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.

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Last update: November, 26th 2018

Program Preview 2018

2018 Highlighted Theme

For an smart and socially responsible future: smart social cities, smart social universities

The Smart City concept emerged shortly before 2010 and is frequently used in the political and academic debate about cities. This term has eclipsed other concepts related to urban sustainability as “sustainable cities” or “eco-cities” (Joss, 2015), although these ideas of sustainability and ecology have been permanently incorporated into the intelligence’s. The use of ICT is the fundamental and distinctive element of the Smart City concept (Deakin and Al Wear, 2011), but the ultimate goal of a Smart City should be to achieve efficient management in all areas of the city (city planning, infrastructure, transportation, services, education, health, safety, energy, etc.). The Smart University concept is a translation into the university environment of the Smart City concept, seeking to apply to the University the need to approach new models, proposals, solutions and strategies, and that in this approach, ICT can play a key role. This perspective is enriched by the university dimension to the extent that the main objective (although not the only one) of the universities is the improvement of the living conditions of citizens through investment in research, knowledge and learning. Thus emerges a new concept, that of Smart Social University, which through the articulation of the three fundamental axes (the university itself, the public administration and the private investments), promotes innovation and social progress on the solid basis of sustainability criteria, participation, cooperation, technology and ecology.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Rafael Cabrera

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo, Ph.D. – Univ. Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

Teaching in times of smart universities: social sciences and dialogue with ICT

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo has a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico, in Río Piedras. He has realized postdoctoral studies in the universities of Oxford, in England, and in Bologna, in Italy. Currently, he is in charge of the position of Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and holds the rank of Professor of History at the same institution. Cabrera is dedicated to work about visual semiology and the effect of the mass media on daily life. It also researches aspects related to social and economic history at the conjuncture of the Spanish-American War, especially in the areas of microhistory and regional history. His research work has been published inside and outside of Puerto Rico, standing out his book Los dibujos del progreso: el mundo caricaturesco de Filardi y la crítica al desarrollismo muñocista, 1950-1960 (The drawings of progress: the caricature world of Filardi and the critique of muñocista developmentalism, 1950-1960). He has published several essays about culture of music video in the 1980s. He has given lectures and has offered seminars about visual image studies in universities in Mexico, Spain and Colombia, highlighting the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.

María Elena Morín

Prof. María Elena Morín, PhD – Universidad Tecmilenio (Mexico)

The sciences of happiness and well-being applied in higher education: Case Tecmilenio

Studies: Diploma in Positive Psychology at Universidad Iberoamericana; Degree in Psychology at the University of Monterrey; Specialization in Clinical Psychology at the Western Institute for Group and Family Therapy, California, USA; PhD in Social Psychology at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium; Organizational Consultant certified in CONOCER.

Professional experience: Academic Director: Institute of Happiness Sciences at Tecmilenio University; Director of Academic Design at Tecmilenio University; Director Interdisciplinary Center for Learning (CIA) at Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM); Director of the Support Center for Sustainable Development at Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM); Director of the SINAPSIS Distance Education Program at Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM); Director of the Women in Solidarity program in the Government of the State of Nuevo León; Program design for gifted children in the Government of the State of Nuevo León.

Consulting Areas: Models of Social and Community Development – Solidarity, DIF, CADS; Social Development Methodology and Business Partners for Development – World Bank; Cognitive development and skills – Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM); Positive psychology in organizational and educational contexts.

Dr. Galo Naranjo

Galo Naranjo López, Ph.D. – Dean of the Technical University of Ambato (Ecuador)

Influence of university education in the formation of world citizenship

PhD in Teaching Innovation in the Knowledge Society from the Complutense University of Madrid, Doctor in Educational Sciences with focus on Educational planning and researching, Master in University Teaching and Educational Research, Bachelor of Educational Sciences. Career path based on the field of Education and Research, is the author and co-author of several curricular programs, director of the Master’s Program “Management of Educational and Social Projects” and Consultant of the Ecuadorian Association of Faculties of Philosophy and Education Sciences. He has been Invited to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in different Universities of Ecuador. Pedagogical consultant of educational institutions of medium and high level. Author of important Works on research and education.

Gustavo Norberto Duperré

Prof. Gustavo Norberto Duperré
Universidad del Salvador and General Directorate of Culture and Education (Argentina)

World Heritage and universities: Cooperation agreements through the UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Program.

Gustavo Norberto Duperré graduated in Arts and History Management from the University of El Salvador in Argentina, degree accredited by the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. He also holds a teacher training degree in Geography oriented to Social Sciences and for fourteen years he has been working as Head Instructor at the General Management of Culture and Education in the jurisdiction of Buenos Aires. He is a candidate for the UNESCO Chairs Programme on Cultural Tourism UNTREF/AAMNBA and Heritage and Sustainable Tourism: International Postgraduate Degree from the National University of Tres de Febrero and the Fine Arts Museum Friends Association, Argentina. He has worked in different activities in the field of culture: in research, as a curator, and also in management. He has contributed with various international congresses in Madrid, Roma, Paris, Ottawa and Cuba. Among his lines of research the following are to be highlighted: digital workflows for Heritage conservation, public image of the museum and its social projection, Jules Verne literature, and links between environmental sciences and contemporary art, some of which topics have been published in the following websites: Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the National Archaeological Museum of Spain, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and the Jules Verne Hispanic Society.

Dr. Medardo Plasencia

Medardo Plasencia Castellanos, Ph.D. – Universidad Motolinía (Mexico)

Universities in challenging of 21st-century culture

Prof. Medardo Plasencia Castellanos, Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Universidad Iberoamericana de México, with extensive experience since 1967 in middle and high education institutions in teaching Philosophy in the field of education and Human Development. Wide participation in national and international congresses with articles published in renowned publications. National and international awards. Different studies in Hermeneutics, Epistemology, Power, and Culture in Mexico, Empathy, Mysticism, Ethics and Education, and Peace Education.

Erik Vittrup Christensen

Erik Vittrup Christensen – Smart Social City CEO for Latin America (Denmark)

Architect by the School of Architecture, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark. Has been UN-Habitat’s representative in Mexico. Advisor in Resource Management and Local Economic Development at FUNDES International. Regional Coordinator of the Community Management Program at UNCHS (UN-Habitat) in Central America, among other positions.

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