April 10, 2018

Book Awards

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 CESS Book Awards! The deadline is April 15, 2019.

CESS gives two Book Awards annually, one for work in History and the Humanities and another for work in the Social Sciences. CESS began offering these book awards in 2007 to each subject in every other year, and in 2018 both awards became available on an annual basis.

The CESS Book Award and a monetary prize of $500 is presented to the author of the book or monograph that represents the most important contribution to Central Eurasian studies during the award period. An interdisciplinary panel of scholars of Central Eurasia, appointed annually by the CESS Board, consider scholarly merit, argumentative scope, and felicity of style in their deliberations.

The shortlist will be announced in July and the winner will be announced at the 20th CESS Annual Conference, which is being held at George Washington University in Washington D.C. on October 10-13, 2019.

Submit a Nomination – open until April 15, 2019
Book Award Winners
2018 Book Award Shortlists

Submit a Nomination

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Book Awards is April 15, 2019.

Rules and procedures for the competition are as follows:

  1. Books must be scholarly monographs based on original research and published in English in 2018 or 2019 (as measured by the printed copyright date; exceptions for books available by the submission deadline may be allowed at the discretion of the chair);
  2. Books may be submitted in one category for one competition only, and no book may be considered more than once.
  3. Scholarly monographs translated into English from other languages are eligible for consideration.
  4. Edited volumes, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, and textbooks are not eligible.
  5. Nominations may be made by either the publisher, author, or a CESS member.
  6. To be considered, one hard copy of the book should be mailed to each of the committee members on the appropriate panel to reach them by the deadline specified on this webpage.
Humanities committee 2019 Social Sciences committee 2019
Chair: Jeff Sahadeo
Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies,
Carleton University,
1125 Colonel By Drive,
ON K1S 5B6, Canada.

Inquiries may be sent to jeff.sahadeo@carleton.ca

Chair: Till Mostowlansky

Department of Anthropology and Sociology,
The Graduate Institute Geneva,
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A,
P.O. Box 1672,
CH – 1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland.
Inquiries may be sent to till.mostowlansky@graduateinstitute.ch
Ali İğmen,
Department of History, FO2-116,
California State University, Long Beach,
1250 Bellflower Blvd. MS 1601,
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601, USA.
Mette High
Department of Social Anthropology,
University of St Andrews,
71 North Street,
St Andrews, KY16 9AL, UK.
Naomi Caffee
Reed College,
3755 SE Woodstock Blvd.,
Portland, OR 97202, USA.
Jennifer Murtazashvili
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs,
University of Pittsburgh,
3619 Wesley W. Posvar Hall,
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.

Book Award Winners

2018 History and the Humanities: Alison Vacca for Non-Muslim Provinces under Early Islam: Islamic Rule and Iranian Legitimacy in Armenia and Caucasian Albania.

2018 Social Sciences: Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili for Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan.

2018 Honorable Mention in History and HumanitiesScott Levi for The Rise and Fall of Khoqand, 1709-1876: Central Asia in the Global Age.

View all past Book Award winners.

2018 Book Award Shortlists

History and the Humanities

Campbell, Ian W. 2017. Knowledge and the Ends of Empire: Kazak Intermediaries and Russian Rule on the Steppe, 1731-1917. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Levi, Scott Cameron. 2017. The Rise and Fall of Khoqand, 1709-1876: Central Asia in the Global Age. Central Eurasia in Context Series. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Mostowlansky, Till. 2017. Azan on the Moon: Entangling Modernity along Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway. Central Eurasia in Context Series. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Tasar, Eren. 2017. Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Vacca, Alison. 2017.Non-Muslim Provinces under Early Islam: Islamic Rule and Iranian Legitimacy in Armenia and Caucasian Albania. Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Social Sciences

Cooley, Alexander, and John Heathershaw. 2017. Dictators without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Kudaibergenova, Diana T. 2017. Rewriting the Nation in Modern Kazakh Literature: Elites and Narratives. Contemporary Central Asia: Societies, Politics, and Cultures. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

McBrien, Julie. 2017. From Belonging to Belief: Modern Secularisms and the Construction of Religion in Kyrgyzstan. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Murtazashvili, Jennifer Brick. 2016. Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Spector, Regine A. 2017. Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

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