Traditions and Transitions: Independent Scholars and the Digital Landscape

June 18-21, 2015, New Haven, Connecticut

National Coalition of Independent Scholars—Celebrating its 25th Anniversary

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 Conference announcement has more details here:

Call for papers

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?

We are seeking panels of 3-4 experts from the arts, humanities, and STEM fields to interrogate such issues and formulate solutions that will enable equal access to resources for all scholars. Panel participants need not be independent scholars.

We are also seeking experts who have engaged with these issues professionally to lead workshops on the practical implementation of tools and strategies for the advancement of independent scholarship in the arts, humanities, and STEM disciplines.  Workshop leaders need not be independent scholars.

The Call for Papers has more details here:

The Call for Panels and Workshops has more details here:

Contact with any questions.

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Posted: December 04, 2014