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International Social Science Council (ISSC)

The theme of the 2018 World Social Science Forum will be Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures. The Forum will take place from 25 - 28 September 2018, hosted by Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

The growing complexity of the challenges facing societies worldwide has given rise to increasing concerns about security, across a range of different sectors. Life in the Anthropocene era is calling into question the sustainability of human activities, with critical implications for equity, and for food, water and energy security. From issues of freedom and democracy to cyber- and bio-warfare, the changing nature of conflict highlights the complexity and interrelatedness of old and new threats to human security. It is against this backdrop that Agenda 2030 sets out to ‘secure our planet’, while ensuring that ‘no-one will be left behind’.

Over the course of four days, discussion at the World Social Science Forum will explore how current concerns about security relate to equality and sustainability. The Forum is expected to convene around 1,000 researchers from all over the world, who will identify critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions. Discussions at the Forum will be arranged around the following sub-themes:
  • Sustainability and security
  • Cybersecurity, cyberattacks, hybrid warfare
  • Human security
  • Security and the 2030 Agenda
  • Globalization, diversity, and cultures of belonging
  • Development and inclusion in urban and rural areas
  • Gender equality and security
  • Health, safety and biosecurity
  • Freedom, democracy and security.
The tri-annual World Social Science Forum is a flagship activity of the ISSC. The 2018 Forum will be held at Fukuoka Convention Center, hosted by Kyushu University and supported by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). World Social Science Fora convene researchers, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders from all over the world to discuss important societal challenges, take stock of social science contributions and capacities, and make recommendations for future research, practice and policy.

A call for nominations to the Scientific Committee will be released shortly, and a call for session proposals is expected to open in June 2017. We'll keep you updated in this newsletter.
Ethnografilm 2017 

The fourth edition of the Ethnografilm festival opens on April 11th in Paris, with a special performance of Buswell & Nyberg's Paris Music Challenge. In only nine days, speaking no French, they aim to form a ten-piece band made entirely from musicians they bump into on the streets of Paris, and then to write an original set of music to be performed by this group of musicians who've never played together before - at the reception of Ethnografilm!

A programme for the festival is now available.
T2S Funding call
Call for funding proposals: Transformations to Sustainability

There are just a few days left to respond to the call for proposals launched by the Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the ISSC under the banner of “Transformations to Sustainability” (T2S). This T2S call is helping to place social science and humanities at the heart of interdisciplinary research on and for sustainability, with a focus on three themes:
  • Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability
  • Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
  • Well-being, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability
The programme also aims to tap into and develop existing knowledge by facilitating new collaborations between countries which are not frequently involved in large-scale international collaborative research efforts. The ISSC is participating in the programme with dedicated funding for research teams in low- and lower-middle-income countries.
Putting children first
Putting children first: identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa 

The Comparative Research on Poverty programme (CROP), co-sponsored by ISSC and University of Bergen, invites paper proposals by 30 April for an international conference to be held 23-25 October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by the Ethiopian Centre for Child Research, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), CROP, The Impact Initiative at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, including African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), Save the Children, UNICEF and Young Lives.

The conference aims to engage policy makers, practitioners and researchers in identifying solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa, and inspiring action towards change. It will offer a platform for bridging divides across sectors, disciplines and policy, practice and research.
Earlier this month we commemorated International Women's Day with a blog highlighting findings from the 2016 World Social Science Report that demonstrate the need to #BeBoldforChange on gender inequality.

ACKnowl-EJ - one of the networks funded under our Transformations to Sustainability programme - launched a new map which makes visible the struggles of women in Latin America against mining and in defense of life, dignity and territory. The map highlights personal stories from women on the impacts they suffer as well as the alternatives they are putting into place.

From our Fellows:

Congratulations to World Social Science Fellow Arnisson Andre C. Ortega, who has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award for his publication Neoliberalizing Spaces in the Philippines: Suburbanization, Transnational Migration, and Dispossession. The Virginia A. Miralao Award is made by the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) to recognize original and meaningful research by promising young social scientists.

World Social Science Fellows have launched the Trans-Urban Knowledge Network (TUKN), an online platform to share visions and approaches to creating alternative urban futures that advance the sustainability and resilience of cities and urbanizing regions. 

The TUKN is a global collaboration between researchers from across a wide range of fields, who share a commitment to conducting applied critical research that generates alternatives to business-as-usual approaches to urban development and governance. Its founding members include many of the ISSC’s World Social Science Fellows who participated in the series of Sustainable Urbanization seminars between March 2013 and September 2015. The online platform creates a space for urban researchers to generate and share knowledge that is valid for science and valuable to society.

In Memorium: Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı

We are saddened to hear of the death of Professor Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı, former Vice-President of the ISSC and International Union of Psychological Science. A leading figure within social psychology in Turkey, Professor Kağıtçıbaşı was known for her pioneering work to strengthen the education of women and girls.

Vacancies from our network

Vacancy: Social Media/Web Editor, International Council for Science (ICSU)
The International Council for Science (ICSU) is seeking a part-time Social Media/Web Editor for a 6-month replacement. Apply by April 17 2017.

Dates for your diary

Ethnografilm Festival
Starts: April 11 2017
Location: Paris, France

WorldSSH Net Conference: "Two Decades' discourse about Globalising Social Sciences - Concepts, Strategies, Achievements"
Starts: April 26 2017
Location: Tehran, Iran

Fourth Annual Social Science Conference: The Environment and Social Transformation
Starts: May 19 2017
Location: Ifrane, Morocco

Fifth World Conference on Research Integrity
Starts: May 28 2017
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017 International Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS)
Starts: May 30 2017
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France

17th Conference of the Science Council of Asia
Starts: June 14 2017
Location: Pasay City, Philippines

Globalization, Growth and Sustainability – 18th World International Economic Association (IEA) Congress
Starts: June 19 2017
Location: Santa Fe, Mexico

Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences
Starts: July 5 2017
Location: Hobart, Tasmania

The Politics of Inclusion: International Workshop organized by CROP (Comparative Research Programme on Poverty) and UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme
Starts: July 6 2017
Location: Paris, UK

7th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Research
Call for applications by March 31 2017
Starts: July 16 2017
Location: Berlin, Germany

Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab world
Starts: July 17 2017
Location: Beirut, Lebanon

EADI Nordic Conference 2017: Globalisation at the Crossroads - Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries
Starts: August 21 2017
Location: Bergen, Norway

Transformations 2017
Starts: August 30 2017
Location: Dundee, UK 

European Consortium for Political Research - 2017 General Conference
Starts: September 6, 2017
Location: Oslo, Norway

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017
Starts: September 11, 2017
Location: Lüneburg, Germany

Artem international conference on Organizational Creativity and Sustainability
Call for abstracts open - submit by April 15 2017
Starts: September 14 2017
Location: Nancy, France

International CODATA 2017 Conference, “Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science
Call for papers will open soon
Starts: October 8 2017
Location: St Petersburg, Russia

World Science Forum
Starts: November 7, 2017
Location: Dead Sea, Jordan

Political Science in the Digital Age
Call for proposals open - submit by April 15 2017
Starts: December 4 2017
Location: Hanover, Germany

POLAR 2018 - Joint SCAR and IASC conference
Starts: June 19 2018
Location: Davos, Switzerland

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology
Abstract submission will open from April 25
Starts: July 15 2018
Location: Toronto, Canada

World Social Science Forum 2018
Call for session proposals will open soon
Starts: September 25 2018
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
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