Flyer for SWAN Conference 2015

Plenary sessions will include presentations on the following themes:
• Racism, antiracism and social work practice
• Radical practice today: voices from the frontline
• Global perspectives: radical social work in the world today
Call for papers

We particularly encourage workshops, presentations and papers on the following more specific
themes and topics:
• The disability movement
• Defeating sexism and gender oppression
• Debating Government reviews on social work education and adult care
• Challenging the “troubled families” agenda
• Defeating the policies of austerity
• Anti-racist social work practice
• Challenging managerialism
• Working with asylum seekers and refugees
• In defence of youth and community work
• User-led groups and community campaigns
• Building alliances – challenging the strategy of divide and rule
• Radical social work education and practice
• Other subject areas relevant to the main conference themes

Please send an outline of your proposal (up 200 words) with your name(s) and contact details to by Friday 27th February 2015.

Speakers announced for SWAN Conference 2015

Gerry Mooney will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Gerry is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University. He was written widely on issues from class, poverty and social inequalities, social policy in Scotland, Scottish devolution and the independence debate through to issues in criminology, urban studies and industrial relations. Among other publications, he is co-editor and author of Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland (Routledge, 2015 forthcoming); co-editor and author of Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond (CPAG, 2014) and co-editor and author of Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland (Policy Press, 2012).

Details of his other publications can be viewed as his Open University webpage at
He has also authored a number of papers for the Open University’s OpenLearn site @ and he is on Twitter @gerrymooney60
Gerry is currently researching and writing around territorial stigmatisation in Glasgow and also around social welfare and Scotland’s constitutional futures.

Amal Azzudin will also be speaking at the event. Amal is a community development worker and campaigner for human rights and social justice. Amal has just graduated with a masters degree in human rights and international politics at the university of Glasgow. Amal was one of the Glasgow Girls, a group of seven school girls from Drumchapel High School in Glasgow that got organised and stood up against dawn raids, detention and deportation of asylum seekers in Glasgow. The Glasgow Girls story has since been turned into a BBC documentary, a stage musical and a television musical drama.

Meanwhile, any suggestions for workshops at the conference can be sent to the following email address:

Accommodation in Glasgow can be found at the following link if you search by date and price:  

The cheapest option is the Euro Hostel this is a good location, minutes from the train station to get the train to Paisley.