The Second Annual Postgraduate Eurasia Research Conference


Conveners: New Research on Central Asia and Caucasus (NRCAC) and The Eurasia Studies Society (TESS).

Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies, London. 18th February 2012.

The first graduate Eurasia research conference in February 2010 at SOAS (London) was attended by graduate students and academics from the UK and Europe. The event covered the following fields: culture, society, economics and natural resources. Upon this success we formed The Eurasian Studies Society ( ) and plan to hold a series of annual conferences to enable students and scholars to share their research interests and networks.

The event is jointly organised by two new societies New Research on Central Asia and Caucasus (NRCAC) and The Eurasia Studies Society (TESS). There will be three broad themes: i) culture and society, ii) economics and politics, iii) environment and resource management. We welcome papers from postgraduate students, post-doctorate researchers, independent researchers and journalists. Each presentation will be for 20 minutes in any one of the themes listed below. Pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet themes are all welcome.

Culture and Society: Ethnic minorities, human rights, citizenship, women’s issues, identity & nationhood; the modern media, literature, music, sport (folk and modern), & folk culture; historical, anthropological, &Islamic studies; medieval & modern history; architecture.

Economic & Political: Business and market developments; economic transition; International politics and Eurasia.

Environment and Resource Management: Environmental problems, climate change & water issues; natural resources and energy issues; international interests in the region’s resources

We will also accept one submission 20 minute (max) pre-recorded video presentation (in MPEG, Windows Player, etc format) from a student or researcher resident within the Caucasus or Central Asia region. If they wish, members of the audience can then contact the presenter through email and ask relevant questions and make observations after the conference.

Submission details: Papers should include: (1) Name of the presenter (2) Academic position and institutional affiliation (3) Title of the paper (4) Abstract of no more than 300 words (5) Audio-visual equipment needs. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide any financial aid to participants this year. A fee of £10 Sterling will be charged for registration and to cover costs and refreshments. Any questions can be forwarded to either Gaigysyz Jorayev or Sevket Akyildiz:

Submission deadline is 30th December 2011

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