Discussion at 2016 CESS Annual Conference

18th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)

5-8 October 2017, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

About the Annual Conference
Call for Proposals (CLOSED)
Call for Chairs and Discussants
Language Policy
Conference Rules
Conference Registration
Key Dates
University of Washington, Seattle
Conference Accommodation
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.

For the CESS 18th Annual Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle, we invite submissions relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia encompasses Central Asia, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia, Inner Asia, the Black Sea region, the Volga region, and East and Central Europe. Practitioners and scholars in all fields with an interest in this region are encouraged to participate.

We are delighted to announce that this year's keynote speaker will be Sarah Chayes, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is the award-winning author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (2016) and The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban (2006). She is internationally recognized for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications. Her work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation.

The CESS Awards Ceremony will be held at the Annual Conference, recognizing the best Book in History and Humanities, Graduate Student Paper, and Public Outreach Award. Details of how to apply to be considered for one of these awards will be made available on the Awards section of our website. 

The 18th CESS Annual Conference will take place at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. For more information, please visit the conference website.

Call for Proposals (CLOSED)

As of 8 March 2017, the deadline for the call for proposals has now passed. We retain the information here for reference only.

At the 18th Annual Conference, we invite proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, workshops and author-critic forums. The Conference Committee also encourages applications for other innovative formats for a 90 minute session that try new approaches 

Panels, Roundtables, Author-Critic Forums, Workshops and Other Session Formats

The Conference Committee strongly encourages submission of a pre-organized Panel, Roundtable, Author-Critic Forum or Workshop proposal. We also invite proposals for Other Session Formats. These will be given some priority in the selection process. If you are looking for colleagues to make up a panel on a theme that you propose, we encourage you to use the CESS Facebook Group, Twitter handle @CESS_News, or other similar media to invite others to join on your topic. Information about the purpose of different panel types and the information needed to submit proposals can be found on the following pages of our website:

Panels - http://www.centraleurasia.org/conf-guidelines#panels

Roundtables - http://www.centraleurasia.org/conf-guidelines#roundtables

Author-Critic Forums - http://www.centraleurasia.org/conf-guidelines#author

Workshops - http://www.centraleurasia.org/conf-guidelines#workshops

For all proposal types including Other Session Format, one person - the Panel or Session Organizer - should submit the proposal on behalf of the group. The Panel/Session Organizer will need the following information:

1) Names, affiliations, job titles and email addresses of all participants;

2) An overall abstract for the session agreed by all participants describing its aims, importance/relevance, and intended outcomes. For Panels, an abstract of 250-400 words for each paper plus up to six keywords are also required.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Individual Papers

Individual paper presenters are also invited. Such papers are included in a panel with a total of three or four presenters. When the Conference Committee accepts individual paper proposals, they will assemble them into panels under a common theme, and arrange to have a Discussant and Chair for the panel. You will need the following information to submit a proposal: 

1) Your name, affiliation, job title, email address, webpage (if applicable); 

2) Paper title, abstract (250-400 words), and up to six keywords. You may find our guidelines for writing abstracts helpful.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Advice and Guidance

CESS offers a guide to writing a conference proposal abstract and a guide to writing and presenting a conference paper that we hope you find useful.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the program of past CESS Conferences to get a sense of the range of papers and panels presented in previous years.

Call for Chairs and Discussants

CESS welcomes offers from those willing to serve as Chair and/or Discussant on a panel to be created by the Conference Committee. This is separate from the application process for one of the proposals types listed above. If you are interested, please email CESS on info@centraleurasia.org indicating 1) your preference to be a Chair or Discussant (or both) and 2) your areas of interest as they relate to the Annual Conference.

Information about what these roles entail can be found at http://www.centraleurasia.org/conf-guidelines#chairs and http://www.centraleurasia.org/conf-guidelines#discussants.

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.

Conference Registration

Registration for the 2017 Annual Conference will open in April 2017. Details about how to register and the registration fees will be available here in due course.

If your proposal is accepted, don't forget that you need to be a CESS member in order to present at the conference. You may join or renew your membership at the same time as registering for the conference. CESS memberships are valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31). You can join at any time!

Key Dates

Deadline for proposal submissions
Online submissions can be made any time up to the deadline
7 March 2017 - midnight, Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5)
Notification of selection results
To be sent by email to the individual paper proposer or
panel/session organizer depending on the type of proposal submitted.
On or around 15 April 2017
Conference registration opens
Register sooner to benefit from the discounted early bird fee rate!
15 April 2017
Deadline to withdraw if you are no longer able to participate 15 May 2017
Preliminary program published 15 June 2017
Early bird registration ends
After this date it is still possible to register at the regular fee rates
1 September 2017
Final program published 15 September 2017
Conference 5-8 October 2017

University of Washington, Seattle

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is a major public university based in Seattle, the largest city in Washington State and the home to such global corporations as Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks Coffee. Locally known as UW, the University of Washington boasts over 54,000 graduate and undergraduate students studying in its 16 colleges and professional schools. The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies in UW’s Jackson School of International Studies is the principal host of the 2017 CESS conference at the University of Washington. 

Conference Accommodation

Hotel Deca – The Official CESS Conference Hotel

The University of Washington has designated Hotel Deca as the official conference hotel. Located within easy walking distance from the university campus and CESS conference venue, Hotel Deca also includes Post Alley Café and the District Lounge bar. The University of Washington has reserved a limited number of rooms at Hotel Deca for conference attendees at a special rate. CESS booking information for the Hotel Deca will be announced soon.

For a map featuring the Hotel Deca and other hotel options near the University of Washington, please click here.

Additional Recommended Hotels

  • Marriott Residence Inn (all-suite hotel, upper campus, good public transportation access to downtown)
  • Watertown Hotel (mid-range accommodation, upper campus, good public transportation access to downtown)
  • University Inn (mid-range accommodation, upper campus, good public transportation access to downtown)
  • Silver Cloud Inn (mid-range accommodation located off lower campus, good access to the fashionable University Village Mall but a longer uphill walk to conference venue)
  • Travelodge (basic accommodation located off lower campus, good access to the fashionable University Village Mall but a longer uphill walk to conference venue)
  • The College Inn (budget accommodation with shared bath in upper campus, good public transportation access to downtown)

Other Accommodation Options

Any Questions?

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

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

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