Free event: EURASIAN INSIGHTS Conference in Ghent: Past, current and upcoming dynamics in the Central Asian region, and their (possible) impacts for Europe

Dear colleagues

This free event focusing on Central Asia (September 2021) could be of interest to you and your networks.

“Held in Ghent (in Flanders, Belgium) from Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 September 2021.

The purposes of the event are threefold:

Firstly, to bring together scholars, students, interested members of the public and policymakers working on or interested in the Central Asian region to interact and, as such, strengthen a network of Central Asia-related research and -education in Europe.

Secondly, to show, by examining its identities and historical roots, societal and political dynamics, external interactions, and economy and environment, that the Central Asian region is not merely a passive object in abstract geopolitics, but that it also has histories, societies, identities and aspirations of its own.

Thirdly, examine what (potential) effects and impacts of developments in Central Asia, a region situated right beyond Europe’s eastern rim, have on the EU and Europe in general (and vice-versa).”

Further information:

Call for Proposals: AACaPS – ESAANZ Joint Conference 25-26 November 2021

Conference theme: Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Europe, Eurasia and Asia

Most of us have become acutely aware of borders and boundaries since Covid-19 struck! These boundaries are physical, psychological and systemic. No doubt ‘borders and boundaries’ are acutely relevant to the regions of our interest (Europe, Eurasia and Asia). In adopting ‘borders and boundaries’ as the theme for this conference, the organisers hope to include analysis of – and/or to cross – as many types of boundaries as possible.

Therefore, there could be consideration of physical borders (e.g. the problems of joining or leaving the EU,  Schengen, NATO, the Eurasian Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or the Belt and Road Initiative; Brexit; territorial disputes), psychological boundaries (e.g. Russians having to think of themselves as Russians but not Soviets; Serbs seeing themselves as Serbs but not Yugoslavs), cultural boundaries (e.g. problems of translation; problems of harmonising legislation or systems); political boundaries (e.g. transitioning from one type of system or regime to another), economic boundaries (e.g. from free trade to protectionism), historical boundaries (e.g. impact of certain historical events or actions) or transgressions of various kinds (e.g. challenges to cultural traditions, historiography, gender stereotypes; criminality; cyber security and digital challenges). Methodologically, there could be papers that challenge or cross discipline boundaries.

In short, there should be room for all at this exciting conference. 

Submission of proposals

Please send the following to

Proposal to include:

1)    Full name, 2) current institutional affiliation, 3) title/position, 4) contact details including telephone number, 5) title of panel or paper, 6) panel description or abstract of paper (200 words or less).

 If you are submitting a panel proposal, please provide the contact details and abstracts of all panellists, with a maximum of 4 speakers per panel.

Key dates

§  Abstract/panel submission deadline: 1 September 2021

§  Panel and abstract acceptance notification issued: By 1 October 2021

Depending on the nature and quality of submissions, we are working on arranging special issues in journals such as Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies (ANZJES)Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, and Europe-Asia Studies.

Conference registration

§  Standard—A$120

§  Concessional – A$80 (current AACAPS/ESAANZ members, full-time students)

§  Virtual only – TBC


Organising Committee


The Russian Revolution and Stalinism

AACaPS would like to congratulate their long-standing members, Emeritus Professor Graeme Gill and Professor Roger D. Markwick on their latest publication, The Russian Revolution and Stalinism. This book focuses upon significant aspects of Stalinism as a system in the USSR. It sheds new light on established questions and addresses issues that have never before been raised in the study of Stalinism.

Stalinism constitutes one of the most striking and contentious phenomena of the twentieth century. It not only transformed the Soviet Union into a major military-industrial power, but through both the Second World War and the ensuing Cold War, and its effect on the political Left throughout much of the world, it also transformed much of that world. This collection of papers by an international cast of authors investigates a variety of major aspects of Stalinism. Significant new questions – like the role of private enterprise and violence in state-making – as well as some of the more established questions – like the number of Soviet citizens who died in the Second World War, whether agricultural collectivisation was genocidal, nationality policy, the politics of executive power, and the Leningrad affair – are addressed here in innovative and stimulating ways.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Europe-Asia Studies.

