AESC is the Caucasus’ only regional association of European Studies. In collaboration with the Azerbaijani European Studies Association, it will use its Fourth Annual Convention to go beyond the borders of the Caucasus and assess the experience of the Caspian Sea region in terms of enhancing Europe-Asia connectivity. In the Chinese-sponsored Belt and Road Initiative, Azerbaijan takes a key position in facilitating East-West trade. It has invested heavily both in physical infrastructure (port, railways) and in technology to become a leading hub connecting the Caucasus via the Caspian Sea with Central Asia. Still, East-West connectivity still poses many unresolved questions. Especially for the countries of the Caspian basin.
The Convention will be hosted by Western Caspian University (https://wcu.edu.az/en).
For the general topic, the AESC Programme Committee will accept proposals for panels (max. 3 presenters, max. 2 discussants), round tables (max. 5 participants), individual presentations and also poster presentations. A special feature will be “junior sessions” moderated by experienced teachers researchers and aiming to provide methodological support to early-stage research projects of young scholars. Graduate students are invited to submit individual applications as well as panel proposals (max 5 presenters and a moderator). In addition to the general topic, the AESC Convention is planning to offer two specialized sections on issues of methodology and best practice exchange:
• Textbook development in European Studies
• Research skills for European Studies
Presentations from all angles of European Studies including the relevant mother disciplines are welcome.
Please send a short bio, a one-page abstract and, if applicable, the proposed composition of your panel / round table
by 31 January 2020
to the Programme Committee, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to apply for “junior sessions”, please send your documents to email@example.com