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2020 Congress Program


Each year, the International Congress on Social Sciences attracts a diverse group of participants from around the world. Our program development team bases on this diversity to provide a rich and distinctive experience, including keynote speakers, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and social events. The congress program brings together presentations on similar topics to facilitate knowledge sharing and community building.

Come back soon for the latest updates on accepted proposals, plenary speakers, and featured events.

Accepted proposals

If you have an accepted proposal, be sure to register for the congress to be included in the program.

The program will be available for download 2 months before the start of the event.

Highlighted Theme

Migration, today’s topic and always

Migration, legal or not, free or forced, is one of the great subjects of all time. Humanity has been set through millenarian migratory flows. From the ancient world, civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Middle East have emerged and disappeared due to great human migrations. Of course, not all migrations are the same. There are discussions about its benefits and detriments. For example, many governments are trying to either contain or, at times, encourage migration flows. We are not exempt from those who associate migration with the worst social problems. If governments reserve the right to decide who enters their territory, people and families will take care of their own livelihoods and life where possible. Some of the catalytic agents of migration are the economic and developmental inequalities between countries. At present, it has become very common to explain migration as part globalization. The central subject of this event deals with this counterpoint of ideas. There are intranational, international and transnational migrations, which cross borders, real or symbolic, and enrich, but also divide countries, cultures, groups, genres and ethnicities, among others.

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Leonardo Schiocchet , PhD – Institute for Social Anthropology (Austria)

Tutelage and Humanitarian Reason: Ethnographic Insights from Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian situations

Leonardo Schiocchet has a PhD in anthropology (Boston University). He is currently a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA), P.I. of the FWF-funded project Austro-Arab Encounters (2018-2022), and a founding-member of the Refugee Outreach & Research Network (ROR-n). Since 2006, his work has focused on the Anthropology of the Middle East, with particular attention to processes of social belonging and subjecthood among Arab refugees in the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. Within this focus, his work has covered themes such as dynamics of suspicion and trust, ritualization, home-making processes, and others. Among his latest publications are: Outcasts among Undesirables: 117 Palestinian Refugees in Brazil in-between Humanitarianism and Nationalism (Latin American Perspectives, 46(3) 2019); and the special issue Anthropologists and Refugees between the Middle East and Europe (The Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia, 4(2) 2018) – Leonardo.Schiocchet@oeaw.ac.at.

Alan MacLane-Alejos

Prof. Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo, PhD – Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

El vídeo como frontera simbólica: lo latino en la videografía ochentera de Madonna

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo obtained a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He is in charge of the position of Associate Vice president for Academic Affairs at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and holds the rank of Professor of History in this same institution.

He has been a visiting professor at universities in Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Colombia, where he has offered seminars on semiotics and visual culture. He participates in several academic research networks related to studies on representations of mass media.

He is a member of scientific editorial committees of universities in Spain, Colombia, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. He integrates national and international professional associations of historians and scholars of social sciences and visual culture, two of them being the Puerto Rican Association of Historians, of which he was a founder member and President between 2001 and 2004, and the International Society of Visual Culture, based in Madrid, currently serving as the Scientific Director of its executive committee.

As for publications, he has three books as a co-author and one alone, entitled The drawings of progress: the caricature of Filardi and the criticism of Munocist developmentalism, 1950-1960. He has other collaborations about the cultural history of cinema, and the sociability and manipulation of mass media, published in specialized reviews and articles in books in Mexico and Spain.