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For The World News 2013 Spring Issue


Threats and Opportunities for Social Workers and Human Service Professionals 



Come, come, 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


 Dear 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!

 The 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. You’ll 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. academic@cifturkey.org is the contact address for abstract submissions!   

Keynote 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 fellowship.

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.

On 4th 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.

The Peace 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”, we’ll say together: “It won’t stop until we talk!”

Boğaziçi 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.

BUPERC 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 for lifetime.

Workshops and presentations will follow the Peace Panel on 4th June, 2013. 

On 5th 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: “Turkey,  a Country  of Migration: Social Reflections and Related Social Policy Issues”.

Besides the progress in academic programme, we’re 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!  


CIF Turkey Conference Organization Committee members in Istanbul meeting


Please stay tuned with our website conference.cifturkey.org regarding the progress and updates on the programme.



May 30-31, 2013
CIF Executive Committee Meeting

June 1-2, 2013
CIF Board of Directors Meeting

June 3-8, 2013
CIF Conference

CONFERENCE VENUE: 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 thermal springs.

Büyük Anadolu Hotel - Ankara, Turkey  www.bah.com.tr


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:


Market of 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 country’s 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!


We’ve 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!

The organization’s 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 CIF’s spirit. We are happy to tell you that we will have a volunteer force with young social work students. Now, we’re working on how to keep their motivations constant, by regular meetings and with an efficient division of labor.


CIF Turkey Conference Organization Committee members in Ankara meeting, together with the volunteer students



Traveling to Ankara
We 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 rabia@cifturkey.org  

Weather Forecast
Ankara has a continental climate with hot and dry summers.  In spring, it is the wettest season. Average air temperature in Ankara is between 24-26
°C.  Although the temperature difference between daytime and nighttime is very variable, you’d 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.  

Visa and 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.


We have collaborated with a local travel agency to provide 3 post conference tours that will really take you back to the history.

Post conference tours you will enjoy to join are:


1- Splendid Istanbul (8th-12th June 2013) Price: 475 €



 Istanbul is one of the most romantic cities in the world, with its stunning

location on 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 emperors.


2- Magical Cappadocia (8th-11th June 2013) Price: 360 €  


 You don’t 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 photos.


3- A voyage to the ancient world: Pamukkale and Ephesus (8th-12th June 2013) Price: 400 €


Over 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.

Ephesus 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 rabia@cifturkey.org no later than March 1st, 2013.


Please visit www.cifturkey.org and http://conference.cifturkey.org to register and have more information both about CIf Turkey and the 30th CIF International Conference.


We are looking forward to meeting you all in Ankara, Turkey, in June!

P.S. Cover Photo by Alper Fidaner.                                       

Conference Organization Committee