CFP: Language and Identity in Central Asia

Call for Papers: Language and Identity in Central Asia

May 4-5, 2012 at UCLA

The UCLA Program on Central Asia is pleased to announce that it will
be holding a conference on language and identity in Central Asia on
May 4-5, 2012. We are seeking the participation of graduate students,
postdoctoral scholars, and junior faculty to take part in a two-day
workshop to present and discuss their work in this area. These
participants will be joining a group of four invited established
scholars in the field and faculty discussants. Confirmed invited
scholars are Professors Azade-Ayse Rorlich of the University of
Southern California, Gardner Bovingdon of Indiana University, and
Harsha Ram of UC Berkeley. Other invited scholars will be listed on
the conference webpage as soon as their participation has been

The conference is organized along four axes of interaction between
Central Asia and other parts of the world:

–contact with the Islamic Middle East and Ottoman world
–contact with the Russian Empire and its successor states
–internal contact among populations of Central Asia
–contact with China and East Asia

Each axis will begin with a keynote talk by an invited scholar,
followed by one or two panels that further explore the area.

We are seeking papers that treat questions of language and identity
along any of these axes of interaction, either finished work or
reports of early works in progress. It is our hope that the conference
will provide an opportunity for scholars to present and refine their
current research in an area that often lacks institutional support.
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.

Submit abstracts of up to 300 words to by
February 1, 2012. Complete versions of the accepted papers must be
submitted by April 15, 2012. Unfortunately, we cannot provide funding
for panel participants’ accommodation or travel, but limited
accommodations may be available with graduate students at UCLA.

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

Updated information on the conference will be posted on the Program on
Central Asia website:

In addition to the UCLA Program on Central Asia, the conference is
being supported by the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and
Literatures and the Postcolonial Literature and Theory Colloquium

For more info please contact:
Naomi Caffee

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