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CALL. 15.05.2019: Cultures in Contact Central Asia as Focus of Trade, Cultural Exchange and Knowledg




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Bern (Bern, Switzerland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr. Christoph Baumer (President, The Society for the Exploration of EurAsia); Prof. Dr. Mirko Novák (Associate Professor for Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Bern); Prof. Therese Weber (Vice-President The Society for the Exploration of EurAsia).

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Central Asia is a vast region separating and at the same time connecting the civilizations of the Near East, East Asia and the Indian subcontinent with each other and with the nomadic cultures in Siberia and eastern Europe. In itself, it comprises very different environments and lifestyles, thus forming a zone of interface between sedentary and nomadic cultures. In geographical terms, Central Asia is defined as comprising Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Southern Siberia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The aim of the conference is to evaluate supra-, inter-, and intraregional modes of cultural exchange and knowledge transfer like trade, migration, missionary activities or military encounters. This exchange may have occurred from the outside into Central Asia or conversely out of Central Asia to neighboring cultures. The timeframe under consideration is from the Early Bronze Age to the end of the 14th century CE.


Participants are expected to deliver a paper and to submit an abstract in English. The oral presentation of papers is limited to 25 minutes plus discussion. Participants may submit only one abstract.

The papers presented should be based upon new archaeological investigations, surveys and discoveries. The papers should be the result of original research and should not be a restatement of material and data already available somewhere else in secondary literature. Papers that have been published elsewhere are not accepted.

There will be presentations and discussions in the plenum, no parallel sessions.

Abstracts Abstracts should contain a maximum of 250 words and be written in English. The abstracts will be published at the website of the conference and will be distributed in printed form at the start of the conference, non-English-native speakers are asked to have their abstract proofread. The deadline for submission is 15 Mai 2019. Abstracts must be submitted online here.

If you encounter any difficulties with your submission, do not hesitate to contact us.

The abstracts will be evaluated and screened on a competitive basis by a jury which consists of the two convenors and two specialists.

Publication in a monograph The contributions will be published in a printed monograph. Instructions as to format, illustrations, plans, quotation etc. follow.

Infrastructure and accommodation for Speakers of accepted abstracts The invitation (after the submitted abstract has been successfully accepted by the local committee) includes the access to all plenary sessions during the Central Asian Cultures Conference 2020 (13 - 15 February 2020), including Food & Beverages and accommodation during the conference (booked & arranged by the local committee). For technical reasons of flight schedules of participants arriving from Central Asia, the accommodation may be extended to Wednesday 12 February 2020 if needed. Speakers of accepted abstracts will receive a voucher code/link for free registration to the conference with their email of acceptance by 12 June 2019. Speakers wishing to stay at another hotel will have to organize and finance such individual accommodations themselves. Travel grants for Speakers of accepted abstracts The Society has a limited fund to support international travel in economy class of Speakers of accepted abstracts. If you would like to be considered for financial support, please submit the Travel Grant Application, which will be sent to you together with the email of acceptance by 12 June 2019. The deadline for the submission of Travel Grant Applications is 15 July 2019. Applicants will be informed as soon as possible, if their grant application has been accepted.

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