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2017 Conference

*** NOTE: The deadline for proposals has passed. Due to a very heavy submission rate, we can only solicit papers to fill in panels from this point forward. We hope that those who can’t participate this fall will resubmit for the 2018 conference. 

NEPCA will hold its 2017 fall conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst the weekend of  October 27-28, 2017. The conference will be held at the Campus Center overlooking the pond in the middle of the UMass campus. Lodging will be available in the Campus Center Hotel, which is in the same building. 

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the state flagship university–a dynamic research and teaching institution of nearly 29,000 students. It is located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts in the town of Amherst and is part of the Five College Consortium that also includes Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. In all, more than 35,000 students are educated in Amherst (UMass, Amherst , Hampshire), Northampton (Smith), and South Hadley (Mt. Holyoke), a radius of 12 miles. UMass is just 40 minutes from Springfield, where the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield contains another e colleges. The Pioneer Valley is a destination site for its many colleges, museums, vibrant culture, and scenic beauty.

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Where is the next conference?

NEPCA’s 2017 fall conference will be held on the campus of University of Massachusetts Amherst, the weekend of October 27-28, 2017.

UMass Amherst is located in Western Massachusetts about 2.5 hours west of Boston and approximately 3.5 hours north of New York City.  There is Amtrak service to Northampton, 7 miles west of Amherst and the #43 and #40 PVTA (Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority) buses go from Northampton to UMass. Amherst and Northampton are serviced by Peter Pan Bus  from both major cities such as Albany, Boston, Providence, and New York City. Here is a link for cities serviced by Peter Pan.

The nearest airport is Bradley International in Windsor Locks, CT (suburban Hartford), which is approximately an hour from UMass. Unfortunately, there is no bus service from the airport. many fliers find it more convenient to fly to Logan Airport in Boston, where a bus can be boarded directly. (New York City Peter Pan service is from Port Authority–no direct bus pickup at the airport.)

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 that:

  • 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:

  • Everyone should fill out the NEPCA PAPER PROPOSAL FORM
  • 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, register using either PayPay or by sending a check to: Robert Weir: 15 Woods Road, Florence, MA 01062.  IMPORTANT: If you do not preregister, NEPCA might have to repost a call for papers and remove you from the conference lineup. Do not register until you receive notification that your paper has been acceptedThis usually happens in mid-to-late June.

The program chair for 2017 is: Marty Norden:  norden@comm.umass.edu  Direct all other queries to: Rob Weir: weir.r@comcast.net 

You should consult this list regularly as Area Chairs often change before the conference. Here is the current list of area chairs

After my paper is accepted, how do I double check to make sure I’ve submitted everything?

Use this convenient check list:

Have you:

[  ]  Completed the Paper Proposal on the proper Google Form?

[   ]  Received official confirmation that my paper has been accepted?

[   ] Paid by PayPal, or…

[  ]  Completed the Conference Registration Form and sent it and a check to the Executive Secretary Rob Weir.

***IMPORTANT: If you register by PayPal, make certain that YOUR NAME is attached to the payment. If you have used someone else’s PayPal or checking account to pay, please indicate this or there is no way for NEPCA to connect the payee name to the registrant. *** 

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