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CONF./CFP - Religion and Society in Central Eurasia: New Sources for the Religious History of Kazakhstan, Venice, Italy, Oct. 29-30, 2009

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CONF./CFP - Religion and Society in Central Eurasia, Venice, Oct. 29-30, 2009

Posted by: Niccolò Pianciola <>

Call for Papers

Religion and Society in Central Eurasia: New Sources for the
Religious History of Kazakhstan

Venice, Italy
October 29-30, 2009

Submission deadline: April 15, 2009

The Institute for Research in Social and Religious History (Vicenza,
Italy) is pleased to announce the organization of a workshop to be
held in Venice on the religious history of the Kazakh steppe between
the 15th and the early 20th century. The goal of this workshop is to
explore new directions for the study of the religious history of
Central Eurasia. Accordingly we intend to bring together a number of
scholars to examine new archival and manuscript sources, starting from
the formation of the Kazakh khanates until the Stalinist "revolution
from above".

As we aim to highlight the specific features of the religious past of
the Kazakh region, we welcome papers on any topic related to religious
history, especially those addressing relevant issues for the Kazakh
steppe and the surrounding areas. Scholars with a research interest in
Kazakhstan, Xinjiang, Russia, and Central Asia will be expected to
discuss the cultural and social relations between the regions both
separated and united by the Kazakh steppe.

We are especially interested in the following topics:

- Religious institutions from the 15th century to the early 20th century;
- Interconfessional dynamics from the 18th century to the early 20th century;
- Tsarist and early Soviet institutions administering religious communities.

Although much attention will be devoted to Islam, we encourage
specialists on Orthodoxy (both mainstream and sectarian), other
Christian confessions, Judaism and Buddhism to propose papers to be
presented at the conference.

Scholars from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Ministry of
Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan will take part in
the event. They will present the results of their decade-long effort
which has resulted in the publishing of a multi-volume edition of
sources for Kazakh history, and describe the sources concerning
religion included in the work.

Submissions should be sent by email to as an attachment (pdf
or doc) by April 15, 2009. The organization will respond to all
applicants by the beginning of May.

Please include the following information:

1) Name of presenter
2) Academic position and institutional affiliation
3) Provisional title of the paper
4) Abstract of no more than 200 words
5) Contact information (please include e-mail address and telephone number)

The organization will cover travel expenses and will provide
accommodation in Venice.

Organizing committee:

Gian Luca Bonora (University of Bologna)
Sara Bordignon (Istituto per le Ricerche di Storia Sociale e
Religiosa, Vicenza)
Niccolò Pianciola (University of Trento)
Paolo Sartori (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

For further information please contact Niccolò Pianciola at

Istituto per le Ricerche di Storia Sociale e Religiosa
Contrà Mure San Rocco, 28
Tel. +39 0444 544350
Fax +39 0444 326236
36100 Vicenza, Italy

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