Organization, Committees and Activities

How CESS is organized
CESS committees
   Awards committee
   Communications committee
   Conference committee
   Elections committee
   Institutional linkages committee
   Membership committee
   Regional outreach committee

How CESS is organized

CESS is a volunteer-driven organization with one part-time staff member, the Administrative Coordinator. Leadership of the Society is provided by the CESS Board, whose members are all volunteers. Everything we do depends on the support and involvement of members. 

CESS committees

CESS has a number of committees, which are listed below. The committees reflect our priority activities in establishing an organization that really helps to build the community of Central Eurasian scholarship. 

CESS members interested in serving on a committee, or forming a new committee are encouraged to contact the Chair of the committee or the general CESS address at info@centraleurasia.org.

Awards committee

Members: David Montgomery (Chair), Leila Almazova, Gardner Bovingdon, Marlene Laruelle, Amanda Wooden 

The Awards Committee recognizes important contributions and contributors to Central Eurasian studies globally. The committee decides on the four CESS awards: the Book AwardBest Graduate Student Paper AwardPublic Outreach Award and Lifetime Service Award. It also awards the status of CESS Honorary Member.  

Communications committee

Members: Amanda Wooden (Chair), Morgan Liu (CESS Blog), Gardner Bovingdon, Aksana Ismailbekova 

The Communication Committee manages the CESS Blog, social media (find us on Facebook and Twitter) page and group, and our Twitter presence) and other communications efforts.

Conference committee

Members: Tim Blauvelt (Chair of the Annual Conference Committee), Leila Almazova, Aksana Ismailbekova, Marianne Kamp, Marlene Laruelle, Philip Lyon, Scott Levi, Jennifer Murtazashvili (observer status), Scott Radnitz, John Schoeberlein (Chair of the Regional Conference Committee)

The Conference Committee plans and implements the CESS Annual and Regional Conferences. Tasks include overseeing the call for proposals, finding peer reviewers and selecting papers, communication with delegates, planning the conference program, liaising with the institutional host of the conference and more! This committee is supported by the CESS Administrative Coordinator and staff at the conference host institution.

Elections committee

Members: John Schoeberlein (Chair), Marlene Laruelle, Jim Millward, Kevin Tuite

The Elections Committee oversees the policies and procedures for the annual elections to the CESS Board. The committee prepares the call for nominations and ensures candidates meet the requirements for a role on the Board. The committee aims to actively encourage a diverse range of qualified candidates to stand for election

Institutional linkages committee

Members: Jennifer Murtazashvili (Chair), Gardner Bovingdon, Marlene Laruelle

The committee on institutional linkages promotes the establishment and maintenance of partnerships between CESS and relevant academic and professional organizations that focus on Central Eurasia or its constituent parts.

Membership committee

Members: John Schoeberlein (Chair), Leila Almazova, Aida Alymbayeva, Diana Kudaibergenova, Cynthia Werner.

CESS has a membership of 600 people from around the world. The work of this committee entails developing and pursuing imaginative ways to attract new members and meet the interests of our members in order to support strong communities of scholarship in all of the regions and disciplines which CESS can encompass.

Regional outreach committee 

Members: Aksana Ismailbekova and Leila Almazova (joint Chairs)

Information to follow!