OASIES is an interdisciplinary community of graduate students and scholars in the New York metropolitan area who promote the study of Inner Eurasia, broadly construed. Our goal is to foster dialogue and partnership across the academic spaces bounded by East Asian, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Russian area studies paradigms. Founded in 2008 at Columbia University, our organization is now a broad consortium that includes representatives from New York University and Princeton University. We strive to cultivate a sense of scholarly community by organizing and sponsoring lectures, film screenings, conferences, and other events during the course of the academic year.


The Hinge of the World: Connections, Networks, and Linkages in Inner Eurasia

The Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies at Columbia University, Princeton University, and New York University is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 7th Annual OASIES Conference

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Location: International Affairs Building, Room 1512, Columbia University
Address: 420 W. 118th Street, New York, NY 10027

Extended Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2014

Inner Eurasia has been and continues to be particularly fertile terrain for thinking through ideas of connections, networks, and linkages across culture, space, and time. The very language of connecting and linking, however, can inadvertently simplify the complex and mutually constituting qualities of interactions at the point of impact. While the popular concept of globalization, for example, often highlights the entangled nature of politics, history and society, its theorizations also open up possibilities for more thorough investigation into the different elements of these entanglements. In other words, a productive engagement with connections and networks must be coupled with a re-interrogation of the basic units of analysis that might otherwise be too easily presupposed. Bearing this in mind, this year’s conference asks: in what ways can rethinking connections, networks, and linkages not only reconfigure but re-conceptualize the categories that structure our scholarship on Inner Eurasia?

The conference considers Eurasia past and present, spanning from the Black Sea to Mongolia, from Siberia to South Asia. Stressing multi-disciplinarity, submissions are welcome from a variety of departments, programs, and centers, including but not limited to: Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Fine Arts, History, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Caucasian Studies, Central Asian Studies, Inner Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Mongolian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, South Asian Studies, and Tibetan Studies.

Possible approaches may include, but are not limited to:

-­‐ texts: literary, musical, visual, oral

– intertextuality: influences, resonances, reiterations

– exchange: economic, cultural, linguistic

– diaspora: coming and going

– globalism and nationalism

– centers and peripheries

– governance and citizenship

– gender and ethnicity

– negotiating belonging

– stratification

Keynote: Andrew Wachtel, President of the American University of Central Asia; Professor of Slavic Languages, Northwestern University

Submission Instructions

Please include the following information with all submissions:

1) Name of presenter

2) Academic position and institutional affiliation

3) Title of the paper

4) Abstract of no more than 300 words

5) Audio-­‐visual equipment needs

6) Contact information (please include e-­‐mail address and telephone number)

Send submissions to oasiesconference@gmail.com no later than January 31, 2014 [as an attachment in pdf or doc format].

Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes in length.