International Humanities and Social Sciences Student Congress (IHSSSC)

Call for Papers


Dear Faculty,

As the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Maltepe University, we are proud to announce and invite you for the 8th Annual International Humanities and Social Sciences Student Congress (IHSSSC) organized by Maltepe University. The conference will take place in Istanbul, Turkey between April 02-03, 2020.

We would appreciate if you could please circulate the invitation within your department and forward it to your students should they be interested.

Since 2013, IHSSSC has brought students from around the world giving them the opportunity to present their research interests and discuss ideas on various important topics in social sciences.

This year, the conference is devoted to the topic of “Pleasure”. Please find below some sub-topics that will be discussed under this main theme and details on the dates and logistics. Detailed information will be provided upon request.

We welcome students at both undergraduate and graduate level from all fields of social sciences to actively participate in IHSSSC 2020. We invite students for abstract submissions. The abstracts will be evaluated by the review committee for paper and poster presentations.

IHSSSC will be held at our affiliate five-star Marma Hotel located in the campus. The University will cover all accommodation (including hotel fees as well as breakfast, lunch and dinners) for students whose submission is accepted as paper or poster presentation. Travel expenses (round-trip) will have to be covered by the participant himself/herself.

Students whose submission is accepted will also have the opportunity to take part in the organization of the conference if they want to.

Please consider this as an official letter of “call for partnership” in the international student congress. We kindly expect to receive an official reply from your institution at your earliest convenience.




On behalf of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences:


Assistant Professor

Maltepe University

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 

Istanbul / Turkey


For details please contact: [email protected]

IHSSC 2020 website:

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IHSSC 2020 Main Theme: PLEASURE

Conference Topics (but not limited to)

Social Pleasure

 Approach and Avoidance

 Behavioral Activation and Inhibition Systems

 Reward, Reinforcement and Pleasure 

 Pleasure Systems in the Brain

 The Role of Pleasure in Decision Making

 Creativity and Pleasure 

 Esthetics/Art and the Brain

 Drugs, Substance Abuse, Addiction and Pleasure

 Eating Disorders and Pleasure

 Sexual Pleasure

 Politics of Pleasure

 Fun, Leisure, Sports and Pleasure

 Technologies of Self, Body and Pleasure

 Consumption and Pleasure

 Free Will and Pleasure

 Taste, Culture and Pleasure

 Morality and Pleasure


Abstract Submission Deadline:  February 24,2020
Notice of Acceptance: March 9,2020
IHSSSC: April 02-03, 2020


There is no registration fee for the Congress.

It is sponsored by Maltepe University, hence, expenses specified below are covered by Maltepe University free of any charge.



Accommodation during the Congress at 5-star "Marma Hotel Istanbul"

Flight Tickets

Transfers from airports to the hotel and from hotels to the airports

Personal Expenses

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners Gala Dinner

Overestimated accommodation

Access to all sessions

Transfer demands from the campus to the city center

Coffee breaks

Extra drinks and meals

Conference materials

Guests’ participation and expenses

İstanbul sightseeing

Visa expenses –if required-