Asiac yearly conference 2019 – Rome, 5-6 December 2019

Asiac yearly conference 2019

5 December – 6 December 2019

Interdepartmental Research Centre on Central-Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia

Università degli Studi – Roma Tre

via Gabriello Chiabrera 199, Rome

This conference is organised by professor Simona Merlo of Università degli Studi – Roma Tre and Asiac’s board of directors: Vittorio Springfield Tomelleri, Giorgio Comai, Carlo Frappi, Fabio Indeo, Francesco Mazzucotelli, and Paolo Ognibene

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Thursday 5 December

9.00 Registration

9.30 Opening greetings and introduction

Francesco Guida (Università degli Studi – Roma Tre), president of the Interdepartmental Research Centre on Central-Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia

Vittorio Tomelleri (Università di Macerata), president of ASIAC

9.45 Understanding contemporary Chechnya

Chair: Giorgio Comai (OBCT/CCI)

Image as a tool of power legitimization: the case of Ramzan Kadyrov / Marat Iliyasov (University of St. Andrews)

The Islamisation of the Chechen society under Kadyrov leadership: implication for the national and regional dynamics / Giuliano Bifolchi (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Chechnya’s current status in the Russian Federation and its geopolitical futures / Giorgio Cella (Catholic University of Milan)

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 Language and education in Georgia and the South Caucasus / Session A

Chair: Vittorio Tomelleri (Università di Macerata)

The young and the Russian Language in the contemporary Southern Caucasus / Daniele Artoni (University of Verona)

The Language of Academic Journals in Georgia: Georgian vs Other languages / Gogolashvili Giorgi (Tbilisi State University) / Tamari Lomtadze (Akaki Tsereteli State University)

Svan-speaking communities and emergent literacy / Alessio Giordano (IUSS Pavia)

Issues of Language Policy in First Democratic Republic of Georgia / Mariam Manjgaladze (Tbilisi State University)

The origins of Caucasus studies in Georgia / Maka Tetradze (Tbilisi State University)

11.30 International relations in Central Asia / Session B

Chair: TBD

Central Asia: new trends of connectivity and regional integration / Fabio Indeo

Tamerlane’s trip to Shanghai: analysis of Sino-Uzbek relations from 1991 to 2016 / Frank Maracchione (University of Sheffield)

Understanding the Role of Turkey in the Geo-Politics of the Central Asian States (With Special Reference to Afghanistan)/ Angana Kotokey (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)

Perspectives on Central Asian Security involving Afghanistan / Anchita Borthakur (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Cultural encounters

Chair: Simona Merlo (Università Roma Tre)

Central Asia in Contemporary Russian Literature: Among Nostalgia, Stereotypes, History and Myth / Dmitry Novokhatskiy (Università di Padova)

Georgian-Dagestan ethno cultural relations X-XIV centuries / Maia Tsitsvidze (Tbilisi State University)

In search of unknown languages, flowers and butterflies. The other side of the Russian military expeditions in Central Asia and the Caucasus / Paolo Ognibene (University of Bologna)

Country at Crossroads: Oriental-Occidental Encounters in Georgian Literary Modernism / Irakli Tskhvediani (Akaki Tsereteli State University)

16.00 Coffee break

16.15 Architecture in the Caucasus between urban form and identity

Chair: Marco Falsetti (Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”)

Caucasian architecture between vernacular and modernism / Giusi Ciotoli (Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”)

The myth of Soviet Tashkent from Revolution to Reconstruction / Marco Falsetti (Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”)

The geographic architectures of the Caucasian landscape / Antonella Pettorruso (Politecnico di Torino)

17.30 Book presentations

Book presentation: Daniel Pommier, “Storia internazionale dell’Azerbaigian“, Carocci Editore, 2019

Book presentation: Aldo Ferrari, “L’Armenia perduta“, Salerno Editrice, 2019

17.50 End of session

18.00 Asiac association meeting (in Italian)

Friday 6 December

9.30 In the Caucasus, from the Caucasus

Chair: Carlo Frappi (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia)

Mещанство and Intelligentsia between Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic / Cristina Boboc (University of Ghent)

Tek Millet, İki Devlet: Turkey and Azerbaijan between operational environment and psychological environment / Federico Lanza (Università di Pavia)

