Updates for 2013! Please visit the new EURASIA SIG website at:


CIES 2012 Program Selections

Program Selections CIES 2012

The following panels and events touch upon diverse variety of ongoing work on education in Eurasia.


13:45 – (#063) Using PISA to analyze educational policy and practice, Main Building Conference 6.  Of note:  The effect of another year of schooling for student achievements: Evidence from countries with different dynamics in PISA results. Isak Frumin et al.

20:00 – (#102). CIES 2012 Welcome Reception. Pool and beach area.


13:45 – (#182). Inclusion of children with disabilities in Central Asia. Main Building Salon del Mar B.

13:45 – (#187). EURASIA SIG HIGHLIGHTED SESSION: Educational metamorphoses in post-Soviet Ukraine: Quo vadis?  Main Building San Cristobal E.

15:30 – (#198). EURASIA SIG MEETING. ALL ARE WELCOME! No invitation is required, please join us if you are working on research in the region! Tower Building / Guayacan (this is a change from the preliminary program!).


8:30 – (#240). Unthinking socialist education: Historical and contemporary legacies. Main Building Flamingo C.

10:15 – (#271). EURASIA HIGHLIGHTED SESSION: Critical perspectives on education and society in post-Soviet Central Asia. San Cristobal E.

12:00 – (#299). Mobile configurations and global interconnectivity of socialist curriculum and pedagogy at different locales. Main Building: Tropical C.

13:45 – (#314). Reforms and realities of education in Central Asia: Cases of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Main Building: Salon del Mar B.

13:45 – (#321). Global trends and national reforms in Eurasia. Main Building: San Cristobal G.

19:30 – (#350). EURASIA SIG RECEPTION. Main Building Flamingo A.


8:30 – (#357). Moderated Discussion: Comparison of convergences and divergences of post-Soviet educational transformations: Issues, impacts, and implications. Main Building, Conference 7.

10:15 – (#394). Schools at the crossroads of identity and Europeanization: Perspectives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Ukraine. Main Building: Tropical A.

12:00 – (#413). Teacher profession developments across Eurasia: Azerbaijan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan. Main Building: San Cristobal E.

13:45 – (#437). Policy creation and evaluation. TALIS 2009 review implications for the success of strategy 2020 in Russia. Main Building: San Cristobal E.


8:30 – (#468). Inclusion of ESD-relevant content in compulsory education: A comparative perspective. Main Building: Conference 10.

Congratulations to the following SIG members on their awards!

International Travel Award

Elmina Kazimzade

Andreiy Levytskyy

Duishon Shamatov


New Scholars Travel Grant

Terrence Graham

                        Serhiy Kovalchuk

Business Meeting

Dear SIG members, and all those interested in learning more about the Eurasia SIG: Please mark your schedules for the Eurasia SIG business meeting:

Tuesday, April 24, 3:30pm, CIES Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Main Building, Conference 8.

(Agenda: SIG elections, research, publishing, and new projects).

CIES 2012 Conference

Sponsored by the Eurasia SIG in San Juan next week: two highlighted sessions and the roundtable discussion:

* Educational metamorphoses in post-Soviet Ukraine: Quo vadis?(1:45-3:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, Main Building, San Cristobal E).
* Critical perspectives on education and society in post-Soviet Central Asia(10:15-11:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, Main Building, San Cristobal E).

* Comparison of convergences and divergences of post-Soviet educational transformations: Issues, impacts, and implications (8:30-10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 26, Main Building, Conference 7).

IREX Fellowships and Travel Grants

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO)
Short Term Travel Grants Program (STG)

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program and Short Term Travel Grants Program.

These research support programs offer US scholars and professionals the opportunity to conduct policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Researchers are also able to increase their understanding of current regional issues, develop and sustain international networks, and directly contribute to the formation of US public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the academic and policy-making communities. The fellowships provide logistical support, international airfare, a living/housing stipend, visa support, emergency evacuation insurance, and, in many countries, field office support.


The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to conduct policy-relevant field research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
**Eligibility: Master’s students, predoctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals with advanced degrees are eligible. Applicants must be US citizens.
** Information and application:
**Deadline:  5 p.m. EST on November 16, 2011
**Contact: By email at or by telephone at 202-628-8188


The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) is a short-term, flexible program for postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct targeted, policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
**Eligibility: Postdoctoral scholars and professionals with advanced degrees are eligible. Applicants must be US citizens.
** Information and application:
**Deadline:  5 p.m. EST on February 1, 2012
**Contact: By email at or by telephone at 202-628-8188

CIES 2012 San Juan

We are commencing preparations for the 2012 CIES conference. Proposals are due this coming Monday, October 31. As in past years, we expect that the Eurasia SIG will sponsor 2 panels. Additional panels related to the region may also be “co-sponsored” by the SIG.  Please let us know if you have a panel that you think the Eurasia SIG should co-sponsor (this means it will be noted in the conference program).  Check our site for updates, news, and program selections as in years past.

International Travel Awards for the 2012 Conference



We are pleased to announce the 2012 CIES International Travel Award
for Distinguished Service in Education Reform. The travel award was
established through an endowment from George Soros and the Open
Society Institute (OSI) to encourage distinguished researchers and
practitioners from developing countries to participate in CIES
conferences. Launched at the 2009 CIES conference, the endowment
attempts to facilitate the participation of international education
experts who serve in countries where international projects are

We are extraordinarily pleased to announce that a total of fifteen
(15) grants of $1,000 each will be awarded this year for the 2012
conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Conference participants from
developing countries with at least five (5) years of professional
experience in educational development are eligible to apply.
Applicants must have submitted their CIES conference presentation
abstract by the submission deadline (October 31, 2011) through the
conference online submission system. Applicants who are selected for
the travel award will receive $1,000 provided that their proposal has
been accepted for presentation at the conference. The application
deadline is January 5, 2012 and awardees will be notified by January
20, 2012. Awardees will be announced on the conference website as well
as in the CIES newsletter.

The 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International
Education Society marks the twenty-third anniversary of the fall of
the Berlin Wall and the beginning of a new era in education and
development. Arguably, OSI was the largest and most influential NGO in
the post-socialist region and has left a deep mark on educational
development in these thirty and more countries. In 1992, OSI funded
travel and accommodation for 15 ministers of education from the newly
established countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States as
well as from Eastern Europe. Since this historic moment, OSI has
provided numerous scholarships and travel grants for residents from
the post-socialist region, and more recently, from other countries
that are dependent on external financial assistance.

For information on how to apply for an International Travel Award and
to access the application form, please visit:

For more information on the 56th annual meeting of the CIES, please go
to Questions about the 2012
International Travel Award can be directed to

Zeena Zakharia and Andrew Shiotani
CIES International Travel Award Committee Co-Chairs