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The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to invite you to submit paper proposals for a graduate student research conference on the study of Eurasia in the social sciences. We welcome submissions of high-quality empirical or theoretical research related to Eurasia in disciplines including, but not limited to:

  • political science,
  • history,
  • media studies,
  • sociology,
  • anthropology.

We are interested in papers on contentious politics, media and politics, and the dynamics of autocracy. We would also welcome papers on Islam, gender, sexuality, minority experiences; family and informal networks; health, healing, religion; demographic politics; politicization and other extra scholarly dimensions of research on the region; the new academic diaspora; connecting existing and “new” knowledge on the region and scholarly networks.

Ph.D. students in and from Eurasia are especially encouraged to apply.

The conference will take place over Zoom on May 26, 2023.

Participants will have 15-20 minutes to present their papers in English. Each presentation will be followed by feedback from a discussant and comments from the audience.

Please send a brief abstract (in English) and 2-page CV to The deadline for submission is 6:00 PM EST on April 14, 2023.

Applicants will be informed of their proposal status by April 21.

Those accepted to present will be asked to submit a complete paper by May 17.

Please direct questions regarding the conference to Bryce Hecht ( and Elena Sirotkina (

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