This knowledge community is brought together by a shared interest in interdisciplinary practices across the social sciences, and between the social sciences and the natural sciences, applied sciences and professions. The community interacts through an innovative, annual face-to-face conference, as well as year-round virtual relationships ins a weblog, peer reviewed journal and book imprint – exploring the affordances of the new digital media. Members of this knowledge community include academics, educators, policy makers, public administrators, research practitioners and research students.
Members of the Social Sciences Community meet the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, held annually in different locations around the world. The Conference was held at University of New Orleans, New Orleans, USA in 2011; University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK in 2010; University of Athens, Athens, Greece in 2009; Monash University Centre, Prato, Tuscany, Italy in 2008; University of Granada, Granada, Spain in 2007; and University of the Aegean, on the Island of Rhodes, Greece in 2006. In 2012, the Conference will be at Universidad Abat Oliba CEU, Barcelona, Spain.
Our community members and first time attendees come from all corners of the globe. The Conference is a site of critical reflection, both by leaders in the field and emerging scholars. It examines the nature of disciplinary practices, and the interdisciplinary practices that arise in the context of ‘real world’ applications. The Conference also interrogates what constitutes ‘science’ in a social context, and the connections between the social and other sciences. Those unable to attend the conference can opt for virtual participation in which community members may either submit a video and/or slide presentation with voiceover, or simply submit a paper for peer review and possible publication in the Journal.
The Social Sciences Community enables members to publish through three media. First, by participating in the Social Sciences Conference, community members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums – a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical and constructive nature of the peer review process. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard.
The second publication medium is through a book series the The Social Sciences, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposals and manuscript submissions are welcome.
Our third major publishing medium is our news blog, constantly publishing short news updates from the Social Sciences community, as well as major developments in the social sciences. You can also join this conversation at Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our email Newsletter.