Discussion at 2016 CESS Annual Conference

19th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS 2018)

October 2018, University of Pittsburgh

About the Annual Conference
Call for proposals
Travel grants
Language policy
Conference rules
Any questions?

About the Annual Conference

CESS Annual Conferences have been held at universities around North America since 2000, currently offering up to 70 panels and attracting around 300 participants from all over the world.

CESS 2018, our 19th Annual Conference, will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh in October 2018.

Further information is coming soon!

Call for proposals

The call for proposals will be available in January 2018.

Travel grants

CESS is delighted to announce the availability of travel grants to attend CESS 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh.

The travel grants are designed to support scholars from the Eurasia region to participate in global scholarly networks to continue making important contributions to the CESS scholarly community.

Funding for these grants is provided by CESS and the Open Society Foundations.

The fixed amount grants of US$1,500 are intended to support travel-related expenses (economy airfare, ground transportation, economy lodging, visa costs). Applicants themselves and/or their home institutions must cover any additional expenses.

Grants will be paid in cash at the end of the conference on production of 1) supporting documentation showing that the grantholder has incurred costs related to travelling to and presenting at the conference and 2) a digital copy of the paper presented at the conference.

Selection and eligibility criteria

  • Presentation proposal has been accepted for the CESS 2018 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh;
  • Applicant comes from the Central Eurasia region (Central Asia, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia, Inner Asia, the Black Sea region, the Volga region, and East and Central Europe);
  • A record or strong promise of fostering public discussions in the scholar's home context;
  • A record or strong promise of advancing institution-building in the scholar's home context by promoting quality academic scholarship;
  • Strong promise for a productive scholarly career;
  • High quality scholarship in the English language;
  • Financial need.

Priority will be given to 1) early career scholars and 2) applicants who have not previously received a travel grant from CESS.

How to apply

Applications for travel grants to participate in CESS 2018 will be made during the call for proposals. Details will follow.

Language policy

The working language of the CESS Annual Conference is English.

However, we will consider proposals for panels (not individual papers) in languages other than English. Please see our Conference Language Policy for details. 

Conference rules

Before submitting a proposal, please read the four CESS Conference Rules. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood the Rules when you make your submission.

Any questions?

For inquiries regarding the conference, contact CESS at: info@centraleurasia.org.

We look forward to your presentation in Pittsburgh!

Timothy Blauvelt, Conference Committee Chair, on behalf of the 2017 CESS Conference Committee