Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

  • 2021 Special Focus—The Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History
  • 21-23 July 2021
  • Hosted by: Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

2021 Special Focus—The Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History

It will be 20 years since the epoch-defining events of September 11, 2001. These actions caused a fracture; the world for a moment was torn apart. But rising out of this terrible devastation also came an incredible outpouring of collaboration, a renewed sense of community, and a dedication to building a better, more peaceful world.

The special focus of the Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences will address issues that have come to the fore in the 21st Century: conflict resolution, humanitarian action, peacebuilding, human rights, and community resilience. As the pressures from the climate emergency, new forms of conflict, rising nationalism, resource scarcity, and campaigns of disinformation continue to grow, we will need to become adept at navigating new social structures and understand a new cultural landscape.

Scholars are invited to contribute papers that will help frame the critical discourses of this era, especially in the face of increasingly insular nationalism, tribal thought, and weaponized narratives. We will be examining issues such as: how to address forced migration and refugee crises during a time of climate displacement; building cultural resilience while maintaining global connectivity; productive communication in a “post-truth” era; how to promote human rights in the face of extremism; understanding how to address acts of symbolic violence and how they impact communities; how to rebuild communities shattered through conflict or disaster; and how to best serve vulnerable groups in emergency settings.

Research Network Chair

Marcin Galant

Marcin Galant

Assistant Professor, Institute for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Conference Chairs

Scott Sworts

Scott Sworts

Oxford Brooks University, United Kingdom

Matt Gaskin

Matt Gaskin

Oxford Brookes University,United Kingdom

Dr. Julia Wedel

Dr. Julia Wedel

Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Marcin Galent

Marcin Galent

Assistant Professor, Institute for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Plenary Speakers

The Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences featured plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Scott Sworts

Scott Sworts

Oxford Brooks University, United Kingdom

"20 Years Later: Reflections on the Reincarnation of Ground Zero"

Jessica Budds

Jessica Budds

Associate Professor in Geography and International Development, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Joseph Juhász

Joseph Juhász

Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Environmental Design, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado, United States

"Heraclitus: again and again but not twice."

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:

Richard L Velasco

Richard L Velasco

Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, USA

Tabitha Espina

Tabitha Espina

Assistant Professor, Eastern Oregon University, USA

Shrija Srinivasan

Shrija Srinivasan

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India

Aisling Keavey

Aisling Keavey

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland

Priscalia Khosa

Priscalia Khosa

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Mary Grace M. Villaflores

Mary Grace M. Villaflores

City College of San Jose del Monte & La Concepcion College, Philippines

Kaia DeMatteo

Kaia DeMatteo

University of Massachusetts, USA

Georgianna Stoukides

Brown University, USA

Paraskevi Kanellatou

Paraskevi Kanellatou

University of Athens, Greece

Rajit Das

Rajit Das

Georgia State University, USA

Conference Partner