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.
Call for Papers for the CESS 18th Annual Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, October 5-8, 2017. Deadline: Feb 28, 2017.
Call for Papers for the Joint ESCAS-CESS Conference at the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, June 29-July 1, 2017. Deadline Extended: Feb 7, 2017.
Общество по изучению Центральной Евразии (CESS) объявляет о наборе заявок на две конференции: (1) VI Региональная конференция CESS совместно с Европейским обществом по изучению Центральной Азии (ESCAS), место проведения - Американский Университет в Центральной Азии (AUCA), г. Бишкек, Кыргызстан, 29 июня – 1 июля 2017 г.; (2) XVIII Ежегодная конференция CESS, место проведения - Университет Вашингтона, г. Сиэтл, штат Вашингтон, США, 5-8 октября 2017 г.
CESS will have not one but two conferences in 2017! The 18th Annual Conference will be at the University of Washington from 5-8 October and the 6th Regional Conference (with ESCAS) at the American University of Central Asia from 29 June-1 July.
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.
NOTE: The next CESS Regional Conference will be held in Bishkek, June 29-July 1, 2017. Click here for information about the 6th CESS Regional Conference in Bishkek.
The Fifth CESS Regional Conference was held at Kazan Federal University in June 2016. We are very grateful to our hosts, and indeed to all who contributed to making it a great success! Nearly 200 scholars participated from over 30 countries.
The location and dates of the next regional conference are yet to be determined. We retain the information below on this page for your reference until the next conference's Call for Papers will be announced.
Contents of this page:
Note also the links below to:
About Kazan Federal University
The conference is hosted by the Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies at Kazan Federal University [information in Russian]. The Institute is famous for its scholarship in such areas as Islamic Studies, Area Studies (including Near Eastern and Eurasian Studies), and Islamic/Turkic Archeology. Kazan University was founded in 1804 and is now among the leading educational and research institutions in Russia. The University participates in Russia's "5-100" competitive growth program, which reflects determination to reach the highest levels of world educational rankings.
Information about Kazan
Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan (link to Wikipedia in English or click here for a Russian version), lies on the left bank of the Volga River, at its confluence with the Kazanka River. Kazan is one of the most ancient cities in Russia, having celebrated its millennium in 2005. Kazan is a place with unique culture combining centuries-old traditions of the Tatar and Russian nations. It has a population of around a million and a half inhabitants representing more than a hundred nationalities.
In order to learn more about Kazan, one may begin with the following links:
Travel to Kazan
Kazan is served by a number of airlines with direct connections to cities like Almaty, Astana, Samarkand, Tashkent, Dushanbe, Yerevan, Baku, Istanbul, Helsinki, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and it is a beautiful 12-hour train journey from Moscow on modern and comfortable sleeper trains. One can reserve a place on the trains using the Russian railway company, Rossiiskie Zheleznye Dorogi's website — http://rzd.ru — which works well for those who know Russian (you must set up an account, etc.). A search on the internet will yield many websites that provide booking service in English for seats on trains throughout Russia.
Getting Around Kazan and the Conference Locations
We have gathered and prepared for you some maps to help you find your way around the conference and Kazan — click here for maps that show exactly where you need to go as well as providing information about the city.
Yandex (a Russian analog of Google or Yahoo) provides excellent detailed maps with restaurants and other things marked. You may need to select the setting for the English interface (you can also of course view it in Russian, as well as Tatar, Kazakh and some other languages) by going to the language setting page and use the pull-down menu to select your language and then click the left-hand button below it to "save" (сохранить). And then go to Yandex Maps page and search for or within Kazan.
Google Maps also gives names of many things in Kazan both in Russian and in English or Russian transliterated into Latin letters (if your Google settings are set to English; many other languages are also available).
If you are looking for a café or anything else, both Yandex Maps and Google Maps provide a lot of such information (though it is not always up-to-date). There are many cafés to be found on Bauman St., just south of the core of the University and running westward toward the Kremlin.
Information about Conference Participation
Participants are responsible for covering the costs of their own travel and stay in Kazan, and are responsible for making their own arrangements. The host institution will make available a limited number of accommodations in shared dormitory rooms for a minimal cost on a first-come-first-served and financial need basis. There will also be reservations available at nearby hotels at discounted rates for conference participants (see Accommodations below).
The program will feature approximately 50 panels including about 175 presentations, and there will also be a supplementary program including a banquet, cultural program, and two keynote speakers.
We are pleased to announce that one of the keynote speeches will be delivered by Professor Michael Kemper of the University of Amsterdam, and Professor Taufik Ibrahim of the Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow. Additional details can be found in the conference program.
The cultural program will include:
To sign up for any of these tours, click here [closed].
Online Conference Program
The Program of Panels and Papers is available here: http://www.centraleurasia.org/assets/conf/cess-2016_5th-reg_kazan-federal-u.pdf
CESS Membership Requirement
All of those who are included in a panel for the conference program are required to have current CESS membership. We also welcome all attendees to join, though it is not required if you are not on the program. Please see the CESS membership page for further details; with questions about CESS membership contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CESS Membership Application Form may be found here. If your membership has lapsed (from 2015) you should also submit the Membership Application Form.
The Registration Form for the 5th Regional Conference in Kazan may be found here [closed].
