CFP: Eurasia and Silk Road in Global Perspective (Cambridge, UK)

Deadline to Submit Abstract: April 4, 2016

Dates of the workshop: May 3, 2016
Submit 300-Word Abstract and Short Bio: caf@devstudies.cam.ac.uk 

Cambridge Central Asia Forum and Center for Development Studies of the University of Cambridge in conjunction with VerusScript Publishers are organizing a workshop titled ‘Eurasia and Silk Road in Global Perspective’. This workshop will consider global and local aspects of Eurasian regional projects. We invite papers which consider the processes unfolding in greater Eurasian space in the view of the recently-launched projects of Eurasian Economic Union and Silk Road Economic Belt. Papers with sectoral or sub-regional focus that engage with below broader themes of Eurasian research are welcome.

Theme I: Imagining Eurasia/Silk Road in a Global Context:
The papers will consider how elites of Eurasian regional project envisage the role of Eurasia in a global perspective. In particular, the papers will consider local elites relate the concept of Eurasia to the artifacts of today’s globalized world. The papers will look into the question of what kind of relations the idea of Eurasia/Silk Road envisages for such concepts as modernity, nation, state, and international development; notions of diplomacy and soft power will feature here. We are particularly interested in discussing how the proposed Eurasian area will fit into the world economic and political system.

Theme II: Performing Eurasia in European and Global Context:
We invite papers which will consider if and how the countries of Eurasia act as one actor in their interaction with the structures of global governance. The papers will trace how policy-makers of these regions build relations with structures of global governance (WTO, World Bank, EBRD, IMF) and other regional blocs (EU, Latin America, ASEAN, BRICS). The papers will consider the question of what kind of relations between the different actors is possible as well as imaginable.

Theme III: Performing Eurasia in Asian Context:
Eurasia is often depicted as an entity stretching and striving from the East to the West. The panel will consider an often ignored axis of North/South relationship given strong interests of various regional powers. The panel will address this issue by inviting papers which would outline views towards Eurasian countries by such countries as Turkey, Iran, India, Middle East and Gulf States.

Theme IV: Performing Eurasia in the Local Context:
The panel will consider the effects of Eurasian regionalism on local conditions. In particular, it will analyse the concept of Eurasia in formal and informal social practices, such as business practices, transport, cross-border trade, survival strategies, media landscape, education, advertising, fashion, etc.  We will invite papers from various humanities disciplines, e.g. anthropologists, economists, business and media scholars.