"The Presence and Persistence of Stories"
2021 Virtual Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History (NCPH)
March 8-27, 2021
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN TO ALL!
The NCPH staff, board of directors, and 2021 Program and Local Arrangements Committees were all looking forward to bringing the 2021 NCPH Annual Meeting to Salt Lake City next March. Our Local Arrangements Committee was hard at work putting together a slate of tours; our Program Committee designed a theme and a Call for Proposals that would encourage proposals with a Western focus, particularly around Indigenous stories.
When we had to cancel our in-person conference in Atlanta in March and pivot quickly to a virtual conference, we were hopeful that the timing might allow the pandemic to be under control enough by the following March to allow our in-person Salt Lake City conference to proceed. However, as the summer wore on and we did not see substantial mitigation efforts and contact tracing here in the United States, and as the pandemic took its toll on public history jobs and conference travel budgets, it became increasingly apparent that no in-person conference could be anything approaching normal by next March.
We’d rather do Salt Lake City the right way, in person and in our usual numbers, when it’s safe to gather again. We don’t want our presenters and attendees to risk their health or safety to travel; to face uncertainty up until the last minute about the status of the conference; or to feel pressured to spend money on travel costs that would be better spent caring for themselves or their families in these precarious times. For these reasons we have negotiated with our hotel, the Salt Lake City Hilton, to postpone our in-person Salt Lake City conference until 2024.
NCPH 2021 will therefore be entirely virtual.
What will Virtual NCPH 2021 look like?
Virtual NCPH 2021 will look very different than the in-person NCPH meetings of years past. We’ve learned over the last eight months that people do virtual conferences differently than they do in-person conferences, which creates opportunities to play with format and scheduling to better suit a born-virtual conference experience. We’re planning for shorter conference days spread over several weeks, so attendees don’t burn out. Some sessions will happen live and others will be pre-recorded, and most will be available in recorded form post-conference for attendees to watch asynchronously at their convenience.
Conference content (including working groups, workshops, general sessions, concurrent sessions, and networking events) will be spread over three weeks in March, from March 8-27. The first week of the virtual conference will be dedicated to workshops and working groups. General and concurrent sessions (the bulk of conference content that comes with the base registration) will happen March 18-20 and March 25-27.
Updated scheduling information will be provided via https://ncph.org/conference/2021-annual-meeting/program/. A preliminary digital program will be available early January 2021.
With no associated travel costs and reduced registration fees, this will be our most accessible conference ever. Between the costs of a virtual platform, increased accessibility costs for live CART captioning, and continued expenses like staff salaries, a good virtual conference is not inexpensive to produce—but it is less expensive than an in-person conference, and we are passing as much cost savings as we can on to attendees. In addition to lower registration fees across the board (between 45%-60% lower, with the highest savings for students), we're introducing a reduced rate for attendees whose employment circumstances make the regular rates prohibitive.
We'll be taking this on the honor system; if you register at the reduced $45 rate we won't ask questions. We hope that those who can afford to do so will register at the regular student, member, and nonmember rates, to help subsidize this lower cost for those who need it most.
| Registration Rate
||Early Bird (through February 9, 2021)
||Regular (starting February 10, 2021)
|Student (Member and Nonmember)
Registration is now open to all, with a preliminary digital program to come soon!
There will be more opportunities to participate in Virtual NCPH 2021 coming in the next several months, including a call for late-breaking session proposals. We'll also be releasing FAQs and guides to the new virtual format of our conference and use of the virtual platform we'll be working with, so follow NCPH on Twitter (@ncph) and check out our website periodically for updates.
Thanks to all for your patience as we gathered information and worked with our hotel to make this shift to a virtual format. It was important to us to negotiate a transition that respected the efforts of everyone who had already begun work on an in-person 2021 conference and did not leave us in a vulnerable position financially or legally. We’re excited to now turn our efforts to planning a Virtual NCPH 2021, and to explore the new possibilities and opportunities a wholly online conference experience has to offer.
Please contact the NCPH office with questions: email@example.com.