CFP: Central Asia Forum

Deadline: January 31, 2024

February 28–29, 2024 (on zoom)

Hosted by the Slavic Reference Service

The Central Asia Research Forum aims to bring together scholars in all disciplines and stages of the research process to discuss the many interpretations of the forum theme Civil Society in Central Asia. Since 1991, civil society in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan has undergone significant transformations and revitalization that warrants continued scholarly attention. We invite all those interested to submit proposals for paper presentations, panels, and roundtables on this year’s theme. We also invite proposals that shed light on the current condition of contemporary civil society since the start of the Russia–Ukraine War and how those societies view and interact with each other on their own terms.

We strongly encourage graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, librarians, and archivists to submit proposals and share their scholarly perspectives on civil society in Central Asia: past, present, and future.

Sub-themes for this iteration of the Forum include:
Non-governmental organizations
Social movement organizations
Mass media
Memory institutions
Community organizations

Participants are welcome to present in any language, but we ask participants to provide an accompanying English translation of their remarks.

The 2024 edition of the Central Asia Research Forum will be held on February 28-29, 2024. Those interested in presenting should upload an abstract by January 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m., CST. Zoom details will be shared after registration. 

Submit your proposals:

General Registration (for those wishing to attend but not present a paper):

Questions? Contact the Slavic Reference Service (

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