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.
Joint ESCAS-CESS Conference
|CESS Membership Fees depend on your income and are valid for one year|
|Income less than $15,000||$20|
|Income between $15,000 - $24,999||$45|
|Income between $25,000 - $49,999||$70|
|Income between $50,000 - $74,999||$90|
|Income between $75,000 - $89,999||$120|
|Income greater than $90,000||$150|
ESCAS Membership Fees depend on your country of citizenship and are for lifetime
|Special rate for citizens of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan||€50|
Conference Fees depend on your annual income and whether you have current membership in CESS or ESCAS, as follows:
|Conference Fee for those with membership in CESS or ESCAS||Registration until
6 May 2017
7 May 2017
|Income less than $15,000||$50||$60|
|Income between $15,000 - $24,999||$65||$80|
|Income greater than $25,000||$80||$100|
|Conference Fee for those who are not members of CESS or ESCAS (this option is exclusively for those only attending the conference; all who are on the program must have membership in one of the societies)||
|Income less than $15,000||$75||$85|
|Income between $15,000 - $24,999||$90||$105|
|Income than $25,000||$120||$140|
To Register, complete the Registration Form linked here. To access this form, you will need to be logged in to the CESS website. If you have not already established a CESS Username and Password, you will be prompted to do so when accessing the form.
The conference is hosted by the Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) established at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in 2011 with the mission of promoting the study of Central Asia locally and internationally. The Institute pursues this goal by encouraging and supporting individual and group research projects, organizing seminars and conferences, and by developing academic programs focused on Central Asia. AUCA is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition. Since its foundation in 1993, the University has proven its distinctiveness by encouraging and maintaining intellectual freedom and critical thinking. Capitalizing on its location and on its international faculty and student bodies, AUCA is determined to become the best teaching and research university in the region and a center of excellence in research on Central Asia with an increasing presence of international scholars and graduate students.
Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, lies at the northern edge of the Ala-Too Mountain Range at an altitude of 700-900 m above sea level. Bishkek is at once a gateway to the Tien Shan Mountains, a former trading post along the Silk Road, a legacy of the Soviet Union, and a developing city in a globalized world. Bishkek offers numerous green spaces, parks and gardens as well as plenty of entertainment, from museums showcasing national history and culture to a wide range of art galleries, eating places and music halls promoting diversity and cosmopolitanism. There is no subway in Bishkek but low-priced taxis and marshrutkas make transport an adventure in itself.
|7 February 2017||Deadline for Proposals||Proposals received after this date may be considered only at the discretion of the Program Committee.|
|28 February 2017||Notification of selection results||The Program Committee will notify you of whether you have been accepted by email.|
|8 April 2017||Cut-off date for notification of withdrawal||“No Shows” will be penalized with exclusion from future conferences.|
|22 April 2017||Preliminary Program is available||Program is posted on the ESCAS and CESS (regional conference) websites.|
|6 May 2017||Deadline for payment of Registration and Membership Fees
Also: End of Reduced-Fee Registration
|Participants who do not have a bank card or other method by which to pay in advance must notify us by this date and must pay at the conference registration desk on arrival.|
|31 May 2017||Deadline for submission of changes to the Conference Program||Changes occurring after this date may not be reflected in the published program.|
|7 June 2017||Announcement of Final Program||Program will be posted on the ESCAS and CESS (regional conference) websites.|
|10 June 2017||Deadline for sending papers to Discussant and Chair||Participants should send the full version of their working paper (see this page for guidance on papers/presentation).|
|26 June 2017||Closing of online registration||The online registration form will be inaccessible after this date (see the links above for CESS and ESCAS membership; see this page for conference registration)|
|29 June-2 July 2017||Conference dates||The first sessions will begin in the early afternoon on Thurs., June 29 and the last session will end in the late morning on Sun., July 2. Conference participants should not plan on arriving later or departing early unless such timing is conference with the Program Committee; there will also be cultural program on Sunday afternoon, July 2.|
For detailed information about submitting proposals and about attending the conference, please see the following webpages:
For inquiries regarding the program and registration, contact the Program Committee at: email@example.com
See the website of the conference at AUCA for all logistical and local organizing information: escas-cess.auca.kg
For inquiries regarding Bishkek/AUCA and logistics for participation, contact the Central Asian Studies Institute at AUCA: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information regarding Membership, see:
ESCAS Membership: www.escas.org/membership/
- Send questions to: Dina Sharipova - ESCAS <email@example.com>
CESS Membership: www.centraleurasia.org/membership
- Send questions to: CESS Administrative Coordinator <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Call for Paper and Panel Proposals
[NOTE: The Call for Papers is presented here for reference only; the Call has already been closed for this year's conference, though we hope you will consider applying for future conferences.]
