Call for Submissions

A Preview of CIES 2021

  • The CIES 2021 All Academic online submission system was open in mid-August 2020 and close on Oct 14, 2020. See cies2021.org for more information.
  • All submissions must be made through the All Academic online submission system. (No submissions are accepted via email.)
  • Decision notifications will be distributed in December 2020. All presenters of accepted proposals must both register to attend the CIES 2021 conference and be a CIES member for the 2021 calendar year. If you are not asked to provide your country of residence when you submit your proposal, please log into your profile and add that information. (All Academic will send you a message asking you to go to your profile and add that information.) If you are presenting virtually, this will help us to schedule presentation at times that may work with your time zone.
  • Bilingual presentations in any language plus English are now possible. Proposals must be in English (to allow for proposal reviews) and presentations should include some use of English (to allow for broad access to understand the content) in addition to the language preferred by the presenter. In recent years CIES has named particular languages to highlight. This year we broaden the language possibilities to promote more exchanges across languages/regions, to encourage cross-language discussion of shared areas of interest.
  • Participation is planned for both on-site in Seattle and virtual engagement. To allow for maximum flexibility we are planning synchronous Zoom sessions for most of the presentations in CIES 2021, with some asynchronous and/or on-site only options for some session types. Participants in the synchronous sessions can engage in real time via Zoom whether they are in Seattle or elsewhere. Zoom sessions will be hosted by CIES (to avoid security and technical challenges, and to enable efficient scheduling). Our approach allows for maximum flexibility with minimal scheduling changes should the on-site conference be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or if participants change their minds about how to engage. Detailed information about options for each session type is here. Please note that you will not be asked whether you plan to present in person or online when you submit your proposal That request will come later in an invitation from All Academic. This allows for participants to change their minds about where and how they plan to submit.

General Information

The CIES 2021 online submission system was open in mid-August 2020 and close on October 14, 2020. Please see the official conference website, the conference website to see the full conference theme, the SIG-specific and Committee-specific themes, and the New Scholars Committee mentoring workshop submission information.

All proposals are to be submitted through All Academic. Email submissions will not be accepted. Some proposals are double-blind peer reviewed, and others will be reviewed by the planning committees.

  • Proposals for presenting research can be submitted as papers, panels, roundtables, and posters. These will undergo double-blind peer review. Please omit any information that identifies the author(s), to allow for blind review.
  • Proposals for pre-conference workshops, book launches, and art exhibits will be reviewed by the conference Planning Committee.
  • Review of proposals for New Scholars Committee (NSC) workshops is managed by the NSC.

In order to promote broad participation, we have a “one presentation” rule. Research presentations will be limited to one per person on a paper presentation, panel, roundtable, or poster: that is, prospective presenters may be named in only one proposal for a double-blind peer reviewed presentation. Double-blind peer reviewed submissions include individual presentations (formal paper, roundtable presentation, or poster) and group presentations (formal panel or roundtable session). Submissions for Pre-Conference Workshops, Book launches, Art Exhibits and NSC workshops do not count toward this limit. In addition, participants may be listed more than once as a non-presenting co-author, chair, organizer or discussant. Please submit using only one email address so that All Academic will recognize you as one person in order to avoid scheduling conflicts. (If needed, please go to All Academic to recover your password.)

Proposals can be submitted through a SIG or Committee that shares your thematic focus, or through the General Pool. The chances of acceptance are similar regardless of which unit reviews your proposal because the SIGs, Committees, and General Pool will all be allocated to program slots in proportion to the number of submissions received. All SIGs are allocated one highlighted session; SIGs with more than 60 members are allocated a second highlighted session (pursuant to the SIG Handbook). You do not need to be a SIG member to submit a proposal through a SIG.

The CIES 2021 Program Committee, in its commitment to foster a climate of inclusion, diversity, and interdisciplinarity, encourages group submissions that include presenters who represent diversity in gender, race, institutional affiliation, theoretical perspectives, methodologies, etc. This year we will also have a more integrated approach to including bilingual presentations for both individual and group submissions. Individual submissions for bilingual presentations will be integrated into sessions by topic (not by language), thereby increasing dialogue across language groups and regions.

