ENCOUNTERS IN A GLOBAL WORLD:
Threats and Opportunities for Social Workers and Human Service
CIF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
JUNE 3-8 2013 , ANKARA-TURKEY
whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.
It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.
Come, yet again, come , come.
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Members of CIF International and Friends from all over the World,
You are all
invited to the 30th CIF International Conference, which will
be held in Ankara, Turkey, between 3rd-8th June, 2013! As CIF Turkey
conference organization committee, we are very excited to receive you.
We would like
to remind you that, as CIF Turkey was founded in 1993, we are going to
celebrate the 20th anniversary of our existence at the
conference, as well! Since its foundation, CIF Turkey has witnessed a
number of encounters and you are all warmly invited to share our
experiences and excitement with us, along with other celebrations!
theme of the 30th CIF International Conference is ENCOUNTERS
IN A GLOBAL WORLD: Threats and Opportunities for Social Workers and
Human Service Professionals. The main subtopics of the conference theme
are: Diversity and Identity, Discrimination, Conflicts and Violence,
Hate Crimes, Reconciliation, Internet Abuse, Human Trafficking and
Refugees. Youll get more detailed information on our webpage,
http://conference.cifturkey.org! Your participation is very welcome
and you are invited to submit a presentation or lead a workshop at the
conference. Please note that the deadline of the abstract submission is
31st March, 2013.
email@example.com is the contact address for abstract
speeches, workshops and presentations will discuss and emphasize the
global encounters issue in all dimensions and give us a sense of how
we, as social work professionals, might turn all challenges we face into
opportunities for a better world, where we can live in peace and
The 30th CIF
International Conference academic programme has already started to
acquire a concrete shape! The programme includes valuable keynote
speakers, workshops, paper presentations, and various agency visits
addressing social issues of Turkey.
June, 2013, keynote speaker Professor Dr. Ayşe Buğra from Boğaziçi
University, Social Policy Forum, will cover the development of social
welfare services and social policy issues in Turkey. Just after this
first plenary session, Peace Project panel will follow.
Project started in 2011 in the 29th CIF International
Conference in Cyprus and following that, CIF Italy 2012 Professional
Exchange Programme especially focused on the project by hosting one
participant from Israel and one participant from Palestinian
territories. As a consequence of the need of the project to connect with
someone who is working in managing the internal/psychological conflict
of Israeli and Palestinian individuals, The Parents Circle Families
Forum; Two Sided Story is addressed. Mr. Mazen Faraj and Mr. Nir Oren
from the Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF) will have a presentation
about their work in the midst of ongoing conflict and violence to
transform their members (who all have lost a close family member in the
conflict) incredible loss and pain into a catalyst for reconciliation,
tolerance and peace, in this panel. After we watch their documentary
film titled Two Sided Story, well say together: It wont stop until
University Peace Education, Application and Research Center (BUPERC),
will also contribute to the Peace panel. This center was established in
2007 as the first Peace Education Center in a university setting in
Turkey. The mission of this center is to reach and educate all age
groups in conflict resolution and peace education, and to have a
peaceful, respectful and empathetic society where people from different
ethnics, cultural, religious and ideological backgroups live in harmony.
asserts that, we live in a world where war, terror and violence are
widespread in every part of life. So, solving conflicts by non-violent
methods and spreading peace culture carry vital importance. Peace
Education involves trainings in effective communication, empathy
building, initiate awareness of prejudices, human rights, conflict
resolution methods and motivate critical thinking. The consequence of
these trainings effect positively the emotional intelligence, thus
initiate a peace culture. In a way, peace education can be regarded as
preventive medicine. Peace starts within and spreads as harmonious
relations with the family members, the wider environment and the whole
World; so peace education should start at a very early age and continue
presentations will follow the Peace Panel on 4th June, 2013.
June, 2013, keynote speaker Associate Professor Dr. Pınar Uyan Semerci,
from Istanbul Bilgi University, faculty of Economis and Administrative
Sciences, International Relations Department, will have a speech titled:
of Migration: Social
Reflections and Related Social Policy Issues.
progress in academic programme, were working hard to organize an
attractive social and cultural programme aiming to have both fun and
learn about Turkish culture! We will organize not only academic
workshops, but also some cultural workshops such as Ebru (marbling),
Turkish cuisine, Turkish music, etc. We would like to give you a sense
of taste of the social part with some descriptive words, but would like
to keep it as a surprise, as well!
Turkey Conference Organization Committee members in Istanbul meeting
tuned with our website conference.cifturkey.org regarding the progress
and updates on the programme.
CIF Executive Committee Meeting
CIF Board of Directors Meeting
Büyük Anadolu Hotel is the place where our friends and fellows meet to
share their experiences, culture and make memorable moments. The Hotel
offers high standard services, enjoyment and relaxation since it is a
Hotel - Ankara, Turkey
Registration for the Conference can be completed either through Internet
or downloading the registration form and mailing or sending a fax. You
will find all the information at the website:
Nations will be opened on the third day of the conference, that is on 5th
June, 2013! We would like to kindly ask you to bring items specific to
your country and get ready to exhibit it to the guests contributing this
evening, for sale! People would love to hear your countrys music,
taste food that is special in your homeland and buy the stuff to take
their countries as souvenirs. This is a traditional fundraising event,
as well as a cultural exchange. You may also want to bring your country
flags, wear traditional clothing, and present us your culture. We leave
the rest up to your imagination!
Weve tried to start something that might attract your attention!
University students, studying in the field of social work will be with
us as volunteers during the whole conference!
organizations volunteers committee members visited various universities
and organized meetings with university students to inform them about CIF
International and the conference. After all, some were so excited to be
a volunteer for the conference with full of CIFs spirit. We are happy
to tell you that we will have a volunteer force with young social work
students. Now, were working on how to keep their motivations constant,
by regular meetings and with an efficient division of labor.
Turkey Conference Organization Committee members in Ankara meeting,
together with the volunteer students
have an International airport in Ankara, called Esenboğa International
Airport, which is only 2 km far from the Büyük Anadolu Hotel. There will
be shuttle services for CIF members from the airport to the hotel!
Please make sure, you inform the conference secretary regarding your
flight details at
Ankara has a continental climate with hot and dry summers. In spring,
it is the wettest season. Average air temperature in Ankara is between
Although the temperature difference between daytime and nighttime is
very variable, youd better to bring at least a cardigan or warm clothes
and umbrella/raincoat. We might have rain.
The currency is Turkish Lira ().
You can find Exchange Offices at the airport and also in the city
center, as well as at the hotel. Euros and Dollars are also acceptable
in many shops around touristic places.
MasterCard are mostly accepted in many shops, museums and at the hotel.
Turkey operates on 220-240 volts, 50hz with round-prong European-style
plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets.
The telephone area code of Ankara is (312). The Country code is (+ 90).
In the hotel, we will have a small room with computers and internet
connection. So, the participants will be able to check their e-mails,
etc. The hotel has wi-fi but you need to pay for it.
collaborated with a local travel agency to provide 3 post conference
tours that will really take you back to the history.
conference tours you will enjoy to join are:
Istanbul (8th-12th June 2013) Price: 475
one of the most romantic cities in the world, with its stunning
the Bosphorus, its exotic bazaars and its wonderful architecture that
includes Roman ruins, Byzantine churches and Imperial Ottoman mosques.
You will discover Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque,
Archeology Museum, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Tour, Spice Market,
Carpet Weaving Demonstration, Chora Museum, Istiklal Street, Galata
Tower and Topkapı Palace where you feel yourself like one of the Ottoman
Cappadocia (8th-11th June 2013) Price: 360
want to miss the tour to Cappadocia which takes you back to the 6th
century BC. The Salt Lake, Uchisar Town, Kaymakli Underground City,
Goreme Village, Goreme Open Air Museum, Dark Church, Pigeon Valley,
Carpet Weaving Demonstration, 3 Beauties, Art Of Pottery Demonstration,
Local Winery, Saruhan Caravanserai, Camel Stone, and Monks Valley are
the most important places that you will visit. You will do hot-air
ballooning, trekking, hiking and will not help yourself taking lots of
3- A voyage
to the ancient world: Pamukkale and Ephesus (8th-12th June 2013) Price:
thousands of years, the action of water has formatted a series of
immense limestone terraces and plateau, frozen in time. The hot running
water in this area has been revered since the time of the Romans for its
medicinal qualities. You will be able to witness this and amazing shape
of its natural rock formations, pools and cascades.
Ancient City, One of the best Roman cities of the world under the
protection of UNESCO will be welcoming you in this tour.
If you are
interested in participating in a tour, please visit the website:
http://conference.cifturkey.org/posttours.htm and follow the
instructions. We strongly encourage you to make a contact as soon as
possible since there is limited space. You will find the post tours
registration form so you can specify your interest on it and send it to
the secretariat of the conference at
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 1st, 2013.
http://conference.cifturkey.org to register and have more
information both about CIf Turkey and the 30th CIF
looking forward to meeting you all in Ankara, Turkey, in June!
Photo by Alper Fidaner.