April 10, 2018

Public Outreach Award


The CESS Public Outreach Award is presented to an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization in recognition of extraordinary work that makes knowledge of Central Eurasia accessible to a broad audience. The award is accompanied by a $500 monetary prize. The award is granted every two years, beginning in 2015; the next award will be given in 2019.

2017 Public Outreach Award Winner:

The Music of Central Eurasia, a multimedia website that surveys the rich and diverse musical life of the Eurasia region through texts, lyrics, videos, and audio recordings.
An honorable mention was awarded to the film, Letters from the Pamirs. Watch a short clip from the film (in English) here.

view past Public Outreach Award winners


An interdisciplinary panel of three scholars of Central Eurasia—appointed by the CESS Executive Board—will consider the nominations for the Public Outreach Award on grounds of the accessibility and impact of the contribution in service (broadly defined) to the field of Central Eurasian Studies. Guidelines for the competition are as follows:

  • Monographs, edited volumes, audio-visual material, news/blog sites, films, documentaries, and similar resources that are extraordinarily useful in educating non-specialists about Central Eurasia are eligible for consideration. Single articles, news stories, blog posts, or travel guides are not eligible. Materials must have been produced, published, or disseminated in the two years preceding the award deadline.
  • Nominations may be made by the producer of the material or someone who has used the material and found it useful. In all cases, nominations should include a description of how the material constitutes “public outreach” and, when relevant, three copies of the nominated material must be received by the published deadline of the competition.
  • Individuals and organizations need not be members of CESS to be nominated, but must become members by the nomination deadline to be considered.
  • Nominees are only eligible for one competition cycle.

The selection committee will announce the given award at the following CESS Annual Meeting, if the committee determines that the nomination pool meets the standards that it has set. If the pool does not meet standards, the award will not be given in that cycle, and nominations will again be taken in two years’ time.