Successful workshop held in Wellington

On 23 April 2021 the AACaPS’ Dr Milenko Petrovic (the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, New Zealand) and the members of his Jean Monnet Chair team took part in the academic workshop ‘EU Enlargement and the Eastern Partnership in Post-Covid 19 Europe’. The workshop was organized as the designated activity of Dr Petrovic’s JM Chair project at the historic Christchurch Arts Centre and it featured papers from several established scholars and the NCRE’s PhD candidates that initiated an interesting and robust discussion. The workshop was enhanced by the contributions of Dr Matthew Castle from Victoria University of Wellington, Dr James Headley from the University of Otago and Dr Nicholas Ross Smith from the University of Nottingham (Ningbo, China).

Webinar: From Stalin & Khrushchev to Putin: Autocracy in Russia from WW2 to the present (9 March 2021)

ZOOM link:
with HIROAKI KUROMIYA (Stalin biographer, Indiana Univ.), WILLIAM TAUBMAN (Pulitzer prize winning Khrushchev & Gorbachev biographer, Amherst College), DONALD RALEIGH (Brezhnev biographer, UNC-Chapel Hill, and ANGELA STENT (Putin biographer, Georgetown Univ.).
(introduced & moderated by KLAUS LARRES, UNC-Chapel Hill)
The U.S. has imposed new sanctions on Russia & Alexey Navalny has been sent to a harsh prison camp. This event with 4 OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS analyzes developments in Russia and western relations with Moscow from WORLD WAR II to the very PRESENT
Please join our next exciting Krasno event on TUESDAY, MARCH 9, at 5.30pm EST –
(11.30pm in Berlin; 10.30pm in London; 6.30am, March 10, in Beijing, and 9.30am, March 10, in Sydney)

New book: 30 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The AACaPS Executive Committee is very pleased to share the news about the latest edited volume which came out following a successful bi-annual conference in 2019 at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. The book, entitled 30 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Turns and Twists in Economies, Politics, and Societies in the Post-Communist Countries, is co-edited by Dr Alexandr Akimov and Dr Gennadi Kazakevitch and contains 17 chapters by many members of the association. 

“The year 2019 marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. This symbolic event led to German unification and the collapse of communist party rule in countries of the Soviet-led Eastern bloc. Since then, the post-communist countries of Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe have tied their post-communist transition to deep integration into the West, including EU accession. Most of the states in Central and Eastern Europe have been able to relatively successfully transform their previous communist political and economic systems. In contrast, the non-Baltic post-Soviet states have generally been less successful in doing so. This book, with an internationally respected list of contributors, seeks to address and compare those diverse developments in communist and post-communist countries and their relationship with the West from various angles.
The book has three parts. The first part addresses the progress of post-communist transition in comparative terms, including regional focus on Eastern and South Eastern Europe, CIS and Central Asia. The second focuses on Russia and its foreign relationship, and internal politics. The third explores in detail economies and societies in Central Asia. The final part of the book draws some historical comparisons of recent issues in post-communism with the past experiences.”

The book’s details and ordering information is available at:

ICCEES Call for Panel Proposals

The Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS) is delighted to host the 10th World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES). The event will be held at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada from 4-9 August, 2020.

Founded in 1974, ICCEES is a global consortium of national scholarly associations dedicated to promoting international cooperation and multi-disciplinary scholarly studies of Central and Eastern Europe, including former Soviet countries of Central Asia. ICCEES’ aims are to:

  • promote international scholarly exchange and cooperation in Central and East European Studies by holding a World Congress every five years;
  • share experience and support in critical methods, scholarly publishing, and organizational skills; and
  • welcome young scholars working in the field.