To register, you will need to pay the Registration Fees as follows. If you have questions about registration, please contact email@example.com.
Schedule of Key Dates
Contacting the Organizers
For inquiries regarding the program and registration, contact CESS at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For inquiries regarding Kazan logistics, contact representatives of the host institution as follows:
The offices of the staff listed above are on the second floor of the Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies at Pushkin St. 1/55, in office numbers 213 and 217 (see map). If you have any difficulties when you arrive in Kazan, you can call Mr. Marat Safin or the other staff as listed above.
The Conference Committee may be contacted via email@example.com.
The members of the Conference Committee are:
Participants from some countries will need a visa to visit Russia. If you need a visa, then we will provide you with visa support that you will need in order for an embassy or consulate to issue you a visa. Note that it is possible to obtain a tourist visa for Russia relatively easily in many countries, but we do not recommend that you obtain a tourist visa in order to attend the conference. The visa support that we provide will enable you to obtain the appropriate visa.
Please note that, depending on the country and location where you are, obtaining a visa can take a significant amount of time, so we urge you to initiate the process as early as possible. We don't want any participant to be in the position that they have to cancel their conference participation because they obtain a visa too late.
Note that visitors to Russia from many countries (generally those that don't have an agreement for mutual recognition of the state health insurance, including the U.S., the U.K. and Denmark) must obtain insurance coverage for emergency heath care in order to obtain a visa. The cost depends on the number of days you will spend in Russia, and is charged at about 70 euro cents per day. We will obtain this insurance on your behalf, and you must pay back the conference for this cost at the registration desk at the conference in Kazan. You will also need to pay consular fees when applying for the visa — the participant is responsible for covering all such costs.
To request visa support, please complete the Request for Visa Support form (linked below) after reading the following details and following the instructions. Note that to access this form, you will need to be a CESS member and complete the Conference Registration that is required of all conference participants (as indicated above, and in the Call for Papers). For the Visa Support document, we also need to know what hotel you will stay in during the conference. If you request accommodation through the conference (see below), we will of course have this information, and you do not need to provide it separately, but if you will make your own hotel booking, then you should make that booking before submitting the form to Request Visa Support.
Thus, you should complete the following steps in order. Steps 1 and 2 involve payments for membership and conference registration; there are notes on the form about available methods of payment, but if you have any questions, please contact CESS at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Once you have requested the Visa Support, obtaining visa support will take 3-5 weeks. We will then send you a scan of the Visa Support document that you need to submit together with your Visa Application at the consulate. In some countries — for example, in the U.S. — if you do not live near a consulate, it may be best to obtain your visa with the help of a visa service (many can be found on the internet, though it is best to use one that you know to provide reliable service, so we recommend getting the advice of colleagues). Please check available information for the specific procedures that apply in for your citizenship and for the country where you are applying. In some cases, for example, you may have the option of obtaining the visa more quickly through requesting expedited service — and paying a higher fee — at the consulate.
If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact Ms. Inessa Beloglazova (see contacts above).
Participants can consider three options for accommodations during the conference. You can see more details about these options on the Kazan Conference Accommodations page [closed]; here is the overview: All participants must pay for their own accommodations.
(1) KFU Dormitory for Visiting Scholars - This is a 30-40 minute bus ride from the University; very nice, inexpensive accommodations, beginning from 650 rubles (≈US$8.50) per night for a place in a shared two-person room. Other options include single rooms and VIP rooms up to 1500 rubles per night.
If you have questions or need additional assistance with accommodations, please contact Mr. Ramil Galiullin (see contacts above).
Call for Papers
NOTE: The deadline has passed for proposals submissions; we keep the Call for Papers on this page for reference only.
The Central Eurasian Studies Society invites panel and paper proposals for its Fifth Regional Conference. The conference will be hosted by Kazan Federal University (http://kpfu.ru/eng) in Tatarstan, the Russian Federation, on 2-4 June 2016.
A Pre-organized Panel can be of several types. The most common type, Regular Panel, involves three or four Paper Presenters, plus a Chair and a Discussant. A Roundtable Panel involve a Chair and usually four-five Commentators, who do discuss some topic of importance to Central Eurasian studies, with brief introductory remarks by the Commentators, followed by moderated discussion with audience participation. An Author-Critic Forum addresses a recently published book with the comments of three-four "critics" followed by a response from the book's author. A Workshop could address such matters as publishing, field research, ethics, or working with the media. We very much encourage innovative formats that try new approaches — the proposal must simply provide a suitable description and justification.
In the case of Pre-organized Panels, a panel may be designated as English only, Russian only, or Mixed English and Russian (this will be reflected in the program). As our webforms are unable to accept Cyrillic or other scripts, any information provided in such scripts must be included in the same file as the abstract. Papers to be presented in Russian should be provided with Russian and English versions of the title and the author's name; the abstract and keywords should be provided in English.
Please note that those organizing panels are asked to 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 author(s), paper title, abstract (250-400 words), and keywords. Panel submissions lacking individual abstracts or other key information will not be considered complete, and may not receive full consideration by the Conference Committee. Panels that lack a Chair or Discussant may be considered, but the strongest consideration will be given to complete panels.
Individual papers are also welcome 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 [closed]
In the case of Individual Paper submissions, only papers to be presented in English are accepted.
The deadline for submission of both panel and paper proposals was 31 January 2016.