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International Conference on Human Services in Rural Communities
Theme: Beyond Geographical and Disciplinary Boundaries

Mount Saint Vincent, Seton Academic Centre
Halifax, Canada
May 29th and 30th 2003
(During the Annual Congress Season. Immediately before the CASSW Conference)

Keynote Addresses:

Dr Brian Cheers
Director, Centre for Community and Regional Development, University of South Australia

Dr. Richard Pugh
Coordinator, Rural Studies Development Programme, Keele University, England

This conference will bring together an international gathering of researchers, rural practitioners, students and educators to explore issues relating to human service practice and education in rural and small town settings. We are pleased to welcome keynote speakers who have received international recognition for their work. Dr. Brian Cheers, the editor of the international journal Rural Social Work, is the author of five books or monographs and more than 30 refereed papers about rural issues. Dr. Pugh has published widely and made presentations in North America, Australia, and Europe about a variety of rural issues.

We welcome proposals for presentations by practitioners, students, and researchers in forms including (but not limited to) videos, poster presentations, 20 minute papers, and 1.5 or 3 hour workshops. Potential topics relating to the conference theme may include issues such as theory for rural practice, abuse in rural communities, rural diversity, rural healthcare, rural education, childhood (or aging) in rural communities, interdisciplinary approaches to rural human services, or globalization and rural life. After a peer review process selected papers will be published in a special double issue of Rural Social Work.

Proposals should include the following: name of presenter, position, university or agency affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses, phone and fax numbers, title of presentation, format (paper, workshop etc), requirements (overhead projector, TV etc), abstract between 100 and 150 words outlining presentation.

Further information can be obtained from members of the Planning Committee:
In Canada:
Rosemary Clews (, Judy MacDonald ( |
Bill Randall (, Heather Richmond (
Laura Taylor (taylorla@uwindsorManju Varma (
Dolores Furlong, Ann Marie Powers (
In the US:
Lena Carawan (
In the UK:
Richard Pugh (
In Australia:
Brian Cheers (

Please submit proposals by e-mail to Dr. Rosemary Clews, Department of Social Work or to Dr. Heather Richmond, Department of Education   St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB E3B 5G3

Note: Application for funding towards delegates expenses will be sought from the
SSHRC "Aid to Occasional Research Conferences" scheme.