NEA taking the past into the future

NEA Spring 2023 Meeting: Call for Proposals

2022-08-09 9:04 AM | Julia Callahan



Past. Present. Possibilities.

New England Archivists (NEA) invites submission of session proposals for our Spring Meeting to be held March 31 - April 1, 2023, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The deadline for proposals is October 7, 2022.

As we celebrate NEA’s 50th anniversary, this meeting offers us a chance to come together to reflect on the history of our field and the changes it has weathered. We urge members to think about archives workers in this current moment in time: about how our work affects our social, political, and environmental worlds. And as we look to the future, we are called to consider: what are the most important challenges and opportunities in the archival field taking shape on the horizon?

We look forward to seeing you all in Portsmouth!

Possible Session Types

Standard Presentations

Two or three speakers present on a common theme. May include a moderator to steer discussion and/or introduce speakers and theme.

Open Forum

Topical discussion with moderator leading discussion with attendees. May include additional moderator(s) to direct breakout conversations.

Roundtable Discussion

Three or four participants make very brief remarks, then discuss a topic together. Includes a moderator to steer discussion.


Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds each, with comment, and lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Highest number of presenters possible is 12, fewer if leaving time for questions.

Lightning Talks

Like PechaKucha, but without a set format. May or may not include slides or images. Presentations may be from 3 to 10 minutes long, with a number of presenters depending on time allotted for each.


Moderator announces the topic, and two other individuals debate.

Note: standard AV (a projector and screen) will be provided for each session. Presenters are expected to provide a laptop for connecting to the projector, as well as any additional audiovisual equipment needs.



To facilitate collaboration, the Spring 2023 Program Committee has created a space for NEA members to develop session proposals together:

Please use this space to connect with your colleagues about potential session topics and formats. This collaborative space will be accessible until the deadline for proposals, October 7, 2022.


Proposal Submission

To submit a proposal, complete the form here:

Please note that proposed sessions involving fewer than three presenters and/or covering overlapping topics may be grouped together.

All submissions will be acknowledged by the Program Committee. If your proposal is selected, your acknowledgment will include instructions about next steps. All presenters are required to register for the conference upon acceptance, at the early-bird rate, and to fund their own travel expenses.


Scholarships and Awards:

Meeting and travel scholarships are available through NEA for those in need. Details may be found on the NEA website:

Please also refer to the following pages for specific details on:

Accessibility and Code of Conduct:

NEA is committed to making the Spring 2023 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. Presenters are encouraged to ensure that their presentations meet current accessibility guidelines. Presenters are also required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here:

If you will need specific accommodations, such as interpretive services, to support your participation in this event, please contact the program chairs ( and

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