Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2006, the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network is brought together by a common interest in disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, within and across the various social sciences, and between the social, natural and applied sciences. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2021 Special Focus—The Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History
  • THEME 1: SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY STUDIES
  • THEME 2: CIVIC AND POLITICAL STUDIES
  • THEME 3: CULTURAL STUDIES
  • THEME 4: GLOBAL STUDIES
  • THEME 5: ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
  • THEME 6: ORGANIZATIONAL STUDIES
  • THEME 7: EDUCATIONAL STUDIES
  • THEME 8: COMMUNICATION

Research Network Chair

Marcin Galant

Marcin Galant

Assistant Professor, Institute for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Conference Chairs

Scott Sworts

Scott Sworts

Oxford Brooks University, United Kingdom

Matt Gaskin

Matt Gaskin

Oxford Brookes University,United Kingdom

Dr. Julia Wedel

Dr. Julia Wedel

Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Marcin Galent

Marcin Galent

Assistant Professor, Institute for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Plenary Speakers

Scott Sworts

Scott Sworts

Oxford Brooks University, United Kingdom

Conference & Network Partners

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