Monday, October 24, 2016

The IAFOR International Conference on Social Sciences - Hawaii 2017 (IICSSHawaii2017)

Dear Colleague,

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) offers uniquely global opportunities for researchers to share and explore both theory and practice on a range of timely and relevant issues today and tomorrow.

The IAFOR International Conference on the Social Sciences – Dubai 2017 (IICSSDubai2017) is no exception. Besides the chance to enjoy the charming, beautiful and exciting city of Dubai, the event offers participants a first-class platform for presenting, exploring and sharing novel research and innovative ways of bringing social sciences theories down to earth for practical applications.

This event will take place at The InterContinental Festival City Event Centre, Dubai, UAE, from Sunday, February 26 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Revolving around its macro theme, "East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery", the conference will feature Professor Donald E. Hall of Lehigh University, USA, as Keynote Speaker. We hope that the broad nature of this theme will encourage the submission of works from a variety of interesting perspectives.

IICSSDubai2017 offers much more than the social sciences. Registration includes admission to The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai 2017 (IICLLDubai2017), The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2017 (IICEDubai2017), and The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Dubai 2017 (IICAHDubai2017), which are to be held alongside IICSSDubai2017 as part of the same event. As such the scope for interaction with internationally renowned scholars and researchers spanning different fields of knowledge is quite simply a one-off opportunity.

The abstract submission deadline is fast approaching. Please submit by November 1, 2016 to have your abstract reviewed and join IAFOR and delegates from around the world in the international hub of Dubai to share your research and knowledge in an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary setting.

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2016
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In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2017.

Best regards,

IICSSDubai2017 Organising Committee
The IAFOR International Conference on the Social Sciences – Dubai 2017


***Join IAFOR at IICSSDubai2017 and:

– Deliver your research findings to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for IAFOR's peer-reviewed, open-access journals
– Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing about the latest research in Social Sciences, Language Learning, Education, Arts & Humanities, and more
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues

**Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration and save over 20%. Early Bird Registration is open until December 1, 2016. Please see the registration page for details:

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***Conference Theme: "East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery"

From natural phenomena and the results of climate change to pollution and societal traumas, migrations and war, the enormous challenges that face humankind and our environment are frequently daunting and difficult to comprehend. However, with every new challenge or disruption comes the opportunity for innovation and discovery. Whether inventing new technologies, implementing innovative systems, enacting better policies, legislation, or governance, or ensuring greater cooperation and information sharing, responses are many and varied.

From incremental shift to radical change, from the local to the regional and from the national to the global, this international conference will focus on the challenges that demand a collective response. It will highlight the need to harness our abilities as scientists, policymakers, practitioners, engineers and educators to find multidisciplinary solutions in pursuit of the common goal of a sustainable world.

In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2017.

***Conference Programme

As well as being a great opportunity for meeting and interacting with some of the biggest names in the fields of Social Sciences, Language Learning, Education, and Arts & Humanities, our conferences create an intellectually challenging but friendly environment for the presentation and nurturing of new ideas, encouraging the research synergies that drive new developments and create new knowledge.

The Keynote Speaker at The IAFOR International Conference on the Social Sciences – Dubai 2017 (IICSSDubai2017) will be Professor Donald E. Hall of Lehigh University, USA.

Keynote Presentation: Interdisciplinary Education for Innovation and Change

Abstract: Whatever we may isolate as the chief global threats that we face in the twenty-first century, we have little hope of effectively responding to them without finding common ground across nations, cultures, languages, and belief systems. We cannot address global warming, HIV/AIDS, the threat of terrorism, nuclear proliferation, religious intolerance, famine, poverty, or any other social ill by our own lonely and isolated selves – either as individuals or individual nations. States often, understandably, act out of national self-interest, but none of the major challenges we face today are solvable by individual nations acting solely on that basis of self-interest, except to the extent that it is in the interest of individual nations to work together collaboratively and energetically. How then do we begin to solve our biggest and most fundamental problem of them all: the challenge of living in peace, goodwill, and with a sense of shared interests with our fellow inhabitants of the planet?

By the end of this talk I will return repeatedly to that question because I do not think that science, technology, engineering, or business alone helps us achieve that foundational goal of living in peace, goodwill, and with a sense of shared interests with our fellow inhabitants of the planet. Science will help us cure disease. Technology will allow us to communicate and travel faster. Engineering may assist us in generating new forms of energy and protecting against eroding agricultural lands and coastal areas. Business provides incentives to develop new media, new pharmaceuticals, and new ways of feeding our hungry populations. However, none of them displaces or challenges self-interest, national or personal. None of them provides the tools alone to achieve our goal of living in peace, good will, and with a sense of shared interest with our fellow inhabitants of the planet. For that, we need interdisciplinary training in the liberal arts and sciences – especially as informed by the humanities, the social sciences, and the visual and performing arts. Only interdisciplinarity can teach us how to cross boundaries comfortably, even enthusiastically. Interdisciplinary perspectives can save us from ourselves and the threats that are produced by a narrow reliance on science, technology, and business.


***About IAFOR

IAFOR welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Japan, UK, Spain, USA and the UAE. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear about the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

By facilitating dialogue between the world's academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

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