Paper Submission Portal Now Open

The online system for submitting paper abstracts for the 2017 Eurasian Archaeology Conference is now open.  Click on the link above that reads “Abstract Submissions” or go here.  Students from Eurasian institutions interested in applying for our limited fellowship support may upload supporting application documents through the same system.  To receive full consideration, abstract submissions must be received before May 5, 2017.

Call for Papers: The Fifth Eurasian Archaeology Conference

The Fifth Eurasian Archaeology Conference
Gods on the Grasslands, Myths in the Mountains
October 26-28, 2017, Cornell University


How can the material traces of the past inform our understanding of the divine, the otherworldly, and the mythical? In contrast to other geographical locales, Eurasian archaeologists have long recognized the vitality of religious practices. This attention to the devotional, however, has been closely linked to conceptions of the ethnos. As the ethnos has been destabilized in contemporary archaeological thought, it is increasingly important to rethink the significance of religion in Eurasia’s past.

The Fifth Eurasian Archaeology Conference invites participants to reevaluate the role of religion and religious practices within and beyond daily life. It encourages participants to explore how religion(s) – and conceptions of a world beyond – have shaped cultural beliefs and practices throughout time and space within this vast and diverse terrain that spans from the Danube to the Gobi, from the Great Caucasus to the Tian Shan mountains.

This conference seeks to examine how religion operates as a materially inscribed social force that played a prominent role in shaping Eurasia’s past. We welcome art historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians alike to explore the beliefs, narratives, and ideologies that shaped experiences of the numinous at both individual and community scales throughout Eurasian (pre)history. We look to investigate how systems of meaning also shaped economic, political, and social orders at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The Fifth Conference on Eurasian Archaeology invites participants to explore how social ideologies, cosmologies, and world orders engendered different aspirations, motivations, obligations, and loyalties within communities of practice. The conference seeks session proposals and paper abstracts that will contribute new data, methodologies, and theories concerning the material manifestations of religion, grounded in studies that extend from prehistory to the present day and from Eastern Europe to the Far East.

We anticipate a range of sessions dealing with various aspects of the experience of the divine.  Sessions could include:

  • Divination and Power: Practice, Politics and the Sacred
  • Religion Matters: The Materiality of Religious Practice
  • Sacred Space: Placemaking and Devotional Landscapes  
  • Deities as Objects and Objects as Deities

We also encourage participants to consider proposing sessions that draw together multiple contributions on a theme.  If you are interested in proposing a session, send a 1 paragraph description and list of 4-6 potential contributors to by March 15.

Abstracts for papers are due May 5, 2017 via the online submission portal at  The portal is now open to receive submissions.

Just Released: Fitful Histories and Unruly Publics

We are  proud to announce the publication of the volume derived from the 4th Eurasian Archaeology Conference.  Fitful Histories and Unruly Publics: Rethinking Temporalty and Community in Eurasian Archaeology will be published this month by Brill:

Announcing the 5th Eurasian Archaeology Conference: Gods on the Grasslands, Myths in the Mountains

We are delighted to announce that the Fifth Conference on Eurasian Archaeology will be held on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, from October 26-28, 2017. Our theme will be: “Gods on the Grasslands, Myths in the Mountains”. Details will follow shortly, including an abstract, submission deadlines, and information on student travel support.

Caucasus Connections Conference: April 4-5, 2014

Call for Papers:

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) and the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington announce:

Caucasus Connections

Indiana University, Bloomington 

April 4-5, 2014

A Conference Sponsored by

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) and The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington

Deadline: September 30, 2013

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus in cooperation with the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington announces an interdisciplinary conference focused on the institutions, languages, cultures and histories that connect (as well as divide) the various places and peoples of the South Caucasus.  We welcome papers that present original research or discuss challenges or innovations in teaching on the South Caucasus (defined as Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia). We particularly encourage scholars, however, to present work that is transnational or otherwise crosses traditional boundaries of nation, language, and culture to explore the breaching or blurring of these lines, both in the past and the present.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruce Grant (New York University)

Featured Speakers: Dr. Ed Lazzerini (Indiana University), Dr. Christina Maranci (Tufts University), Dr. Harsha Ram (University of California, Berkeley), and Dr. Kevin Tuite (University of Montreal)

For more information and to complete the registration form, please see

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.

This conference is supported with a grant from the US Department of Education and is co-sponsored by the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.