The latest issue (Spring 2015) of Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, a prominent journal in the field, features a discussion forum “What’s so Central about Central Asia?” with contributions by Uyama, Sultangalieva, Abashin, Sahadeo, and Schimmelpenninck van der Oye.

In his essay, David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye illustrates how the history of Central Asia has become a priority field for Faculty recruitment in institutions such as Carleton University (Canada), the University of Amsterdam, the European University in St. Petersburg, and others. Together with them, he highlights how, in Central Asia itself, “Nazarbayev University has been actively recruiting specialists in ‘Eurasian Studies’ from the West” (p. 393). Other articles in the same forum cite the work of historians at NU as examples of new and valuable research trends.

The inclusion of NU among the institutions which are committed to quality research in Central Asian history represents an important recognition of which the Department is justly proud. Our institution has gained its place ‘on the map’ for this field.

Three current Faculty members of the HPRS Department have published articles in Kritika in the past few years.