2024 Special Sessions

2024 Special Sessions Organized by ATINER

(Due to the 100% international character of our events, the terms above can be interpreted differently by each participant. To ATINER, all those terms are used interchangeably as variants of the same notion of one or more sessions which are thematic and are organized as part of one of our general (non-thematic) conferences. If you want to organize such a thematic event, please review our policy and guidelines, for more details)

Abstract Submission Information
25-28 March 2024
Unemployment in the Mediterranean Countries
as part of the 17th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies
Academic Responsible: Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER.
Unemployment poses a significant socio-economic challenge in the Mediterranean region, impacting individuals, communities, and nations. This session aims to foster a multidisciplinary dialogue on the various dimensions of unemployment, explore innovative solutions, and analyze the broader implications for the Mediterranean countries.
Deadline: Open
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6-9 May
2024
The Role of Ethics as a Driving Force in Rapid Digital and AI Development
as part of the 7th Annual International Forum on Ethics
Academic Responsible
Dr. Marzia Coltri, Lecturer, Arden University, UK.

According to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, digitalisation and inclusion through developing AI capabilities have had positive as well as negative impacts on our daily lives. Ethics is vital -the golden mean- in establishing a digital and AI-responsible world. As technology continues to shape our lives, it is imperative to ensure that its development and deployment align with ethical principles and the rule of law. The goal of this session is to provide a venue for researchers and practitioners to share their perspectives and participate in ongoing discussions about how AI may be used ethically and inclusively in worldwide governments, organisations and research. By incorporating ethical considerations, we can protect against potential harm and maximise the positive impact of AI advancements on individuals and society. This involves addressing issues such as privacy, fairness, accountability, transparency, and the responsible use of data to create an altruistic and equitable environment. We can use ethics to create a digital world that is not only innovative, but also respects individual rights, promotes justice and well-being, and eliminates cultural barriers.
Deadline: 26 March 2024
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6-9 May
2024
Social Work
as part of the 18th Annual International Conference on Sociology
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Ian Hyslop Senior Lecturer University of Auckland New Zealand.

We invite academics and researchers to submit their original contributions, focusing on the critical intersections and advancements within the field of social work. This session seeks to bring together diverse perspectives and innovative ideas that address contemporary challenges, share best practices, and explore new horizons in social work research and practice.
Deadline: 26 March 2024
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6-9 May
2024
Integrating Palliative Care and Supportive Care in Acute Areas
as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Nursing
Academic Responsible:
Yvonne Muldowney Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Modern day palliative care may begin at diagnosis; be delivered alongside curative measures; and facilitate patient quality-of-life autonomy, and choice. The benefits of palliative care early in diagnosis for those with life limiting illness is well established. Limited and late access to specialist palliative care can lead to unmet needs, such as high symptom burden, distress, and often inappropriate emergency department admissions. Yet, palliative care is often underutilised or introduced late. While systematic integration has still to be widely achieved. Despite 40 million people in need of palliative care, only 14% are receiving this service (WHO, 2020). This special session is designed to bring together researchers, clinicians, students, and academics. The aim is to share multi-disciplinary clinical experience/research around the current state of, and challenges of integrating palliative care early for those with life-limiting illnesses. We are particularly interested in acute areas such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care Units, Intensive Care Units, Coronary care Units, Heart Failure Clinics etc. We therefore invite the submission of abstracts under the theme Integrating Palliative Care and Supportive Care in Acute areas.
Deadline: 26 March 2024
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13-16 May 2024
Sports Education
as part of the 24th Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Chevelle Hall, Academic Member, ATINER & Associate Professor, Virginia State University, USA

We welcome abstracts in any area that deals with Sports Education.
Deadline: 2 April 2024
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13-16 May 2024
Sports Media
as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Adam Pitluk, Deputy Head, Mass Media and Communication Unit, ATINER & Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University, USA.

