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These pages provide all necessary forms and details for NEPCA’s annual conference. 

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 Where is the next conference?

NEPCA’s 2014 fall conference will be held on the campus of Providence College, the weekend of October 24-25, 2014. The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2104. Please note: Some areas might extend the deadline–check the Website home page for updates.

UPDATE: The deadline for proposals has been extemded until 5 pm on June 13. (We muse have them in hand by then.) 

Providence is, of course, New England’s “second city” and is easily accessible by air, train, and car. Please note that participants in NEPCA conferences are responsible for their own transportation. NEPCA does not provide shuttle or van service to airports or rail stations.

What sort of proposals are appropriate?

NEPCA welcomes both individual papers and complete panels. We also encourage works in progress, and informal presentations. The only restrictions on presentations are:

  • The proposal should be rooted in research. We do not automatically exclude original poetry, composed works of fiction, or musical/dance/storytelling performance, but such works must be connected to greater theoretical and research frameworks.
  • NEPCA generally avoids proposals whose intent is overtly commercial.
  • Proposals should appeal to a broad audience.

If you need advice on proposals, click here for a list of area chairs. You can contact the appropriate chair for advice. If you do not see an area that matches your proposal, send it to the chair for Miscellaneous.

How do I submit a proposal? 

To submit a proposal, do the following:

  • Fill out the NEPCA PAPER PROPOSAL FORM found in this section (or click on link). Attach a one-page CV.
  • Submit this form (electronically) to both the conference program chairs and the appropriate area chair. These can be found in this section.
  • Area chairs can also help you determine whether your proposal needs refining. You should consult with the area chair before finalizing your proposal and submitting it to the program chair.
  • Upon acceptance, fill out the 2014  Registration Form found in this section and return it to NEPCA’s Executive Secretary in advance of the conference. If you do not preregister, NEPCA might have to repost a call for papers and remove you from the conference lineup. This is due August 31, though an August 1 deadline is preferred. Presenters can register after August 31, but they cannot be confirmed in the official newsletter.

The program chair for 2014 is: Robert Hackey: rhackey@providence.edu    You should consult this list regularly as Area Chairs often change during the spring.

Click here for a list of area chairs

NEPCA PAPER PROPOSAL FORM

(Send a one-page CV to the program and area chair when you submit this form)

Name: ________________________________________________
–Exactly as you’d like to see it listed. (No titles listed.)

Affiliation: ________________________________________________
–As you’d like to see it listed. (Choose just one. If none at present, use
Independent Scholar.)

Name of Your Paper: _______________________________________

NEPCA Subject Area (See Area Chairs):_____________________________

E-mail: ________________________________________________
–List the one you consult most regularly.

Phone: ________________________________________________
–List the one you use most.

Abstract:
Please confine this abstract to 250 to 400 words. Bear in mind that it must be
understandable to a committee, some of whose members may not be experts in your
discipline. NEPCA also encourages the use of “plain” speech over specialized jargon.

How do I double check to make sure I’ve submitted everything? 

Use this convenient check list:

Have you:

[  ]  Completed the Paper Proposal Form?

[  ]   Sent the above plus a one-page CV to both the Program Chair and Area Chair?

[  ]  Completed the Conference Registration Form and sent it and a check for your conferences fees to the Executive Secretary? (The address is on the form.)


4 Comments

  1. Kathleen Smith says:

    When and where is the Fall 2015 conference?

    • robnepca says:

      Kathleen’s query is a good one. NEPCA is currently in negotiation over the 2015 site. Watch this blog for updates. We’ll let all of you know as soon as we know for certain. We have a very solid proposal in progress, but we prefer to wait until things are settled definitively rather than floating incomplete information. In the meantime, please get on board with the 2014 conference in Providence. This promises to be a very exciting opportunity in a very desirable city. Don’t miss out on 2014!

  2. MN says:

    It states above that the deadline for proposals is June 1 but I received an email and flyer that said the submission deadline was June 9. Which is the correct date?

    • robnepca says:

      Some of the area chairs requested a June 9 extension. We have decided to extend this to ALL panels, so please submit a proposal regardless of whether it says June 1 or June 9.

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