Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops are offered the day before the CESS Annual Conference. This format was successfully introduced at the CESS 2018 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh and has now become an annual event. Intended to provide additional opportunities for scholarly engagement and training, the workshops are held on the afternoon before the Annual Conference and the morning of the day that the Annual Conference starts.

Propose a Pre-Conference Workshop (currently accepting applications)

We invite CESS members to design and propose either a half day workshop or a workshop that runs over two half days before the CESS 2021 Annual Conference. Half day workshops will run on the afternoon of the day before the conference starts and the morning of the day that the conference starts. Full day workshops will run over both of these time slots.

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, grant proposal writing, gender studies. We are open to other proposals, such as informative field trips in the local area, a symposium on a particular research topic, or some other practical learning activity not envisioned here.

A small honorarium will be offered to facilitators.

Each proposal must include:

1)  the pre-conference workshop title
2)  facilitator’s name(s) and position(s); confirmation of current CESS membership
3)  workshop length (half day or two half days); any preference for Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning for half day workshops
4)  the ideal number of participants
5)  a description of the pre-conference workshop, including the pedagogical approach (no more than 500 words)
6)  brief bio(s) of the facilitators and explanation of preparedness to run this pre-conference workshop (maximum 100 words)
7)  necessary technical facilities/support
8)  workshop plan/outline (maximum one page)

To submit a pre-conference workshop application, please email your proposal to finance@centraleurasia.org by the deadline (TBC).

How to Participate

Details of the pre-conference workshops that will be offered in 2021 and how to apply to participate in a workshop will be provided on this page in June 2021.

For information, six pre-conference workshops were held in 2019. Descriptions of each workshop, the number of maximum participants for each workshop, the date/time, the eligibility criteria, and additional application materials required can be found in this document:

Some workshops run for half a day, others for a full day (Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning).

You must register to participate in a pre-conference workshop. The deadline to register in 2021 will be added here once confirmed.

Please read the descriptions and requirements for each workshop carefully before you sign up. Several workshops require additional proposals to be submitted for selection, so please be sure to follow the specific workshop directions.

You may register for up to two workshops as long as they are running at different times (i.e. you cannot register for two half-day workshops at the same time, but you can register for one on Wednesday and one on Thursday, or you can register for one full-day workshop).

You must be registered for the CESS Annual Conference to attend a workshop. These workshops are open to anyone who is registered for the CESS Annual Conference, however where space is limited, priority will be given to Central Eurasian scholars for access reasons.

If you register for a workshop but have a change in plans, please contact finance@centraleurasia.org as soon as possible.