We welcome abstracts in any area that deals with Sports Media, Sports Journalism etc.
Deadline: 2 April 2024
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13-16 May 2024
Communication, Philosophy, and Pedagogy
as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media
Academic Responsible: Dr. Laura Trujillo Liñán, Professor, Universidad Abierta, Mexico.
The interdisciplinary session brings together experts in communication, philosophy, and pedagogy with the central purpose of analyzing and deepening the relevance and evolution of communication in the contemporary world. The focus is to understand how communication, as the core of this gathering, is influenced and enriched by philosophical reflections and pedagogical practices. Participants will debate the need for more critical and reflective communication in the information age, and how philosophy can offer tools for a deeper understanding of messages and mediums. Furthermore, discussions will cover how pedagogy can provide strategies to effectively convey communicative skills and competencies in various contexts. Within this framework, challenges such as ethics in digital communication, media literacy education, and the role of pedagogy in the formation of critical and aware communicators will be examined. This session underscores the urgency to reevaluate and redefine our understanding and practice of communication in the 21st century, enriched by a philosophical and educational perspective.
Deadline: 2 April 2024
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20-23 May 2024
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Computer Science
as part of the 20thAnnual International Conference on Information Technology & Computer Science
Academic responsible: Dr. Thomas Fehlmann, Senior Researcher, Euro Project Office, Switzerland
ChatGPT has become famous for being able to answer all sorts of questions, even do programming when given well specified requirements, and even help with writing scientific papers. However, ChatGPT is nothing else than a Generative Pretrained Transformer, thus it recombines existing knowledge and presents them in a flawless English, or Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, and some more. Proficiency may vary. Undoubtedly, computer scientists can benefit from this help when writing papers or invitations to publish, because it gathers references much faster than humans can with a library; but does it also help when writing formal proofs? When working with rewrite rules, for example, it is likely to be much less error-prone and faster than humans, and so can do a lot of the work? Maybe it helps in preparing exercises and exams for students? Or in evaluating answers and proposed solutions? We encourage computer scientists and educators to submit their experiences with ChatGPT or another AI tool and present them in this special track.
Deadline: 9 April 2024
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22-23 May 2024
A Symposium on Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure and Cities
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Dimitrios Goulias, Head, Civil Engineering Unit, ATINER and Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, University of Maryland, USA.

The aim of this small symposium is to bring together academics, policy makers, students and other stakeholders to discuss United Nations SDGs emphasizing Goal 9 “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation” and Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
Deadline: 6 February 2024
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27-30 May 2024
Navigating Uncharted Waters: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Counsellor Education and Supervision
as part of the 18th Annual International Conference on Psychology
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Peter Hall, Dean of Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Yorkville University, Canada.

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the landscape of counsellor education and supervision in unprecedented ways. As we continue to grapple with the aftereffects of this global crisis, we must reflect on and share our experiences, insights, and innovations in the field. This interdisciplinary special session aims to provide a platform for researchers, educators, practitioners, and students to explore the multifaceted impact of COVID-19 on counsellor education and supervision. We aim to foster a collaborative exploration and comprehensive discussion on how the pandemic has reshaped the training of future counsellors and the practice of supervision. Abstracts are welcomed from all related fields. Example topics include: transition from in-person to online learning and supervision (e.g., examining pedagogical approaches, challenges, and innovations), clinical training disruptions (challenges faced by students in completing practicum and internship requirements and proposed solutions to ensure competency in a post-pandemic world), telehealth Integration (e.g., the incorporation of telehealth training into counsellor education programs and its implications for ethical practice), mental health and well-being (e.g., the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of counsellor education students and strategies for providing support), ethical dilemmas arising from remote counselling and supervision), and innovations and adaptations (e.g., successful strategies, tools, and resources developed during the pandemic to enhance counsellor education and supervision).
Keywords: Counsellor education and supervision, COVID-19 pandemic, Mental health
Deadline: 16 April 2024
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27-30 May 2024
The Family as a Human Capital Incubator
as part of the 18th Annual International Conference on Psychology
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Sandra Velez-Candelario, CEO/Consultant, Family Organizational Psychology.Org, USA

