The Preliminary Program of the Joint ESCAS-CESS Conference in Bishkek, 29 June-2 July, 2017 is now available here.
Applications now being accepted for the CESS 2017 Book Award - History & Humanities (deadline May 22, 2017) and CESS 2017 Public Outreach Award (deadline June 30, 2017) .
There has been an outstanding response to the two calls for papers for CESS conferences this year. Thank you to everyone who applied! Stay tuned for more details about the 18th Annual Conference at the University of Washington (5-8 October) and the 6th Regional Conference (with ESCAS) at the American University of Central Asia (29 June-1 July).
Sarah Chayes confirmed as keynote speaker for 18th Annual Conference. Chayes is an award-winning former journalist, foreign policy expert, and entrepreneur with ten years’ experience in Afghanistan.
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Congratulations to the 2016 CESS Award Winners! See the Latest Awards page for details.
CESS welcomes its 2016/17 President, Douglas Northrop.
CESS also welcomes the following new members to the CESS Board: Amanda Wooden, Aksana Ismailbekova, and Jennifer Murtazashvili.
The 17th CESS Annual Conference at Princeton University was a great success! CESS thanks Princeton University for hosting us and to the 300 delegates who attended.
CESS Book Award
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Deadline for submissions: May 22, 2017
In 2007, CESS established two CESS Book Awards, one for work in the History & Humanities and another for work in the Social Sciences. This year the award will be made to a book in History & Humanities.
Each year the CESS Book Award and a monetary prize of $500 is presented to the author of the research monograph, published in the preceding two years, that represents the most important contribution to Central Eurasian studies, or that holds the greatest potential for furthering scholarship on the Central Eurasian region. An interdisciplinary panel of three scholars of Central Eurasia, appointed annually by the CESS Board, consider scholarly merit, argumentative scope, and felicity of style in their deliberations.
In 2017, books in History & Humanities with a publication date of 2015 or 2016 may be considered for the competition.
The panel will consist of Jesse Driscoll (University of California, San Diego), Maya Peterson (University of California, Santa Cruz), and Wendell Schwab (Pennsylvania State University), with David Montgomery (CEDAR—Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion) as non-voting chair. The shortlist will be announced in July and the winner will be announced at the 18th CESS Annual Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle on October 5-8, 2017.
Rules and procedures for the competition are as follows:
For the 2017 CESS History and Humanities Book Award competition, please ensure that four copies of the nominated book reach the CESS Book Award Committee at the following addresses by May 22, 2017.
Please note that one book must be sent to each of the following addresses.
David W. Montgomery
Please address any enquiries and questions regarding eligibility to David Montgomery: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CESS is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 Book Award for the best book in the social sciences published in 2014 or 2015 is Jesse Driscoll for his book Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States. Selected comments from the panel members about Driscoll's book:
"This book is valuable not only for its central argument about warlords as state-builders, but for its extremely detailed account of how warlords and supporters operate: their beliefs, motivations, strategies, and methods, both current and historical."
"Driscoll develops a game theoretic model that seeks to explain why actors behave the way they do. In this way, the book makes an enduring contribution to theory... He takes this a step further and embarks on ethnographic work that allows him to discuss causal mechanisms in a way that is extremely sensitive to the region..."
"It is a book that will endure through the years, making a foundational contribution to our understanding of why civil conflicts end... This book reflects outstanding scholarship."
Many congratulations to Jesse! Our thanks also go to the other shortlisted candidates.
The shortlist for the CESS book award is announced. The 2016 award will be awarded to a book in the social sciences published in 2014 or 2015 (books with 2016 publication dates that were released and available in 2015 are also eligible).
The shortlisted books are:
Blum, Douglas W. The Social Process of Globalization: Return Migration and Cultural Change in Kazakhstan. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Driscoll, Jesse. Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Hale, Henry E. Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
McMann, Kelly M. Corruption as a Last Resort: Adapting to the Market in Central Asia. Cornell University Press, 2014.
Mukhopadhyay, Dipali. Warlords, Strongman Governors, and the State in Afghanistan. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Peshkova, Svetlana. Women, Islam, and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan. Syracuse University Press, 2014.
Roche, Sophie. Domesticating Youth: Youth Bulges and Their Socio-Political Implications in Tajikistan. Berghahn Books, 2014.
History and Humanities
2013 – Patricia Crone. The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
2011 – Paul Stronski. Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, 1930-1966. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.
2009 – Jeff Sahadeo. Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865-1923. Indiana University Press, 2007.
2007 – Marianne Kamp. The New Woman in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity, and Unveiling under Communism. University of Washington Press, 2006.
2014 – Morgan Liu. Under Solomon's Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.
2012 – Johan Rasanayagam. Islam in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan: The Morality of Experience. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
2010 – Laura Adams. The Spectacular State: Culture and National Identity in Uzbekistan. Duke University Press, 2010.
2008 – Kathleen Collins. Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia. Cambridge University Press, 2006.