XII ESCAS Biennial Conference

University of Cambridge, 20 – 22 September 2011

The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) invites proposals

for individual papers, panels and round-table discussions for the twelfth

ESCAS biennial conference scheduled for 20 – 22 September 2011 at the

University of Cambridge, UK. The Conference will be hosted by the Cambridge

Central Asia Forum (http://www.cambridge-centralasia.org/), Cambridge

Kazakhstan Centre and the UK Committee for Central and Inner Asia.

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, Pakistan, India 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

proposals which will cross disciplinary boundaries, bringing together

experts from different fields.

The conference will offer an opportunity to reflect on how far the study of

Central Asia has come in the twenty years since the break-up of the USSR

which transformed our field, and to both celebrate and critique the

research which has flowed from this.


We encourage the submission of pre-organised panels and discussion groups,

and these may be given some preference in the selection process. Each panel

will have three speakers, who will have half an hour to deliver their

papers, followed by half an hour of questions and general discussion. Panel

proposals should include a clear theme and rationale for bringing the

speakers together. They should not include a discussant, but may nominate a

chair if desired. Round-table discussions should include five or six

contributors plus a chair, and will last for an hour and a half. Individual

papers will be assigned a panel by the conference organisers.


The website for the submission of proposals is www.escas.org, which will be

live from 15th January 2011

The deadline for proposals will be 15th March 2011.

Notification of acceptance will be by the 30th April 2011.

All conference attendees and delegates will be required to pay the

registration fee by 15th August 2011

Registration will begin at 10am on Tuesday 20th September 2011, with the

first keynote speech at 11.30am. The Conference will include the General

Assembly of ESCAS at lunchtime and a gala dinner and concert in the evening

on Day 2 (21st September 2011), and a second keynote speech on Day 3 (22nd

September 2011), when proceedings will end by 5.30pm.


All participants may, if they wish, submit written versions of their papers

to the ESCAS editorial committee to be considered for inclusion in the

published proceedings of the conference, which will appear as a volume of

‘Cambridge Central Asia Reviews’ from Cambridge Scientific Publishers



Those participants requiring UK visas will be provided with mailed or faxed

visa invitations by the host organisation, the Cambridge Central Asia

Forum. The process will begin immediately upon acceptance of the proposed

paper, panel or round-table.


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:

1 – Full fee: Three days’ attendance, all meals and three nights’

accommodation: £400

2 – Day delegate fee: Three days’ attendance, lunch & dinner: £210

3 – Single day fee: One day’s attendance, lunch & dinner: £75

ESCAS members will receive a £50 discount on the first and second options.

Any revisions to these fees will be circulated well before the 15th August

deadline for payment.


Preliminary communications regarding the conference should be sent to:


Information on ESCAS membership can be found at our current website: