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2. Conferences and Lecture Series
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WORKSHOP- Publishing Workshop for E. European and Central Asian Participants

Posted by: M. Horvath <mhorvath(a)osi.hu>
Posted: 30 Aug 2000


WORKSHOP- Publishing Workshop for E. European and Central Asian Participants

PUBLISHING STUDIES WORKSHOP. The Center for Publishing Development will hold
a publishing studies workshop in Budapest from 30 October to 3 November for
staff of publishing centers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to evaluate
their institutions. The review will deal with the role of publishing
training centers, curriculum, learning materials, and management, including
marketing and financing, as well as a presentation on 28 October on the
impact of new technologies.

The course is free of charge for participants from Eastern Europe and
Central Asia; all local costs will be covered.

Registration deadline is 15 September.

E-mail: mhorvath(a)osi.hu

CONFERENCE/CALL FOR PAPERS- DAVO-Congress for Contemporary Research on the Middle East

Posted by: DAVO <G.Meyer(a)Geo.Uni-Mainz.DE>
Posted: 26 Aug 2000

CONF./CFP- DAVO-Congress for Contemporary Research on the Middle East

INVITATION TO THE SEVENTH DAVO-CONGRESS FOR
CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH ON THE MIDDLE EAST
Mainz/Germany, 12 - 14 October 2000

This Congress is organised by the German Middle East Studies Association
DAVO) at the Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW),
University of Mainz, which is located only 30 km from Frankfurt Airport.

We welcome papers on contemporary Middle East studies and the impact of this
region on the development of other parts of the world. Middle East studies
encompass disciplines relevant to the study of an area comprising all
members of the League of Arab States, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey,
Israel and the Muslim states of Central Asia.

DURATION OF THE CONGRESS
The Congress will start on Thursday, 12 October 2000, at 2.00 p.m. and will
end on Saturday, 14 October, at 1.00 p.m. There will be a reception with
dinner (buffet) on Thursday evening. The Congress is being combined with a
conference on "Cinema and the Middle East" which will be held on October 11
and 12.

PREORGANISED PANELS AND INDIVIDUAL PAPERS
Proposals for preorganised panels and workshops on a common theme with the
presentation of at least three papers and chair are strongly encouraged.
Individual paper submissions will be grouped into panels and assigned a
chair. Until 15 August 2000 more than 100 papers were registered, including
panels on:

1. Mainstreaming Gender Research
2. Arabic-Ottoman Sciences in the Modern Period
3. Aspects of Ottoman Urban Life According to the Sharia Court Records
4. Lebanon 2000: Results of the First Decade of Development After the End of
the Civil War
5. Political Change in the Maghreb
6. Intercultural Encounters or the Search for Orient and Occident
7. Migration of Christians from the Middle East and their Integration in the
Host Societies
8. The Caucasus Between Conflict and Development
9. Socio-economic Development in the Palestinian Refugee Camps
10. Islamic Societies in Africa
11. Regionalisation in the Near East
12. Economic Development in the Arab World: Current Problems and Prospects
13. Economic Activities of Migrants from the Middle East
14. Economic Transformation in Turkey
15. Social Dimension of Markets
16. Cinema and the Middle East
17. Western Sudan -- a Peripheral Region
18. Contemporary Conflict Research in the Near East

PRESENTATION OF POSTERS
Research projects can be presented within the framework of a poster
presentation. Especially younger academics and postgraduate students are
strongly encouraged to use this opportunity to present their work.

LANGUAGES
Although many papers will be held in German, English papers and discussions
are strongly encouraged. French papers will also be accepted.

BOOK EXHIBITION
A book exhibition is planned for the whole duration of the conference.
Individual authors, institutes, publishing companies and book shops are
invited to present publications concerned with the Middle East.

EXCURSIONS AND SIGHTSEEING TOURS
An attractive program of sightseeing tours has been planned especially for
participants of the Congress coming from abroad. It includes a guided tour
through Mainz, the city of Gutenberg "The Man of the Millennium", coach
tours to Heidelberg and Frankfurt, and a boat trip through the romantic
Rhine valley. In addition to this, a visit to the World Exhibition EXPO 2000
in Hannover is being arranged before and after the Congress.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OF PAPERS: 12 September 2000.

For further information and registration see: http://www.davo-online.de

Address:
DAVO Congress 2000
Prof. Anton Escher
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW)
Institute of Geography, University of Mainz
55099 Mainz, Germany
Tel.: +49-6131-39-25654,
Fax: +49-6131-39-24736,

e-mail: davo.congress(a)geo.uni-mainz.de

CONFERENCE - Avicenna International Conference, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Posted by: Ali, Ottawa <median(a)usa.com>
Posted: 24 Aug 2000

CONFERENCE - Avicenna International Conference, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Avicenna (Ibn Sina) International Conference

Bukhara, Uzbkistan: September 22-23, 2000

On the occasion of 1020th birthday anniversary of Avicenna (Abu-Ali
Ibn-Sina), the great physician and philosopher of the tenth century,
Avicenna International Conference will be held in 2500 year-old city of
Bukhara, birthplace of Avicenna in the Republic of Uzbekistan, on 22- 23
September 2000.

This event is organized by Avicenna International Foundation, headquartered
in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Avicenna foundation is a non-profit organization
devoted to scientific and cultural heritage of Avicenna, traditional
medicine, public health and the humanities.

We welcome abstracts from all academics and researchers who have done
research or are interested in the scientific heritage of Avicenna. The
abstract should be up to 300 words, and be received at one of the contact
addresses mentioned below by September 10, 2000.

The theme of the conference is Avicenna_$BCT_(B international heritage. Abstracts
can be related to any scientific or artistic subject addressing Avicenna_$BCT_(B
international heritage. Due to limited budget, organizing committee of the
conference is not able to cover travel expenses of the participants.

All participants will visit the magnificent archive of manuscripts of the
Institute of Oriental Studies of Uzbekistan as well as a number of museums
in Tashkent. Interested participants may visit historical towns such as
Tashkent, Samarkand (capital of Timur), Urgench and Khiva during their stay
in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is the heart of the Silk Road. This conference is
an opportunity for scientists, artists and all interested people who want to
exchange information on Central Asia, Silk Road and their historical
influence on the rest of the ancient world.

Please contact:
Dr. A. Artaman,
North American Representative of
Avicenna International Foundation,
PO Box 42018, St. Laurent Station,
Ottawa, Ontario K1K 4L8,
Canada
Tel: (613) 277 7801
Fax: (613) 233 5532

E-Mail: Median(a)usa.com

Headquarter:
Avicenna International Foundation
51-a, Parkent Street
Tashkent 700007
Republic of Uzbekistan
Tel: +998 712 687297, 675724
Fax: +998 71 1691726
E-Mail: uzsinofd(a)freenet.uz
Web Site: www.Avicenna.uz

CONF./CFP - Central Asian Cultural Complex, Almaty, 26-30 Sept. 2000

Posted by: Asqar Abdrakhmanov <asqariq(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 9 Aug 2000

CONF./CFP - Central Asian Cultural Complex, Almaty, 26-30 Sept. 2000

Dear CentralAsia-L subscribers,

We invite you to participate the international conference titled "Central
Asian Cultural Complex", which will be held by the Soros Foundation
Kazakstan.  It will be held from the 26th to the 30th of September in Almaty.

The basic topics of the conference include:
 - spiritual experience/background of Central Asia on the way of development
   of the modern democratic society,
 - cultural genesis of Central Asia,
 - interaction of religions in Central Asia,
 - "The Steppes' knowledge" (culture of nomads):
   tengrism, shamanism, mitraism, popular Sufism, Manicheanism, etc.
 - democratic elements in spiritual culture of Central Asian peoples,
 - modern secular doctrine in the context of Central Asia's spiritual
   background.

To participate the conference you need to send abstracts of your paper (3-5
pages) to the following address:

asqariq(a)yahoo.com
Telephones: 7-3272-699665 (Galym Ageleuov)
   7-3272-532230 (Asqar Abdrakhmanov)

The deadline for the abstracts is the 30th of August, 2000.

We will confirm your participation by the 6th of September.

After the conference, all the articles or at least the abstracts of all sent
papers will be published.

It is expected that skillful specialists from many countries of CIS and
Mongolia will come to the conference).

Unfortunately, the organizers can't cover any of your costs, you can cover
all the expenses by yourself. One day of living in the place (the
prestigious sanatorium "Alatau") where the conference is to be held costs
$45.  Staying in hotels in the city is much cheaper.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us.

With the best regards,

Asqar Abdrakhmanov
Galym Ageleouv
Coordinators of the conference

E-mail: asqariq(a)yahoo.com

CFP/CONF.- Representations of Forced Migration, Univ. of Bath, 2002-2003

Posted by: Stefan Wolff <S.Wolff(a)bath.ac.uk> (by way of <oushakin(a)ssc.upenn.edu>)
Posted: 5 Aug 2000

CFP/CONF.- Representations of Forced Migration, Univ. of Bath, 2002-2003

Call for Papers:
Images of Loss and Reconciliation
Political and Literary Representations of Forced Migrations in Comparative
Perspective

Rationale for the Conference

Forced migrations across borders and internal displacements of populations
have shaped the twentieth century like no other century before. In Europe,
forced population transfers are primarily linked with two phenomena which in
themselves are interrelated: the decline of (multi-national) empires and the
redrawing of state boundaries. From the First and Second Balkan Wars, to
World Wars One and Two, and finally to the violent break-up of Yugoslavia,
Europe has seen numerous expulsions and exchanges of populations that did
not fit into the concept of ethnically homogeneous states. As a consequence
of the ethnic mobilisation of polities and because of the hostilities that
existed between them before and during wars, and continue to do so after the
cessation of military activities, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural societies
are perceived as unstable, and those elements within them that are held
responsible for this instability are perceived as threats that need to be
eliminated.

This conception of ethnic heterogeneity as a threat to the security of
states led to the 1913-1923 population exchanges in the Balkans and to the
expulsion of ethnic Germans from Central and Eastern Europe. While these
events may have been unprecedented in their time, the phenomenon of
expulsions in one form or another was by no means a unique Balkan or German
experience. Italians in what are now Croatia and Slovenia suffered a similar
experience after the Second World War, Poles were forcibly resettled from
their homelands in today's Ukraine and Belarus during the same period, while
Ukrainians and Belarusians in Poland were repatriated to the two Soviet
Republics. So called population exchanges also took place between (Czecho-)
Slovakia and Hungary, and the most recent developments in the aftermath of
the break-up of Yugoslavia also testify to the fact that expulsions have
remained in the repertoire of politicians in Europe.

The deportation of nationalities in the former Soviet Union is one of the
most drastic examples of the uprooting and internal displacement of entire
population groups by a state within its own boundaries. Beyond Europe,
forced migrations have occurred within states and across national
boundaries: the expulsion from their traditional homelands of the Australian
Aborigines and of the Native Americans are but two examples in a long list
of internal displacements. The population exchanges between India and
Pakistan and the Rwandan genocide are two cases of vast forced migrations
across borders.

Quite clearly, these various forms of forced migrations have had a
considerable impact both on the individuals and populations directly
affected by them as well as on the states and nations within which the
forced migrations occurred or which received the refugees and expellees.
This impact on individual, collective, and national identities has been
reflected upon in various literary forms novels, poems, and essays. We
believe that an analysis of these literary representations can help
understand the causes and consequences of forced migrations, as they reflect
individual experiences and perceptions of these events and thus contribute
to the shaping of public attitudes towards forced migrations. At the same
time, such individual accounts are hardly ever written in isolation from
public discourses on the issues they portray so that an examination of
literary representations of forced migration will enable us to analyse the
interaction between discourse and politics in this particular sphere.

Structure of the Conference

Against this background, we seek to investigate two areas:

1) Political Representations of Forced Migrations, their Causes, and
    Consequences
2) Literary Representations of Forced Migrations, their Causes, and
    Consequences

In order to accomplish the best results, most productive atmosphere, and
intellectually stimulating cross-disciplinary exchanges, it is proposed to
conduct two topical but linked international conferences in each area in
which all project participants will take part.

We invite proposals for papers (theoretical perspectives, single case
studies, comparative analyses) on the following issues:

1) Political Representations of Forced Migrations

 - Myth and reality of forced migrations and their use for political purposes
 - Similarities and differences between expulsions and internal displacements
 - The role of the expellee populations in the political processes of the
   receiving and expelling states
 - The role of internally displaced populations in the political processes
   of their states
 - Forced migration as a factor in international relations

2) Literary Representations of Forced Migrations

In examining the literary representations of forced migration, we propose
 - to document the changes in the form and content of the various
   representations of expulsion
 - to analyse how and which political events and developments have affected
   literary representations and vice versa
 - how and to what extent such representations have shaped the public
   discourse on the topic and vice versa
 - how individual and national identities have been formed in the context
   and aftermath of expulsions
 - how different gender perspectives have had a distinct impact on the form
   and content of the various representations of forced migrations

Case studies that should be considered for analysis in both areas may include:
 - the expulsion of ethnic Germans after the Second World War
 - the expulsion of Poles from Ukraine
 - the expulsion of Italians from Croatia and Slovenia
 - ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia
 - the Rwandan genocide
 - Palestinian Refugees
 - the mass migration in the context of the foundation of India and Pakistan
 - the expulsion of the Asian community from Uganda
 - the internal displacement of Australian Aborigines, Native Americans, and
   nationalities in the Soviet Union

3) Organisation of the Conference

Both conferences are jointly coordinated by Prof. Ian Wallace and Dr. Stefan
Wolff at the University of Bath, England, UK.

Conference one (Political Representations of Forced Migrations) to take
place in September 2002, conference two (Literary Representations of Forced
Migrations) to take place in April 2003. Both conferences will take place at
the University of Bath.

Deadlines:

Friday 25 August 2000 for indications of interest, accompanied by paper
title and a SHORT abstract of no more than 300 words. All applicants will be
notified by 15 September of the outcome.

Friday 3 November 2000 for more comprehensive outlines of papers of accepted
applicants and biographical abstracts.

Friday 2 August 2002 for completed papers for Conference one (Political
Representations of Forced Migrations).

Friday 31 January 2003 for conference two (Literary Representations of
Forced Migrations).

Please email your title proposals/SHORT abstracts in the first instance to
S.Wolff(a)bath.ac.uk. If sent as attachment, please use .txt, .rtf, or .doc
formats.

We are currently seeking funding from various sources that will enable us to
cover the costs of travel and accommodation for paper presenters, but at
this stage we cannot yet guarantee whether we will be able to raise
sufficient funds.

After the two conferences, we plan to publish revised papers in themed volumes.

CONF./CFP- International Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations, Tehran

Posted by: Institute of Islamic Studies <iis(a)islasmic-studies.org>
Posted: 2 Aug 2000


CONF./CFP- International Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations, Tehran

[NOTE: We received this notice recently, and though the deadline for
abstracts has passed, it may still be worthwhile to contact the organizers
if you are interested in giving a paper.]

United Nations endorsed and designated the year 2001 as the year of Dialogue
between Civilizations proposed by President Khatami of the Islamic Republic
of Iran. To shed further light on this vital subject and make sincere
contribution to it, the Institute of Islamic Studies presents a two-day
conference on the issue.

The provisional titles are as follows:

 - The historical background to & the definition of dialogue between
   civilizations
 - The role of religion in the making of civilizations
 - The mutual impact of the Islamic and Western Civilizations
 - The aims and objective of dialogue between civilizations
 - Practical methodology of attaining dialogues between civilizations
 - Civilizations and their distinct world views
 - The commonality between civilizations (desire for peace, love for
   mankind, etc.)
 - The world's big civilizations and their unique characteristics (Islamic,
   Western, etc.)
 - Factors leading to the success or failure of dialogue between civilizations
 - Philosophical and Mystical approach to the dialogue between civilizations
 - A brief look at the New World Order, Huntington's Theory and the Dialogue
   of Civilizations

Deadline for abstracts: 10th June 2000
Deadline for papers: 10th August 2000

Address:  Institute of Islamic Studies
        140 Maida Vale, London W9 1QB
E-mail:   iis(a)islamic-studies.org
Homepage: http://www.islamic-studies.org

CONF./CFP- Historical Sources for Eurasia and North Africa, Moscow, May 2001

Posted by: Alexander Stolyarov <astol(a)orc.ru>
Posted: 2 Aug 2000


CONF./CFP- Historical Sources for Eurasia and North Africa, Moscow, May 2001

Institute of Oriental Studies
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Orientalists' Society
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Orientalist Information Centre
and
Eurasian Oriental Server

would like to invite you to take part in the

4th International Conference on
"Historical Sources of Eurasian and North African Civilisations:
Computer Approaches"

Special topic:
"Digital Fund of Oriental Historical Sources: Inner Asia"

Moscow - 2001, May 29 - June 2

Topics under discussion:

Digital editing, describing and systematising of Mongolian and Tibetan
manuscripts and inscriptions, fine arts masterpieces, folklore texts and
artifacts, etc. sources of Turkic and Mongolian peoples of Mediaeval Eurasia.

Such items as the theory, methods and technology of creating the digital
catalogues and databases as well as their keeping and handling, museum
processing and exchanging the electronic copies of these sources and
promoting the long-distance access to them will be discussed also.

You are welcomed to take part in the conference. Will you be so kind as to
fill in this application form:

Given Name:
Family Name:
Institute/Organisation:
Position:
Title of your presentation:
Postal address:
Tel/Fax:
E-mail:
Audio-visual equipment for your presentation (OHP, LCD Projector, Slide
Projector, Video Player, Internet connection)

Please, send your application form and abstract of your presentation
(200-300 words) before Nov. 30, 2000 to:
E-mail: ivran(a)orc.ru
Or fax: +7 (095) 925-77-88

The Organising Committee will send the detailed info for participants after
having examined all the applications.


The Organising Committee

CONF./CFP- Int'l Conf. on Cross-Cultural Communication, July 2001, Hong Kong

Posted by: Robert St. Clair <rnstcl01(a)gwise.louisville.edu>
Posted: 29 Jul 2000


CONF./CFP- Int'l Conf. on Cross-Cultural Communication, July 2001, Hong Kong

The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies
(IAICS) is hosting the 8th International Conference on Cross-Cultural
Communication during July 24-28, 2001 in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, SAR.

The conference website can be found at:
      http://www.louisville.edu/~rnstcl01/iccc.htm

The conference theme is Communication and Cultural (Ex)Change. Send
abstracts to Dr. Shiwen Pan (span(a)ied.edu.hk).  The languages of the
conference are English and Chinese.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Web-Based Language Documentation and Description

Posted by: Steven Bird <sb(a)unagi.cis.upenn.edu>
Posted: 27 Jul 2000


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Web-Based Language Documentation and Description

Forwarded by: Nicholas Ostler


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Web-Based Language Documentation and Description
Philadelphia USA, 12-15 December 2000
http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/exploration/

Institute for Research in Cognitive Science
University of Pennsylvania

Organizers: Steven Bird (U Penn) and Gary Simons (SIL International)

[The full version of this abridged CFP is available from the above page.]

This workshop will lay the foundation of an open, web-based infrastructure
for collecting, storing and disseminating the primary materials which
document and describe human languages, including wordlists, lexicons,
annotated signals, interlinear texts, paradigms, field notes, and
linguistic descriptions, as well as the metadata which indexes and
classifies these materials.  The infrastructure will support the modeling,
creation, archiving and access of these materials, using centralized
repositories of metadata, data, best practice guidelines, and open software
tools.

BACKGROUND

Recent years have witnessed dramatic advances in the mass storage and web
delivery technologies, making it possible to house virtually unlimited
quantities of speech data online, and to disseminate this data over the
web.  The development of XML and Unicode greatly facilitate the interchange
and reuse of structured multimodal and multilingual data and the
development of interoperating software tools.  These developments are
having a pervasive influence on the way primary linguistic data are
gathered, stored, analyzed and disseminated, as demonstrated by the
initiatives surveyed on the linguistic exploration page
(http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/exploration/), and the papers presented at the
Linguistic Exploration Workshop at the Chicago LSA Meeting
(http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/exploration/LSA/).

CHALLENGES

With these new technological opportunities are concomitant needs and
challenges for modeling, creating, archiving and accessing data:

I   Data Models.  A diverse range of data types are required in language
     documentation and linguistic fieldwork, including word lists,
     lexicons, annotated signals, writing system documentation,
     interlinear texts, paradigms, field notes, and linguistic
     descriptions.  We need flexible and general models for these data
     types (including links between them), and good ways to represent
     information which is either partial, uncertain, evolving, or
     disputed.  We need to develop a consensus in the community
     regarding best practice for modeling these kinds of data, to
     ensure maximal reusability of data and software.

