CEU Awaits You and Your Research
Our multidisciplinary conference participants shall present their research over a 4-day span, from 24 to 27 July 2018, in the heart of Budapest, at Central European University (CEU). Each submission will be subjected to a double-blind review process thanks to dedicated reviewers (see list).
Our academic conferences always bring in parallel educational bus tours which allow conference attendants to experience research, education and cultural in a multidisciplinary setting. Ours is a bold new world which writes off traditional research silos as outdated and seeks to have researchers from different disciplines share their latest research in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. The presentation podium is only a small part of the equation as researchers get to meet each other in informal cultural settings over conference week. This breaks the ice and is conducive to research exchange which would be stifled in a traditional setting.
The first aim of the conference 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, and double-blind reviewed thanks to dedicated faculty (see list).
The second aim 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 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.
FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Although the research presentations will last 4 days, most participants would look forward to something beyond the presentations. In parallel with the presentations, each conference delegate that registers for the 4-day conference is entitled to two free bus tours. Each tour results in a unique experience that blends the area's history, tourism and multiculturalism as the delegates get to know each other during the bus tour events. Given that the delegates hail from various disciplines, there is always something new to learn for the intellectually curious.
We have two day tours for those who register for the full conference. Each tour will include a complimentary lunch.
The first is a bus tour of the city of Budapest. Passing by the Parliament, we cross the Danube on the Margaret Bridge and drive to the Royal Castle area on the Buda side, where we take a short walk to the Fisherman's Bastion and the Matthias Church. Next we go up to Gellert Hill (photostop) where one enjoys a spectacular view of the city below. From here, we cross Elisabeth Bridge and drive towards Hero's Square (seen in this website's top banner) on the Andrassy Avenue, passing by the Opera and St. Stephen's Basilica.
In the second tour, outside Budapest, we drive north to include a short visit to Slovakia and the nearby Esztergom, the capital of Hungary till the mid-13th century, on the banks of the Danube. A complimentary lunch will be served in Visegrad (the former Royal Residence). We carry on to Szentendre (the famous artists' village) before returning to Budapest.
Our editorial board invites abstracts, papers, and proposals as long as they fall within one of the following broad tracks:
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Business and Economics
- Teaching and Education
- Science and Technology
After the submissions are accepted by the reviewers, in a double-blind review process, they 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. Many will publish nothing at all. Delegates may also attend without presenting any research.
Registering for the Conference
Registration is open to everyone, not just to research presenters.
Alternative ways of paying the registration fee include Western Union and Money Gram. Contact Mark Bridge at email@example.com for information about this.
$395 - Conference at CEU: Registration valid for all 5 days
Valid for one person for all conference events, on and off conference premises. Includes all bus tours.
$295 - Conference at CEU: Registration valid for 1 research presentation day only
Valid for one person, for one day only, on conference premises. Does not include any bus tours.
$595 - Conference at CEU: Registration for 2 persons valid for all 5 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 $595 option is not available for two authors with two or more research presentations.
Around the turn of the century, in Rhode Island, a group of Bryant College professors from different departments would frequently meet for lunch, sharing ideas over a Sodexo meal. The members of this group included Pat Keeley, Pedro Beade and Glen Camp. Pat, known for his Irish wit and resonant voice, would frequently remark sarcastically that a new international journal, a multidisciplinary one, was needed to record the group’s thoughts. Nobody would think anything of Pat’s tongue in cheek comment but the eccentric and affable Glen Camp, a multilinguist who had spent the early years of his career as a policy director for the U.S. State Department in Europe, would each time raise his glass and reply “Superbe! Magnifique!” At first it was thought that Camp was acting theatrically in jest but it soon became apparent that he was obsessed by the remark that Keeley would generously repeat over time, if for nothing else, to elicit the predictable reply. A Harvard alumnus and Fulbright scholar, Camp was the founder of the Rhode Island branch of Amnesty International, and he saw in open and multidisciplinary communications a catalyst for international education and harmony across geographical boundaries. He envisioned how a journal of this nature could promote study abroad programs. Sitting at the same table would be Dean Earl Briden whose pet project at Bryant was to get the faculty to think outside the box. Bryant students had for decades participated in study abroad programs and Dean Briden was actively involved in the extensive documentation of the programs. One may imagine the Dean’s generous words of encouragement to Camp. This led Camp to prod Pedro Beade for advice about securing funding for the journal and academic conferences. As a board member of the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, Beade was an expert in grant writing and had the right connections. Camp was the favorite professor of the international students at Bryant, and Beade who had been raised in Cuba believed in Camp’s vision.
