III. International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities (ICSSH2018)



Sustainable Developments: Trends and Opportunities

Skopje/Ohrid, 4-6 May 2018


IBU-ICSSH18 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, teachers, linguists, psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, medical professionals, economists, social workers, artists, PR experts, 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 with academics and researchers from all over the world. Moreover, you will have an extra-ordinary chance to experience the beautiful landscape and cultural richness of Macedonia.

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.


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, Media,

Economics, Business, Management, Philology,

Psychology, Psychological Counselling and Guidance, Law, History, Arts

Political Sciences

  • Challenges and Hopes in Transformative Times
  • World Politics between West and East
  • Political Processes in Western Balkan countries
  • European Union and Turkey emergent relations
  • Middle East Political situations: Russia coalitions versus USA coalitions
  • World economic crises and responsibility of political leadership
  • Peace and conflict in contemporary world
  • Crises of democracy and collapse of political parties
  • Euro Scepticism, BREXIT and future of European Union
  • Trump and post-politics
  • Catalonia Referendum and transformation of national states

International Relations

  • Multi-cultural coexistence and social inclusion strategies
  • Reduced Inequalities and Human Rights
  • Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
  • Responsibility to Protect
  • Global Policy and Humanitarian Aid
  • Review and Assessment of Policies
  • Strategy for Policy Making
  • Climate Change and its Impacts


  • Education for Full Employment and Human Welfare
  • Distributing Social Power through Education
  • Transdisciplinary Education
  • Education beyond the University
  • Closing the Time Warp in Higher Education
  • Learning as a Way of Life
  • Learning in a Time of Increasing Uncertainty
  • Value-based vs. Value-free Education
  • Network-based Education, Learning Spaces and Learning Communities
  • Technology in education
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Education and lifelong learning

Economics, Business and Management

  • Sustainable Economic Growth
  • Sustainable International Business and Communication
  • Finance, Investment and Sustainable Development
  • International Trade and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Export-led Growth and Sustainability
  • Contemporary versus Traditional Management Practices
  • Managing the Context of the Organizations
  • Organizational Development and Management of Changes
  • Public Investment Policies and Effectiveness
  • Society in the Global Economy
  • Inequality in the Global Economy
  • Challenges of the Finance Integration in the Global Economy
  • Innovation as a Driving Wheel in the Global Economy
  • Regional Economics and Business Development

Media and Communications

  • Paradigm shift in environmental communication and action
  • Public understanding of environmental issues
  • Bridging the gap between sustainable development policy experts and the
  • general public through effective communication
  • Mobilizing branding for sustainable development
  • Strategic communication for sustainable development
  • Role of Constructive Journalism in ecological disasters
  • Using new communication channels for sustainable development campaigns
  • Creating better informed publics
  • Importance of social media as means for action in environmental campaigns
  • Social media influencers and ecological awareness
  • Communication policy for sustainable development
  • Alternative Journalism and environmental activism
  • Communication and information management in environmental crisis
  • Mainstream media coverage of sustainable development issues
  • Role of information and communication technologies (ICTs)in education for sustainable development
  • The role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) communication in sustainable development issue


  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Current Trends in ELT
  • Learner Autonomy
  • Needs Analysis
  • ELT Methodology
  • ICT in ELT
  • Cultural and Intercultural Issues In ELT
  • Language and culture
  • 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
  • Teaching literature in the language classroom
  • Literature and Culture etc.

Psychology and Psychological Counselling and Guidance

  • Psychology in Healthcare Systems
  • Psychology in Organizations
  • Psychology in Education
  • Psychological Support Systems through Life Span
  • Organizational Development and sustainable change
  • Ethics as a background for Psychological Practice
  • Research in Psychology
  • Research in Psychotherapy
  • Refuge Crisis and the Heling Professions
  • Helping the Helpers
  • Psychology and Language
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Psychological Crisis Interventions
  • Psychological Background of Diplomacy – Paying Games and Negotiating
  • Psychotherapy of Everyday Life
  • Psychology and Counselling as a Style of Life
  • Supervision of Psychotherapy and Psychological Counselling
  • Psychological Counselling and Guidance: Emerging Issues
  • Psychological Counselling and Guidance: Contemporary Approaches
  • Psychological Counselling and Guidance at Different Educational Levels
  • Psychological Counselling and Guidance: facing transformative changes
  • Mental Health of Today – Trends and Opportunities
  • Contemporary Research Issues in Psychology – Trends and Opportunities


