Barcelona 2021

Keynote Speakers

social sciences conference

Dr. Thomas J Ward


Title of Presentation: “Peace Studies, Track II Diplomacy, and Religion: Lessons I learned in Pyongyang”

Thomas J. Ward serves as President of Unification Theological Seminary in New York City and as Professor of Peace and Development Studies there. Prior to his current role, he served for eighteen years as Dean of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Public and International Affairs where he taught graduate courses on Culture and Development, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Political and Economic Integration.

Dr. Ward has lived and worked in the United States, Europe, Latin America and East Asia. He lectures in English, French and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of several other European and Asian languages. In 2008 he was appointed to serve as a member of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education’s Policy Advisory Council on International Education and served in that role until 2011.

Ward’s writings and research have been published in the Washington Times, World and I Magazine, the International Journal of World Peace, East Asia Quarterly, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, the Journal of Unification Studies, Paragon House, New World Encyclopedia, and E-International Relations. He is a member of several academic honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa and has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Taiwan Foreign Ministry Research Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the Academy of Social Science in Beijing and at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Modern History in Taipei.

Dr. Ward has been author, co-author or editor of more than ten books including Development, Social Justice, and Civil Society: An Introduction to the Political Economy of NGOs (Paragon 2004); March to Moscow—The Role of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon in the Collapse of Communism (Paragon 2005), Park Statue Politics: World War II Comfort Women Memorials in the United States (E-International Relations 2019).

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Dr. Madhuparna Gupta


Title of Presentation: "Evaluating Human Security in the Twenty-First Century"

Madhuparna Gupta is currently an Instructor at the Department of International Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from Jadavpur University, India, and served as Assistant Professor of Political Science for thirteen years in India.

Virtual Session

Highlighted Speakers

Author Article Title Affiliation
social sciences conference Prof. Dr. Rachid Boutayeb Critique of the pure university Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar
social sciences conference Prof. Dr. Mirella Ferrari Resilience, Vulnerability And Inequality In Immigrant Children During The Covid 19 Pandemic University of Milan- Bicocca, Milano, Italy
social sciences conference Dr. Robert Lake We Go There Ostensibly to Play Tennis, But Tennis Is an Ingredient, Not an Essence’: Lawn Tennis in Niagara-On-The-Lake, C.1880s-1920s Douglas College, Canada
social sciences conference Dr. Ume Kalsoom Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) As Predictors of Depression and Suicidal Ideation in Pakistani Population Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University,Peshawar, Pakistan
social sciences conference Dr. Sami Hamdi Attitudinal Meaning toward Extremism as Constructed by Social Media Users Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
social sciences conference Dr. Petranka Ivanova Some Observations On Two Small Groups of Words in a Free Association Test Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen, College-Dobrich, Bulgaria
social sciences conference Dr. Zafer Kizilkaya Mediation in Syria – A comparative Analysis of the Astana and Geneva Processes Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
social sciences conference Ms. Vidya Suresh COVID-19 Impact on the Student Community: A Survey Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, India
social sciences conference Ms. Divya Rana Problematic Linear Development Discourse in Practice: Rationality in Traditional Healing Systems Amidst Pluralism of Health Choices in Nepal The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
social sciences conference Ms. Awopetu Ifeoluwa Visual Communication for Activism: The case of the EndSARS protests in Nigeria Covenant University, Nigeria
social sciences conference Mrs. Amalia Daka International Communications about Cholera in 2017 and 2018: The case of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  Geneva (IHEID) (L’Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement), Switzerland