Hosted by the Joint Advanced Warfighting School, National Defense University
The SMH 2021 Conference is a “GO.” At this time we are still planning for an in-person event 20-23 May in Norfolk. To incentivize our holding an in-person event, the hotel has recently dropped its penalty if the Society does not fill all of its contracted rooms. (But not their food and beverage minimums, so we will still plan on socially distanced receptions and breaks.) We are also well aware that the pandemic continues, the future is fuzzy, and realize that many of you may be unable or uncomfortable traveling. Consequently, we are also working in parallel on contingencies, such as a hybrid (in person and virtual) or a completely virtual conference. We have some time, probably a month or so, to make a final decision.
We are modifying the traditional program to keep everyone safe and ensure compliance with Virginia’s COVID guidelines. For instance, we are looking at hosting receptions outdoors since the weather in May should be favorable. These guidelines change frequently. We expect an update at the end of January and will update the conference web site regularly.
Paper/Panel Submissions and Acceptance (Still accepting!)
The Paper/Panel Submissions window remains open and the Program Committee is sending out acceptance notices as they review proposals. Expect a notice soon. Currently, we have approx. 46 panels, 9 roundtables, and 63 individual papers, which we will form into roughly 21 panels. We will be looking for panel chairs/commentators to assist those newly formed panels.
Young Scholars: The Young Scholars submission portal is now open and will remain open through 15 March. Open the Young Scholars tab to submit your paper or young scholar panel. (Young Scholars are defined as those pursuing a Bachelor’s or terminal Master’s degree.)
Virtual Conference Attendance
We learned from the November 2020 virtual conference that we can generate the technological and personnel capacity to host either a hybrid or fully virtual conference, should we have to go in those directions. The scale of a full-blown SMH conference, however, will require more resources, which will necessitate a registration fee for any online capability.
See the tab below.
We are finalizing the conference registration details now and expect to have the registration page up and running in the next few weeks.