29 June - 1 July 2017
European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) and the
Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)
The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) will hold the Joint ESCAS-CESS Conference at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, June 29-July 1, 2017. This is the 15th Biennial Conference of ESCAS, and the Sixth Regional Conference of CESS. The conference will be hosted by AUCA’s Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI). The Call for Papers was issued in December with a deadline in February, and now the selection process has been completed and the preliminary program is due to be published by April 22.
There was a tremendous response to the Call for Papers — the largest number ever received for an ESCAS Conference or a CESS Regional Conference. We expect that the total number at the conference will be about 500, making this one of the largest CESS conferences on record and the largest-ever ESCAS conference and largest international conference on Central Asian/Eurasian studies to be held within the region.
We expect to have about 100 panels in twelve sessions spread across two and a half days. The preliminary program is due to be published by April 22. The conference will feature two keynote speeches:
Gulnara Aitpaeva (Director, Aigine Cultural Research Center, Bishkek) will speak on “Sacred Geography and Power Relations in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan”.
Paolo Sartori (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) will speak on “The Secular that Never Was: Rethinking the Meaning of Islam in Post-Stalinist Central Asia”.
In addition, there will be a catered reception and a rich cultural program.
Sponsoring Associations: CESS and ESCAS
The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) began in 1985 with a small conference at Utrecht University and has continued since with biennial conferences in a dozen European cities and more recently, in Astana, Kazakhstan, as well. Its focus is on building scholarly links and support between Europe and Central Asia. For more information, see: www.escas.org
The Central Eurasian Studies Society was founded in North America in 2000 with the aim of promoting scholarship on the Central Eurasian region and fostering communication among scholars of the region throughout the world. CESS holds an annual conference hosted each year by a North American university, and since 2008, has held a biennial conference in countries of Central Eurasia. For more information, see: www.centraleurasia.org
The deadline for proposals has passed and we can no longer accept submissions. Those wishing to attend the conference without inclusion on a panel on the program are also welcome to register.
Registration is now open. Registration is required for all who attend. We welcome participants who are not on the program (i.e., who were not among those who submitted a successful proposal and who simply want to join the audience and the discussions), but we emphasize that advance registration is strongly recommended, because we may reach the maximum capacity for the facilities and it may not be possible to register on a walk-in basis.
Registration Details: See the Schedule of Conference Fees, together with other information including the deadline for payment at the reduced rate and the discounted rates for CESS and ESCAS members. To Register, complete the Registration Form linked here. To access this form, you will need to be logged in to the CESS website. If you have not established a CESS Username and Password, you will be prompted to do so when accessing the form.
You may contact the Joint Conference Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org (see the bottom of this document for full contact information).
The members of the committee are as follows:
John Schoeberlein (CESS Past President; ESCAS President; Nazarbayev Univ., Kazakhstan), Chair of the joint program committee
Svetlana Jacquesson (Director of CASI/AUCA; ESCAS Board member)
Aida Konokbaeva (CASI/AUCA)
Christopher Baker (CASI/AUCA)
Emil Juraev (AUCA)
Emil Nasritdinov (AUCA)
Mohira Suyarkulova (CASI/AUCA)
Timothy Blauvelt (CESS Conference Committee Chair; Ilia University, Georgia)
Leila Almazova (CESS Board member; Kazan Federal Univ., Russian Federation)
Aksana Ismailbekova (CESS Board member; Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany)
Marianne Kamp (CESS;
Marlene Laruelle (CESS Board member; George Washington Univ., USA)
Scott Levi (CESS; Ohio State University, USA)
Jennifer Murtazashvili (CESS Board member; Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA)
David Pierce (CESS; Independent Scholar, USA)
Alexander Morrison (ESCAS; Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)
Beatrice Penati (ESCAS Vice-President; Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)
Catherine Poujol (ESCAS; French Institute for Central Asian Studies, Bishkek)
Dina Sharipova (ESCAS Secretary; KIMEP University, Kazakhstan)
Cholpon Turdalieva (ESCAS; American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic)
Weblinks for the conference:
For inquiries regarding the program and registration, contact the Program Committee at: email@example.com
For inquiries regarding Bishkek/AUCA and logistics for participation, contact the Central Asian Studies Institute at AUCA: firstname.lastname@example.org