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CONF./CFP- Research on Historical Sources, Bishkek, May 12-13, 2003

Posted by: Cholpon Turdalieva <cholpon(a)freenet.kg>
Posted: 4 Feb 2003


Dear Colleagues,

Under the Central Asia Research Initiative grant support of the Open Society 
Institute (Budapest) and of the organization support of the Institute of 
Eastern Languages and Cultures of the Kyrgyz State Pedagogical University 
named after I. Arabaev

Would like to invite you to take part at the International Conference 
"Historical Sources: The history and Perspectives of Research" devoted to 
the year of Kyrgyz statehood, having recognized 2200-th birthday.

Bishkek - 2003, May 12-13
 
The aim of this conference is to light up the historiography achievements, 
definition of the perspectives and developments of source research in the 
future, methodology and classification of sources, scientific change between 
scholars of Central Asia, Europe and America on the working out the 
theoretical and methodological bases of source research.

The special topics under discussion will be:
 * The methodology of the classification and systematization of sources
 * The sources on the Central Asia history in the Antiquity and Mediaeval Ages 
 * Contemporary Central Asia in the sources 

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:
Title of your presentation:
Institute/Organization:
Position:
Postal Address:
Tel/Fax:
E-mail:
Audio-Visual equipment for your presentation (OHP, LCD projector, slide 
projector, video player)

Please send your application and paper (6 pages, Times New Roman, 12 print, 
1,5 interval) before March 20, 2003 to the address: cholpon(a)freenet.kg, or 
using fax no.: 996 312 66-11-65. Collected conference volume will publish by 
the organizing committee.

The organizing Committee will send the detailed information for participants 
after having examined all your applications.  

Cholpon Turdalieva
Associate Professor
Institute of Eastern Languages and Cultures
Kyrgyz Pedagogical University by I. Arabaev
Cultural Studies Department Head
"Center of Museum Initiatives" NGO Director
51A Razzakov St
Bishkek 720026
Kyrgyzstan
tel +996 (312) 66-67-71, 29-35-85
cholpon(a)freenet.kg

CONF./CFP- CESS Annual Conference, Oct. 2-5, 2003, Harvard University

Posted by: John Schoeberlein / CESS Conference Committee <CESSconf(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 3 Feb 2003


Call for Papers
CENTRAL EURASIAN STUDIES SOCIETY (CESS)
Fourth Annual Conference (2003) 

October 2-5, 2003
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) invites panel and paper 
proposals for the Fourth CESS Annual Conference, October 2-5, 2003, in 
Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The event will be held at Harvard University, 
hosted by the Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus at Harvard's Davis 
Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social 
science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome.  The geographic domain 
of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to 
Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, 
Afghanistan, Tibet, and Central and Inner Asia. 

Please see the conference website 
(http://cess.fas.harvard.edu/CESS_Conference.html), or contact us for full 
conference information and proposal submission requirements (e-mail: 
CESSconf(a)fas.harvard.edu).

Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be 
given some preference in the selection process.  Individual papers are also 
welcome and will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate 
panel with a chair and discussant.  We also welcome attendees who do not 
wish to participate in a panel (see the Pre-registration Form on the 
conference website).


SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

The Conference Committee accepts only electronic submissions -- either by 
webform or by e-mail form in the case of those who don't have web access.  
Please contact us to receive the e-mail submission forms in MS Word or PDF 
format (please specify your preference).

The following information is required for submissions; we suggest that you 
prepare the text before accessing the website so you can simply paste the 
information into the form:

For paper presenters: 1) Name, 2) Current institutional affiliation, 
3) Title/position, 4) E-mail, 5) Postal address, 6) Telephone, 7) Fax, 
8) Title of Paper, 9) Abstract of Paper (a summary of the paper not exceeding 
200 words), 10) Any audio-visual equipment requests (specify: overhead 
projector, slide project, video player), 11) A one-page CV which contains 
educational background and other information which the panel chair may 
require for introductions.  If you are accepted and participate in the 
conference, your abstract will be published, so please write it carefully to 
avoid errors and ensure that it conforms with the criteria for a good 
abstract (see Guidelines for Writing Abstracts on the conference website).

For panels: Proposals may be submitted for regular panels (with presentation 
of scholarly papers) and roundtables (featuring discussion of a current 
topic in the field).

Regular Panels: In addition to the information for paper presenters (as 
indicated above), the following are also required: a) a panel title, and 
b) name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel chair and 
discussant.  Panels should have four or five paper presenters, a chair, and 
a discussant.  The program committee can accept panel submissions which lack 
up to two of these; the other panel participants will be filled in as 
necessary.  Pre-organized panels should be thematically coherent and may be 
organized by a scholarly organization (though this is not required).

Roundtable Panels: A roundtable has four to six presenters and a 
chair/moderator.  For roundtable proposals, the organizer must provide a 
paragraph describing the panel objectives and providing justification for 
use of the roundtable format.  The same information is required of each 
participant as for regular panels with the exception that abstracts are not 
required.

Best Paper Award: There will be an award in the amount of $500 given to the 
best graduate student conference paper submitted to the Awards Committee for 
consideration.  See the CESS awards webpage for details 
(http://cess.fas.harvard.edu/CESS_Awards.html), or contact the Awards 
Committee Chair, Prof. Gregory Gleason <gleasong(a)unm.edu>.

Program Limitations: No participant may present more than one paper at the 
conference.  Without special justification, the program committee will not 
schedule any individual to appear on more than two panels as a paper 
presenter or discussant.


SCHEDULE OF KEY DATES

April 4, 2003       Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals

June 2, 2003        Notification of acceptance

September 1, 2003   Pre-registration deadline

September 15, 2003  Papers should be submitted to chairs/discussants

October 2-5, 2003   Conference
 - Arrival to Cambridge/Boston on the afternoon/evening of Thursday, Oct. 2
 - Sessions from Friday morning and through mid-day on Sunday, Oct. 5


REGISTRATION

Membership in CESS is not required for participation in the Annual 
Conference, though we strongly encourage it, and CESS membership entitles 
you to reduced conference registration fees.  See the CESS Membership Form 
for details: http://cess.fas.harvard.edu/CESS_Membership.html

Payment of registration fees is required for all attending the conference, 
as follows:

Regular fee members*:          $55 (pre-registration) or $65 (at conference)
Reduced fee members**:         $35 (pre-registration) or $45 (at conference)
Non-members:                   $70 (pre-registration) or $80 (at conference)
Harvard students:              $30 (pre-registration) or $35 (at conference)
Harvard student CESS members:  $20 (pre-registration) or $25 (at conference)

*  "Regular fee members" are those who have paid their annual dues at $30.
** "Reduced fee members" are those who have current membership at reduced 
   fees ($0-$15).

For methods of payment, see the Proposal Submission Form on the conference 
website.

NOTE: CESS does not have funds to support the costs of conference 
participation.  Participants must obtain their own funding (some information 
is available on the Supplementary Conference Information page of the website).


TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS

Cambridge, Massachusetts, is near the heart of Greater Boston -- just across 
the Charles River from downtown Boston.  Boston and Cambridge/Harvard are 
renowned for their historic character, and October is the finest time to 
visit.  Detailed travel information is available on the Supplementary 
Conference Information page of the website.

PLEASE NOTE: Moderately priced accommodations in the Cambridge area can be 
hard to find as the date approaches.  For this reason, it is **VERY 
IMPORTANT** that you reserve your accommodations early.  We have reserved 
blocks of rooms in some of the nearby hotels, though these can be expected 
be taken quickly, especially at the less expensive places.  On the 
Supplementary Conference Information page of the website, we provide 
information on many available options for accommodations.


CESS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

John Schoeberlein, Chair <CESSconf(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Laura Adams <lladams2(a)earthlink.net>
Asbed Kotchikian <asbed(a)hotmail.com>
Morgan Liu <mliu(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Uli Schamiloglu <uschamil(a)facstaff.wisc.edu>
Eric Sievers <esievers(a)igc.org>


FURTHER INFORMATION

You may find additional information the Supplementary Conference Information 
page of the website.  If you have further questions or wish to request the 
e-mail version of the Proposal Submission Form or the conference information 
sheet, please write to <CESSconf(a)fas.harvard.edu>.