The CIES 2021 All Academic online submission system was open in mid-August 2020 and close on October 14, 2020. See cies2021.org for more information. ALL proposals must be submitted online in All Academic. Decision notifications will be distributed in December 2020. All presenters of accepted proposals must both register to attend the CIES 2021 conference and be a CIES member for the 2021 calendar year. If you are not asked to provide your country of residence when you submit your proposal, please log into your profile and add that information. (All Academic will send you a message asking you to go to your profile and add that information.) If you are presenting virtually, this will help us to schedule presentation at times that may work with your time zone.

In this era of COVID-19, CIES 2021 is planning for both on-site and virtual participation. Most sessions will be synchronous Zoom sessions, linking participants wherever they are located. Others will be limited to participants in Seattle, and/or to asynchronous presentations online. If conditions change and a face-to-face meeting is not possible, we will move to a fully virtual conference with a variety of online sessions, both synchronous and asynchronous.

On-site and Virtual Conference Participation

CIES 2021 is planning for both on-site and virtual options for participation. After the submission period closes All Academic will send an invitation to all participants to state their intended mode of participation (on-site or virtual). There will be opportunities for updating this choice. Most sessions will be organized to enable participation whether a participant is in Seattle or engaging virtually; if one’s location changes, these sessions will remain the same.

Session types depend on the presentation formats. “Our Flexible Approachexplains the flexibility of our approach, and On-site and Virtual Options” explains the options. Participants in the synchronous sessions can engage in real time via Zoom whether they are in Seattle or elsewhere. All Zoom sessions will be hosted by CIES (to avoid security and technical challenges, and to enable efficient and flexible scheduling). We expect that all special sessions (keynotes, etc.), the usual panel presentations (i.e., for sessions that would take place in the regular meeting rooms in Seattle), and the pre-conference workshops will occur via Zoom. Book launch sessions may also occur via Zoom, or presentations may be posted online for asynchronous engagement. Roundtables may be via Zoom or posted for asynchronous discussion. Posters may be presented in person in Seattle or online for virtual (asynchronous) dialogue. Arts exhibitions will be virtual (asynchronous) only. Our approach allows for maximum flexibility with minimal scheduling changes should the on-site conference be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or if participants change their minds about how to engage. Detailed information for each session type is here.

Bilingual Language Presentations

In line with our society’s commitment to equity, and to encourage more interaction across language groups, this year we will foster inclusive linguistic practices at our annual conference by expanding the languages that can be used in presenting at CIES. While ensuring that conference presentations can be understood by all and presenters can present in a language, they are most comfortable with, submissions can be made for bilingual presentations in any language plus English, following these guidelines:

First, your conference proposal should be submitted in English to facilitate the reviewing process. You may include an abstract in one or more additional languages in the submission.

Second, we encourage presenters, when possible, feasible, practical, and/or pertinent to present bilingually or multilingually, with English being one of the languages included. Among the many ways to present bilingually, people may speak in one language and use a PowerPoint or handout in English, or vice versa. Other options include speaking both languages and using both languages in the slides. Speakers will not have time to present fully in both languages; bilingual presentations have the same time as speakers who use only English.

CIES regularly has presenters from over 100 countries, which reflects a membership with extensive multilingual resources. The Language Issues SIG will provide support to multilingual presenters with abstracts and presentations as they are able. For more information or to volunteer to help support bilingual proposals/presenters, please contact LI-SIG co-chairs: Kara Brown <brownk25@mailbox.sc.edu> and Laura Valdiviezo <lav@edu.umass.edu>. Please note that CIES does not have the capacity to provide formal interpretation during presentations.

Proposal Formats

CIES 2021 will accept proposals for presentations in several session formats. Proposals in certain formats will undergo double blind-peer review; these are referred to below as “Research-Based Proposal Formats.”  Submissions in other formats will be reviewed by the CIES 2021 Program Committee – these are referred to below as “Other Session Formats.” Reviews of the New Scholars Mentoring Workshops are managed through the New Scholars Committee. All proposals must be submitted through All Academic before the extended submission deadline of October 14, 2020.

