CfP: Traditions and Transitions: Independent Scholars and the Digital Landscape (New Haven)

National Coalition of Independent Scholars:
„Traditions and Transitions: Independent Scholars and the Digital Landscape“
June 18-21, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut
Deadline: December 15, 2014
Keynote: Lawrence K. Grossman

Twenty-Five Years of Independent Inquiry

NCIS is pleased to announce its 16th conference, to be held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in June, 2015. The theme, Traditions and Transitions: Independent Scholars and the Digital Landscape, will be addressed by keynote speaker, Lawrence K. Grossman, former president of PBS and NBC News. Scholars and the general public are invited to join us for what promises to be a candid and engaging discussion on “The Tale of a Sometime ‘Independent Scholar,’ With and Without Footnotes in the Digital Age.”

The Programming Committee is now accepting proposals for original papers from any discipline in the arts, humanities, and STEM fields that fall within the broadly defined theme of “traditions and transitions” in any context and field of study. Selected papers will be organized into panels by the programming committee.

The Programming Committee for the 2015 NCIS Conference invites proposals for panels and workshops that explore and critique digital technologies for research, publishing, and sharing independent scholarship. In recent years, advancements in digital technology have expanded the possibilities for research and for sharing research with a wide audience. But are these tools easily accessible to scholars outside of institutions? Does digital technology offer a means for parity between independent and institutionally supported scholarship or does it ultimately reinforce traditional models that undermine independent inquiry through devices such as paywall systems? How can new media be used to promote cross-disciplinary dialogue? What can arts and humanities scholars learn from the digital platforms for presenting research used by STEM scholars and vice versa? How have advancements in technology impacted the quality of scholarship?

The Conference announcement has more details here: www.ncis.org/2015-ncis-conference.

The Call for Papers has more details here: ncis.org/call-papers.

The Call for Panels and Workshops has more details here: ncis.org/call-proposals-panels-workshops.

Deadline is December 15, 2014. Contact secretary at ncis.org with any questions.

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