The hosts of future CESS conferences are as follows:

2004 - Indiana University (Bloomington)
2005 - University of California-Berkeley
2006 - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
2007 - University of Washington-Seattle
2008 - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Conference-related correspondence should be addressed to:

CESS Annual Conference
c/o Dr. John Schoeberlein
Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus
Davis Center, Harvard University
625 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 262
Cambridge, MA 02139   U.S.A.
fax: +1/617-495-8319
tel.: +1/617-496-2643
e-mail: CESSconf(a)fas.harvard.edu
http://cess.fas.harvard.edu/CESS_Conference.html

CONF./CFP- Urbanization and Nomadism in Central Asia, Almaty, 22-23 May 2003

Posted by: Institute of Oriental Studies <root(a)orient.samal.kz>
Posted: 1 Feb 2003


National Commission of RK on UNESCO Affairs
Institute of Oriental Studies by the name of R. B. Suleimenov
Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

"Urbanization and Nomadism in Central Asia: History and Problems"

22-23 May 2003, the Institute of Oriental Studies by the name of R. B. 
Suleimenov of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of 
Kazakhstan, the National Commission of RK on UNESCO Affairs and UNESCO chair 
organizes the International Scientific Conference "Urbanization and 
nomadism of Central Asia: history and problems".

The purpose of the conference is to review the significant issues of history 
and culture of Central Asian nomadism, modern social problems relating to 
the growth of cities, change of ecological and social environment of Central 
Asia.

The phenomenon of nomadism appeared as a way of adapting to the natural 
conditions of an arid zone, create a number of socio-economic, ethnical, 
cultural and ideological formations. The culture of nomadism presenting a 
valuable experience of co-existence of the human being with nature was very 
important in the process of formation of the Central Asia history.  
Interaction of nomads with settled and agricultural civilizations determined 
existing up to the new time the system conditionally named as "steppe-town", 
where structural relations presented main aspects of the historical 
development.

Changes in the socio-economic and technology spheres started gradually 
replace the forms of cultural and economic activities developed by nomadism. 
The process led to irreversible effects for nomadic culture in general for 
all habitats of nomads.

The development of industrial centres and cities limited the living space 
for the nomadic way of life. Disappearance of the whole layer of the nomadic 
culture should be interpreted from the conceptual position.

During the conference the following issues were supposed to discuss:

1) History of the development of the town and nomadic culture;
2) Historical interaction of nomadic and settled cultures;
3) influence of globalization on socio-political and economic aspects of 
   urbanization in central Asia;
4) Modern process of urbanization and ways of adaptation of former nomads to 
   new industrial and informational forms of activities;
5) Preserving a positive experience of traditional way of life of nomads in 
   Central Asian region and creating the variants of ecologically balances 
   development of arid regions in the world.

Scientists and specialists in the sphere of urbanization and nomadism study 
are welcome to participate in the conference.  Please submit your 
applications (name, place of work, scientific degree and title, title of the 
report, brief resume, sphere of research) for the participation in the 
conference by 16 March 2003, at the e-mail invostok(a)orient.samal.kz.

Working languages of the conference - Kazakh, Russian, English.

Transport expenses shall be covered by the participant.

If you have any questions, please apply for the Organization Committee to 
the address:

Kurmangazy Street 29
Almaty 480100
Kazakhstan
tel.: +7 (3272) 621601
fax:  +7 (3272) 622835
e-mail: invostok(a)orient.samal.kz

LECTURE- Morgan Liu, 2002 Nava'i Lecture Rescheduled, Feb. 27

Posted by: David Nalle <DavidN5512(a)aol.com>
Posted: 31 Jan 2003


Under the title "Yearning for a Modern Khan: Talking about Authoritarianism
and Democracy in Central Asia", Dr. Morgan Y. Liu will present the Thirteenth
Annual Nava'i Lecture in Central Asian Studies on February 27 at Georgetown 
University in Washington, DC.

This lecture was originally scheduled for December 5 but had to be 
postponed due to heavy snow.

Dr. Liu is a Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, at Harvard University. He
received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan in April
2002.  His lecture is based on extensive field work in Central Asia,
particularly among Uzbeks living in the Osh area of southern Kyrgyzstan.

The Nava'i Lecture Series is jointly sponsored by the Center for Eurasian,
Russian and East European Studies of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh
School of Foreign Service and the Alfred Friendly Foundation.  Its purpose is
to give recognition to outstanding young scholars entering the field of Central
Asian studies.

This year's lecture program will convene at 5:30 pm, Thursday, February 27, in
the main auditorium of Georgetown University's Intercultural Center (ICC).  A
reception will follow the lecture.

Reservations are requested:

Call (202) 687-6080 or e-mail <guceres(a)georgetown.edu>

Directions and parking information available on request.

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, Evgeniy Zhovtis, The Case of Sergey Duvanov, Feb. 11

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)sorosny.org>
Posted: 31 Jan 2003


The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend

Human Rights and Rule of Law in Kazakhstan Today:
The Case of Sergey Duvanov

with

Evgeniy Zhovtis

Of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Tuesday, February 11, 2003
12:30 - 2:00
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Room 3B
New York, NY 10019

Evgeniy Zhovtis, one of Kazakhstan's most prominent human rights activists, 
has been Director of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights 
and the Rule of Law for almost a decade.  He has produced more than 40 
publications on the problems of democratization and economic transformation, 
the human rights situation and the rule of law in Kazakhstan.  Most 
recently, Mr. Zhovtis served as defense counsel to Sergey Duvanov, the 
independent journalist who was recently sentenced to three and a half years 
in prison.

To RSVP please fax this sheet to Erin Finnerty at (212) 548-4607 or
e-mail a response to <efinnerty(a)sorosny.org>.

Name:

Affiliation:

E-mail address:

__ I will attend the January 9th event.

__ I will not attend the January 9th event.

If you are unable to attend, you can read a synopsis of the Open Forum and
subscribe to a weekly news bulletin at <www.EurasiaNet.org>.

CONFERENCE- CER Donors Meeting, Foreign Direct Investment Conference, Tashkent

Posted by: Center for Economic Research <pr-assistant(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 29 Jan 2003


Center for Economic Research (CER) organizes the CER Donors Meeting to be
held on the 31st of January 2003, in Tashkent.

The key goal of the forthcoming Meeting is to jointly discuss opportunities
of expanding technical assistance programs aimed at institutional
development of the Center for Economic Research and support to the sector of
applied research in economic and social development sphere.

The Donors' Meeting is organized within the framework of the International
Conference on Economic Reforms and Foreign Direct Investments in Transition
Economies: Lessons Learned and Prospects for Central Asia.

Detailed information on this event can be found at the official website of
the International Conference "Economic Reforms and Foreign Direct Investment
in Transition Economies: Lessons Learned and Prospects for Central Asia":
<http://fdi.cer.uz>

Center for Economic Research
71, Buyuk Ipak Yuli Str.
Tashkent 700137, Uzbekistan
Tel: +998 712 677105, 670641
      +998 712 670526, 670605
Fax: +998 712 670564
E-mail: <nodirbek.ibragimov(a)cer.uz>
Internet: <http://fdi.cer.uz>, <http://www.cer.uz>

CONF./CFP- Bishkek Int'l Sociology Conference, American Univ., June 2003

Posted by: Tatiana Yarkova <yarkov(a)elcat.kg>
Posted: 29 Jan 2003


AMERICAN UNIVERSITY - CENTRAL ASIA CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECT

American University
Central Asia and Civic Education Project Central Asia and Mongolia

invite proposals for

An international sociology conference to be held at the American University
- Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 18-21 June 2003

Transformations and Interventions: Critical perspectives on economy and
culture in post-socialist societies

American University - Central Asia and Civic Education Project Central Asia
& Mongolia invite applications and proposals from sociology and related
social fields on topics detailed below. Social change is an outcome of
complexities and contradictions inherent in society. Social upheavals are
both intended and unintentional, mediated and initiated by markets, civil
society and the state, and can be viewed as spontaneous, planned and/or
negotiated. Such transformations affect the cultural lives of individuals
and communities. These transformations represent both threats and
opportunities, and social actors and institutions adapt to and resist such
liberating and oppressive effects. Interestingly, cultural and political
goals (such as moral conservatism) can remain at times at odds with the
economic goals (such as market freedom). Economic and cultural changes can
be morally evaluated in terms of individual liberties, societal needs,
cultural diversity and moral ideals. Social actors and institutions aim to
intervene and make further changes on the grounds of civil rights, morality
and ethics, economic profit, cultural heritage, and social development.

