This library provides resources for all aspects of the NCA Convention from the submission process to presenting.
Reviewing the General Convention Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the Professional Standards for Convention Participants are two great places to start for general information about the NCA Convention. Other resources are organized below.
If you have any suggestions on additional resources you would like to see, please contact Kristin Yednock, Convention and Meetings Manager.
Below is important and helpful information as you consider your convention submission. The first step for anyone considering making a submission should be to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants. This guide will answer many questions about the commitment that comes with making a submission to the NCA convention as well as guidelines on determining whether or not to submit.
All convention submissions are made via NCA Convention Central. NCA Convention Central also houses all of the calls for submissions that NCA Interest Groups and affiliation organizations issue. NCA Convention Central opens for submissions on January 14, 2019. The calls will also be available for viewing on that date.
Once you have made the decision to submit please familiarize yourself with the convention submission system before you submit by reviewing the step-by-step How to Submit presentations. Be sure to keep the slides close by for reference during the submission process. NCA also offers an instructive “How to Submit” training webinars. The webinars covers how to successfully submit individual papers, paper sessions, performance sessions, and panel discussions via NCA Convention Central. We strongly encourage all potential submitters to view the recorded webinars so that the submission process is smooth and enjoyable.
- Submission type definitions
- How to Submit an Individual Paper: Recorded webinar and PowerPoint
- How to Submit a Paper Session: Recorded webinar and PowerPoint
- How to Submit a Panel Discussion: Recorded webinar and PowerPoint
- How to Submit a Performance Session: Recorded webinar and PowerPoint
Below are other resources that you may find useful before and during the submission process:
If your submission, or a submission on which you are a participant, is accepted for presentation congratulations and below you will find useful information to make your convention experience as successful as possible.
- How to Get Funding
- How to Make the Most of Your Presentation
- Information for Chairs, Respondents, and Presenters
- Scholar to Scholar Tips
- How to Create a Successful Scholar to Scholar Presentation
- Guest Speaker Registration Form
- 105th Annual Convention Program Indicies and Session Information
Below are the policies that govern a variety of aspects at the NCA convention.
- Audio Visual Policy
- Guest Registration Policy
- Short Course and Preconference Policy
- Convention Session/Event Recording and Photography
- Policy for Convention Submission Plagiarism Allegations
- Convention Venue Accessibility
- Anti-Harassment Policy
- Bystander Intervention for Sexual Harassment: A Training for Scholarly Society Members by the American Sociological Association (see video below)
NCA convention sites are selected five to seven years in advance. To learn more about the convention site selection process, visit the links below.
- NCA Statement on Convention Locations
- Site selection process and FAQs
- Sample Convention Request for Proposal (RFP)
- Statement on Labor Disputes
NCA recognizes and acknowledges that we gather on the unceded land of the Piscataway Peoples. The vast coastal area today known as Baltimore City, Maryland, sustained Indigenous peoples until the arrival of Europeans beginning in the 1600s. Over the next 400 years, many Piscataway, Lenape, and Susquehanock communities were decimated, absorbed by larger villages or tribes, and/or forced by the U.S. federal government to move west beyond the Mississippi River with larger tribes. We ask you to join us in acknowledging these communities, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. NCA also acknowledges that it has often gathered upon unceded lands and that those gatherings manifested the exclusions and erasures of many Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge the grave harm that colonialism brought to these lands, in particular the erasure of both indigenous and African identities via slavery, and via racist laws that segregated all peoples into binary classifications of “white” and “black.” This acknowledgement demonstrates our commitment to beginning the process of working to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.