St Petersburg International Conference of Afghan Studies

St Petersburg International Conference of Afghan Studies

St Petersburg, Russia, 27-29 June 2017


Faculty of Asian and African Studies of St Petersburg University is organizing the conference of Afghan Studies that will take place in St Petersburg, Russia on 27-29 June 2017.

The conference will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Academician B. Dorn’s pioneering initiative to launch Afghan Studies and the teaching and study of the Pashto language at St Petersburg University.

The conference seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the following aspects of Afghan Studies:

  1. The General and the Specific in the Regions of Afghanistan and in the Liminal Areas of the Afghan Linguistic and Cultural Oecumene;
  2. The Afghan State and its Interaction with Parallel State and Non-State Actors; Embryonic State Institutions and Traditions in the Liminal Areas of the Afghan Linguistic and Cultural Oecumene;
  3. Political Patterns in Afghanistan and in the Liminal Areas of the Afghan Linguistic and Cultural Oecumene;
  4. Systemically Important Elements of the Afghan Political and Social Sphere;
  5. Religions of Afghanistan and the Liminal Areas of the Afghan Linguistic and Cultural Oecumene;
  6. Historiography and Sources on Afghanistan and the Liminal Areas of the Afghan Linguistic and Cultural Oecumene;
  7. Written Traditions, Literature and Folklore of Afghanistan and the Liminal Areas of the Afghan Linguistic and Cultural Oecumene;
  8. The Languages of Afghanistan and the Liminal Areas of the Afghan Linguistic and Cultural Oecumene;
  9. Warfare in Afghanistan and the Liminal Areas of the Afghan Linguistic and Cultural Oecumene.

While these focuses have been chosen for their wide application across all centuries and regions of Afghanistan and its environs and their impact on all disciplines devoted to this area, participants are welcome to propose their own panels.

English and Russian are the working languages of the conference. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes with 10 minutes allocated to questions and comments.

Registration fee is 7,000 Russian Roubles or 100 Euros by bank transfer to the St Petersburg University bank account (account details will be communicated later in the letter confirming participation in the Conference).

Should you decide to present a paper please fill in registration form and send an abstract of your paper not exceeding 650 words in English or Russian by 15 March 2017 to the Organizing Committee at the following e-mail address: afghanstudies1@gmail.com. All accepted abstracts will be published prior to the conference. At a later stage the conference proceedings will be published in a book format.

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