The quarterly journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities is an open access double blind peer reviewed journal established and published by the Institute for Social & Cultural Studies affiliated to the Ministry of Science, Research & Technology. It aims to create a space of dialogue from the interdisciplinary perspective of different practical, empirical and theoretical research involved in the fields of the humanities, specially social science, and higher education. In this way, it becomes possible to confront and interpret the complex systems that underpin contemporary society. The journal is available both in print and online.  


Open access: ISIH is an open access journal and all articles published are freely available to scientific researchers, research scholars and the general public.

Full peer review: Manuscripts that pass the initial screening undergo peer review with at least two independent referees.

Open Acess
Interdisciplinary epistemology
Flat ontology as a philosophy for co-disciplinary research and decision-making in present times: A step towards transdisciplinarity

R. Moussavi Khorshidi; M.H. Sharifzadegan

Volume 15, Issue 3 , June 2023, Pages 5-37

  "Relational perspectives" have been proposed since the 1990s as an alternative approach to the philosophical foundations of social sciences, rejecting hierarchical or binary modes of thought of conventional traditions and avoiding deficiencies of moderate theories. Emphasizing "complexity", "interconnectivity" ...  Read More

Research and Technology
Innovation of several Iranian top universities in the field of research, technology and knowledge exchange

R. Mahdi; A. Keykha

Volume 15, Issue 3 , June 2023, Pages 39-79

  Investigating and solving the problem of innovative research at universities can help improve the role of these institutions in developing technology and knowledge exchange among different social and economic audiences as well as contribute to more effective interactions between universities and society. ...  Read More

Cultural Studies
The anthropocene and necessity of adopting an interdisciplinary approach: The human-nature-society network

H. Poornik

Volume 15, Issue 3 , June 2023, Pages 81-109

  This article aims to address some of the important consequences of the Anthropocene for social relations from a sociological perspective. Stressing on the multidimensionality of environmental changes globally, the paper argues that understanding the new conditions requires interdisciplinary studies and ...  Read More

Criticism of individualist and collectivist methodological approaches to social emergence

M.R. Amiri Tehrani

Volume 15, Issue 3 , June 2023, Pages 111-139

  The individual-community relationship has always been one of the most fundamental topics of social sciences. In sociology, this is known as the micro-macro relationship while in economics it refers to the processes, through which, individual actions lead to macroeconomic phenomena. Based on philosophical ...  Read More

Art and Environment
The art-science approach to an environmental crisis in the contemporary art discourse with the framework of Foucault’s discursive formation

M. Taheri; E. Afzaltousi

Volume 15, Issue 3 , June 2023, Pages 141-171

  In achieving frameless art within the scope of conceptual one, the approach of contemporary art is to utilize the technological revolution and emphasize interaction between audience and the work of art, taking into account the environmental concepts. Ecological art, as one of the most contemporary art ...  Read More

Psychology of Development
Developmental psychology: From learned helplessness to development

A. Mohammadi; H. Malaekeh; M.H. Talebian

Volume 15, Issue 3 , June 2023, Pages 173-193

  The theory of learned helplessness was presented by Martin Seligman in the late 60s and the early 70s. According to this theory, the previous mental learning had a tremendous impact on future performance. Learned helplessness is a cognitive process that teaches people that staying in such a state leads ...  Read More

COVID-19 Crisis
The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Emotional Structure in the Mirror of Iranian Virtual Social Networks

M.S. Zokaei; S. Veisi

Volume 13, Issue 2 , April 2021, , Pages 1-29

  The emotional structure of every society forms the dynamic cultural part of that society. Despite the profound and pervasive effects of these emotional networks on the social context and daily interactions, a systematic and analytical study of on structure of society's emotions is performed rarely in ...  Read More

Higher Education
Developing a fourth generation model for Iranian universities

A. Yadollahi Dehcheshmeh; S. Rajaipour; A. Siadat

Volume 13, Issue 4 , July 2021, , Pages 31-57

  Considering the impact of fourth generation universities on social, economic and, cultural developments as well as the growth and development of local and regional communities, the main purpose of this article is to study the dimension and develop a fourth-generation university model for Iranian universities. ...  Read More

The emergence of the child subject in the Qajar era: An introduction to materiality of the history of ideas in contemporary Iran

R. Yousefi Aghdam; M. Farasatkhah

Volume 13, Issue 4 , July 2021, , Pages 59-87

  The present article studies the emergence of the child subject in the Qajar period and theoretically it is based on an interdisciplinary approach to technological studies. With regard to collecting first-hand data, we used the "index paradigm" or "thinking with cases" technique (scrutiny of extra-textual ...  Read More

Social Sciences
Epistemic justice among youth: from cyberspace to policymaking

S. Veisi; M.S. Zokaei; A. Entezari

Volume 14, Issue 2 , March 2022, , Pages 1-27

  Justice is one of the most important issues in Iranian society. The main issue of the present study is epistemic justice and the gap between its definitions in everyday life and policy making domains. For that matter, we purposefully selected the pages of young users on social media networks of Instagram, ...  Read More

Legal challenges to the protection of foreign investment in light of states' international commitment to control the outbreak of infectious diseases; A case study on Covid-19

G.A. Ghasemi; M. Akefi Ghaziani

Volume 13, Issue 2 , April 2021, , Pages 31-60

  Covid-19 has encountered the global economy with numerous challenges, including foreign investments. States are obliged under international law for the health and security of their citizens. However, measures taken to secure public health in the face of a disease outbreak have caused many losses to investment ...  Read More

The Reflection of Anger, Violence, and Death, Resulting from the Dominance of the Shadow Archetype In Persian postmodern poetry

Sakineh Hozhabr Lake; Khosro Jalili Kohne Shahri; ahmad Reza Nazari charvadeh

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 19 May 2023

  Postmodern poetry can be considered a suitable reference for archetypal studies due to the characteristic of revealing and deconstructing verbal topics. Considering the frequency of words, combinations, and phrases related to anger, violence, and death in postmodern Persian poetry, the present research ...  Read More

Critique of photography as a re-reading of the historical matter.

Mohamad Hasanpur

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 28 August 2023

  The connection between photography and history as the most important invention of the nineteenth century has been direct but challenging. The characteristics of both disciplines are cross-sectional recording of time, emphasis on the objectivity of time (historical text, and photographic context), and ...  Read More

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