Conference: The “Post” and the “Past” in Central Asia’s Future

Date: 14-15 March 2014,
Hosted by: Cambridge Central Asia Forum & Centre for Development Studies University of Cambridge, UK

Call for Papers

We are delighted to announce a call for papers for a conference titled The “Post”and the “Past” in Central Asia’s Future. We welcome contributions from scholars working on Central Asia, Inner Asia, the Caucuses and contiguous Asian and European regions
Individual academic disciplines have specific designs for choosing methodologies and time frames and consequently generate specific perspectives on research problems. The application of these many and varied perspectives in a given geographical region can result in a bewildering array of understandings regarding practices or events. The extensive literature generated on Central Asia across a number of disciplines shows considerable evidence of the difficulties involved in identifying the relations between continuous and discontinuous factors operating in the region.
The continuities and discontinuities identified by each academic discipline result in a specific configuration of Central Asia and when taken together in a multi-disciplinary framework may generate a more holistic understanding of the historical and contemporary trajectory of the region. Such a multi-disciplinary approach would be based on a reconfiguration of the particular forms of defining, dealing with and even instituting differences, distinctions and borders, within both the objects and method of study.
The individual papers and panels will examine the implications of continuities and discontinuities within the spheres of literature, religion, education, politics, society and economy to investigate the manner in which the ready translations in academic disciplines map onto the more perplexing movements such as those between tradition and modernity, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, industrialisation and the environment, the market and the state and the citizen and the nation.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2014 and full papers are due 10 March 2014 to be considered for further publication.
Please send your abstracts and inquiries to (Diana T. Kudaibergenova).

Workshop: Social and Economic Development — Theory and Practice

Date & time : Saturday 25 January 2014, 11.00-18.00
Venue: Senate House, Russell Square, Room 261,
WC1E 7HU Malet Street
Workshop hosts: The Eurasia Studies Society (TESS-GB-Europe)
& Royal Holloway, University of London

Convened by: Dr Gul Berna Ozcan and Diana Kudaibergenova
Conference Manager: Dr Sevket Akyildiz

The economies and societies of Central Asia and the Caucasus are grappling with the consequences of post-Soviet capitalist markets, new regional trade patterns, and intensifying competition on assets. Depleting local resources, migration, environmental problems, poverty and conflicts all present formidable challenges. What are realistic development options for the region and how do we engage with the theory of post-Soviet development? The event will discuss these questions at a one-day workshop in London. Participation is open to postgraduate students, PhD candidates, independent researchers and early career academics.

Papers in the following themes are especially welcome:

  • Theory and politics of development
  • Foreign aid, investment and development
  • Oil, gas and mining industries in regional development
  • Gender, ethnicity and religion
  • Corruption, business and self-governance
  • Migration, trade and local economies
  • Information technologies, public infrastructure, health and education
  • The environment: water, nuclear waste, pollution and disaster management

Unfortunately we have no travel or accommodation grants available for this event.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 December 2013.

Send your abstracts (around 400 words) along with a 20-word bio to:
Dr. Sevket Hylton Akyildiz – The Eurasia Studies Society of Great Britain & Europe (TESS-GB-Europe)
E-mail: or

Conference: Central Asia’s Hidden Offshore Ties — The Politics of Money-laundering and Virtual State-Building

Date & time: April 2, 9am-1pm,
Venue: 1501 International Affairs Building, Harriman Institute, Columbia University


For the first two decades of independence, most academics and policy analysts have viewed Central Asia as detached from the global economy and the diffusion of globalization trends. This is most evident in the US State Department’s recent vision of creating a “New Silk Route” that will increase trade and infrastructure linkages between Afghanistan and the Central Asian states.

