Annual Conference (CESS Ohio 2020)

CESS has held an annual conference hosted by universities across North America since 2000. The Annual Conference regularly features up to 70 panels and attracts approximately 300 scholars from around the globe.

In 2020, the 21st CESS Annual Conference will be held at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, from Thursday October 15 (starting at 1pm) to Sunday October 18 (ending at 1pm), 2020. Pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday October 14 (afternoon) and Thursday October 15 (morning).

March 12, 2020: The CESS Board has issued a statement about CESS conferences and coronavirus (COVID-19). The current plan is that the Annual Conference will proceed as planned in October 2020. However, this decision is subject to change based on the constantly shifting situation. The Board will continue to review the situation and will provide an update on April 15 and May 15, with a final decision on the Annual Conference made by July 15.

Colleagues who have submitted a proposal for the Annual Conference and wish to withdraw it owing to health or travel restrictions should email the CESS Administrative Coordinator (info@centraleurasia.org).

In 2021, the CESS Annual Conference will be held at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Conference Host
Call for Proposals and Proposal Submission
Call for Chairs and Discussants
Conference Rules and Guidelines
Conference Logistics
Next Steps If Your Proposal Is Accepted
Travel Grants
Registration
Program
Travel, Accommodation & Local Information
Keynote Speaker
Pre-Conference Workshops
Key Dates and Deadlines

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.

Call for Proposals and Proposal Submission

Proposals for panels and individual papers are open from February 18, 2020 until April 30, 2020. For the CESS 2020 Annual Conference, 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.

We invite the following types of proposals for the Annual Conference: individual paper, pre-organized panel, author-critic forum, book-in-progress panel, roundtable and workshop. Find out more about the requirements of each proposal type.

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) To submit a proposal to present an individual paper (which may have one or more authors), select the orange button that says ‘Submit an individual paper’.

2) To submit a proposal to convene a pre-organized panel, author-critic forum, book-in-progress panel, roundtable, workshop or other panel format, select the blue button that says ‘Submit a panel proposal’. Please note that this is a multi-step submission process. Do not leave your submission until the last minute!

Submit an individual paper

Submit a panel

The deadline to submit is 23.59 Eastern Standard Time on April 30, 2020. For panels/roundtables/workshops etc, this means that all the proposal information must be uploaded by all the panellists/particpants by the deadline.

Call for Chairs and Discussants

We always need Chairs and Discussants for panels made from 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.

Conference Rules and Guidelines

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

The working language of the CESS Annual Conference is English.

Conference Logistics

Conference venue: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Panel locations: TBC

On arrival: All delegates must come to the Registration & Inquiry Desk on arrival.

Internet and printing: TBC

CESS 2020 on social media: The conference hashtag on Twitter is #CESS2020. Find CESS on Twitter @CESS_news and on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/cess.info.

A pdf version of the conference program will be uploaded here shortly before the start of the conference. All delegates will receive a print copy at registration.

Next Steps If Your Proposal Is Accepted

Proposal outcomes will sent by email in June 2020. 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 2019) or joining as a new member.

2. Register for the conference by the presenter registration deadline of September 1, 2020

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. Visa invitation letters can be requested from the host institution, Ohio State University. Details will be added here in due course. Visa invitation letters will only be issued to presenters; non-presenting delegates and family members of presenters are not eligible for a visa letter.

If you have any accessibility requirements or would like to make a scheduling request, contact CESS before July 31, 2020. We endeavour to accommodate all accessibility requirements received by this date. 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 July 31.

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

Travel Grants

Travel grants for presenters at CESS 2020 are being offered. Please see the travel grants page for full details.

Registration

Registration for CESS 2020 will open in June 2020. Non-presenting delegates are welcome to register right up to the start of the conference.

If your proposal is accepted, you must register by the presenter deadline of September 1, 2020. Any presenters not registered by this date will be removed from the conference program.

Program

The online program will be available in July 2020. This allows you to view an 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.

Travel, Accommodation & Local Information

Columbus, Ohio, the second most populous city in the Midwest (after Chicago) is an affordable, pleasant city with a vibrant cultural life and excellent restaurants. It is easy to reach with a two-hour flight from New York, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, or Toronto. Columbus’s airport code is CMH.

Keynote Speaker

This information will be added soon.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops will be offered again at the CESS 2020 Annual Conference. Visit the pre-conference workshops page for more information.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Call for proposals opensFebruary 18, 2020
Deadline for proposal submissions AND travel grant applications (two separate processes)April 30, 2020 at 23.59 Eastern Standard Time
[deadline extended from March 30]
Proposal outcomes communicatedJune 2020
Conference registration opensJune 2020
Travel grant outcomes communicatedJuly 2020
Preliminary conference program published
(Online program will be continuously updated from this date)
July 2020
Presenter registration deadline September 1, 2020
Printable conference program published TBC
Deadline to send paper to panel members September 27, 2020
Pre-conference workshops October 14-15, 2020
Annual Conference October 15-18, 2020