International Conference on Social Sciences

The International Community of Social Sciences aims to examine the meaning of ‘science’ in a social context, and to examine the connections between the social and other particular sciences. The community interacts by way of an in-person conference held annually in different parts of the world, as well as a family of indexed and arbitrated journals, and a collection of academic reflection books.

Members of this knowledge community include academics, researchers, professors, policy makers, public administrators, consultants and technologists as well as students and doctoral students.

The International Conference on Social Sciences has become a forum for discussion aimed at the crucial challenges facing the social sciences today by combining both local and global perspectives. The conference includes prominent speakers, some of the most prestigious thinkers in the world, as well as presentations, workshops and seminars given by professors, researchers and professionals from both the public and private sectors. The official languages are English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Scientific committee

Permanent Scientific Director

Prof. Rafael Cabrera Collazo, PhD
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo has a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He serves as Associate Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and holds the rank of Professor of History in this same institution.

He has been a visiting professor at universities in Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Colombia, where he has given seminars on semiotics and visual culture – these being his areas of expertise and research. He currently participates in several academic research networks related to studies into representations of mass media.

He is a member of scientific editorial committees at universities in Spain, Colombia, Argentina a­­nd the Dominican Republic. These integrate national and international professional associations of historians and scholars of social sciences and visual culture – one being the Puerto Rican Association of Historians (of which he was a founding partner and President between 2001 and 2004) and the other, the International Society of Visual Culture, based in Madrid (where he is currently the Scientific Director on its executive committee).

He has written one book himself, entitled The drawings of progress: the caricature of Filardi and the criticism of Munocist developmentalism, 1950-1960,  and has co-authored three others. He has collaborated with others published in specialised journals and articles in arbitrated books in Mexico and Spain concerning the cultural history of cinema, and the sociability and manipulation of mass media.

Members of the scientific committee

  • Jayson Harsin, The American University of Paris, France.
  • Lucía Sutil, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain.
  • Norma Rodríguez Roldán, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • Carlos Manuel Vázquez Álvarez, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, México.

Themes

Cultural studies

  • The role of social, political and cultural interactions in the development of identity.
  • Personal identity based on the culture, time, place and geography of an individual, as well as their interaction with groups and the influence of institutions and experiences.
  • The role of diversity within cultures and between cultures.
  • Aspects of culture such as belief systems, religious faith, or political ideals as influences on other areas of culture such as its institutions, or its literature, music, and art.
  • Cultural diffusion and changes over time as facilitators of different ideas and beliefs.

History, geography, humans and environment

  • History as formal study which applies methods of scientific research.
  • Reading, reconstructing and interpreting events.
  • Analysing causes and consequences of events and their developments.
  • Considering interpretations of competing events.
  • Relationships between human populations and the physical world (people, places and environments).
  • The impact of human activities on the environment.
  • Interactions between regions, cities, places, people and environments.
  • Spatial patterns of regions, cities and places.

Development and transformation of social structures

  • The natural and the social: interdisciplinary studies
  • The role of social classes, stratification systems, social groups and institutions.
  • The role of gender, race, ethnicity, class, age and religion in defining social structures within a culture.
  • Social and political inequalities.
  • Expansion and access of rights through the concepts of justice and human rights.
  • The influence of education.
  • The role of the media.

Ideals and civil practices

  • Fundamental freedoms, rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.
  • The role of citizens in communities and nations, and as members of the global community.
  • Participation and social commitment
  • Respect for diversity.
  • Civic ideals and practices in countries with undemocratic systems.
  • The fight for rights, access to citizen rights, and universal human rights.

Power, authority and governance

  • Power, authority and governance.
  • Objectives, characteristics and functions of various governance systems as they are put into practice.
  • Individual rights and responsibilities according to protections or challenges in the context of majority rules.
  • Fundamental principles and values in constitutional democracies.
  • The origins, uses and abuses of power.
  • Conflicts, diplomacy and wars.
  • Mass media and Internet.

Global connections and exchanges

  • The past, present and probable future of global connections and interactions.
  • Global dissemination: the dissemination of ideas, beliefs, technologies and goods.
  • The role of technology.
  • Benefits / consequences of global interdependence (social, political, economic).
  • Causes and migration patterns.
  • Tension between national interests and global priorities.

Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems

  • Production, distribution and consumption.
  • Shortage of resources and challenges in relation to desires and needs.
  • Supply / demand and coordination of individual choices.
  • Economic systems. Economic politics.
  • Trade, interdependence and globalization.
  • The role of government in the economy.
  • Personal economy.

Science, technology and innovation

  • Scientific and intellectual theories, discoveries and philosophies.
  • The applications of science and innovations in transport, communications, military technology, navigation, agriculture and industrialisation.
  • Relations between science, technology and innovation, and social, cultural and economic changes.
  • Social construction of science and technology.