American University of Central Asia - AUCA - IU-AUCA Workshop

IU-AUCA Workshop

CASI is looking for contributions on "New Socialities in Central Asia." "Sociality" as a concept has been employed across a broad swathe of scholarly disciplines. It invokes processes and can be defined as "a dynamic relational matrix within which subjects are constantly interacting in ways that are co-productive, and continually plastic and malleable." (Long & Moore, eds., 2013, Sociality: New Directions, Oxford: Berghahn, p. 4) Sociality is the fundamental condition of human beings but the particular ways in which it evinces itself in personhood and other structuring ideas and practices – kinship, identity, economy, religion, or ritual, to name but a few -- are constantly changing.

We are particularly interested in "new" or "recent" forms -- or instantiations -- of sociality in contemporary situations of mobility, urbanity, and translocal connections. If you feel tempted by the topic, send a title and an abstract (250 words), even tentative ones to Dr. Svetlana Jacquesson at, by 30 November 2017.

We are planning to organize one or two panels on the topic at the second IU-AUCA workshop to take place at Indiana University (Bloomington) at the end of August 2018 as well as to publish a collective volume / special issue on the topic. All expenses of AUCA participants in the workshop will be covered by IU-AUCA joint fund.

American University of Central Asia
7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

Tel.: +996 (312) 915000 + Еxt.
Fax: +996 (312) 915 028