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The conference is hosted by the Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) established at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in 2011 with the mission of promoting the study of Central Asia locally and internationally.  The Institute pursues this goal by encouraging and supporting individual and group research projects, organizing seminars and conferences, and by developing academic programs focused on Central Asia.  AUCA is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition.  Since its foundation in 1993, the University has proven its distinctiveness by encouraging and maintaining intellectual freedom and critical thinking.  Capitalizing on its location and on its international faculty and student bodies, AUCA is determined to become the best teaching and research university in the region and a center of excellence in research on Central Asia with an increasing presence of international scholars and graduate students.

Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, lies at the northern edge of the Ala-Too Mountain Range at an altitude of 700-900 m above sea level.  Bishkek is at once a gateway to the Tien Shan Mountains, a former trading post along the Silk Road, a legacy of the Soviet Union, and a developing city in a globalized world.  Bishkek offers numerous green spaces, parks and gardens as well as plenty of entertainment, from museums showcasing national history and culture to a wide range of art galleries, eating places and music halls promoting diversity and cosmopolitanism.  There is no subway in Bishkek but low-priced taxis and marshrutkas make transport an adventure in itself.

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