Welcome to Eurasian Connections

Founded in 2005, NYU’s "Eurasian Connections" workshop explores the historical and cultural significance of the societies and polities on Eurasia's great landmass.

In the early twentieth century, "Eurasianism" found a home in the utopian political platforms of Russian intellectuals and artists who sought an ideological bridge between Europe and Asia; later Eurasian ideas were folded into the Soviet internationalist project. Since the fall of the USSR, scholars from across European, Russian, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Inner Asian, and East Asian studies have been exploring the pasts and presents of shared knowledge and practices from Central Europe acress the steppe to the Pacific, in the reverse direction, and in particular Eurasian settings.

While "Eurasian Studies" can embrace an unwieldy territory from Turkey to China, including significant swaths of the Middle East and Afghanistan, the goal is to move beyond simple comparisons to produce empirical work that provides for the kinds of trade patterns, migratory routes, and intellectual spheres all too rarely accounted for in conventional area studies or disciplines.

This year's program brings together NYU's considerable resources in Eurasian studies through a series of brown bag lunches and guest lectures. Eurasian Connections brings together NYU's considerable resources in Eurasian studies through a series of brown bag lunches and guest lectures. In these ways, NYU faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars are "connected" around questions broached across disciplinary and area studies lines.