Submissions for research proposals can be based on applied, conceptual/theoretical, or empirical research. You will be asked which type of research best fits your submission. This helps reviewers assess the submissions appropriately. Details about session formats are provided below.

In order to promote wide participation, prospective presenters may present only once in a research-based paper (individual or panel), roundtable (individual or group) or poster presentation. (Please do not submit more than one proposal for these types of presentations.) Submissions in other formats (pre-conference workshops, book launches, artistic exhibits) do not count toward this limit, and participants may be listed more than once as a non-presenting co-author, chair, organizer, or discussant.

Decisions will be announced in December 2020. All presenters of accepted proposals must both register to attend the CIES 2021 conference and be a CIES member for the 2021 calendar year.

Research-Based Proposal Formats (Blind Peer Review)

Proposals for individual presentations, panels, roundtables, and posters will be double-blind reviewed. All submissions are via the All Academic online submission system. At the time of submission, you will be asked to indicate which session format best fits your proposal – paper, panel, roundtable or poster. (Please see below for more information.) Individuals who submit for paper presentations will be grouped with others on a panel. Individuals who submit for a roundtable may be grouped with others in a group roundtable. Please note the following:

  • Because submissions go through a double-blind peer review process, please exclude any information that might identify the author(s) from your proposal. (Names are included in the All Academic submission process but should not be on the uploaded proposal.)
  • Proposals can be submitted through a SIG or Committee that shares your thematic focus or through the General Pool. The chances of acceptance are similar regardless of which unit reviews your proposal because the SIGs, Committees, and General Pool will all be allocated program slots in proportion to the number of submissions received. The number of SIG highlighted sessions are allocated in proportion to membership in the SIGs. You do not need to be a SIG member to submit a proposal through a SIG.
  • Research presentations can be based on applied, conceptual/theoretical or empirical research
  • For bilingual presentations, the proposal must be in English to enable the review process, and a short abstract in another language may be included in the proposal.
  • Panels (group panel submissions or panels formed from individual paper submissions) will be set up as Zoom sessions, linking participants in Seattle with those in other locations. Roundtables be in-person in Seattle (no technology), Zoom sessions, or presentations may be posted online for asynchronous engagement. Posters can be presented in person in Seattle (without technology), or online for virtual (asynchronous) dialogue. Please refer to “On-site and Virtual Options” for more detail, including what forms the presentations will take if the conference moves to an all-virtual format. All Zoom sessions will be hosted by CIES to ensure security and minimize technology challenges.
  • Please note that CIES may make adjustments to presentation format preferences (panel, roundtable, or poster) due to updates related to the Coronavirus pandemic, travel restrictions, space or technology limitations, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Formal Paper Presentation (Individual Submission)

Individual papers will be reviewed and, if accepted, placed into a panel. We encourage individuals to submit through a SIG or standing committee with a shared thematic focus because panels will more easily be formed across similar topics. Papers can also be submitted through the general pool. SIG membership is not required for submission to a SIG.

In these 90-minute sessions, presenters typically discuss their papers briefly, followed by audience discussion. Generally, three to five papers will be assigned to each panel, giving authors 12-15 minutes to present, plus a discussant and audience Q&A. In the case of multi-authored studies, more than one person may present, but they will collectively be limited to the same 12-15 minutes as other papers. (Each paper has 12-15 minutes, not each author.) Each panel session is assigned a chair who moderates and monitors time; a discussant may also be assigned by SIG/committee/conference organizers to offer commentary and critique and to elicit discussion following the individual presentations. Most panels will take place as hybrid sessions via Zoom (hosted by CIES).

Submissions for formal paper presentations should include a proposal of up to 1,000 words, excluding references. Because submissions go through a blind peer review process, please exclude any information that might identify the author(s) from your uploaded proposal. For those intending to present bilingually, a brief abstract can be added in another language. Please see submission instructions here.

