Call for Papers: Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference, Ankara, Turkey; Deadline: February 26

Call for Papers

Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference (2010)

Dates: July 29-30, 2010

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) announces that its second regional conference will be held the summer of 2010 in Ankara, Turkey. Conference registration is open to the public. For more information, see the information on CESS’s website:

Those wishing to present a paper at the conference are welcome to submit a proposal in accordance with the guidelines below.

Conference dates: 29-30 July 2010

Conference host and location: Center for Black Sea and Central Asia (KORA), Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey (

The program will feature approximately 20 panels in sessions running from Thursday morning through Friday evening. There will also be a reception for conference attendees on Thursday, 29 July and organized tours for conference participants (for an extra fee).

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. However, each panel will take place in a single language and no translation will be provided.

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals
Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, and Central and Inner Asia. Practitioners and scholars in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central Eurasia are encouraged to participate.

Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given some preference in the selection process. Panels should take place in a single language, either Russian or English. Individual papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and a discussant. CESS members wishing to organize panels are encouraged to use the Central Eurasian Scholars Network to make contact with interested colleagues.

Please note that due to a high level of interest in CESS conferences and the small size of the program, we anticipate that the selection of papers will be extremely competitive. We encourage all who hope to attend to consider working with colleagues to arrange a pre-organized panel, as this will improve your chances of acceptance.

Submission of Proposals
The Conference Committee only accepts ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS – please fill out the web form for a panel or individual paper proposal at: Those who don’t have access to the website may contact us at and we will e-mail the submission forms in MS Word format.

The following information is required for submissions; we suggest that you prepare the text before accessing the website so you can simply paste the information into the form (but do not send it without the form!):

FOR PAPER PRESENTERS: 1) Name, 2) Current institutional affiliation, 3) Title/position, 4) E-mail, 5) Postal address, 6) Telephone, 7) Fax, 8 ) Title of Paper, 9) Abstract of Paper (a summary of the paper of 200-300 words in Russian or English; abstracts longer than 300 words may be rejected) 10) Any audio-visual equipment requests (specify — e.g., overhead projector, slide project, video player), 11) A brief, one-page CV or biographical statement which contains the information which the panel chair may require for introductions, and includes the presenter’s educational background (highest degree, year awarded, awarding institution,
and field of study).

FOR PANELS: Proposals may be submitted for regular panels (with presentation of scholarly papers) and roundtable panels (featuring discussion of a current topic in the field).

Regular panels MUST have three or four paper presenters, a chair, and a discussant. In addition to the information for each of the paper presenters on the panel (as indicated above), the following are also required: a) a title for the proposed panel, and b) name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel chair and discussant.

Roundtable panels are NOT for formal papers but for discussion and must have between three and six presenters and a chair (no discussant is required). As roundtables are oriented towards a more informal discussion, no paper proposal is expected from roundtable panelists, but please provide information for each of the presenters on the panel (as indicated above, with the exception of an abstract), as well as a) a title for the proposed roundtable, and b) name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel chair.

Panels should be formed to work in just one language (either Russian or English).

Only complete panels with a full set of panelists, a chair, and a discussant (for regular panels) will be considered for acceptance. If a panel or roundtable as proposed does not include a full complement of panelists, the panel may be wait-listed until it is complete. Pre-organized panels should be thematically coherent and may be organized/sponsored by a scholarly organization (optional).

The deadline for proposals is February 26, 2010. Please do not submit your proposal until it is complete. In the case of panels, this means having complete information on all panelists. Once your paper or panel proposal information is complete, please fill out the appropriate webform, available at:

SPONSORED PANELS: CESS encourages other institutions supporting the study of Central Eurasia, such as regional scholarly associations, to organize “sponsored panels” at the CESS conference — i.e., panels organized by the sponsoring institution, involving their members and receiving their imprimatur.

