Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS)

Central Asia in the XXI Century: Historical trajectories, contemporary challenges and everyday encounters

Call for papers

The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) invites proposals for individual papers, panels and round-table discussions for the fourteenth ESCAS biennial conference scheduled for 8th -11th October 2015 at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland. The Conference will be organized by the Halle-Zurich Centre for Anthropological Studies on Central Asia (CASCA).

ESCAS welcomes proposals relating to all aspects of research in the arts, humanities and social sciences on Central Asia – namely the republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, together with Xinjiang, Mongolia, Afghanistan and adjacent regions of Russia, China, Iran, South Asia and the Caucasus.

Scholars and practitioners of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art & art history, cinema, development studies, economics & finance, history, musicology, philology, political science, sociology and other related disciplines are encouraged to participate. We particularly welcome panel proposals which will cross disciplinary boundaries, bringing together experts from different fields.

The theme of the 2015 conference is “Central Asia in the XXI Century: Historical trajectories, contemporary challenges and everyday encounters“.


Proposal Deadline

until 16 March 2015

Notification of Acceptance

until 30 April 2015

Online Registration

from 11 May 2015

Registration Payment Deadline

until 1 September 2015

On-Site registration for all Delegates

8 October 2015

Start of the Conference

8 October 2015


Preliminary inquiries regarding the conference should be made to:


We hope to hear from you soon, 

Your Organizing Committee

Peter Finke, Judith Beyer and Eliza Isabaeva