March 26, 2009


CIES 2009 is now closed. The Organizing Committee extends its thanks to all attendees, presenters and participants for making the 53rd annual CIES conference a success!

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago for CIES 2010, to be held from March 1 - 5, 2010.


March 5, 2009

Final Conference Program Available

A PDF version of the final conference program for CIES 2009 is now available and may be downloaded by clicking HERE (note: the PDF is approximately 16 MB and may require several minutes to download). Any subsequent changes to this final program will be announced on an addendum that will be distributed on-site at the Conference Registration Desk.

Also, an up-to-date, electronic version of the conference program is available at Click on the links to "Browse the Program" or "Search the Program" for information about scheduled presentations and session times and locations.


February 26, 2009

On-Line Registration Ends March 10

If you have missed the online registration deadline, please register on site at the CIES “Unregistered/Unpaid” registration table in the lobby of the Francis Marion Hotel.


February 1, 2009

Childcare Information Now Available

We are pleased to announce that information on childcare options in Charleston is now available. Go to Quicktopic ( for the information and please join the chat room in Quicktopic if you would like to meet other parents that also intend to use childcare facilities.



January 23, 2009

Preliminary Conference Program and Registration / Accommodations Information

We are pleased to announce that the preliminary program of the 2009 CIES Conference to be held in Charleston, South Carolina from March 22 - 26, 2009 has been completed.

  • An on-line, electronic version of the preliminary program is currently available at Click on the links to browse or search the program to view the preliminary schedule by day, individual name, presentation title, or session title. You do not need a password to search or browse the on-line preliminary program.

We are also sending a reminder and additional information about conference registration and accommodations.

I. Information about the Preliminary Program

1. Reviewing the Program. Please review whether your correct name and institutional affiliation are provided. Also review whether your session and/or presentation titles are correct. If any information needs to be corrected or updated, please write to with "Change / Correction Requested" in the subject line. Please submit your requests no later than Thursday, February 5 to ensure that correct information is reflected in the final conference program.

2. Scheduling Requests. The Program Committee has made every effort to accommodate any scheduling requests and preferences already communicated to us. If you would like to request a change in your scheduled presentation date and/or time, please send an e-mal to no later than Thursday, February 5. However, please note that the conference is very tightly scheduled, and while we will make every effort to accommodate individual scheduling needs, we may not be able to honor every request. Please note that ALL room assignments indicated on the preliminary program are tentative and may change once the conference program has been finalized.

3. Withdrawals. If you are unable to attend this year's conference for any reason, please communicate this to us as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to Your assistance in helping us  to construct the final conference program is greatly appreciated.

4. Session Chairs and Discussants. We continue to work with CIES presenters and conference attendees to assign chairs and discussants for each conference session. If you are serving or have been designated as a session chair, please note that the Program Conference Committee will distribute information for chairs once all designations have been made and the conference program has been finalized after February 5.

5. CIES Membership and Conference Registration Requirements. Please note that if you are presenting at CIES, you are required to have individual membership in CIES in order to retain your spot on the conference program. Also, all conference attendees must register for the conference.

  • Please register for the conference at the following website: Consider taking advantage of the Early-Bird Registration rates, valid until January 31, 2009.
  • In case you are not a member yet, please register for CIES membership at Membership fees are low and include subscriptions to the journal Comparative Education Review (4 issues per year) and the CIES Newsletter, as well as reduced conference rates.

II. Accommodations Information

Information on accommodations is provided on the conference website The conference venue is the Francis Marion Hotel in historic Charleston. The Francis Marion Hotel offers double, triple, and even quadruple occupancy starting at the special conference rate of $169 per night/room through February 5, 2009.

In addition to the Francis Marion Hotel, we have also reserved room blocks at the Embassy Suites in Historic Charleston (about a four-minute walk from the Francis Marion) as well as the Hampton Inn Historic District (about a six to seven-minute walk from the Francis Marion). In order to reserve rooms, please contact your preferred hotel directly and ask for the CIES conference rate ($169 per night/room at the Embassy Suites; $159 per night/room at the Hampton Inns). Reservations may also be made on-line; use group/convention code CIES to obtain conference rates. Conference rates apply until February 19. We urge you to make your accommodations and travel arrangements by then, or as soon as possible.

