Last call for the IXth SWS International Scientific Conferences on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities

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Historical backgrounds

Back there in the 18th century, Christian Wolff differentiated three types of ontological metaphysics, regarding the spirit, the world, and God. Later on, Wilhelm Dilthey divided two types of science: Human science and Natural science. Since then, we witness a great schism between what is considered to be, on the one hand, subjective and on the other – objective studies. The gap between Human and Natural sciences became bigger with the idea of falsifiability introduced by Karl Popper in the 20th century. In that picture, we could imagine that Social Sciences lay, somewhat, in the middle between the two already mentioned. The majority of the Social Sciences exploit the scientific methods borrowed from Natural Sciences (Antipositivism, or Interpretivism, is an exception), whereas Humanities mostly use critique, speculation, and comparative historical methodology.


There is a large dispute on what the main disciplines within Social Sciences are, and what goes beyond the definition, into the area of Humanitarian studies. Nevertheless, we could outline the scope of Social Sciences. The foremost subdomains are Anthropology, Psychology, Economics, Archeology, Cultural Studies, Political Science, Social History, and Sociology. On the behalf of Humanities, these are Philosophy, History, Linguistics and Language Studies, Literature and Arts. Although these two domains are diametrically opposite ways to fathom the world's phenomena, they could lend a lot to each other. Nowadays, science becomes more and yet more interdisciplinary. Therefore, one significant breakthrough into some of the branches of Social Sciences could surge a great inspiration for Arts and vice versa. There are many examples of that effect as the immense spurs that Marxism or Psychoanalysis were for a multitude of artists, or how science fiction or "stream of consciousness" literature provoked various scientific researches and discoveries.

As the world is not divided into subjects and objects, and human being is not made out of two parts – body and soul but they are entities, the same way, we should not, categorically, separate Human and Natural sciences, or Social Sciences and Arts. Although differentiation is obligatory for our mind to comprehend and seize its targets, we produce meaningful ideas when all the analyzed parts are put back together. In the same manner, we should reconcile the different aspects of knowledge in order to step in a bit deeper into the understanding of the Universe within and without us.

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Two individual panels within one conference

After long consideration and discussions, we have decided to divide the field of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts (SSHA) and provide you with two separate conferences, or more correctly, two individual panels within one conference. Of course, we should not, categorically, detach Social Sciences from Humanities & Arts or vice versa, but it is an old and well-proven fact that through differentiation, we could better observe the details. Yet, the two branches have different approaches and premises. Therefore, as a precedent, you will enjoy two distinct platforms:

- SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences (ISCSS)

- SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts and Humanities (ISCAH)

Become ISCSS or ISCAH lecturer (live or virtual) and enrich your research experience in cooperation with other scientists no matter if you are devoted to "Social Sciences" or to "Arts and Humanities". Join us and reveal the power of multidisciplinarity!

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