International Journal of Arts & Sciences

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May 14-17, 2013

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Once again, IJAS proudly hosts an academic program in the midst of nature, in a conference that is both relaxing and intellectually stimulating. From the surrounding aromatic purple fields of lavender,  to the ancient town of Avignon in Medieval vestiges, our conference sets out on a four day journey of academic tours and conference presentations launched from Aix-en-Provence, the former capital of Provence and the birthplace of Paul Cezanne.

Provence is blessed with art. Monet, Renoir, Dufy, Bonnard, Signac, and van Gogh borrowed the Provençal landscape and inspiration for their work. Matisse and Picasso spent a good part of their life in Provence, an open-air Musée des Beaux Arts.

Our conference will be held at La Baume in the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence and well connected by public transport to downtown Aix.

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.

Provence 2010 (from left): Paula Rama da Silva, Kathleen Branden and Ruth M. Ediger.
This program promotes the Provence as an ideal region for hosting study abroad programs.We are grateful for our sponsors without whose cooperation the program would not have materialized. Our bus tours running all over the region will do their utmost to convince the delegates that this region is second to none. The conference site is right outside the city in a majestic building surrounded by trees, greenery and peace. It incorporates within it lodging facilities that will be available for our delegates (see information below). If we had to run a study abroad program in Aix-en-Provence, we would have used the same facilities and run the same tours except that we would have spread the tours over a slightly longer number of days. Our program is ambitious and compresses the whole conference package into just four days.

As always, IJAS conference delegates are free to lodge wherever they like and attend as many presentations and cultural tours as they deem fit. Faculty who opt for any or all of the tour programs will be assigned a presentation slot on a different day in order to avoid a conflict of schedule.

If you would like to visit a city on your own during the conference, we strongly recommend nearby
Marseille. From Aix-en-Provence's bus terminus take the bus to Marseille (distinguish between the bus to the airport and the one to downtown Marseille).
 In Marseille, get off the bus at the Arc de Triomphe (see photo) and walk down to the old port. You will enjoy the fresh fish on the menus and the Algerian cafes. You may also visit the nearby islands.
Provence 2010: Between sessions.
IJAS delegates listening to Professor Caroline Brandt's opening presentation.
Conference Tracks
Our editorial board invites 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.

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.

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 Day Trip:
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes and Roussillon
May 15, 2013
Departures from La Baume (8:30 am); Campanile Hotel in La Beauvalle (8:37 am), and downtown Aix from in front of Paul Cezanne's monument across from the Tourism Office (8:47 am).

Gordes clings over a steep terrain.
This is a tour of the Lubéron region containing some of the most charming villages in the Provence, a number of which are perched atop mountains. Going back countless centuries, most of these villages sprung up to defend their inhabitants from the constant wars that devastated the peons in the countryside. For the locals, it was a race to the top for self-defense purposes. The center of each village tends to be a church and a castle with a maze of narrow streets winding around. The wars are gone but the enchanting sweeping vistas remain.

As our coach goes around the countryside, selectively immersing itself into Medieval times, it makes you wonder what life meant, and perhaps still means, to the Lubéron inhabitants.

Our tour will focus on a cluster of four unique villages that offer an idyllic, kaleidoscopic landscape, adorned by grape vines and fields of lavender, under the rocky plateaux of Lubéron:

Fontaine de Vaucluse:
The village with a mysterious spring;
Stunning, gorgeous, the "capital" of its surrounding region; and
Its ochre soils make it fit to be a village on Mars.
”Clay. It's rain, dead leaves, dust, all my dead ancestors. Stones that have been ground into sand. Mud. The whole cycle of life and death.”-- Martine Vermeulen.
Second Complimentary Day Trip:
Avignon and Dante's Les Baux
May 16, 2013
Departures from La Baume (8:30 am); Campanile Hotel in La Beauvalle (8:37 am), and downtown Aix from in front of Paul Cezanne's monument across from the Tourism Office (8:47 am).

Avignon, cradle of history and culture.

