Nooruz Workshops

Beginning in 2011, we inaugurated annual workshops to coincide with the spring new year Noorus/Navruz involving primarily for postgraduate students working at UK universities on PhD topics in the broad area of Central Asian Studies.

The Exeter Central Asian Studies group (ExCAS) envisages the workshop as an opportunity for graduate students to present and discuss their active research on the Central Asian region.

The latest was held at the University of Exeter in March 2016, where in 2017 the workshop will go on tour to University of Newcastle. Programmes of the some of the workshops are available here:

Annual Nooruz postgraduate Workshop — Newcastle 2017

Contemporary Spaces Of (Greater) Central Asia Tuesday 21st – Wednesday 22nd March Newcastle University School of Geography, Politics and Sociology / School of Modern Languages, Research Beehive, 2nd Floor, Old Library Building Thursday 22 March 10.15–10.30: Welcome remarks by Joanne Smith Finley 10.30–12.10, Panel 1: Economies of the Central Asian Nations Chair: TBC Speakers: Lorena […]

PhD scholarships for entry in 2017/18

John Heathershaw and David Lewis are accepting applications for PhD study in all areas of Central Asian and Post-Soviet politics, particularly related to conflict management, authoritarian governance, and offshore and extra-territorial aspects of politics. There is funding available at the University of Exeter for both UK/EU and international students both of which are highly competitive: […]

Exeter-Newcastle Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia 2017

Call for Papers open until Dec 16

Call for Papers Annual Navro’z / Nawruz Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia Asian Studies Research Group, Newcastle University Contemporary Spaces of (Greater) Central Asia Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 March 2017 Workshop Aims The purpose of this workshop is to bring together established scholars and early career researchers from the UK and mainland Europe to […]

Call for papers: Annual Nawruz Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia: Spaces of Central Asia

The Department of Politics at the University of Exeter will host the Annual Nawruz Postgraduate Workshop on March 18 – 19, 2016. Twenty five years after the five Central Asian republics emerged from the Soviet Union, there is growing scholarly interest in the region and an increased academic understanding of the region’s local dynamics and […]

Class of 2015

Congratulations to the eight, yes EIGHT, Exeter Central Asian Studies associates and friends who completed their PhD and/or graduated in the year 2014/15. Six doctoral dissertations were completed on the region, Catherine Owen (public scrutiny in Russia and a teeny bit of Central Asia), Kemel Toktomushev (regime security and political economy in Kyrgyzstan), Zulfiya Bakhtibekova (early […]

Dr Timor Sharan

Congratulations to Timor Sharan who passed his viva with no corrections on Monday.  Timor’s thesis addressed the network politics of state-building under international intervention in Afghanistan.  The external examiner was Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS) and the internal examiner was Tony King. Timor also managed to publish three peer-reviewed journal articles during his time at Exeter and will shortly take up a […]

Ed Lemon wins best graduate student paper prize of Central Asian Affairs

ExCAS member Ed Lemon has won the best graduate student paper prize of the new journal Central Asian Affairs. His paper was selected from around 50 entrants and will be published in the journal later this year.

PhD Studentship: The Political Economy of Extractive Industries in Central Asia

ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre Studentship: The Political Economy of Extractive Industries in Central Asia  This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding. Studentships will be awarded on the basis of merit and strategic fit with the aims of the DTC. For eligible UK/EU students the full time studentship […]

Exeter Central Asian Studies external seminar / internal workshop series 2013/14

All seminars, Wednesday, 1.00-2.30pm, Amory 115 (unless stated).   1.00-2.30pm, Friday, Oct. 4th.   Amory 239C Dr Stuart Horsman, Foreign and Commonwealth Office ‘The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Kyrgyzstan’s crisis of 2010’   Oct. 23 Catherine Owen, ‘Public Consultative Bodies and the state in Russia: The Emergence of ‘authoritarian’ neoliberal governance?’ Asel […]

Final events of Spring Term 2013 in Exeter and Newcastle

Weds March 20th, 15.00-16.30 Kolade Teaching Room, Business School, Dr Yang Cheng, Associate Professor of International Relations, East China Normal University; Visiting International Fellow, University of Exeter (Spring 2013), ‘Rising China in International Politics: Possibilities and Restrictions’ Thurs 21- Fri 22 March, Third Annual Nooruz/Navruz Workshop in Central Asian Studies at Newcastle University. With a […]