Various theorists have discussed the nature of transformations in advanced
industrial societies in terms of a shift from production to consumption to
information, from fordism to post-fordism, and/or from modernity to
late-modernity to post-modernity. In addition, writers have examined the
nature of interventions in terms of a shift from the welfare state to market
relations and the voluntary sector, from the 'politics of distribution' to
the 'politics of recognition', and/or from organised political party actions
to social movements and single-issue campaigns. However, the changes that
have occurred in post-socialist countries differ in nature and degree.
Arguably, these countries have undergone a deeper transformation reflecting
a turn to capitalist state ideology, a destruction of the welfare state, a
revival of religious groups, an emergence of political extremists, an
outbreak of public corruption, a poisoning of the environment, a flow of
labour migrants from rural to urban and from East to West, a thriving
informal and illegal economy, an unchecked growth of criminal terrorism, and
a re-writing of national histories. In spite of such brutalising changes,
there have been small flowerings of modernity, evident in a greater
awareness of and a need to tackle gender inequalities, ethnicity minority
abuses, and gay and lesbian discrimination.

In bringing together critical perspectives on transformations and
interventions in post-socialist societies, the conference will provide an
opportunity to discuss the mechanisms and structures of these changes, and
the capabilities of actors and institutions to bring about effective actions
to address social inequalities and inequities. The conference will not
collapse into economic determinism, social fatalism, political cynicism and
moral relativism, but rather will explore feasible strategies for the
construction of alternative frameworks of economy and culture to that which
are usually offered and represented by neo-liberals and post-modernists.

This conference will be a major event bringing together participants from
many different countries, and leading to a publication of the best papers.
It will draw upon the aims and the success established at the Critical
Sociology Conference at Tbilisi State University in June 2002. In addressing
many of the themes that were developed at the previous conference, we shall
also confront new challenges and issues. Consequently, we wish to attract
participants from the Critical Sociology Network (CSN), who will further
develop the network's goals, and welcome non-CSN members who will offer a
distinct and significant contribution to the conference and the network.

Applicants are invited to submit a one-page A4 proposal and a short
biography. The conference will be bi-lingual, English and Russian, and
consist of 20-minute presentations.

The deadline is 20 February 2003. Please send your application to either
Balihar Sanghera or Tanya Yarkova <bishkekconference(a)yahoo.co.uk>.

Participants from the post-soviet countries and regions will be provided
with boarding and lodging facilities free of cost.

American University - Central Asia
Web: <www.auk.kg>

Civic Education Project
<www.cep.org.hu>

CONFERENCE- The Caucasus between Turkey and Iran, Istanbul, 10 March

Posted by: Bayram BALCI <bayram.balci(a)superonline.com>
Posted: 27 Jan 2003


Below, please find the program (in French) of a conference hosted by the 
French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul.

INSTITUT FRANÇAIS D'ÉTUDES ANATOLIENNES

Nuru Ziya Sok No 22, Beyoglu, Istanbul

Programme de recherche sur le Caucase
Table ronde

LE CAUCASE ENTRE LA TURQUIE ET L'IRAN
Lundi 10 Mars 2003

9 h -18 h

Discutant de la matinée : Busra Ersanli

Introduction et présentation des invités par Paul Dumont et/ou Bayram Balci

Turaj ATABAKI, "Délimitation des frontières et formation des Etats dans le 
   Caucase et en Asie centrale", en anglais

Jean RADVANYI, "Typologie des principaux conflits dans le Caucase 
  post-soviétique", en français

Pause

Alexandre HUET, "Géopolitique des hydrocarbures dans le Caucase et en Asie 
   centrale", en français

Marie BENNIGSEN-BROXUP, "Quel rôle pour la Turquie et l'Iran au Caucase du 
   Nord? Influences religieuses et politiques", en français

Déjeuner sur place, offert par l'IFEA

Discutant de l'après-midi, Bulent ARAS, à confirmer

Mustafa AYDIN, "La politique caucasienne de la Turquie", en turc ou en anglais

Mohammad-Reza DJALILI, "Le Caucase dans la stratégie eurasiatique de 
   l'Iran", en français

Raoul MOTIKA, "Les politiques islamiques de la Turquie et de l'Iran dans le 
   Caucase", en anglais ou en turc


Bayram BALCI
Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennes
Programme de recherches sur le Caucase
Nuru Ziya Sokak No 22, PK 54
Beyoglu-Istanbul, Turquie
Tel : 00 90 212 244 17 17
Fax : 00 90 212 252 80 91
Mob : 00 90 536 363 10 23
balci_bayram(a)yahoo.fr
bayram.balci(a)ifea-istanbul.net

 

LECTURE- Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture, Barnett Rubin, 3 Feb. 2003

Posted by: Centres Office SOAS <centres(a)soas.ac.uk>
Posted: 22 Jan 2003


SOAS
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus


ANTHONY HYMAN MEMORIAL LECTURE

Transitional Justice in Afghanistan
Speaker: Barnett Rubin
6pm, Monday 3rd February 2003
G2, Main School Building, SOAS. 


Dear all

Anthony Hyman, one of Britain's leading experts on Afghanistan and Central 
Asia, died at a tragically early age some three years ago, leaving a gap in 
scholarship on the region which it has been difficult to fill. This lecture 
is both a tribute to his memory and an opportunity to encourage discussion 
and debate in Britain about a crucially important region of the world. 

The first lecture is to be given by Barnett R. Rubin who is one of the USA's 
most influential experts on Afghanistan and on conflict prevention and peace 
building. Barnett Rubin is Director of Studies at the Centre for 
International Cooperation, New York University.

The lecture is open to all.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Centres Office: Centres(a)soas.ac.uk / tel: 020 7898 4893

Kind regards
Centres Office
Brunei Gallery
SOAS

CONFERENCE- Foreign Direct Investment in Transition Economies, CER, Tashkent

Posted by: Center for Economic Research <pr-assistant(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 22 Jan 2003


Center for Economic Research (CER) with the support of the Government of
Uzbekistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducts the
International Conference on Economic Reforms and Foreign Direct Investment
in Transition Economies: Lessons Learned and Prospects for Central Asia on
January 30-31, 2003, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The conference objective is for the countries of Central Asia to share their
experiences in developing economic reform strategies and policies, and to
learn from experience and lessons from other transition economies. The
conference will focus on how governments can facilitate private
entrepreneurial development, attract FDI, and create an enabling environment
for private sector development. Conference discussions are expected to
stimulate the development of long-term economic strategies for the Central
Asian countries and reinforce partnerships with both international
organizations and the private sector for the implementation of the
aforementioned strategies and promote regional cooperation.

Conference participants will include government officials from the five
Central Asian states, representatives of international financial
institutions, development agencies, international foundations, and the
private sector, as well as international experts in economic development and
entrepreneurship. Brief presentations will be followed by roundtable
commentary and discussions. The conference shall also include visits to
joint ventures, banks and leasing companies operating in Uzbekistan.

Detailed information on the International Conference on Economic Reforms and
Foreign Direct Investment in Transition Economies: Lessons Learned and
Prospects for Central Asia can be found at the official website of the
conference:

<http://fdi.cer.uz>

Center for Economic Research
71, Buyuk Ipak Yuli Str.
Tashkent 700137, Uzbekistan
Tel: +998 712 677105, 670641
     +998 712 670526, 670605
Fax: +998 712 670564
E-mail: nodirbek.ibragimov(a)cer.uz
<http://fdi.cer.uz>
<http://www.cer.uz>

CONF./CFP- Int'l Congress of Asian & North African Studies, Moscow, Aug. 2004

Posted by: Alexander A. Stolyarov <astol(a)orc.ru>
Posted: 22 Jan 2003


Circular Letter No 1

Dear Colleagues:

In accordance with the decision upheld by the International Union for
Oriental and Asiatic Research during the special proceedings held in course
of ICANAS-36 which took place in 2000 in Montreal, ICANAS-37 will be held in
Moscow from 16th to 21st of August 2004.

The ICANAS-37 will be held by the Orientalist Society of the Russian Academy
of Sciences. The Society, being the national association of orientalists and
comprising historians, philologists, anthropologists, culturologists,
economists, political analysts, art critics and other scholars, has recently
celebrated its centenary.

The ICANAS-37 will be supervised by the supreme officials of the Government
of Russian Federation.

The motto of the ICANAS-37 is going to be "Unity in Diversity"--this
symbolises the aggregation of all traditional cultural values, which all
peoples inhabiting Eurasia and Northern Africa enjoy equal rights to share.

Further information on the terms of participation, visa requirements,
lodging, thematic workshops, sessions, cultural events such as trips to
other cities, and miscellaneous organisational issues will be communicated
in Circular Letter No 2 to be sent out by the Secretariat of ICANAS-37 to
all the regular ICANAS participants before March 2003. Attached to the
Circular Letter No 2 there will be an individual form considered by the
Organising Committee an official application to participate in ICANAS-37.
These applications will be accepted till September 1st, 2003.

