Jan. 30, 2018 news
The Regional Center for Central Asia of Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem)
Department of International and Comparative Politics
American University of Central Asia
Democracy and Nationalism in Central Asia (Call for Papers)
June 4-5, 2018
Among the recent widespread developments in world political affairs, two important inter-related issues have been the possible decline of democracy and rise of nationalist politics. Whether there is any causal relationship between them – and which way the arrow points – is a question to be discussed in every particular case with careful empirical research, of course, but that they have always stood in a complicated and contradictory relationship in modern times is an obvious point.
The vibrant pace of politics in, and among, the Central Asian states in the recent period presents a convenient setting to discuss both the predicaments of democracy and nationalism, each in its own way, and any relationship between them where relevant. From the constitutional amendment spree in four of the five countries in 2016 and 2017, to the emergence of the new president of Uzbekistan, to presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan with all the pomp and circumstance thereof (including the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan quarrel), and the increased frequency of odd publicity stunts from Ashkhabad – these are just a few of the events in the region that lend basis for a discussion of politics in the region as it pertains to questions of democracy and nationalism.
The Regional Center for Central Asia of Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem), based at the International and Comparative Politics Department of the American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic), is organizing a conference on ‘Democracy and Nationalism in Central Asia’. Interested scholars are invited to submit proposals for individual papers as well as pre-arranged panels for an academic conference on Democracy and Nationalism in Central Asia, to be held on June 4-5, 2018. Presentations of completed or in-progress original research works in all the relevant disciplinary fields and methodological approaches are welcome from within and outside the region.
The following are some broad themes to consider in proposing papers and panels, but are not exhaustive – all about Central Asia as a whole or individual countries:
Abstracts will be accepted via email by Dr. Emil Dzhuraev at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Farhad Kerimov at email@example.com until April 2, 2018. Please send abstracts to both emails. Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited number of travel grants are available. Please indicate your interest in funding in your email with the abstract.