IJIS functions as an academic space where students critically engage with key theories and issues areas within the interdisciplinary scope of humanities and social science. The journal emphasize the interplay between cultural, social and political processes in a globalized world, with a special focus on intercultural communication, transnational relations, creation of identity and the production of culture.
IJIS combines the key theoretical insights from the three Master Programs: Development and International Relations provides theoretical insight into international relations from a social science and historical perspective, as well as knowledge on different social and cultural patterns and their evolution by analyzing aspects of economic, cultural, political, social and societal development. European studies focus on European problem areas in a social science and historical perspective. By engaging in different social and cultural patterns, European Studies provides a thorough insight on central aspects of European integration processes while drawing on theories on international relations to analyze central aspects of European development. Global Refugee Studies explore the underlying dynamics of forced migration through an interdisciplinary research approach of the relationship between large-scale political and economic processes and the lived experiences of the people before, while and after movement. Global Refugee Studies explore the ways in which refugees and marginalized people maneuver, and the intersection between these groups and authorities' attempt to curb, tap into, or manage movements, through inter alia border control, humanitarian interventions or integration policies in a post-colonial perspective, which still shapes how we today relate to displacement.
The theme of this issue is a 'mosaic' of topics within the above described framework, to display the broad, diverse, interdisciplinary nature of the studies of international affairs at Aalborg University. The purpose of this issue is to show what inspires, concerns and separates the waters in a student perspective within the respective disciplines included in the journal.