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The Cambridge Central Asia Forum (CCAF) organises seminars, talks and panel discussions, focusing on scholarly activity in Central Asia and the Caucasus and discourse with the region.

Ongoing weekly seminars are delivered by prominent guest academics and researchers, ambassadors, industry specialists and representatives of civil society and NGOs. These contributions bring a wealth of experience in the region that extends across all issues of progress, discontent, strife and development in the Central Asia and Eurasia Region.

Topics include Western intervention, China’s role, regions’ resilience, climate change, food and energy security, economic reform, corruption, human rights and daily life.

Previous events

Past CCAF events have been diverse, ranging from talks on development from leading Eurasian policy makers to workshops identifying the key learnings from sustainable fishing practises in the Caspian Sea.

One major highlight, following a competitive selection process, was hosting ESCAS 2011, the largest Central and Eurasian Studies conference. The conference featured a wide range of topics, including ancient Islamic manuscripts of Uzbekistan, the anthropology of state in the Kyrgyz republic, the ethno-politics of Xinjiang Region, the Afghan conflict and the Kazakhstan energy economy.

Upcoming events

Time: 11-1pm, every Friday in term time
Venue: Blended/webinar (Zoom) registration link

15 October - Rustamjon Urinboyev, Lund University, Ethnic and Religious Identities in Russian Penal Institutions: A Case Study of Uzbek Transnational Prisoners'

22 October - Ayse Zarakol, University of Cambridge, ‘Before the West, The rise and Fall of World Orders in the East’

29 October - Rahilya Geybullayeva, Baku Slavic University, ‘Modern criteria for shared cultural past: Azerbaijani literature and beyond’

5 November - Hyunhee Park, Associate Professor of History at the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY, ‘The Story of Soju: Distillation in Mongol Korea, its Eurasian Roots, and Global Context’ 

12 November - Jacqueline Armijo, NYU-Shanghai, 'How a Muslim from Bukhara Serving in the Yuan Dynasty Came to Have a Major Impact on Southwest China'

19 November - Zalmai Nishat, Sussex Asia Centre, ‘Current Developments in Afghanistan’

26 November - Katie Campbell, King's Silk Roads Programme, University of Cambridge, ‘Archaeological Exploration of ‘Silk Road Cities’ in Central Asia’

3 December Address by His Excellency Edil Baisalov, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Kingdom


For more information please visit the University’s Cambridge Central Asia Forum events page.

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