Event—McNickle Center

2024 NCAIS Graduate Student Conference

Multiple generations of unidentified women observe a Chicago-area powwow. Orlando Cabanban photographs, Newberry Library.



The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies invites graduate students within the Newberry Consortium for American Indian Studies (NCAIS) to submit proposals for individual papers in any academic field relating to American Indian and Indigenous Studies. 

To propose a paper, please submit a title and a 250-word abstract of your paper and a short bio by October 10, 2023 to mcnickle@newberry.org. Please submit your abstract as a separate word document or PDF and ensure your name and paper title are included in the document. 

The papers will be grouped into 90-minute sessions, including 15 minutes of commentary from the audience. All accepted presenters will be notified by November 2023. There is no registration fee, but you will be prompted to register prior to the event. 

The NCAIS Graduate Conference is a unique opportunity to present your work to and network with other students and faculty in the consortium. One student from each NCAIS institution will be eligible for two nights in a local hotel courtesy of the D’Arcy McNickle Center, as well as up to $300 of reimbursement toward their travel expenses. If there is leftover travel funding available, it will used to lessen the travel costs of other graduate students.

If you have any questions related to the conference, or would like to receive announcements and updates about NCAIS programs through the NCAIS mailing list, please send an email request to McNickle Center Program Coordinator Sarah Jimenez at jimenezs@newberry.org.