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Steppe Sisters & Humboldtians Early Career Conference Programme 

The Steppe Sisters Steering Committee is working hard to prepare for the Steppe Sisters & Humboldtians Early Career Conference, which will take place in Tashkent from September 5-7, 2022. We are so...
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The Steppe Sisters Steering Committee is working hard to prepare for the Steppe Sisters & Humboldtians Early Career Conference, which will take place in Tashkent from September 5-7, 2022.
We are so happy to be welcoming 37 participants from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, France, the UK, Denmark, Switzerland, and the US -  50 scholars in total! We were able to provide travel grants to participants from Central Asia thanks to the financial support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. If you are curious, check out our program which includes a broad range of workshops and topics - from ethics & grant applications to museums & isotopes.
 

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...
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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):

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/community-practice-and-religion-at-an-early-islamic-cemetery-in-highland-central-asia/4C292A5614CFA03DF5059B1798B70990

 

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...
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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...
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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...
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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:

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CNS437/lecturer-in-modern-russian-history

 

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...
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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.

https://www.college-de-france.fr/site/en-program-pause/Presentation-of-the-program.htm

 

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...
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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: 

https://www.dainst.org/en/-/research-fellowship-global-archaeology-sustainable-archaeology-and-the-archaeology-of-sustainability-deadline-29-04-2022-

 

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,...
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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.

For further information see: https://www.iesalc.unesco.org/en/evento/next-generation-reflections-and-future-perspectives-on-higher-education-in-the-former-soviet-union/

 

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...
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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 stefanos.xenarios@nu.edu.kz  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)...
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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

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Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes

If you don't know the Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes project yet, check it out!

https://uclcaal.org/

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...
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DAACS open course - Introduction to R Programming for Historical Archaeologists

Useful free course for anyone wanting an introduction to using R in archaeology!   Fall 2021 Short Course: Introduction to R Programming for Historical Archaeologists  
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Useful free course for anyone wanting an introduction to using R in archaeology!  

Fall 2021 Short Course: Introduction to R Programming for Historical Archaeologists

 

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...
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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.

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Online Congress: Middle East and Muslim Worlds Studies

4th Congress 28th June - 2nd July 2021 Visit website
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4th Congress

28th June - 2nd July 2021

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Logo contest!

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...
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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 steppesistersnetwork@gmail.com

Virtual workshop

Pastoral Communities’ Territories of Life in Asia: Tales of Coexistence of Nature and People Visit website
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Pastoral Communities’ Territories of Life in Asia: Tales of Coexistence of Nature and People

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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...
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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

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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...
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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. 

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New Award worth up to £10,000 from BAR Publishing

Open Access is a relatively new online publishing model where author rather than reader pays. It provides professional publication of your research and then makes it freely available and discoverable online...
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Open Access is a relatively new online publishing model where author rather than reader pays. It provides professional publication of your research and then makes it freely available and discoverable online so anyone can benefit from reading and using your work. This has benefits such as improving the reach of your research, enhancing your reputation through increased citations, and improving the quality of research through sharing transparent and reproducible research practices. In many regions, grant funding now requires Open Access publication.

However, as an author, finding the funding to pay for this type of publication is not always easy.

BAR Publishing is celebrating the launch of its Open Access publishing programme with a new Award worth up to a value of £10,000.

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History Hit 

Bagram, also known as Begram, has been in the news a lot recently. Over the past couple of days, the last US and NATO troops have withdrawn from Bagram air base, which they have occupied for some 20 years....
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Bagram, also known as Begram, has been in the news a lot recently. Over the past couple of days, the last US and NATO troops have withdrawn from Bagram air base, which they have occupied for some 20 years. But this area of Central Asia, situated south of the Hindu Kush mountain range, also has some remarkable ancient history. 

In the area around Bagram lie the remains of ancient Begram (Kapisi). The city witnessed several waves of ancient superpowers. The Persians came here, as did Alexander the Great and his successors. But it was during the age of the Kushan Empire (1st – 4th centuries AD) that it appears the rich, ancient city of Begram enjoyed its golden age.

In this fascinating podcast, University of Freiburg’s Lauren Morris brilliantly guides us through Begram’s ancient history and why this site is so extraordinary. Lauren also tells the remarkable story behind the excavations at Begram during the 1930s and how it could be a big hit Netflix show in its own right.

Part 2, centred on the Begram Hoard, will be released in a few weeks.

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The Lives of Herders on the Ancient Steppes: Interview with Professor Alicia Ventresca Miller

I recorded my first podcast on Tides of History. Patrick Wyman and I discuss the lives of herders, how to define pastoralism, and my early career.Also a shout out to Steppe Sisters in the intro 🙂 Listen...
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I recorded my first podcast on Tides of History. Patrick Wyman and I discuss the lives of herders, how to define pastoralism, and my early career.
Also a shout out to Steppe Sisters in the intro 🙂

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Last minute announcement of a Zoom workshop on Pastoralism (modern) in our region!

To acknowledge the vital roles of #rangelands & #pastoralism for human wellbeing & nature conservation and to support the upcoming International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP) in 2026,...
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To acknowledge the vital roles of #rangelands & #pastoralism for human wellbeing & nature conservation and to support the upcoming International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP) in 2026, this workshop is scheduled for July 16, 2021.

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Bucket Flotation for archaeobotanical Investigations on archaeological Dryland Sites

A very handy video if you are new to bucket floating for recovery ancient plant remains. Very handy video if you are new to swimming in a lad to extract the remains of ancient plants. https://youtu.be/jVNEAc-82Kc
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A very handy video if you are new to bucket floating for recovery ancient plant remains. Very handy video if you are new to swimming in a lad to extract the remains of ancient plants.

https://youtu.be/jVNEAc-82Kc

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...
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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.

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Call for applications for new Steering Committee Members for the Steppe Sisters Network

Following the exciting news that we have received funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/.../sponsored...), we are expanding our steering committee. We are...
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Following the exciting news that we have received funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/.../sponsored...), we are expanding our steering committee. We are therefore looking to you to nominate yourselves or your colleagues for the roles!

The new steering committee members will help us organise and deliver several exciting new initiatives enabled by the Humboldt award. In particular, we are looking for steering committee members to:

-Help plan and organise our upcoming conference in Tashkent

-Run, and produce content for, our social media

-Organise and implement online seminars, reading groups or training workshops

Any member of the Steppe Sisters is eligible, and we are looking to expand the committee with a diverse group of people representing different disciplines, career stages and experiences. We expect that a role on the steering committee would require a commitment of c. 1 hour per week. The benefits include travel to, and accommodation at, our conference in Tashkent, and a useful addition to your CV!

To nominate yourself or someone else, please send us the following information:

-Name and institutional affiliation/role

-A 200 word or less statement telling us how you think you (or your colleague) could help the Steppe Sisters grow!

The deadline for expressions of interest for the steering committee is July 31. Applications will be accepted in both English and Russian. Please send your documents to Dr. Kristen Hopper (k.a.hoper@durham.ac.uk)