The Circular Letter No 3, acting as the guarantee document of the Organising
Committee, will confirm the participation in academic and cultural programs
of ICANAS-37. This will be sent out in the first half of 2004.

The information contained herein is intended to serve as a preliminary
notification about the date of the ICANAS and the stages of its progress.
Nonetheless your feedback would be greatly appreciated, and we will welcome
any input on the organisation of special sessions, hearings, seminars and
workshops. Please send all correspondence to Head of the Secretariat of
ICANAS-37, Professor Dmitry D. Vasilyev, at ICANAS-37, 12 Rozhdestvenka st.
Moscow-103753, Russia, fax +7-(095)-925-7788, e-mail ivran(a)orc.ru.

President, ICANAS-37
President of the Orientalist Society
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Professor
R. B. Rybakov

LECTURE- Afghanistan: A Cultural Journey, Farhad Azad, Jan. 27, Stanford Univ.

Posted by: Farhad Azad <farhad(a)afghanmagazine.com>
Posted: 16 Jan 2003


The Stanford University Asian Religions and Cultures Initiative is proud to
present:

"Afghanistan: A Cultural Journey"

Speaker:

Farhad Azad
Chair, Arts & Humanities Committee
Society of Afghan Professionals

Monday, January 27, 2003
7:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113

Lecture and video on Afghanistan's cultural heritage and current
challenges for preservation of the arts.  The presentation will
include a short documentary on Afghan music.

Co-sponsored by:
The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public.

For more information or directions to Building 260, please call:
(650) 725-6025

SEMINAR- Afghanistan 2003: Lessons for the Future, SOAS, Jan. 24

Posted by: Bhavna Dave <bd4(a)soas.ac.uk>
Posted: 16 Jan 2003


Dear all

Please find below details of a forthcoming discussion on Afghanistan.

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Afghanistan 2003: Lessons for the Future

A discussion

with:

 - Behrouz Afagh, Editor Eurasian Region, BBC
 - Kate Clark, former BBC Kabul correspondent
 - Jawed Ludin, BOND
 - Polly Toynbee, the Guardian

Chair: Jonathan Goodhand, SOAS

Friday, 24 January 5.30pm.
Main School Lecture Theatre, Main Building, SOAS.

ALL WELCOME

ENQUIRIES:

Bhavna Dave
tel: 020 7898 4734 / email: <bd4(a)soas.ac.uk>

Sarah Jones (Centres Office)
tel: (020) 7898 4893 / email: <centres(a)soas.ac.uk>

If there are any significant changes or updates to this event we will try to
notify you in advance. Please also check the EVENTS section on the SOAS
website <www.soas.ac.uk> for updates and other events.

Kind regards

Centres & Programmes Office
Brunei Gallery

SEMINAR SERIES- Central Asian Studies Group, Winter 2003, Univ. of Washington

Posted by: Ilse Cirtautas <icirt(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 15 Jan 2003


University of Washington

Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization

CENTRAL ASIAN STUDIES GROUP

(SUBGROUPS: KAZAKH & KIRGHIZ STUDIES, UZBEK CIRCLE)

Program for Winter Quarter 2003

Faculty Advisor: Ilse D. Cirtautas
Telephon: (206) 543-9963 or (206) 543-6033
E-mail: <icirt(a)u.washington.edu>

President: Christina Szabo
E-mail: <cmszabo(a)u.washington.edu>

January 10
Friday
Get-Together:
Students and faculty interested in Central Asian Studies are cordially
invited to a Pizza Lunch meeting
Denny Hall 215 A, 12:30-2:30 pm

January 16
Thursday
"Update on Events in Central Asia in 2002"
Short presentations by Ilse D. Cirtautas, Toregeldi Tuleubayev and
Olga Donohoe
Denny 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

January 17
Friday
"Theater in Uzbekistan: Past and Present"
Mark Weil, Director, Ilhom Theater, Tashkent
Guest Director, School of Drama, University of Washington
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

January 21
Tuesday
"The Uzbek Academy of Sciences: Organization, Goals and Outlook"
Dr. Behzod Yuldoshev, President, Uzbek Academy of Sciences
Communications 226, 7:00 pm

January 23
Thursday
Meeting with Dr. Behzod Yuldoshev
Denny Hall 215, 1:00-2:30 pm

January 23
Thursday
"Economic Progress In Uzbekistan: What's Happened Since Independence"
George Wright, Family Medicine, UW
UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 7:30 pm
(Note: This lecture is part of the program of the Annual Meeting at the
Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association)

January 31
Friday
"Confronting the Past: the Stalin Years in Current Uzbek Literature"
Ilse D. Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall, 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 6
Thursday
Program to be announced

February 7
Friday
"Kyrgyz Youth and Religion: A Field Report"
Trina Himmelman, Undergraduate, Comparative Religion
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 13
Thursday
"Life in an Uighur mahalla: Men's and Women's Gatherings"
William Clark, Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, UW
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 14
Monday
"Recent Publications on Central Asia: Islam in Central Asia"
REECAS Graduate Students Arusa Karim and Heather Salfrank
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 20
Thursday
"Recent Publications on/in Kazakhstan: Martha B. Olcott, Kazakhstan
Unfulfilled Promise (2002)"
Toregeldi Tuleubayev, M.A. Student, REECAS
Denny Hall, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 21
Friday
"Recent Publications on/in Kyrgyzstan: New Editions of Kyrgyz Oral
Literature"
Olga Donohue, Graduate Student, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 27
Thursday
"Recent Publications on/in Uzbekistan: Uzbek Voices on the Environment"
Christina Szabo, M.A. Student, REECAS and Environmental Studies
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 28
Friday
"Central Asian/Turkic Studies at the UW: Inauguration of a New Website"
Tyler Capes, Undergraduate, Political Science/Near Eastern Languages &
Civilization,
Denny Hall 112, 12:30-1:30 pm

March 6
Thursday
Program to be announced

March 7
Friday
Program to be announced

CONF./CFP- 2003 World History Association Conference, Atlanta, June 2003

Posted by: Steve Rapp <wha2003(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 15 Jan 2003


CALL FOR PAPERS
THE WORLD HISTORY ASSOCIATION 12th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The twelfth annual meeting of the World History Association (WHA) will be
held at Georgia State University, Atlanta, June 26-29, 2003.  Papers and
panels are invited to address scholarly and/or pedagogical aspects of one of
the three themes of the conference, but proposals outside these themes will
also be considered.

The official themes are:

1) Migration and Identity;
2) Comparative Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Politics;
3) The Boundaries of World History: Chronological, Methodological, 
   Disciplinary.

Proposals should be submitted before February 1, 2003 and should include the
following information:

 * The title of paper or panel
 * A brief description of the content and approach of each paper (and of the
   focus of the panel)
 * The name and institutional affiliation of the participant
 * Whether the participant is a current member of the WHA

Proposals for individual papers or entire panels should be sent to:

Professor David Northrup
Department of History--Carney Hall
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3806

E-mail submissions, preferably as WORD attachments, should go to
<northrup(a)bc.edu>.

For additional conference information, visit <www.thewha.org> or contact Dr.
Stephen Rapp, chair of the local arrangements committee and Director of
GSU's Program in World History and Cultures, 826 General Classroom Building,
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303, <wha2003(a)hotmail.com>.

SEMINAR- Ethnomusicology Research Seminar Series, Goldsmiths College, London

Posted by: Will Prentice <will.prentice(a)bl.uk>
Posted: 15 Jan 2003


This message is forwarded on behalf of the Afghanistan Music Unit,
Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Ethnomusicology Research Seminar

Every Thursday 11.00am- 1.00 pm
Room 6, 26 Laurie Grove
London SE14 6NW, UK

16 January, Fatemeh Mirtaheri (Sheffield University)
Navruz (New Year celebration) in Persian Music

23 January, Bruce Wannell
The Sufi Ghazal Tradition in Kabul

30 January, Conor Doherty (Goldsmiths College)
Sufi drumming in Pakistan

6 February, Kate Clark
Music in Kabul during and after Taliban

13 February, Razia Sultanova (Goldsmiths College)
Uzbek Music in Afghanistan

27 February, Kerstin Klenke (Cologne University, Germany)
Popular music: identity and politics in Uzbekistan

6 March, Jaan Ross (Tartu University, Estonia)
Prosody in archaic folk songs

13 March, Bahram Kurbanov (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
Uzbek music yesterday and today

20 March, Sara Manasseh
Iraki-Jewish musical tradition:"Rivers of Babilon"

27 March, Tolib Shahidi (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
Tajik music: trends and innovations

For further information, please contact:

John Baily: (020)-7919-7658
E-mail: <j.baily(a)gold.ac.uk>

SEMINAR- Afghanistan One Year Later, Jonathan Goodhand, SOAS, Jan. 23

Posted by: SOAS Centres and Programmes Office <centres(a)soas.ac.uk>
Posted: 14 Jan 2003


Dear all

Please find below details of the next seminar for the Centre of Contemporary 
Central Asia & the Caucasus  - Term 2 at SOAS.  

CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY CENTRAL ASIA & THE CAUCASUS
TERM 2

THURSDAY 23 JANUARY 5.30PM. ROOM B111. 1ST FLOOR BRUNEI GALLERY

Afghanistan One Year After: Local and Regional Challenges 
in Transforming the Afghan War Economy 

Speaker: Jonathan Goodhand
Development Studies (SOAS)

ALL WELCOME

ENQUIRIES: Bhavna Dave, tel: 020 7898 4734 / bd4(a)soas.ac.uk and Sarah Jones 
(Centres Office), tel: 020 7898 4893 / email: centres(a)soas.ac.uk 

If there are any significant changes or updates to this talk or future talks 
we will try to notify you in advance. Please also check the EVENTS section 
on the SOAS website (www.soas.ac.uk) for updates and other events.

Kind regards

Centres & Programmes Office
Brunei Gallery

CONF./CFP- Tashkent Language and Development Conference, Oct. 2003

Posted by: Jamilya Gulyamova <Jamilya.Gulyamova(a)britishcouncil.uz>
Posted: 14 Jan 2003


The 6th International Language and Development Conference to be held in
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
October 15-17 2003 now has its website.

Please visit at: <www.ldc-tashkent.org>

The website outlines the focus areas of the conference and includes a call
for papers.

The Conference organisers would be very grateful if you could spread the
word about the conference and the website among colleagues.

A number of excellent speakers lined up and judging from the response to the
initial announcement last year the 6th L&D promises to be a truly
international and influential gathering!

Abstracts for paper submissions must be submitted by April 30, 2003.

For further information please contact:

Martin Seviour
Deputy Director
BC Tashkent
<martin.seviour(a)britishcouncil.uz>

LECTURE- Gregory Gleason, Transition to Democracy in Kazakhstan, IASSG, Jan. 15

Posted by: Adela Lee <adela.lee(a)silkroadfoundation.org>
Posted: 11 Jan 2003


IASSG 2002-2003 LECTURE SERIES

The Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University
The Inner Asia/Silkroad Study Group (IASSG)

"Perils of Success: The Transition to Democracy in Kazakhstan"
Gregory Gleason, Professor, Political Science, University of New Mexico

Wednesday, 15 January 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Stanford University, Building 200, Room 305 (History Corner)

Kazakhstan was an early leader in the post-communist transformation at the 
Coordinating Conference on Assistance to the New Independent States that 
took place in Washington D.C. in January 1992 as the USSR was unraveling, 
U.S. President George Bush noted that "in Central Asia, Kazakhstan's 
President Nursultan Nazarbaev....[is]...leading the fight for reform."* The 
U.S. established diplomatic representation in the capital of Alma-Ata in 
March 1992 and soon afterwards opened a U.S. Embassy that would become the 
largest and most influential U.S. Mission in the vast Central Eurasian 
region lying between Moscow and Beijing.  Kazakhstan embarked on an 
ambitious plan of structural transformation, determined to adopt democratic 
practices and make the transition to a market economy.  A decade after the 
collapse of the USSR, the euphoria of post-communist possibilities contrasts 
with the complex realities of transitional politics.  Kazakhstan's 
experience reflects the full spectrum of post-Cold War redevelopment - the 
politics of post-communist change and wide-scale privatization, the 
struggles of globalization, the lure of the "Asian development path", the 
difficulties of the "Dutch Disease" of excessive reliance on an 
overdeveloped oil sector.  Today the stakes in Kazakhstan are high.  As a 
recent U.S. State Department statement points out, "Kazakhstan has the 
potential within the next decade to become the second largest oil-exporting 
nation in the world.  Kazakhstan's new Kashagan oil field alone, for 
example, has oil reserves greater than those of the entire United States."**
High stakes politics can be messy.  A New York state Grand Jury is now 
investigating charges of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 
involving high officials in Kazakhstan and some of the world's most 
influential oil companies.  Kazakhstan's transition to democracy is a tale 
of the perils of success.

Gregory Gleason, Professor of Political Science at the University of New 
Mexico, has lived and worked in Kazakhstan.  In this presentation he relates 
some of his own perspectives on Kazakhstan's high stakes politics and the 
future of Central Asia.

*Dispatch (U.S. Department of State), Vol. 3, No. 4 (January 27, 1992): 57-60, 
at p. 57
**U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, Washington, D.C. 
(December 21, 2001)


The IASSG lectures are free and open to the public.
For more information or campus map, please visit
www.silkroadfoundation.org or email info(a)silkroadfoundation.org

[Forwarded from: Silkroad-l]

CONF./CFP- Historical Sources in Eurasian & N. African Studies, Moscow, Jun 3-6

Posted by: Alexander A. Stolyarov <astol(a)orc.ru>
Posted: 11 Jan 2003


Dear Colleagues,

Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Orientalists' Society of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Center of the Oriental Cultures of the All-Russian State Library of Foreign 
Literature Named After M. I. Rudomino

would like to invite you to take part in the

5th International Conference
"Historical Sources of Eurasian and North African Civilisations:
Computer Approaches"
Moscow - 2003, June 3-6

Equally with traditional for the preceding conferences problems of Oriental 
sources criticism, methods of making copies (including digitising and 
digital catalogues describing and systematising) of old-printed books, 
manuscripts and inscriptions, fine arts masterpieces, folklore texts and 
artifacts, etc. sources of material and non-material culture of peoples of 
Mediaeval Eurasia, museum processing, developing the Electronic Cultural 
Atlases of different regions and ethnoses.

The special topic under discussion will be:
"The Application of Geo-Information Systems to Oriental Scholarly Research and Education"

There will be discussed at the conference the possibilities of implicating 
the GIS-technologies in different spheres of Oriental studies, including 
digital editing and describing of old-printed books, manuscripts and 
inscriptions, fine arts masterpieces, folklore texts and artifacts, etc., 
old maps editing their digitising and systematising, application of maps and 
GIS in teaching and education, their role as a documented means of settling 
the inter-ethnic and inter-state conflicts, etc.

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:
Title of your presentation:
Institute/Organisation:
Position:
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 and abstract of your presentation (200-300
words) 
before Jan. 31, 2003 to the address: ivran(a)orc.ru, or using the fax no. 
+7.095.9257788

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

CONF./CFP- First Int'l Silk Road Symposium, Int'l Black Sea University, Tbilisi

Posted by: Silk Road Symposium <silkroad(a)ibsu.edu.ge>
Posted: 10 Jan 2003


FIRST INTERNATIONAL SILK ROAD SYMPOSIUM

First International Silk Road Symposium
Great Silk Road: Historical, Social, Economic, Political and Cultural
aspects of Regional Cooperation

Aim & Topics:

The 1st International Silk Road Symposium aims to bring practitioners and
academia together to discuss the various issues concerning the history,
present and future of Silk Road.

2 main topics determined to serve as a guideline to participants are;

1) History, culture and tourism
2) Economic Cooperation

Under these 2 main topics the symposium participants will address issues
related to History, Culture, Tourism, Transportation, Energy, Information
Technology, Security, Law and Media.

Participants:

Efforts will be done to attract academia and practitioners especially from
Silk Road Countries such as:

 - Armenia
 - Azerbaijan
 - Bulgaria
 - China
 - Georgia
 - Iran
 - Japan
 - Kazakhstan
 - Kyrgyzstan
 - Moldova
 - Romania
 - Russia
 - Tajikistan
 - Turkey
 - Turkmenistan
 - Ukraine
 - Uzbekistan

The Symposium's organizing committee will also work hard to attract
outstanding people with their work about Silk Road from countries other than
those written above. Countries such as:

 - U.S.A.
 - E.U. Countries
 - Far East Countries (Japan, S. Korea etc.)

The scholars and researchers willing to participate in the symposium should
fill in the form enclosed (the form can be copied as many as needed) and
send it to the International Black Sea University in Tbilisi together with a
150 word summary of their paper no later than 31 January 2002. The
scientific committee will evaluate all the summaries carefully and selected
ones will receive the Second Invitation.


Date:  The Symposium is planned to be in last week of June 2003. Exact date 
will be discussed by considering the other important events at the same time.

