Dec 14, 2009

CfP: California Eurasian Studies Kurultai, UCLA 2010

Call for Papers

California Eurasian Studies Kurultai
A Graduate Conference
Saturday, April 10, 2010
University of California, Los Angeles

At present, the field of Eurasian Studies is spread across several traditional disciplinary boundaries. For example, within the discipline of Slavic Studies interest in the broader Eurasian context has been growing in recent years. As scholars of Slavic-Turkic cultural contacts we feel that the opportunities for graduate students and junior scholars to present and develop research in this area are limited. Therefore we are organizing a graduate conference on Eurasian cultural interactions in order for graduate students with these interests to meet and present their current research. The conference will be held in a workshop format; panelists will submit their papers ahead of time, allowing for more coherent and productive discussion during the conference. We are seeking participants who focus on moments of contact and conflict in Eurasia, beyond the established disciplinary boundaries.

Our keynote speaker is Alexander Diener, Associate Professor of Geography at Pepperdine University. In his recent books, One Homeland or Two: Nationalization and Transnationalizatio n of Mongolia's Kazakhs (2009) and Homeland Conceptions and Ethnic Integration Among Kazakhstan's Germans and Koreans (2004), Professor Diener has explored issues of national identity and contact in the multinational context
of present-day Eurasia. Likewise Professor Diener's theoretical orientation of geography will be a useful compromise uniting the many possible directions panelists might take: from linguistics, to culture, to religion, to history.

Submit abstracts of up to 300 words to ucla.kurultai@ by January 5, 2010. Complete versions of the accepted papers must be submitted to ucla.kurultai@ by April 1, 2010. Unfortunately we cannot provide funding for accommodation or travel.

We look forward to receiving abstracts, and to a productive conference in April.

Avram Lyon
Robert Denis
Naomi Caffee
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of California, Los Angeles

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