Keynote Speakers

Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, Harper’s and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. Today, she is a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America.

Dorte Caswell, Ph.D. and Associate Professor, has been working at Department of sociology and social work, Aalborg University, Denmark since 2012, but has done research in social work for much longer and has been participating in most of the Nordic FORSA conferences since 2003. She currently heads the research group SAB – Social Work at the Frontline of Social and Employment Policy. Her current research focuses on bridging political science and sociological approaches in understanding social work practice and the way the Danish welfare state has developed, understanding its current state including its organizational and professional aspects, and understanding the implications current welfare policy have for the most vulnerable clients.

See Caswell's AAU Personal Profile for more information.

Walter Lorenz is a Visiting Professor for Social Work at Charles University, Prague. He was from 2001 until 2017 Professor at the Free University of Bozen / Bolzano in Italy, where he coordinated a professional social work programme and was also Rector from 2008 to 2016. A native of Germany, he qualified as a social worker at the London School of Economics and practised this profession in East London before taking up a position as lecturer of social work at University College, Cork in Ireland in 1978, where he became Jean Monnet Professor in 1995. His research interests include intercultural pedagogy, social pedagogy, comparative aspects of social work and social policy in Europe and quality standards in social services. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Ghent and Aalborg.