The IAFOR North American Conference on the Social Sciences (NACSS) 2014

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  • 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.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    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
    • Lin­guis­tics
    • 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
    • Soci­ol­ogy
    • Sus­tain­abil­ity
    • Teach­ing and Learning
    • Tech­nol­ogy and Applied Sciences
    • Urban Stud­ies
    • Other

    Pub­lish­ing Opportunities

    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.


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