The 2nd International Conference on Innovations in the Social Sciences and Humanities

17th and 18th of December 2021.
Ho Chi Minh City, Socialist republic of Vietnam

Welcome to the website for the conference Innovations in the Social Sciences and Humanities, jointly organised by University of the South Pacific, Jadavpur University in India, Higher School of Economic University Moscow in Russia, Pratt Institute in USA, Purdue University Northwest in USA, and the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. 

Conference Venue - Ton Duc Thang University

Address: 19 Nguyen Huu Tho Street, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Hybrid Conference - online and in person [more details when available - at present entry to Vietnam is difficult and the conference will most likely by a hybrid of online and live audience]

Invitation and Call for papers:

For the International Conference 17-18 December 2021 at Ton Duc Thang University, HCMC, Vietnam, we would like to hear from those working on innovative approaches to public engagement in the social sciences and humanities. Methodological, empirical, archival or conceptual-theoretical work is encouraged, especially where a keen interest in application, consequence, practice or outcome is involved. Sometimes this is called impact on the one side, or intervention on the other, but we are nevertheless interested in all inquiries and investigations which advance the emancipatory possibilities of scholarship in a radically changed global context.

Social and cultural practices in both modern life and in the preservation of historical memory, could suitably connect sociology, social work, history, ethno-anthropology (museums, exhibitions, fairs, monuments, collective ceremonies), cultural tourism, eco-preservation policies, and other urgent contemporary social issues. Comparative studies are welcome, but not the only focus. We are especially interested in deep and detailed studies which have wider significance and suggestions for 'best practice'. After many years of 'interdisciplinarity', or at least talk about this, we are interested to see examples where this works well in practice. We can assume all studies are comparative and interdisciplinary in a way, and all certainly have consequences, implications...

We are especially keen to hear from those working in three overlapping areas of engaged activity: these may be people working as anthropologists, historians, museum and preservation/heritage studies; cultural geographers, sociologists and in cultural studies; or on border studies, migrant labor and workplace and institutional inquiries. Our themes will interact within the structure of the conference, but we are keen in particular to go deeply into each area.

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam will be our venue, but it need not necessarily be the context or focus of all papers, nor are comparative, or East-West or 'post' or neo-colonial framings always to be foregrounded in the papers. We are interested however in papers that encourage us to think anew about the implications of where we are and about how to re-orient humanities and social sciences scholarship in contexts where rising tensions in East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia call on us to innovate and apply once more.

On acceptance of your paper, we will provide you a letter of acceptance and you should prepare your paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings (by November 1). You are encouraged to submit your paper at the earliest time possible.


Assoc. Prof. Lê Thị Mai, Ph.D
Head of  Sociology Department



The conference proceedings and papers will be in English.

Agenda  The agenda is here: https://issh2021.tdtu.edu.vn/news/agenda]

The Abstracts and Programme PDF is here.

The link for registration here [guest participant]