A Graduate Conference
The California Eurasian Studies Kurultai is a graduate conference on Eurasian cultural interactions in order for graduate students with these interests to meet and present their current research. At present, the field of Eurasian Studies is spread across several traditional disciplinary boundaries. For example, within the discipline of Slavic Studies interest in the broader Eurasian context has been growing in recent years. As scholars of Slavic-Turkic cultural contacts we feel that the opportunities for graduate students and junior scholars to present and develop research in this area are limited.
The conference program is available at http://sites.google.com/site/californiakurultai/program
Our keynote speaker is Alexander Diener, Associate Professor of Geography at Pepperdine University. In his recent books, One Homeland or Two: Nationalization and Transnationalization of Mongolia's Kazakhs (2009) and Homeland Conceptions and Ethnic Integration Among Kazakhstan's Germans and Koreans (2004), Professor Diener has explored issues of national identity and contact in the multinational context of present-day Eurasia.
Likewise Professor Diener's theoretical orientation of geography will be a useful compromise uniting the many possible directions panelists might take: from linguistics, to culture, to religion, to history.
Sponsor(s): Slavic Languages and Literatures
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