This was an exciting time at Bryant. The college was on the verge of becoming a university and a major campus expansion would soon be undertaken. As so often happens in such situations involving change, other concepts took a backseat and the idea of a multidisciplinary journal that couldn't fit readily in any one department could at first elicit only a very narrow support. Yet from a small seed a tree would grow.
The International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS) was officially registered as a double-blind refereed journal in 2005. The first issue was published one year later in hard-copy format thanks to the creative writings of Rocio Dresser (San Diego State University), Jerry Galloway (Georgia Southern), Kristin Reddington-Bennett (Wake Forest University), and Sylvia Nassar-McMillan (North Carolina State University), among others. Each issue was driven by a call for papers.
By 2008, some of the initial Bryant faculty had assumed new responsibilities or joined other universities. A few others had passed away or retired. Among those who were now teaching elsewhere was Joseph Bonnici, a professor active in study abroad programs.
In 2008, Bonnici was asked to facilitate major changes at IJAS and to extend the organization's outreach beyond American academia. Sticking closely to Camp's philosophical blueprint, IJAS formally became an organizer of conferences promoting study abroad programs. The multidisciplinary content of the research remained the same but the format changed from a “traditional American" to an "international study abroad” format. IJAS also started disseminating its articles in electronic format, thereby increasing its articles’ access across the world. Over fifteen professors in the Connecticut State University (CSU) system including Henry Greene, Khoon Koh, Carlos F. Liard-Muriente, and Bonnici himself have been instrumental in coordinating IJAS' conferences. If Bryant College was the cradle of the IJAS multidisciplinary movement, the Connecticut State University system has been its spiritual home. The CSU Board of Regents' emphasis on "affordable education" in its mission statement has had an influence on the value for money that delegates experience through the conferences.
On the other side of the Atlantic, two persons have stood out in IJAS’ success in Europe. One was Volker Kieber who jettisoned IJAS beyond its American base to link up with Eucor, the Upper Rhine University with campuses in three European countries. As a result of this university partnership, IJAS went on a tear solidifying its European program. The other highly productive relationship happened shortly thereafter with the University of Malta. With a campus in the center of the Mediterranean and historical ties to the Knights of Malta at the Anglo-American University in the Czech Republic, this resulted in a continuation of conferences in various European countries. The University of Malta’s Joseph Azzopardi, an academic fluent in German, further nurtured IJAS’ close relationship with German and Austrian universities which sponsor a number of IJAS’ conferences.
In line with the above developments, IJAS' editorial board actively solicits international research. IJAS' articles are indexed or accessed in (i) WorldCat, (ii) Ulrich's serials directory, (iii) Index Copernicus, (iv) ProQuest, (v) Genamics, (vi) EBSCO, and (vii) Google Scholar - click here. The high quality of the research is due to dedicated reviewers (see list for this conference).
Over the last few years, widespread cuts in university budgets have led to the demise of many excellent research programs and projects on American campuses. When the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) started closing down entire departments and projects due to lack of funding, IJAS ended up acquiring a number of refereed publications on condition that it would offer them for free to the general public for a set number of years.
Trying to explain the IJAS experience over all these years to those who have spent a lifetime attending traditional, single-discipline conferences confined within four walls is like trying to explain the laptop to a 1960's typist chugging at her typewriter in her cubicle. IJAS owes its success instead to a burgeoning generation of professors who are internationally mobile and eager to explore beyond the confines of their discipline and geographical base. The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size. Taken to its fullest, the IJAS experience is fatal to silo mentalities. At IJAS', there is always something new to do and learn. To those who prefer a traditional, single-discipline conference, they could still experience this at IJAS by narrowing the type of papers they attend to and skipping the cultural programs. Like a study abroad program, an IJAS conference is what one makes it. There are students who take their study abroad program seriously, actively trying to comprehend and close the cultural divide. And there are those who can't wait for the opportunity to get drunk. As one University of Cincinnati professor put it upon attending the IJAS conference in Prague, if a delegate presents a paper and leaves, the experience is no different than if one did the same thing at a bigger conference such as the American Psychological Association's.