8th Annual OASIES Graduate Student Conference: Call for papers

8th Annual OASIES Graduate Student Conference: “Inner Eurasia Then and Now: Legacies of Thought, Space, and Empire”

The Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies at Columbia University, New York University, and Princeton University is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Graduate Student Conference.

Friday, March 27, 2015
The Richard Ettinghausen Library at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University

Inner Eurasia has been, and continues to be, at the crossroads of civilizations and power contestations. Much of these lands were once dominated by the Mongol, Russian, and Soviet empires, and at the frontier of Chinese and Ottoman influence. This cultural and institutional inheritance continues to impact the region. Bearing this in mind, the conference asks: how does the framework of legacies allow us to identify patterns across the region, and what effects have the region’s unique position and history had on processes, from revolution to reform?

The conference considers Eurasia past and present, spanning from the Black Sea to Mongolia, from Siberia to South Asia. Stressing multi-disciplinarity, submissions are welcome from a variety of departments, programs, and centers, including but not limited to: Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Fine Arts, History, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Caucasian Studies, Central Asian Studies, Inner Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Mongolian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, South Asian Studies, and Tibetan Studies.

Possible approaches may include, but are not limited to:

– globalism, transnationalism, and nationalism
– identity: religious, ethnic, national, territorial, linguistic
– texts: literary, musical, visual, oral
– intertextuality: influences, resonances, reiterations
– exchange: economic, cultural, linguistic
– diaspora: coming and going
– centers and peripheries
– governance and citizenship
– gender and sexuality
– stratification and division

Please include the following information with all submissions:
1) Name of presenter, academic position, and institutional affiliation
2) Title of the paper
3) Abstract of no more than 300 words

Send submissions to no later than February 15, 2015. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes in length. Unfortunately, financial support is not available for participants. For more information on OASIES and past conferences, please visit

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