II  Data Archives.  Whether just the private collection of a single
     researcher or a large and centralized repository, language data
     needs to be stored and reused.  To support this, we need durable
     and open storage and interchange formats that embody the best
     practice consensus.  We need to convert (parochial) 8-bit
     character codings to Unicode, using a general tool for character
     conversion along with a host of conversion tables for specific
     character sets.  We also need to convert markup into the best
     practice formats we have defined.  We need a mechanism to support
     durable citation of data, so that document authors do not need to
     duplicate all the data they reference just to be sure that the
     links will not break.  More generally, we need a metadata standard
     for indexing the resources, regardless of format and availability,
     and a wide-coverage index conforming to the standard, so that
     someone interested in a particular language or region can find all
     the electronic resources that are pertinent to it, without having
     to determine how each of several different archives have named and
     classified their holdings.

III Data Creation.  Now that mass storage is so inexpensive,
     researchers are creating large amounts of digital data covering
     the types listed above.  Both the number and scale of these
     collection efforts are growing rapidly.  We need software tools
     supporting data creation, conforming with best practice, and
     covering primary collection of textual data (wordlists, texts) and
     recordings (audio, video, physiological), along with transcription
     and annotation of the primary materials conforming to a broad
     range of descriptive and analytical practices.

IV Data Access.  Once data has been created and archived, there exist
     a variety of access modes.  A region of data is identified by
     browsing, by launching a query, or by following a reference.  The
     selection is displayed according to appropriate conventions and
     styles, or converted into some other form (e.g. for statistical
     analysis and visualization).  The selection may be corrected,
     imported into a document, analyzed, and annotated, leading to the
     creation of secondary data and/or the elicitation of new primary
     data.  We need to develop suitable delivery mechanisms including
     stylesheets, conversion tools, indexing methods, and query
     languages, which encompass the needs for security and privacy.  We
     need standard application programming interfaces and a library of
     reusable components, to support the development of software for

     new modes of access.

Many of the activities listed above are already underway; the lure of the
technology is great despite the lack of infrastructure.  However, it is
beyond the capacity of any single individual or institution to develop this
infrastructure of standards and tools on their own.  There is a pressing
need for close cooperation between these initiatives, so that scarce human,
software and data resources are used optimally.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES

This workshop will lay the foundation of an open, web-based infrastructure
for collecting, storing and disseminating the primary materials which
document and describe human languages.  The infrastructure will support the
modeling, creation, archiving and access of these materials, using
centralized repositories of metadata, data, best practice guidelines, and
open software tools.

To meet this goal, we have identified three main objectives which can be
substantially achieved at the present time:

Objective 1: to develop a comprehensive framework which identifies all
     the infrastructural needs, designates appropriate roles for
     existing results as pieces of an overall solution, and sets out a
     coordinated response to the remaining challenges.

Objective 2: to found centralized repositories (and nominate existing
     ones) for housing components of the infrastructure, so that data,
     tools, formats and standards can be collected, indexed, and made
     available to the community.

Objective 3: to begin construction of the repositories, by identifying
     the contribution of past and present activities by the
     participants and by other individuals and institutions, and
     by gathering the results and their documentation.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

The workshop will include paper presentations and working sessions to
develop the infrastructure.  Interested members of the community are
invited to participate in the workshop.  There is a limit on available
places, and participants will be identified on the basis of submitted
abstracts.  Funding is available for authors of accepted papers.

Abstracts.  One page abstracts are invited which describe substantive
contributions to the repositories, or which discuss concrete problems for
web-based language documentation and description, and describe possible
solutions.

Papers.  Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to prepare a 2-3,000
word paper plus associated materials.

Address submissions to: Steven.Bird(a)ldc.upenn.edu, Gary_Simons(a)sil.org

Timetable.

Friday 1 September     Abstract deadline
Friday 29 September    Acceptance notification
Friday 24 November     Paper deadline
12-15 December         Workshop

IMPORTANT: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Intending authors should consult the EXTENDED CFP, available from the
linguistic exploration page (http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/exploration/). To be
sure of receiving future announcements, please subscribe to the
LINGUISTIC-EXPLORATION mailing list, referenced from that page.


Steven Bird                    Gary Simons
University of Pennsylvania     SIL International
Steven.Bird(a)ldc.upenn.edu      Gary_Simons(a)sil.org
http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/sb    http://www.sil.org/SIL/roster/simons.htm 

CONFERENCE- FEL IV: Endangered Languages & Literacy, Sept. 21-24, Charlotte, NC

Posted by: Nicholas Ostler <nostler(a)chibcha.demon.co.uk>
Posted: 22 Jul 2000


CONFERENCE- FEL IV: Endangered Languages & Literacy, Sept. 21-24, Charlotte, NC

INVITATION TO REGISTER

Come to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a major center of
literacy studies located near the homeland of Sequoyah, father of Cherokee
literacy.  The Foundation for Endangered Languages' 4th conference will be
held there from 21 to 24 September 2000.

The conference welcomes all who are concerned about the role of literacy in
the future of smaller languages. It will provide a forum for researchers and
activists working for the maintenance of indigenous languages that face an
uncertain future.

There is a discount of $25.00 (twenty-five U.S. dollars) for registrations
made before July 31, 2000. Early booking is also recommended to get one of
the places on our visits to the Catawba Indian reservation, the Summer
Institute of Linguist's jungle aviation research station, and the
Gullah-speaking community on the coast of South Carolina.

There are lower rates for speakers, students, those unwaged, and residents
of countries with lower per-capita GNP.

In addition, there will be limited free housing available for students,
unwaged, and residents of countries with lower per-capita GNP in private
homes during the conference.  This housing will be provided by faculty of
UNC-Charlotte and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Registrants who are interested in being considered for free housing should
select Option 1 on the registration form.  If free-housing is provided,
registrants will be refunded the hotel-portion of the fee at the conference.

There will be a volume of proceedings distributed at the Conference.

You can find details of the Conference's scope and aims, programme, and a
registration form, at the Foundation's new web site (www.ogmios.org),
specifically on page:
http://www.ogmios.org/2000.htm

If you have difficulty to accessing this for any reason, please contact the
FEL President for a copy of the form directly, as below.


Nicholas Ostler
President
Foundation for Endangered Languages
Registered Charity 1070616

Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
Bath BA1 7AA England
+44-1225-85-2865 fax +44-1225-85-9258
nostler(a)chibcha.demon.co.uk
http://www.ogmios.org
http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Philosophy/CTLL/FEL/

CONFERENCE/CALL FOR PAPERS- Turkic Civilization at Beginning of 3rd Millennium, Bishkek, Oct.2-3

Posted by: Abdulvahap Kara <akara(a)fened.msu.edu.tr>
Posted: 19 Jul 2000


CONF./CFP- Turkic Civilization at Beginning of 3rd Millennium, Bishkek, Oct.2-3

Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University is holding a congress:

"The Turkic Civilization at the Beginning of the Third Millennium"

2-3 October 2000 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Participants may participate in the congress by submitting their abstracts
related to the topic of the congress.  Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University will
pay accommodation and meals including lunch and dinner for those who will
present papers to the congress.

The abstracts should be submitted to the Congress Communication Center not
later than August 15, 2000.  The papers can be written in English, Turkish,
Kyrgyz and Russian.

For more information, contact the university at:

The Congress Communication Center
Prospect Mira (Tinchtik Street), No: 56
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Tel: +996 (312) 54-19-40/41/42/43
Fax: +996 (312) 54-19-35

E-mail: congress(a)manas.kg
Web: http://www.visit.to/congress


Abdulvahap Kara
akara(a)fened.msu.edu.tr

CONF./CFP- Siberia in Trans-Asiatic Ties, Barnaul, Russia, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2000

Posted by: Vladimir Boyko <boyko(a)bspu.secna.ru>
Posted: 14 Jul 2000


CONF./CFP- Siberia in Trans-Asiatic Ties, Barnaul, Russia, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2000

An International Conference "Siberia in Trans-Asiatic Ties: The Issues of
Cross-Border Trade and Inter-Regional Cooperation" in conjunction with 3rd
International Exhibition-Fair "Siberia  Asia: Collaboration Without Borders"
will be held on October 31 - November 2, 2000.  Conference setting: this
event will be held in the city of Barnaul administrative and cultural center
of Altai region with about 700 thousands population, located at the
crossroads of Asiatic Russia and abroad Central Asia (Mongolia, Kazakhstan,
PRC).

Conference organizers are the Center of Regional Studies at Barnaul State
Pedagogical University, Altai regional government, Altai branch of Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (Russian Federation), and JSC Exhibition Society "Altai
Fair" (http://www.altfair.ru).

The main aim of this conference is to examine the historical, legal,
financial, etc. dimensions of trade and other patterns of socio-economical
collaboration within new-borning framework Western Siberia (Altai region)
China  Central Asia.

The conference targets about 100 participants from academia, government
bodies, NGOs, business, media.  It will comprise about 50 papers presented
in plenary session, several paper sessions and "round table" about the
current state and challenges of cross-border trade/inter-regional
collaboration within area Altai (Russian Federation) - Xinjiang (PRC)
post-Soviet Central Asia (CIS). The speakers on relate topics broadly
defined (for instance, those covered Greater Central Asia or even other
parts of world experience) are also encouraged to take part.

The working languages of conference will be Russian and English.

Sub-themes (proposed):
 - Siberia in Trans-Asiatic Ties before Soviet rule: the main features
  (patterns, routes, goods flows, etc) of trade-economical inter-connection;
 - Siberia Central Asia: inter-regional/cross-border ties under Soviet rule;
 - Asiatic Russia  Asian Abroad: the creation and current state of new
   trade-economic frameworks;
 - Cross-border trade of Altai and neighboring territories/states of CIS and
   Distant Abroad: legal, organizational, etc. dimensions, challenges and
   accomplishments;
 - Rubtsovsk border city: the main features of administrative/legal status
   and socio-economical life at the eve of 21st century.

All participants who intend to deliver papers should send their abstracts
due 15th September 2000. Abstracts should be formatted as computer file in
Word/RTF, 12 Times New Roman, spacing 1.5, up to 6 A4 pages in length, with
references at the end of text, in Russian or English, and indicate: title of
paper, name and institutional affiliation of author. Submissions by e-mail
are encouraged. The applicants would be informed about the acceptance of
their papers soon after receipt, but not later 20th September 2000, and the
official letters of invitation would be sent to speakers and interested
participants.

The Registration Fee for overseas participants is $40 and it covers a copy
of conference proceedings, coffee breaks, cultural program and closing
reception. Fees should be paid in person, after arrival and registration.

Travel, accommodation and meals are paid by participants themselves, though
the financial support may be offered to participants from Soros Foundation
network countries of CIS, East/Central Europe and Central Asia (an
appropriate application by Organizers is under consideration).

Please direct your inquiries and requests to:

Dr Vladimir Boyko
Research Director
Center for Regional Studies
Barnaul State Pedagogical University
Molodezhnaya Street 55
Barnaul 656031
Russia
Fax: +7 (3852) 260836
Tel.: +7 (3852) 266687
E-mail: boyko(a)bspu.secna.ru

CONF./CFP- Central Eurasian Studies Society/Workshop on Central Asian Studies

Posted by: Uli Schamiloglu <uschamil(a)facstaff.wisc.edu>
Posted: 14 Jul 2000


CONF./CFP- Central Eurasian Studies Society/Workshop on Central Asian Studies

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS *

FIFTH ANNUAL WORKSHOP ON CENTRAL ASIAN STUDIES &
FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CENTRAL EURASIAN STUDIES SOCIETY
September 28-October 1, 2000
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Central Asian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in
conjunction with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and the
Central Eurasian Studies Society, is pleased to announce the convening of the
fifth annual "Workshop on Central Asian Studies", and the first annual meeting
of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, September 28 to October 1, 2000.

We would like to request submission of paper proposals, and proposals for
pre-organized panels, that concern Central Asian and Central Eurasian studies.
These include: history, languages, cultures, and modern states and societies of
the Turkic, Mongolian, Iranian, Caucasian, Tibetan and other peoples of the
Black Sea region, the Crimea, the Caucasus, the Middle Volga region, Central
and Inner Asia and Siberia, and teaching and research about these topics and
areas.

FEATURED SPEAKERS
CAUCASUS:       Prof. John Colarusso (McMaster U.)
CENTRAL ASIA:   Prof. Ted Levin (Dartmouth)
INNER ASIA:     Prof. James Millward (Georgetown U.)

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
Participants wishing to present a paper are asked to submit an abstract of
150-400 words, and participant information by August 1, 2000 [REVISED DATE],
using the form and response information below. Pre-organized panels sponsored
by scholarly organizations related to any part of Central Eurasia are welcome.
Confirmation of paper or panel acceptance will be available by August 15, 2000.
We will do our best to accommodate proposals for papers after that date, but we
do wish to encourage early submissions.

[*]     PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ON-LINE OR DIRECTLY TO CREECA. SOME
PROPOSALS SUBMITTED TO PROF. ULI SCHAMILOGLU MAY HAVE BEEN LOST AND SHOULD BE
RESUBMITTED. A TENTATIVE ON-LINE LIST OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE
CREECA WEBSITE SHORTLY.


PARTICIPANT INFORMATION:
On-line workshop registration is available at:
http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/creeca/


1. Name:

2. Address:

3. Telephone & fax:

4. Email:

5. Educational background (highest degree, year, institution, major):

6. Current institutional affiliation:

7. Title of Presentation:

8. Abstract:

FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS, ON-LINE REGISTRATION, OR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT:

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia
University of Wisconsin
210 Ingraham Hall
tel. 608/262-3379; fax 608/265-3062
E-mail: creeca(a)intl-institute.wisc.edu
http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/creeca/

WORKSHOP INFORMATION
Arrival is September 28 afternoon/evening - departure October 1 noon. The
registration fee(s) and additional details concerning the program will be
announced shortly. (There is usually an informal gathering on Thursday evening
and the program begins on Friday.) Registration/meetings will take place at the
Lowell Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Some meetings will also
take place on campus near by. Hotel registration information is available at
the end of this message.

The goal of this annual workshop has been to offer an opportunity for scholars,
institutions, and organizations interested in the Central Asian field to meet
annually to discuss how we research, teach, and coordinate efforts in the
Central Asian field. One result of this series of annual meetings was an effort
during the fourth annual workshop in 1999 to establish a new scholarly society
known as the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Complete information on joining
the Central Eurasian Studies Society is offered at the end of this message.


THE CENTRAL EURASIAN STUDIES SOCIETY

We are a private, non-political, non-profit, U.S.-based organization of
scholars who are interested in the study of the history, languages, cultures,
and modern states and societies of the Turkic, Mongolian, Iranian, Caucasian,
Tibetan and other peoples of the Black Sea region, the Crimea, the Caucasus,
the Middle Volga region, Central and Inner Asia and Siberia. The Central
Eurasian Studies Society's purpose is to promote high standards of research and
teaching, and to promote and facilitate communication among scholars through
meetings and publications.

The Central Eurasian Studies Society would like to invite scholars whose
interests fall within the above description to become members. While CESS's
activities will be U.S. based, this invitation is open to interested persons
from all countries.

The idea for establishing this new scholarly organization emerged at the
October 1999 Central Asian Studies Workshop, which met in Madison, Wisconsin.
The concern that prompted us to attempt this new organization is the following:
although many scholars are actively publishing in this area, interactions among
U.S.-based scholars who study the Caucasus-to-Mongolia area are fragmented, and
interaction among scholars has not been facilitated by a cohesive and active
organization. The efforts to establish this organization are just at their
beginning. We welcome all who share these interests and concerns to participate
now as we consider the directions that CESS will take, and as we sort out how
the tasks of making this a strong and useful organization can be shared among
us.

We seek to establish CESS as a body that can facilitate interaction among
senior, established scholars, junior scholars, graduate students, and
unaffiliated scholars, through coordination of panels at a number of relevant
conferences, promotion of the Central Asian Studies Workshop (and whatever it
evolves into) as an annual meeting place for members, and publication of
peer-reviewed scholarship. As soon as practicable, we plan
to begin publishing, twice annually, a bulletin that focuses on book reviews.

A small group of volunteers have formed a temporary organizing committee to
launch this society. This temporary Executive Committee is responsible for
proposing a set of by-laws for the organization (establishing its
organizational structure, procedures for electing leadership, non-profit legal
status, etc.), and setting out the course for the CESS's initial activities. In
conjunction with CESS's annual meeting (Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2000), all members
will be invited to respond to the proposed by-laws, and to participate in
elections for officers for CESS.

The first Annual Meeting of the Central Eurasian Studies Society will be held
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sept. 28 - Oct 1, 2000. Information
about this meeting will be made available through the CESS website:
http://cess.uno.edu/

MEMBERSHIP

To become a member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, you can register
for membership by going to the on-line registration form found on our website:
http://cess.uno.edu/-- note also that if you are unable to access the website,
you can request an e-mail version of the form by writing to J. Schoeberlein,
CESS acting Executive Secretary <centasia(a)fas.harvard.edu>.

Dues are $30 for full members; $15 for student members and retirees; no charge
for FSU members and those from other countries where current economic
conditions make paying such membership dues difficult (or $10 for FSU members
who want to receive a print version of the CESS bulletin). Full details can be
found on the membership section of the CESS website.

Temporary Executive Committee Members (until Oct. 2000 elections)

Kagan Arik
Victoria Clement
Marianne Kamp, Chair
Adeeb Khalid
Ed Lazzerini
Paula Michaels
Michael Rouland
Uli Schamiloglu
John Schoeberlein
Brenda Shaffer


*HOTEL RESERVATION INFORMATION*

Unfortunately no hotel rooms are available on central campus for the evening of
Thursday, September 28. The InnTowner is some walking distance from the Lowell
Center but offers free shuttle service. They have limited rooms available for
other nights.

Please make reservations for the evening of Thursday, September 28 at:
Best Western Inntowner
2424 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
tel. 608-233-8778; fax 608-233-1325
info(a)inntowner.com
www.inntowner.com

October 2000 room rates are $82/night single; $92/night double (includes
parking and free shuttle service from/to airport and campus)

Please make reservations for the evening of Friday, September 29 and Saturday,
September 30 at:
Wisconsin Center Guest House
Lowell Hall
610 Langdon Street
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
tel. 608/256-2621; fax 608/262-5445

October 2000 room rates are $62/night single; $72/night double (includes
parking & complimentary breakfast)


Uli Schamiloglu
Professor of Turkic & Central Eurasian Studies
Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
1240 Van Hise, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI  53706 USA
tel. 1-608-262-7141 (office), 1-608-262-3012 (department), 1-608-265-3538 (fax)
Email: uschamil(a)facstaff.wisc.edu

WORKSHOP SERIES- Women in Post-Communist Transitions, Kennan Institute

Posted by: Nancy Popson <popsonna(a)WWIC.SI.EDU>
Posted: 13 Jul 2000


WORKSHOP SERIES- Women in Post-Communist Transitions, Kennan Institute

Kennan Institute Research Workshop Series:
The Role of Women in Post-Communist Transitions

The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce a new series of research
workshops on "The Role of Women in Post-Communist Transitions."  After
almost a decade of transition from Communism in the countries of the NIS, it
has become apparent that policies aimed at democratization,  economic
liberalization, and social pluralism have differentially effected various
segments of post-Soviet society.  Across the region, women in particular
have keenly felt the effects of the transition.  Unemployment among women
has increased as social services have declined, and participation in the
political process has dropped off significantly.  At the same time, women
have been instrumental in the broadening of democracy and the market through
civil society activism and small business development.  This experience
underscores the need for transition policies to take into account issues of
gender to ensure a broad societal base for democratic reform.

The Kennan Institute's Workshop Series is designed to serve as a forum at
which scholars from various disciplines and countries can discuss the
implications of gender on the transition, share research findings, and
suggest policy recommendations for future transition efforts.  Participants
in the series will be expected to present their own research at the first
workshop, to be held in the Winter of 2000-2001.  Further research on common
themes is expected to form the basis for a monograph arising from the series.

Selection for the workshop series will be based on an open competition.
Junior scholars (ABD and pre-tenure) are especially encouraged to apply.
Participation in the workshop series is open to scholars at any level with
substantive research interests in issues of gender and transition in the
NIS.  Any area of social science or humanities research that focuses on
issues of gender during the post-Communist transition is welcome.  In
particular, research focusing on poverty and social welfare; women's
political participation; the "women's face" of post-communist civil society;
gender-related violence and discrimination; the role of women in economic
development; and the development of gender programs and women's movements in
the NIS are encouraged. Per diem costs and travel support for the workshops
will be provided by the Kennan Institute.

Those interested should submit an abstract of their current research, a
current CV, and two letters of recommendation to: Women in Transition
Workshop, The Kennan Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson
Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027.  Abstracts and
resumes may be sent by email to kiars(a)wwic.si.edu; recommendation letters
must be sent by mail.  All application material must be received by October
1, 2000.

The Role of Women in Post-Communist Transitions Workshop Series is supported
by the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the
Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII) and the George F.
Kennan Fund.

Please note:

 - All application materials must be submitted in English.
 - Abstracts of past research should be no longer than 1000 words in length.
 - Issues of women's health and reproductive rights should also be considered
   priority areas for research in the workshop.

For further questions, please contact Nancy Popson at popsonna(a)wwic.si.edu
or 202-691-4100.

For further  information please contact Nancy Popson at (202) 691-4100 or by
email at popsonna(a)wwic.si.edu.

Nancy Popson
Deputy Director
The Kennan Institute
Woodrow Wilson Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20004-3027
202-691-4100 telephone
202-691-4247 fax

CONF./CFP- Eurasianism, Ufa, Bashkortostan, 14-15 Sept. 2000

Posted by: Alexander Stolyarov <astol(a)orc.ru>
Posted: 3 Jul 2000


CONF./CFP- Eurasianism, Ufa, Bashkortostan, 14-15 Sept. 2000

The International Scientific Conference
"Eurasianism: Historical and Cultural Heritage and Prospects for Development"
to be held in Ufa, Bashkortostan
on September 14-15, 2000

The co-organisers of the conference are:
The Eastern Institute of Economics, Humanities, Management and Law (VEGU),
The Ethnological Research Centre URC RAS,
The Bashkir State Pedagogical University

The research themes to be covered by the conference sessions:
1. Historiography and source study of Eurasianism
2. Ethnopolitical processes in the history of Eurasianism
3. Ethnocultural processes in Eurasianism
4. Interaction of languages in Eurasia
5. Literature and folklore in the Eurasian aspect
6. Interaction of religions in the context of Eurasianism

A microsymposium within the framework of the conference to be held on
"Eurasian Economic Domain: Science and Real Business"

Scientists and specialists from the following countries and cities are
prepared to participate in the conference:
Turkey, France, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan; Moscow, St.
Petersburg, Kursk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Omsk, Kazan, Cheboksary, Orenburg,
Ufa, etc.

At present the first stage of the conference preparation has been completed:
participants' paper summaries have been selected and sent to the publisher;
they are scheduled to be published by the time the conference will start. We
would like to make it known to those who failed to submit their papers in
time that we have extended the requests admittance up to the 5th of
September, 2000 (without having the paper summaries published). Pursuant to
the decision of the Board of the Conference Organisers the most
scientifically significant papers may be published in a collection of
scientific papers which is planned to be printed after the conference.

Please refer all questions related to the preparation of and participation
in the conference to the VEGU Research Management:

Shyrinkin Sergei Alekseyevich
Conference Executive Director
3 Mubaryakov Street
Ufa-92, 450092
The Republic of Bashkortostan

Tel.: +7 (3472) 54-90-03, 54-90-30
Fax: 54-91-21
E-mail: post(a)vegu.ufanet.ru
WEB: http://www.vegu.ufanet.ru

CONF./CFP- Conference on Cinema and the Middle East, Mainz, Oct. 2000

Posted by: DAVO <g.meyer(a)Geo.Uni-Mainz.DE>
Posted: 22 Jun 2000


CONF./CFP- Conference on Cinema and the Middle East, Mainz, Oct. 2000

CONFERENCE ON "CINEMA AND THE MIDDLE EAST"
Mainz/Germany, 11 - 12 October 2000

The international research network on "Cinema and the Middle East" is
organizing its second international conference in Mainz/Germany on 11 and 12
October 2000. The conference will take place on the campus of the University
of Mainz, which is located only 30 km from Frankfurt Airport. It will be
combined with the Seventh Congress of the German Middle East Studies
Association (DAVO) starting on 12 October 2000 (for further information on
the DAVO Congress see http://www.davo-online.de).

Papers are invited on various aspects focusing not only on Middle Eastern
and North African cinemas but also on the cinematic depiction of the reality
of life in this region as seen in American, European and Indian films.
Fields of interest range from the cinematic depiction of "real" ways of
life, e. g. in the form of common "oriental" or offensive stereotypes with
specific political intentions, to an analysis of economic structures and
socio-economic interconnections of the film industry in countries of the
Middle East. Studies focusing on gender, social class, culture and other
issues raised by various disciplines such as Islamic studies, sociology,
ancient and contemporary history, politics, anthropology, geography and
economics are also welcome.

All papers will be held in English.  Deadline for papers is 15 July 2000.

In order to register for the conference on "Cinema and the Middle East"
please use the online registration form available at:
      http://www.cinema-middle-east.de

Or contact the conference organizer:

Professor Anton Escher
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW)
Institute of Geography
University of Mainz
D-55099 Mainz / Germany
Tel.: +49-6131-3925654
Fax: +49-6131-3924736
e-mail: davo.congress(a)geo.Uni-Mainz.de

For further information on the interdisciplinary research network "Cinema
and the Middle East" see http://www.cinema-middle-east.de/.  You will find here
- information on the members of the research network and their activities,
- announcements of relevant meetings and conferences,
- information on films dealing with Middle Eastern themes,
- links to other institutions.

To become a member of the network please contact:

Professor Guenter Meyer
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW)
Institute of Geography
University of Mainz
D-55099 Mainz
Germany
Tel.: +49-6131-3922701
Fax: +49-6131-3924736
e-mail: DAVO(a)geo.Uni-Mainz.de
http://www.davo-online.de

CONF./CFP- Oil Spills in the Mediterranean an Black Sea Regions

Posted by: Turgut Onay <onayturg(a)boun.edu.tr>
Posted: 19 Jun 2000


CONF./CFP- Oil Spills in the Mediterranean an Black Sea Regions

I submit the following conference - exhibition announcement and call for
papers.

Thank you for your interest.

Second International Conference on Oil Spills in the Mediterranean an Black
Sea Regions:

 - Terrestrial and marine Oil Spills
 - Wastewater Treatment in Refineries
 - Impact, contingency planning and response
 - Technology for Containment and Recovery

31 October - 3 November, 2000

ISTANBUL-TURKEY

Organized by:
Bogazici University and University of Manchester

For more information and deadlines please visit our web site:
http://www.medosc.com

CFP- Central Eurasian Studies Society 1st Annual Meeting, 9/28-10/1 2000

Posted by: Uli Schamiloglu <uschamil(a)facstaff.wisc.edu>
Posted: 15 Jun 2000


CFP- Central Eurasian Studies Society 1st Annual Meeting, 9/28-10/1 2000

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you will attend the first annual meeting of the Central Eurasian
Studies Society (see Call for Papers below), and help us to get the word out
to your colleagues.  Note that the meetings will include a board meeting at
which we will decide the essentials of how the organization will function,
as we have yet to adopt the organization's "rules", so your involvement at
this stage is particularly important.  In conjunction with the meeting,
elections will be held to determine the first set of official CESS officers.

Thank you for your interest and involvement.

The CESS temporary Executive Committee


FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

FIFTH ANNUAL WORKSHOP ON CENTRAL ASIAN STUDIES &
FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CENTRAL EURASIAN STUDIES SOCIETY
September 28-October 1, 2000
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Central Asian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in
conjunction with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and
the Central Eurasian Studies Society, is pleased to announce the convening
of the fifth annual "Workshop on Central Asian Studies", and the first
annual meeting of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, September 28 to
October 1, 2000.

We would like to request submission of paper proposals, and proposals for
pre-organized panels, that concern Central Asian and Central Eurasian
studies. These include: history, languages, cultures, and modern states and
societies of the Turkic, Mongolian, Iranian, Caucasian, Tibetan and other
peoples of the Black Sea region, the Crimea, the Caucasus, the Middle Volga
region, Central and Inner Asia and Siberia, and teaching and research about
these topics and areas.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
Participants wishing to present a paper are asked to submit an abstract of
150-400 words, and participant information by July 21, 2000, using the form
and response information below. Pre-organized panels sponsored by scholarly
organizations related to any part of Central Eurasia are welcome.
Confirmation of paper or panel acceptance will be available by August 15,
2000. We will do our best to accommodate proposals for papers after that
date, but we do wish to encourage early submissions.

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION:
On-line workshop registration is available at:
http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/creeca/


1. Name:

2. Address:

3. Telephone & fax:

4. Email:

5. Educational background (highest degree, year, institution, major):

6. Current institutional affiliation:

7. Title of Presentation:

8. Abstract:

FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS, ON-LINE REGISTRATION, OR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT:

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia
University of Wisconsin
210 Ingraham Hall
tel. 608/262-3379; fax 608/265-3062
E-mail: creeca(a)intl-institute.wisc.edu
http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/creeca/

WORKSHOP INFORMATION
Arrival is September 28 afternoon/evening - departure October 1 noon. The
keynote speaker, the registration fee, and additional details concerning the
program will be announced shortly. (There is usually an informal gathering
on Thursday evening and the program begins on Friday.) Registration/meetings
will take place at the Lowell Center at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison. Some meetings will also take place on campus near by. Hotel
registration information is available at the end of this message.

The goal of this annual workshop has been to offer an opportunity for
scholars, institutions, and organizations interested in the Central Asian
field to meet annually to discuss how we research, teach, and coordinate
efforts in the Central Asian field. One result of this series of annual
meetings was an effort during the fourth annual workshop in 1999 to
establish a new scholarly society known as the Central Eurasian Studies
Society.

For further information on the CESS, see the text appended below, or visit
the website at: http://cess.uno.edu/


*HOTEL RESERVATION INFORMATION*

Unfortunately no hotel rooms are available on central campus for the evening
of Thursday, September 28. The InnTowner is some walking distance from the
Lowell Center but offers free shuttle service. They have limited rooms
available for other nights.

Please make reservations for the evening of Thursday, September 28 at:
Best Western Inntowner
2424 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
tel. 608-233-8778; fax 608-233-1325
info(a)inntowner.com
www.inntowner.com

October 2000 room rates are $82/night single; $92/night double (includes
parking and free shuttle service from/to airport and campus)

Please make reservations for the evening of Friday, September 29 and
Saturday, September 30 at:
Wisconsin Center Guest House
Lowell Hall
610 Langdon Street
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
tel. 608/256-2621; fax 608/262-5445

October 2000 room rates are $62/night single; $72/night double (includes
parking & complimentary breakfast)


====================================
The Central Eurasian Studies Society
====================================

We are a private, non-political, non-profit, U.S.-based organization of
scholars who are interested in the study of the history, languages,
cultures, and modern states and societies of the Turkic, Mongolian, Iranian,
Caucasian, Tibetan and other peoples of the Black Sea region, the Crimea,
the Caucasus, the Middle Volga region, Central and Inner Asia and Siberia.
The Central Eurasian Studies Society's purpose is to promote high standards
of research and teaching, and to promote and facilitate communication among
scholars through meetings and publications.

The Central Eurasian Studies Society would like to invite scholars whose
interests fall within the above description to become members.  While CESS's
activities will be U.S. based, this invitation is open to interested persons
from all countries.

The idea for establishing this new scholarly organization emerged at the
October 1999 Central Asian Studies Workshop, which met in Madison,
Wisconsin.  The concern that prompted us to attempt this new organization is
the following:  although many scholars are actively publishing in this area,
interactions among U.S.-based scholars who study the Caucasus-to-Mongolia
area are fragmented, and interaction among scholars has not been facilitated
by a cohesive and active organization.  The efforts to establish this
organization are just at their beginning.  We welcome all who share these
interests and concerns to participate now as we consider the directions that
CESS will take, and as we sort out how the tasks of making this a strong and
useful organization can be shared among us.

We seek to establish CESS as a body that can facilitate interaction among
senior, established scholars, junior scholars, graduate students, and
unaffiliated scholars, through coordination of panels at a number of
relevant conferences, promotion of the Central Asian Studies Workshop (and
whatever it evolves into) as an annual meeting place for members, and
publication of peer-reviewed scholarship.  As soon as practicable, we plan
to begin publishing, twice annually, a bulletin that focuses on book reviews.

A small group of volunteers have formed a temporary organizing committee to
launch this society.  This temporary Executive Committee is responsible for
proposing a set of by-laws for the organization (establishing its
organizational structure, procedures for electing leadership, non-profit
legal status, etc.), and setting out the course for the CESS's initial
activities.  In conjunction with CESS's annual meeting (Sept. 28 - Oct. 2,
2000), all members will be invited to respond to the proposed by-laws, and
to participate in elections for officers for CESS.

Those who are interested in participating in the discussion of CESS's goals
and how to achieve them are encouraged to join the Central-Asia-Inst-List
which will provide a forum for such discussion.  To join, visit the website
http://cesww.fas.harvard.edu/CESWW_C-A-I-L.html or send a request
to <Central-Asia-Inst-List(a)fas.harvard.edu>.

The first Annual Meeting of the Central Eurasian Studies Society will be
held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sept. 28 - Oct 1, 2000.
Information about this meeting will be made available through the CESS
website: http://cess.uno.edu/

MEMBERSHIP

To become a member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, you can register
for membership by going to the on-line registration form found on our
website:  http://cess.uno.edu/ -- note also that if you are unable to access
the website, you can request an e-mail version of the form by writing to J.
Schoeberlein, CESS acting Exec. Secr. <centasia(a)fas.harvard.edu>.  If you
would like to be informed of CESS activities but don't yet want to join, you
may sign-up for inclusion in the CESS occasional mailing list at
http://cess.fas.harvard.edu, or write to <cess(a)fas.harvard.edu>.

Dues are $30 for full members; $15 for student members and retirees; no
charge for members from the former Soviet Union and other countries with
comparable income levels (or $10 for such members who want to receive a
print version of the CESS bulletin).  Full details can be found on the
membership section of the CESS website.

Temporary Executive Committee Members (until Oct. 2000 elections)

Kagan Arik
Victoria Clement
Marianne Kamp, Chair
Adeeb Khalid
Ed Lazzerini
Paula Michaels
Michael Rouland
Uli Schamiloglu
John Schoeberlein
Brenda Shaffer

CONFERENCE- Central Asia and Islam, Vienna, 19-20 June

Posted by: Andrea Strasser <andrea.strasser(a)oeog.org>
Posted: 15 Jun 2000


CONFERENCE- Central Asia and Islam, Vienna, 19-20 June

International Conference

Central Asia and Islam

19-20 June 2000
Festsaal der Diplomatischen Akademie
1040, Favoritenstrasse 15a

MONDAY, 19 JUNE 2000

Registration - 8:00 - 9:00

OPENING
09.00 - 09.30 a.m.
H.E. Dr. Ernst Sucharipa, Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna

Prof. Dr. Markus Köhbach, Member of the Executive Committee of the Austrian
Oriental Society Hammer-Purgstall (ÖOG/HP), Dept. of Oriental Studies,
University of Vienna

Dr. Waltraud Heindl, Director of the East and South East European Institute
(OSI)

Prof. Dr. Otmar Höll, Director of the Austrian Institute for International
Affairs (ÖIIP)
H.E. Dr. Heidemaria Gürer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Special Lecture:
09.30-10.30 a.m.
Dr. Uwe Halbach, Bonn
Islam in Post Soviet Central Asia: A Re-Incarnation?

Coffee-Break

WORKING GROUP 1: THE ISLAMISATION  OF CENTRAL ASIA
11.00 - 1.00 p.m.
(Moderation: Dr. Valeria Heuberger, OSI)

Prof. Dr. Bert Fragner, Bamberg
More than Religion: Cultures of Central Asia and Islam

Dr. Lutz Rzehak, Berlin
Bolshevism as Faith: Aims and Effects of Atheistic Propaganda in Central Asia.

Prof. Hisao Komatsu, Tokyo
Reform and Rebellion in Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century: Search
for a True Islam

Dr. A. Yunusov, Tashkent
The Spread of Islam In Central Asia

WORKING GROUP 2: ISLAMIC DIVERSITY
2.00 - 4.00 p.m.
(Moderation: Andrea Strasser, ÖOG/HP)

Dr. Shirin Akiner, London
Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Trends and Perspectives

Dr. Jakov Trofimov, Karaganda
Development of Islam in Kasakhstan after the Collapse of the Soviet Union

Dr. Lola Dodkhoudoeva, Dushanbe
Tajiks in Search of Their Past and Their Identity

Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Baldauf, Berlin
Varieties of Reformism in Central Asia: Some Examples

Lunch Break

WORKING GROUP 3:JUSTICE MECHANISMS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
4.30 - 6.30 p.m.
(Moderation: Dr. Siegfried Haas, ÖOG/HP)

Dr. Oskar Lehner, Linz
Tajikistan: An Example of a Successful Co-operation of Militant Islamic
Movements into a Constitutional Framework?

Dr. Erwin Orywal, Cologne
One State - One Rule of Law? Problems of  Plural Legal Systems in Pakistan

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek , Vienna
Local Conflict Resolution Institutions at the Uzbeks  in Northern Afghanistan

Prof. Dr. Kanaa Aidarkul, Bishkek
Role of the State External Policy of Kyrgyzstan in its Struggle with Islamic
Extremism

Dr. Roman Podoprigora, Almaty
Religious Freedom and Islam in Kazakhstan from a Legal Perspective


TUESDAY, 20 JUNE 2000

WORKING GROUP 4: RETRADITIONALISATION AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
09.00 - 11.00 a.m.
(Moderation: Dr. Paul Geiss)

Dr. Peter Finke, Halle
Change of Societal Structure in Rural Central Asia

Dr. Anara Tabyshalieva, Bishkek
Central Asia: Re-Islamisation and Women

Dr. John Schoeberlein, Boston
Social Tensions from the Return to Islam

Prof. Dr. William Fierman, Bloomington
Perceptions of Threats from  Alien Faiths : An Analysis of Reactions in the
Kazakh-Language Press

Coffee Break


WORKING GROUP 5: ISLAM AND POLITICAL IDENTITIES
11.30 - 1.30 p.m.
(Moderation: Dr. Erwin Orywal, University of Cologne)

Dr. Aschot Manutscharjan, Berlin
Islamic Political Movements: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Dr. Paul Geiss, Vienna
Islam, Community and Politics in Central Asia

Dr. John Schoeberlein, Boston
The Implications of Islamic Revival for Political Participation

Dr. Mumtoza Abdurazzakova, Taschkent
The Secularism Policy, Islam and the New Generation in Uzbekistan

Lunch Break

WORKING GROUP 6: ISLAM AND FOREIGN POLICIES
2.30 - 4.30 p.m.
(Moderation: Gerhard Mangott, OIIP)

H.E. Dr. Heidemaria Gürer, Vienna
Austria and Central Asia

Dr. Roland Dannreuther, Geneva
Political Islam and the Geopolitics of Russian-Central Asian Relations

Dr. Sally Cummings, Edinburgh
The Impact of Islam on the Struggle for Regional Supremacy in Central Asia

Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bagci, Ankara
Turkish Foreign Policies in Central Asia (1992-2000)

Prof. Dr. Hossein S. Seif-Zadeh, Tehran
Central Asia and Islam from an Iranian Point of View

After each working group is time for discussion.

Program is subject to possible changes!

Conference languages are German, English and Russian with simultaneous
translation.  There is a fee for attendance.

For more information, contact:

ÖSTERREICHISCHE ORIENT-GESELLSCHAFT
HAMMER-PURGSTALL (ÖOG/HP)
1010 Wien, Dominikanerbastei 6/6
tel. 512-89-36  fax: 512-89-36/17
e-mail: orient-akademie-izk(a)oeog.org

CONFERENCE- Australasian Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, 5-6 July

Posted by: Shahram Akbarzadeh <s.akbarzadeh(a)latrobe.edu.au>
Posted: 14 Jun 2000


CONFERENCE- Australasian Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, 5-6 July

Australasian Middle East Studies Association
19th Annual Conference (5-6 July)

Graduate Centre (Building 1888)
Melbourne University
Entry from Grattan Street (Gates 7 & 8)

DAY ONE (5 July)
9.30-10 am Registration: Graduate Centre Foyer

10-12
Opening   Plenary Session
Shireen Hunter (CSIS): West & the Muslim Word
Samina Yasmeen (UWA): The Islmaic Bomb? & Amin Saikal (ANU): US and Gulf
      Security
Chair: Shahram Akbarzadeh (La Trobe U)
Gryphon Gallery

12-1.30
Lunch
Pier Gorman Room
* NOTE: DW Thorpe demonstration of Journals & UMelb Bookshop stall

1.30-3pm
Panel A. Kurdish Issue
Mohammad Kamal (UMelb)
Paul White (Deakin U) & Hussein Taheri (UMelb)
Chair: Richard Pennell (UMelb)
Multi Function Room

Panel B. Islam & Nationalism
Rodger Shanahan (USyd)
Ben MacQueen (ANU) & Rafik Kurbanov (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Chair: William Maley (ADFA)
Gryphon Gallery

3-3.30pm
Break
Pier Gorman Room
* NOTE: DW Thorpe demonstration of Journals& UMelb Bookshop stall

3.30-5pm
Plenary Session: Civil Society Joseph Nevo (Haifa U)
Fethi Mansuri (Deakin U)&Gerard Filitti (Royal Asiatic Society)
Chair: Michael Humphrey (UNSW)
Gryphon Gallery


Join Dr Shireen Hunter & Ambassador Robert Hunter
for conversation over dinner at 7 pm
Abla's Restaurant
109 Elgin Street
Carlton (tel. 9347 0006)
BYO


DAY TWO (6 July)

9-10.30am
Panel A. Islamic Feminism
Helen MacCue (UNSW)
Christine Mason (UNSW) & Samina Yasmeen (UWA)
Chair: Multi Function Room

Panel B. Regional Politics
George Tarkhan-Mouravi (ICGRS, Georgia)
Sajjad M. Jasimuddin/Abdullah Ba-Fail (King Abdulaziz U)
Chair: Gryphon Gallery

10.30-11am
Break
Pier Gorman Room
* NOTE UMelb Bookshop stall

11am-12.30pm
Preserving Identity
Ibrahim Aoude (Hawaii U)
Michael Humphrey (UNSW)& Richard Pennell (Umelb)
Chair: Samina Yasmeen (UWA)
Gryphon Gallery

CONF./CFP- Sexualities in Transition, Dubrovnik, June 12-16, 2001

Posted by: Aleksandar Stulhofer <astulhof(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 14 Jun 2000


CONF./CFP- Sexualities in Transition, Dubrovnik, June 12-16, 2001

SEXUALITIES in TRANSITION
International Social Science Conference, Dubrovnik (Croatia)
June 12-16, 2001

The SIT conference will focus on the new sexual reality in the
(post)transitional countries of Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to
examining the effects of the profound social, economic and political
transformation on intimate and erotic landscapes, SIT conference will
address the important question of the role of sexualities in the promotion
of social tolerance and the development of social capital in the new
democracies. The conference, endorsed by NISSO, the Kinsey Institute, and
Archive of Sexology, Robert Koch Institut, hopes to establish a wide sex
research network by bringing together experts from Central and Eastern
Europe, EU, and the US.

