Welcome to the Central Eurasian Studies Society!

Based in North America, CESS is an international organization for scholars concerned with the Central Eurasian region.  The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) seeks to promote high standards of research and teaching, to foster communication among scholars of Central Eurasia through meetings, publications, and networking, and to facilitate interaction among scholars at different stages in their career and in different places around the world.  Established in 2000, the society offers various forums for the presentation of research, including CESS’s Annual Conference and the biennial Regional Conference; gives annual awards (including the Graduate Student Paper Award, Book Award, Public Outreach Award, and Award for Lifetime Service to the Field), and provides members with the opportunity to present research informally through the CESS Blog.  CESS also offers members discounted prices for subscriptions to peer-reviewed publications, including Central Asian Survey and Central Asian Affairs.

Click here for more about CESS's mission and history, leadership team, and organization and opportunities for your involvement.

Please consider becoming a Member!  The benefits of membership include:

  • You contribute to supporting the organization and help it to foster communication and improvement of scholarship in the field.
  • You are invited to submit paper and panel proposals for the CESS Annual Conference and Regional Conference.
  • You will receive a significant discount on the registration fee for the CESS Conferences.
  • You may participate in the election of CESS officers.
  • You are entitled to subscribe to the journal Central Asian Survey for $40/year — a fraction of the regular price of over $300/year.
  • You are entitled to subscribe to the journal Central Asian Affairs for $67/year ($34/year for students) — a significant reduction compared to the regular price of about $100/year.
  • You will be listed in and have exclusive access to the CESS Membership Directory.
  • You will receive information via email about CESS activities and publications.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in the Social Community features of the CESS website.
  • You have the opportunity to network with other scholars, by contributing to the work of CESS committees and other activities.

Members of CESS are what make everything we do possible, thanks to their volunteer involvement and their support through annual membership dues.  See the information page for Individual Membership to learn of the many benefits of CESS membership.

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If you are interested in being included in CESS's mailing list, but not yet certain whether you would like to be a member, please click here to enter your email for the CESS Mailing List.