UPDATE: ICBMS3 Pre-conference Workshop

NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ICBMS pre-conference workshop has been rescheduled to 24-26 October 2020. Other new dates and schedule are as follows:

The pre-conference workshop is open to faculty and graduate students from universities in Myanmar whose abstracts are submitted for the 3rd International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies (ICBMS3) through the general call for papers. The 3-day pre-conference workshop targets early career/junior university faculty, researchers and graduate students who otherwise have limited exposure to international conferences. It aims to engage them in the process of writing quality academic papers.

Approximately 50 – 60 abstracts from the general of call for papers will be selected by the screening committee to present the paper at the pre-conference workshop. Those who present their paper at the pre-conference workshop with a paper meeting the requisite criteria will be encouraged to present the paper at the ICBMS3 in October 2020 March 2021 in Chiang Mai, Thailand with a limited travel grant provided.

To facilitate this process, we have put in place a separate timeframe for abstract and paper submission for this group of potential contributors. This time frame will enable our team of mentors to hold a preconference workshop and provide ongoing support, prior to the paper presentation at the conference.

Important dates

March 30, 2020
May 31, 2020
Submission of abstract
(see instructions in call for papers)
April 12, 2020
To be confirmed
Notification of abstract acceptance
Around 50 – 60 papers submitted will be approved by the screening committee, subject to submission of full papers and attendance at the pre-conference workshop
June 30, 2020
To be confirmed
Submission of full papers.
Papers should be submitted according to the stipulated format and in English.
July 13, 2020
To be confirmed
Notification of paper acceptance
All submissions will be closely reviewed by the selection committee and submitters will be notified that their paper is either rejected or accepted subject to attendance at the pre-conference workshop
July 24-26, 2020
24-26 October 2020
Pre-conference workshop
August 15, 2020
To be confirmed
Revised paper submitted
August 25, 2020
To be confirmed
Travel grant announced

Structure of the pre-conference workshop

The workshop will be 3 three days. The first day will be paper presentation following thematic panels and on 25th – 26th July 2020 will be individual consultation session on paper writing.

24 October 2020
24 July 2020
Opening & Introduction to the Pre-conference workshop
Morning PresentationsGroup 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
Afternoon PresentationsGroup 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
25 October 2020
25 July 2020
Individual consultation on paper writing
26 October 2020
26 July 2020
Individual consultation on paper writing
Closing and remarks

* schedule is tentative and may be adjusted.

Process for working with mentors

Prior the pre-conference workshop, the mentors will spend around two weeks to read the papers and give feedback at the pre-conference workshop. They will also work with the paper presenters individually after the presentation to help the presenters improve the paper’s structure and coherence of argument.

Important notes

  • Abstract submission can be made via the conference online system.
  • Themes of the conference are listed in the call for papers.
  • Those whose abstract is selected and submit a paper will be expected to attend the pre-conference workshop at the University of Mandalay, July 24-26, 2020 24-26 October, 2020.
  • Guidelines for paper submission will be later given on the conference website.
  • For experienced researchers or those who do not wish to be considered for a travel grant, you can submit your paper for consideration according to the instructions in the general call for papers


ICBMS Secretariat
Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD)
Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University
239 Huay Kaew Road
Tambon Suthep, Amphoe Muang
Chiang Mai 50200
Tel: 66-(0) 53-943595/6
E-mail: icbms.cmu@gmail.com
Web: www.burmaconference.com