Thank you for your interest in CESS membership!

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.

You may join CESS at any time and your membership will be valid for one calendar year, running January 1 – December 31.

Existing members: If you are renewing your CESS membership, we hope that you have benefitted from your engagement with the CESS community in the past year. All renewing 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:

New Member Application Form

Please navigate to the right sidebar for information about Institutional or Lifetime Membership.

Your Benefits

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. However, membership brings tangible benefits, too!

  • Submit panel and paper proposals for the CESS Annual Conference and Regional Conference

Members enjoy greater engagement with our conferences through the option to propose panels and papers. Members also receive significant discounts on our conferences’ registration fees.

In 2019, the cost of a year’s hard copy subscription to Central Asian Survey has been frozen at just $40 for CESS members, a saving of over $260. Members can add a subscription to Central Asian Survey when taking out or renewing their CESS membership.

The 2019 hard copy subscription price for Central Asian Affairs is $71 ($41 for students) 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.

New for 2019, CESS members now also have the option to subscribe to the hard copy of Europe-Asia Studies with a 90% discount! Subscriptions cost $91 and are taken out directly with the publisher.

  • Join a CESS Committee, vote in elections, or even stand for election

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?

  • Be published 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.

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


Dues & Payment

To ensure that CESS remains an open and accessible society for all, membership pricing is staggered. A new membership fee structure came into effect from January 1, 2019, the details of which are in the table below.

if your annual income level is…                  you pay…

Professionals earning less than $15,000; students & emeriti

$25/ year

Professionals earning $15,000-$24,999; independent scholars

$50/ year

Professionals earning $25,000-$49,999

$75/ year

Professionals earning $50,000-$74,999

$100/ year

Professionals earning $75,000-$99,999

$125/ year

Professionals earning $100,000 to $124,999

$150/ year

Professionals earning $125,000-$149,999

$175/ year

Professionals earning over $150,000

$200/ year

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

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