The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) had its 15th annual conference last weekend at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University. CESS handed its Book Award for this year to Morgan Liu for his book Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2012.
There were interesting panels and roundtables on various topics ranging from Sufism to political economy and from archeologic research in pre-Soviet Central Eurasia to cinema in Iran.
Three members of the REES community attended the conference in various roles.
Jen Murtazashvili of GSPIA presented a paper on institutional design in post-2001 Afghanistan, while also taking on the role of discussant in a panel on illicit political economy and security and at a roundtable on re-polarization of Eurasia.
David Montgomery of Anthropology Department presented a paper on the role of Islam and tradition as a way of learning about oneself and the world in Central Eurasia, while also leading a panel on nomadism and its political legacies as a discussant.
Farhod Yuldashev of GSPIA presented a paper on the consequences of land reform for state capacity and economic development in rural Central Asia.
Link for conference program.
Link for CESS blog that includes live blogging about many panels and presentations.