The Social Sciences Conference is a participants’ conference comprised of numerous parallel sessions and selected plenary sessions. Participants are invited to submit proposals as either 30-minute, 60-minute and jointly presented 90-minute presentations. A Virtual participation is also available if you are unable to attend the conference in-person.

All presenters are required to register to participate in the conference.


    30 minute Presentation:  
    A conference session involving a 15 minute speaker presentation, followed by questions and answers. Allow 5 minutes within the 30 minute timeslot for people to move between rooms. If you would like a chair or facilitator for your session, the conference organisers suggest that you find a person to fulfil this role from amongst other conference participants. The chair's role is to introduce the presenter/performer, keep the presentation within the 15 minute time limit and manage the question and answer session. Presenters may also chair their own sessions, but are requested to keep to this format. We recommend against reading whole papers, and suggest that handouts (20 or 30 copies-please bring these with you, as there are no photocopying facilities at the conference) and visual supports (data slides or overhead transparencies) to assist delivery. Multiple-authored presentations are welcome, though only one article can be submitted to the journal based on each presentation.

    60 minute Presentation:  
    A workshop, crafted panel, staged conversation, dialogue or debate. This is a conference session involving substantial interaction with the audience. It must not simply be a long paper-papers are for 30 minute sessions only. If you wish to submit an article to the journal based on a workshop session, it should be a single, jointly authored piece.

    90 minute Colloquium:  
    A conference session involving at least five registered participants (for instance, a chair or facilitator plus four or more presenters who present for no more than 15 minutes each). At least 15 minutes must be left for audience interaction. The conference committee does not organise these sessions. Presenters need to conceive and design the session and submit a proposal through the call for papers area on the conference website. Either a single article or multiple articles can be submitted to the journal based on the content of a colloquium session.


    Virtual Participation:  

    A paper submitted without the participant attending the conference in person, but eligible to be refereed and published (if accepted) in the journal. A virtual registration allows you to join the conference community in the following ways:

  • Your conference proposal will be listed in the Session Descriptions of the conference. Acceptance of a conference proposal for a virtual participant is based on the same criteria as that for an attending participant.

  • You can submit a paper to the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

  • Your journal paper submission will be refereed by conference participants and you will in turn referee paper submissions of other conference participants.

  • If accepted, your paper will be published in the same volume as conference participants from the same year. You will also have online access to all papers published in the journal from the time of registration until one year after the conference end date.

  • You will receive the community newsletter.

Presentation/Paper Focus: Practice, Research, Theory

    Presentations and published papers may have a theory, research or practice focus:

    Practice Focus:
    A presentation or publication which describes innovative or exemplary practices or programs in the community, in workplaces, in education institutions and the like. This may take the form of case studies, narratives, demonstrations or technical reports. The outcomes of practice may be improved frameworks, concepts, understandings or structures, such as enhanced capacity through the development of skills, knowledge and operational effectiveness. This kind of work may involve putting theory and research into practice.

    Research Focus:
    A presentation or publication reporting upon original research, based on the systematic collection and analysis of data or facts. This kind of work may involve the application or testing of theory.

    Theory Focus:
    A presentation or publication which is broad and generalising in its emphasis, reflecting upon and systematically referenced against one or more bodies of literature or systems of thought.
    Referees for presentation proposals and of submitted papers will base their assessment upon the kind of focus of a particular presentation or paper.