II. International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities 2017



Changing the World: Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities

Skopje, 12-14 May 2017


IBU-ICSSH17 intends to serve as a platform for a global audience of academics, researchers, and scholars to present their research work and/or on-going research activities in the field of humanities and social sciences, as well as all interrelated disciplines. We invite all interested educators, linguists, psychologists, economists, neuroscientists, artists, PR’s,  political scientists, policy-makers, practitioners and entrepreneurs to share and improve their research, to develop business applications, to gain more knowledge of the challenges of global networking, global business and best practices.

We invite you to discuss the latest research and to share your presentations in front of an international audience in a supportive environment that will enable network establishment, and further help you engage and build relationships and experience Macedonia. IBU-ICSSH17 is to be held in the city of Skopje, which offers a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, art and architecture. Brimming with unbridled energy, Skopje embodies the finest of both East and West.

A trip will be organized to Tetovo, a city in the northwestern part of Macedonia, built on the foothills of Shar Mountain and divided by the Pena River, and Ohrid, the main tourist destination in Macedonia, rich in picturesque houses, historical monuments and natural sites. 

The first edition of ICSSH was held on 13-15 May 2016 in Skopje. More than 300 participants from 15 countries, from Macedonia to Turkey, from Poland to United Kingdom, from Netherlands to Ukraine, from Moldova to Slovakia, from Malaysia to Somalia participated at the conference. In a truly international environment, academics, scientists and researchers presented around 200 scientific papers in various fields such as political sciences, international relations, education, communications, management, business, economics, philology, psychology, legal studies, history and arts.  ICSSH2016 was supported by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).


Conference Topics

We make a concerted effort to provide participants with opportunities to interact and seek new directions in the broad area of topics, but are not limited to:

Political Sciences, International Relations, Education, Communications, Management, Business, Economics, Philology, Psychology, Legal Studies, History and Arts.

Political Sciences

  • Sociological Imagination And Post-Modern Society
  • Social Stratification And Globalization
  • Political Changes In Contemporary World
  • Ethics And Responsibility In Politics: Global Perspectives And Balkan Interpretations
  • Role Of Ideology In Contemporary Political Context

International Relations

  • Foreign Interventionism And State Sovereignty
  • International Security And Sanctions Policy
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Justice And Human Rights
  • International Community Cooperation Against Global Terrorism


  • Education In Globalized World
  • Challenges Of The Multicultural Education
  • Right Based Education
  • Responsibilities Of Teachers In Society


  • Power of Strategic Communication: Public Relations and Advertising in the 21st Century
  • Powers of Promotion: Social and Political Impacts of Promotional Culture in 21st Century
  • Media and the Balkan refugee crisis (Crisis management)
  • Old Media-New Media:  Media in the 21st Century
  • Workshop on Mining Social Media: Mining for Communication Research
  • Mobile Communication and the myth of “The All-Powerful Mobile”
  • Big Data – Critiques and Alternative
  • The Politics and Economics of the New Media Industries
  • Media Performance & Democracy
  • Theory as Power vs. Power as Theory in Communication and Media Studies
  • Communicating with Machines: the Rising Power of Digital Interlocutors in Our Lives

Economics, Business and Management

  • Challenges of the Changing Management, Economics and Business
  • Change Management, Customer Relationship Management, Knowledge Management, Managing Conflicts, Managing the Organizational Structure of the Organizations
  • Economic Growth vs. Stabilization-Challenges of the Changing World
  • The Challenges of the Financial Markets and Institution in the Changing World
  • Public Investment Policies and Effectiveness
  • New Trends in Entrepreneurship and Innovations
  • Sustainable Economic Growth
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Digital Finance
  • Economic Participation by Women
  • Human Capital Development
  • Innovative Market Access


  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Current Trends In ELT
  • Learner Autonomy
  • Needs Analysis 
  • ELT Methodology 
  • ICT in ELT
  • Cultural And Intercultural Issues In ELT
  • The Role of L1 In EFL
  • The Value of Self-Reflection In EFL
  • Assessment In ELT
  • Translation And Interpretation 
  • Curriculum & Syllabus Design
  • Linguistics (Studies In Morphology; Syntax, Lexicology, Pragmatics, Etc.)
  • History In Literature/Literary History
  • British Literature
  • American Literature
  • Balkan Themes In Literature
  • Stylistic Analyses In Literature And Language Classes
  • Comparative Studies In Literature
  • New Trends, New Names In American And British Literature
  • Philosophy In Literature
  • Literature And Culture


  • Psychology in Healthcare Systems
  • Psychology in Organizations
  • Psychologist as Ethicist
  • Psychotherapy of Everyday Life
  • Psychological Counselling and Guidance: Emerging Issues
  • Psychological Counselling and Guidance: Contemporary Approaches
  • Psychological Counselling and Guidance at Different Educational Levels

Legal Studies

  • Legal Approaches against Terrorists In The European Union Member States And EU Bodies
  • International Cooperation On Law Against Terrorism
  • Constitutional Arrangements For An Effective Democratic System


  • History Education in Modern World
  • Interculturalism in Historical Education
  • History & Society


  • Digital Art, Digital Culture, And Digital Design
  • Innovative Web, Web3D, And Multimedia Studies And Applications
  • Artworks, Performances, And Diversity In Art
  • Creative And Innovative Media Arts Concepts And Projects
  • Information Visualization In Art And Design Issues
  • Cultural Heritage Within The Web; Human Issues/Impacts

Main Organizer

International Balkan University, Macedonia


  • Istanbul University, Turkey 
  • Uludağ University, Turkey
  • Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Marmara University, Turkey
  • Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Turkey           
  • AAB University, Kosovo
  • Anadolu University, Turkey
  • Dumlıupınar University, Turkey
  • Kırklareli University,  Turkey
  • Karabük University, Turkey
  • Trakya University, Turkey

News of the Conference

The Opening Ceremony of the 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities (IBU-ICSSH2017) organized by International Balkan University was held on 12th May 2017 at Holiday Inn Skopje. Under the theme “Changing the world: challenges, opportunities and responsibilities” and with the participation of more than 100 participants from 11 different countries, this conference addressed various topics of social sciences and humanities such as Political Sciences, International Relations, Education, Communications, Management, Business, Economics, Philology, Psychology, Legal Studies, History and Arts.

The audience was greeted by the Rector of IBU, Prof. Dr. Ismail Kocayusufoglu who spoke on the importance that IBU dedicates to scientific research and internationalization of the higher education. In this regard, he noted that IBU-ICSSH will continue to rise as a platform where scientists and researchers from all over the world will gather and offer their theses and ideas on the raised issues. Rector Kocayusufoglu thanked Halkbank AD Skopje for their support in the organization of this conference.

Keynote Speaker of the IBU-ICSSH2017 was Mr. Aytekin Ayden, Coordinator of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Skopje Office, who presented the programs and projects of this important global actor in combating the challenges that the world faces with.

Source: ibu.edu.mk