ESCAS is pleased to announce that the 16th Biennial ESCAS Conference will be hosted by the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom in the early part of the summer of 2019.  Please check back for additional details and the Call for Papers, which will be published in fall of 2018.

ESCAS will hold its next Central Asia-based conference at a location in wider Central Asia, yet to be determined, in 2020, jointly with the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS).  Institutions that are interested in serving as host of the 2020 conference should contact the ESCAS Secretary.


ESCAS invites nominations for candidates to stand in the election for the ESCAS Board, to be held in August 2017.  To make a nomination, one must be a member of ESCAS.  Nominees, in order to stand in the election, must become ESCAS members if they do not already hold membership.  Nominations should be sent to Dr. Dina Sharipova, ESCAS Secretary (dina.sharipova[at]


Our big event took place in Bishkek — over 400 scholars gathered to learn about and exchange feedback on each other’s research at the Joint ESCAS-CESS Conference at AUCA in Bishkek, June 29-July 2 — the 15th Biennial ESCAS Conference.

In addition to ~100 panels on a wide range of topics, there were two keynote speeches, by Paolo Sartori and Gulnara Aitpaeva, and a rich cultural program.

For the final program, see:


ESCAS welcomes 35 new members — too many to list here — many of whom are joining us at the ESCAS-CESS Conference in Bishkek.  If you want to become a member of ESCAS, please see our membership guidelines here.


ESCAS will hold its 15th Biennial Conference, jointly with the Central Eurasian Studies Society’s Regional Conference, at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, on June 29-July 2, 2017.


It is with deep sadness that ESCAS notes the passing of Prof. Zhanylzhan Junussova, a member of our board, a colleague, and a friend. Prof. Junussova died on October 16, 2016 at the age of 65, after a protracted illness.

Prof. Junussova was born in 1951 in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan. She received her Diploma from the Kazakh State University in Almaty in 1974 and was awarded the degree of Candidate of Historical Sciences from Moscow State University in 1981. In 1996, she became a Doctor of Political Sciences and a full professor in 1998.

Until her death, she worked as professor at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Prof. Junussova published several books and more than seventy articles on topics such as political leadership, public policy, modernization as well as diplomatic activity in both Russian and English languages. Our heartfelt condolences to her family. She will be missed.

John Schoeberlein, ESCAS President (on behalf of the entire ESCAS Board)


The ESCAS Board is pleased to announce the results of the elections of ESCAS Officers that took place on March 1, 2016:

President:  John Schoeberlein
Vice-President:  Beatrice Penati
Secretary: Dina Sharipova

ESCAS Officers are elected by the ESCAS Board from among the Board members, for a two-year term that will be completed with the elections after the next ESCAS conference in 2017.  Elections to the ESCAS Board are held in conjunction with the biennial conference, which will be held next in 2017.

We are grateful for the continuing service of other ESCAS Board Members.  While not all Board Members have an Officer title, they all contribute to the leadership that sustains the Society.  Other members of the ESCAS Board are Judith Beyer, John Heathershaw, Svetlana Jacquesson, Zhanylzhan Junussova, and Qakhrahmon Yakubov.

We also express gratitude for the continuing service of Zifa Auezova in the role of ESCAS Treasurer.  We will be looking for someone to carry this role forward as we very likely relocate the base of ESCAS after decades of being located in the Netherlands.

Finally, we express appreciation to Meruert Abusseitova for her leadership term in the ESCAS Presidency (2013-2015).