The 21st century produced a wealth of research on gender in Central Asia. Creative convergences of disciplinary approaches and growing international collaborations stimulate new research trajectories in regional gender studies. This panel aims to sample some of these directions and foster a further dialogue about international creative convergences of scholarly work, art, and social activism. The panelists discuss queer studies, studies of desire and political activism and an intersection of gender and class in regional masculinities and femininities. This is a two-part panel. This panel is part 1 of 2.