Please refer to our web site at for additional information about these and other hotels and accommodations in the Charleston area. We continue to work with our conference hotels and other providers to provide accommodations to conference attendees, and will update our web site as additional options become available.

III. Child care and other services

Please await further announcements on our conference web site regarding child care and other conference services. We are actively working on child care options and anticipate that we will be able to provide detailed information in the near future on this and other conference services.

Please return to this web site often for ongoing announcements and updates to the conference program, hotels and accommodations information, and conference services. If you have any questions, contact us at We look forward to seeing you in Charleston in March!


Gita Steiner-Khamsi, CIES President-Elect
Teachers College, Columbia University

Andrew Shiotani, CIES 2009 Coordinator
Teaches College, Columbia University



January 5, 2009

Information and Registration for CIES Conference Exhibitors

The Comparative and International Education Society is pleased to make available information and display space for exhibitors and vendors for the 2009 CIES annual conference, to be held at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina from Sunday, March 22 - Thursday, March 26, 2009. The CIES annual conference draws academics, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of comparative education, international development, and global and regional studies. We welcome exhibitors and vendors interested in display space for resources and materials for CIES conference attendees and CIES members.

For further details, please consult our Exhibitor Information Sheet by clicking HERE. Exhibitors interested in securing registration and display space may register on-line by going to the CIES conference registration site, maintained by Indiana University Conferences, by clicking HERE or going to Please feel free to contact the CIES 2009 Program Committee at with questions regarding the CIES annual conference. Questions regarding registration procedures should be directed to Indiana University Conferences at


January 5, 2009

CIES 2009 Abstract Proposal Decisions Announced

The CIES Program Committee is pleased to announce that all decisions regarding abstract proposals have been completed and e-mail notifications to paper submitters and session organizers have been made. All paper submitters and session organizers should have received e-mail for results. If you have not received notification of the status of your paper or session proposal, please write to the Program Committee at (Please note that the automated abstract system sends notifications to paper submitters or session organizers. Co-authors / co-presenters or session participants should consult with the person or individual who submitted the original paper or session proposal abstract for results.)

A complete program schedule will be available later this month. Please check back at this web site for further updates.

We encourage conference attendees to register for the conference and make hotel and travel arrangements. To register for the conference, please check our Registration page.

November 17, 2008

CIES ANNOUNCEMENT: CIES Conference Registration System Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) is now open.

In order to register for the conference, please visit the CIES conference registration web site. CIES invites both members and non-members to register for the 2009 conference. However, note that you must be a current member of CIES if you are accepted to present at the conference. To become a CIES member, please visit CIES membership. Membership benefits include subscriptions to the Comparative Education Review and the CIES newsletter, as well as discounted rates for annual CIES conferences.

Registration Deadlines: To take advantage of reduced conference registration rates, register before or on January 31, 2009. Higher rates apply after January 31, 2009. When registering on-line, you may also purchase tickets for the annual CIES Gala Dinner, to be held at the Francis Marion Hotel on Wednesday, March 25, 2009.  

Hotel and Accommodations: The Francis Marion Hotel located in the Historic District of downtown Charleston, serves as the main conference site and accommodations provider for conference attendees. We have reserved the entire hotel for the CIES conference. We urge you to book your rooms at the Francis Marion Hotel well in advance of the conference, as we expect demand for rooms to be high. Room rates are reasonable for Charleston standards, with attractive double, triple, and quadruple occupancy options. More information on Charleston accommodations and travel arrangements can be found on the conference web site.

Abstract Submission Final Deadline: We offer a friendly reminder that the final deadline for submitting an abstract for a paper or panel for the conference is December 1. To access the on-line abstract submission system, go to the Call for Abstracts posted on the conference web site. All proposals must be submitted through the on-line abstract submission system in order to be considered for either the general program or for a highlighted SIG session. Please do not send us your abstract by email. Note that you are not required to have CIES membership in order to submit a paper or panel abstract, but membership will be required if you are selected to present at the conference.

We welcome general questions regarding the conference program at, and very much look forward to seeing you in March at CIES 2009!


Gita Steiner-Khamsi
PhD, Professor of Comparative and International Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

CIES President-Elect and Chair
53rd Annual CIES Conference

October 22, 2008

CIES Conference Abstract Submission System Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that proposal abstracts are now being accepted for the 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).

