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Global Social Problems: Personal Mastery for Professional Capabilities and Transformative Societies

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13.10.2022  17:00h - 18:30h
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Donnerstag, 13.10.2022, 17 Uhr / Thursday, 10/13/2022, 5 pm

„Global Social Problems: Personal Mastery for Professional Capabilities and Transformative Societies“
Prof. Dr. Vishanthie Sewpaul, UKZN South Africa and and Prof.in Dr.in Irmgard Schroll-Decker, OTH Regensburg

In a world divided, the triad of neoliberal capitalism, new managerialism and science of the logical positivist tradition, rooted in Western hegemony, have pernicious consequences for the social work profession, and for the people who social workers engage with. The deep fissures of the social fault-lines, based on criteria like race, class, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, nationality and socio-economic governance, exacerbated by Covid-19, implode a range of taken-for-granted assumptions. A decolonized and emancipatory social work provide the framework for countering these dominant discourses and practices, with a simultaneous focus on the awakening of both individual and societal consciousness.

The IASSW 2018 Global Social Work Statement of Ethical Principles re-conceptualizes social work as a humanized science and a humanized professionalism – an aspiration that can be achieved by making Ubuntu, being for the Other and deliberative, emancipatory action towards an undivided humanity the normative of the profession. In this lecture, we will discuss the nexus between individual and societal consciousness, and how the power of love, kindness, gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness, for self and other, can be elevated to broad socio-political forces in the interests transformative societies.

Vishanthie Sewpaul, an awardee of three honorary doctoral degrees from Chile, Norway and Sweden, is a globally recognized social work and human rights scholar, international speaker and activist. Emeritus Senior Professor at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), South Africa and Adjunct Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

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