CfP: International Conference on “Geopolitics, Migrations and Identities in Central Eurasia” (Joint Meeting CESS-ESCAS)

International Conference:
«Geopolitics, Migrations and Identities in Central Eurasia»

(Joint Meeting CESS-ESCAS)

Lisbon, January 8/10, 2025
In-person only

We are pleased to announce the International Conference: «Geopolitics, Migrations and Identities in Central Eurasia», a Joint Meeting of the CESS (Central Eurasian Studies Society) and the ESCAS (European Society for Central Asian Studies) – anin-person conference scheduled to take place from January 8 to January 10, 2025 (Wednesday to Friday). We invite submissions relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship across Central Eurasia – a diverse region that encompasses Central Asia, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia, the Black Sea region, and the Volga region. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with more than 200 scholars and practitioners from a wide range of fields and to contribute to the rich tapestry of Central Eurasian studies.

The Joint Meeting will be hosted by the University of Lisbon (ISCSP – Campus da Ajuda). It’s one of the oldest European higher-learning institutions (created in the 13th century), and several Faculties are in the World’s top-100 in their fields. The post-conference workshops, special meetings, documentary presentations and the Farewell Party will take place at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa on Saturday morning (January 11 – Day Plus).


Send your submission to this email address – – with the title «Submission». We will acknowledge all submissions within five days.

  • Papers and panels: In addition to individual papers (max.300 words and five keywords), we strongly encourage participants to submit proposals for organised panels and roundtables (max.300 words and five keywords), comprising 3/5 participants from different universities or research institutions, one chair, and, in some instances, a discussant.
  • Nesting: Are you a member of the Board of a Scientific Society, a Research Center, a Cultural Institute related to Central Eurasia? Please consider the possibility of organizing a special session only with participants from your organisation – and we can offer you a room to hold a Board Meeting or Assembly.
  • Bring your book! Have you recently published/edited a book? You have two alternatives to present it: a roundtable (max. 5 participants, 90 min.) or a shorter, individual presentation and a Q&A (45 min.).
  • Bring your documentary! Have you recently directed/produced a documentary film (max. 60 min. – fiction not accepted)? You can screen and discuss it during the conference.
  • Bring your podcast! There will be a room specially equipped to record podcasts or similar sessions. Please contact us in advance.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: July 15
Notification of Acceptance: September 15
Registration: opening – September 20, deadline”early bird” – October 15; final deadline – November 15
Final Program:  November 30
Conference: Tuesday evening, January 7 (Day 0) – to Saturday morning, January 11 (Day Plus).


Membership of ESCAS or CESS required. Please check the websites: and

So, we invite you to mark your calendars and prepare to join us for an enriching experience that promises to deepen our understanding of Central Eurasia’s complex social, cultural, and historical landscapes. Stay tuned for more information on conference details.