Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia

Conference Dates: 7-9 August 2014

Program and Practical information: Please download the files below.

Venue: Ulaanbaatar University, Bayanzurkh district, Khoroo-14, Namyanju street, Ulaanbaatar
(Улаанбаатар хот, Баянзүрх дүүрэг, 14‐р хороо, Намянжүгийн гудамж Улаанбаатар/ их сургууль)

A three-day international conference organised from 7-9 August 2014 by the International Unit for Central and Inner Asian Studies (Ulaanbaatar), in collaboration with IIAS, and hosted by Ulaanbaatar University

The conference will highlight the current state of knowledge in research on the history of Central and Inner Asia since the twelfth century until the present day. Taking into account recent developments in historiography questioning any form of epistemological “centrism” (particularly when centered on the Occident), the proposed conference will contribute to the debate on the role and position of Central and Inner Asia during much of the second millennium. In order to achieve our goal of questioning and discussing our present knowledge and understanding, the discussions will trace socio-historical systems and long-term historical legacies. Understanding various patterns of power in an historical context, including their meanings, concepts and semantics, their competition, appropriation and exchange, as well as institutions and schemes of redistribution, is vital in this respect. The conference seeks to address how patterns of power are reflected in the process of social adaptation, how this process allows former elites to retain their privileged access to resources, material and ideological assets, and how it enables new elite groups to emerge.

Academician J. Boldbaatar (Ulaanbaatar University, Mongolia)
Dr Irina Morozova (Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany / InternationalUnit for Central and Inner Asian Studies)
Dr Willem Vogelsang(International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands)

Organising Academic Committee
Dr Robert Cutler (Institute of European, Russian & Eurasian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
Prof. Yuki Konagaya (National Institutes for Humanities, Japan)
Dr Elena Paskaleva (Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, the Netherlands)
Prof. Morris Rossabi (Columbia University / The City University of New York, USA)
Dr Tolganai Umbetalieva (Central Asian Foundation for the Development of Democracy, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Languages of communication
English, Mongolian and Russian (interpreters will be available).

Structure of conference
Keynote lectures, forum discussion and parallel sessions (grouped according to specific themes and the individual abstracts), with presentations of max. 20 minutes (in English, Russian or Mongolian) excluding discussion. The sessions take 1.5 or 2  hours, and include the presentation and discussion of 3 or 4 papers. An optional tour to the Mongolian countryside will be organized for Sunday 10 August.

Conference registration
Registration fee: On-site: € 150 Registration fee (PhD Students): On-site: € 125 Registration fee non-Mongolian Central and Inner Asian participants*: On-site: € 50 Registration fee non-Mongolian Central and Inner Asian (PhD) students*: On-site: € 25 Registration fee Mongolian participants, including (PhD) students: On-site: € 15 The registration fee for all participants includes coffee breaks, lunches, one dinner and a conference pack. * Scholars that are eligible for this fee must hold the following nationalities: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.

If you would like to attend the conference as an observer, please send an email to Ms. Martina van den Haak at

Participants should arrange their own accommodation for the duration of the conference. For suggestions see attachment below.

For questions about the conference, please contact Ms Martina van den Haak, IIAS, Leiden, The Netherlands at

International Unit for Central and Inner Asian Studies (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), for further information please contact

Ulaanbaatar University (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), for further information please visit

International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS, Leiden, the Netherlands)