Formal Panel Session (Group Submission)

Formal panel sessions provide an opportunity for coordinated interaction and exchange among presenters working on a common set of themes, questions or problems related to research, theory or practice. Proposals for these 90-minute sessions are submitted by a group of at least three presenters who also designate their own chair and discussant (who must also register for the conference). A panel session may follow a conventional format of individual paper presentations followed by discussion, or panel organizers may experiment with different presentation formats to enhance audience engagement and interaction. Alternative formats might take the form of symposia, fishbowls or Pecha Kucha, or other approaches. Please name or explain the format in the panel description, if it is not a conventional format.

Sessions will likely be scheduled as hybrid sessions, linking participants in Seattle with virtual participants. Proposals for formal panel sessions should include a panel abstract of up to 1,000 words, as well as abstracts of up to 500 words for each of the individual formal papers included. Reviewers will pay special attention to how each presenter’s study relates to the overarching significance of the panel.

Because submissions go through a blind peer review process, please exclude any information that might identify the author(s) from all parts of your proposal. For those intending to present bilingually, a brief abstract can be added in another language. Please see submission instructions here.

Poster Presentation

Poster sessions combine a visual representation of the findings of a paper/study with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the presenter’s work. Poster displays are expected to be self-explanatory, concise, and visually appealing. Individual poster presenters set up displays representing their papers/studies in a large area with other presenters. Posters can be presented on-site (in person), or, independently, virtually (online, asynchronously) or both. On-site sessions will not have technology, so will not be connected to online presentations or to participants who participate virtually.

Posters in Seattle will be set up in a prominent space for 90 minutes to facilitate interaction among poster presenters and interested conference participants. Audio-visual equipment is not provided for poster sessions, but presenters may choose to distribute handouts or use their own computers to augment the poster. Boards and pins will be provided for poster displays in Seattle.

Virtual posters will be uploaded and comments then can be added by virtual attendees through May 2 for asynchronous engagement.

Submissions for poster sessions should include an abstract of up to 750 words excluding references. Because submissions go through a blind peer review process, please exclude any information that might identify the author(s) from your uploaded proposal. For those intending to present bilingually, a brief abstract can be added in another language. Please see submission instructions here.

Roundtable Presentation (Individual Submission)

Roundtable sessions allow for enhanced research collaboration and substantive discussion among participants. Proposals for roundtables submitted by individual authors may be formed into a roundtable discussion with other submitters.

Individual roundtable presenters have three options for presenting: (1) on-site, in a meeting space in Seattle in a 90-minute session (with no technology); (2) virtually on an asynchronous platform, posting of the presentation online for online comments; or (3) virtually in synchronous Zoom sessions (but not in a dedicated physical space in Seattle).
In Seattle, the in-person roundtables feature three or four presenters as well as conference attendees seated around large roundtables. Individually submitted roundtables may be combined with others to form a group roundtable discussion. After each presenter gives a short presentation on their study, collective discussion by presenters and attendees follows, providing an interactive setting for those who seek to engage in discussion about their work. Roundtable sessions in Seattle will take place in a large room with 15 to 20 different roundtables, each having their own separate 90-minute conversations. Audio-visual equipment is not provided for on-site roundtable sessions; these are not hybrid sessions.

Virtual asynchronous roundtable presentations are similar to poster sessions in that presentations are posted online and comments can be added by virtual attendees. Presentations typical for roundtables include PowerPoints, papers, or a video recording of the presenter presenting the material. These will be available online for comments and dialogue (via text) from April 25 to May 2, 2021.

Virtual synchronous roundtable presentations may occur in CIES-hosted Zoom sessions, linking participants in multiple locations. The Zoom session will not be based in a specific (physical) meeting room in Seattle, so Seattle participants will also be engaging virtually, through their own computers.

Submissions for individual roundtable presentations should include an abstract of up to 750 words, excluding references. Because submissions go through a blind peer review process, please exclude any information that might identify the author(s) from your proposal. For those intending to present bilingually, a brief abstract may be added in another language. Please see submission instructions here.

