International Journal of Arts and Sciences’ (IJAS) conference, which will be held on the Harvard University and MIT campuses* 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.
|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.