The IAFOR North American Conference on the Social Sciences - September 11-14, 2014
The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global university and institutional partners is proud to announce the Inaugural North American Conference on the Social Sciences.
Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience the US, explore Boston, New York and New England, join a global academic community…
Our NACSS 2014 Conference Theme is: "Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy"
Conflict from earliest times has been a characteristic of the human condition. The struggle between our individual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being challenged by our being part of an interdependent structure of relationships on the other.
The specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, and aspirations, that helps to define us, can sit sometimes uncomfortably alongside our commitments to those closest to us, our communities and our cultures. This can lead to conflict at different levels.
Conflict within communities and societies is inevitable given that these groups are based on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, and beliefs that help to differentiate one from another. The dialectic engendered by diversity, however, although it may lead to conflict, can play an important role in the expansion of ideas in communities and societies. One major challenge of modern society is to harness the synergy that emerges from the interactive dialectic generated by these differences.
The North American Conference on the Social Sciences will include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations. In developing these relationships among ourselves, the role of the social sciences is strengthened as we take our place at the table, along with scholars in the STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), in seeking solutions to the complex issues and problems of the 21st century.
I sincerely hope that we will use this time together, not just for intellectual discovery and discourse, but to establish a common vision and to motivate each other to do our part in the creation of a better world.
We look forward to seeing you in Providence!
Professor Jerry Platt
NACSS 2014 Conference Chair
Professor Emeritus, College of Business, San Francisco State University, USA
Vice-Chair, IAFOR International Advisory Board
Director, IAFOR Economics Research Institute