Call for Papers: UCLA Graduate Conference on Eurasian Cultural Interactions, Deadline: April 1, 2010

California Eurasian Studies Kurultai
A Graduate Conference
Saturday, April 10, 2010
University of California, Los Angeles

At present, the field of Eurasian Studies is spread across several
traditional disciplinary boundaries. For example, within the
discipline of Slavic Studies interest in the broader Eurasian context
has been growing in recent years. As scholars of Slavic-Turkic
cultural contacts we feel that the opportunities for graduate students
and junior scholars to present and develop research in this area are
limited. Therefore we are organizing a graduate conference on Eurasian
cultural interactions in order for graduate students with these
interests to meet and present their current research. 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. We are seeking participants who focus on
moments of contact and conflict in Eurasia, beyond the established
disciplinary boundaries.

Our keynote speaker is Alexander Diener, Associate Professor of
Geography at Pepperdine University. In his recent books, One Homeland
or Two: Nationalization and Transnationalization of Mongolia’s Kazakhs
(2009) and Homeland Conceptions and Ethnic Integration Among
Kazakhstan’s Germans and Koreans (2004), Professor Diener has explored
issues of national identity and contact in the multinational context
of present-day Eurasia. Likewise Professor Diener’s theoretical
orientation of geography will be a useful compromise uniting the many
possible directions panelists might take: from linguistics, to
culture, to religion, to history.

Submit abstracts of up to 300 words to by
January 5, 2010. Complete versions of the accepted papers must be
submitted to by April 1, 2010. Unfortunately
we cannot provide funding for accommodation or travel.

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

Avram Lyon
Robert Denis
Naomi Caffee
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of California, Los Angeles