12th Mediterranean Interdisciplinary Forum on Social Sciences and Humanities, MIFS 2024

8-9 May 2024

University of Catania, Italy


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The history of the Department of Educational Sciences at the University of Catania had its institutional foundation as the “Istituto Universitario di Magistero” in 1949.

In 1990, the private “Magistero” became a public institution, integrated into the University as the tenth Faculty. In 1993, the graduate degree in Pedagogy was converted into the Science of Education degree, confirming its definitive organizational status in the Faculty itself.

Finally, in 1995, the latest institutional change: The “Faculty of Magistero” become integrated into the Faculty of Educational Science, no longer only organized for teachers’ preparation but also for creating new professional-level opportunities for qualified educators in diverse social sectors, not only traditional schools.

Initiating in the academic years 2001/2002, a radical change was introduced in course implementation, also for the preparation of qualified professionals in the fields of Tourism and Psychology.

Special Session

Topic: New Insights into Special Languages
Chair: Franca Daniele, MD
“G. d’Annunzio” University, Chieti-Pescara, Italy..

List of Presenters:

  • From ‘Lockdown’ to ‘No-Fly Zone’. Significant Words that Impact on Lives.
    Franca Daniele, MD
    Assistant Professor of English Language and Translation
    Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences
    “G. d’Annunzio” University, Chieti-Pescara, Italy.
    [email protected]

  • Lexical Aspects of Specialized Medical Language in a Contrastive Perspective.
    Barbara Cappuzzo
    Assistant Professor English Language and Translation
    Department of Psychology, Educational Sciences and Human Movement
    University of Palermo, Italy.
    [email protected]

  • Non-Performing vs. Impaired Loans. A Cross Cultural Analysis of Political Representations of Financial Institutions and Debtors in Media Discourse.
    Giuseppina Di Gregorio, PhD
    Department of Education
    University of Catania, Italy.
    [email protected]

  • Benefits of English for Pre-School Children. The Case Study of a Bilingual School in Italy.
    Paola Clara Leotta, PhD
    Associate Professor of English Linguistics
    Department of Education
    University of Catania, Italy.
    [email protected]


  • The Construction of Medical Knowledge. A Semantic Taxonomy of Processes.
    Renzo Mocini
    Associate Professor of English Language and Translation
    Department of Surgical Sciences
    La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.
    [email protected]

About the Conference

The Mediterranean Interdisciplinary Forum on Social Sciences and Humanities (MIFS) is a distinguished conference series, currently in its 12th year. This prestigious event fosters scholarly exchange by providing a platform for researchers to present their work and engage in critical discussions.

Held previously in renowned locations like Beirut, Almeria, Barcelona, and Tenerife, MIFS is now set to take place at the University of Catania, Italy. The conference fosters academic networking and critical thinking through the presentation of research articles across various social sciences and humanities disciplines. Over the years, hundreds of papers have been presented and published in open-access format after undergoing a rigorous peer-review process.

MIFS welcomes scholars from a wide range of fields to participate in this vibrant intellectual exchange. Join us at the upcoming conference and contribute to the ongoing discourse in the social sciences and humanities!


 The proceedings will be submitted for indexation in Web of Science.

Keynote speaker:

Vice-Rector, Dr. Francesca Longo 

University of Catania, Italy
Topic :
Doctoral Studies in Europe between national constraints
and transnational opportunity

1987: Degree in Political Science, University of Catania 1992: PhD in International Relation, University of Padua 
Full Professor of Political Science, University of Catania Jean Monnet Professor in European Union Public Policy 
Visiting Professor at Liege University, Facultè de droit, Science Politique et de Criminologie.
Visiting Professor at the Cairo University” – DAAD Programm, Cairo, Egypt. 
Visiting professor at the European Studies Department, University of Bradford (U.K.) 
Professor of “Judiciary and Police cooperation in the European Union” for the Post graduate School of the Italian Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science, University “Rome Tre”, Rome, Italy.
Francesca Longo

Conference Organizer:

European Scientific Institute, ESI

Our history in organizing academic events dates back to 2013. You can find details about our previous conferences, events, and publications by clicking here.


High quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in the all areas under the Social Sciences and Humanities are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

All papers should be sent via conference emails: [email protected]

Subject: MIFS Conference

Please follow the forum’s template.

Recommended paper length: 5-15 pages (Microsoft Word, font 12, Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing).

The papers will be available on:

In-person Presentations will be organized into academic sessions at the University premises. Every presenter will have 10 minutes for presentation and an extra 5 minutes for discussion. The presentation should be prepared in Microsoft PowerPoint within 10-15 slides in English/Spanish language.

Online Presentations will be possible if there is sufficient number of on-line participants.

Zoom Online Meeting platform will be used. Every participant will receive an invitation to their email address.

Why should I attend?

The 12th Mediterranean Interdisciplinary Forum on Social Sciences and Humanities is an indispensable event, offering unique networking prospects, opportunities for research publication, and a dynamic platform for academic enrichment. Beyond professional development the forum facilitates staying abreast of cutting-edge academic trends, ensuring a global perspective with participants from Italy and beyond. Additionally, it fosters interdisciplinary collaborations, providing an academic component that goes beyond the typical conference experience. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to engage with postdoctoral fellows from the European Scientific Institute (ESI), representing diverse countries. Elevate your career by actively participating in scholarly discussions, showcasing your commitment to continuous learning, and contributing meaningfully to the academic community.

Important dates and other information

Important dates:

Abstract/Full Paper Submission: 25 April , 2024
Registration Fee: Online Payment  (Conference fee)

Registration Fee

197 EUR per paper for payments received after January 02, 2024

97 EUR padditional paper if presenting more than one paper at the conference.


  • If a University/Company registers more than 3 participants, a 20% discount will be approved.

Only papers that successfully pass the peer review procedure will be published.

**Note: The participation is free of charge for the ESI Postdoctoral Fellows

Registration Fee: Online Payment (Conference fee)


The fee includes:

Admission to the conference, one paper to be presented, copy of the conference program, conference certificate, book of abstracts, publication of an accepted paper in the online conference proceedings or/and journal publication (if accepted by the journal).

Conference Presentations: May 8th 2024

Organizing and Scientific Committee

Jovan Shopovski
European Scientific Institute
University of Catania, Italy
Vincenza Tutino
University of Catania, Italy
Dejan Marolov
European Scientific Institute
Franca Daniele
D` Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Register for the conference

To participate in the conference, authors are required to submit an abstract for onsite or online presentations.

Upon submission, authors will receive notification of the acceptance or rejection of their abstracts. Accepted authors will then be instructed to pay the registration fee. Following payment, authors will receive an email from the conference secretariat with details for submitting full papers and additional registration procedures.

All abstracts should be submitted via conference emails to [email protected], with the subject “MIFS 2024”

Conference Venue:

University of Catania, Catania Italy

Address:Via Ofelia, 37, 95124 Catania

Get In Touch

[email protected]
MIFS Conference 2024

Kirk St.Amant

Kirk St.Amant is the Eunice C. Williamson Chair in Technical Communication at Louisiana Tech University and is a member of the University’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS). Kirk serves as the Director of Louisiana Tech’s Center for Health and Medical Communication (CHMC) and is also an Adjunct Professor of Health and Medical Communication with the University of Limerick and a Research Fellow in User Experience Design with the University of Strasbourg. He researches how cognition affects usability and design with a focus on international health and medical settings and on international online education. He can be reached at [email protected]