Nepali Academics in America

This 2023 conference will have a hybrid format, allowing the participants to attend the conference either in-person or online (virtually). The in-person portion will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, (at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus to be exact) and the virtual sessions will take place online in the morning 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 Presidential Plenary 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

The theme of this year’s conference, Confronting Complexities, Transforming Possibilities, encourages a more informed dialogue on the growing socio-ecological changes and complexities around us, including but not limited to, food insecurity, distressed economy, urbanization, migration, geopolitics, water crisis, COVID-19 and public health, global climate change, disaster risks, and 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.

Important Dates

Call for papers (abstract) submission December 9
 Acceptance notificationJanuary 16 
 Registration deadlineFebruary 14 
 Presentation file (for virtual meeting)April 7 

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 90s 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
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

Important deadline

Call for Proposal deadline of December 9 is in



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