International Journal of Arts & Sciences

Multidisciplinary conferences in a "study abroad" format

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19-22 October 2015

Online abstract submissions accepted until 10 September 2015

The sobering monument to Giordano Bruno at Campo dei Fiori.

IJAS welcomes you to Rome, the world capital of multidisciplinary studies, influential worldwide in subjects such as architecture, art, culture, politics, literature, law, philosophy and religion. Due to its centrality on many levels and powerful city-status, Rome has been nicknamed Caput Mundi (Latin for Capital of the World) and The Eternal City. The city bearing so many architectural and archaeological marvels tops the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its global influence in politics, literature, high culture, the arts, music, religion, education, fashion, cinema and cuisine makes it an Alpha-World City.

Since the 1957
Treaty of Rome establishing the European Economic Community, the metropolis has served as a centre for international co-operative activities, with worldwide organizations such as the World Food Program (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and NATO Defense College
being headquartered in the city.

Rome is the third
 most visited city in the European Union, and the first on IJAS' list of conference venues for the academic year.

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.

Piazza Romana in the heart of the city
Conference Tracks

Our editorial board welcomes 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. The program will consist of consecutive one-hour sessions running in parallel in two conference rooms, from about 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Each oral presentation will be 15 minutes or less in duration unless a delegate requests otherwise.

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 in their role as audience members.

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.


First Complimentary Cultural Day Tour (Wed, 21 October 2015)
Quaint and Ancient Villages Outside Rome
The bus departs at 8:45 am from our university premises. For the exact departure point, check this map. There will be no departure from Sisto Bridge this year.

Art, music and wine flow in Frascati

The Castelli Romani ("Castles of Rome") is a group of communes south-east to Rome, at the feet of the Alban Hills. The area of the Castelli occupies an ancient, fertile volcanic area which has allowed since ancient times a flourishing agriculture. The former crater is occupied by two lakes.

Starting with the Romans, it was an area frequented by the aristocracy for its fresher climate during summer. The tradition was followed by the Popes which still have their summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, on the Lake Albano.

The most attractive of the hill towns lies on the slopes of Monte Cavo facing the Alban lakes. Before reaching it, our coach will be high on a ridge, where the views of the lake below, the far woods, and Castel Gandolfo on the opposite mountain are superb. At the top of the mountain is one of the most panoramic views in the hill towns, offering a wide and unforgettable survey. Down below, Rocca di Papa is a tangle of old streets and churches.

The area is renowned for the production of wine, including the white wine of Frascati.  The local kitchen is both simple and delicate. It includes pasta like spaghetti al vongole (small scallops), roasted meat including lamb chops, thin stone-oven baked pizzas with real mozzarella, and grilled fish.

The lake as seen from Rocca di Papa
Second Complimentary Cultural Day Tour (Th, 22 October 2015)
Tivoli Gardens and Villa d'Este
The bus departs at 8:45 am from our university premises. For the exact departure point, print this map. There will be no departure from Sisto Bridge this year.

The water flows at Villa d'Este

Tivoli is situated on the Aniene river to the east of Rome, in the Monti Tiburtini hills. As the town was on a major trading route from Rome to Abruzzi, Tivoli has always been an important settlement. Modern Tivoli has around 50,000 inhabitants, and spreads out far beyond the crumbling picturesque historical centre. In the suburb of Bagni di Tivoli, on the plains below the town centre, it is still possible to bathe in natural thermal springs. The fourth century BC town wall is still visible, as are temples from the second century BC.

For those with an interest in antiquities, the Villa D'Este is worth a day to itself. The Villa, a masterpiece of the Italian Garden, is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, water, and music, constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles.

The garden is generally considered within the larger -- and altogether extraordinary -- context of Tivoli itself: its landscape, art and history which includes the important ruins of ancient villas, as well as a zone rich in caves and waterfalls displaying the unending battle between water and stone. The imposing constructions and the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water -- including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city -- evokes the engineering skill of the Romans themselves.

Southern Methodist University students at Tivoli Gardens
Why The Bus Tours Matter

There is more than meets the eye behind these bus tours.

To find out why these tours are conducive to study abroad programs and joint research, please click

Conference Facilities, Lodging and Logistics

Our conference will be held at the American University of Rome (AUR), outside the Vatican walls. For a map and video featuring AUR, click here.

IJAS is grateful for the University of AUR's cooperation in hosting a multidisciplinary conference within its Italian campus and welcoming the promotion of study abroad programs in Rome.

An aerial view of the American University of Rome campus.

AUR is at Via Pietro Roselli 4, 00153 Rome. It's in the Trastevere neighborhood, just south of the Vatican walls.

To book your lodging close to AUR, we recommend clicking on After you type in "Rome, Italy" as your destination, make sure you check the word "Trastevere" in the District section on the left-hand margin. Practically all the hotels in this district would be within walking distance of AUR.

Delegates getting to know each other at AUR's garden.

If you prefer a hotel in the very heart of Rome, across the river and about a 25-minute walk away, select the "Navona" and Pantheon" neighborhoods instead. This would put in the midst of the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Navona Square and its nearby Campo dei Fiori open-air market.

