Call for Edited Volume: Pan-Turkism Today


Pan-Turkism, a nationalist ideology, emerged in the late 19th century and gained popularity at the beginning of the 20th century among the intellectuals of Turkic peoples. During the cold war, some emigre (Tatar, Kazakh, etc.) politicians based in Germany or the US and the Pan-Turkists in Turkey claimed that, in the future, once the Soviet Union ends, the ideals and goals of Pan-Turkism would be materialised. Some western experts of the Soviet east also thought in this direction and even imagined that this ideology might help to defeat the Soviet Union from within. 30 years have passed since the long-awaited day. What has happened to Pan-Turkism since 1991? Quo Vadis Pan-Turkism? Have the particular nationalisms ended Pan-Turkism? Do the recent references to an ethnolinguistically defined Russian world (Russkii mir) have the potential of re-igniting Pan-Turkist ideas? After 30 years, it is the right time to answer these questions. Each contributor will write a chapter on a Turkic country or ethnic population and examine Pan-Turkism in their locality since 1991. The chapters should demonstrate a good knowledge of political science, nationalism, national identities, and contemporary politics in the relevant country/community. Here are some preliminary (not obligatory) questions that the contributors can expand/explore further in the direction they prefer. What is understood by Pan-Turkism now in your country? What is the position of political figures, parties, and movements vis-a-vis Pan-Turkism since 1991? What are the rival ideologies and their interaction with Pan-Turkism? What are the ideological, social, economic, and foreign policy developments that support or hinder Pan-Turkism in your country? What are the relations between the Pan-Turkists in your country and other Pan-Turkists in other Turkic republics or peoples? What is the future of Pan-Turkism in your country/community?

Chapters are expected to be approximately 8000 words. 
Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) and CV by 31 August 2022.

The planned publishing time is Spring 2023.

CONTACT PERSON: Dr Harun Yilmaz, Academic Editor, Central Asia Research Forum Book Series, Routledge.