The “Institute of social sciences and humanities – Skopje” is a research institution accredited as scientific by the Ministry of Education and Science of Macedonia (decision nr. 30). It is registered as a non-profit organization (see “Statute” in the “Documents” section of the website). The Institute is committed to a scientifically rigorous and policy studies oriented analysis of the complexities of the political processes in the country and its European context. Instead of sheer and detached academism, we are committing ourselves to research which addresses the everyday reality in terms that correspond with it rather than impose – like the “Procrustes bed” – abstract categories upon the reality we experience. Complexities at stake consist in the fact that the field of the political is made of the interaction and intertwining of several levels of the societal reality: the cultural, economic, social, gender relations (or ideologies of patriarchy) communication and media.
Thus interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity and transcdisciplinarity are the approach that predominantly marks the scientific production of the Institute, serving as the basis for the creation of nuanced and context specific policy solutions addressing the particularities of the reality in question. The Institute is committed to scientific rigor which strives to evade academic elitism of scholarship for the sake of scholarship but is rather meant to serve as the basis for concrete, precise but also bold and innovative analyses and visions of social transformation.
ISSHS is also offers accredited MA programs in gender studies, cultural studies and policy studies.
Currently existing departments are the following three:
Cultural and Gender Studies Department
Social Philosophy Department
Policy Studies Department
All departments shall work on projects that mobilize interdisciplinary approaches and inter-departmental team research.
Decision Making Bodies
The Assembly of the Founders
The Scientific Council
The Executive Director
Procedures of decision-making and executing of activities enable mobility, transparency and availability of the team to the public, to other institutions and to anyone interested in their work. Decisions are made in a democratic way promoting participation and contribution in their shaping by the entire team. The approach we endorse with respect to the decision making process is one in which ideas coming directly from the researchers, initiatives coming from the departments are processed through the formal decision making bodies rather than imposed from the latter unto the former. The Program director plays a significant role in the decision making process as prescribed by the Statute of the Institute