Call for submissions and Panel Proposals is currently open. For more information and how to apply, please see the following webpage:

Call for Nominations for an Award for the Promotion of International Cooperation in Central and East European and Eurasian Studies

The International Council for Central and East European Studies was founded in 1974 as an international body that could bring together national associations from around the world which were engaged in Russian, Central and East European, and Eurasian Studies. Representatives from 29 different countries participated in the founding conference, mostly from Western Europe and North America.
Since then, the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union led to a huge expansion of participation in the activities of ICCEES. The five yearly ICCEES congresses as well as regular regional congresses are now truly global events.
In recognition of ICCEES’ mission to promote international collaboration in scholarship across the world, the Executive Committee is asking for nominations for an award for an international network of scholars which has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to ICCEES’ aim of global cooperation in scholarship. The winners of the award will be announced at the 2020 World Congress of ICCEES in Montreal, and will be awarded €2,000 for the future work of the network.
Nominations should be submitted via the form on the ICCEES website by 31st January 2020. For full terms and conditions, please see their webpage:

ANU CAIS 4th Biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference – November 2019

Dear Members,
The following Call for Papers and conference details could be of interest to you and your networks.

The 2019 CAIS 4th Biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference is primarily concerned with the area encompassing the Arab World, Central Asian states, Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. Other regions including the Caucasus, Pakistan, and Sub-Saharan Africa countries, are also included for their contemporary and historical interaction with the Middle East and Central Asia regions. We welcome submission from various backgrounds and disciplines. The Conference will be designed to accommodate a wide range of topics but will focus on issues pertaining to governance, security and asymmetrical warfare. In addition, the Conference seeks to discuss how Australia can engage with these regions and evaluate Australia’s regional policies and security concerns.

We particularly encourage paper and panel submissions about topics that include, but not limited to:
–    Governance, state-building, and political change.
–    State’s legitimacy, decentralized governance, corruption, and transparency.
–    Regional security policies and military strategies, including issues of asymmetrical warfare.
–    Transnational insurgencies and violence.
–    Inter-state tensions and competition for power and influence.
–    Role of international actors on shaping security and governance outcomes.
–    Australia’s security and political strategies towards the Middle East and Central Asia.
–    Gender roles in governance and security.
–    Economic, social and political reforms.
–    Human and economic security.
–    Contemporary history of Central Asian and the Middle East.

Proposals for complete panels (of either three or four speakers) are very much welcomed. We particularly encourage panels which involve participants or collaborations with those working outside of academia. In addition, we warmly invite individual paper proposals on any topic related to Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies. Our aim is to foster dialogue between scholars studying the Middle East and Central Asia from all disciplines, forming dynamic panels in which these individual submissions can speak to one another in energising and fruitful ways.

Please note that paper abstracts must not exceed 250 words, and must be received by Wednesday 31 July 2019.
Paper submissions must be made online via this form:

If you wish to propose a panel, please do not use the above form. Instead, panel organisers should submit a Word document providing the panel title, a short summary of the panel theme, and the names, position titles, and institutions of your proposed presenters/panellists, along with their abstracts (if relevant). Please email the Word document directly to with “2019 Conference – panel proposal” in the subject line.

–    20 November: Theoretical and practical approaches to studying and understanding the Middle East.
–    21-22 November: Full Conference.
–    Conference dinner: Thursday 21 November.

–    Student: $100 (3 day), $50 (1 day)
–    Full: $150 (3 day), $60 (1 day)
–    Conference dinner (optional): $40

The Conference organisers expect to offer a limited amount of funding for some presenters, consistent where possible with ANU benchmarks. Funding will be offered on a case by case basis to those presenting papers, and is at the discretion of the organisers. Funding will only be considered for all abstracts and papers submitted in a timely manner by Doctoral candidates.
For queries regarding the Conference, please contact us. Please note that abstracts submissions are only accepted via the following link:

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