The Forum for Uzbek and Silk Road Studies (FUSRS) provides a dynamic platform for debate and discussion over contemporary developments in Uzbekistan, Central Asia and the broader Silk Road region. The Forum seeks to be inclusive, engaging with all those interested in the region, and to further international understanding of developments along the Silk Road.
The Forum is a joint initiative between Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) and the University of Westminster in London (UoW). This conference will formally inaugurate the Forum whose mission is to build strong research links across the region, nurture early career researchers and stimulate intellectual interest in the Central Asian region.
Conference Theme - Central Asia: 30 years of Independence – challenges and opportunities
The main theme of the inaugural conference of the Forum for Uzbek and Silk Road Studies is the hard-gained autonomy of the states of Central Asia, who celebrate 30 years of independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. These states and their societies have developed rapidly over this period and it is an opportune moment to reflect on the achievements as well as the continuing challenges that the region faces. The conference will provide multiple perspectives on the contemporary issues and developments in Central Asia. A particular focus of the conference will be on education and the youth of Central Asia who provide the best promise for the future and who will be critical in developing the scientific and social capital for longer-term sustainable development.
There are four main sub-thematic areas within this broad conference call:
- Law, Politics and Society;
- Business and Economics;
- Science, Technology and Innovation;
- Education and Development.
The conference organizers recognize the importance of providing opportunities to disseminate the research findings of this initiative to students and scholars around the globe. Silk Road: A Journal of Eurasian Development, published by University of Westminster Press, exists to promote evidence-based scholarly research in social sciences and public policy studies that make the affairs of the Great Silk Road countries an area of significant interest, scholarship and impact. The journal supports the Forum’s activities and a special conference issue will be commissioned – FUSRS 2021.
We welcome contributions exploring any aspect of the challenges and responses related to the thematic areas outlined above. Please submit your proposals using the form by 15th September 2021. Submissions should include an extended abstract (400-500 words), all authors’ full names, their affiliations, and contact details. Proposals will be evaluated according to originality of the theme and scholarly contribution of research and/or practice, as applicable. Full papers should be submitted at https://silkroadjournal.online/. Please make a note (“title of a paper” (FUSRS 2021)) on a title of your paper when submitting a full paper. For example “Uzbekistan and the World Trade Organization (FUSRS 2021)”.
Conference dates: 17th November 2021
Deadline to submit an application form (extended abstract): 15th September 2021
Notification of acceptance: 5th October 2021
Full paper submission to the Silk Road: A Journal of Eurasian Development: 15th January 2022
*Please note that acceptance of and extended abstract does not guarantee acceptance of a full paper to the journal. Please follow journal submission guidelines at https://silkroadjournal.online/submissions/ for full paper submission.
The mode of the Conference
The conference will be organized at Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT), Uzbekistan. The conference will be organized in a hybrid mode bringing in-person and virtual participants together.
Participants can join the conference as presenters or attendees. There is no conference registration fee. Conference participants willing to join the conference in-person in Tashkent are expected to cover their travel, accommodation and other related costs themselves. Conference organizers will provide administrative support (such as a visa support letter) for potential participants from outside of Uzbekistan.
Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) is the first international university in Uzbekistan and first in Central Asia to offer Western education, with United Kingdom (UK) qualifications. WIUT`s mission is to provide International Standards of Education and Research Opportunities that contribute to the Intellectual, Social and Professional development of the Central Asian communities as well as Global Community.
University of Westminster (UoW) started out 180 years ago as the first polytechnic in London and one of the first in the UK, established to educate the working people of London. UoW has a long and proud history of international collaboration and global engagement from research partnerships, colleagues, students and alumni from across the world. Today UoW continue to provide grounded, holistic education with wide horizons and opportunities, so that people from every background can realise their true potential, contributing to a richer, happier society.
Director: Roland Dannreuther (UoW)
Co-director: Ikrom Rikhsiboev (WIUT)
Stephen Wallis (UoW)
Karen Jackson (UoW)
Gerda Wielander (UoW)
Zohid Askarov (WIUT)
Lobar Babakhodjaeva (WIUT)
Daphne Economou (UoW)
Mariane Bignotto (UoW)
Kate O'Donnell (UoW)
Jovana Savanovic (UoW)
Akhtem Useinov (WIUT)