Nepali Academics in America

Call for Proposals

2023 NACA Conference (Hybrid)

The Nepali Academics in America (NACA) announces its 3rd annual conference, which will be held on April 14-16, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. This hybrid conference will also have the option to attend the conference virtually. An optional field trip to the Grand Canyon is being planned for in-person attendees.

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.

This conference explores how those conversations have directly and indirectly influenced our scholarship related to Nepal. Some of these challenges and their solutions are also uniquely linked to Nepal or the broader Himalayan context. The conference provides a scholarly forum to engage in these important conversations while reconnecting with friends and colleagues and adding some new connections in your professional network.

We invite scholars, scientists, artists, and practitioners to submit proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers on the conference theme or closely related topics. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Poverty, inequality, distressed economy, and other systemic factors
  • Scientific advances in biotechnology and medical sciences
  • COVID-19 and public health concerns
  • Climate change, vulnerability, and disaster risks
  • Migration, remittances, and livelihood diversification
  • Agriculture and food production systems and new innovations
  • New issues and challenges in tourism and other service-based economy
  • Environmental (mis)-management (e.g., water, forestry) and governance issues
  • Energy systems, innovations, and equity issues
  • Geopolitics, infrastructures, and transborder issues
  • Advocacy, equity, and social justice in (language) education

Call for papers (abstract submission) deadline: December 19, 2022.

Submission Format

The NACA requests that each participant submits their own abstract in no more than 250 words. This will help us avoid any errors in developing the program schedule. If your proposal/abstract is part of a panel, be sure to list the title of the panel and the name of organizer.

Submit a Proposal

Panel proposal

This is the most common form of NACA conference presentations, which is organized around a common theme or topic. Each panel session will be 90 minutes in length and will typically have about 4-5 individual presenters, allowing 15 minutes for each individual presentation and 15-30 minutes for introductions, commentary for a discussant, and questions/answers.

The organizer must submit a session proposal/abstract (250 words limit) with the list of participants with their titles, affiliations, and five-keywords. The organizer will be responsible to make sure each presenter also submits their individual abstracts and is properly registered for the conference. Feel free to propose a discussant, which counts toward the limit of 5 presentation slots in each session.

Individual papers

We recognize that some presentations may not have a specific panel or wish to be considered in a session with multidisciplinary scope. So, we welcome individually volunteered papers or presentations appropriate for this conference. Submit an abstract (250 words limit) with full name, affiliation, and five key-words. The Program Committee will group the accepted individual presentations/papers together to form panels and will assign a session title and a chair for each of those sessions.

Roundtable discussions

We encourage colleagues to consider organizing roundtables to discuss issues related to the conference theme. These roundtables will have the same 90 minutes length as the presentation/paper panels, and each is expected to feature 3-5 scholars to have more lively and engaging discussions among the discussants and with the audience. The organizer must submit a title and a proposal/abstract (250 words limit) with the names of all discussants and their affiliations and emails. The panelists must be registered but do not have to submit separate abstracts. Roundtables can be either in in-person or online format.

Contact the conference organizing committee with any questions and concerns

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