Our Flexible Approach to CIES 2021

Our Approach

CIES 2021 is being planned under conditions of uncertainty related to COVID-19. Planning began in May 2020 and in November 2020 it was decided that CIES 2021 would be a virtual conference. Our approach since May 2020 has allowed for maximum flexibility with minimal scheduling changes with a change to an all virtual conference. Zoom sessions will be hosted, links provided by CIES, for all special sessions (keynotes, plenaries, the Presidential Address, State of the Society meeting, etc.), for the usual sessions that take place in typical hotel meeting rooms (e.g, paper and panel presentations, New Scholars Workshops), the Pre-conference Workshops, keynote sessions and plenaries, etc. Roundtables and book launch sessions can also use Zoom for virtual sessions. Poster presenters can post their presentations online for virtual (asynchronous) dialogue. Arts exhibitions will be posted online with asynchronous engagement. The Film Festivalette and exhibits will continue to be a prominent part of the CIES conference, as will receptions and the usual CIES meetings. In short, CIES 2021 will be a full conference experience online.

All Zoom sessions will be hosted by the conference organizers (i.e., we will use CIES Zoom licenses and have a host for each session to minimize/avoid security and technology issues). Security will be further controlled in that only those registered for the conference will be able to access the links. Presentations that are posted online for asynchronous engagement) – posters and art exhibits – will be available from April 25 through May 2 to allow for additional engagement by all participants.

We are adding some additional early morning and late evening sessions times to accommodate presenters who are in time zones vastly different than North America. We will use CIES’s membership directory to determine locations of members. (If presenters expect to be in a vastly different time zone, please let us know.)

The usual processes will occur with regard to notifications and presentation requirements. Notices of acceptance (and non-acceptance) will be sent on December 14, 2020. Registration will open on or near that date. Discounted early bird registration rates are available through January 31, 2021. Presenters must be CIES members and registered for the conference by February 14 or they will be removed from the program. All attendees must be registered for the conference; membership is encouraged and enables a discounted registration rate.

We anticipate that this virtual approach will provide participants with more opportunities and flexibility to engage in CIES 2021 conference. We appreciate your patience as we plan for an unknown and rapidly changing future.