Welcome to Steppe Sisters
Steppe Sisters (founded 2017) is an international networking group dedicated to connecting women and those who identify as women, who conduct research in Central Asia (specifically CIS countries). 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
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!
London Central Asia Research Network - Call for papers (doctoral research workshop)
More information can be found here
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.
DAACS open course - Introduction to R Programming for Historical Archaeologists
Useful free course for anyone wanting an introduction to using R in archaeology!
Call for Submissions: The History of Soviet Central Asia in 100 Objects
About the Exhibition
"The History of Soviet Central Asia in 100 Objects" is an online museum exhibition project that aims to convey histories of Soviet Central Asia through material objects. Inspired by Neil Macgregor's "A History of the World in 100 objects", the exhibition aims to open up the field of Soviet Central Asian studies to the general public, but also enrich the historical narrative of the Soviet past in Central Asia through material objects and their "biographies."
The online exhibition will present 100 material objects, which are presented as a lens to tell stories of a particular period, idea, experience or event. The objects will be arranged chronologically so that they cover the whole Soviet period, highlighting the specificity of each historical and geographic context. Each object will be commented by a historian from the field of Soviet Central Asian studies. The accompanying commentary will draw upon personal, family, regional and all-Soviet histories, in some cases exploring the literary resonances or artistic inspiration for a particular object, whilst also explaining how it was produced, used and preserved.
We aim to bring together complex and polyphonic narratives of the period and its collapse from so far unlikely angles, such as through history of clothing and food. We also welcome objects that reflect history of migration, interconnectedness to other regions, of fluidity of borders and belongings, uncovering multicultural and global dimensions. Beyond such historical and visual analysis, we expect exhibition entries to draw attention to mentions of particular objects in literature, and examine their resonance in contemporary Central Asian culture.
The exhibition’s opening in 2021 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the demise of the Soviet Union and presents/celebrates diverse historical research of the Soviet period in the region. In addition, our exhibition will feature narratives with “ordinary” people and their experiences of the Soviet period and its collapse, including those who currently live but also who already left Central Asia, highlighting the temporal and biographical geography of the region.
Online Congress: Middle East and Muslim Worlds Studies
28th June - 2nd July 2021
Our network is searching for an appropriate logo for use on our website and social media platforms. We are looking for brilliant ideas or fully conceptualized designs.
The winner of our logo contest will receive $50 and acknowledgment on our website.
Our vision: Steppe Sisters is an international network of women who conduct research in Central Asia (specifically CIS countries), Mongolia, and China. We bridge boundaries and encourage cross-cultural exchange of ideas, resources, and support to encourage the professional advancement of women.
Our aims are:
▪️To network, bridging cultural divides
▪️To support early-career women researchers
▪️To promote research by women in the past and present
▪️To advance equality and diversity in human sciences
Send your logo ideas, designs, or thoughts by August 5th, 2021 to Alicia Ventresca Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
BAR Open Access in Archaeology Award 2021
Deadline: 30th September 2021
Pastoral Communities’ Territories of Life in Asia: Tales of Coexistence of Nature and People
Webinars for the World Heritage Managers in Central Asia
Employees of all organizations involved in the management of the Central Asian World Heritage sites, as well as interested representatives of authorized state bodies, research organizations, NGOs and civil society, are invited to participate in the Webinars for World Heritage Managers in Central Asia.
This series is designed in cooperation with, and the participation of, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention (ICCROM, ICOMOS, IUCN).
The webinars will be held online in English and Russian with simultaneous translation, covering a variety of topics that are relevant to the challenges faced by the region:
📆 2021.07.01 - World Heritage Convention: Basic Principles, Obligations of the States Parties for Conservation, Management and Monitoring Mechanism – World Heritage and Sustainable Development
📆 2021.07.05 - Planning around the World Heritage Properties: Proactive Planning and Impact Assessments
📆 2021.07.08 - Risk and Disaster Preparedness Planning at the World Heritage Properties
New Evidence from South-West Georgia
The End of the Kura-Araxes Culture and the Beginning of the Early Kurgan Period: New Evidence from South-West Georgia
The Caucasus Through Time Network is honoured to welcome Dr. Giorgi Bedianashvili and PhD researcher Gia Chilingarashvili to share their novel archaeological data and insights into the transition between the Kura Araxes Culture and the Early Kurgan Period in South-West Georgia. The settlement of Rabati, situated in Samtshke-Javakheti region, Georgia (1400 m.s.l.), has undergone recent archaeological investigations by the Georgian National Museum and the University of Melbourne (Georgian-Australian Investigations in Archaeology - GAIA). At the multilayer settlement of Irmis Rka, located near the Turkish border in the Meshkheti region, Georgia, excavations have been carried out in 2020 by the Georgian National Museum. Recent work at both sites have revealed Early Bronze Age deposits associated with the Kura-Araxes culture, followed by later deposits from the Bedeni culture. The event will be moderated by Dr. Sarit Paz, Tel Aviv University.
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 and diversity 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, CETOBaC-EHESS, France and National Center of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan
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