The quest for visibility and self-assessment of the caucasians in Turkey / Fabio L. Grassi (Sapienza University – Rome)

Armenian Clergy and Conflict Management between Etchmiadzin and Beirut, 1943–1994 / Francesco Mazzucotelli (Università di Pavia)

Urban Transformations in Post-Soviet Tbilisi / Vincenzo Zenobi

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Domestic politics in contemporary Central Asia

Chair: Amb. Stefano Ravagnan

Protest under Patronal Presidentialism: Kyrgyzstan, 1991-2010 / Katherine Crofts-Gibbons (King’s College London)

The role of Kazakh society in the state development: an overview of the current situation, between governmental fickleness and nation branding initiatives / Lucia Bortolotti

Media Education in Kyrgyzstan: Challenges and New Opportunities / Elira Turdubaeva (American University of Central Asia)

Globalization of Kazakhstan Economy: Success or Failure? / Garima Tomar (Visiting scholar, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia)

The Uzbekistan turn: true changes or just geopolitical calculations? / Igor Jelen (Università di Trieste), Alessandro Carile

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Contemporary South Caucasus

Chair: Gabriele Natalizia (Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”)

The EU’s human rights promotion in the South Caucasus: constructing ‘civil’ society, depoliticizing human rights? / Laura Luciani (Ghent University)

The role of bargaining power in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution process / Eske van Gils (University of Kent)

Establishing sustainable peace, the linkage between financially beneficial energy projects and conflict resolution: the case of trans-Caspian energy pipelines and Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh conflict / Gunel Madadli (University of Bergamo)

Why joining the “international donors club”? Portraying Azerbaijan’s Humanitarian Diplomacy/ Carlo Frappi (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia)

Russia hacked: problematic sources for insights on conflicts in Ukraine and the South Caucasus / Giorgio Comai (OBCT/CCI)

16.00 Coffee break

16.15 – South Caucasus linguistics

Chair: Vittorio Tomelleri (Università di Macerata)

Correlation of Adverbs and Semantics of Present Perfect in Georgian / Giuli Shabashvili (Tbilisi State University)

The Spatial Categories of the Kartvelian Languages As the Cultural and Linguistic Representants of the Kartvelian Mentality / Rusudan Gersamia (Ilia State University), Ketevan Lortkiphanidze (Tbilisi State University), Nino Tsulaia (Ilia State University)

On Some Phonetic Processes at the Edge of Morphemes in Megrelian / Tsita Janjgava

17.30 – End of conference

Armenia, Caucaso e Asia Centrale – Ricerche 2019

Questo nuovo volume pubblicato dalle edizioni Ca’ Foscari raccoglie, tra gli altri, numerosi contributi presentati in occasione di eventi promossi da Asiac.

Il volume a cura di Giorgio Comai, Carlo Frappi, Giovanni Pedrini e Elena Rova è disponibile liberamente e per intero in formato pdf sul sito delle Edizioni Ca’ Foscari.

Copertina del volume

ASIAC annual conference – Rome, 5-6 December 2019 – Call for papers [updated]

[N.B.: the conference will take place in Rome at Università degli Studi – Roma Tre as detailed in this call, and not at the University of Macerata as initially announced]

On Thursday 5 December and Friday 6 December 2019, the Interdepartmental Research Centre on Central-Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia of Università degli Studi – Roma Tre, will host the annual conference of the Italian Association for the study of Central Asia and the Caucasus.

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 thematic sessions including participants from different universities or research institutions; the conference sessions will generally combine three or four accepted proposals and one moderator.

All proposals should include a title and a short abstract (about 200 words, and in any case no more than one page), affiliation, and contact information for each of the speakers and should be sent by June 15th 2019 to the following email address: [email protected]

The working language of the conference will be English.

The notification of acceptance will be communicated by July 8th 2019.

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: 15 June 2019;

Notification of acceptance: 8 July 2019;

Registration and fee payment: 6 September 2019 (lack of payment will result in removal from the programme);

Publication of the final programme: 30 September 2019.

This conference is organised by professor Simona Merlo of Università degli Studi – Roma Tre and Asiac’s board of directors: Vittorio Springfield Tomelleri, Giorgio Comai, Carlo Frappi, Fabio Indeo, Francesco Mazzucotelli, and Paolo Ognibene

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