Call for Abstracts: 2015 World Social Science Forum

The Call for abstracts for the 2015 World Social Science Forum (WSSF) is now accepting applications. Under the theme “Transforming Global Relations for a Just World”, the next Forum will look into issues of inequality and justice. It will take place in Durban, South Africa, from 13 to 16 September 2015.

The WSSF is a flagship activity of the International Social Science Council (ISSC). The 2015 edition is hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and co-organised with a large consortium of leading South African Universities and research units, research councils, and prominent non-governmental organisations.

The deadline for the receipt of all abstracts is 1 March 2015. Authors of abstracts whose entries are selected will be notified by the WSSF 2015 Scientific Committee by 17 April 2015 and will be requested to confirm their conference registration by 6 May 2015. Authors will be notified of the final WSSF programme by 31st May 2015.

More information on the 2015 WSSF here. Queries can be addressed to: Mathieu Denis (

History of the World Social Science Forum (WSSF)

The first WSSF organised by ISSC took place in May 2009, in Bergen, Norway. The theme of this Forum was “One Planet – Worlds Apart?” CODESRIA, HSRC and the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) organised a number of panels that added strong Southern voices to the debates at the gathering. The second of these ISSC events, hosted by a Canadian consortium led by the Montreal secretariat of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) took place in Montreal, Canada from 13 to 15 October 2013 with a thematic focus on “Social Transformation and the Digital Age”.