MAKING CONNECTIONS, MEETING CHALLENGES:

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF NCIS

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

June 21–23, 2019

 

CONFERENCE program

(last updated 6 June 2019)

 

NCIS reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the program.

 

FRIDAY 21 JUNE

10.30-12.00 Registration; Equipment testing (Fri presenters only) 

12.00            PRESIDENT'S WELCOME 

12.15             Lunch

  1.15             KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Professor Emily M. Rose: 

                      “Life outside the walls: Negotiating academic boundaries today”

  2.15             Coffee Break & Book Stall

  2.45             SESSION 1: CREATING/RECREATING GENEALOGIES (The Invention of Tradition)                                  

                        Amanda Haste (FRANCE). “The ‘British Colony’ in Marseille: 

                             Meeting the challenges of migrant life 1850-1900.”

                         Karima Amer (FRANCE). “Historiographic challenges in the

                             history of psychoanalysis: Connecting Flournoy with Freud and Jung.”

                         Boria Sax (USA). “The Thanksgiving Turkey as a Sacrificial Offering.”

  4.15             Coffee Break & Book Stall

  4.45             SESSION 2: CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO: NEW VOICES IN SCHOLARSHIP                     

                      Sherry Boschert (USA). "Intersectional activism under Title IX."

                      Susan Roth Breitzer (USA). “Together and apart: The changing relationship between

                              independent scholars and learned societies.”

                      Darnella Davis (USA). “Widening the road for independent scholarship

                              and personal narratives.”

  6.15             ----END OF DAY 1----

 

SATURDAY 22 JUNE

8.45-9.30     Breakfast

9.00-9.30     Registration; Equipment testing (Sat presenters only)

9.30              PANEL 1: CAREER STRATEGIES FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOLARS

                       Lead paper: Valerie Abrahamsen (USA). "Forging a Meaningful Life

                           in Reluctant Retirement: Sharing Scholarly Pursuits in Public Venues"

                        Panel: Valerie Abrahamsen (Chair)

                                   Elizabeth Coons

                                   Amanda Haste

11.00              Coffee Break & Book Stall

11.30              SESSION 3: RE-IMAGINING MODELS OF GLOBAL CONNECTION

                                                 AND SCHOLARSHIP

                      Christian Gibbons (USA). “Reimagining communities in a globalized world:

                             Prospects for global citizenship.”

                       Angela Frusciante (USA). “Working with a spiral as geometric archetype: 

                             How a group of change agents shifted philanthropic inquiry methods

                             toward equity.”

  12.30             Lunch

  2.00             SESSION 4: COMMUNITIES OF RESISTANCE: IMMIGRANTS

                                             AND THE INDIGENOUS

                      Gavin Wilk (IRELAND). “Bravery and devotion to duty”:

                            Irish immigrant nurses in the American Red Cross during WWI."

                      Renée Neely (USA). "Navigating freedom, creating sustainability:

                           Marronage in the dismal swamp of Virginia and North Carolina

                         (ca 1800 – 1850)."

  3.00             Coffee Break & Book Stall

  3.30             SESSION 5: CULTURAL CONNECTIONS THROUGH  ARTS AND LANGUAGE

                      Jordan Lavender (USA). “Address forms in Ecuadorian Spanish: an analysis

                           of pronominal and nominal forms from Facebook Messenger data.”

                      Hyun Jun Cho (S. KOREA). "Egyptomania in Ancient Rome: An exploration

                           of the influence of Ancient Egypt on Rome as reflected in Roman art and

                           architecture." 

                      Annie Rehill (USA). "Creative expressions of connection and survival: The Métis."

  5.00             ---

  6.30              CONFERENCE DINNER

 

SUNDAY 23 JUNE

7.45-8.30  Breakfast

8.00-8.30 Registration; Equipment testing (Sun presenters only)

 8.30        PANEL 2: IN SEARCH OF A WIDER AUDIENCE:

                                 PUBLISHING WITHIN ACADEMIA AND BEYOND

                  Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge (USA). “Podcasts: Public History:

                       Public History: Real History? What does 21st-century scholarship look like?”

                  Kristeen Cherney (USA). "Self-publication: Exploring the potential

                       opportunities and challenges for the independent scholar."                         