  • Law and Justice or Law and Equity
  • Transparency, accountability, and corruption vs. democratic deficit on the national and regional level
  • Harmonization of the national legislation with EU Acquis Communautaire
  • Judicial reforms
  • Public administration reforms towards more professional public administration
  • Recent trends in anti-terrorism legislation; police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PJCCM)
  • Emerging migrant crises
  • New generations of human rights in the globalized world
  • Contemporary challenges to the International law
  • Private Law


  • Multiculturalism in History
  • History and Reality
  • History and Myths
  • History Teachings in Era of Changes
  • Contemporary History in Western Balkan, the Influence of West and East
  • Images in History
  • Civilizations, Changes and Societies
  • Perceptions in Historiography


  • Local tradition in Postmodern context of representation
  • Visualisation of Identity
  • Archive of cultural values – disutes or mutual understandings: The duality of creation and destruction
  • Art and architecture as sites of intervention in personal, social, and cultural narratives and memories
  • Predatory urbanism and the dispossessed
  • Cultural translations in the diaspora
  • Tracing Erasure
  • Art and Religion: Theology, the sacred and visual culture
  • Art, Craft, Science and Industry in Ottoman Historiographies
  • Beyond Boundaries: Artistic inquiries into borders and their meaning(s)
  • Beyond Disciplinary Borders: History of science and history of art
  • Contemporary Art Histories
  • Difficult Conversations: Collaborative art practices across political divides
  • In/visibility and Influence: The impact of women artists and their work
  • Pop Art and Design
  • Seeing and Hearing the ‘Beyond’: Art, music, and mysticism
  • The National in Discourses of Sculpture in the Modern Period
  • Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future
  • Ruins between East and West, a comparative perspective”
  • On Power in Architecture
  • Art as social responsibility

Main Organizer

International Balkan University, Macedonia                       

Main Organizer

International Balkan University, Macedonia      


Turkish Maarif Foundation

News of the Conference

The 3rd International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities (IBU-ICSSH2018) under the theme “Sustainable Developments: Trends and Opportunities”, organized by International Balkan University was organized on 4-6 May 2018 in Skopje. During the Opening Ceremony which took place on 4 May 2018, the participants were greeted with welcome speeches by the IBU Rector, Prof. Dr. Ismail Kocayusufoglu, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Arber Ademi, the Minister in charge for foreign investments in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Prof. Dr. Adnan Kahil, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Skopje, H.E. Tulin Erkal Kara.

The Keynote Speaker of the Conference was Prof. Dr. Birol Akgun, President of the Turkish Maarif Foundation who delivered a presentation on the topic “The role of education in sustainable development”.

During the first day of the conference, two joint panel sessions were held:
1) Education
Acad. Prof. Dr. Luan STAROVA, Vice President of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Prof. Dr. Petar ATANASOV, President of the Commission for Education, Youth and Sport, Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia
Prof. Dr. Aşkın ASAN, Member of Board of Trustees, Turkish Maarif Foundation
2) International Relations & Economy
Mrs. Sema KIRCI, Member of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey
Prof. Dr. Stevo PENDAROVSKI, National Coordinator for NATO Integrations of the Republic of Macedonia
Dr. Bilal SUCUBAŞI, Chief Executive Director, Halkbank AD Skopje

The Gala Dinner of the conference was held at the Kursunlu Han in the Skopje Old Bazaar, in a very pleasant ambient with historic cultural heritage.

During the second day, participants had the opportunity to present their scientific research and papers in five different sessions, in various fields of science and arts.
The IBU-ICSSH2018 was supported by the Turkish Maarif Foundation and Halkbank AD Skopje.

Source: ibu.edu.mk