For further information or for an application please feel free to contact:

Secretary General Mr. Salavat SAYFULLIN at:

E-mail: <silkroad(a)ibsu.edu.ge>
Tel: +995 32 613 062 ext:134
Mobile: +995 77 748 965
Fax: +995 32 943 069
Web: <www.ibsu.edu.ge>

Address:
D. Guramishvili Avenue, 17
International Black Sea University
Tbilisi, Georgia

CONFERENCE- Society and the Environment in Central Asia, UC Berkeley, March 2003

Posted by: Caucasus and Central Asia Program <ccasp(a)uclink.berkeley.edu>
Posted: 9 Jan 2003


The Caucasus and Central Asia Program at the Institute of Slavic, East
European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley,
in conjunction with the Department of Near Eastern Studies, announces a
conference, "Rocks and Hard Places: Society and the Environment in Central
Asia", to be held at UC Berkeley on Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, 2003.

This conference is free and open to the public.

Date: March 14-15, 2003
Place: University of California, Berkeley; exact location TBA.

A schedule will be announced.

The conference seeks to examine the relationships between environments and
communities in Central Asia historically, as well as links between the
environment and notions of "environment" -- and policies and politics in
the region today. The conference will explore, among others, the following
issues:

 * What role has the physical environment played historically in the
   development of societies in Central Asia; specifically, how have Central
   Asian nomadic and sedentary cultures adapted to the demands of the physical
   world?

 * What role has the environment had in shaping governance in the
   region? Conversely, how have regional administrations tried to use or alter
   the physical environment to suit their needs?

 * What impact has the physical environment had on attempts to
   modernize the region?

 * How have environmental factors affected domestic and foreign
   policies in Central Asia, and how do they fit into actual and potential
   regional conflicts?

 * To what extent have new approaches to environmental concerns
   affected the management of resources in the region?

Participants include:

 - Professor Thomas Barfield, Boston University, Massachusetts
 - Daphne Biliouri, Independent Consultant and Policy Analyst, United
   Kingdom
 - Professor Claudia Chang, Sweet Briar College, Virginia
 - Michael Frachetti, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
 - Professor Fredrik Hiebert, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
 - Professor Philip Kohl, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
 - Professor David R. Smith, Ohio Northern University, Ohio
 - Professor Saulesh Yessenova, McGill University, Canada

For more information, please contact the Caucasus and Central Asia Program
at the University of California, Berkeley: <ccasp(a)uclink.berkeley.edu>

CONFERENCE PROGRAM- Caspian Region, Ctr. for Euro-Asian Studies, Reading, UK, Jan 31

Posted by: Yelena Kalyuzhnova <y.kaluyzhnova(a)reading.ac.uk>
Posted: 9 Jan 2003


Caspian Region: Present and Future

The University of Reading (Uk)

CONFERENCE DATES:
Local Content - 31 January 2003
Sustainable Development and Social Issues - 14 March 2003
Renewable Energy - 9 May 2003

Sponsored by:

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, Reading UK, and Shell International

Preliminary Conference Programme
Local Content
31 January

10.00-10.30 a.m. Registration & Coffee

10.30-10.45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Professor Gordon Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Reading

10:45-12.15 p.m. Hydrocarbon Development and Local Content

Chair: Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies,
The University of  Reading

Julia Nanay, Director Petrofinance, Washington DC, USA
"Local Content and its impact on first oil"

Israfil Mamedov, Representative of State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan
Republic
"Local Content - pre and post 1991"

Tony Laurenson, Vice Rector, Kazakh-British Technical University
"The Importance of Education in local content" (to be confirmed)

Laurent Ruseckas, Director, Caspian Energy, Cambridge Energy ResearchAssociations

12.15- 1.45 p.m. Lunch

1.45-3.15 p.m. Local Content through the eyes of Governments and
     Multilateral Organisations

Chair: Dr Ken Chairman, European Commission

Trade Partners UK

Dr Martin Raiser, Director for Country Strategy and Analysis, European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development
"EBRD experience in Kazakhstan"

Dr Lionel Price, Chief Economist, FitchRatings
"Place of the Local content component in country's rating"

3.15-3.30 p.m. Coffee Break

3.30-5.30 p.m. Local Content: International Experience
     Chair: Richard Dion, Shell E&P International

Presentation of BP

Presentation of Chevron Texaco

Alan Weatherill, Shell Kazakhstan Development
"Shell's approach to Local Content in other regions"
(to be confirmed)

Willy H. Olsen, Senior Advisor, Statoil
"Statoil - its grapple with local content"

5.30-6.00 p.m. Concluding Remarks
Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, The
University of Reading
Richard Dion, Shell E&P International

End of Conference: Informal Drinks

Conference fee:

Business people £100; academics £40; research students £20

For further details please contact:
Ms Evelyn McDonald
<e.mcdonald(a)reading.ac.uk>

or go to:

<http://www.rdg.ac.uk/IEAS/>
Tel: 44 118 9 316205
Fax: 44 118 9 316274

Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova
Director
The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
The University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218,
Reading, RG6 6AA
UK
tel: 44 118 3786637
fax: 44 118 3786274
web: <http://www.rdg.ac.uk/IEAS>

CONFERENCE PROGRAM- Caspian Region, Ctr. for Euro-Asian Studies, Reading, UK, Jan 31

Posted by: Yelena Kalyuzhnova <y.kaluyzhnova(a)reading.ac.uk>
Posted: 9 Jan 2003


Caspian Region: Present and Future

The University of Reading (Uk)

CONFERENCE DATES:
Local Content - 31 January 2003
Sustainable Development and Social Issues - 14 March 2003
Renewable Energy - 9 May 2003

Sponsored by:

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, Reading UK, and Shell International

Preliminary Conference Programme
Local Content
31 January

10.00-10.30 a.m. Registration & Coffee

10.30-10.45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Professor Gordon Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Reading

10:45-12.15 p.m. Hydrocarbon Development and Local Content

Chair: Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies,
The University of  Reading

Julia Nanay, Director Petrofinance, Washington DC, USA"Local Content and its impact on first oil"

Israfil Mamedov, Representative of State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan
Republic
"Local Content - pre and post 1991"

Tony Laurenson, Vice Rector, Kazakh-British Technical University
"The Importance of Education in local content" (to be confirmed)

Laurent Ruseckas, Director, Caspian Energy, Cambridge Energy Research
Associations

12.15- 1.45 p.m. Lunch

1.45-3.15 p.m. Local Content through the eyes of Governments and
     Multilateral Organisations

Chair: Dr Ken Chairman, European Commission

Trade Partners UK

Dr Martin Raiser, Director for Country Strategy and Analysis, European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development
"EBRD experience in Kazakhstan"

Dr Lionel Price, Chief Economist, FitchRatings
"Place of the Local content component in country's rating"

3.15-3.30 p.m. Coffee Break

3.30-5.30 p.m. Local Content: International Experience
     Chair: Richard Dion, Shell E&P International

Presentation of BP

Presentation of Chevron Texaco

Alan Weatherill, Shell Kazakhstan Development
"Shell's approach to Local Content in other regions"
(to be confirmed)

Willy H. Olsen, Senior Advisor, Statoil
"Statoil - its grapple with local content"

5.30-6.00 p.m. Concluding Remarks
Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, The
University of Reading
Richard Dion, Shell E&P International

End of Conference: Informal Drinks

Conference fee:

Business people £100; academics £40; research students £20

For further details please contact:
Ms Evelyn McDonald
<e.mcdonald(a)reading.ac.uk>

or go to:

<http://www.rdg.ac.uk/IEAS/>
Tel: 44 118 9 316205
Fax: 44 118 9 316274

Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova
Director
The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
The University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218,
Reading, RG6 6AA
UK
tel: 44 118 3786637
fax: 44 118 3786274
web: <http://www.rdg.ac.uk/IEAS>

ROUNDTABLE- Regional Implications of the Iraqi Crisis, Sofia, Bulgaria, Jan. 15

Posted by: Vladimir Chukov <vlachu(a)nat.bg>
Posted: 8 Jan 2003


Round Table - The Iraqi Crisis: Local Dimensions and International 
Resonance, Student Diplomatic Club and Center for Southeast Europe Studies, 
January 15, Sofia, Bulgaria

On January 15, 2003 a round table "The Iraqi Crisis: Local Dimensions and 
International Resonance" is to be held at Sofia University (Hall N 2, Time 
17.00-19.00 pm) staged by the Student Diplomatic Club and the Center for 
Southeast Europe Studies. Experts from Bulgarian academic, military and 
professional quarters are invited to shed light on today's Iraqi political, 
social and confessional background, technical aspects of possible US 
military operation and Middle East and Central Asia's reactions. A special 
focus is to be provided on Bulgarian-Iraqi bilateral relations as well as 
Bulgarian government stance on the Iraqi crisis.

