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
Conference Program
Accepted for the Annual Conference? Next steps
Conference Registration (OPEN!)
Travel grants
Call for Chairs and Discussants

Key Dates
University of Washington, Seattle
Conference Accommodation
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.

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.

Conference Program

The second draft of the preliminary program was published on August 4, 2017. Download your copy here!

Accepted for the Annual Conference? Next steps

The outcomes of the Annual Conference proposal review process were sent by email on April 28, 2017. If you submitted a proposal by the deadline and have not received an email with the outcome, please email the CESS Administrative Coordinator.

Congratulations to everyone whose paper was accepted! Thank you for your interest in attending the CESS Annual Conference and your commitment to furthering the Central Eurasian scholarly community through your work.

If you have been accepted to present at the Annual Conference and you will be attending, here are your next steps:

  1. Register for the Annual Conference.
  2. If you are not currently a member of CESS, you need to join/renew. Membership not only entitles you to present your paper at the conference and to pay a reduced rate conference registration fee, but confers a host of other benefits! Find out more about joining CESS or renewing your CESS membership.
  3. As soon as possible, book your accommodation in Seattle. There are a number of other large events taking place at the same time as the CESS Annual Conference so rooms will book up fast. 
  4. Let CESS know by May 31 if there are any changes to your paper. This can include a title change, change to presenter (in the case of a co-authored paper), updating an incorrect spelling in your name or the paper title. All changes should be emailed to the CESS Administrative Coordinator by May 31, 2017.
  5. Prepare your conference paper. It needs to be sent to the Chair, Discussant and other panel members by September 18. CESS offers a guide to writing and presenting a conference paper that we hope you find useful.
  6. If you are from a country for which a visa to the USA is required, please visit https://jsis.washington.edu/cess-2017/visa-information/ for information about obtaining a visa invitation letter.

CESS will publish a preliminary program for the Annual Conference in mid-late June 2017. In the meantime, we encourage you to review the program of past CESS Conferences to get a sense of the range of papers and panels presented in previous years.

If you have been accepted to present at the Annual Conference and you cannot attend, you must notify CESS by May 31, 2017. Please include the title of your paper in any communications. 

Conference Registration

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

CESS requires that all presenters at the CESS Annual Conference be CESS members AND that they register for the conference

Join or renew your individual CESS membership is at: http://www.centraleurasia.org/individual-membership. CESS memberships are valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31). 

Each person who will attend the conference is required to register, including co-authors and presenters who were included on a proposal that someone else submitted. 

Conference fees depend on your annual income and whether you have current membership in CESS, as follows:

Conference fee for CESS members Registration until 
August 31, 2017
Registration from 
September 1, 2017
Income less than $25,000 $50 $65
Income between $25,000 - $50,000 $70 $90
Income greater than $50,000 $90 $115
Conference fee for non-CESS members 
(this option is exclusively for those only attending the conference; all who are on the program must have CESS membership)

Registration until 
August 31, 2017

Registration from 
September 1, 2017

Income less than $25,000 $85 $100
Income between $25,000 - $50,000 $115 $135
Income greater than $50,000 $140 $165

Travel grants

CESS is delighted to announce the availability of travel grants to attend this year’s Annual Conference in Seattle, USA.

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 2017 Annual Conference in Seattle;
  • 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.

*If your proposal to the 2017 Annual Conference was accepted but you later withdrew for financial reasons, you are still eligible to apply for a travel grant. If successful, your proposal will be added back into the program.

How to apply

Email a letter of application of no more than 1,000 words to cesstravelgrants@gmail.com by 06.00 (Astana time) on 22 August 2017. In your letter, clearly explain how you meet the selection and eligibility criteria. Please also include details of the presentation that has been accepted for the CESS conference.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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.

Key Dates

Deadline for proposal submissions
Online submissions can be made any time up to the deadline
March 7, 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 April 15, 2017
Conference registration opens
Register sooner to benefit from the discounted early bird fee rate!
April 28, 2017
Deadline to withdraw if you are no longer able to participate May 31, 2017
Preliminary program published July 19, 2017
Early bird registration ends
After this date it is still possible to register at the regular fee rates
August 31, 2017
Final program published September 15, 2017
Deadline to send papers to Chair, Discussant and other panel members September 18, 2017
Conference October 5-8, 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. 

The official conference hotel is Hotel Deca, located within easy walking distance of the conference venue. The University of Washington has reserved a limited number of rooms at Hotel Deca for conference attendees at a special rate. We strongly recommend that you make accommodation arrangements as soon as possible, especially as there are a number of other events taking place in Seattle at the same time as our conference. 

Please visit https://jsis.washington.edu/cess-2017/conference-hotel/ for information about how to book a room at Hotel Deca at the discounted rate. This page also has details about other accommodation options.

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 seeing you in Seattle!

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