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Call for papers


Abstracts of 100-150 words should be submitted by 30 September 2017, through to Melanie Beres ( Please ensure that you include a title, and the names and affiliations of all the authors. Please also identify which steam you would like to engage with, or whether you would like your paper scheduled into the general conference streams.


Gender, Sexuality and Social Change or

Papers or panels that discuss campaigns for social change, how research processes themselves produce change in the fields of gender and sexuality, or changes across time, culture and space are particularly welcome. Papers and panels on other topics relating to gender and sexuality are of course also invited. This is an interdisciplinary stream, and researchers from all fields of social inquiry are welcome.

As well as providing a forum for the exchange of research findings, we hope that the stream will introduce researchers to each other, and foster conversation about strategies for developing teaching and research in Gender and Sexuality in core programmes and in other disciplines.

Social Movements and Popular Protest or

Popular mobilisation plays a vital role in social change. The study of social movements and popular protest has facilitated an understanding of diverse drivers of social change from across the political spectrum. The Social Movements and Popular Protest stream welcomes contributions that enhance our theoretical appreciation of contentious politics and draw on evidence and lived-experience of collective struggle in New Zealand and beyond to generate a deeper understanding of the relationship between resistance, activist theorising and social change.

Topics of interest include – but are not limited to:

• Housing struggles and alternative perspectives on housing beyond the current containment of capitalist social and spatial relations
• Alternative economies
• Political organisation beyond parliamentary politics and capitalist democracy
• Student protests and decolonisation of the neocolonial, neoliberal university
• Resistance for and against the resettlement of refugees
• The relationship between trade unions and social movements
• Popular resistance against the rise of conservatism

Critical Criminology

We are calling for abstracts to be submitted on any theme related to critical criminology. We encourage contributions from those whose work documents or critiques power, social control and oppressions in the practices or discourses of the criminal justice system. We also invite submissions that explore resistance to the criminal justice system in the form of activism, reform and abolition.

Non-human Animals

As humans we situate and construct non-human animals in a variety of ways; as food, sources of material for clothing upholstery etc, companions, laboratory tools, entertainment and assistants. The study of our relationship with non-human animals suggests that we need to expand our definition of the ecological model to include the impact and contribution of animals to human adaptation and wellbeing. This stream is designed to explore our relationship with non-human animals, the benefits they bring us, the ethical consideration regarding their use and the human desire to engage with them at a variety of levels.

Cultural Diversity

Many observers interpret cultural diversity as naturally supporting, and supported by, economic globalisation with ever-greater flows of goods, people and financial capital. Despite the seeming intuitive appeal of this proposition—namely, that cultural diversity and economic globalisation are complementary social forces—we lack clear theoretical explanations for these concomitant trends. Moreover, descriptive accounts of the lived experiences of cultural diversity and economic globalisation remain nearly as diverse. The cultural diversity stream invites contributions that address any aspects of cultural practices, social policies, and their implications/consequences at local, global or glocal scales relating to topics such as intercultural sensitivity, cultural democracy, consociationalism, and value pluralism.​


Migration is interwoven throughout the history of Aotearoa and has become an increasingly high-profile issue, from Syrian refugees to election-year debates about the ‘right’ number of immigrants. The migration stream invites proposals to present research, theory, and conceptual papers about migration in all its forms and contexts.

Art and Activism

Art has long been used for critical and activist ends. This stream encourages papers which explore creative practice that is socially engaged, raising awareness and drawing attention to issues and struggles experienced by social groups and society.

Environment, Agriculture, and Food

The environmental movement has grown over the past twenty years, and continues to gain momentum with the increasing effects of climate change, the growing presence of pollutants in our waterways, and the sustained pressure on biodiversity and native species. We invite papers that consider the social dimensions of environmental integrity, access, and governance. Papers may consider, for example, the relationship between inequality and ecology, the social effects of different modes of governance, or current environmental crises and their social dynamics. We are particularly interested in papers that look at the environment in the context of agriculture and food, but welcome papers that broadly consider the relationship between society and the environment.

Reimagining Resistance: social work in and against the state

Social work has a long tradition of working in partnership with services users to promote human rights and social justice, but this has always been riven with tensions relating to their position at the interface between citizens and the state. Social workers in all jurisdictions have always had to balance the functions of social care and social control. However, in recent times, the tensions associated with this balancing act have been amplified by a neoliberal political system that actively promulgates the individualisation of social problems, the responsibilisation of individuals and professionals, the marketization of service provision, managerialist workplace practices, and the intensification of state regulation and surveillance of the poor and of the profession. Against a backdrop of colonisation, these effects are disproportionately experienced by Māori. In Aotearoa New Zealand significant changes to social policy discourse are signaled by terms like vulnerability, early intervention and social investment, and this discourse is intertwined with new technologies and forms of knowledge production including data analytics, evidence-based practice, social media, neuroscience and theories of human behavior. This stream invites papers that provide critical discussions of any of these topics in any field of social work or social policy. We welcome those who suggest ways for social work to respond in a manner that resists the neoliberal agenda, and/or reimagines more progressive ways of organising services, engaging with new technologies, and promoting forms of practice that better align with a humane social work.