Garden Conversation with Jack Goody, Fifth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK
Conference Dinner, Fifth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK
Garden Conversation with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, First International Conference on New Directons in the Humanities, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Our History ...

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network

Conference

Founded in 2006, the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences examines the nature of disciplinary practices in the study of society and the interdisciplinary practices that arise in the context of "real world" applications of social research and theory. The Conference also investigates what constitutes "science" in a social context and the connections between the social and other sciences. The focus of papers ranges from the finely grained and empirical (research practices and results exemplifying one or more disciplines) to wide-ranging multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives on knowledge and method.

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is built upon four key features: internationalism, interdisciplinary, inclusiveness, and interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, all who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to discuss key issues in the field and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.

Publishing

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network 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 Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Journal Collection 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 The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.

Community

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Members also join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, or on our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2006 - University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece
  • 2007 - University of Granada, Granada, Spain
  • 2008 - Monash University Centre, Prato, Tuscany, Italy
  • 2009 - University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • 2010 - University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • 2011 - University of New Orleans, New Orleans, USA
  • 2012 - Universidad Abat Oliba CEU in Barcelona, Spain
  • 2013 - Charles University's Faculty of Social Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2014 - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2015 - University of Split, Split, Croatia
  • 2016 - Imperial College London, London, UK
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences has a rich history of featuring the leading and emerging voices from the field. This includes:

  • Patrick Baert, Selwyn College, Cambridge, UK (2006; 2010)
  • David Barton, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK (2006)
  • Robin Blackburn, The New School for Social Research, New York City, USA (2007)
  • Leela Fernandes, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA (2008)
  • Sir Jack Goody, St John’s College, Cambridge, UK (2010)
  • Rom Harré, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA (2010)
  • Gerassimos Kouzelis, The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece (2009)
  • Alena Křížková, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic (2013)
  • Juliet Mitchell, Jesus College, Cambridge, UK (2010)
  • Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA, (2007)
  • Maria Pournari, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece (2009)
  • Monica Edwards Schachter, Spanish National Research Council, Madrid, Spain (2012)

Past Partners

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations: