CONF./CFP-Postgraduate Workshop in Central Asia and Caucasus Studies, Nov. 6-7
Central Asia and Caucasus Studies in the UK: Focusing on Communities, Societies and States
Institute for Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS)
University of St Andrews, Scotland
6-7 November 2009
APPLICATION DEADLINE: *SEPTEMBER 15, 2009*
The academic study of Central Asia and Caucasus reaches across disciplinary and institutional divisions. Concentrating on the study of the area has great potential to link various fields focusing on diverse regional and theoretical issues and to inspire a productive conversation among them.
Organised by postgraduate students for postgraduate students, hosted by the Institute for Middle East, Central Asian and Caucasus Studies and sponsored by the GRADskills Innovation Grant at the University of St Andrews, this workshop seeks to identify ongoing trends and emerging visions for the future of research on Central Asian and Caucasus states and societies. The workshop will
provide both a forum for current postgraduates to present their ongoing research and an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities within the current academic landscape. It is hoped that the workshop will foster a network of UK postgraduates studying the region.
The workshop will last two days and will allow UK postgraduate students in advanced stages of research and writing to present their work-in-progress in a friendly environment, familiarise themselves with the research of their peers from across the country and to take part in career development sessions on publishing, applying for jobs, language training, etc. A well-regarded scholar (TBA) will give a keynote address at the end of the first day of the workshop.
The deadline has been extended until *Tuesday, September 15th, 2009*. We welcome contributions not only of postgraduate students based in the UK universities but scholars worldwide as there has been considerable interest from outside of the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, we do not provide travel bursaries to either the UK-based or oversees participants. Those applying should seek funds from within their home universities and/or alternative sources of funding.
We invite people to submit abstracts of suggested contributions related to but not limited to the notions of identity, community, social action and the state in Central Asia and the Caucasus region.
We encourage contributions related (but not limited to) the issues of:
• ethnic and other minorities
• state-society relations
• professional communities
• anthropology of state
• civil society
• popular mobilisation and political violence
• human and state security.
All interested candidates must submit an abstract of their contribution of *no more than 500 words* by electronic mail to Mohira Suyarkulova at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2009.
Please attach your abstract in a compatible Word file format (doc file preferable) and provide your
2. institutional affiliation
3. title of your paper
4. a one-paragraph description of your current research
5. email and postal address
in the body of your email. Please consult guidelines on conference abstracts writing found at: http://ceca.icom.museum/_dbase_upl/writinganabstract.pdf.
Panel suggestions and submissions as well as alternative format submissions are very welcome!
Institute for Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies
St. Andrews KY16 9AX
Scotland Email: email@example.com
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