NEPCA Area Chairs

NEPCA area chairs help the organization assemble its annual conference by helping the program chair determine the worthiness of paper submissions. They also help submitters fashion their proposals. NOTE: All the emails links should be live.  See below for the full listing of responsibilities.

This is a current list of specialized chairs, but NEPCA is open to new panels and individual papers on a much wider range of subjects. If you don’t see your area, don’t despair. Contact the None of the Above chair at the bottom of the list for consultation and assistance.

Area Chairs for Special Topics for 2020 NEPCA Conference

Current NEPCA Area Chairs

Area Chair Responsibilities

Area Chairs commit to doing the following activities as part of their role of Area Chair.

  1. Solicit proposals in your area for the annual NEPCA conference by actively reaching out on different listservs (e.g. HNet listservs), CFP aggregators (e.g UPENN CFP), professional communities, social media platforms, and individual professional networks and sharing the CFP.
  2. Review and evaluation proposals for your area on an ongoing admission throughout the CFP call (typically, January-June).  
  3. Assemble approved proposals into panels within 3-5 days of the end of the CFP.
  4. Serve as the liaison with presenters in your area to communicate information related to the conference and to field questions from the presenters.
  5. Be prepared to run virtual sessions in your area for virtual tracks of conferences, including communicating expectations, resources, and support around presenting in virtual spaces at conferences.
  6. Attend the fall NEPCA conference consistently & where relevant serve as panel chair to panels in your area.
  7. Actively participate the NEPCA community including:
    • Respond in a timely manner to queries & requests from NEPCA (directly or via the Area Chair listserv), particularly messages from the Program Chair between June and the Fall conference.
    • Attending NEPCA meetings (held 2-4 times a year, including 1 at the annual conference)
    • Keep an eye out for and share content with NEPCA to share out on its network (e.g. other CFPs, relevant events/webinars, etc)
    • Recommend graduate student papers for NEPCA student awards (when warranted)

7 thoughts on “NEPCA Area Chairs

  1. Global Cultures: Frank A. Salamone, Iona College,

    Call for Papers for the NEPCA annual meeting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.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

    Please, send proposals for panels or abstract to me at the address given, Papers of any topic dealing with popular culture in a global aspect are welcome. I interpret the term quite broadly – music, dance, literature, art and philosophy, for example. Abstracts should give your contact details and affiliation. 50 to 100 words of description should suffice. Student abstracts are welcome.

    • Depending on the focus, I’d say either American Literature (if a US author), World Literature (non-US writer), or Storytelling is you focus is on narrative development/structure.

    • Sorry Allison–you have to choose. We try to get as many different people on the schedule as possible, so just one submission per person.

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