Institute On Family and Neighborhood Life

Balkan-American Conference Tirana


family conference

This conference brings together researchers and others interested in learning how families and communities are being studied in the Balkans. Of specific interest is how success is measured to improve child and family well-being and how research and evaluation are being used to bring about meaningful change for children and families.

Abstracts of potential presentations should be focused on topics of relevance to the symposium theme of strengthening families and communities.   Because families are the fundamental core of all societies, it is important to understand how current social and economic forces are affecting the quality of family life.  There are many changes taking place in the structure and function of families that put stress on the important role of families to act as a buffer and provide a safe place for family members.  Community institutions (schools, workplaces, NGOs, places of worship) have historically been supportive of family life but are now also facing challenges in meeting the needs of families and providing meaningful support.

We are interested in presentations relating to an empirical approach, with a focus on describing changes in family life and the policies and practices of community institutions that are supportive of family life.   The relative effectiveness of various strategies (e.g., family support/treatment programs, NGOs, legal action, political action, public information campaigns, educational efforts), and the lessons learned from last few generations are of interest.   The overall quest is to understand what is happening to families and how might change occur to improve family life.

Among the topics of interest are:

* descriptive analyses of changes in the structure of families (e.g., divorce, co-habitation, single parents);

* analyses of the impact of changes on children, adolescents, young adults, families, and communities, in areas such as: family life, schooling, health, gender roles, sexual behavior, ethnic relations, wealth distribution, crime and victimization, international migration, religious beliefs, organization of work, opportunities for people with disabilities;

* analyses of the ways in which community institutions (e.g., faith institutions; health care; education; human services; local governments) have initiated changes and the relative effectiveness of different strategies to strengthen families;

* the types of innovations in policies, programs, and clinical practices that are needed to respond to current challenges and further develop positive trends.



Clemson University Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life

Marin Barleti University

University of Tirana

Childwatch International Research Network

Haruv Institute

International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI)

University of Elbasan Aleksander Xhuvani


Deadline for Submission of Abstracts:    May 15, 2014

   Deadline for Notification of Abstract Acceptance:    May 30, 2014

 Deadline for Submission of Papers considered for Publication:         June 15, 2014



Call for Papers, Posters and Symposium Submissions

In order to be reviewed all poster, paper and symposium submissions must be clearly related to research and evaluation of children, youth, families and/or community institutions.

Paper and Poster Submissions

All paper and poster submissions must include:

• A title and list of authors and affiliations.

• A short abstract of up to 100 words summarizing the research to be presented.

• A long abstract with a minimum length of 750 words with sections that clearly state: (1) the population being studied, (2) the research or evaluation methodology used, and (3) recommendations for future research and/or evaluations.

Symposium Submissions

For purposes of this conference, a symposium submission may consist of a grouping of papers on a common theme or project that may be presented in a one hour format.  All symposium submissions must include:

• A title and list of authors and affiliations.

• A short abstract of up to 200 words summarizing the symposium theme of research to be presented.

• A long abstract with a minimum length of 1000 words with sections that clearly state for each paper (1) the population being studied, (2) the research methodology and analysis used, and (3) recommendations for future research and/or evaluations.

Review Process

All proposals will be accepted or rejected on the basis of peer review.

Presenters will be notified by May 30th whether their submission has been accepted.

Submission of a proposal implies a commitment to attend and deliver the presentation if it is accepted.

All attendees, presenters, and guests are required to register for the meeting.

Selected papers may be chosen to be published in a conference proceedings.


Proposals may be submitted to or (please include Tirana conference in the subject line)

Address of the conference:
Faculty of Social Sciences
Blv. Gjergj Fishta
Tirana, Albania


Conference fee    50 euro


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