Humanity’s psychological and behavioral skills are the most useful area to manage for today’s organizations. Workplaces, schools and many other organizations are investing resources in humans as capital due to these remarkable skills, in recognition of the fact that humans are our most precious capital within society. Many psychiatric treatments have been created to harness the human as capital within academic and workplace settings. This book gives the readers the opportunity to analyze the organization which promotes, or prevents, disruptive behaviour in human capital during their incubating process, that is, the household. Taylor’s management theory opened people’s eyes to the potential of humans’ physical capabilities, but this theory of psychological capital emphasizes positive psychological aspects, taking heed of organizational behaviour. This specific skill needs to be aligned with today’s worldwide business activity. The family is the first legitimated social group to help the human being in this specific area, making them successful in life.
Deadline: 16 April 2024
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27-30 May 2024
The Greek Orthodox Church in an Ecumenical World
as part of the 9th Annual International Symposium on Religion & Theology
Academic responsible:
Dr. Maria-Irini Avgoulas, Academic Member, ATINER, Casual Academic, School of Health, Medical & Applied Sciences, CQUniversity Australia and Cultural Counselling and Consultancy, Australia.

We welcome abstracts in any area that deals with issues of the Greek Orthodox Church like Greek Orthodox Communities Around the world, The Relationship of Greek Orthodox Church with Other Churches, Global Influence of Greek Orthodox Church, Stance of the Greek Orthodox Church Regarding Global Moral and Social Issues, etc.

Deadline: 16 April 2024
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3-6 June 2024
Romanticism
as part of the 17thAnnual International Conference on Literature
Academic Responsible: Dr. William Davis, Deputy Head, Literature Unit, ATINER & Professor, The Colorado College, USA.
The session on Romanticism will take place within the larger ATINER Literature Conference. Our hope is to create an international discussion on current topics, approaches, and theories related to the study of literary, historical, philosophical, and political Romanticism. Our call for papers is thus broad: we encourage proposals on any aspect of literary Romanticism, including comparative studies, national Romanticisms, trans-Atlantic, papers on single authors or texts, as well as papers that reflect current trends in Romantic studies, i.e., Romanticism and gender studies, new materialism, posthuman, etc.
Deadline: 23 April 2024
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10-13 June 2024
The Transmission and Maintenance of Diaspora Identity Through time and Generation
as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts
Academic Responsible: Dr. Maria-Irini Avgoulas, Academic Member & Casual Academic, School of Health, Medical & Applied Sciences, CQUniversity Australia and Cultural Counselling and Consultancy, Australia.
Diaspora communities with their specific cultural identity are found throughout the world and exist on a continuum of redevelopment as they evolve. The experience of diaspora identity and the transmission of memory culture that supports identity maintenance may vary by generation, the original migrants and their descendants born in diaspora. Diaspora community members of all generations may maintain a sense of nostalgia but also negative emotions of not belonging to either their original homeland or the host community. This may be expressed as having two homelands and, in a sense, belonging to both. While potentially enriching, diaspora identity may in fact be more like belonging nowhere and being a stranger in both cultures. This may represent a negative emotion associated with the experience of migration and acculturation despite the generation of membership. This session will explore the transmission and maintenance of diaspora identity through time and generation and consider how associated psychosocial factors and the recreated social environment of the culture of origin may influence wellbeing and the experience of illness that are significant factors in overall health as well as the promotion of health and wellbeing in diaspora.
Deadline: 20 February 2024
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10-13 June 2024
Wagner and Wagnerism in Philosophy, Art, and Culture: On Deconstructing the Cultural Traces
as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts
Academic Responsible: Dr. Elena Rovenko, Academic Member, ATINER & Researcher, Strasbourg University, France.
In the fin de siècle era, Wagnerism, as a cultural and philosophical phenomenon, set one of the main tendencies of the artistic thinking in general. Quite in accordance with the Gesamtkunstwerk idea, it influenced various art types (especially, literature and painting) and, later, cinema. The trace of Wagner’s personality, his aesthetic views and principles continues to exist in the contemporary cultural field as an object of different references (historical-analytical, socio-anthropological, including the mentality issue, political, artistic per se), which allow to mention both new ways of interpretation and deconstruction (in Derrida’s version) of the phenomenon, called by Nietzsche Der Fall Wagner. The special session invites researchers to contribute to the study of the semantic shifts that have taken place in the conceptualisation of the Wagnerian phenomenon over a century and a half. The following aspects are present: 1) international features of Wagnerism in art and the specific national forms of its implementation; 2) manifestations of Wagnerism in the visual arts, literature, and cinema; 3) philosophical-aesthetic origins of Wagnerism in different countries; 4) Wagnerism as a socio-cultural discourse; 5) Wagnerism and the creative process issue (in particular, means and results of deconstruction of the Wagnerian artistic thinking from the second half of the 19th century); 6) the political aspects of Wagnerism. The proceedings of the meeting can result in defining the major strategies of implementation of Wagnerism, which have existed up to the present time, as well as their contextual analysis on the background of the epistemological principles of the evolution of human sciences.
Keywords: Richard Wagner, Wagnerism, deconstruction, Nietzsche, artistic thinking, Gesamtkunstwerk, interdisciplinarity, human sciences
Deadline: 20 February 2024
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10-13 June 2024
Dance Education
as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts
Academic Responsible: Ms. Tamara Dyke Compton, Associate Director of the School of Dance, Director of Graduate Studies & Associate Professor, The University of Arizona, USA.
Join us for an enlightening session on Dance Education, where we delve into the integration of holistic practices for the well-being of aspiring dance professionals. In today’s challenging mental health climate, dance educators play a pivotal role in nurturing healthy minds within the artistic community. This session will explore strategies to incorporate holistic thinking, emphasizing overall health and wellness for dancers. We’ll address the importance of acknowledging diverse perspectives within technique classes, allowing dancers to embrace their identity and artistic expression. As dance is inherently subjective, it is crucial for educators to recognize and unpack biases, presenting dance from various viewpoints. This session invites dance educators to share their innovative ideas, methodologies, and discoveries, fostering a community committed to celebrating the rich tapestry of perspectives in dance. Let’s collectively shape a future where dance education not only hones technical skills but also nurtures the holistic well-being and artistic identity of each dancer. Submit your proposal to contribute to this important dialogue.
Deadline: 20 February 2024
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10-13 June 2024
Law and Culture
as part of the 9th Annual International Symposium on Culture and Civilization
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Anna Chronopoulou, Academic Member, ATINER & Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster, UK.

