ASIAC annual conference – Rome, 3-4 December 2020 – Call for papers

On Thursday 3 December and Friday 4 December 2020, the Sapienza Università di Roma will host the annual conference of the Italian Association for the study of Central Asia and the Caucasus (Asiac).

The aim of this edition of the annual conference is to foster the scientific dialogue between scholars working on these areas, from Italy as well as from abroad. The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to, such disciplines as history, linguistics, literature, politics, archeology, geography.

We strongly encourage participants to submit proposals for thematic sessions, including participants from different universities or research institutions, in the spirit of sparking feedback and fostering collaboration among scholars working on similar topics. The conference sessions will generally combine three or four accepted proposals, one moderator, and, in certain cases, a discussant.

All proposals should include a title and an abstract (around 500 words), affiliation, and contact information for each of the speakers and should be sent by July 1st 2020 to the following email address: [email protected].

Due to the global pandemic and its repercussions on travel, we will offer a hybrid format this year: Those able and willing to travel to Rome will convene at Sapienza – unless otherwise specified by university or government regulations – while the rest of the participants will be able to join remotely via e-conferencing tools.

Presenters will be encouraged to submit their papers for publication to Eurasiatica, the peer-reviewed academic journal edited by Edizioni Ca’ Foscari at the University of Venice.

The working language of the conference will be English.

The notification of acceptance will be communicated by July 24th 2020.

Attendance is free, but all speakers have to register and pay the conference fee (50 euro for professors and academics, 25 euro for students or independent researchers); follow this link for payment details.


Deadline for proposals: 1 July 2020;

Notification of acceptance: 24 July 2020;

Registration and fee payment: 6 September 2020 (lack of payment will result in removal from the programme);

Publication of the final programme: 30 September 2020.

Submission of papers to panel discussants (where applicable): 10 November 2020

This conference is organised by professor Gabriele Natalizia of Sapienza Università di Roma and Asiac’s board of directors: Aldo Ferrari, Vittorio Springfield Tomelleri, Fabio Indeo, Gabriele Natalizia, Daniele Artoni, and Paolo Sorbello