International Colloquium of Social Sciences and Communication ACUM
Challenges of Education and Research in the Social Sciences
17 - 19 October 2019
Abstracts (maximum 250 words) and three keywords must be submitted via

Panels for researchers, teachers and professionals

Drăguș 90 – The Gustian Sociological Monography at its Peek (coordinators: Zoltán Rostás and Ionuț Butoi)
This panel, initiated by the independent research group Cooperativa Gusti, aims to bring forth the Drăguș monographic research, initiated 90 years ago. Considered the most successful monographic reseach, Drăguș campaign gathered the most collaborators, it became an inspiration for many of them, and it generated most of the research published at the time.
Thanks to this research from 1929, the sociological monography had a great impact on the intellectual and academic circles both in Romania and abroad. Moreover, Drăguș became a sociological laboratory for a span of over ten years, which contributed to the formation and consolidation of the Sociological School of Bucharest. Therefore, the monographic research conducted by Gusti and his collaborators în Drăguș needs a complex and thorough critic study.

International Relations and Gobal Challenges in the 21st Century (coordinator: Ana-Maria Bolborici)
For the entire international community, the 21st century began with an effervescence more or less predictable, in this regard the Islamist terrorism represents one of the major causes. Nevertheless, the crises arising from the terrorist attacks are just one of the major global challenges, the crises at the beginning of the 21st century are extremely complex, mainly politico-military, having economic support given the multiplication of disparities and asymmetric threats. All those crises affect both the developed world but also the poor countries, faced with border wars, starvation, malnutrition, severe lack of jobs, etc. The core of the refugee crisis arising from such crises, currently one of these facing the European Union is linked to that of identity. States are trying to deal with all these challenges, but often these prove to be vulnerable. What scenarios can be imagined in the medium term and even short-term, taking account of the global risks, threats and vulnerabilities? What would be the predictions for the next period concerning the security environment?
This conference section is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest related to International Relations. In this regard, we are waiting for participants at the open discussion from various areas including Psychology, Sociology, Communication, Political Studies, History and Law.

New Perspectives Regarding Why Romania needs Anthropologists: Putting Anthropology to Use (coordinator: Mihai Burlacu)
Drawing upon the developments from the last decade, this section is open to any papers dedicated to emphasizing the relevance of Applied Anthropology in Romanian contexts. Furthermore, this section is intended as a platform for debating the ways anthropologists can put their insights to use for solving specific social problems. As the breadth of anthropological practices is wide, the main foci for anthropological practices will be directed towards Romanian and/or European contexts. While any paper dedicated to the anthropological praxis is welcomed, it is recommended to have a holistic approach in mind, when addressing the various traditions of practice. We assert the innate value of attempting to grasp the extent of activity found in anthropological practice, because it helps us see the value of the ideas produced within the discipline. This understanding will enhance one’s ability not only to be effective producers of anthropological knowledge, but also active users of it in Romania.
The basic thesis of this section is a simple one: there are many kinds of anthropological practice that have been somewhat neglected in Romania, and any attempt to highlight these different ways of practice is useful not only for specialists in the social sciences, but also for those that want to find alternate solutions for their problems.

Action Research in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior (coordinators: Carmen Buzea and Horia Moasa)
The panel aims to bring together academics and professionals in the fields of organization studies in general and of human resource management (HRM) in particular. We can assume that organizational research has become more sophisticated and complex, while its primary public (i.e., HR managers and professionals) are more eager to find practical and effective solutions to organizational challenges. Action research may reduce this gap, bringing together theory and practice, action and reflection, co-creation and participation. The section promotes action research and provides the framework for sharing good practices, success stories and challenges from various perspectives (professionals, researchers, managers, participants in the studies). Papers based on action research in HRM and OS are invited, along with presentations of recent research findings and organizational challenges in order to facilitate networking between professionals and researchers in their way to future action research inquiries.

Gender Studies (coordinator: Alina Coman)
In the last decades, Gender Studies have introduced significant reinterpretations in our way of understanding the reality and everyday social practices as well. While the topic of equality of rights and opportunities is increasingly on the public agenda, there still have been persisting gender inequalities. This kind of dichotomy continues to challenge us to elaborate more subtle analyses of the ways in which society is shaped by gender.
This conference section is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest related to gender studies. We invite proposals from various disciplines including psychology, sociology, communication, political studies,anthropology, culture studies, history and literature.

Child Care Policies and Practices: International Perspectives (coordinator: Gabriela Dima)
Child care policies and practices vary among different socio-economic and cultural contexts, but also share a common body of theories, methods and techniques of intervention. This section aims towards an international exchange on care systems and social work practices in the field of child protection and inform about recent reforms and debates in child care and family policies. Discussions on needs and what works in meeting those needs could point towards some universal and specific factors and bring more understanding on outcomes and challenges. Sharing good practice models, programs and activities for children and young people in need opens the discussion on transposing and adapting learning from one country to another.
We invite proposals on topics such as abandonment, residential care, foster care, child abuse, leaving and after care. This section is addressed to academics, researchers, students, professionals and managers from both statutory and voluntary sector, and policy makers with interest and/or experience within this field.

Social Development, Empowerment and Inclusion. Strengthening Human Relations (coordinator: Mihaela Gotea)
Poverty, environmental crises, declining health of populations and ecosystems, and a crisis of governance erode social development. In an evolving complex social landscape, social workers need to be future-ready to prepare for the rapid global and societal changes, while continuing to promote the well-being of individuals and communities.
As a human rights-based profession, social work has an essential role in all societies, facilitating communities and populations to interact, to raise their voices and stand for their equality alongside all others. It develops bridges between social actors to supporting social cohesion. Nowadays social reality requires social work to promote the transition from the “traditional public welfare” to a new “generative welfare system” including community development, civil society, third sector actors, for-profit agencies and other social actors. This section will examine the implications of these trends for social development and for social work innovation, to address complex social challenges of our day.
This conference section is addressed to researchers, educators and practitioners to reflect on social work’s role amid rapid societal changes (such as rising economic inequalities, increasing economic migration and its social effects, environmental degradation, the growth of technology, and so on), and to promote ideas and best practice models during a lively exchange of views and fruitful discussions.

Digital Media and Social diversity: Digital literacy of different social groups (coordinators: Gyöngyvér Tőkés and Florin Nechita)
Digital media usage in European societies brings about opportunities, risks and challenges. The meaningful use of digital media evolves in a specific social and cultural context. There is a large diversity of digital media practices within Romanian society.
The daily use of digital media and the adoption of meaningful digital practices are more frequent among people with a middle and high socioeconomic status living in urban areas. It is also known that young adults and families with children are more likely to have digital practices integrated in their daily routines. Among vulnerable users we find young people and children, but also older adults. Young people and children are heavy users of digital media, and therefore more exposed to risks, especially if they lack appropriate guidance and socio-cultural support. Older adults, due to their ageing problems, are disadvantaged in relation to engagement with digital media.
Digital literacy is beyond the use of digital devices, it is a “set of digital behavior, practices and identities” (ELINET 2016). Digital literacy encompasses multiple social and cultural patterns, which are mutable on the influence of daily digital activities (Powell 2007). Differences among users are related to these behaviors, practices and identities, which are shaped by users' digital skills, attitudes, values and knowledge.
Presentations of this section aim to discuss the issue of digital literacy as a set of social and sense-making practices among diverse socio-cultural groups in the Romanian context.