The relationship between law and culture has always been the subject of debate in the legal and cultural studies disciplines. It sought to define, redefine, and explore the differences and similarities between legal cultures and traditions. It also attempted to explore further the definition and regulation of culture through law and vice versa. It generated and challenged hegemonies and addressed issues of collectivities and individualities. More recently, it has been transformed, transgressed, and expiated into subdisciplines such as law as/and aesthetics, law as/and performance and law as/and Art by exposing a more sensuous side.
The purpose of this session is to explore further the relationship of law and culture through aesthetics in its wider sense, that of stylistic expression and the senses. This session invites abstracts on:
Stylistic expression: Courtroom dress, dress codes
Law and the senses: Law’s emotions
Deadline: 20 February 2024
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17-20 June 2024
Migrants and Refugees in the Mediterranean: Issues of Politics and Policy
as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Politics & International Studies
Academic Responsible: Dr. Domenico Maddaloni, Head, Sociology Unit, ATINER & Professor, University of Salerno, Italy.
In the new century, the Mediterranean has increasingly been the crossroads of major migratory movements, not only from the global South in the direction of Europe, but also between Eastern and Western Europe. This has provoked social and political debates and conflicts in countries long accustomed to substantial ethnic homogeneity. What is new in more recent years is that this phenomenon has increasingly been accompanied by a change in the political framework, with the emergence and development of movements strongly marked by anti-immigrant rhetoric. What are the causes of this change? What consequences does this change produce in the national and European political framework? To what extent does it affect national immigration policies and the service system? The purpose of this session is to discuss these aspects of political life in the countries bordering the shores of the Mediterranean.
Deadline: 27 February 2024
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17-20 June 2024
Democracy and Growth
as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Politics & International Studies
Academic Responsible: Dr. Mehmet Cevat Yildirim, Lecturer, Gaziantep University, Turkey.
Degrowth theory addresses the impact of economic growth on the environmental, economic, political, cultural and social spheres. The literature on the effects and critiques of growth is developing rapidly. This special session will focus on the relationship between economic growth and democracy. Does the democratic maturity of a society depend on the increase of its economic wealth or does its dependence on growth harm its democratic values? Papers and contributions from different disciplines such as economics, bionomics, political science, sociology and cultural studies are welcome for this special session.
Deadline: 27 February 2024
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1-4 July 2024
Dedrowth
as part of the 19th Annual International Symposium on Economic Theory, Policy and Applications
Academic Responsible: Dr. Mehmet Cevat Yildirim, Lecturer, Gaziantep University, Turkey.
Degrowth theory addresses the impact of economic growth on the environmental, economic, political, cultural and social spheres. The literature on the effects and critiques of growth is developing rapidly. This special session will focus on the relationship between economic growth and democracy. Does the democratic maturity of a society depend on the increase of its economic wealth or does its dependence on growth harm its democratic values? Papers and contributions from different disciplines such as economics, bionomics, political science, sociology and cultural studies are welcome for this special session.
Deadline: 21 May 2024
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8-11 July 2024
French Linguistics
as part of the 17th International Conference on Languages & Linguistics
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Lisa Reed, Academic Member, ATINER & Professor of French and Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Papers form all areas of French theoretical and applied linguistics are welcomed.
Deadline: 19 March 2024
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8-11 July 2024
TAM (Tense-Aspect-Modality) in and across Languages
as part of the 17th International Conference on Languages & Linguistics
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Krasimir Kabakciev, Deputy Director, Arts, Humanities and Education Division, ATINER

