Despite its geostrategic importance and its easier accessibility since the dissolvent of the Soviet Union, Central Asia has never-theless remained a white spot on the map of western scholarship and public awareness.
Bringing together papers presented at the VII ESCAS-Conference, this volume aims to shed light on the historical, political, cultural and socio-economic development of this region. Scholars from within and outside Central Asia discuss a wide range of topics, covering historical processes and events on the one hand and present developments of regional and global concern on the other.
Mag. Julia Katschnig studied Social Anthropology, Journalism, Spanish and French at the University of Vienna.
Asst. Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek received an MA in Sociology and Political Sciences and a Ph.D. in Social Anthro-pology, Turkology and Islamic Studies from the University of Vienna. Currently she acts as the chair person of ESCAS.