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Call for Papers: The Eighth Annual Doctoral Research Workshop on Central Asia, Royal Holloway and the University College London

Call for Papers: The Eighth Annual Doctoral Research Workshop on Central Asia
Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU
Saturday, 25 January 2020
History and Historiography of Central Asia
Convened by Dr Harun Yilmaz and Dr Gai Jorayev
Organising Committee: Dr. Gül Berna Özcan, Dr. Katherine Hughes, Dr. Gulzat Botoeva and Rosa Vercoe

The history of Central Asia has shown a dynamic character with substantial movements of different civilisations in various directions. From Zoroastrianism and Shamanism to Buddhism and Islam, all major religions and beliefs have influenced and crystallised in this vast geography. The influence of ancient Iranian and Chinese civilizations, the waves of Turkification, the rise and fall of the Silk Roads and ancient trade cities, the Great Game in the nineteenth century, and the Soviet modernization are some of the isolated episodes that can be counted from this rich history.

The workshop aims to provide a platform for historians who conduct original research on the history of Central Asia. The research papers can cover any subject from ancient history to the contemporary period until 1991. The subject of history can be political, social, cultural, juridical, gender, religious, ideological, or intellectual. We also invite historiographic papers examining and comparing national or regional narratives or constructions of the past. Very often modern borders do not overlap with the political or cultural frontiers in history. That is why, the geographical scope of the workshop covers not only Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, but also Afghanistan, Xinjiangand Tibet regions of China, Mongolia, southern Siberia and north Caspian territories of Russia, and northern Iran.

The organisers will give priority to the paper proposals that are part of a PhD or postdoctoral research.

Submission details:
• Author’s name, institutional affiliation and e-mail
• A 300-500-word paper summary
• A 100-word bio

Deadline for Submission: 15 November 2019
All submissions should be sent to Dr Gai Jorayev (g.jorayev@ucl.ac.uk)

Talking Peace in the Caucasus: A New Security Challenge Dimension

In 1996, the expert and academic community in the North Caucasus recognized a need for a more nuanced approach to tackling local challenges and initiated a broad discussion platform for acute regional issues to be debated and contextualized. This year the VII Congress “Peace in the North Caucasus through Languages, Education and Culture: Russia-the Caucasus-the International Community” (Мир через языки, образование, культуру: Россия-Кавказ-Мировое сообщество), held every three years, was hosted in the North Caucasus administrative capital city, Pyatigorsk. Continue reading Talking Peace in the Caucasus: A New Security Challenge Dimension

Sorting out Sino-Russian Relations and Central Asia: 欢迎! Добро пожаловать! Welcome!

Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow – only eight days after his installation as president of China, and his first foreign visit as Zhongnanhai’s new laoban (boss) – has resulted in extensive commentary concerning the current state of Sino-Russian ties, the implications of the “strategic partnership” for the United States, and myriad lists of historic and contemporary irritants which could either buttress or derail the relationship. Continue reading Sorting out Sino-Russian Relations and Central Asia: 欢迎! Добро пожаловать! Welcome!