Papers from all areas of TAM (tense-aspect-modality) in and across languages are welcomed.
Deadline: 19 March 2024
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8-11 July 2024
Global Legal Education
as part of the 8th Annual International Symposium on “Higher Education in a Global World”
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Anna Chronopoulou, Academic Member, ATINER & Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster, UK.

The buzz word describing and undercutting legal education at Universities on both sides of the Atlantic is the word “global”. A “global” legal education is produced and consumed by legal academics and law students in the US and the UK. Several questions stem from the use of the word “global” within the context of legal education. Firstly, what does the term mean in this context? Secondly, is global legal education achievable? How can it be achieved? What is it based upon? How do we assess and measure global legal education and how is it incorporated in the law schools’ syllabuses. Do we produce global lawyers? Does it expose hierarchies amongst Universities in the US and the UK. Where does it leave legal education in European and other countries? The purpose of this session is to address these questions. This session invites abstracts on these issues.
Deadline: 19 March 2024
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29-31 July & 1 August 2024
Visual Literacy and Global Media
as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Library and Information Science
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Yan Ma, Professor, University of Rhode Island, USA.

Since the movable printing, technological advances have made media in many forms reaching out to all corners of the globe in this digital world. This special session provides an interdisciplinary platform to critically analyze visual messages and the social construction of meaning in global media through visual literacy. It presents global media through the lens of visual literacy; the social construction of meaning of global media by applying visual literacy theories; the interdisciplinary nature of global media; a variety of global media for its liberating power of democracy; different types of global media and their social messages on race, gender, class, and cultural dimensions; and the converged global media cultural and visual competencies for diverse communities in this global age.
Each presentation will use theories of visual literacy to critically analyze the selected media to present how this type of media enhances/changes work or life or society for its liberating power of democracy, social construction of meaning/messages of race, gender, class, social, cultural, and other dimensions. In a sense, all signs are information. In all media, the position of the subject is situated differently. This condition provides us with the basis for critical analysis of global media.
Keywords: visual literacy, global media, social construction of meaning
Deadline: 9 April 2024
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29-31 July & 1 August 2024
Sports Media
as part of the 20th Annual International Conference on Sport & Exercise Science
Academic Responsible:
Dr. Adam Pitluk, Deputy Head, Mass Media and Communication Unit, ATINER & Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University, USA.

We welcome abstracts in any area that deals with Sports Media, Sports Journalism etc.
Deadline: 9 April 2024
Abstract Submitting Form