Are you a graduate student writing about Central Asia? Submit your application for the Davis Center Graduate Student Conference!

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for graduate students specializing in Central Asian studies. The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University is hosting a Graduate Student Conference dedicated to Central Asia, scheduled for April 26-28, 2024.

This conference is a unique platform for U.S.-based graduate students at any stage of their academic journey, including master’s students, to present their original research and ongoing work on Central Asia. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to engage with peers and experts in the field, gain valuable feedback, and contribute to the vibrant academic discourse on the region.

The conference will explore a range of compelling themes:

  1. In and Out of Central Asia: Rise of Connectivity – Delving into the region’s evolving role as a critical bridge between various global quarters, especially in the post-Russia-Ukraine war context.
  2. State and Society: A New Social Contract? – Examining the political dynamics, societal expectations, and emergent social contracts in Central Asia’s evolving authoritarian regimes.
  3. Inspired and Inspiring: Hybrid Identities in Central Asia – Investigating the region’s rich multiethnic diversity, cultural dynamics, and the legacy of Soviet policies.

Interested graduate students are invited to submit their proposals by January 31, 2024. Submissions should include a working title, a brief description (no more than 300 words) of the paper’s central argument, and biographical information (full name, institutional affiliation, graduate program, and current year in the program).

Notification of acceptance will be communicated by February 15, 2024. Accepted participants must submit a registration form by February 28, 2024, and final papers are due by April 10, 2024.

For any inquiries or further details about the conference or the call for proposals, please reach out to Nargis Kassenova and Kateryna Olkhovyk at the Davis Center.