International conference of Central Asia to be held in Astana for the first time ever

ASTANA. July 30. KAZINFORM - From 5 to 7 of August, international conference of The European Society for Central Asian Studies will be held in Astana for the first time ever, according to

The conference, which is to be held in Nazarbayev University, will involve about 200 representatives from 16 countries of Asia, Europe and North America. This year Kazakhstan will be represented by 13 universities and research institutes.

Since 1987 the Conference of The European Society for Central Asian Studies has been held in 11 countries of the world on a periodic basis of 2 years. The current conference of ESCAS is held in Central Asia for the first time.

From steppe to tillage: symbiosis of nomadic and settled civilizations” is the main theme of the current conference which covers cultural space of Central Asia, based on plexus of various layers of nomadic and settled civilizations. Historical researches show that different cultural layers met and dispersed, interacted and interweaved in 18-19 centuries Kazakh steppe where our city grows and develops today.

Cossacks and Kazakhs, Sarts and Tatars have lived in our city. On the threshold of 20 century the Kazakhs amounted to 30% of Akmolinsk population. In other words, as of that historical moment and earlier periods we can’t claim that only one lifestyle was basic for some peoples. The life has always been manifold. The process of cultural loaning and exchange has never stopped”, - shares Alima Bisenova, anthropology professor of Nazarbayev University, member of conference organizational committee.

The conference program includes 38 sessions in the field of anthropology, art and literature, linguistics, education, history, politics, sociology, and five round tables “Scientific knowledge for wide public”. “Sacred places in Central Asia: time duration and transformation”, “Development of migration processes in post-Soviet Russia and Kazakhstan”, “Central Asia: from common history to common future”, “Viewing and practice of energy consumption”.


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