More detailed information about the SIT conference is available at our Web
site: http://www.csun.edu/~sr2022/events.html

Organizing committee:
Dr. A. Stulhofer (University of Zagreb), dr. J. Elias (CSUN), dr. V. Diehl
Elias (CSUN), dr. T. Sandfort (NISSO), dr. J. Bancroft (The Kinsey
Institute), dr. E. Haeberle (Archive of Sexology - Robert Koch Institut),
and dr. V. Bullough (Professor Emeritus)

Contacts:
Colleagues interested in participation should contact the organizers at:
sitconference(a)yahoo.com

Deadlines and Registration:
Abstract (up to 250 words) - November 1, 2000; completed paper (diskette or
an e-mail attachment) - March 1, 2001. Registration fee: US$ 70 if paid
through January 15, 2001 ($100 if paid after January 15, 2001); students
$20. Certain number of grants will be available to participants from Central
and Eastern Europe.

Cordially,
Sasha

Dr. Aleksandar Stulhofer
The Kinsey Institute
Morrison Hall 313
Bloomington, IN 47405-2501, USA
Tel: (812) 855 7687
Fax: (812) 855 8277
E-mail: AStulhof(a)Indiana.edu

SEMINAR- Afghanistan Foundation and CSIS Forum, Washington DC, June 16

Posted by: Daoud Yaqub <dyaqub(a)afghanistanfoundation.org>
Posted: 12 Jun 2000


SEMINAR- Afghanistan Foundation and CSIS Forum, Washington DC, June 16

You are cordially invited to a

Policymakers Forum

Presented by the Afghanistan Foundation
In cooperation with Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS)

Friday, June 16, 2000 at 9:30 AM

CSIS Conference Center, Room B Level B1
1800 K Street, N.W.
Washington D.C.

The featured speaker will be:

John Cooley

"Some of the Consequences of the

Afghan Jihad"

From 1958 to 1964 John Cooley was a freelance journalist, for United Press,
NBC News, the London Observer and the Christian Science Monitor. In 1965 he
was appointed staff correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in the
Middle East, based in Beirut, an assignment ending in 1978. He served as the
Monitor's Pentagon correspondent 1978-80, when he joined the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace in Washington as a senior associate until
1981. From 1981 to the present, he has served as a correspondent and Mideast
analyst for ABC News London.

His latest book, soon to appear in a second, revised and updated paperback
edition, concerns the consequences of the conflict in Afghanistan. Its title
is Unholy Wars: America, Afghanistan and International Terrorism. The
revised edition, due in September 2,000 adds a fresh chapter on developments
in the Philippine Islands, where the veterans of the Afghan war lead a
separatist Muslim rebellion, and remarks on international terrorism in
general, including its globalization and privatization.

PLEASE RSVP

Afghanistan Foundation

Phone (202) 543-1177 Fax (202) 543-7931
Email: Info(a)afghanistanfoundation.org

Afghanistan Foundation
209 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-1177
Fax: (202) 543-7931

CONFERENCE- "Kings 'n Things": Central Asian Studies, July 25-26, New York

Posted by: Daniel Varisco <socdmv(a)hofstra.edu>
Posted: 10 Jun 2000


CONFERENCE- "Kings 'n Things": Central Asian Studies, July 25-26, New York

Caravan Foundation presents "Kings 'n Things"
July 25-26, 2000
The Great Hall, Cooper Union
7th St. & 3rd Avenue, New York City

This two day conference in Central Asian Studies will bring together
scholars from Europe and the U.S. for original presentations.  Scheduled
lectures for Tuesday, July 25 include:
 - R. N. Frye "The Missing Achaemenids"
 - S. Shabazi "Royal Calendars of the Parthian Period"
 - T. Kawami "Regional Aspects of Parthian Royal Sculpture"
 - D. Sellwood "Curiosities, Bronze Designs & Nomad Art:  Mint Monograms and
   Implications of Inscriptions"
 - F. Assar "Reconciliation of Lunar and Solar Years: Intercalary Evidence of
   Extant Coins 150 B.C. to 50 A.D."

Presentations on Wednesday, July 26 include:
 - D. Kahn "Code-breaking & Decipherment"
 - N. Sims-Williams "New Bactrian Documents from Pre-Islamic Afghanistan"
 - J. Lerner "Sealings on the New Bactrian Documents"
 - R. Salomon "Monks & Satraps"
 - A. D. H. Bivar "Gandharan Art in an Historical Context"
 - D. McDowall "Further Thoughts on the Gondophares Dynasty"
 - J. Lerner "A Re-evaluation of the Indo-Scythian Kings"
 - L. Adams "Kushan Gold Coins"

A concert of Near Eastern, Chinese and Iranian music will take place July 25
from 7:30 to 10:15, featuring members of Simon Shaheen's Near-East Music
Ensemble, Soheil Zolfonun, Min Xiao Fen and Yang Yi.

Cost for the conference is $25.  Seminar cost is $100 for both days.

For more information contact Caravan Foundation at:
caravanlink(a)aol.com
or 516-389-6704

CFP- Tradition & Innovation in the Muslim World, Aga Khan Humanities Project

Posted by: Rafique Keshavjee <akhum(a)ATGE.AUTOMAIL.COM>
Posted: 5 Jun 2000


CFP- Tradition & Innovation in the Muslim World, Aga Khan Humanities Project

THE MUTUALITY OF TRADITION AND INNOVATION

Call for Papers

The Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) is being implemented by the Aga Khan
Trust for Culture. The AKHP would like researchers, artists and
intellectuals to contribute to a volume of essays that explore certain
features of the relationship between tradition and innovation in the Muslim
World.

Of particular interest are cases where "holders" of traditions interact with
"holders" of modernity, such that the impact is mutual. By "holders" of
modernity, we have in mind artists and professionals who are connected to
what has been called international metropolitan culture. These could be
painters composers, popular singers, film-makers, designers, who are
influenced by, or respond to, the modern movements of art and culture of the
twentieth century, primarily but not exclusively in Western culture. By
"holders" of traditions, we would include artisans, craftspeople,
storytellers, practitioners of popular theatre, traditional (folk and
classical) musicians or even scholars who have specialized in narrative
traditions.

We assume that the above categories of tradition and modernity tend to
belong to different socio-economic, political and cultural spheres, and
overlap between them tends to highlight difference. Nevertheless, we do not
assume that one set is without tradition and the other without modernity.
Our interest is in mutuality of influence. This work will not explore simply
how holders of modernity have been inspired by holders of tradition.

Examples of mutuality include:

a) Collaborations between filmmakers and traditional storytellers such that
the filmmaker absorbs features of the art of the storyteller, or gives a
traditional tale a new form of expression AND the storyteller begins to
employ more cinematic imagery or weaves a cinematic episode into the
storytelling;

b) A modern painter and a traditional calligrapher inspire each other with
canons that refresh their own work;

c) A historian and a film-maker collaborate, such that the historian would
begin to develop imaginative capacities that affect the historian's research
topic or writing. Another possible example is creative interaction between
Western popular musicians such as Peter Gabriel and traditional performers
such as Nusrat Fathealy Khan or Yousu N'Dour.

We encourage submissions that explore the implications of such
collaboration. Possible issues to explore:

 - What are the features of such a creative engagement?
 - To what extent does the collaboration blur the genres between the
   respective traditions, or should be reconsider the very concept of a
   tradition such that innovation is constantly or continually present?
 - What are possible implications of such collaboration on the role of
   culture in Muslim society?
 - What are the implications of such collaborations on the boundaries of
   Western and Muslim culture?
 - What is the impact of such collaborations on the boundaries or
   definitions of "high" culture and "traditional" culture?
 - Are there negative features of this mutuality such as imbalances of
   authority, power, marginalization, or distortion of meaning or genre?
 - What are the implications of such collaboration on our understandings of
   cultural change and creativity?
 - What are the implications on the ideas of Islam, Muslim culture or
   Islamic Civilisation?
 - What practical lessons do such engagements offer with regard to
   engendering further interactions?


Dr. Rafique Keshavjee
Director
Aga Khan Humanities Programme
75 Tolstoy Street
Dushanbe 734000
Tajikistan
akhum(a)atge.automail.com
Tel.: +372-245297/245823
Tel./Fax: 510128
Satellite phone: +761844-725

SEMINAR UPDATE- Islamic Sufism, Annandale, Virginia, 10 June 2000

Posted by: Association for Peace & Democracy for Afghanistan <afghanpeace(a)usa.net>
Posted: 2 Jun 2000


SEMINAR UPDATE- Islamic Sufism, Annandale, Virginia, 10 June 2000

APDA Seminar on "Islamic Sufism and the Spirit of Peace and Tolerance"

When: 10 June 2000 at 10 am
Where: 6911 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia, USA

The Secretariat of the Association for Peace and Democracy for Afghanistan
announces a seminar on "Islamic Sufism and the Spirit of Peace and Tolerance"
to be held on June 10, 2000.

The Association's Committee on Culture and Media, working in conjunction with
the Committee on Event Organization and other APDA committees, has requested
that all interested researchers and scholars contact the Association as soon
as possible to schedule presentations. In lieu of a live presentation,
research paper submission is encouraged.

The seminar is open to the public.

For more information, please contact the APDA at:

Web site: www.apdafghanistan.org

Email: info(a)apdafghanistan.org

Telephone: (703) 978-9890
        or (703) 941-1589, (703) 690-4027

Mailing address:

6300-A Springfield Plaza PMB 525
Springfield, VA 22150, USA

The seminar is the latest cultural event held by the APDA, whose founding
tenets include the preservation and propagation of Afghanistan's cultural and
traditional heritage.

APDA staff
info(a)apdafghanistan.org

CONF./CFP- Soyuz Symposium 2001, Berkeley, 16-17 Feb. 2001

Posted by: Nancy Ries <nries(a)mail.colgate.edu>
Posted: 1 Jun 2000


CONF./CFP- Soyuz Symposium 2001, Berkeley, 16-17 Feb. 2001

Call for Papers:

From the "Internationale" to the Transnational: Repositioning Socialist and
    Post-Socialist Cultures
Annual Symposium of Soyuz: the Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural
    Studies
University of California, Berkeley, February 16 & 17, 2001

In an era when the boundaries of the former Soviet bloc are expanding beyond
the clearly-marked "Internationale" to include increasingly
deterritorialized globalizations, scholars' analyses of postsocialist
cultures are also expanding to include questions about the realities and
mythologies associated with integrating these communities into "world
culture." This year's Soyuz symposium in postsocialist cultural studies
explores new ways to talk about Soviet and post-Soviet cultures and
societies in relation to globalization. We will discuss how local
cosmologies can be linked with larger interpretive frameworks to form and
answer questions about post-Soviet cultures' and subcultures' participation
in, and ambivalence or resistance toward, international processes. Also of
interest are historically informed, theoretical questions about the
constitution of global communities and the presentation of post-Soviet
subjects in light of globalization.

Possible topics for papers include cultural syncretism, identity formation,
diaspora, the presocialist global eras, emigre communities, refugees,
international relief efforts, NGOs, corporate cultures, technocracy,
technology, labor, war. Presentations may be from any discipline
(anthropology, sociology, folklore, political science, history, literary
criticism, etc.) and may focus on any aspect of social life - religion,
politics, economics and exchange, kinship and the family, gender, language,
the arts - but papers must strive to creatively and successfully combine
solid ethnographic and/or empirical evidence with theory. Comparative work
is especially of interest.

First-come, first-served housing can be arranged in Berkeley and travel
subsidies for some foreign presenters will be provided.

Please send abstracts of 250 words or less by e-mail, to:
Rachael Stryker <stryker(a)sscl.berkeley.edu>

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is October 1, 2000.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact:
Nancy Ries (nries(a)mail.colgate.edu).

For more information, or to see the program of past Symposia, visit the
Soyuz website at <http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/soyuz>

CONF./CFP- Australasian Middle East Studies Association, Melbourne, 5-6 July

Posted by: Shahram Akbarzadeh <s.akbarzadeh(a)latrobe.edu.au>
Posted: 28 May 2000


CONF./CFP- Australasian Middle East Studies Association, Melbourne, 5-6 July

The Australasian Middle East Studies Association 19th annual conference will
be held at The UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE (5-6 JULY 2000)

The theme of the 19th Annual Conference will be Reclaiming the Millennium.
What are the implications of the growing assertiveness of civil societies in
the Middle East? What is the impact on the domestic politics and cultures of
the Middle East? How does it reflect on relations with the rest of the world?

* Key note speakers: Dr Shireen Hunter and Dr Samina Yasmeen.

* Dr Hunter is the Director of the Islamic Studies at the Center for
Strategic & International Studies, USA. Dr Hunter will address the "Outlook
of Relations between the West and the Muslim World: Conflict, Coexistence,
or Cooperation?"

* Dr Yasmeen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, The
University of Western Australia, and the former President of the
Australasian Middle Eastern Studies Association. Dr Yasmeen will talk about
the "Islamic Bomb?"

 Registration for the conference is now open (Note. registration form
pasted below - the form in Word format may also be found on the conference
site)

Late papers may still be accepted. Please send expressions of interest (with
an abstract - 300 words) to Shahram Akbarzadeh.

Paper givers are encouraged to suggest a pre-organised panel of three
speakers and preferably a chair.

Suggested panels include:
- Arab-Israeli Relations
- Civil Society in Muslim States
- Islam in Australia
- Language Teaching
- Security in the Persian Gulf

All queries should be directed to:

Dr Shahram Akbarzadeh
Politics
La Trobe University
Vic. 3083
Australia

Fax 61-3-9479 1997
S.Akbarzadeh(a)latrobe.edu.au

Or visit the Conference Site for more info:
http://www.arabic.unimelb.edu.au/events/amesa/amesa3.htm

CONFERENCE- Non-Military Security Threats, Central Asia & Caucasus

Posted by: Edmund Herzig <edmund(a)bnn.dircon.co.uk>
Posted: 25 May 2000


CONFERENCE- Non-Military Security Threats, Central Asia & Caucasus

The Manchester University Research Group on Central Asia and the Caucasus is
holding a conference:

"Non-Military Security Threats in Central Asia and the Caucasus"

31 May-1 June 2000, at Chancellors Conference Centre, Chancellors Way,
Manchester, UK

The cost for attending the seminar is £89.00, which includes one night's
accommodation in the conference centre (3-star hotel quality, with en-suite
bathroom, TV, etc.) and meals, teas and coffees. We regret that
non-residential places are not available.

If you would like to attend, please contact:

Dr Edmund Herzig
Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Manchester University
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
UK

Tel. 0161 275 3070 (direct)
Tel. 0161 275 3073 (secretary)
Fax 0161 275 3264
Email: edmund.herzig(a)man.ac.uk; edmund(a)bnn.dircon.co.uk


Programme

Wednesday 31 May 2000
2.00-2.30pm   Registration

2.30-2.45pm   Opening Remarks
    Edmund Herzig (Manchester University)

2.45-4.00pm   Panel 1 Energy Security
    John Roberts (Independent Consultant), Issues in Caspian
        Energy Security.
    Robin Bhatty (Independent Consultant), Caspian Pipeline Security.

4.30-5.30pm   Panel 2 Political Security
    Jonathan Aves (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Nation-building,
        Legitimacy and Political Stability in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
    Anna Zelkina (School of Oriental and African Studies, London University),
        The Islamist Challenge in the Caucasus.

Thursday 1 June 2000
10.00-11.00am      Panel 3 Crime and Security
    Tamara Makarenko (Aberystwyth University), The Links between Organized
        Crime, Terrorism and "Religious Extremism" in Central Asia.
    Domitilla Sagromoso (King's College, London University), Small Arms
        Proliferation in the Caucasus.

1.30am-1.00pm Panel 4 Societal Security
     Shirin Akiner (School of Oriental and African Studies, London University),
        Unemployment, Pauperization and Educational Collapse in Tajikistan.
    Bhavna Dave (School of Oriental and African Studies, London University),
        Language Policy and Threats to Identity in Central Asia.

2.30-4.00pm      Panel 5 Environmental Security
    Stuart Horsman (Sheffield University), The Environmental Security Agenda in
        Central Asia.
    Sarah O'Hara (Nottingham University), Security Implications of the Central
        Asia's Water Crisis.
    Daphne Biliouri (Independent Consultant), Resource Politics in Central Asia
        as a Security Threat.

4.30-5.30pm    Panel 6 Responding to Non-Military Security Threats
    Paul Bergne (St Antony¹s College, Oxford University), National Responses.
    Roy Allison (Royal Institute of International Affairs), International
        Responses.
    Anna Matveeva (Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu), NGO Responses.

5.30-5.45pm      Concluding Remarks
    Çigdem Balim (Manchester University)

The conference is sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

SEMINAR- Shamanism in Siberia and Central Asia, EHESS Paris, 9 June 2000

Posted by: Thierry ZARCONE <thzarcone(a)compuserve.com>
Posted: 15 May 2000


SEMINAR- Shamanism in Siberia and Central Asia, EHESS Paris, 9 June 2000

Année Universitaire 1999-2000
Centre d'histoire du domaine Turc - EHESS

Seminar:
Histoire et sociologie des milieux lettrés et savants Musulmans d'Asie
centrale du XVIIIe siècle à nos jours

Stéphane A. DUDOIGNON (CNRS - Strasbourg) and Thierry ZARCONE (CNRS - Paris)


Seminar by:

Roberte HAMAYON (EPHE - Sorbonne) and Thierry ZARCONE (CNRS - EHESS)

On the topic of:

Shamanism in Siberia and Central Asia in the 20th Century (Le chamanisme en
Sibérie et en Asie centrale au XXe siècle)

Wednesday, 9 June 2000
9:00 - 12:00
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Location:
105, Rue Raspail, 75006 Paris - salle 11

Presentations:

1. R. Hamayon: Chamanismes sibériens d'hier et d'aujourd'hui
2. Th. Zarcone : Le Chamanisme islamisé  (Bakhshilik/ Baksylyk) en Asie
   centrale. Histoire et situation actuelle.
3. Projection de films vidéo de séances chamaniques en Asie centrale,
   tournés par P. Garrone et Th. Zarcone (Tadjikistan et Uzbekistan -
   Kazakhstan méridional et Kirghizistan)

For more information, contact:

S. A. Dudoignon <dudoignon(a)aol.com> or Th. Zarcone <thzarcone(a)compuserve.com>

CONF. - Mass Media in Post-Soviet Conflict Areas, 18-20 May 2000

Posted by: Alisher Khamidov <alisher(a)infotel.kg>
Posted: 10 May 2000


CONF. - Mass Media in Post-Soviet Conflict Areas, 18-20 May 2000

The Central Asian Media Support project, Cimera (Switzerland) and the Osh
Media Resource Center are organizing 3 day conference in Osh.

Title of the conference: "The role of mass media in Post-Soviet Conflict
   Areas"
Dates of conduction: From 18th to 20th of May.
Place of conduction: Osh, southern Kyrghyzstan

Outline of the conference:

The aim of the conference is to bring together regional/international
journalists and regional/international experts to debate over contemporary
issues in Central Asia. Journalists and experts from Uzbekistan,
Kyrghyzstan, Tadjikistan, Kazakstan, Russia, Switzerland, Great Britain,
Armenia, Belgium, Turkey, Germany and the USA will present and discuss
following issues:

Sources of tensions in Central Asia:
1. Sources of tension in Central Asia: the Ferghana Valley;
2. The coverage of border issues between Uzbekistan and Kyrghyzstan in the
   Kyrghyz press;
3. Threats for security in Uzbekistan: From nationalism to islamism;

Central Asian security in the regional context:
1. Russian policy in Central Asia;
2. Afghanistan and Central Asia;
3. Tadjikistan in post civil war era;
4. Inner political aspects of Kazakhstan's security;

State policies in preventing conflicts - 3 presentations:
1. Uzbekistan state policy
2. Kyrghyzstan state policy
3. Tadjikistan state policy

Other conflicts in CIS
1. Chechen war- failure of political thinking
2. The role of mass media in Karabakh conflict

The summer-autumn 1999 Batken crisis and its coverage in the media of:
1. Kyrghyzstan
2. Uzbekistan
3. Tadjikistan.

