ESCAS-CESS 2017 Conference report

The first joint conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) was, it is fair to say, a roaring success. Held at the stunning new purpose-built campus of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, ESCAS-CESS was the largest international conference of Central Eurasian …

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From the sublime to the ridiculous, and everything in between: Ten defining moments of Congress 2016

The big news in the Canadian academic world at the moment is Congress 2016 (on Twitter: #congressh), taking place right now at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Congress - or to name it in full, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences - is the annual gathering of 75 Canadian scholarly associations, with around 8,000 researchers, practitioners, …

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Reflections on Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention, New York, April 2016

During the past week I've been attending and presenting at the World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) in magnificent New York, and wanted to use this blog post to follow up and share some reflections from an excellent conference. ASN is a large conference with two overarching sets of themes. Firstly, topic-based, …

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