We invite submissions for both individual papers and complete panels on topics devoted to this year’s conference theme, the Politics of Comparison, or on other topics of interest to CIES members. Proposals may be submitted for either the general conference program or for inclusion in a highlighted session by one of 14 different CIES special interest groups (SIGs). Doctoral students interested in applying for the New Scholars Committee Dissertation Workshop are also invited to submit applications by November 1. For more information about the conference theme and abstract submission requirements, please refer to the Call for Abstracts at


The submission period for CIES 2009 is now closed. Thank you for your submission to CIES 2009!

In order to submit a proposal abstract for this conference over the CIES submission site, you will need to create an AllAcademic account. If you are a current member of CIES, your AllAcademic account user ID and password will be sent by e-mail to your CIES membership e-mail address. You may also retrieve this information by clicking the appropriate link on the AllAcademic submission site home page.

If you are not currently a member of CIES, you may create an AllAcademic account for the CIES conference on the home page of the submission system. CIES membership is not required in order to submit a proposal abstract; however, you must become a member if your proposal is accepted and you are selected to present at the conference.

There are two deadlines for submitting proposal abstracts. The ‘early bird’ deadline is November 1 and the final deadline is December 1. No proposals will be accepted after December 1. Notification of acceptance will take place by November 30 for the early deadline and January 15 for the final deadline.

We welcome general questions regarding the conference program at However, please do not send your proposal by e-mail. We look forward to receiving your proposal abstract and seeing you in March 2009 at the CIES 2009!


Gita Steiner-Khamsi

CIES President-Elect and Chair,
53rd Annual CIES Conference

October 16, 2008

CIES International Travel Award for Distinguished Service in Educational

Applications for the CIES International Travel Award are now closed.

We are pleased to announce that George Soros and the Open Society Institute have initiated an endowment that will allow us to attract distinguished researchers and practitioners from developing countries to present at CIES conferences. The newly established CIES International Travel Award for Distinguished Service in Educational Service attempts to increase the presence of educational experts who serve in countries where international projects are implemented. Other international organizations are invited to contribute to this inter-agency endowment fund, initiated by CIES and OSI.

The 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society marks the twentieth 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 fifteen 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 dependent on external financial assistance.

The establishment of the endowment will be launched at the 2009 CIES conference. It is anticipated that other international organizations, agencies, and foundations will match this initial contribution to support the continuation of the travel award.

Conference participants with more than five years of professional experience in educational development are eligible to apply. A travel award in the amount of $1,000 will be given provided that their proposal has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The awardees will be notified by January 10 and announced on the conference website as well as in the CIES Newsletter.

The application form can be found on the CIES conference website The deadline for submission is November 15, 2008.

Henry M. Levin, President CIES
Gita Steiner-Khamsi, President-Elect CIES


September 9, 2008

Dear Colleagues:

In my capacity as President-Elect of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), it is my pleasure to welcome you warmly to the web site of the 2009 CIES conference!

For the second year in a row, Teachers College, Columbia University is serving as the organizer and sponsor of the annual CIES conference. Our Society has experienced explosive growth and our annual conferences have attracted a great number of researchers and practitioners from the worlds of academe, development agencies, and government institutions. Last year’s conference in New York, organized by my colleague Henry M. Levin, attracted more than 1,800 participants from across the United States and around the world.

For the 2009 CIES conference, we will head south. CIES will hold its 53rd annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, from March 22-26, 2009. Rich in history and culture, sunny Charleston will be in full spring bloom for the conference. Our local partners, the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston, are helping to ensure that the conference is a success.

We look forward to offering an exciting and stimulating program of sessions and meetings for our conference. Because international comparisons are increasingly being used to set agendas, plan policy, and transfer “best practices” from one country to another, the theme of the 2009 conference is 'The Politics of Comparison.' We invite you to discuss this new trend, and the 2009 CIES conference will highlight speakers that address this subject.

Conference information will be posted to this web site on a regular basis, so please return often for updates and announcements. Please refer to our Call for Abstracts for information about submission criteria and procedures. Our Program committee will start soliciting abstracts in mid-October, with the following deadlines:

  • Early Bird: November 1 (with notification by November 30)
  • Final Deadline: December 1 (with notification by the end of January).

We very much look forward to your participation in the 2009 CIES conference.

Yours sincerely,

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Teachers College, Columbia University
New York City, New York





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