• Seminar

Knowledge production and knowledge transfer in and on Central and Inner Asia


Tuesday, 5 August 2014 to Wednesday, 6 August 2014


Ulaanbaatar University


Ulaanbaatar University Ulaanbaatar

The first seminar will be organized immediately preceding the large international conference on Central and Inner Asian Studies, which is organized by the International Unit for Central and Inner Asian Studies (Ulaanbaatar) and Ulaanbaatar University, with the strong support of IIAS. This conference, Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia, will take place from 7-9 August 2014 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

For the seminar, a small group of some fifteen invited specialists from America, Central and Inner Asia and Europe, are being invited to discuss knowledge production and transfer in the field of Central and Inner Asian Studies, in a rapidly changing world of new states, new alliances, new world views and national narratives, and new modes of information collection and transfer.

In keeping with the overall Mellon programme, the seminar aims at strengthening a dialogue between American/European and Central/Inner Asian scholars. The specialists are not only respected scholars in some aspect of Central Asian studies, but have experience in managing or governing institutional settings where transnational collaboration is often sought, but not always achieved. In doing so, we want to focus on identifying the contemporary institutional obstacles and challenges posed towards a more integrated and transnational development of Central and Inner Asian Studies. The planned seminar will focus on four strongly related topics, that will be discussed in four consecutive panels, namely:

  1. The evolution of the study of Central and Inner Asian history and society in recent years, highlighting the problems being faced in a rapidly changing world.
  2. The contextual and technical problems in publishing research findings by Central and Inner Asian scholars for a global audience.
  3. Information collection and information accessibility for scholars worldwide in the field of Central and Inner Asian Studies (libraries, archives, digital resources, oral information).
  4. The future of institutional academic research in and on Central and Inner Asia in view of recent global events and new political structures and ideological constraints (in America, Europe and in Central and Inner Asia).

The seminar will be concluded by a discussion of the main findings of the four panels.