The first edition of the Forum on Studies of Society (FSS) International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities was organized by the University of Craiova, Faculty of Social Sciences, Specializations: Sociology and Social Work, Romania, in co-operation with National College of Social Workers-Branch Dolj, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Department of Social Work, University of Bucharest, Romania, Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Economics, St. Cyril andSt. Methodius University, Bulgaria and Faculty of Science and Literature and Faculty of Economicsand Administrative Sciences, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey and The Off-Campus Faculty o fLaw & Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.
The purpose of the Conference was to create a forum for debating topics of great interest to society, thus, trying to expand the network of interested stakeholders and extend the ground for best practice exchanges from different institutions and various domains.
The Conference aimed to bring together already involved key actors as well as engaged participants, representatives of academic, economic and social partners to discuss and exchange their experiences and research results on different aspects of Social and Humanistic Science. Based on the multi-field methodology-encompassing, inter-disciplinary character of the Conference, we strongly encouraged potential participants and stakeholders with background and research interests in the fields of Sociology and Social Work, European Studies, International Relations and Security. There are currently numerous challenges to be tackled in approaching past and present subjects on society.
The rationale for the Conference relied on initiating reflection and launching debates on the following main topics: Sociology and Social Work, European Studies, International Relations andSecurity Studies, Political Sciences, History and Philosophy.
The conference sessions for paper presentations were as follows:
– Session 1: Sociology: “New social realities”
– Session 2: Social Work: “Social workers towards an undivided humanity”
– Session 3: European studies: “United in diversity”
– Session 4: International Relations and Security Studies: “Towards a new world order”
– Session 5: Political Science: “Europeanization, policy-making and institutional change”
– Session 6: History: “History and Politics through time”
– Session 7: Philosophy: “Contemporary Philosophical Issues”
The Conference sessions welcomed papers approaching theoretical studies and empirical research, good practice examples or lessons learnt in practice.
Aiming to create a space for discussing different approaches related to social sciences and humanities, the conference included over 120 communications from 140 participants representing 8 countries.
The international conference Forum on Studies of Society (FSS) was included and indexed in 7 international databases and services:
– Elsevier, Global Events List: http://www.globaleventslist.elsevier.com/events/2016/03/forum-on-studies-of-society-fssinternational-conference-on-social-sciences-and-humanities
– GoREF, Indexed Conferences:
– Conferences International:
– Conference Index: https://index.conferencesites.eu/conference/9068/forum-on-studies-of-society-fss-internationalconference-on-social-sciences-and-humanities
-Web of Conference: http://www.webofconferences.org/index.php?option=com_conference&task=search&type=confe rence&lang=en
– Conal. Conference Alerts:
-Scientific Indexing Services (SIS), USA: http://www.sindexs.org/Conflist.aspx?ID=525
Over 50 employees in the fields of sociology and social work also attended the sessions of the Conference, and were involved in the debates occasioned by the Forum on Studies of Society.
We provided the authors with the opportunity to publish the results of their research in scientific journals indexed in international databases and collective volumes. Some papers have been published in the partner journals and another part in the present volume.