10-11 September 2019, Aston University, Birmingham UK
A civil society for the future: setting the agenda for voluntary sector and volunteering research in the 2020s
Please visit https://www.vssn.org.uk/2019-research-conference/ for full details.
Increasingly the voluntary sector and volunteering is viewed through the lens of ‘civil society’ and the past 12 months have witnessed considerable public and political debate about how civil society can be at the heart of the changes needed to ensure that all communities can thrive. This includes how to strengthen social value within communities, how civil society can revitalise and enhance democracy, and the potential for reshaping state-civil society relationships.
These debates present opportunities and challenges for civil society actors and for research undertaken on, with and for them. Each year, the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference – organised by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) – provides a unique opportunity for academics, policy makers and practitioners from the UK and further afield to come together to share findings and discuss the implications of research. This year the conference – hosted by Aston University Business School – will focus on ‘a civil society for the future’.
We welcome submissions for individual papers, panel sessions and workshops. Given the conference theme, we are particularly keen to receive proposals offering critical reflections on the future of civil society, but we welcome proposals that address a range of issues relevant to the voluntary sector and volunteering, including:
- The Conference Track – Critical Reflections on Civil Society
- Democracy and grassroots voluntary action
- Diversity, race, (in)equality and inclusion
- Volunteering, participation and social action
- Advances in theory and methods
- Funding, fundraising, philanthropy and social investment
- Organisational management and governance, including law and regulation
- Historical perspectives on civil society, the voluntary sector and volunteering
- Civil society at the boundaries: relationships with the state and/or private sector
- Measuring civil society: outcomes, impact and social value
- New researchers stream
Please consider submitting a proposal and forwarding this email to those you think may be interested. The full call for papers on our website provides all the necessary details for proposal submissions.
Deadline for submissions is 13 May 2019
Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving those abstracts!
Angela, Chris, Mike, Carolyn, Veronique, Jane, Lisa and David
The VSVR conference organising team