This year’s conference is hosted by Mississippi State, with generous support from The University of New Orleans and Tulane University. We’re also piloting an additional method of funding that may become a model for future Narrative conferences. In addition to the host and local sponsors, we are recruiting universities and other organizations that would like to serve as affiliated institutions. Affiliated institutions will make a contribution of $500 to the conference, and will be listed on conference materials along with the host and sponsors. In addition, each affiliated institution will be given up to one page in the conference printed program to showcase their curriculum, faculty accomplishments, or new initiatives. Institutions can choose to sponsor for 1, 2, or 3 years at a time.
In addition to supporting a conference we all enjoy, becoming an affiliated institution is one way of highlighting the contributions your university or institution is making to the study of narrative. We think that this will be particularly appealing to emerging programs that may not necessarily be widely associated with research in narrative. Faculty members at the conference routinely advise undergraduate and Masters students on potential PhD programs, so serving as an affiliated institution can draw attention to options for graduate study that may not be part of the current conversation between faculty and students.
Affiliated institutions will make their contribution to the Ohio State University Press, via check, credit card, or wire transfer. The Press will then forward the funds to the conference organizers. For details about the submission process, please write to Kathy Edwards at the Press email@example.com. To be an affiliate sponsor for a given calendar year, the Press must receive the funds by January 31 of that year.
We hope that each year we will have a pool of affiliated institutions to support the conference, and that future organizers will be able to depend on this source of funding as they work with their own institutions and other local supporters. If you’re interested in becoming an affiliated institution for this year’s conference, or exploring the possibility for future conferences, contact Dan Punday at firstname.lastname@example.org.