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CONF./CFP- Central Asian Visions of the Other, Univ. of Leeds, UK, June 8, 2009

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CONF./CFP- Central Asian Visions of the Other, Univ. of Leeds, UK, June 8, 2009

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Call For Papers

Central Asian Visions of the Other: Views from Inside and Out

A one-day Symposium at the University of Leeds, 8th June 2009.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Shirin Akiner (SOAS)

This symposium is intended to bring together postgraduates working on
or around Central and Inner Asia, acting as a training forum and
leading to improved information exchange and networking across the
range of research on the region. It is hoped that the theme will allow
participants to compare and combine approaches to the huge variety of
nuanced identities, and perceptions of identities, interacting in an
extending arc from the Caspian Sea to Mongolia.

Suggested subjects for papers include, but are not limited to:

- Concepts of linguistic, ethnic, religious, and cultural purity and
hybridity, such as Mongol-Turk, Turk-Tajik, steppe-oasis, and
rural-urban identity divisions - their construction and mediation over time

- Negotiated post-Soviet and post-socialist secular identities and
images of political Islam and other faiths

- Construction and transmission of gender roles and sexualities

- Travel, trade and cultural exchange - from the Silk Route and the
Mongol Empire to package tours and oil reserves

- Images and experiences of outsiders - examples might include
Chinese, Russian, and NATO involvement in the region

Abstracts (of up to 300 words) should be submitted electronically to by Monday the 15th of December 2008.

As this event is primarily intended as an opportunity for
postgraduates working on and around the region to gain contacts and
experience, any suggestions for activities and projects to make use of
contacts made, and to extend the legacy of this event would be very welcome.

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