Welcome to Steppe Sisters
Steppe Sisters (founded 2017) is an international networking group dedicated to connecting women and underrepresented groups in academia, who conduct research in Central Asia (specifically CIS countries) and neighboring regions. We bridge boundaries and encourage cross-cultural exchange of ideas, resources, and support to encourage the professional advancement of women researchers.
Our remit is focused upon human science researchers, specifically, those who work in fields which investigate humans and their environment both today and in the past. This includes the disciplines of history, archaeology, anthropology, palaeoecology, archaeogenetics, and other related fields of human sciences. However, researchers from all other disciplines are also welcome.
Steppe Sisters Network is currently supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation with a Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives, 2021-2024.
News and information
Steppe Sisters & Humboldtians Early Career Conference Programme
Steppe Sisters New Publication by Elissa Bullion
This article by Steppe Sister Elissa Bullion and her colleagues discusses the discovery and excavation of an early Islamic cemetery in the highlands of Central Asia at the site of Tashbulak, in modern-day Uzbekistan. The Tashbulak cemetery demonstrates the presence of an early Islamic community in a rural region, challenging narratives that Islam was slowly adopted in these areas as it diffused from urban centers.
Find the article here (open access):
Steppe Sisters New Publications
Duturaeva, Dilnoza. Qarakhanid Roads to China: A History of Sino-Turkic Relations. Leiden: Brill, 2022.
Qarakhanid Roads to China reconsiders the diplomacy, trade and geography of transcontinental networks between Central Asia and China from the 10th to the 12th centuries and challenges the concept of “the Silk Road crisis” in the period between the fall of the Tang Dynasty and the rise of the Mongols. Utilizing a broad range of Islamic and Chinese primary sources together with archaeological data, Dilnoza Duturaeva demonstrates the complexity of interaction along the Silk Roads and beyond that, revolutionizes our understanding of the Qarakhanid world and Song-era China’s relations with neighboring regions.
The e-book version of this publication is available in Open Access: https://brill.com/view/title/61452
Steppe Sisters & Humboldtians Early Career Conference
The Steppe Sisters Network supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will hold a conference for early career researchers at the National Center of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan in Tashkent from September 5-7, 2022. The training workshop is designed to enhance the capacity of women researchers in history, archaeology, ecology and anthropology and create a community of scholars interested in Central and Inner Asian Research. The conference will focus on topics to help early career researchers and students succeed in a wide range of academic fields.
For information see: https://www.steppesisters.org/early-career-conference
Lecturer in Modern Russian History at Cardiff University (Deadline 29th March 2022)
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion wishes to appoint a fixed-term full-time lecturer in Russian History. The post is for 12 months to cover a period of externally funded leave. You will possess a record or potential for excellence in research in modern Russian History and evidence of high-quality teaching at undergraduate level.
For more information see:
PAUSE: French Program for the Urgent Aid and Reception of Scientists and Artists in Exile
PAUSE is the French Program for the Urgent Aid and Reception of Scientists and Artists in Exile (Programme National d'Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques et Artistes en Exile).
The next deadline is April 8, 2022.
Research Fellowship "Global Archaeology, Sustainable Archaeology and the Archaeology of Sustainability
Under this topic the German Archaeological Institute offers several short-term fellowships for young scholars. With these fellowships, we also want to specifically support at-risk colleagues from Ukraine to conduct research at one of the DAI sites in Germany or abroad, and we expressly welcome their applications.
Questions related to the field of comparative global archaeology represent a major element of DAI’s research themes. However, “global archaeology” is also interpreted in the sense of how archaeological research is conducted in a globalized world. The connected topic of “sustainable archaeology” encompasses a variety of aspects associated with this theme, such as (and not limited to) community archaeology, public engagement or postcolonial studies. Related to this, the DAI is also interested in “archaeology of sustainability”, i.e., investigating how past cultures sought sustainable solutions or how they reflected upon the sustainability of their actions and practices.
Applications may be submitted no later than 29.04.2022.
For more information:
Webinar ‘Next Generation: Reflections and Future perspectives on Higher Education in the Former Soviet Union’
UNESCO IESALC and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia) will hold the International Conference on Higher Education Developments in the former Soviet Space, 30 years since the end of the Soviet Union, on February 14-15, 2022.
Call for abstracts: Sustainability and Environmental Challenges in the Caspian Sea (International Journal of Water Resources Development)
The Caspian Sea is the most extensive inland water system globally, situated at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. It resembles marine ecosystems, but it has similar characteristics to lakes with some salinity which vary as per the location and the regional water balance. Being an endorheic basin, the Caspian Sea is highly susceptible to climatic and hydrological changes from natural and human-induced factors.
The objective of this Special Issue is to identify the major sustainability and environmental challenges and the initiatives and policies to be adopted for sustainable water management of the Caspian Sea in a national and regional context.
We encourage the interested authors to send a concept note to firstname.lastname@example.org until 28th February 2022 about their topic of interest before the submission process.
For more information: https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/sustainability-environmental-challenges-caspian-sea/?utm_source=TFO&utm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=JPG15743#?utm_source=CPB&utm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=JPG15743
Postdoc opportunities at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales
École des hautes études en sciences sociales has opened 10 postdoctoral positions for a period of one year including 2 positions in the medieval history of the Islamic world (7th-16th centuries) and imperial institutions and practices in Muslim Asia.
Deadline: February 2, 2022
Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes
If you don't know the Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes project yet, check it out!
Silk Roads Programme Event
King's College Silk Roads Programme for the term - hybrid in Cambridge and on zoom. Some great talks and kicking off with our two Steppe Sisters the wonderful Rebecca Roberts and Saltanat Amirova who will talk about gold artifacts from Kazakhstan currently on display in Cambridge. This Friday (15th of Oct) at 2 pm UK time. Further info and registration links are below.
Who we are
Membership to our closed forums and discussion groups is limited to Steppe Sisters members only to provide opportunities for women and those who identify as women. Men who wish to support Steppe Sisters will be allowed to join as friends of the group to access our mailing list, website, and Twitter, and can contribute through offering training opportunities. Members of the public can interact with the group through our public Twitter profile and the webpage. Discussion is encouraged in the language of your choice.
Our aims are:
- To network to bridge cultural divides
- To support early-career women researchers
- To promote research by women in the past and present
- To advance equality, diversity and inclusion in academia
We support women-led professional academic development through:
- Providing online discussion forums for networking and communication
- Online and in-person training sessions, lectures and seminars
- Mentorships that link senior and early career scholars with students
- Small-Grant Programmes for early career researchers (supported by funding organizations)
Our steering committee leads and directs Steppe Sisters and is responsible for organising conferences, online events and acting as admins in our online community spaces.
Ashleigh Haruda, Zooarchaeologist, University of Oxford, UK
Ainash Childebayeva, Bioanthropologist, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany and Institute of Genetics and General Cytology in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Dilnoza Duturaeva, Historian, University of York, UK
Kristen Hopper, Landscape Archaeologist, Durham University, UK
Alicia Ventresca Miller, Bioarchaeologist, University of Michigan, US
Cecilia Conte, Archaeologist, Humboldt Universität, Germany
Leslee Michelsen, Art Historian and Archaeologist, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design in Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Dilrabo Tosheva, Architectural Historian, University of Queensland, Australia
Elissa Bullion, Bioarchaeologist, US Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Pittsburgh, US
Katie Campbell, Archaeologist, University of Cambridge, UK