ICSA 2019 Conference


Welcome to the International Communal Studies Association 2019 Conference webpage!



DATE: Our triennial conference will take place on July 18-21, 2019.


LOCATION:  The conference will take place at the four Camphill communities located near Hudson, New York.  Please visit their websites: Camphill Village Copake, Triform Camphill Community, Camphill Hudson, and Camphill Ghent.


REGISTRATION: Click here to register now!


CONFERENCE DETAILS: Our conference theme is “Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities.” The deadline for proposing papers and workshops has recently been extended to February 1. The call for papers is available at http://www.communa.org.il/icsa/index.php/conferences/camphill-2019/call-for-papers .

The conference will begin around noon on July 18 and end in the afternoon of July 21. A concurrent Camphill Research Symposium, sponsored by the Camphill Foundation, will include many sessions during the ICSA conference, as well as a few tailored specifically for Camphillers just before and after. For more information on the Camphill Research Symposium, please contact the Camphill Foundation. ICSA conference participants who wish a deeper immersion in Camphill life may participate in a pre-conference immersion experience on July 15-17 for an additional $50. Participants who wish to experience a few other, nearby intentional communities may join a postconference tour on July 22-23, with cost and details to be announced later.


FEES: The conference registration fee is $200 for those who register by February 1. That charge includes all meals. In addition, all presenters are expected to purchase a three-year membership in ICSA, which costs $100 for those with professional salaries and $50 for those who are low income or living in income sharing communities. Once registration opens, you will be able to apply for financial aid to cover part of the conference cost. At this point, we do not know how much aid will be available, but there will certainly be some. We will also have a limited number of spaces for conference volunteers who will have their registration fees waived in exchange for helping with logistics.


HOUSING: A limited amount of housing will be available at the host communities on a first come, first served basis. Housing options will include private rooms, shared rooms, and space for tenting/RVing, at rates ranging from $5-$40 per person per night. We have also made an arrangement with a nearby motel, the Holiday House in Hillsdale, NY (518/325-3030), which has discounted its double and king rooms from $105 to $75 IF conference participants fill all available rooms. (They also have one suite available, for a somewhat higher price.) For this reason we encourage participants who prefer offsite housing to contact the Holiday House. If you know you prefer offsite housing, you may go ahead and contact the Holiday House now; you don’t need to wait until registration opens. Be sure to let them know that you are part of the ICSA conference. Once the Holiday House fills, we will seek a similar arrangement with another nearby hotel. We will also provide shuttle buses between the Holiday House and conference locations.


TRAVEL: As you make travel arrangements, please know that Amtrak provides service between New York City and Hudson several times a day; it is a two hour journey. The one-hour journey between Albany and Hudson is also several times a day. (By contrast, there is not a convenient bus or train route between Boston and Hudson.) We will provide shuttle service between the Hudson train station and conference locations.


Finally, as you get ready for the conference, we encourage you to visit the websites of our four host communities: Camphill Village USA in Copake, Triform Camphill Community, Camphill Hudson, and Camphill Ghent.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you have any questions about this registration site, please do not hesitate to contact Dan McKanan at dmckanan@hds.harvard.edu.