Central Eurasian Studies Society. Annual Conference

Annual Conference

One of the core functions of the Central Eurasian Studies Society is to organize conferences that bring together the Central Eurasian scholarly community. CESS has held an annual conference hosted by universities across North America since 2000. The Annual Conference regularly features up to 70 panels and attracts approximately 300 scholars from around the globe.

One of the core functions of the Central Eurasian Studies Society is to organize conferences that bring together the Central Eurasian scholarly community. CESS has held an annual conference hosted by universities across North America since 2000. The Annual Conference regularly features up to 70 panels and attracts approximately 300 scholars from around the globe.

Our 20th Annual Conference, CESS 2019, will be held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., from October 10-13, 2019.

Conference Host

This year’s conference will be hosted by the Central Asia Program, at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. The Elliott School prepares nearly 3,000 students each year for meaningful careers in international affairs. The School’s faculty conducts research, produces scholarship and contributes to the public debate on global issues to advance understanding and to help foster solutions. The School is located just steps from some of the most influential U.S., international and nongovernmental organizations in the world. This singular position in the heart of the District of Columbia enriches the School teaching and research by giving students and faculty unparalleled opportunities to engage with the international leaders who walk through our doors on a regular basis.

Launched in 2012, George Washington University’s Central Asia Program (CAP) promotes state of the art academic research on contemporary Central Asia and is an interface for the policy, academic, diplomatic, and business communities working on and in the region. CAP stimulates a multidisciplinary approach by combining the fields of political science, history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, economics, globalization studies, development studies, and security studies. It concentrates on the five post-Soviet states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), as well as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Xinjiang, and Mongolia.

CESS 2019 Program

This year’s Annual Conference features 102 panels spread over 11 parallel sessions. In addition, the conference features two keynote speakers, the CESS Awards Ceremony, and a cultural program (details coming soon).

The conference starts on Thursday October 10 at 1pm with three sessions and continues through Friday October 11 (three sessions) and Saturday October 12 (three sessions), with two sessions on Sunday October 13 leading to the end of the conference at 12.45pm.

There are two ways to access the program:

  1. View the online conference program. This link takes you a list of all the panels organized by code (e.g. ANT = Anthropology, HIS = History). Click on the down arrow next to the panel name to view the date, time and location of the panel, the panel abstract and details of the papers in each panel. If you submitted an individual paper, the quickest way to see which panel you have been assigned to is to click on the Authors tab and search for your name. Then, click on the paper title to see more information about your panel.
  2. The pdf is a grid summarizing when each panel will take place across the four days/11 sessions. If you click on the panel reference and panel name, you will be directed to the full panel information online.

All rooms are located at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University.

Download CESS2019 Timetable 

Keynote speakers

Mohira Suyarkulova is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, American University of Central Asia. She studied International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scotland (UK) and defended her PhD thesis on statehood and sovereignty in Central Asia in 2011.

Dr Mohira Suyarkulova, CESS 2019 keynote speaker
Dr Mohira Suyarkulova, CESS 2019 keynote speaker

Since then she has held a number of teaching and research positions in Europe and Central Asia.  Dr. Suyarkulova’s research interests cover a wide range of topics. She is currently completing a project on environmental history of the Syrdarya River in Khujand, Tajikistan as well as leading a participatory action study of the sexual lives of queer people in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  Mohira is a queer communist and feminist, engaged in a number of initiatives on the intersection of academia, activism and art. She lives and works in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Harsha Ram is Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr Harsha Ram, CESS 2019 keynote speaker
Dr Harsha Ram, CESS 2019 keynote speaker

Dr Ram’s research interests and expertise are: Russian and European romanticism and modernism, Russian and European avant-gardes, Russian, European, Near Eastern and South Asian poetic traditions, Indian literature, Italian literature, Georgian history and literature, theories of world literature, literary theory, comparative poetics, genre theory, literary history, comparative modernisms and modernities, vernacular and high culture, cultural and political history of Russia-Eurasia and the Caucasus, postcolonial studies, theories of nationalism, imperialism and cosmopolitanism, the city and literature.

Conference Rules and Guidelines

Before submitting a proposal, please view CESS’ conference rules and guidelines.

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.

2019 Conference Guidebook

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