Call for Papers: Eleventh International Conference on
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

'An Age and its Ends: Social Science in the Era of the Anthropocene'

Imperial College London
London, UK
2-4 August 2016

Call For Papers

The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for the Eleventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. The Social Sciences Conference will be held on 2-4 August 2016 at the Imperial College London, London, UK.

Conference Themes

The Conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences community. Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in these areas, as well as a numerous paper, colloquium, poster and workshop presentations.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types) addressing the social sciences through one of the following themes:

Social and Community Studies Civic and Political Studies
Cultural Studies Global Studies
Environmental Studies Organizational Studies
Educational Studies Communication
Special Focus for 2016: 'An Age and its Ends: Social Science in the Era of the Anthropocene'

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus.

We also offer participation options for those individuals who cannot attend the conference. Authors who wish to submit an article for potential publication in the The Social Sciences Collection may submit a Proposal for Article Submission, while all members of the knowledge community with an accepted proposal may submit an online presentation to the knowledge community YouTube channel.


'An Age and its Ends: Social Science in the Era of the Anthropocene'

From the first hunting of animals and burning of lands by hunters and gatherers, then the tilling of fields and planting of crops by farmers, to the rise of smokestack industries, and more recently to intensified social, political and economic globalizations, collective human action has left an undeniable mark on the natural environment. The more recent phases of this long history are now being defined as the ‘age of the Anthropocene’, or an age where a single species is determining the direction of the Earth’s natural history. A key purpose of defining the age is to understand a new stage in the interaction of the social and the natural, manifest today in human-induced changes to global temperatures, sea level, CO2 in the atmosphere, to name just a few consequential eco-systemic changes.

There is a certain kind of teleological quality to this argument. We are ‘in’ the age of the Anthropocene but we are at the same time concerned about its ‘ends’, in the sense of human purposes and effects. In the most apocalyptic versions of this argument, human damage to the Earth that may undermine the very conditions of human and other life on Earth. ‘Ends’ are projected through augments supported by evidence of the intensifying impacts of human activity and social systems on the Earth. How can interdisciplinary approaches in the social sciences help us to explore these ‘ends’ of our age in terms of their environmental and human consequences? This year’s Special Focus for the Eleventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences - An Age and Its Ends: Social Science in the Era of the Anthropocene - is necessarily open-ended because of the contingent nature of human ‘ends’. Whether or not we accept the velocity of global environmental change, human impacts on the environment demand a reappraisal of the disciplinary moorings of the social sciences. Looking forward into the future, how can we navigate alternative sustainable social pathways, sensitive to the natural environment? What social, economic, political, educational as well as natural scientific perspectives and methods need to be brought to the table in this essentially interdisciplinary endeavor?

Submit a Conference Proposal

To learn more about preparing and submitting your conference proposal, including guidelines, deadlines, and "how-to" information, go to Submitting Your Work: Conference Presentations.

Conference Details

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