Once again, the International Journal of Arts and Sciences' (IJAS) conference, which will be held on the Harvard University campus* in Boston, Massachusetts, introduces New England as a potential study abroad destination. The conference location in the greater Boston area is the intellectual heart and soul of New England where delegates will have access to complimentary programs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
Boston is the historic bastion of American democracy and has not ceased to surprise since its first impromptu tea party. This is also a region rich in academic advancement. On a per capita basis, no other capital city in the United States has as many university graduates residing within it. Boston is a celebration for the open mind. Our hope is that this experience will spark an interest in our delegates to join us in exchanging research and promoting this region as an excellent venue for international education. IJAS is committed to tear down the silos of academia and integrate education within the larger sphere that encapsulates us all.
*Please note that although this conference will be held at Harvard University campus, in no way should the availability of Harvard's premises be construed as if this was a conference organized by Harvard. As an academic organization, the International Journal of Arts and Sciences hosts research and study abroad events on several campuses in North America and Europe. Only IJAS is responsible and accountable for its own conferences and cultural programs.
Conference Objectives and Call for Research
The IJAS Conference Series takes place annually in several cities across Europe and North America. The series has three primary aims.
The first aim is to provide opportunities for academics from a range of disciplines and countries to share their research both through the conference podium and IJAS' double-blind refereed publications. All IJAS conferences are inter- and multi-disciplinary.
The second aim of the Conference Series is to provide opportunities for academics to receive informal in-depth feedback through discussions, and to enable them to establish contact with professionals in other countries and institutions. The tours are the main way of "breaking the ice" away from the formalities of the conference hall, providing an informal setting for discussing different points of view. Even in an increasingly networked world of internet and satellite conferences, there is no substitute for personal interaction—what Edward R. Murrow calls "the last three feet of communication." It is individuals, not data streams, who must ultimately build the connections that in turn create lasting international research partnerships.
The third aim of the Conference Series is to introduce academics to educational premises in locations that are suitable for study abroad programs and which may meet their students’ educational needs. IJAS draws its inspiration from the Fulbright Program, an integral part of the United States' foreign educational relations, where face-to-face exchanges have proven to be the single most effective means of engaging international publics while broadening dialogue between academics and institutions.
Our editorial board invites abstracts, papers, and proposals in any of the following four tracks:
Social Sciences and Humanities,
Business and Economics,
Teaching and Education, and
Science and Technology.
The accepted submissions will be clustered around their common topics and areas of interest. As is typical of multidisciplinary conferences, the final program - released about three weeks before the conference - will mirror the research agendas of the delegates rather than a pre-conceived list of arbitrary topics.
It is up to each delegate how much to submit or publish. Some authors may publish only an abstract in the proceedings. Others may prefer to publish a full-length manuscript in the journal.
Delegates may also attend a conference without submitting or publishing any research.
Authors may deliver their work during the conference either as (i) a 15-minute oral presentation, (ii) a poster session, (iii) a panel, or (iv) a workshop.
Room setups at the conference shall be amenable to different types of presentations.