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CONF./CFP- ESCAS Conference 2009, Central European Univ., Budapest, Sept. 3-5, 2009

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CONF./CFP- ESCAS Conf. 2009, Central European Univ., Budapest, Sept. 3-5, 2009

Posted by: Zifa Auezova <>

In response to numerous requests from more potential conference
participants, ESCAS Board decided to extend the deadline for the
submission of panels or individual paper proposals until March 15, 2009.

Extended Call for Papers

ESCAS Conference 2009, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary,
3-5 September 2009

"Studying Central Asia: In Quest for New Paths and Concepts?"
European Society for Central Asian Studies, Eleventh Conference (2009)

The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) invites panel
and paper proposals for the Eleventh ESCAS bi-annual conference
scheduled for September 3-5, 2009, in Budapest, Hungary. The event
will be hosted by Central European University.

ESCAS welcomes panels and paper topics relating to all aspects of
humanities and social science scholarship on Central Asia, including
the republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and
Turkmenistan, as well as adjacent areas of Russia, Mongolia, Northern
Iran, Northern Afghanistan and North-Western China.

Practitioners and scholars of (social and cultural) anthropology,
archaeology, ethnomusicology, development studies, history, philology,
political science, sociology, and of other humanities and social
science disciplines with an interest in Central Asia are encouraged to

New deadline for the submission of panel/paper proposals: March 15, 2009.

The proposals should be submitted by e-mail to:

Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will
be given some preference in the selection process. Individual papers
are also welcome and will be assigned by the program committee to an
appropriate panel with a chair and a discussant.

For individual papers and for each presenter on a regular panel please
make sure you provide us with:

1) Name;

2) Current institutional affiliation;

3) Title/position;

4) E-mail address;

5) Postal address;

6) Telephone/ fax;

7) Title of Paper;

8) Abstract of Paper (a summary of the paper of 200-300 words);

9) Any audio-visual equipment requests (specify -- e.g., overhead
projector, slide projector, video player);

10) A brief (100 word) biographical statement that contains the
information which the panel chair may require for introductions, and
includes the presenter's educational background (highest academic
degree, year of its awarding, awarding institution, and field of study).

For panels:

Proposals may be submitted for panels with the presentation of 3-4
scholarly papers. Pre-organized panels should be thematically coherent
and may be organized/sponsored by a scholarly organization. Panels
must have three to four paper presenters, a chair, and a discussant
(ideally, the roles of chair and discussant will be filled by two
different people). In addition to the information for each of the
paper presenters on the panel (as indicated above), the following is
also required:

a) a title for the proposed panel;

b) and name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel
organizer, chair and discussant. Please make sure your panel is
complete before submitting this information; incomplete panels will be
given a lower ranking.

Please note the following policy: only complete panels with a full set
of panelists, including a chair and a discussant should be submitted.
If a panel or roundtable receives a high score from the reviewers but
does not include a full complement of panelists, the panel may be
wait-listed until it is complete.

Language: Conference language is English. In some special cases the
possibility of presenting panels in Russian, French or German might be

Schedule of Key Dates:

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: February 15, 2009.

Notification of acceptance: by 1st March 2009. The host institution
will provide, upon request, mailed or faxed invitation letters to
support an application for a visa or travel funds.

Deadline for notification of audio-visual requests: August 15, 2009.

Papers should be submitted to chairs/discussants: by August 20, 2009.

Arrival to Budapest: from the afternoon of September 2, 2009.
Registration opens in the afternoon followed by a reception in the
evening. Panels begin on September 3, and continue through the
afternoon of September 5.

Each conference attendee is required to pay a registration fee and all
presenters are required to pre-pay by August 10, 2009.

Registration fee for the conference:
- Regular fee ESCAS members: 50 EUR
- Reduced fee ESCAS members (for participants from Central Asian
states): 25 EUR
- Non-members: 100 EUR

Information on ESCAS membership and bank account can be found at:

Communications regarding local arrangements, including invitation
letters, should be addressed to:

ESCAS Board members:

Prof. Dr. Touraj Atabaki, Leiden University, Netherlands

Dr. Zifa-Alua Auezova, Guest Lecturer, Leiden University, Netherlands/
M.Auezov Foundation, Kazakhstan; ESCAS Secretary (

Prof. Dr. Ayse Ayata, Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Peter Finke, Department of Social Anthropology, University
of Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Irina Morozova, Humboldt Fellow, GIGA Institute of Middle East
Studies, Hamburg, Germany/ IIAS, Leiden University, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Catherine Poujol, ESCAS President

Dr. Tommaso Trevisani, Gerda Henkel Fellow, German Institute for
International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany

On behalf of Central European University:

Dr. Matteo Fumagalli, Assistant Professor, Department of
International Relations and European Studies (

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