The role of mass media in preventing conflicts - three presentations:
1. Tadjikistan
2. Kyrghyzstan
3. Uzbekistan

What can NGOs offer to prevent conflicts in the Ferghana Valley? Three
presentations from three republics (Uzbekistan, Kyrghyzstan, Tadjikistan)

Apart from participating in these discussions, conference participants will
meet government officials, representatives of ethnic and religious minority
groups, clergy representatives of southern Kyrghyzstan. A field trip from
Osh to Jalal-Abad (via Uzbekistan) is planned to show present situation at
the border between Kyrghyzstan and Uzbekistan.

For more information or the conference program please contact:

Alisher Khamidov,
director, the Osh Media Resource Center;
tel: 996 3222 20858;
fax: 996 3222 552 59
email: alisher(a)infotel.kg

Please note, the conference program and the list of participants are
already arranged and approved by the organizing committee.

CONCERTS- Uyghur Concert Tour in Britain

Posted by: Rachel Harris <rh(a)soas.ac.uk>
Posted: 29 Apr 2000


CONCERTS- Uyghur Concert Tour in Britain

Music from the Oasis Towns of Central Asia
Uyghur Musicians from Xinjiang

Concert Tour May 12th - 21st
Hosted by Asian Music Circuit (020 8742 9911)

Settled around the fringes of the Taklamakan desert below the Pamir and
Altai mountain ranges, the Uyghurs of Xinjiang are keeping their folk music
traditions very much alive. Uyghur music draws on a rich variety of
influences, from the high art traditions of Bukhara and Samarkand to the
more immediate appeal of the nomadic peoples of Central Asia, the Mongols,
Kazakhs and Kirghiz.

The Uyghur Muqam is considered to be the region's most complex and beautiful
musical form, combining in suite form sung poetry, popular tales of famous
lovers, and compelling dance rhythms. Listening to the Muqam can be an act
of religious meditation, but listeners can also get up and dance to the
rhythms of the drums. This rare programme performed by distinguished
musicians from Ili and Turpan includes Muqam, folk songs, and drum and shawm
festival music.

Musajan Rosiyuf
Riyazdin Barat
Pasha Isha
Usanjan Jami
Yasin Muhpul
Tursun Simai
Aziz Niyaz

Venues:
12 May - Brighton Gardner Arts Centre (01273 685861)
13 May - Norfolk Attleborough Church (01379 384505)
14 May - Totnes Dartington Hall (01803 863073)
16 May - London Purcell Room (020 7960 4242)
18 May - Kendal The Brewery (01539 725133)
21 May - Bradford-on-Avon (01225 860100)


Dr Rachel Harris
British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Music
School of Oriental and African Studies
Tel: (020) 78984694
Dept. Tel/Fax: (020) 78984699

WORKSHOP- Turkic Language and Literature Instruction, Bloomington, Aug. 5

Posted by: Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center <iaunrc(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 28 Apr 2000


WORKSHOP- Turkic Language and Literature Instruction, Bloomington, Aug. 5

TURKIC INSTRUCTION IN THE 21ST CENTURY:
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON TEACHING
LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES


SPONSORS: Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center and the Ottoman
and Modern Turkish Studies Chair at Indiana University

DATE and PLACE: August 5, 2000 at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

This workshop will offer a forum for those teaching Turkic languages and
literatures to learn about new developments in instructional techniques and
technologies. The program will include presentations on how recently
developed digital and multimedia tools can be built into the Turkic
curriculum. Presenters will also discuss teaching techniques and materials
tested in the Turkic classes of Indiana University's 2000 Summer Workshop on
Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL). Workshop
participants will share ideas and experiences about Turkic instruction.

We invite all US-based instructors of Turkic languages and literatures to
come to Bloomington to share experiences, achievements, and problems
concerning teaching methodologies, particularly those involving the new
technology which is becoming available.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the information below.
The sponsors will be able to help defray expenses for a limited number of
attendees. In order to qualify for a travel subsidy, please apply before
Monday, May 15, 2000.

Name:

Institutional Affiliation:

Current Position:
(If "Current Position" does not indicate it, please explain how your work
involves (or has involved/will involve) the teaching of Turkic languages and
literatures)

Address:

Telephone number:

Fax number:

E-mail:


Please check the Turkic languages which you have taught:

Azeri [ ] Kazakh [ ] Kyrgyz [ ] Tatar [ ] Turkish [ ] Turkmen [ ]
Uighur [ ] Uzbek [ ] Other (Please name):


Please indicate whether you can obtain support from your home institution to
attend this workshop, and/or which travel expenses for which you request a
subsidy from Indiana University.

Note: Even if you are not a formal presenter at the workshop, you will be
asked to make a brief presentation on your experience with Turkic
language/literature instruction.

Please return this form by:

* e-mail to iaunrc(a)indiana.edu

* fax to 812-855-7500 (if sent by fax, please write "Turkic Workshop
  Committee, IAUNRC" on a cover page or at the top of the page that you fax)

* post to "Turkic Workshop Committee", IAUNRC, Goodbody Hall 157, Indiana
  University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405

CONFERENCE- Seeking Civil Society, Caspian Program, Columbia Univ., May 3

Posted by: Pardis Minuchehr <pm50(a)columbia.edu>
Posted: 28 Apr 2000


CONFERENCE- Seeking Civil Society, Caspian Program, Columbia Univ., May 3

The Columbia Caspian Project presents a conference

Seeking Civil Society: Environmental NGOs and the Caspian

Wednesday May 3, 2000

Conference Organizers: Pardis Minuchehr and Peter Sinnott

School of International & Public Affairs
Columbia University
15th Floor, International Affairs Building
420 West 118th St. and Amsterdam Avenue

After the collapse of the Soviet Union the economic, political and
environmental fate of the Caspian Sea could no longer be determined by only
two, but five littoral states (Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan
and Iran) sharing this large water basin and the environmental policies
related to it. In addition to pre-existing environmental problems, recent
oil and gas developments have given the region international importance. A
new investment environment for the exploration of oil and gas resources in
the seabed and adjoining coastal areas of the Caspian Sea has led to the
formation of several international consortiums. Recent initiatives by the
United Nations and World Bank to put in place a comprehensive environmental
program for the littoral states has accelerated these states' attempts to be
involved in the coordination of this large scale endeavor. A role for
independent NGOs with environmental concerns is not certain in this process.
While international organizations help to articulate the Caspian states'
responsibilities for potential oil-related environmental disasters, this
region's environmental groups have had very limited experience in reaching
out to other organizations beyond their own state borders.

This conference will address regional environmental issues and how
partnerships among non-governmental organizations can influence government
policies. It will also attempt to understand how environmental NGOs could
contribute to the strengthening of civil society and human capital in the
areas they serve, seeking ways to link partnerships with other local and
international environmental NGOs, and crossing over geographic boundaries.
Furthermore, this forum will highlight the newly emerged region's need to
end its isolation by assembling the human capital to negotiate environmental
policies.

The Columbia Caspian Project is an initiative of the School of International
and Public Affairs at Columbia University that concentrates the strong
regional expertise of the faculties of the Harriman Institute which studies
the successor states of the Soviet Union and the Middle East Institute's
overlapping approach to what is better known as Central Asia and the
Caucasus. This Conference is made possible by funding from the Texaco
Foundation and Conoco Corporation.

Caspian Project Conference
May 3, 2000

Seeking Civil Society: Environmental NGOs and the Caspian

School of International & Public Affairs
Columbia University

8 - 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast
8:45 am Conference Opening Remark Pardis Minuchehr, Columbia Caspian Project

9 - 10:45 am
Panel I Identifying Problems: Local and International

Nurgul Amanova. Visiting Fulbright Scholar, San Diego State University
The Role of Remote Sensing in Identifying Ecological Problems

Petr Bukharitsin. Astrakhan Division of the Russian Geographical Society

Astrakhan and Caspian Ecology

Rafig Verdiyev. Ecores, Azerbaijan and Editor of Green Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's Kura River: Problems of Water Provision and Climate Change

Tina Nelson. Program Officer, Council on Economic Priorities, New York & London

Assessing Ecological NGOs' Capacities in Azerbaijan

10:45 - 11:00 am Tea and Coffee Break

11:00-12:45
Panel II Ecological Movements and Democracy

Megan Delaney. School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University
NGOs in Environmental Protection: A Burgeoning Civil Society?

Makhambet Khakimov. Kaspii Tabighaty, Atyrau, Kazakhstan
Building an Environmental NGO in the Caspian

Kate Watters. Program Manager, ISAR Washington, DC
ISAR and NGO Development in the Caspian

Mansoureh Shojaii. Women Against Environmental Pollution, Teheran, Iran
Women and Environmental NGOs in the Iran

Plated Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Shannon O'Lear. Assistant Professor of Geography, Illinois State University
Environmental Security and Environmental Scarcity in the Caspian:
Section
907 and Azerbaijan's Building of Civil Society

2 - 4:00 pm
Panel III National and International Cooperation: NGOs, Businesses and
International Financial Institutions

Farrokh Mostafi. BoomIran, Teheran, Iran
Iranian Environmental NGO Projects and International Organizations

Ali Artaman. Avicenna International Foundation, Ottawa, Canada
Public Health Strategies for the Caspian Sea Region

Islam Mustafaev. Ruzgar Ecological Organization, Baku, Azerbaijan
NGO Cooperation Across Borders

Gulmira Izimbergenova. ISAR, Atyrau, Kazakhstan
The Development and Role of NGOs in Western Kazakhstan

Timur Berkeliev. Castena Ecological Group, Turkmenistan
NGO Linkages with the Caspian Environmental Program's Biodiversity
Concerns

4 - 5:00 pm
Panel IV General Forum of NGOs, Businesses and International Organizations

Ghobad Fakhimi. Caspian Sea Environmental Protection Foundation, California

Bruce Silverberg. Bruce A. Silverberg Associates.

5:00 pm Closing Remarks. Peter Sinnott


Registration Form

Name (to appear on badge)

Address

City, State, Zip or Postal Code, Country

Phone (work)
Fax
E-mail

Affiliation (to appear on badge)

REGISTRATION FEE: $ 75

Registration includes conference materials, continental breakfast, and a
formal lunch.

Methods of Payment:
1. Fax the Registration Form and make your payment at the Registration Desk on
the day of the conference. We cannot accept credit cards.
Or
2. Mail the completed Registration Form with an enclosed check.

Make checks payable to Columbia University and send to the address below.

Peter Sinnott - Coordinator
The Columbia Caspian Project
School of International and Public Affairs
Middle East Institute, 1113 IAB
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212.854.2332
Fax: 212.854.1413
E-mail: caspian(a)columbia.edu

CONF./CFP- Civil Society, Modernization and Islam in Central Asia, Bishkek

Posted by: Elvira Mamytova <elvira(a)stat-gvc.bishkek.su>
Posted: 27 Apr 2000


CONF./CFP- Civil Society, Modernization and Islam in Central Asia, Bishkek

Call for Papers

Civil Society in Central Asia: Problems of Modernization and Islamic Revival
Host: Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan
East-East Program Coordinator: Almash Naizabekova
Organizer: Association of Researchers of Social Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic

Dates: June 6-8, 2000
Participants to arrive on 5 June
Participants to depart on 9 June

Location:
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Hotel Dostyk

Contact information:
Kyrgyz Republic
720001, Bishkek
P.O. Box 624
Tel.: +996(312) 24-70-76
E-mail: almash(a)soros.kg

Project Description:

The primary objective of this exchange is to promote formal and informal
information and experience exchange on problems of civil society formation
in the Muslim regions of CIS among scholars from Europe and CIS countries.
Important outcomes of the seminar are expected to be initiatives aimed at
organizing joint research, educational projects, and cooperative search for
the appropriate models of civil society development within the modern
conditions.

Expected outcomes

- Initiatives for joint research, educational projects and cooperative
search for the appropriate models of the states' development within the
modern conditions

- Discussion of modern methodological approaches in combination with
analysis of the collected empirical material will allow building a
theoretical model of political development of Central Asian states.

Public impact of the project

Publication of materials will give a possibility to start well-argumented
discussion in scholarly and popular editions on perspectives of political
development of Central Asian states.

Topics for discussions

Concept of civil society: cross-cultural analysis and problem of split society
- Specifics of traditional societies and issues of modernization
- Islam and modernization: problems and opposition
- Evolution of political forces in the East correlation of trends of
  authoritarianism and democracy
- The role of secular ideology in the Muslim society

Ideological sources of religious processes in the modern world
- Islamic dogma and culture in the past and present
- Philosophical and religious meaning of malonism and the contemporaneity
- Ideological sources of Islamic fundamentalism and its modern concepts
- Islamic fundamentalism and extremism
- Trend and extent of Islamic factor's influence within historical perspective

Islam in political development of the post-communist countries
- Concepts of Islamic revival in scientific literature
- Reasons of Islamic revival in the Muslim regions of the CIS
- Nature and ways of politicization of Islam
- Islam and Muslim regions of the ex-socialistic camp as a subject of new
  geopolitical situation
- Issues of Islam in the light of public opinion

Central Asia - search for civilized identity
- Significance of Islam for society of Central Asian states
- Social traditions in the lives of Central Asian states
- The role of Islam in the development of steppe civilization
- Islamization of population: sociological analysis
- Legal issues of Islam

Working languages: Russian and English

Participation

The project is designated for scholars and researchers and representatives
of government structures on issues of religion.

Criteria for participant selection

Experience of scholarly and research practice work related to the topic of
the project should not be less than 2 years.

Deadlines:
Abstracts (no more 500 words) and CV: May 15, 2000
Final papers (no more 4000 words): July 1, 2000

Mamytova Elvira
PhD, Associate Professor
Vice-President of Association of Researchers of Social Sciences of the
Kyrgyz Republic
tel: 996-312-247076
fax: 996-312-620505
E-mail: elvira(a)stat-gvc.bishkek.su, elvira(a)netkey.bishkek.su
P.O. Box 624
Bishkek 720001
Kyrgyz Republic

Addendum to the information on the conference on "Civil Society in Central
Asia: Problems of Modernization and Islamic Revival".

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to express my gratitude for your interest to the conference
"Civil Society in Central Asia: problems of Modernization and Islamic
Revival". For the last three days we have received over 70 requests,
proposals, applications.

Additional information about conference:
- Financial support of the conference is provided by the Program
  "East-East", Soros Foundation.
- No registration fees are required.
- Travel expenses, accommodation and meals for the participants from the CIS
  and Eastern Europe countries shall be provided.
- Accommodation and meals for the participants from other regions of the
  world shall be provided. We are ready to assist in obtaining travel-grants.
- Materials of the conference will be published. We will try to publish them
  by the beginning of the conference. Publication of the materials will be in
  the language of the submitted material (Russian or English languages).


Additional information about the Association of Researchers of Social Sciences
of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Association of Researchers of Social Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic
comprises a number of state and private educational institutions, research
institutes and centers, NGOs, individual scholars. Founders of the
Association are as follows: International Institute of Strategic Researches
under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Institute of Philosophy and Law
under the Academy of Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, Euroasia International
Research Center, Institute of Civil service and Political Science and etc.
The President of the Association is Dr. M. Artykbaev.

We are actively cooperate with a number of Foundations. As a rule our
researches are of inter-disciplinary and comparative (intra-state) nature.
The international conference "Civil Society in Central Asia: problems of
Modernization and Islamic Revival", which is to be conducted in June 2000,
is one of the activities projected for this year. We will try to manage to
publish some new international collective monographs. Also a new edition of
Society and Politics magazine is to be published.

Sincerely yours,

Mamytova Elvira
PhD, associate professor
Vice-President of Association of Researchers of Social Sciences of the
Kyrgyz Republic

tel: 996-312-247076
fax: 996-312-620505
E-mail: elvira(a)stat-gvc.bishkek.su, elvira(a)netkey.bishkek.su
P.O. Box 624
Bishkek 720001
Kyrgyz Republic

LECTURE- Anara Kendirbaeva, SMEs in Kazakhstan, Columbia Univ., April 28

Posted by: Peter James Sinnott <pjs7(a)columbia.edu>
Posted: 26 Apr 2000


LECTURE- Anara Kendirbaeva, SMEs in Kazakhstan, Columbia Univ., April 28

The Columbia University Caspian Project Distinguished Speakers Series

Will host a Talk on Friday April 28, 2000

Small and Micro-Businesses in Kazakhstan's Economy

Anara Kendirbaeva
Fulbright Scholar
University of California - Berkeley

12-2 pm
Room 1119, Middle East Institute

Coffee, Tea and Cookies will be served

Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs
420 West 118th St. (just off Amsterdam Avenue)

CONF.- New Diplomatic Initiatives in Euro-Asia, Univ of Reading, June. 23

Posted by: Yelena Kalyuzhnova <y.kaluyzhnova(a)reading.ac.uk>
Posted: 25 Apr 2000


CONF.- New Diplomatic Initiatives in Euro-Asia, Univ of Reading, June. 23

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies is hosting a conference "New Diplomatic
Initiatives in Euro-Asia " on June 23, 2000 (The University of Reading).
Among the participants are members of the diplomatic corps in London,
representatives of Banks, Companies who currently have business in
Euro-Asia, as well as academics and scholars. Conference fee: Business
people £100; academics £40; research students £20.

Please see draft programme below. For further details or an application
form, please contact Mrs Sylvia Smelt - Conference's Administrator.

e-mail: s.smelt(a)reading.ac.uk

tel: 44 (0118) 9316205
fax: 44 (0118) 9316274


Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova
Director

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
http://www.rdg.ac.uk/IEAS
The University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218,
Reading, RG6 6AA
UK
tel: 44 118 9316637
fax: 44 118 9316274


The University of Reading (UK)
The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies


NEW DIPLOMATIC INITIATIVES IN EURO-ASIA
June 23, 2000

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

(Chemistry Department, Lecture Theatre 2, The University of Reading)

10.30-11.00 a.m. Registration & Coffee

11.00-11.15 a.m. Opening Remarks. The Right Hon the Lord Carrington,
Chancellor, the University of Reading

11.30-1.00 p.m. Current Diplomatic Issues in Euro-Asia

Chair: Sir Derek Thomas, Director, N M Rothschild & Sons

John Edmonds (to be confirmed) 'British Diplomatic Initiatives Towards
Euro-Asia'

Ed Webb, Head of Central Asia and Transcaucasus Section, Eastern Department,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 'British Policy Towards Central Asia and
South Caucasus'.

Mr Douglas Townsend, Former Australian Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Hungary
'The Importance of the Euro-Asian Region for the Diplomatic World in the XXI
Century. A Practical View'.

1.00- 2.00 p.m. Lunch

2.00-3.30 p.m. Eastern European Enlargement: political and economic issues
Chair: Professor Michael Kaser, The University of Birmingham

H.E. Gabor Szentivanyi, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the UK
'Hungary: Transition and Integration'.

Dr David Dyker, Reader in Economics, School of European Studies, University
of Sussex 'The Dynamic Impact on the Central-East European Economies of
Accession to the European Union'.

Dr Bill Thompson, Department of Politics & Sociology
Birkbeck College,University of London 'Russia and the Expansion of Europe'

3.30- 3.45 p.m. Coffee Break

3.45-4.45 p.m. International Security and Regional Conflicts
Chair: Janet Gunn, Head of Eastern Research Group, Foreign and Commonwealth
Office

Professor Christoph Bluth, Centre for Science and International Affairs,
Institute for Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds
'Russia's relations with the West after Kosovo and Chechnya: The new
national security concept'.

Dr Dov Lynch, Department of War Studies, King's College, London 'Peace in
Tajikistan: Problems and Prospects'.

4.45- 5.00 p.m. Tea Break

5.00-6.00 p.m. Diplomacy of Caspian energy
Chair:

Representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Kazakhstan
National Interests in the Caspian Basin: Getting beyond the Hype" (to be
confirmed)

Dr John Spokes, Director, Foster Wheeler Petroleum Development Ltd., Reading
'Oil Development on the Caspian area'.

6.00-6.15 p.m. Concluding Remarks. Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director,
The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, The University of Reading.

CONF./CFP- DAVO-Congress for Contemporary Research on the Middle East

Posted by: DAVO <G.Meyer(a)Geo.Uni-Mainz.DE>
Posted: 20 Apr 2000


CONF./CFP- DAVO-Congress for Contemporary Research on the Middle East

INVITATION TO THE SEVENTH DAVO-CONGRESS FOR
CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH ON THE MIDDLE EAST
Mainz/Germany, 12 - 14 October 2000

This Congress is organised by the German Middle East Studies Association

(DAVO) at the Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW) at the
University of Mainz, which is located only 30 km from Frankfurt Airport.

