National Conference on Social and Human Sciences in Morocco
In order to promote the role of human and social sciences in contemporary societies, UNESCO, in partnership with the Moroccan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, is organizing the first edition of the "National Conference on Social and Human Sciences: Assessment and Future Prospects" at the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of the Mohammed V University of Rabat, in Morocco, from 8 to 10 February 2017.
The aim of this national conference is to open a national debate on the situation and the future teaching and research in this field. Its objective is to affirm the undeniable role of the social and and sciences in open-mindedness and social criticism; and, to shed light on the difficulties which these sciences encounter today.
Some consider them to be "useless" sciences that would be better replaced by other more "profitable" matters, and "subversive" sciences by their very ambition to offer distant explanations of social phenomena.
This national conference wishes to reaffirm the essential role and social responsibility of the social and human sciences in analyzing and understanding the complexity of our contemporary societies, confronted with global and interconnected challenges.
In this context, guided by the desire to contribute to clarifying the different types of "utility" of these sciences and to respond, at least in part, to the vast question of their future, a broad debate is opened at the national level, in the presence of researchers from different backgrounds and disciplines.
This conference is the first part of a three editions event, which will make it possible to question the meaning and the practices of these disciplines, and to put forward concrete examples of their contributions to society. The other two editions will take place in May-April in Casablanca, and in September-October in Marrakech.
These events are directly linked to the World Social Science Report, a periodic publication of UNESCO and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), whose 2016 edition addresses the fight against inequalities.