Nepali Academics in America

Welcome to

2023 NACA Conference

April 14-15, 2023

Phoenix / Virtual (Online)



Conference Hall: Arizona One Center (Room # 730), 400 E Van Buren Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

This 2023 conference will have a hybrid format, allowing the participants to attend the conference either onsite or online format. The on-site or in-person sessions will be held in Phoenix, Arizona (7th floor of Arizona Center building of Arizona State University, Downtown Campus in Phoenix). The virtual sessions will take place fully online in the morning and/or evening hours of those dates. The main objective of this conference is to provide a scholarly platform for those interested in and are committed to Nepal and Nepali diaspora communities. 

NACA 2023 keynote speech and some high-profile sessions will be streamed live for all registered participants--both online and onsite participants. All other sessions will be organized either in-person or virtual.


Conference Theme

This year’s conference theme, Confronting Complexities, Transforming Possibilities, encourages more informed dialogues on the growing socio-ecological-technical changes and complexities that are around us, including but not limited to, COVID-19 and public health, food insecurity, distressed economy, urbanization, migration, geopolitics, water crisis, global climate change, disaster risks, inequality, and social justice. Confronted by these complexities, new innovative ideas and possibilities are also emerging, in which we see the tremendous value of interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship.

Keynote Speakers

Kumud Acharya, PhD 

President, Desert Research Institute, Nevada

As the ninth President of the DRI, Dr. Acharya leads over 400 scientists, engineers, and research support staff who rank among the top in the world in their specialties. Prior to his appointment as the President, he was a research professor of ecological engineering at the DRI and led pioneering work in Nevada to help local and state water managers address aquatic invasive species threatening both Lake Mead and Lake Tahoe.

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Jeremy Spoon, PhD

Professor of Anthropology, Portland State University, Oregon

Dr. Spoon has 25 years of experience collaborating with Indigenous peoples and government agencies on applied research related to environmental conservation and social equity in Nepal, the western United States, Kenya, and Hawai‘i. At Portland State, he served as the founding Director of the Emergency Management and Community Resilience graduate program.

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Important Dates

Call for papers (abstract) submission December 19
 Acceptance notificationJanuary 31 
 Registration deadlineFebruary 14 
 Presentation file (for virtual meeting)April 7 

We value your inputs and want to hear your preference for in-person or virtual meetings. Help us plan this conference better. This survey will take only two minutes to fill out. 

Brief Survey


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Choose Your Format: Onsite or Online

Should you register for in-person or virtual session? Here is what to expect:

  1. Onsite (or in-person) Experience: You will have access to both in-person and virtual sessions (papers, panels, roundtables) --your choice. You also get to watch the recordings of plenary and virtual sessions for 90 days. Perhaps the best part of the in-person experience is the opportunity to interact directly with our plenary and session speakers, along with other in-person network opportunities. Those attending in-person also have the opportunity to an optional field trip to the Grand Canyon (separate fees apply)
  2. Online (virtual) Experience: You will be able to present in a virtual session (paper, panel or roundtable), and will have access to all virtual sessions (recordings available for 90 days) and a few streamed plenary sessions. Please know that we will not be able to stream in-person sessions, mainly for technical reasons. This option is, nevertheless, definitely more affordable and may actually be more preferable for those with limited budget and those who are not able or willing to travel. We will provide virtual networking break times.

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