Call for Papers | the 5th Annual Conference on Eurasian Politics & Society

Diplomatic representations might be indication of power struggle among the states. Regardless of their size and location, cities have given name and soul to diplomatic negotiations. A small town in south-western Ohio, the Dayton, hosted the negotiations that ended the Bosnian war in 1995. Schengen or Maastricht, a village and a small town respectively in Luxembourg and Netherland hosted most important agreements materialized the European Union. It was Oslo brought together Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Israel and witnessed their formally recognizing each other through several accords. Kyoto protocol of 1999 was a manifestation of and a call for global action on climate change. Regarding to the Syrian Crisis, there has been two different focal points, one is Geneva Talks and the other is Astana Meetings. The quotations below suggest that Geneva is city where political decision can be taken but the Astana Meetings is for military decision in Syria. As it seems, it is all about diplomatic (political) representation of Cities.

“There is no alternative to peace agreement in Geneva”

Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs

“The Astana meeting will be complementary and supportive rather than substitute for the Geneva process”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey

“The meeting in Astana would make a significant contribution to the preparations for peace talks in Geneva”

Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria

Under the light of these explanations, as organizing committee of the IEPAS2018, we have chosen ‘Diplomatic Representation of Cities’ as main theme of the Conference. Along with the theme of Diplomatic Representation of Cities, papers reading to conventional research areas of the conference are welcomed.

CESRAN International invites panel and paper proposals, relating to all aspects of humanities and social sciences on wider Eurasia, for the 5th International Conference on Eurasian Politics & Society on 23rd–24th April 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

To present a paper at the conference:

Applicants must fill in the Application form here.

The conference is also open to non-paper presenters and we would encourage participation from non-academic sectors such as civil society, private sector, national authorities and the media.

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2018

The 5th International Conference on Eurasian Politics & Society

“Conference Theme: Diplomatic Representation of Cities

Bahariye Mevlevihanesi, Istanbul – Turkey
Monday,  April 23, 2018 – Tuesday,  April 24, 2018 (All Day)

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15, 2018
Registration Deadline for Presenters: March 20, 2018

This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery on Eurasian Studies. IEPAS2018 will afford the opportunity for networking new relationships, hearing the latest research, presenting and publishing before a global audience and experiencing Turkey.

IEPAS2018 Conference Topics and Streams

Diplomatic Representation of Cities

  • Turkey in Eurasia
  • Turkic Countries
  • Geopolitics of Eurasia
  • Energy Politics and Energy Security of Eurasia
  • Globalisation in Eurasia
  • Regions and Regionalism in Eurasia
  • Islamic Movements in Eurasia
  • Democracy in Eurasia
  • Civilisation & Diplomacy in Eurasia
  • Modernization in Eurasia
  • Migration in Eurasia
  • Terrorism and Eurasia
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Eurasia
  • Eurasia in World Politics
  • Historical Perspectives to Eurasia
  • Major and Regional Powers in Eurasia
  • The Socio-Economic Structure and Future of Eurasia
  • Conflicts and Conflict Resolution in Eurasia

And relevant subjects…

Applicants must fill in the Application form here.


  • The paper/session/panel title
  • A Short abstract including methodology, main assumptions and conclusions of paper (500 words maximum)
  • Up to 6 keywords should be used
  • Author/participant name(s) and institutional affiliations
  • A one paragraph biographical statement of each participant (not a detailed CV)
  • Author/participant e-mail addresses (essential), telephone and fax numbers
  • Any audio-visual equipment requests (if applicable)


To organise a panel, you will need to:

  • Submit a 500-word proposal
  • Solicit contributors and evaluate submissions under your panel once your proposal is approved
  • Arrange the panel: find a chair, consider the need for special funding of participants and maintain communication with the conference team.
  • Panel session will be 90 minutes and group three to five papers together around a common theme, making use of a discussant and allowing ample time for interaction.


  1. Participants are required to submit completed original research papers to the conference.
  2. Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format to iepas [at]
  3. Manuscripts submitted to IEPAS should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time.
  4. Manuscripts submitted for consideration of publication (see the section below) are subject to preliminary editorial review and blind-review. The Editors and referees use three-step guidelines in assessing submissions:

a) Literary quality: writing style, usage of the language, organization of the text,

b) Use of references: referencing, sources, relationships of the footnotes to the text,

c) Scholarship quality: depth of the research, quality, contribution originality, and plausibility of the argument.

Upon the referees’ decision, the papers will be published in an edited book, in journals of CESRAN International.

  1. Manuscripts should be one space throughout and typed in English on single sides of A4 paper. Pages should be numbered consecutively.
  2. Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order of presentation:

First sheet: title, subtitle (if any), author(s), name(s), affiliation, full postal address, telephone and fax numbers.

Subsequent sheets: main body of text, list of references and footnotes, appendices, tables.

  1. Manuscripts as a rule should not exceed 10.000 words, not including footnotes.
  2. Authors are responsible for ensuring that their papers conform to the IEPAS style.
  3. Titles in the article should be 12 point, bold and in uppercase form.
  4. Each manuscript should be summarized in an abstract, which should describe the main arguments and conclusions of the manuscripts. And also, each manuscript should include up to five keywords.
  5. Notes should be numbered consecutively throughout the article and indicated in the text by a raised numeral, referring to the list of notes, which should be placed at the end of the article. Notes should be kept to a minimum. References to books should give the author’s surname preceded by the initial letters of his/her forename, the title of the book should be in italics, and the place, publisher and year of publication should follow in brackets. References to articles should give the author’s forename and surname, the title of the article in single quotation marks, the name of publication underlined the number of volume in Arabic numerals, the year of publication in brackets and the page numbers. Subsequent references to a book or article may be made only the author’s name.
  6. Tables and figures should be embedded in the text. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary reduction.
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