CESS Public Outreach Award

2017 Public Outreach Award winner
Call for submissions for the 2017 Public Outreach Award
Past recipients of the Public Outreach Award

2017 Public Outreach Award winner

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Public Outreach Award winner is The Music of Central Asia. Please visit their website at http://www.musicofcentralasia.org/ to find out more.

An honorable mention was awarded to the film Letters from the Pamirs. Watch a short clip from the film (in English) here.

Call for submissions for the 2017 Public Outreach Award

The deadline for submissions for 2017 closed on June 30, 2017. This information is retained for reference only.

The CESS Public Outreach Award is presented to an individual, a group of individuals or an organization in recognition for extraordinary work that contributes to advancing and making accessible knowledge of Central Eurasia to a broad audience. The award is accompanied by a monetary prize of $500.

An interdisciplinary panel of three scholars of Central Eurasia—appointed by the CESS Executive Board—will consider the nominations for the Public Outreach Award on grounds of the accessibility and impact of the contribution in service (broadly defined) to the field of Central Eurasian Studies.  Normally, the committee will consider submissions and present the award every other year, unless there are no nominations that merit recognition. 

The 2017 award committee is: Amanda Wooden (Bucknell University), Regine Spector (U-Mass Amherst), and Jeanne Féaux de la Croix (Tübingen University). 

Guidelines for the competition are as follows:

  • Monographs, edited volumes, audio-visual material, news/blog sites, films, documentaries, and similar resources that are extraordinarily useful in educating non-specialists about Central Eurasia are eligible for consideration. Single articles, news stories, blog posts, or travel guides are not eligible. Materials must have been produced, published, or disseminated in the two (2) years preceding the award deadline.
  • Nominations may be made by the producer of the material or someone who has used the material and found it useful. In all cases, nominations should include a description of how the material constitutes Public Outreach and, when relevant, three copies of the nominated material must be received by the published deadline of the competition.
  • Individuals and organizations need not be members of CESS to be nominated, but must become members by the nomination deadline to be considered.

Nominations for the Public Outreach Award will be taken in odd-numbered years, as determined by the selection committee.  The selection committee will announce the given award at the following CESS Annual Meeting, if the committee determines that the nomination pool meets the standards that it has set. If the pool does not meet standards, the award will not be given in that cycle, and nominations will again be taken in two years' time.

Nominations for the Public Outreach Award are only eligible for one competition cycle.

Past recipients of the Public Service Award


The Central Eurasian Scholars and Media Initiative (CESMI).

Honorable mention was given to Storyscapes Osh.