Roundtable Session (Group Submission)

This is similar to an individual submission for a roundtable presentation, but in this case one organizer submits three or four individual roundtable contributions in one submission. The individual presenters’ contributions should be united by a common topic or theme. In this 90-minute session, each presenter gives a short presentation, followed by collective discussion with other conference attendees. Roundtable group session proposals should also designate a chair whose role is to facilitate interaction and participation. Roundtable sessions can be (1) on-site in a meeting space in Seattle in a 90-minute session, (2) virtually (asynchronous) by posting the presentation online, allowing for asynchronous engagement from attendees; or (3) virtually, in synchronous Zoom sessions (but not in a dedicated physical space in Seattle), in a 90-minute session.

In Seattle, the in-person roundtables feature three or four presenters as well as conference attendees seated around large roundtables. After each presenter gives a short presentation on their study, collective discussion by presenters and attendees follows, providing an interactive setting for those who seek to engage in discussion about their work. Roundtable sessions in Seattle will take place in a large room with 15 to 20 different roundtables, each having their own separate 90-minute conversations. Audio-visual equipment is not provided for on-site roundtable sessions; these are not hybrid sessions.

Virtual asynchronous roundtable presentations will be uploaded and comments can be added by virtual attendees. Typical uploaded presentations for roundtables include PowerPoints, papers, or a video recording of the presenter presenting the material. These will be available for on-line text-based (asynchronous) dialogue April 25 through May 2. Those opting for asynchronous roundtable presentations may also present in person in Seattle (see above).
Virtual synchronous roundtable presentations may occur in CIES-hosted Zoom sessions, linking participants in multiple locations. The Zoom sessions will not be based in a specific (physical) meeting room in Seattle, so Seattle participants will also be engaging virtually, through their own computers. Group roundtable synchronous sessions will last 90 minutes.

Submissions for group roundtable paper sessions should include an abstract of up to 1000 words describing the overall theme and objectives of the discussion, as well as abstracts of up to 500 words for each of the individual presentations, excluding references. Because submissions go through a blind peer review process, please exclude any information that might identify the author(s) from your proposal. For those intending to present bilingually, a brief abstract can be added in another language. Please see submission instructions here.

Other Session Formats (Internal Review)

Three additional session types of submissions to the General Pool are also possible at CIES 2021 – Pre-conference workshops, book launches, and art exhibitions. Submissions for these should also be submitted through All Academic before the extended submission deadline of October 14, 2020.

At CIES 2021, while prospective presenters may present research only once in a double-blind reviewed session (as noted above), these additional types of sessions (below) do not count toward this limit. These proposals should contain information to identify the authors and their institutions (i.e., they are not blind reviews); the CIES 2021 Program Committee will conduct an internal review to curate inclusion of diverse perspectives for the overall conference program.

We anticipate that pre-conference workshops and book launch sessions will be hybrid sessions, linking participants in Seattle with those in other locations. Art exhibits will take place online only, asynchronously: artists will have their work displayed online for asynchronous text comments. Please note that CIES may make adjustments to preferences due to updates related to the Coronavirus pandemic, travel restrictions, space or technology limitations, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Pre-conference Workshop

CIES 2021 will feature a variety of pre-conference workshops on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Workshops are designed to offer a space for attendees to engage with experts on issues and questions related to research, policy, and practice in the field of comparative and international education. The vision for the workshops is to provide an interactive learning space through which attendees can enhance their skills, knowledge, and understanding of distinctive topics and their application to practice, training in curricular and pedagogical approaches, research methods, and data analysis. Workshop registration will incur an additional registration fee, a flat fee for the day, for participants. Registration for workshops will occur alongside the conference registration.

CIES 2021 invites proposals for pre-conference workshops of three hours or six hours in duration (half day or full day). The workshop proposals should be a 500-word description that also indicates the workshop duration (3 hours or 6 hours); the maximum number of participants; a description of the purpose, learning objectives, and delivery plan. Short professional bios for of all workshop presenters (50 words each) will also be requested in All Academic when submitting.

