In 1991, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan gained independence. Shortly thereafter, Mongolia underwent a peaceful democratic revolution that resulted in a multi-party system and a new constitution. Prior to these events, Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), the then General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, introduced a new phase of openness (glasnost) that paved the way for greater freedom in cultural expressions. In the Central Asian Turkic regions, more specifically, the poets and writers now openly presumed their traditional roles in leading their people in re-identifying with their cultural past and heritage. They also guided and inspired their audiences in asserting their independence in 1991 from the Soviet Union/Russia.

With 2016 marking the 25th anniversary of independence for the Central Asian republics, it is only befitting that the focus of the third volume of the Journal of Central and Inner Asian Dialogue (JCIAD) be dedicated to developments in Central/Inner Asian Post-Soviet literature and culture. JCIAD welcomes article submissions encompassing the topic apolitically, and with a unique focus on the literature and culture of the region since independence.

Submitting a Manuscript

The Journal of Central and Inner Asian Dialogue (JCIAD) is a free online, peer-reviewed academic journal. JCIAD publishes research and review articles, scholarly notes, surveys and compilations, translations, and book reviews. JCIAD is sponsored by the Central-Inner Asian Studies Seminar (CIASS), University of Washington.

JCIAD accepts submissions written in both local (i.e. Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongol, Teleut, Uzbek, etc.) and major research languages (i.e. English, German, Russian, etc.). Submitted articles written in a local regional language should have corresponding abstracts completed in a major research language and vice versa for submitted articles that have been written in a major research language.

All submissions are subject to peer review. The editorial board and editors take into consideration whether submitted articles follow the rules of scholarly inquiry and writing. Selected articles deemed appropriate will be reviewed by those working closely within the respective field(s) of the articles. Literary quality such as writing style, language, and organization along with citations and scholarship quality (depth of research, contribution, relevance, and originality) will be examined. All articles are advised to be written according to the guidelines of The Chicago Manual of Style. Papers written in the local languages of the region or in major research languages are welcomed.

The deadline for receiving manuscript submissions for the third volume of JCIAD is October 1st, 2015. Please forward all submissions and inquiries to