But this assumption about Central Asia’s economic isolation is highly selective analytically and empirically inaccurate. Re-orienting our focus away from formal trade flows to the more hidden offshore world and institutions of contemporary finance, we see, in fact, multiple areas that connect the Central Asian region to the global economy. Over the past two decades, Central Asian elites have learned to strategically use global financial institutions and offshore vehicles to split the legal personality of nominally state-controlled assets, launder moneys, and structure side payments for their dealings with external actors such as foreign militaries, telecommunication companies and energy multinationals. For the most part, however, these complex webs of offshore entities have largely insulated governments from sustained international scrutiny.

This half-day conference brings together leading scholars, practitioners and advocates to analyze, for the first time, Central Asia’s hidden offshore connections.


Monday, April 1

Group Dinner, 7:00pm

Tuesday, April 2


9am: Welcoming Remarks- Kim Marten, Acting Director of the Harriman Institute

9:10-9:20 Introductory Remarks- Alex Cooley, Columbia University

9:20-11:00 Panel 1: Central Asia’s Hidden Offshore Connections

  • John Heathershaw, University of Exeter (Confirmed)
  • Sarah Green, Senior Director, Enforcement Department FINRA (Confirmed)
  • Scott Horton, Columbia Law School and Harpers (Confirmed)
  • Anthony Richter, Associate Director, Open Societies Foundation (Confirmed)

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-1:00 Panel 2: Kyrgyzstan’s Offshore Practices

  • Tom Mayne, Global Witness, Researcher for report “Grave Secrecy” (Confirmed)
  • Baktugul Jeenbayeva, Interim Governor, Central Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic (Invited)
  • Asel Doolotkeldieva and Kemel Toktomushev, PhD students, University of Exeter, Kyrgyzstan’s Mining Industry, Manas Fuel Contracts and Offshore ties (confirmed)

Event: Pressures of Being President — Kyrgyzstan Today and Tomorrow

Date & time: Wednesday 16 May 2012 10:3-12:00 BST
Venue: Chatham House, London
Fee-paying or special invitation events

Participants: Roza Otunbayeva, President of Kyrgyzstan (2010-11)

Following the presidential election in October 2011, many of Kyrgyzstan’s old problems returned to the fore. Much needed economic development is complicated by continuing inter-ethnic tensions as well as difficult relations with other states in the region. Former president Roza Otunbayeva will discuss the challenges facing Kyrgyzstan today and likely future developments.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

For more information please contact Lubica Pollakova.

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Conference: Inaugural conference of the Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI), American University of Central Asia

The kick-off conference of the Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) of the American University of Central Asia will aim at an intellectual wrap-up of twenty years of Central Asian independent existence and will try to identify key themes and questions that will guide the scholars and students of Central Asia in the forthcoming decade. The conference will gather 30-35 participants with active research projects in various aspects of Central Asian studies. This three-day event will consist of plenary sessions as well as the following sections

  • Central Asian studies: the State of the Art;
  • Transformations of states and societies in Central Asia
  • Circulation of ideas and people in Central Asia and beyond,
  • Identity, conflict and policy-making
  • Central Asia as a region: inner connectedness and outer flux.

Conference Timeline

April 15, 2011 – deadline for submitting abstracts (300 words) and panel proposals (optional)

April 25, 2011 – notification of the status of applications

September 10, 2011 – submission of full papers

October 14-16, 2011 – conference at AUCA, Bishkek.

AUCA can provide travel and accommodation for some non-Bishkek participants. Applicants should indicate if they need funding from AUCA in their paper proposals.

All proposals and queries should be addressed to . For more about AUCA and the Institute, please visit us at and

Conference: Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Ohio State University

The Central Eurasian Studies Society invites panel and paper proposals for the Twelfth Annual CESS Conference, September 15-18, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. The event will be held at Ohio State University, hosted by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the Middle East Studies Center and the East Asian Studies Center. Panels begin Friday morning, September 16, and continue through mid-day on Sunday, September 18.

For more information, see:

Conference: XII ESCAS Biennial Conference, University of Cambridge

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 (, Cambridge Kazakhstan Centre and the UK Committee for Central and Inner Asia.

For more information, see:

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