Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture

Dedicated to Teaching and Learning in Today's Global Classroom

THE 2014 CONGRESS "Call for Papers"

Teachers, scholars, professors and professionals from more than 30 nations will meet in 
Rome, Italy, 4-6 December 2014
, to discuss this year's theme: 

"Communities in Contrast: Finding the Common Ground"

Too often people focus on difference. It is, however, in our commonality where we find resolution and understanding. Our direction this year will give special attention and emphasis to how we build community through similarity.

We will explore ways that allow individuals to develop unity while still maintaining a sense of personal and cultural identity.

Each year the congress attracts about 100 persons from more than three dozen countries. The major focus of the upcoming meeting will be on new practices that create and develop a multicultural approach to learning and living. There will be a welcome and keynote address followed by two full days of sessions and panels on 4-5 December.  A special half-day session will be conducted on Saturday morning, 6 December, to accommodate those who cannot attend during the week.  

Approximately 55 individual presentations will be scheduled for the 13th Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture.
To submit an abstract or to participate, please see the Registration page for complete details.  The deadline for consideration of all abstracts has been extended to 16 June 2014.    

Subjects for 2014 will include all disciplines on multiple levels and platforms, such as:

- Global Entrepreneurship and Leadership
- The Sciences in the 21st Century
- Liberal Arts and Technology
- Intercultural Texts and Contexts
- New Frameworks for Pedagogy
- Foreign Affairs and Practices
- International Agendas
Discovering Cultures
- ESL Skills and Cross-Translation
- The Internet and Social Media
- Film, Theatre and Entertainment
- Teaching and Learning Abroad 
- Religions and Regions
- Communicating Here and There


All sessions this year will be conducted at the University of Washington's Rome Center, just off the Campo de Fiori in the true heart of Rome.  The Center is located in the historic Palazzo Pio, which has its origins deep in Ancient Rome.


The cost of registration will be $200 (USD) or â‚¬ 145 (EUR) per person, which includes all registration materials, coffee breaks, receptions and meals.  Participants also will be able to pay in euros this year. More details and exact costs will be announced by mid-June.   


Please see a list of hotels, ranging in price from economy to expensive, on the Lodging page. 


Scholarships will be available this year to help scholars with financial need to attend the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture
Applicants must indicate their interest in receiving a scholarship and a brief rationale when sending the abstract.       


Review the annual Journal of the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture
(2013) (2012) (2011)  (2010) (2009).  This juried publication is published each year and we welcome manuscripts on all subjects related to international education and multiculturalism. Those who attend the congress also will be invited to submit a paper to the Official Proceedings. Access proceedings from previous years (2011) (2010) (2009) (2008) (2007) (2006) (2005) (2004) (2003) (2002 in print only).


In 2002, the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture hosted its first meeting at
John Cabot University in Rome. With a focus on improving education throughout the world, 30 professors from five countries met to exchange ideas and perspectives on diverse methods of education. Since that time, the Worldwide Forum has grown to include dozens of scholars and professionals representing 28 nations.

Four years ago, the Worldwide Forum released its first volume of work under the title Education Landscapes in the 21st Century: Cross-Cultural Challenges and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. This 450-page book, which contains highlights from the first six years of the organization’s proceedings, was published by Cambridge Scholars Press in the United Kingdom. A second volume, Global Encounters: Pedagogical Paradigms and Educational Practices, was published two years ago.


The Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture is partnering with the International Committee for the Development of People (CISP), a non-governmental agency based in Rome, to help with the newest initiative: the Ethiopia Project, which provides various classroom supplies for schools in the Liben region. Monetary donations may be made in care of the Worldwide Forum or directly to CISP.