                  Panel:  Isabelle Flemming (Chair)

                              Kristeen Cherney

                             Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge (Footnoting History Podcasts)

                              Phil Stover (Rio Vista Press)

10.00       Coffee Break & Book Stall

10.30       SESSION 6: CHALLENGING SOCIETY & CULTURE

                Janet Smith (ENGLAND). “Creating London through compulsory

                     elementary state education: Helen Taylor’s work on the London

                     School Board, 1876-1885.”

               Puneet Kaur Grewal (INDIA). “Runaway Cases and Honour Killings:

                    Understanding Misogyny and Familial Conflict.”

11.30       CLOSING KEYNOTE by Phil Stover

               “Enthusiasm Stew: A Recipe for Success as an Independent Scholar”

               Closing remarks

12.00      END OF CONFERENCE

 

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LOCAL PLACES OF INTEREST:

Amherst Farm Winery  http://www.amherstfarmwinery.com/
529 Belchertown Rd, Amherst, 413-253-1400
Wine tastings Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 12-5 pm
$8 for six vintages and a logo glass
Approx. 4 miles from UMass Amherst

Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College  https://www.amherst.edu/museums/naturalhistory
11 Barrett Hill Road, Amherst, 413-542-2000
Tuesday–Friday, 11 am – 4 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Free
Approx. 1 mile from UMass Amherst

Emily Dickinson Museum  https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/

NB The Museum is happy to arrange tours for groups (parties of six or more people). Reservations
for group tours must be made at least two weeks in advance and are subject to availability.
280 Main Street, Amherst, 413-542-8161
June-August Summer extended hours. Wednesday-Monday, 10 am - 5 pm. Last tour leaves at 4:30 pm.
Check this site IN ADVANCE: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/node/52
Approx. 1 mile from UMass Amherst

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art  https://www.carlemuseum.org/
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, 413-559-6300
Tuesday–Friday, 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
$9 adults, $6 students, teachers, seniors
Approx. 5 miles from UMass Amherst

Mead Art Museum, Amherst College  https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead
41 Quadrangle, Amherst, 413-542-2335
Sunday, 9 am – midnight; Tuesday - Thursday, 9 am – midnight; Friday, 9 am – 8 pm; Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
Free
Approx. 1.3 miles from UMass Amherst

University Museum of Contemporary Art  https://fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online/
Fine Arts Center, UMass, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, 413-545-3672
Tuesday–Friday, 11 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2-5 pm. Closed: Mondays, Academic Breaks, State Holidays. (Summer term seems to run May 20-August 16.)
Free
On campus

Yiddish Book Center  https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
1021 West Street, Amherst, 413-256-4900
Sunday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors. Free for members, students, and children.
Approx. 5 miles from UMass Amherst
 

*Many thanks to Valerie Abrahamsen for researching these

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REGISTRATION 

Registration Forms

                  Fillable Form

                  Printable Form

Registration fees for members are heavily subsidised by NCIS and include conference pack, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and tea/coffee breaks throughout the conference.

Non-members are welcome to attend, but will not be eligible to present a paper at the conference. Any non-member may submit an abstract, but will need to become a member of NCIS on acceptance of their abstract. 

Members of NCIS:

    $80 Early Bird Rate/ $90 Standard Rate/$100 Late rate

Members of NCIS Partner Groups:

   $95 Early Bird Rate/ $105 Standard Rate/$115 Late rate

Accompanying partners of NCIS members:

  $80 Early Bird Rate/ $90 Standard Rate/$100 Late rate

Non-member registration fee:

   $130

 

Early Bird Rate (15 February to 31 March 2019)

Standard Rate (1 April to 30 April 2019)

Late Registration Rate (1 May to 31 May 2019)

Non-member rate (1 February to 31 May 2019)

Registration ends 31 May 2019

ACCOMMODATION

CAMPUS AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATION HAS BEEN BLOCKED OUT, AND WILL BE HELD UNTIL 17 MAY (HOTEL) AND 31 MAY (RESIDENCE HALLS). WE CANNOT GUARANTEE ACCOMMODATION FOR BOOKINGS MADE AFTER THESE DATES.

If you would like to arrive on the Thursday, please let us know well in advance so we can secure the best deal.

CAMPUS - RESIDENCE HALL - Single A/C room (Available until 31 May)

Air-conditioned suite-style accommodation. Each suite features 4 single rooms, 2 fully-equipped bathrooms (bath/shower & WC), communal area & kitchen. 

