March 2018, Bonn University, Senate Hall
In Germany, as in many western countries, there are no professor positions at universities devoted specifically to Archaeology of Central and Inner Asia (this includes Russia mainly Siberia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Dzungaria, Xingjian, Tibet, Manchuria). Moreover, the current number of scholars focusing on these regions is not large, and they are spread all over Europe and beyond often without the chance to discuss questions with other scholars who work in the same regions. The purpose of this gathering is to help young researchers tap into these existing, though thin, networks and to build new networks of their own with others who work in regions of Eurasia east of the Ural Mountains.
Prehistorical and Early Historical Archaeology at Bonn University, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jan Bemmann
Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Svend Hansen