CAER (K-eer) is the Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers. The association, a 100% volunteer organization with no paid members or administrators, is an international association uniting global Eurasian scholars and practitioners in the study of communication and related disciplines. The association’s goals include connecting international scholars and practitioners for research, collaboration, networking, and promotion activities, to foster connections with international Eurasian research centres, to showcase Eurasian academic and business activities, and to close gaps between East and West.
CAER’s governing structure is a blend of American and Eurasian models. The Administrative Side consist of the Board of Directors as mandated by the State of Tennessee and functions per their oversight laws. The Executive Council of Officers and At-Large Members are responsible for the association’s functions, projects, and activities. Eight Standing Committees (Finance, Nominating, Planning, Outreach/Membership, Grants, Creative, Social Media, and Young Minds) assist and support the Executive Council. The Engagement/Activities side divides CAER into two regions: Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Under each region academic/disciplinary committees have been formed based on membership interests.
Our immediate activities include promoting the 2016 RCA conference in Moscow, assisting with the planning of the 2017 WCA conference at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kygryzstan, and promoting the 2018 ICA conference in Prague. In addition, we support the Russian Journal of Communication, the official journal of the Russian Communication Association. We continue to work toward uniting Eurasian colleagues who have no or little connections to other global scholars and serve as an umbrella organization promoting existing Eurasian academic and specialist communities to showcase member, affiliated association, institutional, and CAER activities. Longer term projects include hosting summer schools and conferences in Eurasia, starting a broad, free academic Eurasian journal blending the traditional peer-review process with an open-access, online platform, and developing CAER publications that illuminate communication study trends and influence its practice.
CAER does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, age, disability, or marital status.