April 10, 2018

Book Awards

 

The window for 2018 Book Award submissions has closed;
the shortlist will be announced in July.

Since 2007, CESS has presented two book awards– one for History and the Humanities, another for the Social Sciences– which recognize the book or monograph representing the most important contribution to Central Eurasian studies in the past year. Historically, the two awards have been awarded in alternating years, but beginning in 2018, both awards will be offered annually.

Each year, an interdisciplinary panel of three scholars of Central Eurasian studies is chosen by the CESS Board to select a winning submission and a honorable mention for submissions highly rated but not chosen. The panel considers in their deliberations: scholarly merit, argumentative scope, and felicity of style. Book awards are accompanied by a $500 prize and presented to the selected authors at the CESS Annual Conference.

2017 Book Award (History & Humanities) Winner:

Qazaqliq, or Ambitious Brigandage, and the Formation of the Qazaqs: State and Identity in Post-Mongol Central Eurasia (Brill, 2016) by Joo-Yup Lee (University of Toronto).

2016 Book Award (Social Sciences) Winner:

Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States (Cambridge, 2015) by Jesse Driscoll (University of California – San Diego).

view past Book Award winners

 

2018 Book Awards

For the 2018 Book Awards, CESS accepted submissions in both categories: History and the Humanities, and the Social Sciences. The deadline to submit was April 1, 11:59 pm EST. Books may be nominated by either the publisher, author, or a CESS member and may only be submitted to one category.

History & the Humanities

Books submitted in this category must have a publication date of 2017 (the pringed copyright date) to be considered. The 2018 panel for this award includes: Wendell Schwab as the non-voting Chair (Pennsylvania State University); Sarah Cameron (University of Maryland); Barbara Junisbai (Pitzer College); and Joo-Yup Lee (University of Toronto).

Social Sciences

Books submitted in this category must have a publication date of 2016 or 2017 (the printed copyright date) to be considered. The 2018 panel for this award includes: Wendell Schwab as the non-voting Chair (Pennsylvania State University); Benjamin Gatling (George Mason University); Ali Igmen (California State University — Long Beach); and Noor O’Neill Borbieva (Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne).

Guidelines

Nominations may be made by either the publisher, author, or a CESS member. Eligibility is determined as follows:

  • Books must be scholarly monographs based on original research and published in English during the years listed above
  • Scholarly monographs translated into English from other languages are eligible for consideration
  • Books may be submitted in one category only and in only one award year
  • Edited volumes, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, and textbooks are not eligible

If you meet these criteria, send a copy of your book to each member of the appropriate panel (totalling four copies) at the addresses below. The panel members must receive your book by April 1, 2018.

The shortlist will be announced in July 2018 and the winner will be announced at the 19th CESS Annual Conference (University of Pittsburgh), October 25-28, 2018. An Honorable Mention will be awarded as well.

Questions? Please send any inquiries or question regarding eligibility to Wendell Schwab.

History & the Humanities                                        Social Sciences

send to:                                                                                                 send to:

Sarah Cameron, Ph.D.
University of Maryland – College Park
[address removed after deadline has passed]
Benjamin Gatling, Ph.D.
George Mason University
[address removed after deadline has passed]
Barbara Junisbai, Ph.D.
Pitzer College
[address removed after deadline has passed]
Ali Igmen, Ph.D.
California State U. – Long Beach
[address removed after deadline has passed]
Joo-Yup Lee, Ph.D.
[address removed after deadline has passed]
Noor O’Neill Borbieva, Ph.D.
Indiana U.-Purdue U. Fort Wayne
[address removed after deadline has passed]
Wendell Schwab, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
[address removed after deadline has passed]
Wendell Schwab, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
[address removed after deadline has passed]