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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. Membership brings tangible benefits, too:

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 Central Asian Survey, Central Asian Affairs and Europe-Asia Studies at reduced prices

In 2020, Central Asian Survey will be available at a discounted rate for CESS members and for the first time, available either as electronic copies at just $24 for the year or as hard copy (with electronic copies included) for $44. Members can add an electronic/print subscription to Central Asian Survey when taking out or renewing their CESS membership.

The 2020 hard copy subscription price for Central Asian Affairs has also been frozen 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.

Since 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.

Be listed in the CESS Member Directory

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.

How to join

CESS membership is always valid for one calendar year, running January 1 – December 31. You are welcome to join at any point during the year up until our Annual Conference.

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 in 2020, or if your membership has lapsed, please complete the New Member Application form by clicking on the blue button:

New Member Application Form

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

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 current year’s membership fees are in the table below.

CESS membership and conference registration fees are non-refundable.

Income/Membership band Membership fee
(Jan 1-Dec 31, 2020)
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).