Theme for IRCHSS-2016 :

The theme for the International Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences-2016 (IRCHSS-2016) is ‘Transformation for Empowerment: Moving beyond Buzzwords’. Transformation – a process of astute and insightful change which orients a society in a novel direction and takes to a different level of effectiveness – often results in  empowerment. Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in such buzzwords, especially in fin-de-siècle discourses for social innovation. Yet, development and liberty are continually captured in a seductive blend of such fashionable expressions, ending rather in immobility – not in green light. A major obstacle has been the inadequate nature of collaboration between researchers, policy makers, third party organisers, and the public. What is also required is to move beyond catchphrases for lasting and meaningful empowerment of our society.

Thus, the aim of the conference is to reconsider and move beyond buzzwords towards action. The theme for the conference has been chosen to explore not only the necessity but also the means and routes for empowerment – to enhance active engagement and to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different socio-cultural, educational and political spheres – between researchers, policy makers and the public. By bringing together established and emerging scholars, and by opening an interdisciplinary forum, our intent is to unlock and reframe the perception of empowerment. While explicating the reinvention of meaning of research in different socio-cultural, educational and political milieu, the conference attempts to minimise the gap between theories and praxis.

We mostly welcome your abstracts related to the conference theme: for broad areas of study and subthemes. See conference tracks.


You are asked to follow these guidelines when submitting an abstract for presentation:

  • Abstracts should be submitted online only, via the IRCHSS-2016 website at:
  • Abstracts must be received by 30 April 2016.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 450 words.
  • The title of the abstract should be a maximum 25 words, and should be centred.
  • Use font type, Times New Roman, size 11 point font.
  • The title should appear in bold, lower case, except for the first letter of the first word; ensure that the first word of your title starts with a capital letter. All other words, apart from proper nouns should be in lower case. Do not use Acronyms in the title.
  • The main body of text should be left aligned.
  • Single spacing should be used throughout.
  • Any references should be listed as footnote.
  • Please note that tables and charts cannot be accepted by the system, so please ensure your entry is text only.
  • Abstracts should be checked for accuracy prior to submission.
  • The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission.
  • All abstracts will undergo peer review (blind) and if successful will be accepted.
  • Please note that you acknowledge your acceptance for the abstract to be published in the conference proceedings, if your abstract is accepted and if you are registered only.
  • Please indicate, in the required section, “Comments”, whether you are willing for a poster presentation, in case your abstract is not accepted for oral presentation.
  • Authors’ names should be submitted, in the required section (online), in the following format:

either Silva, A.P.S. or  McCarthy, Robert

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