Monday, March 19, 2018

CFS: CESS 2018 Book Awards

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: April 1, 2018

In 2007, the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) established two CESS Book Awards, one for work in History and the Humanities and another for work in the Social Sciences. These awards had been given in alternate years. Beginning in 2018, CESS will present awards to books in both the Social Sciences and History and the Humanities.

The CESS Book Award and a monetary prize of $500 is presented to the author of the book or monograph that represents the most important contribution to Central Eurasian studies during the award period. An interdisciplinary panel of three scholars of Central Eurasia, appointed annually by the CESS Board, consider scholarly merit, argumentative scope, and felicity of style in their deliberations.

In addition, CESS will also award an Honorable Mention to submissions that were highly rated by the panel.

In 2018, books in History and Humanities with a publication date of 2017 may be considered for the competition. The panel will consist of Barbara Junisbai (Pitzer College), Sarah Cameron (University of Maryland), and Joo-Yup Lee (University of Oxford) with Wendell Schwab (Pennsylvania State University) as non-voting chair.  

In 2018, books in the Social Sciences with a publication date of 2016 or 2017 (to ensure every book can be eligible in at least one competition) may be considered for the competition. The panel will consist of Benjamin Gatling (George Mason University), Ali Igmen (California State University - Long Beach), and Noor O'Neill Borbieva (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) with Wendell Schwab (Pennsylvania State University) as non-voting chair.

The shortlist will be announced in July and the winner will be announced at the 19th CESS Annual Conference at the University of Pittsburgh on October 25-28, 2018.

Rules and procedures for the competition are as follows:


  • Books must be scholarly monographs based on original research and published in English during the years listed above (as measured by the printed copyright date; exceptions for books available by the submission deadline may be allowed at the discretion of the chair).
  • Books may be submitted for one competition only, and no book may be considered more than once.
  • Scholarly monographs translated into English from other languages are eligible for consideration.
  • Edited volumes, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, and textbooks are not eligible.
  • Nominations may be made by either the publisher, author, or a CESS member.
  • The winning author will receive the monetary prize and a certificate of award at an awards ceremony held at the annual CESS conference.
  • For the 2018 CESS Book Awards competition, please ensure that four copies of the nominated book reach the CESS Book Award Committee at the following addresses by April 1, 2018.


Please note that one book must be sent to each of the following addresses.

History and the Humanities:

Barbara Junisbai, Ph.D.
Pitzer College

Joo-Yup Lee, Ph.D.

Sarah Cameron, Ph.D.
Department of History
University of Maryland-College Park
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park, MD 20742

Wendell Schwab, Ph.D.
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
128 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802
USA


Social Sciences:

Benjamin Gatling, Ph.D.
Fairfax, VA 22030
USA

Ali Igmen, Ph.D.
California State University, Long Beach, Department of History,
Long Beach CA 90840
USA

Noor O'Neill Borbieva, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Kettler Hall G11D
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
USA

Wendell Schwab, Ph.D.
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
128 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802
USA

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