This event is cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic

(Original event (May 2020) was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic)

Note: the “Beyond Europe” Conference will be held online (read more below)

We have decided to relaunch a more modest version of the Master Class, aptly called the mini-CAMC, which will take place in December. This master class will hosted in cooperation with the Beyond Europe Conference that has agreed to host three standing sections on CA and will give a platform to some of our keynote speaker.

This conference is a separate event, and if you are interested you can apply directly. The Mini-Master Class will host a series of lectures and workshops before and after the conference, and these will be open to selected CAMC applicants only.

WHEN: The original Central Asia Master Class (CAMC) has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, but in its place we will be organizing a mini-CAMC lasting 5 days from 2 to 6 December 2020. This event is integrated with the ‘Beyond Europe Conference‘ hosting three standing sections on CA (see lower).

  • Tuesday 1 December – Arrival day
  • Wednesday 2 December – Workshops/round tables /lectures on CAS (just for CAMC participants)
  • Saturday 5 December – Workshops/round tables /lectures on CAS (just for CAMC participants)
  • Thursday 3 December – Beyond Europe Conference – sessions on CA
  • Friday 4 December – Beyond Europe Conference – sessions on CA
  • Sunday 6 December – final CAS session in the morning. End by 12:00 am. (just for CAMC participants)

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

DEADLINE for the CAMC: The call for applications is closed. Applicants have been informed about the results and changes.

DEADLINE for the Beyond Europe Conference: The call for applications will be opened soon. This 2-day event is open for all accepted applicants. Click here for more info.

Information on the standing panels on CA during the Beyond Europe conference

This year’s edition of Beyond Europe will host several sections on Eurasia with a focus on Central Asia. These sections are sponsored by the Erasmus+ EISCAS project ( and are co-funded by the Erasmus Plus program of the European Union. EISCAS is a strategic partnership aimed at improving the study of of Central Asia in Europe by creating a new (Open Access) handbook, teaching guidelines for educators and curriculum design recommendations. 

  • Eurasian Insights I – Cracks in the domestic order
  • Eurasian Insights II – Regional trends and local realignments
  • Eurasian Insights III – Glimpses of new paradigms in the regional order?

Moderators: Bruno De Cordier, Adrien Fauve, Sebastien Peyrouse, Svetlana Gorshenina, Jeremy Smith, Jeroen Van den Bosch, Catherine Poujol, Vincent Fourniau. 

Standing Panels on Central Asia

Eurasian Insights I – Cracks in the domestic order – The haphazard authoritarian reactions to the Covid-19 pandemic in Eurasia have in some cases exposed some internal weaknesses of the regimes and societies in Eurasia. These have been lurking under the surface for some time now, and this section will pay special attention to linking symptomatic ‘cracks’ to their real causes and make assessment how deep they really cleave the old domestic orders. (Sponsored by EISCAS)

Eurasian Insights II – Regional trends and local realignments – The international and domestic are only separated in theory only, and this section invites papers that highlight the local impact of wider winds of change and vice versa. Encouraged are frameworks that can bridge the realms of IR and the local (Comparative politics or Area Studies) with a focus on Eurasia and Central Asia. (Sponsored by EISCAS)

Eurasian Insights III – Glimpses of new paradigms in the regional order? – This section is reserved for papers that bring new theoretical insights to the study of Eurasia. Articles that identify the expiration dates of old paradigms, a twist on old structure-agent debates, and new ways to look at old issues are welcomed in this section. (Sponsored by EISCAS)



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.)


Since in these uncertain times many selected participants haven’t been able to declare yet if they will be coming, we are not able to make our final budget calculations, but participants can count on EISCAS covering the following costs:

– Flight tickets

– Conference fee (for beyond Europe)

– Tuition fee for the Master Class

– Accommodation (I will do my utter best to reserve and book)

(I am not sure about meals yet. We will do our best to cover some, but we won’t be able to cover all.)

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 – to be updated

  • 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)

Lectures by external experts – to be updated

Workshops & Round tables – to be updated

Number of events realized

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