I was caught in the EMES net! When you fall into the EMES net, you can no longer leave because there you find friends, not just colleagues, you create ties, not just work together. The EMES Network is tempered with seriousness and good humor, with competence and affection. I also love having a North-South dialogue that can strengthen a global solidarity network. In the face of local and global crises of all kinds, our articulation is encouraging and gives us the hope to continue.
Adriane Ferrarini, professor and researcher at the Social Science Program of the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS) Brazil.
Fast-approaching 6th EMES International Research Conference will welcome 350 participants from 41 different countries; a mix of scholars, researchers and practitioners from different parts of the world. That means that this year’s conference also sees impressive number of participants coming from non-OECD countries and outside the European continent. This is why we made a point to support their participation within the financial limitations of organizing such a large conference: we offered them a subsidized registration fee that also included room and board. We are thrilled that 25 PhDs and researchers will take advantage of this opportunity although we will continue working to increase that figure in future events.
Motivation to participate
Kerrin Myres, Research Associate at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), travels to Europe from South Africa with the PhD student Lauren Jankelowitz, and they view this conference as an important opportunity to share and exchange ideas:
We decided to attend the conference because we believe that EMES plays a central role in the development of social entrepreneurship globally. That means that we will be hearing and meeting the people that we read – this is as exciting as meeting a favourite rock-star, so definitely worth the journey! Our school, GIBS is at the forefront of business schools in Africa and we are looking forward to making new connections and collaborations with the global North.
Kerrin Myres and Lauren Jankelowitz
The #6EMESconf has also attracted many young researchers from other continents, who expect that exposure to experiences and models from different countries will enrich their research and network
I decided to attend the EMES Conference because it seems to me a unique opportunity to discuss social entrepreneurship – an international space open to multidisciplinarity, pluralism of methodologies and research lenses. As a Brazilian PhD student, I have very positive expectations that EMES Conference will be a valuable experience for discussions and ideas exchange
—says Nadir França, PhD student at the University of São Paulo, excited about a possibility to connect and explore new avenues of collaboration.
Place to share experience among countries and regions
Due to the various models and trajectories in the field of social economy and social enterprises existing around the world, the participation of scholars from other world regions will by all means enrich interdisciplinary academic discussions, and provide innovative perspectives. Professor Adriane Ferrarini who attended several EMES conferences, explains these events can facilitate collaboration and connection with the peers from different countries and continents:
In this exchange, the North has much to teach. This fruitful dialogue between partners in the North and South who believe that “other globalizations”, solidarity and inclusiveness, is possible, and is my greatest motivation to attend EMES Conference. However, no less significant is to review friends, share experiences and, of course, join the conference party, which is always very fun.
Prof. Adriane V. Ferrarini
Kerrin Myres also expresses her enthusiasm and motivation to contribute to the global discussions in this field based on interesting experience from South Africa:
South Africa has a critical need for social entrepreneurs – to the extent that entrepreneurship generally is seen as having an important social role to play in the country’s future development. The South African entrepreneurs have to be particularly innovative and flexible in the way they develop their businesses. We believe we have some wonderful stories to share about their business models. We are also especially interested in exploring the idea of research using the social entrepreneurship-as-practice lens.
An impressive mix of participants from different parts of the world demonstrate not only a successful global outreach of the conference, but predominantly the relevance of the topic of social economy and social enterprises worldwide, considering variety of scientific approaches. We believe that the 6th EMES International Research Conference will create unprecedented opportunities for academic and research cooperation, networking and dialogue on the international level.