International ESCAS conference for Central Asia takes place in Astana for the first time

 ASTANA. August 6. KAZINFORM - In Astana Nazarbayev University hosts XIII international conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies, as reports. 

The event involves over 200 participants from 16 countries of Asia, Europe and North America. For the very first time ESCAS is held within the territory of Central Asia.

The president of the conference Dr.Alexander Morrison and vice-president of Nazarbayev University Kadisha Dairova appeared in front of the participants at the opening ceremony. “We are lucky that truly brilliant scientists in the field of Central Asian and Eurasian research work in Nazarbayev University. Recently we’ve held Eurasian forum of higher education leaders, and this event is the second for us this year in regional context”, - noted Kadisha Dairova.

Over three days the participants will discuss latest investigations in the fields of anthropology, history, political science, art sociology and education, including migration issues, national identity, civil development, material culture, music, Kazakh literature, education, agrarian culture and population, forced famine, history of Islam in the region, history of boundaries and sovereignty of Central Asia countries.

A round table dedicated to popularization of science in mass media became one of the events on the first day of the conference. Experts from the USA, Germany, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan discussed ways of promoting scientific themes in mass media. Nazarbayev University shared his experience of working with media.

Our professors and scientists often perform for mass media as experts in their professional directions. In 2012, the university received and responded for over 200 requests  from mass media connected with organizations of shooting and interviews with the participation of students and employees of the university. In general this number exceeded the number of working days in a year. In other words, we can say the university works progressively”, - representative of Communications and marketing Department of Nazarbayev University Dinara Kusain noted in her report.


The conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies was held for the first time in 1987 in Great Britain, London under a School for oriental and African studies. Since then the event has been held in 11 countries of the world every other year. Current conference ESCAS is held in Central Asia for the very first time, particularly in Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan). previous conference took place in 2011 in Great Britain, University of Cambridge.

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