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October 2015: Conference European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS)

Central Asia in the XXI Century: Historical trajectories, contemporary challenges and everyday encounters

Call for papers

The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) invites proposals for individual papers, panels and round-table discussions for the fourteenth ESCAS biennial conference scheduled for 8th -11th October 2015 at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland. The Conference will be organized by the Halle-Zurich Centre for the Anthropological Study of Central Asia (CASCA).

ESCAS welcomes proposals relating to all aspects of research in the arts, humanities and social sciences on Central Asia – namely the republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, together with Xinjiang, Mongolia, Afghanistan and adjacent regions of Russia, China, Iran, South Asia and the Caucasus.

Scholars and practitioners of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art & art history, cinema, development studies, economics & finance, history, musicology, philology, political science, sociology and other related disciplines are encouraged to participate. We particularly welcome panel proposals which will cross disciplinary boundaries, bringing together experts from different fields.

The theme of the 2015 conference is “Central Asia in the XXI Century: Historical trajectories, contemporary challenges and everyday encounters“.

Please note: the official language of the conference is English. Individual paper proposals will only be accepted in English, but the organisers may consider complete panel or round-table proposals which include presentations in Russian.


Proposal Deadline until 16 March 2015
Notification of Acceptance until 30 April 2015
Online Registration from 10 July 2015
End of Registration31 August 2015
Registration Payment Deadline until 14 September 2015
On-Site registration for all Delegates 8 October 2015
Start of the Conference 8 October 2015

Financial Support (please note that the deadline for applying for support has passed)

The conference organisers are hoping to subsidise or pay in full the cost of participation for delegates from Central Asia, and also to find general subventions to reduce the conference fee required from other participants. At this stage we cannot guarantee this, however, so the registration fees currently stand as follows: Members 125EUR, Non-Members 150EUR, Participants from Central Asia: 100 EUR.

Preliminary inquiries regarding the conference should be made to:

We hope to hear from you soon,

Your Organizing Committee

Peter Finke, Judith Beyer and Eliza Isabaeva


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