2019 ESCAS Conference – Call for Papers

ESCAS 2019 Exeter: The Globality of Central Asia

Held at the University of Exeter (UK), the theme for the 16th conference is The Globality of Central Asia.  We invite proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and sessions in non-traditional formats 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?

ESCAS2019 Conference Committee

The Joint Conference Committee composed of local University of Exeter members and ESCAS are as follows:

  • Gulzat Botoeva, University of Roehampton, Department of Social Sciences
  • Juliette Cleuziou, ESCAS Board / University Lumières — Lyon 2, Department of Anthropology
  • Asel Doolotkeldieva, Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Kyrgyzstan, Department of International Relations
  • John Heathershaw, Chair of committee, ESCAS Board / University of Exeter, Department of Politics
  • Ablet Kamalov, ESCAS Board / Turan University, Kazakhstan, Department of History
  • David Lewis, University of Exeter, Department of Politics
  • Emma Loosely, University of Exeter, Department of Theology and Religion
  • Beatrice Penati, ESCAS Board / University of Liverpool, Department of History

The committee members can be contacted through the local Conference Administrator, Chee Wong, at escas16@exeter.ac.uk.

Submission of proposals

The online portal on this website opened on 18 July 2018 and will close on Wednesday 31 October 2018 (midnight GMT) — check the key dates further on the conference page. Each proposal will be assessed by reviewers with relevant experience, can have a variety of formats, and may be in Russian and/or English.

Guidance for the submission of proposals can be found here.

To submit a panel or paper proposal, click here.

For further practical information on the venue and accommodation, visit the conference website here.


ESCAS 2017 at AUCA in Bishkek, 29 June-2 July

Announcing the 15th 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 15th Biennial Conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, hosted by the Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA).

The conference will be held 29 June to 2 July 2017.  Please mark your calendars and save the date.

For more information see here.

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:

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


Board Election of New Officers

ESCAS Board Election of New Officers

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 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 board are Judith Beyer, John Heathershaw, Svetlana Jacquesson, Zhanylzhan Junussova, and Qakhrahmon Yaqubov.

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).