For more information please contact:

Associate Professor Vladimir Chukov, Ph.D.
E-mail: vlachu(a)nat.bg
Center for Regional and Confessional Studies
Bulgaria, Sofia, 1113, P.O. Box
http://crcs0.tripod.com             

ROUNDTABLE- Regional Implications of the Iraqi Crisis, Sofia, Bulgaria, Jan. 15

Posted by: Vladimir Chukov <vlachu(a)nat.bg>
Posted: 8 Jan 2003


Round Table - The Iraqi Crisis: Local Dimensions and International 
Resonance, Student Diplomatic Club and Center for Southeast Europe Studies, 
January 15, Sofia, Bulgaria

On January 15, 2003 a round table "The Iraqi Crisis: Local Dimensions and 
International Resonance" is to be held at Sofia University (Hall N 2, Time 
17.00-19.00 pm) staged by the Student Diplomatic Club and the Center for 
Southeast Europe Studies. Experts from Bulgarian academic, military and 
professional quarters are invited to shed light on today's Iraqi political, 
social and confessional background, technical aspects of possible US 
military operation and Middle East and Central Asia's reactions. A special 
focus is to be provided on Bulgarian-Iraqi bilateral relations as well as 
Bulgarian government stance on the Iraqi crisis.

For more information please contact:

Associate Professor Vladimir Chukov, Ph.D.
E-mail: vlachu(a)nat.bg
Center for Regional and Confessional Studies
Bulgaria, Sofia, 1113, P.O. Box
http://crcs0.tripod.com             

SEMINAR SERIES- Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, Univ. of Reading, Jan.-Mar. 2003

Posted by: Yelena Kalyuzhnova <y.kaluyzhnova(a)reading.ac.uk>
Posted: 8 Jan 2003


Dear Colleagues,

Please find below the information about weekly seminars at the Centre for
Euro-Asian Studies, The University of Reading.

WEEKLY SEMINARS
Every Wednesday in Room 128, FOLSS
5.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.

January 15, 2003
H.E. Rafael Ibrahimov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan
"Azerbaijan- years gone by, years ahead"

January 22, 2003
Emily Morris, Senior Analyst, Latin America The Economist Intelligence Unit
"Cuba's partial economic transition?"

January 29, 2003
Dr. Steven Fries, Deputy Chief Economist, Chief Economist's Office, European
Bank for Bank Reconstruction and Development
"Transition Report 2002: Agriculture and rural transition"

February 5, 2003
Professor Saul Estrin, Acting Dean, London Business School and Dr Sumon
Bhaumik, Research fellow, CNEM, London Business School
"Enterprise performance in Russia and China compared"

February 12, 2003
Professor Christoph Bluth, The University of Leeds
"Impact of September 11, 2001 on Central Asian security"

February 19, 2003
Dr. Christopher Waters, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, The University of
Reading
"Does law matter in Eurasia?"

February 26, 2003
Dr Samuel Fankhauser, Senior Economist, Chief Economist's Office, European
Bank for Reconstruction and Development
"Kyoto protocol and emissions trading in transition countries"

March 5, 2003
Sir Derek Thomas, Advisor, N.M. Rothschild & Sons, Member of the University
of Reading Court
"Should a diplomat be trying to do business in Central Asia?"

Additional information:

Ms Evelyn McDonald,
Administrator, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
E-mail: E.McDonald <e.mcdonald(a)reading.ac.uk>
Tel: 44 118 9316205
Fax: 44 118 9316274

Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova
Director
The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
The University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218
Reading, RG6 6AA
UK
tel: 44 118 3786637
fax: 44 118 3786274
web: <http://www.rdg.ac.uk/IEAS>

SEMINAR SERIES- Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, Univ. of Reading, Jan.-Mar. 2003

Posted by: Yelena Kalyuzhnova <y.kaluyzhnova(a)reading.ac.uk>
Posted: 8 Jan 2003


Dear Colleagues,

Please find below the information about weekly seminars at the Centre for
Euro-Asian Studies, The University of Reading.

WEEKLY SEMINARS
Every Wednesday in Room 128, FOLSS
5.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.

January 15, 2003
H.E. Rafael Ibrahimov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan
"Azerbaijan- years gone by, years ahead"

January 22, 2003
Emily Morris, Senior Analyst, Latin America The Economist Intelligence Unit
"Cuba's partial economic transition?"

January 29, 2003
Dr. Steven Fries, Deputy Chief Economist, Chief Economist's Office, European
Bank for Bank Reconstruction and Development
"Transition Report 2002: Agriculture and rural transition"

February 5, 2003
Professor Saul Estrin, Acting Dean, London Business School and Dr Sumon
Bhaumik, Research fellow, CNEM, London Business School
"Enterprise performance in Russia and China compared"

February 12, 2003
Professor Christoph Bluth, The University of Leeds
"Impact of September 11, 2001 on Central Asian security"

February 19, 2003
Dr. Christopher Waters, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, The University of
Reading
"Does law matter in Eurasia?"

February 26, 2003
Dr Samuel Fankhauser, Senior Economist, Chief Economist's Office, European
Bank for Reconstruction and Development
"Kyoto protocol and emissions trading in transition countries"

March 5, 2003
Sir Derek Thomas, Advisor, N.M. Rothschild & Sons, Member of the University
of Reading Court
"Should a diplomat be trying to do business in Central Asia?"

Additional information:

Ms Evelyn McDonald,
Administrator, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
E-mail: E.McDonald <e.mcdonald(a)reading.ac.uk>
Tel: 44 118 9316205
Fax: 44 118 9316274

Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova
Director
The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
The University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218
Reading, RG6 6AA
UK
tel: 44 118 3786637
fax: 44 118 3786274
web: <http://www.rdg.ac.uk/IEAS>

CONF./CFP- European Materials Research Society Meeting, June 2003, Strasbourg

Posted by: Pamela Vandiver <VandiverP(a)scmre.si.edu>
Posted: 18 Dec 2002


European Materials Research Society (E-MRS), Spring 2003 Meeting, June
10-13, 2003, Strasbourg, France

"Materials Aspects of Art Characterization, Conservation & Restoration"

G. Padeletti, ISMN-CNR7 Monterotondo/Roma (I), <pad(a)mlib.cnr.it>
Michel Menu, CNRS//Louvre, Paris (F), <michel.menu(a)culture.gouv.fr>
P. Vandiver, Smithsonian Inst., Washington (USA), <vandiverp(a)scmre.si.edu>
M. Stuke, MPI f. biophys. Chemie, Goettingen (D), <mstuke(a)gwdg.de>

The Symposium will provide a multidisciplinary forum for scientific and
technological issues in art, archaeology, conservation and
preservation/restoration. Contributions will explore the importance of
materials science and its analytical techniques in understanding and
appreciating ancient objects and technologies used to produce them.
Materials Science and analytic characterization is of particular importance
in the fields of Conservation and Restoration because it promotes
understanding of the mechanisms of aging, stabilization and consolidation.
Other important questions that can be approached are related to dating of
art objects and their authentication, as well as the characterization of the
sources of ancient materials used and the production processes developed for
manufactured goods. The aim of this symposium is to identify and solve those
problems in art, archaeology and ancient technology that can best be
answered by the methodology and techniques of materials science.
Interdisciplinary collaborations and expertise are encouraged, especially
that which conceptualized and resolves problems related to ancient
technology, preservation and conservation science, weathering and dating
with the aim of understanding, maintaining and preserving material culture.

Topics include:

 * Ancient and historic technologies and modern craft
 * Archaeological science and archaeometry
 * Weathering, dating, authentication
 * Preservation science and conservation
 * Characterization sources and production of ancient manufactured goods

Invited Speakers include:

 * E. ANGELINI "Micro and nano-characterization of ancient coins"
 * A. BOUQUILLON "French and Italian renaissance ceramics"
 * C. FOTAKIS "Laser Photons for Art's Sake"
 * A. HAUPTMANN "Conservation of archaeological monuments in ancient mining
   and smelting"
 * J. MASS "18th Century Inlaid Furniture: Characterization, Reproduction,
   and Aging Phenomena"
 * M. MARTINI "Luminescence Dating: New perspectives in the study of glass
   mosaics"
 * E. PERNICKA "Ancient metal objects - methods to determine their
   provenance and authenticity"
 * J. PÉREZ-ARANTEGUI "Aspects of the characterization of decoration on
   ceramic glazes"
 * S. COLINART, I. FRAGALA and G. GRIME To be announced.

