Annual Conference (Virtual CESS 2021)

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

[Updated] The 21st CESS Annual Conference will be held virtually, with support from the Ohio State University. The conference will run from 9:15 am on October 14 to 1 pm on October 17, 2021 (all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time, UTC–04:00). If your panel has been accepted, please plan to attend virtually.

Originally scheduled to be held in October 2020, the conference was postponed in light of COVID-19. Please see the Update on CESS conferences (May 2020) for further details.

In 2022, the CESS Annual Conference will be held at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Registration
Conference Logistics
Program
Keynote Speaker
Virtual Conference Host
Conference Rules and Guidelines
Next Steps If Your Proposal Is Accepted
Pre-Conference Workshops
Key Dates and Deadlines
Call for Proposals and Proposal Submission
Call for Chairs and Discussants
Travel Grants [not offered in 2021]

Registration

Registration for CESS 2021 is now closed. Thank you to all who presented their own research, engaged the work of others, and attended panels!

Conference Logistics

Conference venue: Online

Panel locations: URLs for online Zoom rooms will be available in the conference’s online program for registered attendees

Upon virtual arrival: Zoom rooms will be managed by an OSU-affiliated host, who will coordinate with the panel chair. All presenters must be in their Zoom room a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start of their panel, in order to ensure that the conferencing technology is functioning properly and to be let in by the host. Please do not click “Start Webinar” in Zoom; the OSU host will begin the Webinar after verifying that everything is set up properly.

All non-presenting delegates (i.e. audience members) must be registered and are invited to join the Zoom room at the designated starting time. Zoom URLs for audience members can be found on the online program. After the formal portion of the panel, all conference delegates, including presenters, are invited to remain in the Zoom rooms for informal discussions.

CESS 2021 on social media: The conference hashtag on Twitter remains #CESS2021. Find CESS on Twitter @CESS_news and on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/cess.info.

There will not be a PDF of the conference program.

Program

The online program is now available. This allows you to view and search the program in multiple ways:

  • View all the panels, organized alphabetically by panel code (e.g. ANT = Anthropology, HIS = History).
  • Search for a presenter by name.
  • Search the program by e.g. keyword, name, institution.
  • See the schedule for each day.

Keynote Speaker

China and Central Eurasia: Empires and Middle Grounds

Rian Thum is Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. His research and teaching are generally concerned with the interpenetration of China and the Muslim World. His 2014 book, The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History, argues for the central role of sacred sites and local Islamic texts in the maintenance of Uyghur identity. Thum’s current book project, Islamic China, is a re-examination of Chinese Islam that takes full account of the numerous Persian and Arabic sources that Chinese-speaking Muslims have used and written. Since the emergence of China’s mass internment program for Turkic minorities, Thum has consulted for media organizations, businesses, NGOs, and government agencies developing responses to the emergency in Xinjiang. In addition to his academic publications, Thum’s writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostForeign Affairs, and The Nation..

Virtual Conference Host

The Ohio State University (OSU) is a public research university in Columbus, Ohio, one of the fastest growing cities in the USA. It has the third largest university campus in the country, with almost 60,000 students. Its faculty include scholars who are leaders in the sciences, engineering, medicine, public policy, law, social sciences, arts, and humanities. OSU has strength in Eurasian, Russian, East European, East Asian, and Middle Eastern studies. It is one of the few US universities that teaches the Uzbek language regularly. OSU hosted the CESS Annual Conference in 2011.

Being situated in central Ohio, OSU is within two hours from other excellent institutions of higher education with faculty that research Central Eurasia:  Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), Kenyon College (Gambler, Ohio), Kent State University (Kent, Ohio), Denison University (Granville, Ohio). Together with other universities with Central Eurasian expertise, like Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and Case Western Reserve University, the Midwest region of the US has become a nexus of research relevant to CESS.

Conference Rules and Guidelines

Before submitting a proposal, read CESS’ conference rules and guidelines.

The working languages of the CESS Annual Conference in 2021 are English and regional languages. Due to pandemic conditions, CESS is allowing the submission of panel proposals in non-English languages. Non-English language panels will be indicated as such in the title.

