Committees and Getting Involved

How CESS is organized
Get involved with CESS!
CESS committees
   Awards committee
   Communications committee
   Conference committee
   Elections committee
   Institutional linkages committee
   Membership committee
   Regional outreach committee

How CESS is organized

CESS is a volunteer-driven organization with two part-time staff members, the Administrative Coordinator and the Finance & Social Media Assistant. Leadership of the Society is provided by the CESS Board, whose members are all volunteers. CESS is guided by its Articles and Bylaws, which are periodically reviewed and updated. 

Get involved with CESS!

Everything CESS does depends on the support and involvement of members. Being a member of CESS can be about much more than paying your membership fee and attending our conferences! We welcome members' input and contributions to shaping CESS and our work. Here are just a few ways that members can get more involved:

Do you have other ideas? We'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or email with your suggestions.

CESS committees

The current CESS committees are listed below which a short description of their activities

CESS members interested in serving on a committee, or forming a new committee are encouraged to contact the Chair of the committee or the general CESS address at info@centraleurasia.org.

Awards committee

Members: Douglas Northrop (Chair).

Best Graduate Student Paper Award (Annual Conference) 2018 Sub-Committee: Daniel Schafer (Chair), Michele Commercio, Eva-Marie Dubuisson.

Book Award 2018 Sub-Committee: Wendell Schwab (Chair), Joo-Yup Lee, other members TBC.

Lifetime Service to the Field Award 2018 Sub-Committee: TBC

Public Outreach Award 2017 Sub-Committee: Amanda Wooden (Chair), Regine Spector, Jeanne Féaux de la Croix. This award will next be offered in 2019.

The Awards Committee recognizes important contributions and contributors to Central Eurasian studies globally. The committee decides on the CESS awards as listed above. It also awards the status of CESS Honorary Member.  

Communications committee

Members: Amanda Wooden (Chair), Eva-Marie Dubuisson, Gardner Bovingdon, Aksana Ismailbekova, Morgan Liu

The Communication Committee manages the CESS Blog, social media (find us on Facebook and Twitter) page and group, and our Twitter presence) and other communications efforts.

Conference committee

Members: Tim Blauvelt (Chair of the Annual Conference Committee 2017 and 2018), Leila Almazova, Aksana Ismailbekova, Marianne Kamp, Marlene Laruelle, Scott Levi, Jennifer Murtazashvili, John Schoeberlein (Chair of the Regional Conference Committee 2017)

The Conference Committee plans and implements the CESS Annual Conference and Regional Conference. Tasks include overseeing the call for proposals, finding peer reviewers and selecting papers, communication with delegates, planning the conference program, liaising with the institutional host of the conference and more! This committee is supported by the CESS Administrative Coordinator and staff at the conference host institution.

Elections committee

Members: Amanda Wooden (Chair), Ali Igmen, Douglas Northrop

The Elections Committee is composed of the CESS Board's Executive Committee. It oversees the policies and procedures for the annual elections to the CESS Board, aiming to actively encourage a diverse range of qualified candidates to stand for election

Institutional linkages committee

Members: Jennifer Murtazashvili (Chair), other members TBC

The committee on institutional linkages promotes the establishment and maintenance of partnerships between CESS and relevant academic and professional organizations that focus on Central Eurasia or its constituent parts.

Membership committee

Members: Chair TBC, Leila Almazova, Aida Alymbayeva, Diana Kudaibergenova, John Schoeberlein, Cynthia Werner

CESS has a membership of 600 people from around the world. The work of this committee entails developing and pursuing imaginative ways to attract new members and meet the interests of our members in order to support strong communities of scholarship in all of the regions and disciplines which CESS can encompass.

Regional outreach committee 

Members: Aksana Ismailbekova and Leila Almazova (joint Chairs)

Information to follow!