THURSDAY  $60 incl. linen, towels & secure parking

FRIDAY         $60 incl. linen, towels & secure parking

SATURDAY   $60 incl. linen, towels & secure parking

SUNDAY        $60 incl. linen, towels & secure parking

CAMPUS HOTEL Single or double room (Available until 17 May):

THURSDAY  $170/$200 incl. taxes & secure parking (tbc)

FRIDAY        $200 incl. taxes & secure parking

SATURDAY $200 incl. taxes & secure parking

SUNDAY       $170 incl. taxes & secure parking
 

PARKING

Resident – Campus Residence Hall INCLUDED

Resident – Campus Hotel INCLUDED

Non-Resident (pay on site) $6.50 per day*

*Prices provided by UMass in June 2018. May be subject to change.

HOW TO GET THERE

https://www.umass.edu/ipo/iss/transportation.php

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

To celebrate 30 years of NCIS, our next conference will be at UMass Amherst June 21–23, 2019. The theme reflects our mission to connect independent scholars with each other, provide a sense of community, and offer practical support to enable members to meet the challenges of independent scholarship.

Making connections and meeting challenges are also integral to the research process in all fields, and these themes can thus be interpreted in myriad ways. We therefore invite scholars in all disciplines to propose papers, panels or round table discussions relevant to the conference theme. These may be related to but are not limited to the following strands:

Making connections, building community

Physical communities (e.g. migrant/ex-patriate; religious): establishing, defining, developing.
“Imagined communities,” whose members will never meet most of their fellow-members but who are bound by “the image of their communion” (Anderson 2006, 6), e.g. by nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, profession, social position etc).
Making connections, making history

Creating/recreating genealogies
The invention of tradition (Hobsbawm & Ranger 2012) by [re-]connecting to a real or idealized past
Connections between individuals (often through genealogical/archival research)
Connecting through the arts

Using music to reinforce connections, e.g., nationhood, local culture, group identity
Literary representations of cultural connections
Visual arts, plastic arts and textiles as cultural liaison
Connecting through STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math)

Interdisciplinary methodologies
Scientific applications in everyday life
Technology as communal glue
Dangerous liaisons

Innovative methodologies
Challenging conventional theory
Connecting hitherto disparate fields/methodologies
Partnering with scholars across disciplines
Meeting challenges

Conflict and resolution: military, STEM, political, scholarly
Beyond the lab: the particular challenges facing independent scientists
Ethical challenges in research
Reliability and repeatability: using the internet (e.g., surveys or forum posts) as data sources.
New models of scholarship, particularly independent scholarship, in the face of the vilification of academia.
Directions for Independent Scholarship as well as individual ISs.
Negotiating new publication models, eg scholarly blogs
REFERENCES
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Revised ed. London; New York: Verso, 2006.

Hobsbawm, Eric, and Terence Ranger, eds. The Invention of Tradition. [1983.] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.   

 

Submission Guidelines
Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2019

Papers Individual paper presentations will be 15-20 mins, with 10 mins for questions. Abstracts of 350-500 words should be sent to conference2019@ncis.org using the Abstract Submission Form.

Panels & Roundtable Discussions Proposals of 350-500 words for panels or round tables of 3-4 speakers are welcome. They should outline the theme, and participants if known, and should be sent to conference2019@ncis.org using the Abstract Submission Form.

Eligibility for submission
All NCIS members in good standing are eligible to present at the conference.
Non-members are invited to submit proposals, but in the event their paper is accepted, the author is required to join NCIS upon notice of acceptance.
No member may present more than one paper.
Presentations must be in English.
Additional information
All proposals will be acknowledged within a few days of receipt, and the review committee will inform you of their decision as quickly as possible.

All NCIS members in good standing will enjoy a reduced registration fee, due to a generous subsidy from NCIS funds.

GRANT SUPPORT Full Members may also be eligible to apply for a Conference Support Grant of $250 in either of the two cycles preceding the conference. You can check the criteria here. Grant application deadlines are October 1, 2018, February 1, 2019, and June 1, 2019.

Onsite hotel or campus accommodation (all air-conditioned) will be available for participants.

Presenters will be invited to submit an extended paper for consideration in a special conference issue of the NCIS peer-reviewed open-access journal The Independent Scholar.

Contact us

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