Introducing interdiac Talking Points

interdiac a network academy which offers high quality training and supports life-long learning as well as supporting specific research and development projects. The main aim is to strengthen diaconia and social action in Central and Eastern Europe. The vision of learning which informs the work of interdiac starts with the learners’ own motivation and is grounded in diaconal values.


...bases its work on the following four key points:

  • Safeguarding and promoting the human dignity of each person; considering the service user to be the subject (not the object) of social, diaconal or community development work.
  • Developing the skills and strategies to support the participation and empowerment of excluded and marginalized people.
  • Influencing social change, working for a society in diversity and fighting against social exclusion.
  • Integrating theory and practice, theology and spirituality in a holistic approach.


We invite you to contribute to the new interdiac series: ‘Talking Points’! This regular production aims to present the issues faced by professional social & diaconal workers, students and volunteers. Each edition will highlight and present one topic, which the writer will analyse. It is important to reflect on the implications for the field of work or for future learning and development. At the same time, ‘Talking Points’ is an opportunity for writers to invite others to join a reflective journey which may lead to new developments and changes in social and diaconal work and personal lives. Your contribution can be an article or essay on a topic, a report and reflection on practice or the result of a written assignment in a learning programme. The main thing is that all editions should be contextually rooted and relevant!


The Editor will consider a broad range of topics for publication, including:

Essays and articles on such topics as:

  • New pedagogical approaches to social work learning and practice and new methodological perspectives based on a participatory approach.
  • Rights based approaches to working on social justice and social exclusion in the light of rising injustice, inequality and exclusion.
  • New professionalism in diaconal work and new paradigms for diaconal work by churches and other organisations.

Case Studies of Practice:

  • related to empowerment, participation and community development.
  • in specific working fields, for example with minorities such as asylum seekers, with women, with excluded young people, etc.
  • analysing innovation in local projects, use of networks including international networks.

What to do if you want to make a contribution to ‘Talking Points’?

  • Send your draft contribution to the Editor, who is responsible, with the interdiac team, for agreeing to the publication.
  • If the contribution is accepted, the author may be asked by the Editor to make some improvements.
  • After the Editor and the Author have agreed on publication, the contribution will be proof read, agreed with the Author and published.

Guidelines, Frequency & Deadlines for Publishing ‘Talking Points’  

Talking Points’ will be published at least twice in a year.  The deadline for submissions is 31st May and 31st October. Authors are invited to consult the editor before submitting an article.

Deadline for sending the contributions will be announced via the interdiac eNews and on the FaceBook page. You can enquire at any time, if you have a proposal and the Editor will give you guidance. The text for each ‘Talking Points’ should be about 2,500 words, but the limit is by negotiation with the Editor. Each article must follow these guidelines:

  • Fluent English for easy reading (each article will be proof read).
  • The article should, as far as possible, follow normal academic writing practice.
  • The document should be sent in Word format (.doc or .docx).
  • References should be made according to one academic system; A Bibliography where appropriate is welcome but the contents should be in a consistent format.
  • Endnotes should be used sparingly. Footnotes are not allowed.
  • Tables and graphics may be included but please bear in mind the format of the publication (see below).


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Each ‘Talking Points’ will be distributed via the interdiac eNews and will be announced on the FaceBook page. The text will be available to download from the interdiac web site. Print versions will be produced for learning programmes and presentation and may be requested from the interdiac office.



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International Academy for Diaconia and Social Action

Dukelská 264/5,
CZ737 01 Český Těšín,
Czech Republic