Acceptance decisions will be made in late October 2020; the CIES 2021 Program Committee anticipates a program of 15-30 workshops, depending on the breadth of topics submitted and space availability. Workshops will have Zoom capability, including a Webinar option if requested.

Workshop organizers will be asked to indicate their preferred room setup and needs for audiovisual equipment in Seattle, and whether they anticipate a synchronous Zoom meeting session or a Zoom Webinar session, or an on-site-only session. Basic AV, including Zoom, in Seattle can be provided by conference organizers. Other equipment (e.g., flip charts with markers) must be provided by workshops organizers or may be ordered through the conference AV provider at an additional cost.

Proposals for pre-conference workshops must be submitted via All Academic no later than October 14, 2020. These submissions will be reviewed by the conference organizers. (For questions prior to submission, or if you wish to discuss options, please email cies2021@cies.us.). Please see submission instructions here.

Book Launch

Authors of books published between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, are invited to submit proposals for book launches. Book launch sessions provide an opportunity for members of our field to present recently published monographs and edited volumes in an interactive 90-minute session. All book launch proposals should include (1) the book title, publisher, and date of publication; (2) a 500-word description of the book; and (3) the table of contents. For a multi-authored work, please be sure to identify all the contributing authors who will present. We expect that book launch sessions can be hybrid (on-site and virtual synchronous, linking participants in Seattle and elsewhere via Zoom), or presenters may opt for an asynchronous presentation (post materials online for asynchronous comments through May 2). Proposals for book launches must be submitted via All Academic no later than October 14, 2020. These submissions will be reviewed by the conference organizers. Authors of accepted book launch proposals will be asked to submit an HQ [high quality] book cover image (in JPG, PNG, or PDF format) for the program and the website. Please see submission instructions here.

The Arts

Submissions are invited for artistic exhibits related to the conference theme. Proposals may be submitted by an individual or group. Art exhibits will be online only (not on-site or hybrid). Art proposals include a 500-word description of the exhibit. Artists whose proposals are accepted will be expected to provide the conference planners with the exhibit in a form that can be displayed online. We encourage exhibits that allow for audience engagement virtually through posting online comments, which can occur April 25-May 2. (Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate on-site exhibits or performances.)

If you would like to discuss options with the conference coordinators, please email us at cies2021@cies.us. These submissions will be reviewed by the conference organizers. Proposals are due October 14, 2020, via All Academic. Please see submission instructions here.

New Scholars Mentoring Workshops

Please go to New Scholars Committee submission information for information about submitting for the New Scholars Committee (NSC) Mentoring Workshops and Travel Grants. All Academic submission instructions are here.

Calling all Reviewers, Chairs and Discussants!

CIES relies on its members to evaluate all of the paper, panel, roundtable, and poster proposals that are submitted to our annual conference. We seek scholars (academics, practitioners, or policymakers) in the field of comparative and international education with a wide range of specializations and areas of expertise to review for the General Pool, Standing Committees, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). We need volunteers at all levels who have at least some experience attending CIES conferences. The intellectual rigor and strength of reputation of our annual conference derives in part from our blind peer review process.

To volunteer to become a reviewer, please log onto our online submission system, All Academic, and select “Volunteer to become a Chair, Discussant, or Reviewer.” As noted, you may also volunteer to serve as a Chair and/or Discussant for panel or roundtable sessions on this page. Your selection of keyword areas of expertise and geographic areas of expertise will assist our unit planners in assigning proposals to appropriate reviewers.

Please volunteer to review proposals submitted to the General Pool, and also to the SIGs and Committees that reflect your areas of expertise. Reviewers provide a constructive assessment and assign scores for each submission they are assigned.Each proposal will be reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers — and thus we require a large number of volunteers for this important work.

Review panels will be formed in mid-October and reviewers will then receive their assignments. The CIES 2021 Program Committee will expect all assigned reviews to be completed within two weeks of when they are received.