As early as 1912 the aspiration to organize scientific work in Matica Srpska resulted in the establishment of five expert assemblies. The assemblies were allowed to organize sections with particular tasks, should such necessity occur. The Assembly for Social Enlightenment and Books for the People is the predecessor of the Department of Social Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences in its contemporary form was assembled after World War 2. The Scientific Department of Matica Srpska was established in December 1948 based on Article 25 of the Statute of Matica Srpska. On the 16th of January 1965 in a meeting of the Scientific Department separation into the Department of Natural Sciences and Department of Social Sciences was proposed. This proposition was accepted by the Management Board of Matica Srpska in the meeting held on the 6th of April 1965 and adopted by the General Assembly of Matica Srpska on the 30th of May 1965.

The department operates under the management of the Secretary General of the Department and the Department Board. Until now, the Secretary General position was held by: Professor Vladimir Kapor, PhD (1965), Professor Mladen Stojanov, PhD (1983), Professor Branislav Đurđev, PhD (1995), Professor Milovan Mitrović, PhD (2004) and Professor Ljubomirka Krkljuš, PhD (2008) (2008)

Secretary General of the Department: Professor Ljubomirka Krkljuš, PhD
Telephone 021/6615-798; ljkrkljus@sbb.rs

Associates of the Department:
Mirjana Zrnić (scientific research activities of the Department)
Telephone: 021/6615-798; mzrnic@maticasrpska.org.rs

Vladimir Nikolić (publishing activities of the Department)
Telephone: 021/6615-798; vnikolic@maticasrpska.org.rs

Board members of the Department of Social Sciences:

Professor Branko Balj, PhD
Sofija Božić, PhD
Mila Bosić, PhD
Professor Gordana Vuksanović, PhD
Professor Vladan Gavrilović, PhD
Velika Dautove Ruševljan, PhD
Žarko Dimić
Professor Sanja Đajić, PhD
Professor Mirko Zurovac, PhD
Professor Gordana Kovaček Stanić, PhD
Assistant Professor Miloš Ković, PhD
Professor Tatjana Bugarski PhD
Vesna Marjanović, PhD
Professor Slobodanka Markov, PhD
Professor Milovan Mitrović, PhD
Časlav Ocić, PhD, Corresponding Member of SANU
Professor Aleksandar Petrović, PhD
Professor Aleksandar Rastović, PhD
Professor Mirjana Rašević, PhD
Academician Momčilo Spremić
Assistant Professor Bojan Tubić, PhD

The basic activities of the Department include scientific research projects and the results of these projects are presented at scientific conferences and published in periodical publications and special editions.

Special editions

Nikola F. Pavković, Banatsko selo. Društvene i kulturne promene. Gaj, Dubovac (2009)
Slavko Gavrilović, Studije iz privredne i društvene istorije Vojvodine i Slavonije od kraja 17. do 19. veka, book two (2009)
Ljubomirka Krkljuš, Izveštaj francuskih diplomata iz Beograda u vreme Revolucije 1848/1849 godine (2009)
Gojko Malović, Seoba u Maticu I, II (2010)
Slobodan Ćurčić, Naselje Vojvodine – Geografska sinteza (2010)
Radmila Milentijević, Mileva Marić Ajnštajn (2010)
Nenad Došlić, Istorija Matice srpske (1941-1951) (2011)
Vlado Strugar, Doktorat u Moskvi (2011)
Ljubomirka Krkljuš, Središnji organi vlasti u Srpskoj vojvodovini 1848-1849. (2012) Slobodan Ćurčić, Mlađen Jovanović, Tivadar Gaudenji, Aleksandar Ilić, Atlas Vojvodine, Srem (2012)