Conference/CFP - CESS 2018, University of Pittsburgh, USA


March 28, 2018, 23:59


Event Date:

October 25, 2018 - October 28, 2018

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Central Eurasian Studies Society 19th Annual Conference, October 25-28, 2018 
and Pre-Conference Workshops, October 24-25, 2018

University of Pittsburgh

The approach to Central Eurasia at the University of Pittsburgh is truly Eurasian. The faculty's research spans the entire region, from the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Siberia, Mongolia, Inner Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Region, and East and Central Europe.In addition to a rapidly expanding collection of library materials related to Central Asia, including 230 recent acquisitions of Soviet-era, low-print run primary source editions and Uzbek historical documents, Pitt's Central Asian Film collection is robust and boasts the largest collection of Turkmen films in the West.

The University of Pittsburgh Press, a co-sponsor of the conference, offers Central Eurasia in Context as one of the leading monograph series in North America on Central Asia; it currently comprises fourteen monographs, three of which have won prestigious awards. 

Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)

CESS was founded in 1999 and incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 2001 and is the first North American-based scholarly society dedicated to the study of Central Eurasia.

The mission of CESS is to facilitate communication and interaction among scholars of the Central Eurasia region, to promote high standards of scholarship about the Central Eurasia region, to promote cooperation among those concerned with the scholarly study of Central Eurasia, and to promote general knowledge of and public interest in Central Eurasia.

About the Annual Conference

CESS Annual Conferences have been held at universities around North America since 2000, currently offering up to 70 panels and attracting around 300 participants from all over the world.

For CESS 2018, university invites submissions relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia encompasses Central Asia, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia, Inner Asia, the Black Sea region, the Volga region, and East and Central Europe. Practitioners and scholars in all fields with an interest in this region are encouraged to participate.

This year, for the first time, CESS will be organizing pre-conference workshops on Wednesday October 24 and Thursday October 25 ahead of the Annual Conference. CESS invites proposals from CESS members to design workshops. CESS 2018 will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, PA.

CESS invites the following types of proposal for the Annual Conference: individual papers, pre-organized panels, author-critic forums, roundtables, single session workshops and other single session formats. In addition, CESS invites submissions for pre-conference workshops.

About pre-conference workshops

Pre-conference workshops will be offered for the first time at the CESS 2018 Annual Conference. Intended to provide additional opportunities for scholarly engagement and training, the half-day workshops will be held from 1-5pm on Wednesday, October 24th, and from 9am-2pm on Thursday, October 25th. Workshops will require sign-up and pre-payment at the time of conference registration and will fill on a first come basis.

Call for proposals to run pre-conference workshops at CESS 2018

Program invites CESS members to design and propose either a half-day workshop or a workshop that runs over two half days. Possible workshop topics include: ethics and safety in field research, guidance for doctoral students preparing for fieldwork, methods workshops (best practices in archival research, qualitative data analysis, interview best practices, participatory approaches), publishing/preparing research for submission, teaching about the region and workshopping syllabi, conducting public scholarship, and grant proposal writing. CESS is open to other proposals, such as informative field trips in Pittsburgh, a symposium on a particular research topic, or some other practical learning activity not envisioned here.

Workshops should be designed to be self-financing, so that attendees will pay to participate.        

The workshop fee will cover the facilitators’ costs for that day, materials, space rental costs, meals, etc. Depending on the length and what is included, fees for these workshops typically range between $15-40 per person. Please estimate costs to the best of your ability and give the selection committee some idea of what you intend fees to cover.

Once the proposals are selected, costs for any meals, space rental fees, and technical assistance costs will be calculated and added into the budget, as will a limited number of fee waivers for regional scholars and graduate students.

How to submit a pre-conference workshop proposal

To submit a pre-conference workshop application, please complete the form online by March 28, 2018 (midnight, Eastern Standard Time).

Each proposal must include:

  • the workshop title
  • facilitator’s name(s) and position(s)
  • workshop length (half day or two half days)
  • the ideal number of workshop participants 
  • a description, including the pedagogical approach (no more than 500 words)
  • brief bio(s) of the facilitators and explanation of preparedness to run this workshop
  • necessary technical support
  • detailed workshop plan/outline (maximum one page)
  • a preliminary workshop budget (including a specific materials budget, a small facilitator honorarium, and other costs)                          

Travel Grants

CESS is delighted to announce the availability of travel grants to attend CESS 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh.

The travel grants are designed to support scholars from the Eurasia region to participate in global scholarly networks to continue making important contributions to the CESS scholarly community.

Funding for these grants is provided by CESS and the Open Society Foundations.

The fixed amount grants of US$1,500 are intended to support travel-related expenses (economy airfare, ground transportation, economy lodging, visa costs). Applicants themselves and/or their home institutions must cover any additional expenses.

Grants will be paid in cash at the end of the conference on production of

  1. supporting documentation showing that the grantholder has incurred costs related to travelling to and presenting at the conference;
  2. a digital copy of the paper presented at the conference.

Selection and eligibility criteria

  • Presentation proposal has been accepted for the CESS 2018 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh;
  • Applicant comes from the Central Eurasia region (Central Asia, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia, Inner Asia, the Black Sea region, the Volga region, and East and Central Europe);
  • A record or strong promise of fostering public discussions in the scholar's home context;
  • A record or strong promise of advancing institution-building in the scholar's home context by promoting quality academic scholarship;
  • Strong promise for a productive scholarly career;
  • High quality scholarship in the English language;
  • Financial need.

Priority will be given to early career scholars and applicants who have not previously received a travel grant from CESS.

How to apply

To apply for a travel grant, please complete the application form online.

The application deadline is Wednesday March 28, 2018 (11.59pm Eastern Standard Time).

You can also use another application form to apply for additional funding to attend pre-conference workshops.

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