Next Steps If Your Proposal Is Accepted

Proposal outcomes will sent by email. If your proposal is accepted for inclusion in the conference program, congratulations! Your next steps are:

1. Ensure you are an active CESS member, a requirement for all those who present at the conference. If you are not currently a member, you can (re)join by paying the invoice you were emailed (for those who were members in 2020) or joining as a new member.

2. Register for the conference by the presenter registration deadline.

3. If you need a letter of acceptance from CESS, log into Cocoa, then, after confirming your contact details, select the “A” button next to your paper title.

4. Because the conference will be held entirely online, no visa invitation letters will be issued by Ohio State University.

If you have any accessibility requirements or would like to make a scheduling request, contact CESS as soon as possible. We endeavor to accommodate all accessibility requirements received at least four weeks before the conference. Given the size of the conference and the complexity of the timetabling process, we are not able to guarantee to meet your scheduling requests, and will not be able to consider accept any scheduling requests received after the date noted in the table below.

Please contact CESS as soon as possible if you can no longer attend the conference.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Due to a lack of in-person meeting opportunities, there will be no pre-conference workshops at the CESS 2021 Annual Conference. Intended to provide additional opportunities for scholarly engagement and training, the workshops are usually held in the morning or afternoon before the Annual Conference and the morning of the day that the Annual Conference starts. We look forward to offering this opportunity again in 2022!

Key Dates and Deadlines

Call for proposals opensApril 2, 2021
Deadline for proposal submissionsMay 17, 2021 (new)
Proposal outcomes communicatedMid-July 2021
Conference registration opensAugust 2021
Preliminary conference program published
(Online program will be continuously updated from this date)
August 2021
Presenter registration deadline September 17, 2021
Printable conference program published [cancelled]N/A
Deadline to send paper to panel members September 30, 2021
Annual ConferenceOctober 14-17, 2021

Call for Proposals and Proposal Submission

The call for papers is now closed. All proposals for the 2021 conference MUST be submitted anew. Proposals that had been submitted in 2020 when it was hoped to hold the conference in October 2020 will NOT be carried forward, in line with the same decision made about the Regional Conference.

For CESS 2021, we invite 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.

In light of on-going pandemic conditions, papers and panels can be proposed in in-person, online, and hybrid formats. Panels may be proposed in English, Russian, or other languages; individual papers must be in English.

We invite the following types of proposals for the Annual Conference: individual paper, pre-organized panel, author-critic forum for published books, book-in-progress panels for authors who wish to discuss their manuscripts ahead of submission, roundtable, and single-session workshop. Find out more about the different submission types and the information needed to submit proposals.

You do not need to be a member of CESS in order to submit a proposal, but if your proposal is accepted, you must become a member by the presenter registration deadline (see Next Steps).

Please select the correct option when you are ready to submit – there are two choices:

1) Submit a proposal to present an individual paper (which may have one or more authors), selecting the theme that makes the most sense for your paper. [click the blue button and then select your theme on the next page]

2) Submit a proposal to convene a pre-organized panel, author-critic forum, book-in-progress panel, roundtable, workshop or other panel format. Please note that this is a multi-step submission process. Do not leave your submission until the last minute! [click the orange button]

The deadline for proposal submissions has now passed. For panels/roundtables/workshops etc, this means that all the proposal information must be uploaded by all the panelists/participants by the deadline.

Call for Chairs and Discussants

We always need Chairs and Discussants for panels of individual paper submissions, especially (but not only) in Anthropology, Economics, Language, History, Media and Migration. Conference delegates may have up to two roles in addition to presenting a paper, so please consider supporting the CESS community by offering to be a Chair or Discussant too!

If you are interested in volunteering to serve in one or both of these roles, please email the Conference Committee. In your email, please specify which role(s) you are interested in and provide brief details about your research interests so we can try and match you to a suitable panel. Find out more about what is expected of Chairs and Discussants.

Travel Grants [not offered in 2021]

Due to continuing uncertainties surrounding international travel, CESS regrets that it cannot offer Travel Grants to conference participants this year. We hope to make these grants available under more favorable circumstances in 2022, pending the availability of funding.