Emerging Scholar Awards


Each year a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding early-career scholars or graduate students. The Award offers complimentary registration, Network Membership, and CGScholar Credit. It provides a robust professional development opportunity for early career academics to meet experts in the field, interact with colleagues from other parts of the world, and create networks and lasting connections. In our Blended Model, we have two kinds of Emerging Scholars -- In-Person Blended and Online Only. Across all formats, Emerging Scholars play a critical role in the conference by leading discussions and chairing parallel sessions and are offered a publication pathway for their research. This way, we can provide maximum exposure for this selected group of researchers.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."

Early Deadline: 20 November 2021
Final Deadline: 21 March 2022

2022 Award Recipients

Arpit Gaind

Arpit Gaind

University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Arpit Gaind is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California (UCLA) in the Culture and Performance Program at the Department of World, Arts and Cultures/Dance. Arpit’s MA and MPhil training in Development Studies and Development Practice sensitized him to issues of discrimination, marginalization, and well-being to critically understand the linkages of subjectivity and everyday forms of power impositions and subversions. His understanding of cultural and political history is also informed by the same. Previously, Arpit has also collaborated on a Ford Foundation-supported project at Centre for Development Practice, Delhi, making culturally sensitive films around the Adivasi belt of Eastern India – predominantly Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand. For the past seven years, Arpit has been involved in both scholarly as well community-art-based praxis, whereby he has worked with a diverse group of communities – in both urban as well as Rural-Indigenous Spaces. The films have focussed on questions of alternative development practices and possibilities of creative expression, examining questions of media, authorship, and knowledge production. These projects, in turn, are also informed by his extensive experience in designing Pedagogic Content, Teaching, as well as Assistant-ships on Research & Book Projects and Organizing Academic Conferences.

Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson

University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Amy is an artist, instructor, and dissertation writing coach focused on equitable pedagogy. She excels in concept recognition and development. Amy received her Ph.D. In Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies where she investigated theories for decolonizing academia and conducted a study on the student experience of critique in an M.F.A. program. Her M.F.A. Inquiry explored Albert Camus' philosophical notion of the absurd, as it applies to individual roles in contemporary society. Amy's work prompts reflection about socially constructed culture, expectations, and indoctrinations and the effects of such conditions on the individual. Selected residencies and exhibitions: Serlachius Residency, Finland; Línea de Costa, Spain; Chautauqua Art Institute, NY, USA; {Re}Happening, Black Mountain College, NC, USA.

In Their Words

It was my second time chairing a Common Ground Conference and it was great to get a new experience while also improving my skills and learning more about conferences."

Tatjana Portnova, 2017 Awardee

I found it incredibly enriching being able to hear from so many different scholars and experts about their research and passions in the field. It was enlightening and rewarding to be present as part of the conference.

2017 Awardee

I really appreciate having the possibility to chat with and hear all these wonderful people. This is not a vertical dynamic, we all were treated the same and that made possible for us students to talk with amazing academics and to have their comments on our work."

Silvia Agreda, 2014 Awardee