We welcome papers on contemporary Middle East studies and the impact of this
region on the development of other parts of the world. Middle East studies
encompass disciplines relevant to the study of an area comprising all Arab
states and territories, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Israel and the
Muslim states of Central Asia.

DURATION OF THE CONGRESS

The Congress will start on Thursday, 12 October 2000, at 2.00 p.m. and will
end on Saturday, 14 October, at 1.00 p.m. There will be a reception with
dinner (buffet) on Thursday evening. The Congress is being combined with a
conference on "Cinema and the Middle East" which will be held on October 11
and 12.

PREORGANISED PANELS AND INDIVIDUAL PAPERS

Proposals for preorganised panels and workshops on a common theme with the
presentation of at least three papers and chair are strongly encouraged.
Individual paper submissions will be grouped into panels and assigned a
chair. So far the following panels have been announced:

1. Mainstreaming Gender Research
2. Arabic-Ottoman Sciences in the Modern Period
3. Lebanon 2000: Results of the First Decade of Development After the End of
   the Civil War
4. Intercultural Encounters or the Search for Orient and Occident
5. Migration of Christians from the Middle East and their Integration in the
   Host Societies
6. The Caucasus Between Conflict and Development
7. Socio-economic Development in the Palestinian Refugee Camps
8. Islamic Societies in Africa
9. Regionalisation
10. Economic Activities of Migrants from the Middle East
11. Cinema and the Middle East
12. Western Sudan &SHY; a Peripheral Region
13. Economic and Social Transformation in Egypt
14. Contemporary Conflict Research in the Near East

PRESENTATION OF POSTERS

Research projects can be presented within the framework of a poster
presentation. Especially younger academics and postgraduate students are
strongly encouraged to use this opportunity to present their work.

LANGUAGES

Although many papers will be held in German, English papers and discussions
are strongly encouraged. French papers will also be accepted.

BOOK EXHIBITION

A book exhibition is planned for the whole duration of the conference.
Individual authors, institutes, publishing companies and bookshops are
invited to present publications concerned with the Middle East.

EXCURSIONS AND SIGHTSEEING TOURS

An attractive program of sightseeing tours has been planned especially for
participants of the Congress coming from abroad. It includes a guided tour
through Mainz, the city of Gutenberg "The Man of the Millennium", coach
tours to Heidelberg and Frankfurt, and a boat trip through the romantic
Rhine valley. In addition to this, a visit to the World Exhibition EXPO 2000
in Hannover is being arranged before and after the Congress. Why don't you
consider combining the Congress of the International Association for Middle
Eastern Studies (IAMES) (http://www.fu-berlin.de/iames) in Berlin on 4-8
October 2000 with a visit to the EXPO 2000 and the DAVO-Congress?

DEADLINE FOR PAPERS: 15 July 2000.

For further information and registration see:
http://www.geo.uni-mainz.de/davo/


Address:

DAVO Congress 2000
Prof. Anton Escher
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW)
Institute of Geography, University of Mainz
55099 Mainz
Germany
Tel.: +49-6131-39-25654,
Fax: +49-6131-39-24736,
e-mail: davo.congress(a)geo.uni-mainz.de

MEETING- The Future of European Middle East Studies, EURAMES, Cambridge, Jul.3

Posted by: DAVO <G.Meyer(a)Geo.Uni-Mainz.DE>
Posted: 19 Apr 2000


MEETING- The Future of European Middle East Studies, EURAMES, Cambridge, Jul.3

THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN MIDDLE EAST STUDIES
Cambridge, 3 July 2000, 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Representatives of European institutions, university departments and
research centres engaged in Middle East Studies and other interested
scholars are invited to participate in a discussion on "The Future of
European Middle East Studies".

This discussion is part of an ongoing process to expand the activities
of the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES), the
"umbrella organisation" of national Middle East studies associations in
Europe. During this meeting a discussion will be held on how other
institutions engaged in Middle East studies can be involved in the
activities of EURAMES and how the exchange of information and research
cooperation between all institutions and scholars interested in this
field of studies can be intensified. Further suggestions to
achieve this aim are welcome.

In this context, Middle East studies are understood to comprise
disciplines relevant to the study of an area comprising all Arab states
and territories, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, the Muslim states
of Central Asia as well as the impact of this region on the development
of other parts of the world.

The discussion in Cambridge on 3 July 2000, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., will take
place during the Annual Congress of the British Society for Middle
Eastern Studies (BRISMES). For registration and information on the
BRISMES meeting please see http://www.cmeis.cam.ac.uk and contact
BRISMES 2000, Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Chista
Crowther, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Sidgwick
Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA, Tel./Fax: 01223 335103, e-mail:
oriental-mes-admin(a)lists.cam.ac.uk, cc272(a)hermes.cam.ac.uk.

For further information on EURAMES see http://www.hf.uib.no/smi/eurames
and contact:

The President of EURAMES
Prof. Gunter Meyer
Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW)
Institute of Geography
University of Mainz
55099 Mainz, Germany
Tel.: +49-6131-3922701
Fax: +49-6131-3924736
e-mail: DAVO(a)geo.Uni-Mainz.de
http://www.geo.uni-mainz.de/davo

SEMINAR- G.-J. Pinault, Tocharian and Sanskrit Manuscripts, Paris, 26-30 June

Posted by: Gerd Carling <gerd.carling(a)compphil.gu.se>
Posted: 18 Apr 2000


SEMINAR- G.-J. Pinault, Tocharian and Sanskrit Manuscripts, Paris, 26-30 June

Prof. Georges-Jean Pinault will hold a Block seminar on Tocharian and Sanskrit
manuscripts from Central Asia from June 26-30 at the École Pratique des
Hautes Études, Paris.

For information, please contact:
Prof. Georges-Jean Pinault
Tel./Fax: +33 (1) 43 67 10 78


Gerd Carling
Jämförande språkforskning med sanskrit
Klassiska institutionen
Göteborgs Universitet
Box 200
SE-405 30 Göteborg
Sverige
Tel. +31-773 1566
e-mail: gerd.carling(a)compphil.gu.se

LECTURE- Muborak Tishabaeva, Uzbek Women's Religiosity, Watson Inst., 4/20

Posted by: David M. Abramson <David_Abramson(a)brown.edu>
Posted: 17 Apr 2000


LECTURE- Muborak Tishabaeva, Uzbek Women's Religiosity, Watson Inst., 4/20

The Watson Institute presents a lecture by

Muborak Tishabaeva, PhD
"Uzbek Women's Religiosity Past and Present"


Dr. Tishabaeva teaches Economics at Tashkent Railroad Institute and is an
affiliate of the Institute of Cybernetics, Uzbek Academy of Sciences. She
also is a member of the Republic Committee on Enlightenment and Spirituality.

The lecture will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, April 20, 2000 in the
Conference Room at 2 Stimson Ave.

Please note: This lecture will be held in Russian.

Interested parties can contact Jean Lawlor (401-863-9145;
jean_lawlor(a)brown.edu)

Watson Institute for International Studies
130 Hope Street
Brown University Box 1831
Providence, RI 02912
tel: 401-863-9145
fax: 401-863-2192

CONF.- Afghanistan: Country without State?, Munich, 15-18 June, Prelim. Prog.

Posted by: Conrad Schetter <c.schetter(a)uni-bonn.de>
Posted: 11 Apr 2000


CONF.- Afghanistan: Country without State?, Munich, 15-18 June, Prelim. Prog.

Afghanistan - Country without State?
Preliminary Conference Programme
15-18 June 2000

Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde
München
Maximilianstr. 42;
D-80538 München;
Tel.: [49] (89) 210136-0

Sponsored by:
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Afghanistan
Mediothek für Afghanistan e.V.
Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, München


All papers and statements presented at the conference will be translated
simultaneously into English


Thursday, 15 June 2000

17.00 Registration

18.00 Welcome

PROF. DR. WALTER RAUNIG (Direktor des Staatlichen Museums für Völkerkunde,
München)

PROF. DR. SIEGMAR-W. BRECKLE (Vorstandsvorsitzender der Arbeitsgemeinschaft
Afghanistan, Universität Bielefeld)

AHMAD SULTAN KARIMI (Vorstandsvorsitzender der Mediothek für Afghanistan
e.V., Bonn)
(in German)

Introduction

REINHARD SCHLAGINTWEIT (Bonn)
Afghanistan: Country without State ?

19.00 Opening of the Exhibition "War and Peace in Afghanistan"


Friday, 16 June 2000

9.00 PRIV.-DOZ. DR. HERMANN-JOSEF BLANKE (Mediothek für Afghanistan e.V.,
Universität Köln)
Introduction to the Conference (in German)

9.30 Panel

1. Political Forms of Organization

DR. CHRISTINE NÖLLE (Mediothek für Afghanistan e.V., Universität Bamberg)
The Loya Jirga - An Efficient Political Tool? A Historical Overview (in German)

DR. BERNT GLATZER (AG Afghanistan; Deutsche Stiftung für Entwicklung, Bad
Honnef)
Structures of Political Decision-Making in Rural Areas (in German)

PROF. DR. MAX KLIMBURG (AG Afghanistan, Universität Wien)
The Political Situation in Nuristan (in German)

Moderation:
MATTHEW FIELDEN (London School of Economics)

11.00 Coffee- and Teabreak

11.30 Statements

2. German Policy towards Afghanistan

DR. WOLFGANG MASSING (German Foreign Ministry, Berlin)
German Foreign Policy (in German)

N.N. (German Ministry for Cooperation and Development, Bonn)
Development Cooperation of the German Government in Afghanistan (in German)

ULRICH FISCHER (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Berlin)
Activities of the German Parlament (in German)

DR. GÜNTHER KNABE (AG Afghanistan, Deutsche Welle, Köln)
The Afghanistan Conflict as Reflected in the Media (in German)

Moderation:
DR. H.C. ERNST-ALBRECHT VON RENESSE (AG Afghanistan, Bochum)

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Panel

3. State and Ideology

CONRAD SCHETTER (Mediothek für Afghanistan e.V., Zentrum für
Entwicklungsforschung, Bonn)
National Ideologies in Afghanistan(in German)

ANGELA PARVANTA (Universität Bamberg)
The Genesis of the Name of the State Afghanistan(in German)

RAMEEN MOSHREF (New York)
The View of the State by Afghans Abroad

Moderation:
N.N.

16.00 Coffee- and Teabreak

16.30 Discussion

4. Islam and Politics

DR. OLIVIER ROY (Centre National Recherche Sociale, Paris)
Islamism in Afghanistan

JONATHAN GOODHAND (University of Manchester)
From Holy War to Opium War?

MICHAEL LÜDERS (Die Zeit, Hamburg)
The Madrasas - Élite Schools of the Taliban? (in German)

Moderation:
DR. ALMUT WIELAND-KARIMI (Mediothek für Afghanistan e.V.,
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bonn)

20.00 Afghan Cultural Evening


Saturday, 17 June 2000

9.00 Panel

5. Disintegration

AHMAD RASHID (The Economist, Lahore)
Tribe and State after 1992

KRISTIAN BERG HARPVIKEN & ARNE STRAND (University of Oslo)
Transformations of Civil Society through the War

DR. RAHIM RASUL (Wuppertal)
The Defeat of State Building

Moderation:
PROF. DR. HERMANN KREUTZMANN (Universität Erlangen)

10.30 Coffee- and Teabreak

11.00 Panel

6. Tradition and Modernity

DR. RANGIN DADFAR SPANTA (Universität Aachen)
Destruction of Tradition, Blockade of Modernity, War and Conflict (in German)

BRUCE KOEPKE (Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Canberra)
Finding a Balance between Religious Orthodoxy and the Maintenance of
Afghanistan's Performative Traditions

HEIKE BILL (Welthungerhilfe, Jalalabad)
Situation of the Women(in German)

PETER SCHWITTEK (Caritas, Kabul)
On the Educational System under the Rule of the Taliban(in German)

Moderation:
PROF. DR. CLAS NAUMANN (AG Afghanistan, Museum König, Bonn)

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Panel

7. Organization of the State

ECKART SCHIEWECK (UN-Special Mission to Afghanistan (UNSMA), Universität
Bamberg)
Administration in Afghanistan - Some Remarks Regarding its History and its
Recent Development (in German)

DR. CITHA D. MAASS (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin)
The Taliban: Governance or State Authority? (in German)

DR. DR. MICHAEL POHLY (Institut für Iranistik, Freie Universität Berlin)
View of State and Organization of the Northern Alliance (in German)

Moderation:
N. N.

16.00 Coffee- and Teabreak

16.30 Discussion

8. Attempts of Conflict Solution

PROF. DR. KARL JETTMAR (AG Afghanistan, Universität Heidelberg)
On the Fringe of the Tragedy (in German)

FRANCESC VENDRELL (Personal Representative of the Secretary General & Head
of UNSMA, Islamabad)
UN Political Activities

ERICK EDUARD DE MUL (Head of UNOCHA, Islamabad) "angefragt"
UN Humanitarian Activities

PROF. DR. ANWAR-UL-HAQ AHADY (Providence College, Rhode Island)
The Failure of UN Mediation

PROF. DR. AMIN SAIKAL (Centre for Middle Eastern and Central Asien Studies,
Canberra)
The Role of Outside Actors

NEAMAT NAJUMI (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Somerville)
The Role of Afghanistan in the Regional Security

Moderation:
RÜDIGER KÖNIG (Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin)

20.00 Evening Speech

PROF. DR. ANNEMARIE SCHIMMEL (Universität Bonn)
Literature and Art in Afghanistan (in German; no translation!)


Sunday, 18 June 2000

10.00 Closing

DR. HANS-DIETRICH GENSCHER (Bonn)
Afghanistan in the Central Asian Area of Conflict (in German)

LAKHDAR BRAHIMI (Former U.N. Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Paris)
Problems of Peace-Building in Afghanistan

Introduction:
PROF. DR. SIEGMAR-W. BRECKLE (AG Afghanistan, Universität Bielefeld)


Registration

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please send a
postcard or fax to the following address:
Dr. Jürgen Frembgen
c/o Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde
Maximilianstr. 42
80538 München
Germany
Tel.: [49] (89) 210136-0
Fax.: [49] (89) 21013647

Registration fees will amount to DM 90.- (DM 50.- for students, unemployed
and senior citizens). This fee covers the scientific programme, abstracts
and participation in the "Afghan Cultural Evening". Please make your check
payable to Arb.Gem.Afgh. (Breckle)"Afghanistan-Tagung; Sparkasse Bielefeld,
account No. 4300 7400, BLZ 48050161 until May, the 30th 2000.

The ticket for the "Afghan Cultural Evening" on Friday night, June 16th,
amo unts DM 40.-. The fee can be paid on the evening. The "Afghan Cultural
Evening" includes Afghan live music as well as Afghan dishes.

Accommodation

Accommodation must be arranged by participants themselves. For further
information please contact the Munich Tourist Office: Fremdenverkehrsamt
der Stadt München, Sendlinger Straße 1, 80331 München, phone: 49-89-233-0300

Tourist information is also available on the the internet:
www.deutschland-hotel.de/muc/muenchen.htm
or: www.muenchen-tourist.de/index.html

Responsible for the programme

Prof. Dr. Siegmar-W. Breckle; Dr. Jürgen Frembgen; Dr. Bernt Glatzer; Sultan
Karimi; Dr. Christine Nölle; Prof. Walter Raunig; Conrad Schetter; Reinhard
Schlagintweit; Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi

CONF./CFP- Permanent International Altaistic Conf. (PIAC), Belgium, Sept. 3-8

Posted by: John Schoeberlein <schoeber(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 5 Apr 2000


CONF./CFP- Permanent International Altaistic Conf. (PIAC), Belgium, Sept. 3-8

This year, the Permanent International Altaistic Conference (PIAC) will hold
its 43rd Meeting in Chateau Pietersheim, Belgium, September 3-8, 2000. The
central theme of the conference is: "Life and Afterlife & Apocalyptic
Concepts in the Altaic World.

PIAC is an annual meeting of those interested in Altaica, and has over the
years brought together the most prominent figures including specialists on
language, history and culture.

I am posting this information provided to me by -- but NOT at the request of
-- Prof. Denis Sinor of Indiana University (Bloomington), who leads the PIAC
organization as Secretary General. Though I expect he and other regular
participants in PIAC would welcome the participation of new scholars, he
informs me that they are not seeking to recruit membership.

PIAC this year is being organized by Prof. Dr. Alois van Tongerloo, whose
contact information is as follows:

Prof. Dr. Alois van Tongerloo
PIAC President
University of Leuven
Dept. of Oriental Studies
P.B. 33
B-3000 Leuven
BELGIUM
E-mail: aloisvantongerloo(a)wanadoo.be
tel./fax: +32 (16) 23-72-26

To participate in the conference, one must submit the Registration Form to
the above address, as well as submit the fees indicated on the form via bank
transfer.

Papers may not necessarily be related to the central theme of the
conference, though if not, they are unlikely to be included in the published
Proceedings.

Please note that I am not connected with PIAC and inquiries should be
addressed to the PIAC President as indicated above.

John Schoeberlein

CONFERENCE- ASN Convention/Final Program Now on the Web

Posted by: Dominique Arel <Dominique_Arel(a)brown.edu>
Posted: 5 Apr 2000


CONFERENCE- ASN Convention/Final Program Now on the Web

5th Annual Convention of the
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

"Identity and the State:
Nationalism and Sovereignty in a Changing World"

Columbia University, 13-15 April 2000
FINAL PROGRAM NOW ON THE WEB

The ASN Convention continues its impressive growth. The 5th Annual
Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
will feature the unprecedented number of 101 panels, almost twice the
size of the convention two years ago, spread over eleven sessions
from Thursday April 13, 1 PM, to Saturday April 15, in the evening.
Close to 500 people will be on panels. The final program is now
available on the ASN web site: http://asn.uno.edu.

All post-Soviet areas will be covered in tremendous depth, with
twelve to fourteen panels each on the Balkans, the Russian
Federation, Ukraine, Central Asia, and Central Europe, as well as six
on the Southern Caucasus, three on the Baltics, and almost two dozens
on thematic and cross-regional themes. Special events will include
roundtables on the recent work of Jack Snyder, Misha Glenny and
Valery Tishkov, the INCORE Tip O'Neill Annual Lecture, delivered by
Fernand de Varennes on minority rights, and several panels devoted to
the recent/ongoing wars in Kosovo and Chechnya.

Thematic panels at the convention will include:
War and Gender
What Is European Identity?
Why Do Conflicts Not Turn Violent?: Cases of Tatarstan, Ajaria, and Crimea
Factors Influencing the (Non-)Violent Nature of Ethnopolitical Conflicts
Approaches to the Prevention of Ethnic Conflict
Systemic Change and the Transformation Process in Comparative Perspective
Jewish Minorities in the Post-Communist States
The European Union: Problems and Prospects of Enlargement
Self-Determination in the Age of Globalization
Self-Determination in the Twentieth Century: From Communism to
Post-Communism
Language Laws: Nation-Building, Ethnic Containment, or Diversity Management?
Hans Kohn Revisited: Civic and Ethnic States in Theory and Practice

The convention is unveiling a full section devoted to new
documentaries and feature films exploring ethnonational and identity
issues in the post-Communist world. No less than five films will be
devoted to Chechnya: THE MAKING OF A NEW EMPIRE (Netherlands 1999), a
documentary on a Chechen warlord; IMMORTAL FORTRESS (US, 1999),
featuring interviews with Shamil Basayev and Salman Raduyev; THE DARK
SIDE OF THE EARTH (Czech Republic, 1999), filmed last December in
Chechnya; along with CHECKPOINT (Russia 1999) and PURGATORY (Russia,
1998), two feature films set during the first Chechnya war. The
Balkan wars will also be featured prominently with the documentaries
A CRY FROM THE GRAVE (UK, 1999), on Srebrenica; THE VALLEY (UK,
1999), on events in the Drenica Valley of Kosovo in Summer 1998; THE
AVOIDABLE WAR (USA, 1999), on misguided foreign intervention in the
former Yugoslavia; as well as a panel on The Yugoslav Wars on Film.
Other films to be shown include TRADING STORIES (US, 1999), on
Jewish property and restitution in the Czech Republic; BLACK WORD
(Slovakia, 1999), on a Roma settlement in Eastern Slovakia; and HERR
ZWILLING UND FRAU ZUCKERMANN (Austria, 1999), on an elderly couple
from Chernivtsi (Chernorwitz), in Ukraine. All screenings will be
followed by discussion with the audience.

The convention is consolidating its status as the World Annual Event
on Nationalities Studies. Over a hundred panelists will be travelling
from overseas for the event (plus an additional three dozens from
Canada). Almost forty percent of paper-givers are international
participants (and this does not include the large amount of non-US
born participants currently residing in the United States).

LOCATION. The convention will be taking place in the International
Affairs Building (IAB) of Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St.
(metro station: 116th St., on the Red Line). Registration will be on
the 6th Floor of IAB and the panels will be held on several floors.

REGISTRATION. Registration fees are $30 for ASN members, $50 for
non-members, and $15 for students. A registration form can be
downloaded from the ASN web site (http://asn.uno.edu) or requested
from our Convention Director Gordon Bardos (address below). People
who plan to attend the convention are strongly encouraged to
pre-register, since places are limited.