Commitment to Participate:
By submitting a proposal, you are indicating your serious intention to participate in the conference — including your commitment to take the necessary steps to obtain any required visa or funding — unless prevented by circumstances out of your control. You will be asked to confirm your commitment in May after your proposal is accepted and all participants will be required to have their membership in good standing and their conference registration fees paid by 1 July or they will be removed from the program. Exceptions will be made only in cases where transfer fees make the pre-payment of registration fees prohibitively expensive. All requests for exceptions to the pre-payment rule must be made to by 1 July.

Please also note that CESS policies do not allow papers to be read in absentia. Presenters who do not attend the conference will have their papers removed from the final program.

Because withdrawal after the program has been put together is very disruptive, harms the quality of panels, and prevents us from including people in the program who would indeed be able to attend, CESS rules stipulate that those who withdraw after 1 July without a good reason are barred from participating in the conference the following year. After 1 July, no registration fees can be refunded. Those who fail to appear at the conference without notice to the Conference Committee will be considered “no-shows” and will be barred from participating for the next two years.

E-Mail Contact:
Since all communication with prospective participants are via e-mail, and we will require your confirmation of participation in April after proposals are accepted and again in June when all of your visa and travel arrangements should be in place, it is vitally important that you make sure we always have an e-mail address that will reach you. If we lose contact with you after your proposal is accepted, you will be dropped from the program, will be counted as a “no-show”, and will not be able to participate in the conference.

Program Limitations:
No participant may present more than once at the conference, including roundtable presentations. A presenter may give one paper and serve as a discussant or chair, however. Without special justification, the program committee will not schedule any individual to appear on more than two panels as a presenter or discussant.

Schedule of Key Dates:

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: Friday, 26 February, 2010.
Note: Submissions after this date may be accepted only in the case of special justifying circumstances and at the discretion of the program committee.

Notification of acceptance: by April 30.

The Conference Committee will provide, upon request, mailed or faxed invitation letters to support an application for a visa or travel funds; these will be sent in the second half of June.

Deadline for payment of pre-registration, withdrawal from the program, and notification of audio-visual requests: July 1.

Papers should be submitted to chairs/discussants: by 14 July.

Paper presenters will be informed via e-mail in the middle of May of the e-mail addresses of their panel’s chair and discussant, to whom they should send their papers by the deadline.

Conference: 29-30 July 2010

Arrival to Ankara is on the afternoon of Wednesday, 28 July. Registration opens in the afternoon. Panels begin Thursday morning, 29 July, and continue through Friday morning, 30 July. There will be a reception on the evening of 29 July.

Each conference presenter is required to have a current CESS membership. To join CESS or check on the status of your membership, go to

Payment of registration fees IS REQUIRED in advance for everyone attending the conference. The fee covers a reception on Thursday. The fees are as follows:

Registration fee: For regular fee attendees: $80US for CESS members/$100US for non-members
Registration fee for scholars residing in Central Eurasia:   $50US for CESS members/$70US for non-members

Note: citizens of Central Eurasian countries currently studying/researching outside of the region as well as citizens of non-Central Eurasian countries currently studying/researching in Central Eurasia are considered regional scholars.

Registration fees for presenters must be paid by July 1. After this date, any presenter who has not paid the fee or has not specifically requested to pay on-site will be REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM.

Travel and Accommodations
There will be on-campus accommodation which includes guest houses and dormitories.  On-campus lodging is only 10-15 minutes walking distance from the conference venue. The price for a single room will be approximately 24 USD and for a double room 30 USD.  The place is very clean and comfortable with wireless internet access.  The guest houses also offer breakfast with an extra fee and there are food halls near dormitories. A large food court is available on-campus.

Another option is hotels nearby and at the city center for those who would not like to stay on campus. Ankara has very nice hotels with a wide range of prices.The rates of the hotels are much higher than that of the on-campus accommodation. The average is between 50-150 Euros per nights including the breakfast.

Virtually all informational questions about the conference can be answered by consulting the above-mentioned web pages. If you don’t have web access, or if you don’t find the answer to your questions there, you can contact the conference organizers by e-mail at

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