Below you will find the details about the Intensive Study Program (Central Asia Master Class) held in Poznan in May 2019.

The call for applications is closed.

The selection results have been sent to all applicants.

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WHEN: The ISP starts on 10 May and ends on 19 May 2019.

DURATION: The ISP will last 10 days, with 10 and 19 as arrival/departure days

WHERE: The ISP will be hosted by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland


The call for applications starts: 28 January 2019

The call for applications ends: 06 March 2019

The selection of participants takes places in early March and the selection results will be announced on the website shortly after.


Click here to download the preliminary program and draft calendar

DRAFT TEACHING PROGRAM (Poznan, 10-19 May 2019)

List of specialized classes offered (interdisciplinary):

  • The Islamization of Central Asia in the medieval period – Bruno de Cordier (UGent)
  • (Linguistic) culture, collective memory and remembrance culture in Central Asia – Abel Polese (Dublin City University)
  • Ethnicity, class and clan politics – Jeremy Smith (East Finland University)
  • Political parties and elections in Central Asia – Adrien Fauve (Paris-Sud)
  • Law and/in Central Asia: Discourse and Praxis across the Soviet collapse – Scott Newton (SOAS, University of London)
  • History and evolution of geopolitics toward Central Asia – Slavomir Horak (Charles University in Prague)
  • Political economy and development of and in Central Asia – Luca Ancenschi (Glasgow University)
  • Migration in and from the Central Asian region – Bhavna Davé (SOAS, University of London)
  • New Silk Utopia: Spatial transformation of Central Asia from “subsistence zone” to “space of development” – Ivan Peshkov (The Centre for Central Asian Studies, AMU),
  • Everyday Islam, shamanism and healing in Central Asia – Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka (Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, AMU)

Generic / soft skills

  • Think strategically of your career (based on insights of the Scopus Diaries) – Abel Polese (Dublin City University)
  • Fieldwork in Central Asia: Tips & Recommendations – Henryk Jankowski (Department of Asian Studies, AMU)
  • Introduction to Kazakh: a guide to self-study – Henryk Jankowski (Department of Asian Studies, AMU)

Face-to-face consultations with experts (4-5 hours) between students and attending CAS researchers according to discipline/expertise to consult their MA/PhD research agenda or dissertation topic.

Other classes that will be still added to the program

  • 4 Lectures/workshops on career advice by non-academic experts on the needs and opportunities of the labor market for CAS alumni.
  • 2 round table talks with academic and non-academic CA specialists on the future of Central Asian Studies as a discipline and career trajectories for CAS graduates.
  • 1 other workshop for CAS students on generic/soft skills and competences
  • (4 non-academic keynote speakers and other teachers will be announced later)

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