Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture

Dedicated to Teaching and Learning in Today's Global Classroom

THE 2015 CONGRESS "Call for Papers"

Teachers, scholars, professors and professionals from dozens of nations will gather in Rome, Italy, 3-4 December 2015, to discuss this year’s theme:

“Converging Cultures: Collaborations in Learning, Research and Study”

The primary focus will be to explore ways to teach and learn more about other cultures and countries.

We welcome proposals in all fields and levels (from elementary through higher education), especially in the following disciplines:

- Art and Literature
- Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership
- Cultural and Ethnic Studies
- Film, Theater and Entertainment
- Health and Human Performance
- Journalism, Media Studies and Communication
- Linguistics and English as a Second Language
- Medicine and Nursing
- Natural, Social and Formal Sciences
- Philosophy and Religion
- Public Policy and Administration
- Social Work
- Sustainability and the Environment

Each year the congress attracts up to 100 persons from around the world. The presentations and papers deal with new practices and research that create and develop a cross-cultural approach to learning and living. There will be a welcome and keynote address on Thursday, followed by two full days of sessions and panels on 3-4 December. In addition, a special Welcome Reception is tentatively planned for early Wednesday evening, 2 December, at the American University in Rome.

Only 55 individual presentations will be accepted for the 14th 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 is 5 June 2015. All persons will be notified by electronic mail during the week of 21 June 2015.

VENUE FOR 2015

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.

REGISTRATION

The cost of registration will be $220 (USD) or € 206 (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 in mid-June.   

LODGING

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

SCHOLARSHIPS

A total of five scholarships will be available this year to cover the full registration fee.  Three scholarships, made available by a generous private donation, are being offered to younger scholars, including graduate students and assistant professors.  Two scholarships are being offered to those with financial needs from developing countries. 
Applicants must indicate their interest in receiving a scholarship and a brief rationale when sending the abstract.       

OFFICIAL JOURNAL

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).

ABOUT US

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.

Five 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 three years ago.

PARTNERS

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.