Extended: Call for Proposals for Workshops and Networking Conversations for CESS Week 2020

Following the postponement of CESS’ 2020 Annual Conference, we are delighted to instead offer an online Week of Central Eurasian Studies (CESS Week) from October 12-17, 2020. This free of charge event will be open to CESS members and all others interested in Central Eurasian studies.

CESS Week aims to keep us connected, showcase the wide array of research and work being done by our members, support training and development, and diversify our community by widening participation in CESS events.

As part of CESS Week, workshops and networking conversations will be held on Friday October 16 and Saturday October 17 from 10am-12pm Eastern Time (EST). These are designed to involve and engage the Central Eurasian Studies community in focused conversation with specialists and in activities that enhance competencies.

This announcement is a call for volunteers to facilitate 1) workshops and 2) networking conversations. 

1) A workshop is a two-hour synchronous meeting led by one or more specialists on a topic that is likely to draw interest from our community by offering relevant training and development. Suggested themes might include polishing an academic article; writing for digital media; ethics of fieldwork; how to do research when the borders close; effective activism.

Proposals should include:

  • Workshop title
  • Purpose and content of the workshop
  • Relevance of the workshop to Central Eurasian studies
  • Intended audience (note, however, that this can only be provided as guidance – it will not be possible to monitor registration to ensure all those signing up meet any criteria)
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Language(s) to be used – workshops can be conducted in any language that is widely used in Central Eurasia
  • Name(s) of facilitator(s) and their relevant expertise
  • Preferred program/software if not Zoom – please see note below

2) A networking conversation is a two-hour synchronous meeting proposed by specialist in a field for the purpose of making connections exploring possibilities for collaboration with others. CESS members proposing to lead a networking conversation should propose a topic that is likely to attract participants from around the CESS globe and should have some specific purpose. Networking conversations should allow all participants to talk, interact, get to know each other, and share interests, so the organizer needs to be good at directing an online based conversation. Registration for each networked conversation will be limited to 15 participants.

Proposals should include:

  • Title for the networking conversation
  • Statement of theme and of purpose
  • Language(s) to be used – workshops can be conducted in any language that is widely used in Central Eurasia
  • Name(s) of facilitator(s) and their relevant expertise
  • Preferred program/software if not Zoom – please see note below

Technology and support

CESS will provide space on Zoom, will manage registration, and will provide some basic Zoom guidelines. Facilitators must be at ease with controlling online interactions e.g. admitting registrants, managing glitches.

Facilitators may propose to use programs other than Zoom but should bear in mind that a) CESS cannot provide space or logistical support for other programs, and b) other programs should avoid any possible access issues from using other programs (does it require sign up, is it widely available, security restrictions etc). Recent upgrades to Zoom have resolved many of the previous security issues this program faced, hence CESS’ choice to use Zoom.

In recognition of the valuable service to the Central Eurasian studies community that volunteer facilitators will provide, CESS will issue a certificate of thanks on completion of the workshops/networking conversations.

We look forward to receiving your proposals. Please submit these by Monday September 20, 2020, 23.55 EST at https://forms.gle/t6hSsgAA1Wu94Hwo9

If you have any questions, you can email the CESS Administrative Coordinator, info@centraleurasia.org (note that this email will be unmonitored between 1-8 September).