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Call For Papers and Invitation to Participate in the 5th Annual Greenville Family Symposium: Changing the Culture

5th Annual Greenville Family Symposium  Changing the Culture: Towards Healthy and Just Communities.

Student pre-conference: The Rights of People with Disabilities.

April 11-12, 2013

Deadline for Abstracts: January 21st, 2013


We invite potential participants in the symposium to submit abstracts for review.  In addition to invited plenary addresses, presentations may be in one of three forms: posters, 20- to 30-minute papers, or panels of three or four papers. Although participants’ suggestions about the format for their presentations will be considered, the organizers will exercise discretion in the choice of format in the context of the program as a whole.

The format that we use for poster presentations is unusual, and both presenters and audience members have appreciated it. Posters are grouped because of similarity in topic or theme. All those present are invited to join in informal group discussions centered on the posters.

Abstracts of potential presentations should be focused on topics of relevance to the symposium theme. We are interested in presentations relating to both U.S. and international research, with a focus on culture as a process of change (and resistance) in response to larger economic and sociopolitical contexts, as well as the effects of activists who contribute to movements that facilitate positive change in the status of different groups. The relative effectiveness of various strategies (e.g., legal action, political action, public information campaigns, educational efforts), and the lessons learned from the movements of the last few generations are of interest. In that context, how can human service professionals promote the inclusion of stigmatized groups or further develop positive change?

Among the topics of interest are:

  • descriptive analyses of the ways in which people have facilitated cultural changes in social structures and processes (including those involved in mental health and social services);
  • analyses of the impact of such cultural changes (or resistance to change) on children, adolescents, young adults, families, and communities, in areas such as:
    • family life
    • schooling
    • health
    • gender roles
    • sexual behavior
    • race relations
    • wealth distribution
    • crime and victimization
    • international migration
    • religious beliefs
    • organization of work
    • attitudes towards sexual minorities
    • opportunities for people with disabilities;
  • analyses of the ways in which community institutions (e.g., faith institutions; health care; education; human services; local governments) have initiated cultural changes, and the relative effectiveness of different strategies;
  • the types of innovations in policies, programs, and clinical practices that are needed to respond to current challenges and further develop positive cultural trends.

Abstracts should be 500 to 800 words and, as relevant, should include brief descriptions of the rationale for studies, policies, or programs, the methods for study, and the nature and significance of the findings. Abstracts of possible analytic papers should include a brief discussion of the nature and significance of the pertinent issue, the arguments that the author will present, and the importance of these arguments for resolution of the relevant policy problems.

Abstracts may be submitted via conventional or courier mail, electronic mail, or FAX. Abstracts should be sent in time for receipt by January 21, 2013, for full consideration. Early submissions are encouraged. Additional abstracts will be accepted if they are of sufficient quality and as space in the program allows.

Proposals should be addressed to:
Ms. Sharon Crout
CU Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life
225 South Pleasantburg Drive, Suite B-11,
Greenville, SC 29607
FAX: +1 864 250 4633

Potential presenters will be notified promptly about the decisions regarding their submissions. To signify acceptance of invitations to make presentations, presenters should register for the symposium by February 11, 2013.

Proposals should include contact information for each presenter (name, title, affiliation, address, E-mail address, and, as relevant, voice phone, FAX, and cell phone numbers.) Potential presenters should also denote whether the presentation is for a poster, a paper (oral presentation), or panel. If the proposal is for a panel, the overall abstract should be submitted in addition to an abstract for each paper.

For more information please visit the conference website:

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