms of research interactions can also change the very field of research as well as the wider society. As Goffman argued, the interaction order constitutes an independent form of social life as well as forces of creative change which deserve a special attention (1982).
This conference on Sociology and Social Work invites scholars to explore the various forms of interaction and cooperation between the two disciplines and the forms of knowledge they enable. We call for abstracts which 'cultivate' traditional as well as 'sprouting' new interfaces - or to put it in Goffman's unorthodox phrasing: "What sort of animals are to be found in the interactional zoo? What plants in this particular garden?" And we might add: What new plants can increase the diversity and fertility of the interaction? How can sociology and social work research in creative cooperation contribute to knowledge about the 'zoo of society' including social work?
The international conference on Sociology and Social Work in Aalborg is the third of its kind. The first conference was in Lisbon, May 2011, and the second conference was in Oslo, May 2012. The conference is unique in the sense that it combines a mutual interest in sociology and social work.