Book Awards

2019 Book Award Shortlists
Submit a Nomination – Closed
Book Award Winners

Submissions for the 2019 CESS Book Awards are now closed. The deadlines were: Social Sciences – extended deadline May 31, 2019 and History and the Humanities – 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.

Shortlist information is below. 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.

2019 Book Award Shortlists

History and the Humanities

Cameron, Sarah I. 2018. The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.

Eden, Jeff. 2018. Slavery and Empire in Central Asia. Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization. Cambridge, United Kingdom; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

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

Kalinovsky, Artemy M. 2018. Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Social Sciences

Upon recommendation by the Social Sciences Book Award committee and approved by the CESS Board, CESS is postponing the 2019 Social Sciences  Book Award, since we did not receive a sufficient number of books to make a fair selection possible. 

Despite an extended deadline the number of nominations was not high enough to establish a competitive shortlist. The books submitted this year will automatically be nominated for the 2020 Social Sciences Book Award.

Submit a Nomination

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Book Awards are now closed. Details are retained here for information only.

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;

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.

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
(mailing addresses were removed after the deadline)
Social Sciences committee 2019
Chair: Jeff Sahadeo

Inquiries may be sent to

Chair: Till Mostowlansky
Inquiries may be sent to
Ali İğmen
Mette High
Naomi CaffeeJennifer Murtazashvili

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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