History of the Institute of Social Sciences

И The Institute of Social Sciences was founded by the Federal Executive Council of the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia, on 10 July 1957, while in 1977, the capacity of the founder was transferred to the Republic of Serbia. Upon its foundation, the ISS’s activities were organised in the departments of law, economy, history and sociology, while in the early 1960s, two scientific research centres were established, for demographic research and public opinion research, the first of their kind in Eastern Europe, as well as department of philosophy.

For a long time, the ISS was also a postgraduate school, where major national scientific authorities taught, inter alia Milan Bartoš, Rudi Supek, Jovan Đorđević, Radomir Lukić, Jože Goričar and Vuko Pavićević, while students included future university professors and researcher from all Yugoslav republics. Until 1998, the ISS was a part of the University of Belgrade.

Today, the Institute of Social Sciences includes six scientific research centres: Centre for Demographic Research, Centre for Political Research and Public Opinion, Centre for Economic Research, Centre for Legal Research, Centre for Sociological and Anthropological Research and Centre for Philosophy.

The work of the Institute is based on the research of fundamental social phenomena, advancement of scientific thinking and development of scientific methodology in the domain of social sciences, professional development of scholars, development of cooperation with professional institutions and organisations, and implementation of scientific research results in public policies.

So far, the ISS researchers have: published several hundreds of monographs and books of proceedings, thousands of articles and other research outputs; conducted complex scientific research projects; organised international and national scientific conferences; developed domestic and international scientific cooperation; and took active participation in creating and developing public policies.

The ISS has published the Stanovništvo (Population) journal since 1963. The ISS has also been a co-publisher of journals Religija i tolerancija and Medicine, Law & Society, and its library comprises 140,000 books and scientific journals.

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