Call for Papers-- DEADLINE EXTENDED
Seventh National Conference of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars
The seventh national NCIS conference will be held in New York City, October 15-17, 2004. The program committee invites submissions of papers that deal with participants’ specific research interests in relation to the overall theme of how and why independent scholars do their work. We invite suggestions for topics and panels. Those suggested so far include:
how and why we choose our subjects (or subjects that choose us)
methodological and intellectual issues that we address in our work
whether being an independent scholar specifically influences our intellectual approach or scale of our projects
working outside of the fields in which we received our scholarly training
balancing scholarly integrity with the need/desire to reach a popular audience
dealing with “information overload” (the internet, e-mail)
bilingual and multilingual scholarship: benefits and problems
In addition to panels featuring papers submitted by individuals, we plan to have sessions with invited speakers on subjects such as funding for scholars, publication (print and electronic), access to scholarly resources, etc. We invite other suggestions for sessions of this kind.
Deadline for submission is April 15, 2004.
Prospective participants should submit a brief abstract (up to 250 words) and a one-page c.v. We prefer that proposal be e-mailed to the address provided; please paste the information into an e-mail message, rather than sending it as an attachment. The proposal can also be mailed to NCIS, P.O. Box 5743, Berkeley, CA 94705. For further information, contact Joanne Lafler at the address below.
The National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS) was formed in 1989 to facilitate the work of independent scholars and gained non-profit, tax-exempt status in 1991. Now international in membership and scope, NCIS establishes links with, and supports, independent scholar groups in the United States and abroad.
NCIS is unique among scholarly organizations in its multi-disciplinary nature, with members in the humanities, sciences, and arts. Members share a concern for the production of fine scholarship and for issues that affect scholars working outside of an institutional setting, including: access to research libraries, archives, and other scholarly resources; equal consideration in competition for grants and fellowships; inclusion in the scholarly review process and the making of research policies.
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