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2020 Book Award Shortlists
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Past Book Award Winners

2020 Book Award Shortlists

Thank you to all the authors whose works were considered this year, and congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted! The winners will be announced during the Online Week of Central Eurasian Studies which is being held between October 13-16, 2020.

History and the Humanities

Berberian, H. (2019). Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds (First edition). University of California Press.

Keller, S. (2019). Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence. University of Toronto Press.

King, M. W. (2019). Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood: A Mongolian Monk in the Ruins of the Qing Empire. Columbia University Press.

Peterson, M. K. (2019). Pipe Dreams: Water and Empire in Central Asia’s Aral Sea Basin. Cambridge University Press.

Social Sciences

Bukharbayeva, B. (2019). The Vanishing Generation: Faith and Uprising in Modern Uzbekistan. Indiana University Press.

Grose, T. (2019). Negotiating Inseparability in China: The Xinjiang Class and the Dynamics of Uyghur Identity. Hong Kong University Press.

Malejacq, R. (2019). Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan. Cornell University Press.

Marat, E. (2018). The Politics of Police Reform: Society against the State in Post-Soviet Countries. Oxford University Press.

Submit a Nomination

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.

Submissions for the 2020 CESS Book Awards are now open. The deadline was May 31, 2020 for both Social Sciences and History and the Humanities.

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 winners will be announced during the Online Week of Central Eurasian Studies which is being held bewteen October 13-16, 2020.

Rules and procedures for the competition are as follows:

1. Books must be scholarly monographs based on original research and published in English in 2019*;

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, the author, or a CESS member.

To be considered, one copy of the book should be sent to each of the committee members on the appropriate panel to reach them by the deadline specified on this webpage. Given current restrictions on movement as a result of COVID-19, e-books are preferred. Authors/publishers should contact CESS to submit the e-book or to ask any questions.

2020 committee members

History and the Humanities committee Social Sciences committee
Chair: Botakoz Kassymbekova
Naomi Caffee
Jeff Eden
Chair: Till Mostowlansky
Mette High
Jennifer Murtazashvili

*See note below regarding the Social Sciences award

Past Book Award Winners

2019 – History & the Humanities

Feldman, Leah. 2018. On the Threshold of Eurasia: Revolutionary Poetics in the Caucasus. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

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