Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered again at the CESS 2019 Annual Conference, following their successful introduction at the CESS 2018 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh. Intended to provide additional opportunities for scholarly engagement and training, the workshops will be held on October 9, 1pm-5pm and October 10, 9am-1pm.

How to Participate

There will be six different pre-conference workshops 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 submit this form to register for a pre-conference workshop:

The deadline to register using the form is August 7, 2019.

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 2019 Annual Conference to attend a workshop. These workshops are open to anyone who is registered for the 2019 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 as soon as possible.

Propose a Pre-Conference Workshop [now closed]

CESS members were invited to design and propose either a half day workshop or a workshop that runs over two half days before the CESS 2019 Annual Conference. This information is retained for information only.

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 Washington, D.C., 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)
3)  workshop length (half day or two half days)
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)  detailed workshop plan/outline (maximum one page)

To submit a pre-conference workshop application, please complete the form by Wednesday May 1, 2019 (23.59 Eastern Standard Time).