The tour bus first proceeds to Avignon, one of Europe's most captivating medieval cities. In the fourteenth century, during the Avignon Papacy, seven popes resided here. Two anitpopes resided here as well. The city walls that were built in the years immediately after the acquisition of Avignon as papal territory are well preserved. As they were not particularly strong fortifications, the Popes relied instead on the immensely strong fortifications of their palace instead, the Palais des Papes. This immense Gothic building, with walls 17–18 feet thick, was built on a natural spur of rock, rendering it all but impregnable to attack. Within Avignon's city walls one finds architectural treasures, small bustling squares, and a progressive and contemporary attitude towards the arts have earned Avignon the distinction of being one of the European Capitals of Culture.

The University of Avignon was constituted in 1303 by Pope Boniface VII. Today, it is home to a study abroad program through Ohio University. Each spring, American students travel to Avignon for ten weeks of intensive academic training and reside with local families.

Les Baux: Eerie and unforgettable.
Les Baux enjoys a spectacular position in the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop endowed with a ruined castle overlooking the plains. Its name is derived from the French word baou meaning a rocky spur. The village's name passed on to the aluminum ore Bauxite which was first discovered there in the early nineteenth century. Its current population of about twenty in the old village is a fraction of its peak population of over four thousand. Many of the buildings, including the castle, are the same picturesque ruins that inspired Dante Alighieri in his vivid descriptions of Purgatory.
The fortifications around the "Palais des Papes" in Avignon.
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




Submit Your Research

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

The most important dates to remember are as follows:

    • The conference will be held during May 14-17, 2013.
    • Email your formatted manuscript (see template) to after your online submission is accepted and before July 10, 2013.
    • The proceedings and journals will be published in late December 2013.

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's 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, (vii) the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2012) list compiled by the Australian Research Council, and (viii) 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.

Lodging and Conference Facilities

Three kilometers from the center of Aix-en-Provence and well-connected through public transport, La Baume offers an exceptional setting for our conference presentations, with its architecture, and its wooded park spanning over 12 hectares. This is a special and unique environment that encapsules the spirit of the Provence.

For a lodging reservation form and daily rates (in Euros) at La Baume, click hereDue to the day tours and lovely open-air restaurants in downtown Aix, we recommend the basic breakfast plan only.

A conference room at La Baume.

For information about hostels in Aix en Provence, click here. However, before selecting a hostel, search for reviews about it on the internet.

The hotels in downtown Aix are only a short-bus ride away (about fifteen minutes). However, for a photo of the bus stop outside La Baume and reasons why lodging at La Baume may make economical sense, click
Late in the evening, Aix comes to life with a lot of open-air restaurants and you may combine the serene La Baume lodging experience with a late-night dinner in downtown.

Our bus tours will pick up delegates from (i) La Baume at 8:30 am, (ii) the Le California bus stop across from the Campanile Hotel in La Beauvalle - do not confuse with other Campanile hotels - at 8:37 am, and (iii) downtown Aix from in front of Paul Cezanne's street monument, across from the Tourism Office, at 8:47 am. This will ensure that everyone will have access to our educational bus tours with no unnecessary hassle.

Right outside La Baume.
The Arcades.

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


$360 - Provence (May 2013) Conference Registration: 
Valid for all 4 days.

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


$240 - Provence (May 2013) Conference Registration:
Valid for 1 day only.

Valid for one person, for one day only, on conference premises. Does not include any tours.

$560 - Provence (May 2013) Conference Registration for 2 persons:
Valid for all 4 days
Joint registration for yourself and a co-author, child or guest, valid for all conference events, on and off conference premises. Includes all tours.
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.
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  La Provence: The scenery that inspired Van Gogh in his paintings. (Video by Nikname Productions)
In Case of Questions about...

the conference or submissions:

events sponsorship:

tourism in Aix-en-Provence:

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

Office de Tourisme
2, place du Général de Gaulle
F - 13100 Aix en Provence
Tel. 33 (0)4 42 161 161
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