2016 Call For Proposals

Call for Papers, Posters, and Roundtables

With the theme of migrations in mind, we invite students to submit abstracts of a maximum 300 words. Abstracts can be submitted here. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

*Forms of migration
*Impacts of migration
*Crossing boundaries, borders, and disciplines
*American pragmatics
*Life of college students
*Migrations back home
*Migration, time, and place
*Technological impacts on migration
*Cambridge: past, present, and future

(Paper, poster, and roundtable submissions will be considered for each strand)

Criteria: The program committee will review and evaluate proposals based on clarity of argument, analysis and synthesis of research, potential for further exploration, and relevance to the main conference theme. The strongest proposals will adhere to all submission requirements and be written clearly. Program committee members will consider these criteria and the availability of space at the conference center when accepting paper, poster, and roundtable proposals.

Note – We are accepting only student research proposals, not from faculty or staff. We will not be able to provide feedback on proposals per professional practice and due to volume of submissions. All proposals require faculty approval before being accepted for consideration. Students must choose to submit each presentation to only one forum (poster, presentation, or roundtable.)

Arts & Humanities

Whether seeking food, shelter and safety, or moving for philosophical, cultural or religious reasons, humans have always been on the move. For many artists, writers, and thinkers, migration, whether chosen or through displacement, defines their work. As they cross borders, they carry with them long traditions, sometimes blending them, sometimes leaving them behind as they carve new paths. For the Arts and Humanities sessions, students are encouraged to submit a proposal that explores the various forms of migrations in arts and letters. How might the humanities reflect not only human migration from one physical place to another, but also cross-theoretical boundaries as they challenge borders within their fields and other disciplines? Furthermore, what are the impacts of these movements?

Business and Technology

Can you imagine a world without Google, Facebook, and Apple? Can you imagine a world where business isn’t conducted with partners around the world? Business and Technology have allowed us to reach new limits and innovate in all areas. We welcome students to consider topics that explore the reach of these migrations of new business practices, models, and systems, and technological advancements. What are the positive and negative implications of these new practices? And at what cost?

Natural Science

Migration has long been a theme within the natural sciences.  Whether it involves the migration of biological species across time and space, the migration of ideas and theories from one school of thought to another, or even the migration of teutonic plates from one side of the globe to the other.  How has the migration of animal or plant species affected the environment?  How have scientists migrated from one school of thought to another?  What has a changing physical landscape meant for life on Earth?  What challenges await humans attempting to migrate off the planet?  We welcome work that addresses questions about the influence of migration across the sciences.

Social Sciences

Defined as the scientific study of human society and social relationships, the social sciences have a clear relationship with aspects of migration. We ask that students consider migration in both a tangible and intangible sense – looking at the migration of people and goods, as well as the spread of theories, ideas, traditions, customs, and information. Migrations, actual and conceptual, raise fundamental questions about how we define borders, communities, and the value of human life. Questions about migrations and migrants are also frequently concerned with points of origin and invite speculation over the importance and relevance of origins to the present.  We welcome work that addresses the past and present implications of these varied forms of migration as well as your projections and predictions for the future.


From preschool through university, migration poses myriad challenges to students and those who seek to make quality education accessible. In the US, diminished public funding often prompts movement out of urban school districts and into charter, cyber, or private schools; meanwhile, schools struggle to accommodate waves of immigrants, ELS, and other challenged students. The core curriculum debate further complicates matters. Educators often make major career moves to pursue their passion for teaching, and increasingly use e-textbooks, digitized libraries, and online classes to facilitate the migration of ideas around the world. We invite students to submit proposals for papers, roundtables and posters on how, when and where education reflects “Migrations.”


Roundtable Sessions

The opportunity to lead a roundtable discussion requires you to be an active listener, to seek common ground as well as to restate the “table’s” differences. This format offers participants an opportunity to both share an idea and interact with others immediately so as to better understand that idea’s full implications.

For the 2016 NRHC Roundtable sessions, you have an opportunity to explore your knowledge and interests with like-minded colleagues, to practice diplomacy and seek common ground. While roundtable submission topics are open-ended, you are encouraged to remember the theme of this year’s conference, Migrations. What migrations fascinate you as a researcher? In what way have you been part of a migration? In what ways can the concept of migrations be applied to different disciplines?

Roundtable presentations are intended to enable students in different disciplines from different colleges and universities to have the chance to explore related concerns, questions, and topics. Roundtable presenters should be aware of and respect the following guidelines:

  1. Participants should limit their presentations to a brief five-minute summary of their projects. They should be prepared to engage in discussion and consider connections between their work and that of the other presenters at the table.
  2. Presentations should be made by individuals or by pairs of students. For larger projects involving several students, separate proposals should be submitted addressing different aspects of the project. An attempt will then be made to distribute these presentations at different tables to help ensure a lively discussion addressing several related topics.
  3. Presentations and discussion will be guided at each table by a moderator. Participants should be responsive to the guidance of the moderator and be willing to share discussion time with the other participants at their table.

All proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, November 20th, 2015