WHEN: This Central Asia Master Class (CAMC) will take place from 17 to 26 of April 2020. The CAMC will last 10 days. (This includes 1 arrival and 1 departure day)

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

DEADLINE: The call for applications is closed. Applicants will be informed about the results of the selection per e-mail before 1 February 2020.

(In case you applied but did not receive any information please contact admin@eiscas.eu after checking your spam folder. )

FOR WHO: The CAMC is primarily aimed at MA and junior PhD students working on Central Asia in the fields of history, social & political sciences, anthropology or other sub-disciplines of the Humanities. The CAMC is directed at those students that aspire to become Central Asia specialists and/or are currently writing a dissertation about CA. (Final year BA students can also eligible on condition they are writing a BA-paper on this topic.)

WHO CAN APPLY: In principle everybody with the right student / researcher profile can apply, but we can only offer full funding to students of the consortium if they are selected. For these applicants we can cover: tuition fee, travel, travel insurance, accommodation and meals during teaching days. Other applicants, when selected, will get partial funding, meaning the organization will cover tuition fee, accommodation and meals, but not the costs for travel or travel insurance

(The number of accepted external applicants that qualify, will depend on the limits of our funding.)


Lectures by CAS experts – draft overview

  • The ‘fogbanks’ of Eurasian history as an ideological stake. The Khazar episode and its impact  – Bruno De Cordier (Ghent University)
  • Central Asia’s maritime dimension? The historical position and role of the Aral and Caspian basins in the modern shaping of the region – Bruno De Cordier (Ghent University)
  • Early modern interactions between pastoral nomadic and sedentary societies in the Central Asian culture complex – Vincent Fourniau (EHESS-Centre d’études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques, i.c.w. IFÉAC)
  • Imperial spirit in a post-colonial or post- post-colonial society: how photographs of Russian Turkestan are perceived in social networks– Svetlana Gorshenina (Collège de France, i.c.w. Ghent University)
  • Religions in Central Asia – Sebastien Peyrouse (George Washington University)
  • Political Regimes of and in Central Asia – Jeroen Van den Bosch (AMU Poznan)
  • Regional and intercontinental exchange spaces – Sebastien Peyrouse (George Washington University)
  • Foreign policy of Central Asian states – Catherine Poujol (IFÉAC)
  • Central Asia and International Security: The use and abuse of the concept of Terrorism Serve? – Maria Raquel Freire and Bernardo Teles Fazendeiro (University of Coimbra)
  • Environmental Geopolitics in Central Asia – Natalie Koch (Maxwell Syracuse Univ., i.c.w. Ghent University)
  • Urbanization and rural-urban dynamics in Central Asia – Suzanne Harris-Brandts (MIT)

A Face-to-face consultations between every student and a panel of CAS researchers according to discipline/expertise to consult their MA/PhD dissertation topic or other research agenda.

Lectures by external experts

Workshops & Round tables

  • Per Aspera ad Astra: how to prepare, conduct and make sense of fieldwork – Adrien Fauve (Paris-Sud)

(Other Classes that will be still added to the program)

2 Lectures/workshops on career advice by (non-)academic experts on the needs and opportunities of the labor market for CAS alumni.

2 workshops / Round Tables for CAS students on generic/soft skills and competences like finding funding, how to publish and on fieldwork.

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