SCHEDULE. Registration will begin at 11 AM, Thursday April 13, on the
6th Floor of IAB. People who sent preregistered will need to pick up
their name tag and the convention program. On the Thursday, the
panels will run from 1 PM-7.30 PM. On Friday and Saturday, from 9 AM
to 6.30 PM. The convention will end on the Saturday evening, April 15.

ACCOMMODATION. The convention does not have arrangements with a
particular hotel. A list of nearby hotels can be found on the ASN web
site.

ASN MEMBERSHIP. People can now directly join a fast growing ASN on
the convention pre-registration form. In addition to getting a
significant discount at the ASN convention, ASN members receive
annually four issues of Nationalities Papers, the field's leading
journal; six issues of the Analysis of Current Events, containing
up-to-the-minute analyses of ongoing events; and two issues of
ASNews, the association's newsletter. An annual membership costs a
remarkably low $50 annually---$30 for students.

BONUS FOR ASN MEMBERS. ASN members have also the option of
subscribing to Europe-Asia Studies (formerly Soviet Studies), which
publishes eight issues a year, for $55, almost a hundred dollars less
than the regular subscription price. Convention panelists can take
advantage of this offer directly on the convention registration form.

BOOK EXHIBIT/SALE OF PAPERS. Publishers will exhibit their wares in
the exhibit room, located in the spacious Dag Hammarskjold Lounge on
the 6th floor, near the registration desk. The convention innovated
last year by selling convention papers for $1 apiece and the
experiment proved hugely successful. At least 20 copies of each paper
will go on sale in the book exhibit on Friday, April 14, at 11.15 AM.

We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

For information on panels:
Dominique Arel
ASN Convention Program Chair
Watson Institute
Brown University, Box 1831
130 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02912
401 863 9296 tel
401 863 2192 fax
darel(a)brown.edu

For information on registration, exhibits
and advertisements in the convention program:
Gordon Bardos
ASN Convention Director
Harriman Institute
Columbia University
1216 IAB
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
212.854.8487 tel
212.666.3481 fax
gnb12(a)columbia.edu

CONFERENCE- Armenian Genocide and Historical Memory, UCLA, Apr. 8

Posted by: R. G. Hovannisian <hovannis(a)history.ucla.edu>
Posted: 4 Apr 2000


CONFERENCE- Armenian Genocide and Historical Memory, UCLA, Apr. 8

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN STUDIES AT UCLA, 1960-2000

THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AND HISTORICAL MEMORY:
CHALLENGE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (1915-2000)
Saturday, April 8, 2000
Dickson Auditorium, UCLA

Sponsored by
A.E.F. Chair in Modern Armenian History
University of California, Los Angeles

With support from
International Studies and Overseas Programs,
Division of Social Sciences,
Souren and Verken Papazian Endowment
David and Lucy Tuchman Eisenberg


Saturday Morning Sessions: 9:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Introduction: 1915-2000

Richard Hovannisian, UCLA

The United States Response to the Genocide
Simon Payaslian, UCLA

Justice Thwarted: The Turkish War Crimes Trials
Gary Bass, Princeton University

From Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic -- The Continuities of Denial
Hilmar Kaiser, European Institute University, Florence

INTERMISSION

The League of Nations and the Reclamation of Armenian Survivors
Vahram Shemmassian, Merdinian School, Los Angeles

Bitter-Sweet Memories: The Last Generation of Ottoman Armenians
Richard Hovannisian, UCLA

Raphael Lemkin and the Armenian Genocide
Steven L. Jacobs, Temple B'nai Shalom, Huntsville, Alabama,
and Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, Tennessee

Discussion

LUNCH RECESS, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M.

Afternoon Sessions: 2:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

New Directions in Literary Responses to the Genocide

Rubina Peroomian, UCLA

The Politics of Media and the Armenian Genocide in the New Century
Christopher Simpson, American University, Washington D.C.

The Armenian Genocide and International Law
Joe Verhoeven, Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Looking Backward and Forward:
Teaching about the Armenian Genocide in the Twenty-First Century
Joyce Apsel, New York University

INTERMISSION

Denial and Free Speech: The Case of the Armenian Genocide
Henry Theriault, Worcester State College

Healing and Reconciliation
Ervin Staub, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

State and Nation: Their Roles after Independence
Raffi K. Hovannisian, Armenian Center for
National and International Studies, Yerevan

NO ADMISSION CHARGE.
PARKING: STRUCTURE 3: HILGARD AT SUNSET BLVD

CONFERENCE- Caspian Environment and NGOs, Columbia Univ., May 3

Posted by: Pardis Minuchehr <pm50(a)columbia.edu>
Posted: 3 Apr 2000


CONFERENCE- Caspian Environment and NGOs, Columbia Univ., May 3

The Columbia Caspian Project
School of International & Public Affairs
Columbia University

Seeking Civil Society: Environmental NGOs and the Caspian
Wednesday, May 3, 2000
Conference will be held on the 15th floor of the International Affairs
Building, 420 West 118th Street, just off Amsterdam Avenue.

Registration Form

Name (to appear on badge):
Address:
City, State, Zip or Postal Code, Country:
Phone (work):
Fax:
E-mail:
Affiliation (to appear on badge):

REGISTRATION FEE: $75

Registration includes conference materials, continental breakfast, and a
formal lunch

Methods of Payment:
1. Fax the Registration Form and make your payment at the Registration Desk
on the day of the conference. We cannot accept credit cards.
Or
2. Mail the completed Registration Form with an enclosed check.

Make checks payable to Columbia University and send to the address below.

Peter Sinnott - Coordinator
The Columbia Caspian Project
School of International and Public Affairs
Middle East Institute, 1113 IAB
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212.854.2332
Fax: 212.854.1413
E-mail: caspian(a)columbia.edu

CONFERENCE- Peace and Stability in Chechnya, SIIA Stockholm, April 27-28

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)communique.se>
Posted: 3 Apr 2000


CONFERENCE- Peace and Stability in Chechnya, SIIA Stockholm, April 27-28

"The International Community and Strategies for Peace and Stability in and
around Chechnya"
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (27-28 April 2000)

The conference is organised by the Swedish Institute of International
Affairs (SIIA) together with the Swedish-based journal "Central Asia and the
Caucasus".

Preliminary Programme

Thursday 27 April

13.00 - 13.20 Opening of the Conference

13.20 - 15.30 "Possible Russian Strategies for Peace and Stability in
Chechnya"

Speakers: Aleksandr Khalmukhamedov, Ministry for the Nationalities of the
Russian Federation
Emil Pain, Centre for Ethno-political and Regional Studies, Moscow
Gail W. Lapidus, Stanford University
Discussants: Kjell-Åke Nordquist, Uppsala University
Patrik Jotun, Gothenburg University

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.30 "Possible Strategies for Stabilising the Neighbourhood"

Speakers: Vitalii Naumkin, Centre for Strategic and International Studies,
Moscow
Enver Kisriev, Dagestan Scientific Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences,
Makhachkala
Larissa Khoperskaya, Russian Ministry for the Nationalities and Regions,
Rostov-on-Don
Discussants: Anna Zelkina, SOAS, London
Gennady Chufrin, SIPRI, Stockholm

Friday 28 April

9.30 - 12.30 "How can the International Community Contribute to Peace and
Stability in and around Chechnya?"

Speakers: Neil MacFarlane, St Anne's College, Oxford
Friedemann Mueller, Stiftung Wissenschaft und politik, Ebenhausen
Odd Gunnar Skagestad, Foreign Ministry of Norway
OSCE representative (to be announced)
Discussants: Henrik Amneus, Foreign Ministry of Sweden
Matti Antonen, Foreign Ministry of Finland (to be confirmed)

12.30 - 13.00 Concluding Remarks


Sincerely,
Lena Jonson (SIIA) <lenajonson(a)ui.se> and Murad Esenov (Journal "Central
Asia & The Caucasus") <murad(a)communique.se>

LECTURE SERIES- Central Asian Studies Group, U. of Washington, Spring 2000

Posted by: Anel Imangaliyeva <anel(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 1 Apr 2000


LECTURE SERIES- Central Asian Studies Group, U. of Washington, Spring 2000

CENTRAL ASIAN STUDIES GROUP OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
(SUBGROUPS: KAZAKH & KIRGHIZ STUDIES, UZBEK CIRCLE)
Program for Spring Quarter 2000

President: Anel Imangalieva, NELC; e-mail: anel(a)u.washington.edu
Faculty Advisor: Professor Ilse D. Cirtautas; tel.: 543-9963;
e-mail: icirt(a)u.washington.edu


Friday
April 7
Organizational Meeting and Showing of a newly received video
of the Performance by a renowned Uzbek Music and Dance
Ensemble in Paris,1999.
Denny Hall 123, 12:30-1:30pm

Thurday
April 13
Kazakhstan Coping with Territorial and Border Disputes.
Talgat Imangaliyev, Graduate Student, Near Eastern Languages
and Civilization, UW
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30pm

Friday
April 14
Current Political and Economic Situation in Kazakhstan.
Dr. Zhakshylyk Khusainov, Former Advisor on Economics to the
Kazakh Parliament and President.
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30pm

Thursday
April 20
Philosophical Comprehension of Tajikistan's Election: Hopes for
Peace and an Evaluation of Islamic Fundamentalism in Central
Asia. Dr. Yakubjon Abdukhalikov, Head, Humanities Department,
Tajik Institute of Management, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Visiting
Research Scholar, Central Asian-Caucasus Institute, John
Hopkins, Washington, D.C.
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30pm

Friday
April 21
The Social Condition of Rural Women in Tajikistan.
Dr. Yakubjon Abdukhalikov, Head, Humanities Department, Tajik
Institute of Management, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Visiting
Research Scholar, Central Asian-Caucasus Institute, John
Hopkins, Washington, D.C.
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30pm

Saturday
April 22
Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and
Central Asian Studies (REECAS-NW)
UW Tacoma, GWP Building, 7:30am-6:30pm
Central Asian Panel:
Dr. Yakubjon Abdukhalikov, Tajikistan: Post-Conflict
Tajikistan: Problems and Democratic Prospects.

Thursday
April 27
(Tentative)
Humanitarian Aid for Orphanages in Tashkent and Nukus,
Uzbekistan. Paula Quigley, Founder and Director, Partnership
for Healthy Children, Seattle.
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30pm

Friday
April 28
Impressions of Kokand and the Ferghana Valley.Mark Reese,
Graduate Student, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and
former Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan.
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30pm

Thursday
May 4
Current Language Situation in Kirghizstan.
Jipar Duyshembiyeva, Exchange Student from
Kirghizstan; Certified Teacher of Kirghiz
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30pm

Friday
May 5
Uzbek Language Development Since Independence.
Professor Ilse D. Cirtautas
Denny Hall 123, 12:30-1:30pm

Saturday
May 13
12th Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium
Denny Hall 215 and 215A; 8:30am-6:00pm
Among the presentations are:
Nicholas Poppes Account of the Linguistic Conference in
Samarkand, May 1929 (Ilse D. Cirtautas)
Public Health in Central Asia (Christine Szabo)
Gender Stereotypes in Traditional Kazakh Society (Dr. Nurilya
Shakhanova, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Fulbright Scholar, U. Wisconsin)

Thursday
May 18 To be announced

Friday
May 19
Mongol Marriage Practices.
Aaron Fields, Mongolist, Seattle
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30pm

Thursday
May 25
A Mongol Film: Close to Eden with English subtitles.
Denny Hall 123, 12:30-2:30pm

Friday
May 26 Program to be announced

CONFERENCE- Religious Extremism in Central & the Caucasus, CACI SAIS, April 11

Posted by: Tamara Sivertseva <tsivertseva(a)usip.org>
Posted: 1 Apr 2000


CONFERENCE- Religious Extremism in Central & the Caucasus, CACI SAIS, April 11

[NOTE: Though we received information about this conference, we don't know
if it is possible to attend if you are not specifically invited. Those
interested should contact the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at
<crhill(a)mail.jhuwash.jhu.edu>. --CA-L]


The Emergence of Religious Extremism in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Tuesday, April 11

The United States has been worried for decades about armed Islamic
"fundamentalism" or extremism. The collapse of the USSR opened up the weak,
newly emerging states there to these currents. The extent of Islamic
extremism in Central Asia and the Caucasus has been much debated, but two
recent and simultaneous events seem to show that, regardless of its support,
it is a threat. The Russian province of Daghestan was invaded by Daghestani
and Chechen Islamic fighters led by Shamyl Basaev and the "Wahhabi" Khattab;
this invasion was the justification for the bloody war still going on in
Chechnya. Almost simultaneously, about 1000 fighters of the Islamic
Movement of Uzbekistan, apparently helped by the Taliban and some warlords
connected with the Tajik Islamic Revival Party, invaded Kyrgyzstan from
Tajikistan. The Islamic fighters stayed there for months, left only when
massively bribed, and may have left some elements behind. Central Asians
expect another attack in the spring.

Outline as of 20 March, 2000

Tuesday, April 11, 2000

8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Herter Room, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts
Avenue, NW

9:00 a.m. Welcome: S. Frederick Starr, CA-CI; Sheykh Hisham Muhammad
Kabbani, Islamic Supreme Council of America; David Harris, Asia and Pacific
Rim Institute, American Jewish Committee.
Kenney Auditorium, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

9:15 a.m. Panel I Ideologies of traditional and radical Islam in Central
Asia and the Caucasus
Vakit Akaev, Chechen State University, Grozny, author of books and
articles on religious extremism
Abduvaly-khoja Abdullajonughly, Imam of Ferghana city, Uzbekistan
(invited)
Sheykh Hisham Muhammad Kabbani, ISCA
Charles "Hank" Kennedy, Wake Forest University

11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. Panel II Extent and nature of external forces affecting, by
money and training, radical Islam in Central Asia and the Caucasus:
Afghanistan; Pakistan; Saudi Arabia and other Near Eastern countries.
Bakhtiar Babazhanov, Manager, Department of Islamic Studies, Uzbekistan
Academy of Sciences (invited)
Dr. Vitalie V. Naumkin, President of the Russian Center for Strategic
and International Studies, Moscow
Brenda Shaffer, Hebrew University, Israel
Julie Sirrs, Response International (invited)

1:00 p.m. Break

1:15 p.m. Buffet lunch, remarks by Ambassador Sodyq Safaev and by Sheykh
Hisham Muhammad Kabbani, Embassy of Uzbekistan, 1746 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Panel III Social context and organization of radical Islam in
Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Nazif Shahrani, Indiana University
Aleksei Vasiliev, Director, Institute of Africa, Moscow, Russia (invited)
Akbar Tursonzod - curator, University of Pennsylvania, Tajik scholar
Tamara Sivertseva, U.S. Institute of Peace (Russian anthropologist, did
field work on these issues in Daghestan)

4:45 p.m. Coffee Break

6:30 p.m. Panel IV Responses to radical Islam in Central Asia and the
Caucasus: National governments. At Afghan Kebab restaurant, 3320 M Street,
NW Georgetown, with dinner

Chair: Yehudit Barsky, American Jewish Committee
Bakhit Abdrisaev, Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan
Rashid Alimov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to the United Nations
Sodyq Safaev, Ambassador of Uzbekistan

CONFERENCE- Central Asia & Middle East, Valdosta, Georgia, 6-7 April 2000

Posted by: John P. Dunn <jdunn(a)valdosta.edu>
Posted: 30 Mar 2000


CONFERENCE- Central Asia & Middle East, Valdosta, Georgia, 6-7 April 2000

CCAME-III, a regional conference on Central Asia and the Middle East, meets
at Valdosta State University on 6/7 April 2000. Afterwards, we are looking
for a new home. Previous CCAME's took place at South Georgia universities,
but we are interested in passing the torch to a good home anywhere in the
SE. Contact if interested.

John Dunn


The Third Annual Conference on Central Asia and the Middle East.
Powell Hall, Valdosta State University, 6-7 April 2000.

Schedule of Events.

6 April 2000 (THURSDAY)

9:00 am - 9:30:
Opening Remarks

9:30 am - 10:30:
"The Stanleys," or Putting the Newly Independent Central Asian Republics
into a High School Social Studies Curriculum. By Ms. Melissa Phillips
(Lassiter H.S.).

11:00 am - Noon:
Who Are the Muslims? By Dr. Allan Godlas (UG)

Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. - 3:00:
More Than Images: Women and Islam in Afghanistan. By Ms. Megan Reif
(Carter Center).

3:15 p.m. - 4:15:
Making Sense of Mesopotamia. Incorporating the Ancient Middle East into
your World History Class. By Dr. Melanie Byrd (VSU) and Dr. Nancy Duke
(Louisiana College).

7 April 2000 (FRIDAY)

9:30 am -10:30:
An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture. By Ms. Sylvia Godlas
(author).

11:00 am - Noon:
The Aral Sea Disaster. By Dr. Reuel Hanks (OSU).

Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. - 3:00:
How to Teach a Survey Class on Central Asian History. By Dr. Jonathan
Grant (FSU)

3:15 p.m. - 4:15:
America's Strategic Interests in the Middle East (1945-2000). Dr. David
Crist (USMC Historical Center).

There will be time for questions, and everybody is welcome. All lectures
are FREE and scheduled in Powell Hall, on Valdosta State University's main
campus.

For more information, contact Melanie Byrd mbyrd(a)valdosta.edu, or John Dunn
jdunn(a)valdosta.edu at V.S.U.'s Department of History (tel. = 912-333-5947).
Or, check out our web site <http://www.valdosta.edu/ history/conference/>.

CCAME III is sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council, the Georgia
Consortium, V.S.U.'s College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History,
and International Programs.

CONFERENCE- Multicultural Education in Central Asia, SF Kazakhstan, May 20-22

Posted by: Galina Kuznetsova <gkuznets(a)soros.kz>
Posted: 29 Mar 2000


CONFERENCE- Multicultural Education in Central Asia, SF Kazakhstan, May 20-22

On May 20-22 the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan, in the framework of the
National Education Project and with the financial support of the East-East
Network Program, is hosting an International Conference "Multicultural
Education: Policy, Planning, Sharing".

The goals of the conference are:
- to strengthen the role and position of NGOs in solving problems of
multicultural education;
- to develop NGOs' projects solving problems of multicultural education;
- to create and develop regional initiatives aiming to solve problems of
multicultural education mentioned above;
- to involve government authorities into open dialog with the
non-governmental institutions in the field of multicultural education;
- to share experience in this field.

Participants from NIS and Eastern Europe countries are welcomed, but the
participants from Western countries are supposed to take responsibility for
their travel expenses.

The participants can be:
- representatives of education authorities (Ministries of Education,
Regional Departments of Education, Teachers' Training Institutes);
- representatives of educational institutions (state and private schools,
non-school educational institutions), cultural centers, educational NGOs,
etc.;
- scholars in the field of multicultural education.

In the case of an applicant's approval by the organizers, all expenses
connected with the conference (travel, accommodation and meals) will be
covered by the Soros Foundation.

Issues for Discussion at the Conference

1. Different approaches to the problems of multicultural education: social
approach; approach from the position of human rights; multicultural
approach; approach from the position of nationality.

2. Ways of solving national minorities' problems: minorities' integration;
solving problems of education on the school level; solving problems of
education on the system level.

3. Identifying main strategic directions of activity: multicultural
education (programs giving knowledge on history, culture, and basic
information on ethnic groups living together in the society whose
attention is focused on the value of cultural diversity); intercultural
education (programs for children studying in the same school or class,
aimed to assist the development of mutual understanding and respect);
education for minorities (programs giving knowledge of the language,
culture and history for minorities' children, strengthening their
self-respect and self-consciousness, bilingual programs, programs for
teaching in the mother tongue of minorities).

Those who are interested in the conference are encouraged to send their
application forms and theses of the reports to Galina Kuznetsova, 117-20,
Furmanova St., 480091 Almaty, Kazakhstan. E-mail gkuznets(a)soros.kz

The deadline for the applications is April 20, 2000. After April 25, the
applicants will be informed about their participation in the conference.

LECTURE- Oil Spill Management in Kazakhstan, N. Amanova, Columbia, March 29

Posted by: Peter James Sinnott <pjs7(a)columbia.edu>
Posted: 26 Mar 2000


LECTURE- Oil Spill Management in Kazakhstan, N. Amanova, Columbia, March 29

The Columbia Caspian Project with the Middle East and Harriman Institutes
of the School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University host

Nurgul Amanova
Space Research Institute, Information & Analytical
Center of Geology, Ecology and Natural Resources, Kazakhstan
and
Fulbright Scholar, San Diego State University

"Applications of Remote Sensing to Environmental Aspects
of Oil Spill Management in Kazakhstan"

Wednesday March 29th

4:30-6pm Lindsay Rogers Room 7th floor International Affairs Building

Coffee, Tea and Cookies will be served

The International Affairs Building is located at 420 West 118th St.
(Just off Amsterdam Ave.)