Rome is very well connected by a subway system, and cheaper hotels further away from the center would make viable lodging facilities as well. For the lowest priced lodging click
here for hostels, and here for guesthouses.

The buses for the educational programs will depart from (A) the AUR campus - for those who lodge in Trastevere - and  (B) Ponte Sisto (i.e., Sisto Bridge), on the banks of the river, for those whose Trastevere hotel may be closer to this bridge, and also for the benefit of those who lodge in the Navona and Pantheon neighborhoods. For a map highlighting the two pick-up points, marked as balloons "A" and "B" respectively, click
here. The two pick-up points are a 17-minute walk apart.

Research presentation at AUR's "aula magna."


Submit Your Research

To submit your abstract for presentation at this conference, click here

The most important dates to remember are as follows:


    • Submit your abstract by 10 September 2015.
    • Pay your registration fee by 17 September 2015.
    • The conference will run from 19 to 22 October 2015.
    • Email your formatted manuscript to by 15 December 2015.
    • The proceedings and journals will be published in late April 2016.

Within a few days of receiving your online abstract submission, we will notify you of the reviewers' acceptance or rejection, for the conference.

If we inform you that it is an acceptance and you would like to publish your research, follow the model format
here and email us your formatted abstract or full manuscript in Microsoft Word. You may do so up to a few weeks after the conference.

Abstracts and summarized articles will be published in the proceedings entitled Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, in electronic format (ISSN 1943-6114).

Full length manuscripts may be published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences(ISSN 1944-6934) or any of the refereed journals electronically available through our publishing consortium. The review process for the journals is slower and more demanding in its standards. Although both the proceedings and journals are refereed, research that meets the refereed standards for the conference and the proceedings may not meet the refereed standards for the journals. The selection of a journal, if any, for a particular manuscript is entirely at the discretion of the editorial board members following the reviewers' suggestions.

All the journals and proceedings are in electronic format since this makes it easier to disseminate the articles (click here for a sample article
) to international scholars.
Authors will receive complimentary access to the online issue in which their work appears. One's research may not simultaneously appear in both our proceedings and journals.

Authors who prefer a hard copy may download an entire issue on their own computer and publish and order a hard copy of it from or any other online publishing service for their own personal use.
IJAS recognizes the best research papers and its articles are indexed/accessed in (i) WorldCat, (ii) Ulrich's serials directory, (iii) Cabell's directories of Educational Curriculum & Methods and Educational Psychology and Administration, (iv) Proquest, (v) Pol-On, the Polish scholarly bibliography operated by the University of Warsaw, (vi) Genamics, and (vii) Google Scholar - click here.
There is no page limit on articles. We welcome both short and lengthy submissions. We don't impose a financial penalty on lengthy manuscripts.

Each registered author, irrespective of whether he or she submits a formatted manuscript for publication, will receive a Certificate of Participation at the conference.
Powerpoint Presentations
At the conference, the presentation room will be equipped with a laptop, a digital projector and a projector screen. The laptop will be set up for Powerpoint presentations. Linux and Mac users are asked to save their presentations in a compatible format.

Conference Registration Payment
Registration is open to everyone, not just to research presenters.
For all alternative ways of paying the registration fee, click here.
The adjacent button allows you to pay the $200 registration fee separately for your guest, if you so prefer.
The registration fee does not include food and lodging.



$375 - Rome (Oct. 2015) Conference Registration: 
Valid for all 4 days.

Valid for one person for all conference events, on and off conference premises. Includes all tours.


$275 - Rome (Oct. 2015) Conference Registration:
Valid for 1 day only.
Valid for one person, for one day only, on conference premises. Does not include any tours.

$575 - Rome (Oct. 2015) Conference Registration for 2 persons:
Valid for all 4 days.
Joint registration for yourself and a fellow co-author or guest, valid for all conference events, on and off conference premises. Includes all tours. There is no such thing as a "free child" or "free spouse." Also, children under 6-years old are not allowed.
This option is not available for two authors with two or more research presentations.

$105 - How to Organize a Study Abroad Program
A one-credit hour graduate level course with the University of San Diego.
For information and separate registration click




The Trevi Fountain, Italy's most well-known fountain, is a popular destination for our delegates who walk down the scenic Gianicolo hill after their conference day is over in order to visit this fountain along with the Pantheon (ancient Rome's best preserved monument) and other famous landmarks.

In Case of Questions about...

the conference or submissions:

events sponsorship:
International Journal of Arts & Sciences
Attn: Mark Bridge
Conferences Department
55 Farm Drive
Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864-3565

Dr. Joseph Bonnici
IJAS Conferences Coordinator
Vance Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley St
New Britain, CT 06050-4010

To book your lodging in Rome, we recommend the search engine. If your budget allows it, look for lodging in the Trastevere, Navona and Pantheon sections of Rome. However, the city is very well connected by a subway system, and cheaper hotels further away from the center would make viable lodging facilities as well. For the lowest priced lodging click here for hostels, and here for guesthouses.