The deadline for submission of abstracts is Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Conference Sub Themes

Abstracts should address at least one of the following conference subthemes.

  • Disciplinary challenges of sociology and social work, including core constructs, domains, boundaries, relationship to social science, philosophy of science, and disciplinary interface
  • Agendas for research, policy, and practice in sociology and social work
  • Interdisciplinary linkages to facilitate evidence-based practice
  • Grand Challenges of sociology and social work

Grand Challenges are complex problems that a discipline identifies and adopts as challenging but potentially solvable issues. Sociology and social work may interface and be mutually beneficial in approaching Grand Challenges pertaining problems such as:

  • Community – creating supportive, safe and healthy environments
  • Diversity – leveraging equity to combat disparity
  • Technology – developing tools, instruments and interventions social workers and sociologists use to better the lives of individuals, groups, and large populations
  • Institutions – improving service delivery and policy-making organizations
  • Safety and Security – building a model for safe and healthy communities
  • Joy of Living – promoting successful life transitions across the lifespan and eliminating social isolation
  • Sustainability – crafting technological solutions to social problems and helping children and families thrive

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts (maximum 300 words) should be electronically submitted to Abstract Review Committee Chair, Dr. Eric Rice ( Please indicate which subtheme(s) the abstract addresses.

4th International Conference on Sociology and Social Work
May 19-20, 2014    University of Southern California    Davidson Conference Center    3415 South Figueroa Street    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0871