Conference delegates in discussion at CESS 2017 (University of Washington)

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

October 24-28, 2018, University of Pittsburgh

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About the Annual Conference
CESS 2018 hosts: the University of Pittsburgh
Call for proposals
Submit a proposal [CLOSED]
Travel grants
Conference rules
Key dates and deadlines
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 will be held from Thursday October 25 to Sunday October 28, 2018.

For CESS 2018, 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.

This year, for the first time, CESS will be organizing pre-conference workshops on Wednesday October 24 (afternoon) and Thursday October 25 (morning) ahead of the Annual Conference. CESS invites proposals from CESS members to design workshops.

Download the Call for Proposals and share with your colleagues!

CESS 2018 hosts: the University of Pittsburgh

CESS 2018 will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. 

The approach to Central Eurasia at the University of Pittsburgh is truly Eurasian. Our faculty’s research spans the entire region, from the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Siberia, Mongolia, Inner Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Region, and East and Central Europe.

In addition to a rapidly expanding collection of library materials related to Central Asia, including 230 recent acquisitions of Soviet-era, low-print run primary source editions and Uzbek historical documents, Pitt’s Central Asian Film collection is robust and boasts the largest collection of Turkmen films in the West.

The University of Pittsburgh Press, a co-sponsor of the conference, offers Central Eurasia in Context as one of the leading monograph series in North America on Central Asia; it currently comprises fourteen monographs, three of which have won prestigious awards. 

Call for Proposals

Conference delegates at CESS 2017 (University of Washington)The call for proposals for CESS 2018 closed on Wednesday March 28, 2018. The information is retained here for reference only.

We invite the following types of proposal for the Annual Conference: individual papers, pre-organized panels, author-critic forums, roundtables, single session workshops and other single session formats. In addition, we invite submissions for pre-conference workshops.

The deadline for all proposals is Wednesday March 28, 2018 (11.59pm Eastern Standard Time).

Download the Call for Proposals and share with your colleagues!

Submit a proposal

Individual papers

For further details about individual papers, see

Pre-organized panels

For further details about pre-organized panels, see

Author-Critic forums, Roundtables, Single Session Workshops or Other Single Session Formats 

For further details about these types of session, see:

Author-critic forum guidelines

Roundtable guidelines

Single-session workshop guidelines

Pre-Conference Workshops 

Pre-conference workshops will be offered for the first time at the CESS 2018 Annual Conference. Intended to provide additional opportunities for scholarly engagement and training, the half-day workshops will be held from 1-5pm on Wednesday, October 24, and from 9am-2pm on Thursday, October 25. Workshops will require sign-up and pre-payment at the time of conference registration and will fill on a first come basis.

To submit a pre-conference workshop proposal, go to

Travel Grants

CESS is delighted to announce the availability of travel grants to attend CESS 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh for scholars from the Eurasia region. The fixed amount grants of US$1,500 are intended to support travel-related expenses (economy airfare, ground transportation, economy lodging, visa costs). 

Please see the travel grants webpage for details about eligibility and how to apply for funding.

Conference Rules

Before submitting a proposal, please read the four CESS Conference Rules

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. 

Discussion at CESS 2016 (Princeton University)


Please see the Conference registration page for details about conference registration fees and how/when to pay. 

Key Dates and Deadlines

Call for proposals opens

Monday February 12, 2018

Proposal submission deadline; 
Travel grant application deadline; 
Pre-conference workshop submission deadline

Wednesday March 28, 2018

All proposals are due by 11.59pm (23.59) EST on this date.

Outcomes communicated

Proposals: May 2018

Travel grants: By June 1, 2018 If your proposal is accepted and you applied for a travel grant, your funding application will automatically be considered.

Conference registration opens

May/June 2018

Early bird registration deadline

Friday August 31, 2018

From September 1, regular registration rates apply.

Registration deadline for presenters

Saturday September 15, 2018
Presenters who have not registered for the conference by 11.59pm (23.59) EST on this date will be removed from the program.


Thursday October 25 – Sunday October 28, 2018

Any Questions?

For inquiries regarding the conference, contact CESS at:

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

Timothy Blauvelt, Conference Committee Chair, on behalf of the 2018 CESS Conference Committee