The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in conjunction with its global university and institutional partners is proud to announce the Inaugural North American Conference on the Social Sciences (NACSS) taking place in Providence, Rhode Island, United States on September 11 – 14, 2014 at the Providence Marriott Downtown.
“Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy”
Conflict from earliest times has been a characteristic of the human condition. The struggle between our individual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being challenged by our being part of an interdependent structure of relationships on the other.
The specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, and aspirations, that helps to define us, can sit sometimes uncomfortably alongside our commitments to those closest to us, our communities and our cultures. This can lead to conflict at different levels.
Conflict within communities and societies is inevitable given that these groups are based on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, and beliefs that help to differentiate one from another. The dialectic engendered by diversity, however, although it may lead to conflict, can play an important role in the expansion of ideas in communities and societies. One major challenge of modern society is to harness the synergy that emerges from the interactive dialectic generated by these differences.
The North American Conference on the Social Sciences will include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations. In developing these relationships among ourselves, the role of the social sciences is strengthened as we take our place at the table, along with scholars in the STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), in seeking solutions to the complex issues and problems of the 21st century.
The conference theme is “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy” and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to the Social Sciences, including the following streams:
- Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities
- Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences
- Computational Social Science
- Cultural and Media Studies
- Economics and Management
- Education and Social Welfare
- Demography, Human Geography & Population Studies
- Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
- Globalization and Internationalization
- Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
- Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
- International Relations & Human Rights
- Journalism and Communications
- Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
- Politics, Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
- Politics, Public Policy, Law & Criminology
- Psychology & Social Psychology
- Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative
- Social History
- Social Work
- Teaching and Learning
- Technology and Applied Sciences
- Urban Studies
Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR journals associated with the conference.
International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary
The IAFOR North American Conference on the Social Sciences 2014 is organized as part of a five week series of academic events in the US organized by IAFOR. Those attending the NACSS 2014 will have the opportunity of attending The IAFOR North American Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (NACSEE2014) for no extra charge.