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2017 NEPCA Conference

NEPCA's 2017 Fall Conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ON OCTOBER 27-28, 2017.

Peter C. Rollins Book Prize

The deadline for publishers to submit nominations for the 2016 Rollins Prize is July 1, 2017. This prize will honor the best book written by a scholar working in New England or New York on a topic pertaining to popular or/and American culture during the year 2016.

Important Dates

2017 Conference: October 27-28

NEPCA’s 2017 Fall Conference


NEPCA’s 2017 conference will take place on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst  on Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28, 2017.

Periodic updates and information will be made on this site and can be viewed by clicking on the 2017 Conference tab above. 


T minus 7 days and counting folks. NEPCA’s fall conference launches next Friday. For those coming from out of the region, the preliminary weather forecast cals fro mild weather. but don’t trust it this far in advance. Check the forecast as the date draws nearer and plan your wardrobe accordingly. It’s never a bad idea to think about “layering” in an New England autumn. Weather Underground is generally a pretty good Web source to consult–generally more accurate than the Weather Channel.

Foliage update: There should still be quite a bit around for Oct 27-28. It has just started to peak and is the color is late arriving this year. Not our most brilliant foliage show, but looks as if it might linger.


Attention Graduate Students Presenting at NEPCA

NEPCA awards two cash prizes for best graduate student papers at its annual conferences. If you are presenting this October and your paper goes well, consider entering this competition.

The rules:

  1. Only your panel chair can nominate a paper. If you’d like to compete, approach your chair and ask that individual to nominate your paper.
  2. At some point after the conference, our prize committee will approach you and ask that you submit a written copy (by email) to the committee. This will necessitate that you transform your notes into a paper of roughly 10-12 pages (plus footnotes and bibliography).
  3. Your written paper should be as close as possible to the presentation you actually gave. Do not submit expanded versions, dissertation chapters, or long manuscripts.
  4. The committee will deliberate and the winners will be announced in the late spring or early summer of 2018 (depending upon how many papers are submitted).
  5. Winners will receive a cash prize, a certificate, and an invitation to attend our 2018 conference free of charge. (NEPCA does not cover food, lodging, or transportation costs.)
  6. You must make sure that NEPCA is kept up to date re: any email address changes and/or physical address changes. Put simply, NEPCA can’t honor you if it can’t find you!

Publishing Opportunity for Grad Students

Olympika, The International Journal of Olympic Studies invites graduate students to write journal article reviews for Olympika’s up coming issue. This is a great opportunity to earn a published writing credit through a brief review of a recently published journal article related to the Olympics. Please visit for more information. If interested, please contact Jared Walters for further detail at

Jared Walters, PhD Candidate, Western University
Journal Article Reviews Editor
Olymipka The International Journal of Olympic Studies

Three Weeks To Go!

NEPCA’s fall conference convenes in three weeks!

Another reminder: If you’ve not booked lodging, you need to do so immediately or local hotels will release rooms and special rates will no longer be available.


This summer NEPCA reserved blocks of rooms at several area hotels and motels. To date, no one has registered at any of those in Hadley. (For out-of-towners, Hadley and Amherst run together and most of these hotels are 1-3 miles from campus.)

Part of our deal with the local hotels is that they can release rooms that aren’t booked. You should book lodging NOW, or these rooms will be put up for sale at regular rates and you might have to pay more or look further away to find one.

War and Imprisonment Conference

Call for Papers: War and Imprisonment


The capture and confinement of human beings has been—and remains—a central feature of warfare and periods of mass violence both within and between nation-states and among non-state actors. Prisoners apprehended and held during times of conflict—whether military or political—have been both blessing and curse to their keepers. While often valued as cheap labor and lucrative bargaining chips, the high costs—economic, social, political, and environmental—associated with mass imprisonment continue to challenge even the best organized bureaucratic states. This conference seeks to explore these historical and contemporary dynamics across geographic time and space. We welcome interdisciplinary scholarship on topics including, but not limited to, the following:


  • Prisoner of war camps
  • Prison towns
  • Civilian prisoners in wartime
  • Political imprisonment
  • Prison culture
  • Prison violence
  • Treatment of prisoners
  • Prison labor in wartime
  • Race, class, gender, and prison in wartime
  • Prison architecture and design
  • Environmental impacts of mass imprisonment


The one-day conference—the fifth annual of an ongoing series—will be held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, located at 365 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, on Friday, May 11, 2018. We envision a program free of geographical, chronological, or methodological restraints. Individual paper proposals of no more than 300 words and a short CV should be sent to Clarence (Jeff) Hall ( and Sarah Danielsson ( no later than December 15, 2017. Accepted presenters will be notified in early 2018. Interested presenters may also be considered for publication in an anthology tentatively scheduled for 2019.

MA Historical Society Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019.

MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships are made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Society will offer at least two in 2018-2019. (See our ad in the H-Net Jobs Guide or visit our website for details.) The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. The Society adds a monthly supplement, payable directly to the MHS-NEH Fellow, of $562.50. These fellowships are for researchers who have already completed the terminal degree in their fields, typically a Ph.D.)

DEADLINE: JAN. 15, 2018


MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. See the MHS website for details on these fellowships; we will offer more than twenty short-term fellowships in 2018-2019!

DEADLINE: MAR. 1, 2018


The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000.

DEADLINE: FEB. 15, 2018


The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-five organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. Visit to learn more about the member organizations and start planning your itinerary!

DEADLINE: FEB. 1, 2018


For more information, please visit, email or phone 617-646-0577. Follow us on Twitter @MHS_Research for reminders regarding fellowship deadlines and information on all of our other activities.


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