The Hinge of the World: Connections, Networks, and Linkages in Inner Eurasia

Call for Papers: 7th Annual OASIES Graduate Student Conference
Deadline: January 15, 2014

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 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference, to be held:

Saturday, March 29, 2014
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Columbia University, New York, NY

The Hinge of the World: Connections, Networks, and Linkages in Inner Eurasia

Inner Eurasia has been and continues to be particularly fertile terrain for thinking through ideas of connections, networks, and linkages across culture, space, and time. The very language of connecting and linking, however, can inadvertently simplify the complex and mutually constituting qualities of interactions at the point of impact. While the popular concept of globalization, for example, often highlights the entangled nature of politics, history and society, its theorizations also open up possibilities for more thorough investigation into the different elements of these entanglements. In other words, a productive engagement with connections and networks must be coupled with a re-interrogation of the basic units of analysis that might otherwise be too easily presupposed. Bearing this in mind, this year’s conference asks: in what ways can rethinking connections, networks, and linkages not only reconfigure but re-conceptualize the categories that structure our scholarship on Inner Eurasia?

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:

  • texts: literary, musical, visual, oral
    -intertextuality: influences, resonances, reiterations
  • exchange: economic, cultural, linguistic
  • diaspora: coming and going
  • globalism and nationalism
  • centers and peripheries
  • governance and citizenship
  • gender and ethnicity
  • negotiating belonging
  • stratification

Keynote: Andrew Wachtel, President of the American University of Central Asia; Professor of Slavic Languages, Northwestern University

Submission Instructions
Please include the following information with all submissions:
1) Name of presenter
2) Academic position and institutional affiliation
3) Title of the paper
4) Abstract of no more than 300 words
5) Audio-visual equipment needs
6) Contact information (please include e-mail address and telephone number)

Send submissions to no later than January 15, 2014 [as an attachment in pdf or doc format].

Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes in length.
Unfortunately, financial support is not available for participants.

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