Pre-conference workshops

About pre-conference workshops
Call for proposals to run pre-conference workshops at CESS 2018
How to submit a pre-conference workshop proposal
Any questions?

About pre-conference workshops

Pre-conference workshops will be offered for the first time at the CESS 2018 Annual Conference. Intended to provide additional opportunities for scholarly engagement and training, the half-day workshops will be held from 1-5pm on Wednesday, October 24th, and from 9am-2pm on Thursday, October 25th. Workshops will require sign-up and pre-payment at the time of conference registration and will fill on a first come basis.

Call for proposals to run pre-conference workshops at CESS 2018

We invite CESS members to design and propose either a half-day workshop or a workshop that runs over two half days. 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, and grant proposal writing. We are open to other proposals, such as informative field trips in Pittsburgh, a symposium on a particular research topic, or some other practical learning activity not envisioned here.

Workshops should be designed to be self-financing, so that attendees will pay to participate.        

The workshop fee will cover the facilitators’ costs for that day, materials, space rental costs, meals, etc. Depending on the length and what is included, fees for these workshops typically range between $15-40 per person. Please estimate costs to the best of your ability and give the selection committee some idea of what you intend fees to cover.

Once the proposals are selected, costs for any meals, space rental fees, and technical assistance costs will be calculated and added into the budget, as will a limited number of fee waivers for regional scholars and graduate students. (We anticipate including one working meal and one snack per half day workshop).

How to submit a pre-conference workshop proposal

To submit a pre-conference workshop application, please complete the form at http://tiny.cc/CESS2018-preconfworkshop by March 28, 2018 (midnight, Eastern Standard Time).

Each proposal must include:

1)  the workshop title

2)  facilitator’s name(s) and position(s)

3)  workshop length (half day or two half days)

4)  the ideal number of workshop participants 

5)  a description, including the pedagogical approach (no more than 500 words)

6)  brief bio(s) of the facilitators and explanation of preparedness to run this workshop

7)  necessary technical support

8)  detailed workshop plan/outline (maximum one page)

9)  a preliminary workshop budget (including a specific materials budget, a small facilitator honorarium, and other costs)                                                              

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please email the Pre-Conference Workshop Sub-Committee Chair, Christopher Whitsel, christopherwhitsel@gmail.com.