May 01

16th Biennial Conference of ESCAS at Exeter

Announcing the 16th Biennial Conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies

The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) is pleased to announce that we will be holding our 16th Biennial Conference in Exeter, UK, hosted by the Exeter Central Asian Studies Network (EXCAS) at the University of Exeter.

The conference will be held 27–29 June, 2019.

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ESCAS holds its conference every other year in cooperation with one of the leading universities of Central Asia or Europe, beginning with its first conference at the University of Utrecht in 1985.  Recent conferences were held at:

  • American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), 2017
  • University of Zurich (Switzerland), 2015
  • Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan), 2013
  • University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), 2011
  • Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), 2009

The theme for the 16th conference is The Globality of Central Asia.  We invite proposals for papers and panels covering all aspects of Central Asian Studies across the humanities and social sciences.  We particularly encourage proposals which link Central Asia to its global context, historically and contemporaneously.  We encourage studies of this geography which engage both territory, space and place.  These may include the studies of Central Asia’s migrations and diaspora, its ethnic minority populations, its offshore and extraterritorial spaces, and its place in global and imperial histories. This globality may be visible in archaeologies, cultural studies and pre-modern histories, as well as in modern social, economic and political patterns across borders.  Our conference will assess globalizations from below as well as those from above; we therefore invite papers addressing the interpellation of localities and globalities. How are the individuals and communities of Central Asia related to global processes?

The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) seeks to support the study of Central Asia — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and adjacent regions of the Caucasus, Russia, China, Afghanistan and Iran.  We encourage papers that offer cross-regional or comparative analyses of the Central Asia with its neighbouring regions of Asia and Eurasia.