Individual membership

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Why join CESS?
Take out or renew CESS membership
Membership fees – Previous rates frozen for 2021 + new $10 regional student member rate!

Why join CESS?

We are a vibrant community of scholars, professionals, institutions, and interested persons from across the globe who share an interest in advancing the study and understanding of Central Eurasia. As a member of CESS, you are a part of a global Central Eurasian studies community which fosters communication and the cultivation of scholarship in the field. Some of the many benefits of CESS membership include:

Present at CESS conferences

Members enjoy greater engagement with our conferences through the option to propose and, if accepted, present panels and papers. Members also receive significant discounts on our conference registration fees.

Subscribe to top journals at a reduced price

In 2021, Central Asian Survey is available at a discounted rate for CESS members either in electronic only format at just $20 for the year or as print + electronic for $40. Members can add a subscription to Central Asian Survey when taking out or renewing their CESS membership.

The 2021 hard copy subscription price for Central Asian Affairs has been frozen again at $71 for CESS members, a 30% discount on the cost price. Members can add a subscription to Central Asian Affairs when taking out or renewing their CESS membership.

CESS members now also have the option to subscribe to the hard copy of Europe-Asia Studies with a 90% discount! In 2021, subscriptions cost $91 and are taken out directly with the publisher.

Shape CESS’ goals and activities

As a member, you can participate in the running of CESS by joining a committee and electing new representatives for the roles of Board Member and President each year. Why not consider running for election yourself?

Publish your work on the CESS Blog

The CESS Blog is an online communication venue for scholarship about the region, featuring guest field research reports, monthly columns, and photo essays. CESS members are encouraged to make proposals to the blog and may do so by writing to the Editor. Visit the blog for more guidelines on proposals.

Feature in the CESS Member Directory

Members are listed in CESS’ searchable, open access member directory where they can modify their entries to list a regional focus, disciplinary approach, and publications or website.

How to join

CESS membership fees are always for the calendar year January 1 to December 31 regardless of the date you join during the year. You are welcome to join at any point during the year up until our Annual Conference.

We are pleased to confirm that membership fees in 2021 have been frozen at the 2020 rates

Existing members: All existing members are sent an invoice from CESS in January with details of how to renew your membership for the year ahead. If you did not receive your invoice, please contact the CESS Administrative Coordinator.

New members: If you are joining CESS for the first time, or if your membership has lapsed, please complete the New Member Application form by clicking on the blue button below.

New Member Application Form

CESS is a not for profit organization pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and membership contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes. CESS’ tax identification number (EIN) is 04-3539665.

Membership fees

To ensure that CESS remains an open and accessible society for all, membership pricing is staggered. Details of the membership fees are in the table below.

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The 2021 fee rates have not been increased and we are very pleased to announce a new Regional Student membership rate of just $10. This rate is for students from Central Eurasia who are studying in Central Eurasia.

To broaden our accessibility further, CESS accepts donations to cover the cost of Regional Student membership. Donations may be made at any time on our Donations page.

CESS membership and conference registration fees are non-refundable. Membership fees are always for the calendar year January 1 to December 31 regardless of the date you join during the year.

Income/Membership categoryAnnual fee (Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2021)
Regional Student (students from Central Eurasia studying in Central Eurasia)$10
Student$25
Emeritus$25
Professionals earning less than $15,000 $25
Professionals earning $15,000-$24,999 $50
Professionals earning $25,000-$49,999 $75
Professionals earning $50,000-$74,999 $100
Professionals earning $75,000-$99,999$125
Professionals earning $100,000-$149,999$160
Professionals earning over $150,000$200

No proof of income or status is necessary when completing your membership form.

Pay your membership dues by either credit/debit card or check (must be in USD).