The conference committee invites submissions of panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of the humanities and social science. The region that is covered by the conference — Central Asia/Eurasia — encompasses Central Asia, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia, the Volga region, and regions referred to as Inner Asia or Central Eurasia. We hope that the conference in Bishkek will bring together scholars from all over the world. Based on the experience of previous conferences, we are expecting about 250 participants, including many from the region that is the focus of the conference. Practitioners and scholars in all fields with an interest in this region are encouraged to participate.
The deadline for both Panel and Paper submissions was Tuesday, 7 February 2017.
Each panel or paper submission will be assessed by reviewers with relevant expertise, and we will send notifications of acceptance by the week of Tuesday, February 28.
Successful proposals should show original research, as well as relevance current scholar on the region. The proposal should give a clear statement of the problem investigated, the methods and sources/data used, and the conclusions and contribution to the field that will be offered (general conference guidelines can be found here; also see this link for guidelines on writing abstracts, which is the most important part of proposals).
Pre-organized Panel Proposal Submissions
Submission of Pre-organized Panels is strongly encouraged and they will be given some priority in the selection process. They often make for the best conference experience, while also improving your chances of passing the selection. We strongly encourage you to take the initiative to gather some colleagues with whom you would like to share your ideas and research results for feedback, and put together a panel proposal. If you are looking for colleagues to make up a panel on a theme that you propose, we encourage you to use the CESS Facebook Group or other similar media to invite others to join on your topic. Pre-organized Panels can include conventional paper-presentation panels, roundtables, workshops or other formats. We also welcome panels that address current issues in scholarship, society and the application of knowledge in the form of roundtables, workshops, and other innovative formats.
Please note that the person submitting a Pre-organized Panel must provide information about each panelist on their panel (name, affiliation, job title, highest academic degree, email address, webpage, and membership status). For Regular Panels (with paper presentations), the organizer should upload a file for each of the presenters with name(s) of author(s), paper title, abstract and keywords. Panel submissions lacking individual abstracts or other key information will not be considered complete, and may not receive full consideration by the Program Committee. Panels that lack a Chair or Discussant may be considered, but the strongest consideration will be given to compete panels.
The make-up of a complete Pre-organized Panel depends on its type:
- Regular Panel: three or four Paper Presenters, a Discussant and a Chair;
- Roundtable Panel: a Chair/Moderator and normally three-to-five Presenters (who do not present papers, but rather make comments on the theme of the roundtable);
- Workshop Panel: a Chair/Moderator and a suitable number of panelists (typical workshops can address issues of publishing, fieldwork, ethics, applying academic knowledge to social problems, and the like);
- Book Panel (Author-Critic Forum): a Chair, the book’s author, and ca. three commentators;
- Other innovative panel formats: it is up to you to provide a rationale for the format and composition of panelists.
Individual Paper Proposal Submissions
Individual papers are also welcome (in English only) and will be assigned by the Program Committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and a discussant.
Click here to submit an Individual Paper Proposal [NOTE: The deadline has passed and this form is now closed.].
Languages of the Conference
In the case of Pre-organized Panels, a panel may be designated as “English only”, “Russian only”, “Other language” or “Mixed English and Russian” (this will be reflected in the program). We will consider panel proposals in languages other than English or Russian, but since this will inevitably make the potential audience much narrower, a strong case would have to be made for use of that language. Those papers and panels that are to be presented in Russian or another language should be provided with an English versions of the title and participant info, in addition to information in the original language. Meanwhile, only proposals where the abstracts and keywords are provided in English will be considered. The original language information about the panel should be provided in a file attachment that you will upload on the application form (the form itself handles only Latin letters).
We will not accept individual paper proposals in a language other than English, and it is not permitted to present an individual paper with someone translating for you, with someone reading the paper on behalf of the author, or any other form other than the author’s presentation in English. You can find an explanation of this and other policies on the page linked here