On behalf of the 2018 Conference Planning Committee (Adam Beissel, Algerian Hart (DCCC Chair), Courtney Flowers (USA Member-At-Large), Charles Crowley, Cheryl MacDonald, Danika Kelly, Dawn Norwood, Jasmine Hamilton, Jeffrey Montez de Orca, Michelle Richardson, Robert Lake, Steve Marston, William Bridel (Conference Steering Committee, Chair), Joshua Newman (President)), it is my pleasure to distribute the Call for Abstracts for the NASSS Annual Conference, October 31–November 3, 2018. The Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Again, this year’s conference theme is Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, and Culture. You can find specific details on the NASSS website: https://nasss.org/conference/2018-conference-2/.
I am confident that you will agree the session organizers have developed creative, thought-provoking, and timely sessions. As the conference planning committee chair, I look forward to an engaging and meaningful conference. I appreciate all the session organizers who offered their time to create sessions.
Please review the session descriptions on the NASSS website: https://nasss.org/2018-conference-session-descriptions/. Abstract authors are strongly encouraged to submit to one (1) of the organized sessions. However, for authors who do not see their paper fitting in with one of the organized sessions, there is also the option to submit to an “OPEN” session – for paper presentations or roundtables. Authors submitting to an “OPEN” session are asked to indicate if they are willing to serve as an organizer and/or moderator of a session. The conference organizer and committee will do their best to ensure abstracts find an appropriate home.
Due to time, space, and scheduling constraints, we ask that authors submit only one (1) abstract as first author. Authors who wish to submit more than one abstract may do so provided they are not the first author on subsequent abstract submission(s). Abstract authors submitting to multiple sessions (and organizers of multiple sessions) should be prepared well in advance of the conference to have a collaborator or colleague present or moderate should there be a scheduling conflict.
In addition, the conference planning organizer will not be able to accommodate specific requests or preferences regarding time or date of a session or paper. As such, session organizers, moderators, and presenters/authors are expected to be available for the duration of the time when conference sessions are scheduled. Sessions begin in the morning on Thursday, November 1st (typically around 8 am) and end in the afternoon on Saturday, November 3rd (typically around 5 pm). There will always be someone who is first, and someone who is last. Your understanding regarding the tremendous work that is involved in organizing the conference is much appreciated by the conference planning organizer and committee! All considerations will be made to schedule sessions in accordance with the topics of each session, so sessions do not compete with each other for those with similar academic interests. However, due to limited time and space, this sometimes may occur.
- Deadline for submission of abstracts to session organizers is June 30, 2018.
- Session organizers will notify authors of abstract acceptance by July 15, 2018.
- Session organizers will submit completed sessions (4 – 5 papers each) to the conference planning organizer, Akilah R. Carter-Francique at firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 15, 2018.
- Abstracts should include the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of the author/s; a title (no more than 10 words); and a brief abstract (200 words maximum) that describes the presentation and ideally how the session fits into the conference theme. Please submit abstracts to the appropriate session organizer via the online submission system (do not send abstracts directly to session organizers via email). For a list of session descriptions, go to: https://nasss.org/2018-conference-session-descriptions/.
- To submit your abstract please do so via the online system at https://nasss.org/call-for-abstracts-vancouver-2018/For “OPEN” session abstract submissions, please submit abstracts to the Conference Planning Committee Chair via the “OPEN” session options (first session listed in the drop down menu).
- In partnership with the Diversity and Conference Climate Committee Chair, Dr. Algerian Hart, the 2018 Conference Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of the +1 program in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The goal of this initiative is to expand the audience for the NASSS conference and to our community of scholars to those who have never attended the NASSS conference or who have not attended for some time. Members are encouraged to contact or bring a +1; this can be a colleague, student, peer, or friend who has never attended a NASSS conference. Invite your +1 to participate/submit/present at the conference. As you are considering submitting an abstract, we encourage you to distribute the announcements and Call for Abstracts to your networks, and send an invitation to submit an abstract to your +1.
Dr. Akilah R. Carter-Francique
2018 NASSS Conference Planning Committee, Chair
2017-2018 NASSS President Elect