Thinking Regionally: Research, Policy, & Practice (Small Cities Conference)

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Call for Papers
May 8, 2020 to May 9, 2020
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
Urban History / Studies, Geography, Public Policy, Rural History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning

The 2020 Small Cities Conference at Ball State University brings together academics and policy makers interested in regional solutions to common problems facing communities and regions. The conference organizers seek proposals for papers and/or panels that consider the regional dimensions of challenges facing small cities, towns, and rural places. Research on international issues is also welcome if it is clearly linked to U.S. impacts.  The conference will take place on May 8-9, 2020 at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Proposal Requirements:

Proposals for individual papers or fully formed panels (three papers) are welcome. 

A proposal for a single paper should be no more than one page and should outline the substance of the planned paper and its relevance to the conference theme. 

Panel proposals should be no more than four pages and include an outline of the substance of each paper as well as an explanation of their relevance to the conference theme. 

Papers will circulate among conference participants in advance. Please also include a brief vita for each proposed presenter (maximum two pages per presenter). 

Proposals & inquiries should be directed to: Dagney Faulk,, or James Connolly,

Proposal deadline: Nov. 1, 2019 (Notice of acceptance by Dec. 2, 2019) 

Completed paper submissions deadline: March 30, 2020 

Contact Info: 

James J. Connolly

Director, Center for Middletown Studies 

Ball State University

Muncie, IN 47306

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