SYMPOSIUM- Informal Economies in Post-Soviet Eurasia, U. of Michigan, Mar. 31

Posted by: Roberta Nerison-Low <rnlow(a)umich.edu>
Posted: 21 Mar 2000


SYMPOSIUM- Informal Economies in Post-Soviet Eurasia, U. of Michigan, Mar. 31

Informal Economies and Civil Society in Post-Soviet Eurasia
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Friday, March 31, 2000
1:00-4:00 pm

Room 1636 SSWB
1080 South University Avenue

Symposium Program

Introductions by Moderator
Juan R. Cole, Professor of History, University of Michigan

Community Post-Communism: Changing Relations Between Central Asians and
Their States
John S. Schoeberlein, Director, Forum for Central Asian Studies
Harvard University

Uzbekistan in Transition: Informal Economy and Dynamics of Social
Stratification
Alisher Ilkhamov, Director, EXPERT Sociological Center
Visiting Scholar, Harvard University

2:30 - 2:45 pm Break for refreshments

States, Clans and Corruption in the South Caucasus
Ronald Grigor Suny, Professor of Political Science,
University of Chicago

Discussant:
Caroline Humphrey, Professor of Asian Anthropology
King's College, Cambridge


University of Michigan cosponsors:
Center for Chinese Studies
Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Center for Russian and East European Studies
Department of Anthropology

CONF.- Program, 7th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conf. at Indiana Univ.

Posted by: Ryan M. Gliha <rgliha(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 20 Mar 2000


CONF.- Program, 7th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conf. at Indiana Univ.

The tentative conference schedule for the 7th Annual Central Eurasian
Studies Conference to be held at Indiana University on March 25th, 2000 is
now available on-line. Please visit:

http://php.indiana.edu/~aces/program.htm

for more information on the Conference Program.

Further questions can be directed to the Association of Central Eurasian
Students (ACES) at aces(a)indiana.edu

PANEL- Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan, Georgetown University, Mar. 21

Posted by: RameenM(a)aol.com
Posted: 20 Mar 2000


PANEL- Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan, Georgetown University, Mar. 21

The Georgetown University Student Association
Lecture Fund

Presents

Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan

Paula Newberg
Special Advisor to the United Nations, Resident Coordinator for
Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani
Principal Social Scientist, World Bank

Graham Fuller
Resident Senior Political Consultant, RAND Corporation

Chaired by Ambassador Howard Schaffer, Institute for the Study of
Diplomacy, Georgetown University

Tuesday, March 21st

6:30 PM in the CMCU Board Room, ICC 270

Refreshments Will Be Served

CONFERENCE- Iran and the Surrounding World since 1500, UCLA, Apr. 14-15

Posted by: Jonathan Friedlander <jfriedlander(a)isop.ucla.edu>
Posted: 16 Mar 2000


CONFERENCE- Iran and the Surrounding World since 1500, UCLA, Apr. 14-15

Iran and the Surrounding World since 1500:
Cultural Influences and Interactions

an international conference, April 14-15, 2000,
at UCLA and the Clark Library

Sponsored by UCLA's G. E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies,
Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, and William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library

Friday afternoon, April 14, at the UCLA Faculty Center
(Conference sessions will be held in the California Room)

2:00 p.m. - Conference opening and keynote address

Welcoming Remarks
Irene Bierman, Director, Center for Near Eastern Studies

Introduction to the Keynote
Albert Carnesale, Chancellor, UCLA

Keynote Address
Gary Sick, Columbia University
Iran and Its Neighbors Today: Implications for U.S. Policy

2:45 p.m. - Session 1: Cultural Interactions in Ideas, Ethnicities, and the
Arts
Chair: Hossein Ziai, UCLA

Abolala Soudavar, Independent Scholar and Collector, Houston, Texas
The Early Safavids and Cultural Interactions with Surrounding States

Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware, and Monica Ringer, Oberlin College
Iranian Attitudes toward Europe and Europeans, 1500-1906

Thomas Barfield, Boston University
Persian, Turk, and Arab: The Changing Relationships between Tribes and State
within Iran and along Its Frontier

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Washington
Beyond Translation: Four Major Interpreters of Persian Poetry

5:20 p.m. - Reception and Presentation
(California Room & Patio)

6:00 p.m. - Presentation: Iran and Beyond: Essays in
Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie,
Edited by Rudi Matthee and Beth Baron (Mazda, 2000)

7:30 p.m. - Concert
(Downstairs Lounge)
Music from Iran and the Surrounding World
Directed by Ali Jihad Racy, UCLA


Saturday, April 15, at the Clark Library

9:00 a.m. - Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Session 2: Interactions in Religion, Religious Politics, and
Reformism
Chair: Barbara Metcalf, University of California, Davis

Hamid Algar, University of California, Berkeley
The Relativity of the Ottoman-Safavid Divide

Thierry Zarcone, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
The Idea of Freemasonry and the Rethinking of Sufism in the Making of
Reformist Thought in the Istanbul-Teheran-Bukhara Triangle in the Nineteenth
and Early Twentieth Centuries

Discussant: Leslie Peirce, University of California, Berkeley

Juan Cole, University of Michigan
The Influence of Iranian Shi'ism in Global History, 1500-2000

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr, University of San Diego
The Impact of the Iranian Revolution on South Asia

Discussant: Barbara Metcalf

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - Session 3: Interactions of Modern Iran: Education, Secular
Nationalism, Feminism
Chair-Discussant: Janet Afary, Purdue University

Golnar Mehran, Al-Zahra University, Tehran
The World and the Image of the "Other" in Post-Revolutionary School Textbooks

Houchang Chehabi, Boston University
Turkey and Iran since 1921: Convergence and Divergence

Nayereh Tohidi, California State University, Northridge
The Foreign Relations of the Iranian Women's Movement

Nikki Keddie, UCLA
Closing Statement on Contributions and Questions Raised at the Conference

Friday morning, April 14 - Film Screening
10:00 a.m. - 6275 Bunche Hall, UCLA
Life and Nothing Else, directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Introduction by Hamid Naficy, Rice University
The Impact of Iranian Cinema in the West

Advance registration is required for the conference sessions and the concert.
Inquiries about registration and directions: 310-206-8552
Inquiries about the programs: 310-825-1181

CENTRAL ASIA SEMINAR- David Abramson, Corruption/Aid/Uzbekistan, March 20

Posted by: Harvard Forum for Central Asian Studies <centasia(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 15 Mar 2000


CENTRAL ASIA SEMINAR- David Abramson, Corruption/Aid/Uzbekistan, March 20


"Constructing Corruption: Foreign Aid, Bureaucratization and Uzbek Social
Networks"


David M. Abramson

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Watson Institute for International Studies


March 20 (Mon.) 4:15-6:00 Coolidge Hall Room 215


For more information, contact:

Harvard Forum for Central Asian Studies
(617) 496-2643
centasia(a)fas.harvard.edu

CONFERENCE- Central Asian Conference, U. of N. Carolina, Charlotte, Mar. 17-18

Posted by: Steven Sabol <sosabol(a)email.uncc.edu>
Posted: 14 Mar 2000


CONFERENCE- Central Asian Conference, U. of N. Carolina, Charlotte, Mar. 17-18

"Old Histories, New Interpretations: Central Asian History and Society
Re-Examined"

Central Asian Conference
March 17-18, 2000
UNC Charlotte
Cone Center, Room 113
1 pm to 6 pm


On March 17-18, 2000 The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will be
hosting a two day Conference devoted to Central Asia. Several
internationally recognized scholars from the United States and Kazakhstan
will be present to discuss the issues relevant to the region's history and
society. In the decade since the collapse of the Soviet Union, scholars
have had the opportunity to live and work in Central Asia and that has
provided a unique perspective toward understanding the region's past and
present. Appreciating the incalculable changes that have occurred and the
historical insight gained since 1991 is crucial to understanding the
region's difficult struggles to overcome the Soviet legacy and its prospects
for the future. The event is free and open to the public and university
community. The event is being sponsored by the University of North Carolina
at Charlotte, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the
Association for the Study of Nationalities

David Crowe--Elon College
President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities and Moderator

Friday, March 17, 2000
1pm
Edward Lazzerini--The University of New Orleans
"On the Margin of Central [Eur]Asia: Tatars and Itchy Russians."

2pm
Gulnar Kendirbai--Columbia University
"The Struggle for Land on the Kazak Steppe at the Beginning of the Twentieth
Century."

3pm
Steven Sabol--The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"Reforming Kazak Identity: Print-Nationalism and the Kazak Intelligentsia,
1905-1917."

4pm
Adrienne Edgar--Harvard University
"The Fragmented Nation: Genealogy and Identity in Soviet Turkmenistan in the
1920s and 1930s."

5pm
Shawn Lyons--The University of Wisconsin
"Haunted: Jadid Reformism's Legacy of 'Radical' Conventionality."

Saturday, March 18, 2000

1pm
John Schoeberlein--Harvard University
"Islam as Politics and Culture: Are They Getting Confused?"

2pm
Charles Kurzman--The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Uzbek Identity and the Subjugation of the Rural."

3pm
Kelly McMann--The University of Michigan
"Activism and Economic Independence in Kyrgyzstan."

4pm
Paula Michaels--The University of Iowa
"Empire or a Modernizing Nation-State? The Soviet Legacy and its
Implications for Post-Soviet Identities in Central Asia."


For further information, contact:

Steven Sabol
Assistant Professor
Department of History
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223

tel: 704-547-4632
fax: 704-547-3218
email: sosabol(a)newmail.uncc.edu

CONFERENCE- Democracy and Religion, Osh, Kyrgyzstan, March 24-25

Posted by: Alisher Khamidov <alisher(a)infotel.kg>
Posted: 14 Mar 2000


CONFERENCE- Democracy and Religion, Osh, Kyrgyzstan, March 24-25

Dear friends, colleagues and fellows!


This message is to inform you that Central Asian Media Support project
(CAMsP), Adenauer Foundation in Central Asia, and Osh Media Resource Center
are organizing the regional conference titled "Democracy and Religion."

The conference will bring together regional journalists, government
officials and, most importantly, clergy representatives to debate and
exchange ideas on contemporary issues, which are highlighted in the program
of the conference.

Dates: March 24th to March 25th, 2000
Location: The town of Osh, southern Kyrghyzstan

For further information, or to receive conference program, please contact:
Alisher Khamidov
Tel: (03222) 20858
Fax: (03222) 55259
Email: omrc3000(a)mail.ru

Sincerely,

Khamidov Alisher
Coordinator/Central Asian Media Support Project

CONFERENCE- History and Culture of Nomadic Civilizations of Central Asia

Posted by: Inst of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies <imbt(a)bsc.buryatia.ru>
Posted: 13 Mar 2000


CONFERENCE- History and Culture of Nomadic Civilizations of Central Asia

[NOTE: The deadlines are past, but it may still be worthwhile to contact the
organizers. --CA-L]

Dr. B. Bazarov, President of the Organizing Committee
Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies
Ulan-Ude, Russia
Fax: +7 (3012) 336625
Tel.: +7 (3012) 332251


Dear colleagues!

We'd like to invite you to participate in the International conference
devoted to "The Problems of History and Culture of nomadic Civilizations of
Central Asia". The conference will be held in Ulan-Ude on June 29-30, 2000.

We have the pleasure of bringing to your notice the general themes for
discussion:

- ancient stages of settling by man of the region of Central Asia
- an origin and formation of nomadic civilizations of Central Asia
- history and culture of nomadic peoples of Central Asia
- social structure and political organization of nomadic peoples of

Central Asia
- ethnogenesis and ethnic history of the peoples of Central Asia
- traditional world outlook and religions of the peoples of Central Asia
- peoples of Central Asia in the 20th century
- the Mongolian world and Russia
- languages of the peoples of Central Asia

There will work the following sections: history, ethnology and archeology,
philosophy, culture, history of religion, culture and art, folklore,
linguistics, sociology, and information technologies.

Working languages of the conference are: Russian, Mongolian, English.

We ask you to send the applications to participation till January 15, 2000.

Deadline for submission of the reports (volume up to 5 pages) is - March 1,
2000.

The texts of the reports in the form of scientific article should be printed
on paper of a format A4, all margins - 2.5 cm line spacing - 1.5, font:
Times New Roman Cyr (12 point type) in Word (version 6.0) for Windows 3.1,
attaching disk (size 3.5") with text or sent by e-mail.

Editorial council reserves the right to itself to selection of theses for
publication.

The applications and texts of the reports should be sent to the bureau of
the organizing Committee:

Russian Federation
670047 Ulan-Ude
Sakhyanovoi St., 6
Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies
Russian Academy of Sciences (Siberian Division)

Tsybikovoi Badma-Khande Badmadorzievne

Ph. (3012) 332251, 333042, 338013
Fax (3012) 336625
E-mail: imbt(a)bsc.buryatia.ru

CONF.- Archival Sources on Turks & Mongols, St. Petersburg, 10-11 April

Posted by: Elena Pavlova <epavlova(a)midway.uchicago.edu>
Posted: 12 Mar 2000


CONF.- Archival Sources on Turks & Mongols, St. Petersburg, 10-11 April

Dear Colleagues:

I would like to draw your attention to the St. Petersburg conference in
April on archival sources on Turkic and Mongol peoples in St. Petersburg,
Moscow and other collections.

Where: St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaia naberezhnaia, 18
SPb filial Instituta Vostokovedeniia RAN
Sektor tuirkologii i mongolistiki

When: 10 April 2000, 11.00-19.00
11 April 2000, 11.00-15.00

For more information please contact:

Russia: Igor Alimov, tel. 812-311-62-83, Email: pvcentre(a)peterlink.ru
USA: Elena Pavlova, tel: 773-451-6602
Email: epavlova(a)midway.uchicago.edu, epavlova(a)yahoo.com

The conference is supported by a grant from the International Research &
Exchanges Board, with funds provided by the U.S.Department of State (Title
VIII).


ARKHIVNYE MATERIALY O MONGOL'SKIKH I TIURKSKIKH NARODAKH V AKADEMICHESKIKH
SOBRANIIAKH ROSSII

Andreev, A.I.
"Arkhivnoe sobranie Muzeia-kvartiry P.K. Kozlova (Dnevniki
mongolo-tibetskikh ekspeditsii P.K. Kozlova, 1923-1926)"

Baikova, E.A.
"Ob odnoi neudachnoi ekspeditsii v Mongoliiu (po dokumentam
voenno-istoricheskogo Arhiva RF)"

Burykin, A.A.
"O rukopisnykh i pechatnykh istochnikakh opisaniia 'Iakutskoi provintsii'
1794 g."

Golman, M.I.
"Russkie arkhivnye dokumenty po otnosheniiam Rossii i Mongolii v 17 veke"

Iurchenko, A.A.
"Evropeiskie srednevekovye povestvovaniia o mongolakh epokhi pervykh
chingizidov"

Kliashtornyi, S.G.
"O fonde kopii drevneturkskikh runicheskikh pamiatnikov v Otdele Rukopisei
SPvG IV RAN"

Kul'ganek, I.V
"Fond fol'kolornykh mongol'skikh materialov v Arkhive vostkokovedov pri SPbG
IV RAN"

Omakaeva, E.U.
"Fond kalmykskikh materialov v Arkhive KIGI RAN, Elista"

Sazykin, A. G.
"Fond mongol'skikh rukopisei v Otdele rukopisei SPbF IV RAN i problemy ikh
katalogizatsii"

Shivlianov, V.K.
"Fonozapisi muzykal'nogo naslediia mongol'skikh i turkskikh narodov v
Puskhinskom dome"

Slesarchuk G.I.
"O materialakh po istorii sovetsko-mongol'skih otnosheniy (20-40 gg. XX v.)"

Sultanov, T.I.
"Etnodemograficheskie izmeneniia v Velikoi Stepi v predmongol'skoe i
mongol'skoe vremia po rukopisnym istochnikam"

Tsenlina, A.D.
"Ob odnom sochinenii po istorii buddizma v Mongolii, obnaruzhennom v
bibilioteke IV RAN"

Usmanov, M.A.
"Arkhivnye istochniki po istorii tiurko-tatarskikh khanstv Vostochnoi Evropy
15-16 vv."

Uspenskii, V.L.
"Arkhivnye materialy po istorii volzhskikh kalmykov v fondakh biblioteki St.
Peterburgskogo universiteta"

Zhelezniakov A.S.
"Neizdannyi perevod B.I.Korol'ia sochineniia po istorii mongolov
'Khrustal'noe zerkalo XIX v.' iz Arkhiva IV RAN"


Elena Pavlova, Ph.D.
Program Officer
Heartland International
226 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: 312-583-9430
Fax:312-583-9434

CFP/CONF.- Central Asia and the Caucasus, Teheran, June 11-12

Posted by: Institute of Political and International Studies <ipis(a)www.dci.co.ir>
Posted: 12 Mar 2000


CFP/CONF.- Central Asia and the Caucasus, Teheran, June 11-12

Call for Papers

Eighth International Conference on Central Asia & the Caucasus
"Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future"
June 11-12, 2000

Nearly a decade has passed since the independence of the countries in
Central Asia and the Caucasus. During this period, momentous events and
major transformations have occurred in the region¨s social, economic,
military, and political life. Consequently, some research centers have
focused on such concepts as social development and the shaping of new
regional identities, while others have turned their attention to issues in
the changing security environment, or have concentrated on the process of
nation building along with the current ethnic conflicts and crises.

Today many scholars view the Caspian Sea as the future economic lifeline of
the region. The various cooperative-competitive issues engulfing the
sensitive Caspian Basin range from the exploitation of the sea and under the
sea-bed resources, to the problems involved in oil and gas transit routes,
connection links with world markets, to the region¨s critical security and
environmental issues.

Recognizing the importance of the study and analysis of the above-mentioned
issues, and pursuant to its previous programs, the Institute for Political
and International Studies intends to convene the 8th International
Conference on Central Asia & the Caucasus. This conference, entitled
"Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future," will be held on June
11-12, 2000 in Tehran to examine the following topics:

* Analysis of changes in the political and economic structures of the region
* Regional economic challenges and the creative role of regional cooperation
* "Dialogue of civilizations," as a means of promoting mutual understanding
* Energy resources, its transport and impact on the Caspian Sea environment
* The effects of globalization on the region
* The role of transit routes in the development of regional cooperation
* Analysis of regional security plans during the past decade

The IPIS, hereby, invites specialists, researchers and all interested
scholars to kindly submit a C.V. and a one-page abstract of their papers to
the Conference Secretariat, no later than May 13, 2000 to the following
address:

The Institute for Political & International Studies (IPIS)
Shahid Bahonar Ave., Shahid Aghaii St.,
Tehran, The Islamic Republic of Iran
P.O.BOX: 19395-1793
Tel.: +98-21-2802671 through 2802675 (ext. 348)
Fax: +98-21-2802649
e-mail: ipis(a)www.dci.co.ir

CFP/CONF.- Graduate Student Conference on NGOs, San Diego, May 20

Posted by: Armine Ishkanian <aishkani(a)earthlink.net>
Posted: 12 Mar 2000


CFP/CONF.- Graduate Student Conference on NGOs, San Diego, May 20

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POST DOCS
CALL FOR PAPERS
Critical Citizenship: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Civil
Society

University of California, San Diego
May 20, 2000

This graduate student conference will explore the impact of non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) on civil society in developing, newly industrializing,
and post-socialist countries. The conference will examine how the
proliferation of NGOs as transnational and local entities has transformed
the boundaries between state and society, and the implications of these
changes on the nature and significance of national citizenship. Possible
paper topics include the ways NGOs have affected the development of civil
society and democracy, state and society relations, different models of
modernization and economic and ecological development, and transformations
of citizenship especially in the areas of human rights and gender and ethnic
equality.

Recent events and political developments highlight the timeliness of a
conference addressing these issues. In late 1999, representatives of NGOs
from around the world gathered in Seattle, Washington to protest the World
Trade Organization's negotiations, and in the process tapped into popular
feelings of discontent about the pace and direction of economic
globalization. In Latin America, the increasing role of international NGOs
in brokering relations is of growing concern. NGOs have also played a role
in fostering the growth of civil society and democratic institutions in the
former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

We believe that interdisciplinary dialogue on such topics will advance both
academic scholarship and policy-oriented research. Specifically, as
anthropologists coordinating this conference, we bring extensive fieldwork
and theoretical reflection on important cultural, economic and political
changes in the world. We also invite scholars and students from disciplines
such as Sociology, Ethnic Studies, History, International Relations, and
Political Science. Regional focus includes, but is not limited to,
post-Soviet Eastern Europe, Latin America, the US, East Asia and Africa.
Located at the University of California, San Diego, the conference will
benefit from the School of International Relations/Pacific Studies, the
Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, the US/Mexico Center, the
Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation, and our position on the border
between the US and Mexico.

For graduate students and post docs.
Please send abstracts of 250 words or less, preferably by e-mail, to:

Armine Ishkanian -- aishkani(a)earthlink.net
UC San Diego -- Department of Anthropology
9500 Gilman Drive 0532
La Jolla, CA 92093-0532
Fax (858) 534-5946
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is March 24, 2000.

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