Call for Papers: ‘Steppe Medicine: Data, History, Applications, Concepts and Terms’, Al-Farabi Kaznu, Kazakhstan, 4th-5th October 2022, Deadline: 25th May 2022





October 4-5, 2022

Within the framework of the research project, the Research Center “Written Monuments and Spiritual Heritage” of the Turksoy Department of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Al-Farabi KazNU invites scientists, researchers, teachers and doctoral students to take part in the international scientific and practical conference.


In medieval written sources, the great steppe of Central Asia, also known as Desht-i-Kipchak, was a land where various beliefs were intertwined, where several sedentary, nomadic peoples exchanged culture and art. Ethnomedicine of nomadic peoples was also formed at the junction of the interweaving of cultures and art. The main aspects of the formation of ethnomedicine, such as: methods of treatment and means used in the everyday life of the population, concepts of the cause and consequences of the disease, methods of making medicines, etc., were first spread orally, and later began to be fixed in writing and reflected in the form handwritten medical treatises of the era. Medical treatises written on the territory of Central Asia were first written in Arabic, which, in turn, correspond to the period of development of the scientific potential of the Arabic language due to the numerous scientific discoveries of scientists from the Muslim world. Since the XII century, together with the Arabic language, they began to write in Persian. The above theories raise the question, from what period exactly did medical works begin to be written in the Turkic language (Chagatai dialect or in the old Kipchak script)?

To answer this question, first of all, we need to pay attention to the medical written sources of the era, examine samples of oral literature, while not losing sight of new research and ideas. In order to study and familiarize with new scientific discoveries and ideas in the medical field, within the framework of the research project AR09259326 “Dastur al-‘iladzh” – as a source of steppe medicine”, an international scientific and practical conference “Steppe medicine: data, history, application, concepts and terms”.

The conference assumes, first of all, a broad consideration of the origins of medicine of nomadic peoples, focusing on medical concepts and scientific ideas and experience in Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, shamanic traditions, which in certain periods had a strong influence on the “steppe” medicine. In this regard, articles in the Kazakh, Russian, English, Turkish languages ​​about various studies, written relics, translations and studies related to the topic, which were considered in the context of the Turkic, Persian, Arabic, Mongolian, Chinese, Slavic peoples, are accepted into the collection of conference materials. practitioners of folk medicine, medical products, tools, knowledge and beliefs, traditions, transcultural, philosophical and religious knowledge.

The purpose of the conference: a broad analysis of the historical and cultural significance of medieval medicine, the study of the process of formation, development, distribution of folk healing culture, consideration of the level of knowledge, problems, drawing attention to the study of written exhibits of modern medical topics. 

Topics and directions of the conference :

–        terminological meaning, features, historical origins of ethnomedicine;

–        the manifestation of traditional medicine in the socio-economic, ritual, religious and cult and other aspects of ethnic culture;

–        medieval written artifacts, research, personnel in the field of medicine;

–        healing culture of the Turkic peoples;

–        intersection of cultures and sciences in the field of traditional medicine.

Important dates:

–        May 25, 2022: Abstracts of the article (at least 700 words) are accepted in Kazakh, Russian, English, Turkish;

–        May 26, 2022: notification of authors, accepted abstracts, as well as sending the full text of the article;

–        September 25, 2022: Deadline for submission of full-text articles by contributors;

–        October 4-5, 2022: conference will be held on the ZOOM platform online and offline as well.

Place, time:

The conference will be held in the building of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Al-Farabi KazNU (Karasay Batyr Street, 95, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan) October 4-5, 2022 from 14:00 to 17:30 (Nur-Sultan time). 25 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

A collection of papers submitted to the conference will be published. The organizer reserves the right to select materials in accordance with the topics of the conference and research project. Article publication is FREE.

Prepared articles (in Word or PDF format) should be sent to the e-mail of the organizers: .

Requirements for the preparation of materials:

Format – A4, editor – WORD, font size – 12 (abstract, keywords, literature – 11, table text – 9-11), Times New Roman, alignment – full page width text, line spacing – 1.15, free margin – 1 cm, edges: top and bottom – 2 cm, left and right – 2 cm.

Pictures, tables, graphs, diagrams, etc. numbered and given a name (for example, figure 1 – the name of the figure). The number of figures, tables, graphs and diagrams should not exceed 50% of the total volume of the article.

Article structure:

The title of the article (Title). The title should be short and contain no more than 12 words. The title of the article is given in bold, lowercase letters, in the middle of the alignment.

Author(s) of the article Name, surname, place of work (affiliated place), city, country, e-mail. Information about the authors is given in the usual font in lowercase letters with alignment in the middle.

Abstract (200-500 words in English along with the language of the article).

Keywords (5-7 words).

The text of the article begins on a new page and should consist of an introduction, main body and conclusion. No more than 7000 words.

Links are provided at the end of the article. Reference, bibliography or reference list in APA style ( should not be less than 10 titles.

The authors of the article bear full responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of the information, references, citations and bibliography.

Responsible: Kairanbayeva N.N., Abdrakhanov D.M.

Contact phone: +7 777 300 69 92, +7 708 190 38 23.


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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