Inner Asia Goes Central

We’re very excited to announce that “Inner Asia Dissertation Reviews” will be expanding to include Central Asia Studies in the 2013-2014 season. Joining forces with Loretta Kim (Hong Kong Baptist University) is Niccolò Pianciola (Lingnan University).

Loretta and Niccolò will bring you friendly, non-critical reviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations in this newly expanded field. If you are interested in having your dissertation reviewed, please fill out the Review Application Form. Click here if you are interested in being a reviewer. If you wish to help out Dissertation Reviews in some other way, please contact

Our Inner and Central Asia Field Editors can be reached at and


Introducing Our Field Editors

Loretta Kim is Assistant Professor History at Hong Kong Baptist University. She holds AM and PhD degrees from Harvard University, and started her academic career at the State University of New York at Albany. Her primary research interests are Qing-dynasty frontier administration, the history of Northeastern China from 1600 to the present, and ethnicity in contemporary China. In addition to these topics, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on 20th century Chinese history in film, Europeans in East Asia during the 15th through 19th centuries, and comparative cases of imperialism and colonialism in Asia. [Website here]


Niccolò Pianciola is Associate Professor of History at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. His field of specialization is twentieth-century Central Asian history. He has published articles in journals such as Cahiers du monde russe and Central Asian Survey. His first book, Stalinismo di frontiera. Colonizzazione agricola, sterminio dei nomadi e costruzione statale in Asia Centrale (1905-1936) (Rome, 2009), focused on the interactions between the state, pastoralists and peasants in the Kazakh steppe during the period of crisis and collapse of the Tsarist Empire and the building of the new Soviet state, until the great famine in Kazakhstan of 1931-33. His second book (co-authored with Antonio Ferrara) is L’età delle migrazioni forzate. Esodi e deportazioni in Europa (1853-1953) (Bologna, 2012), an interpretative survey of the history of forced migrations in East-Central Europe, Anatolia and the Tsarist Empire/Soviet Union from the Crimean War to Stalin’s death. With Paolo Sartori he co-edited a book titled Islam, Society and States across the Qazaq Steppe (18th-early 20th centuries) (Vienna, forthcoming). The volume puts together some of the best recent scholarship about the social history of the Kazakh steppe from the eighteenth century to the early Soviet period, based on sources embedded both in Islamic cultural traditions (from hagiographic literature to the memoirs of Kazakh literati) and in the cultures of documentation of state bureaucracies ruling over the geographical space inhabited by the Kazakhs. [Website here]


Image: Dimitry A. Mottl, Forestry officers in Markakol reserve, Altay Mountains. Wikimedia Commons.

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