the next VSSN Day Seminar will take place in central London on 26 November 2015, 10.30 - 4.00. Please put the date in your diary now!
The theme is: CAMPAIGNING AND ADVOCACY: Has the voluntary sector lost its voice?
Historically, voluntary organisations have led campaigns for changes in social policy and implementation and have spoken 'truth to power' on behalf of the disadvantaged people they served and the environment they aimed to protect. How and in what circumstances are they continuing to play these roles today?
The day seminar will feature a keynote address by Professor Debra Morris, Director of the Charity Law & Policy Unit, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool. The remainder of the programme will be filled through an open call for speakers.
We are particularly looking for papers which address the following and related issues:
· Who defines 'political' and how can voluntary organisations distinguish appropriate activities?
· What are the constraints on voluntary organisations seeking to influence policy?
· How has the 'Lobbying Act' limited their options?
· What role should the Charity Commission play in regulating the campaigning role of charities?
· What has been the impact of new forms of internet-based campaigning and what is their relationship with more traditional kinds of voluntary action?
We welcome presentations from researchers, academics, new researchers and practitioners in voluntary organisations (including infrastructure bodies and foundations) who are doing research on these different aspects of campaigning and advocacy. We will be pleased to consider papers from a historical, empirical, theoretical, methodological, practice or policy perspective. Papers are usually based on completed or on-going research (qualitative or quantitative) or a review of the evidence or literature.
Submitting an abstract
If you would like to propose a paper for the day, please submit an abstract of around 250 words and a brief biography by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the 1st September 2015. PLEASE DO NOT HIT THE 'REPLY' BUTTON to this message or you will be replying to everyone on this VSSN list. Please note that, if selected, your abstract and biography will be posted on VSSN website.
For any other queries, or if you wish to discuss a proposed paper's suitability, please email Angela at email@example.com or Meta Zimmeck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attending the event
VSSN aims to promote an understanding of the voluntary sector through research. The event is aimed at researchers, academics, new researchers and practitioners in voluntary organisations or foundations interested in the UK voluntary sector. We also welcome policy makers engaged in the voluntary sector. We are always pleased to meet, and receive contributions from, colleagues from similar settings in other countries who are involved in the field. The working language is English.