17th CESS Annual Conference, Princeton University, 2016

The 17th CESS Annual Conference was held from 3-6 November 2016 at Princeton University. CESS is very grateful to Princeton University for hosting us, and to the 300 delegates from around the world who attended. The information below is for reference only. 

The final version of the online Conference Program (31 October edition) is still available - please click here.

Note: In addition to the conference/program information below, please see also the conference webpage at Princeton University, containing information about logistics and about the conference venue:

Contents of this page: 
Information for Conference Participation
— Conference Program
— Membership Requirement
— Conference Registration
— Schedule of Key Dates
— Contacting the Organizers
Conference Logistics
— Visa Support
— Accommodations
Note that we also offer:

General Guidelines, Rules and Frequently Asked Questions for CESS Conferences
Guidelines for Writing Abstracts
Guidelines for Writing and Presentation of Papers

Information about Conference Participation

Look to the CESS blog for images of the previous CESS Annual Conference at George Washington University.

Participants are responsible for covering the costs of their own travel and stay in Princeton, and are responsible for making their own arrangements.  The host institution has reserved blocks of rooms at nearby hotels offering discounted rates.  Please see the conference webpage at Princeton for more details, including how to get the discounted rates.

Conference Program

The program features over 60 panels organised thematically and including studies relating to anthropology, cultural studies, education, gender studies, history, language and linguistics, media, politics and international relations, religion, and sociology. There are also seven panels dedicated to issues of scholarship.

In addition to the panels and roundtable sessions, there will be a supplementary program including a reception, and cultural program. We are pleased to announce that the keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Stephen Kotkin of Princeton University.

The final version of the online Conference Program is now available - please click here.

CESS Membership Requirement

All of those who are included in a panel for the conference program are required to have current CESS membership.  We also welcome all attendees to join the Society, though it is not required if you are not on the program.  Please see the CESS membership page for further details; with questions about CESS membership contact info@centraleurasia.org.

The CESS Membership Application Form may be found here.  If your membership has lapsed (from 2015) you should also submit the Membership Application Form.

Conference Registration

The Registration Form for the 17th Annual Conference at Princeton University may be found here.

To register, you will need to pay the Registration Fees as follows.  If you have questions about registration, please contact info@centraleurasia.org.

Conference Fees for Members
Category (Annual Income)
Until Sept. 10
After Sept. 10
Income $25,000 or less
Income between $25,000 and $49,999
Income $50,000 or more
Conference Fees for Non-Members
Category (Annual Income)
Until Sept. 10
After Sept. 10
Income $25,000 or less
Income between $25,000 and $49,999
Income $50,000 or more


Schedule of Key Dates

March 4, 2016
Deadline for Proposals
Proposals received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Program Committee
May 1, 2016
Notification of selection results
The Program Committee will notify you of whether you have been accepted by email
May 21, 2016
Cut-off date for notification of withdrawal
“No Shows” will be penalized with exclusion from future conferences
June 10, 2016
Preliminary Program will be available
Program will be posted online
September 10, 2016
End of Regular Registration/ Beginning of “Late” Registration - Deadline for sending Registration and Membership Fees for inclusion in the program
Participants who do not have a bank card or other method by which to pay in advance must notify us by this date and must pay at the conference registration desk on arrival
September 30, 2016
Deadline for submission of changes to the Conference Program
Changes occurring after this date may not be reflected in the printed program
To be confirmed
Announcement of Final Program
Program will be posted online
October 14, 2016
Deadline for sending papers to Discussant and Chair
Participants should send the full version of their paper; bear in mind that the time allotment allows one to present material corresponding to 10-15 pages
November 3-6, 2016


Contacting the Organizers

For inquiries regarding the program and registration, contact CESS at: info@centraleurasia.org.

For inquiries regarding the Princeton venue and logistics, contact CESS2016@princeton.edu.

The Conference Committee may be contacted via info@centraleurasia.org.  The members of the Committee are:

Morgan Liu, Chair (Ohio State Univ., USA)
Serguei A. Oushakine (Princeton Univ., USA)
Carole Frantzen (Princeton Univ., USA)
Leila Almazova (Kazan Federal Univ., Russian Federation) 
Liliya Karimova (George Washington Univ., USA)
Marlene Laruelle (George Washington Univ., USA)
John Schoeberlein (Nazarbayev Univ., Kazakhstan)

Conference Logistics

Visa Support

Participants from some countries will need a visa to visit the United States.  If you need a visa, then we will provide you with the official letter of invitation that you will need in order for an embassy or consulate to issue you a visa.  The procedure for requesting an official invitation to obtain a visa for the conference will be available on the conference webpage at Princeton.


The Princeton host institution has arranged for discounted rates at some of the most convenient hotels; information is available on the conference webpage at Princeton.  All participants must make their own reservations and pay for their own accommodations.  It may be noted also that nowadays one can often find the most inexpensive hotels, hostels and other accommodation options on booking websites that offer discounts and low-end options, like Bed & Breakfasts (for example, AirBnB.com provides accommodations in people's homes with very cheap prices if you reserve early).

Further Information about Princeton

The CESS conference webpage at Princeton offers much more information.  In addition, we would note that for finding cafes, restaurants, interesting places to visit, and so on, websites like Google Maps and TripAdvisor now often provide the best source of information.

Any questions about the venue may be directed to CESS2016@princeton.edu