Deadline for Abstract submission:

Jan. 14, 2003
to <http://www.emrs.cstrasbourg.fr>

Address questions to the organizers.

CONF./CFP- Carpets and Textiles in the Iranian World, Oxford, 30-31 Aug. 2003

Posted by: Willem Floor <willem.floor(a)verizon.net>
Posted: 16 Dec 2002


CALL FOR PAPERS

CARPETS AND TEXTILES IN THE IRANIAN WORLD 1400-1700
Conference

Date
30-31 August 2003

Venue
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Organised by
The Beattie Carpet Archive at the Ashmolean Museum and the Iran Heritage 
Foundation

Convenors
Jon Thompson, Willem Floor, & Farhad Hakimzadeh

Introduction

The foundations of Iranian textile and carpet studies were laid by a 
generation eminent scholars who combined skills in local languages with a 
deep knowledge of the broader aspects of Islamic art and its history. Since 
their passing subsequent advances have been mainly technical, made by 
scholars who did not have this linguistic and historical background.

Currently there is a gap between historians of the social, economic and 
literary life of the Iranian World and scholars focused primarily on 
objects. Opportunities for the development of new insights through 
interdisciplinary contacts are rare. The publication of the proceedings of 
an interdisciplinary conference held in 1983 Carpets of the Mediterranean 
Countries 1400-1600, which has been described as  'the most important single 
work published on the subject in the last 40 years', provides evidence of 
the value of such meetings in a field which for too long has been out of the 
mainstream of scholarship.

Now that carpet studies has, for the first time, been given a recognized 
place at the University of Oxford, it is timely that a serious attempt be 
made to bring together scholars from different disciplines whose individual 
expertise could illuminate different aspects of the history of carpets and 
textiles. A conference is therefore planned that will focus on carpets and 
textiles of the Iranian World, concentrating on the Timurid and Safavid 
periods. The approach will be interdisciplinary rather that 
object-orientated. The thematic outline below shows a few of the research 
issues that could be discussed. All interested scholars are invited to pose 
and suggest other and different questions. Anyone interested in 
participating in this conference should submit a 200 word abstract of their 
proposed paper to the convenors by 1 March 2003. Even those who will not be 
able to attend are invited to give us suggestions about topics for the conference and persons that may clarify them.

Proposed themes

The following themes are proposed as a guide to the subject areas of 
interest; scholars from all disciplines are invited to participate.

1. Art historical matters and questions
 - What can be learned from indirect sources?
 - Recent work by Anne Wardwell and others has contributed to the isolation 
   of a group of textiles woven for the Mongol court in the 13th century.
Is it 
   possible to identify textiles woven for the Timurid court?
 - Why is it that the carpets which most closely match those depicted in 
   miniature paintings of the early fifteenth century are almost certainly of 
   Turkish origin?
 - Does the  'revolution' in carpet design in the second half of the    fifteenth century, evident in the paintings of Herat, from small scale, 
   endless repeat patterns to centralized, curvilinear arabesque patterns, 
   represent an actual change or an artistic convention?
 - What kinds of carpets were made for the Qaraquyonlu and Aqquyonlu courts?
 - Can we identify any Turkoman (i.e. Qaraquyonlu and Aqquyonlu) textiles or 
   even postulate what they might look like?
 - What is the source of the  'centralized medallion' style, which 
   apparently first appeared in Timurid Herat?
 - Why and through what influence did carpet weavers in western Anatolia 
   adopt the  'centralized medallion' style, which became such a 
   characteristic feature of Iranian carpets?
 - Why is it that figural textiles are so rare in sixteenth century 
   miniature paintings whereas many of the surviving textiles belong to this 
   category?
 - Do the carpets and textiles represented in sixteenth century miniature 
   painting correspond to surviving examples?
 - What can be learned from the depiction of textiles in large Safavid 
   paintings?

2. The organization of carpet and textile production
 - By what system were carpets and textiles produced for the market and the 
   court?
 - What do we know about the people who designed them and the sources of 
   their designs?
 - How were the court workshops and court-sponsored workshops administered 
   and what do we really know of their location?
 - What was the role of the naqqash khaneh in the sixteenth century?

3. The social function and importance of carpets and textiles
 - The granting of robes of honor is an ancient tradition and was an 
   integral part of the honors system and remained so until recent times. The 
   demand for cloth for the garments played a major role in sustaining the 
   production of costly textiles.
 - How did this system function and in what manner did it respond to a 
   socially segmented society?
 - Was the importance of carpets and textiles also reflected in literature 
   and what additional insight does that offer?

4. Cross border influences
 - By what routes and means did Chinese influence enter the style of carpets 
   and textiles?
 - When did these influences appear and what specific features can be 
   recognized as entering the decorative vocabulary of carpets and textiles?
 - To what extent did Iran influence the textile traditions of India and 
   vice versa?
 - Silk was a major export from Iran to the Ottoman world in the 15th and 
   16th centuries. Did Persian styles and techniques follow the same route?
 - Why do Ottoman carpets of the fifteenth century display strongly Timurid 
   features in their designs?
 - What influence, if any, did fifteenth century Venetian traders and 
   visitors have on the textile traditions of Iran?
 - Can we detect the influence of Safavid styles and techniques in Ottoman 
   carpets and vice versa?
 - How and in what manner did the fashion for Persian dress in Poland and 
   the phenomenon of the Polish sash  'travel' from Iran to Poland and beyond 
   and was the Polish product a copy of a new product?
 - The silk and metal thread carpets of early 17th century Isfahan were 
   popular with the European nobility; what influence did this have on local 
   production, for example in France?

5. Trade & economy
 - Can anything of significance be added to what has already been written on 
   the information on carpet and textile exports from Iran to Europe derived 
   from the records of the VOC and EIC?
 - What do Portuguese sources reveal about Portuguese trade in Persian 
   carpets and textiles?
 - Can more be learned about Iranian exports of carpets and textiles to 
   Russia, central Asia, the Ottoman world, and India?
 - How did it happen that important Iranian textiles found their way to Tibet?
 - Iran was also an importer of textiles from India whence they were 
   transshipped to Turkey, do we have any quantitative information on this
trade.

6. Studies of objects
 - A number of hitherto unknown or unresearched objects have recently come 
   to light, (e.g. a velvet with a design related to the Qazvin school of 
   miniature painting; a silk carpet apparently of Timurid date; silks from 
   the shrine of Al-Najaf), what new insights do they reveal?

7. The history of technology
 - Can we reconstruct the history of velvet in the Islamic world?
 - Where was silk velvet first made and what was the pathway of its spread?
 - Can surviving weaving practices illuminate the history of the draw-loom?
 - What do we know about the now extinct Persian draw-loom?
 - What technical features might be used to distinguish Indian from Persian 
   textiles.
 - Can the study of metallic threads be used as an aide to dating and 
   provenance?

8. The application of scientific techniques to art historical problems
 - Can the study of the recemization of amino acids yield information on the 
   age of small samples of silk and wool too young for Carbon-14 measurement?
 - Can provenance be determined by measuring in wool the pattern of 
   variation in isotopes of Sulphur, Hydrogen and Carbon-13?
 - Can the analysis of yellow dyes throw any light on the Indo-Persian 
   carpet problem?

These are only a few of the research issues that we could discuss and we 
invite all interested scholars to pose and suggest other and different 
questions even if you decide that you are not able to participate in the 
conference itself. We would like this conference to be the product of 
interaction between ideas and disciplines. You are therefore invited to let 
us know whether you are interested to participate in this conference and 
what the nature of your contribution to the field will be. The conveners 
will make a selection from the proposals received. Proposals should clearly 
specify the issue to be addressed and the nature of the new insights.

Publication of proceedings

Those invited to contribute to the conference will be asked to write up 
their oral presentation. The papers, together with the comments made during 
the conference, will be published in a format yet to be decided. We are ONLY 
interested in papers of publishable quality (i.e. no work in progress 
reports, no papers which have been promised to another publication [journal or edited volume], no papers that can not be published for any other reason).

Enquiries

jon.thompson(a)ashmus.ox.ac.uk,
willem.floor(a)verizon.net,
farhad(a)iranheritage.org; tel: 44 20 7493-4766; fax 44 20 7499-9293

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, AIDS and Human Rights in Kazakhstan, New York, Jan. 9

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)sorosny.org>
Posted: 13 Dec 2002


The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend

Fueling the AIDS epidemic in Central Asia:  The case of human rights abuses
of AIDS-affected persons in Kazakhstan

with

Joanne Csete and Marie Struthers

of Human Rights Watch

Thursday, January 9, 2003
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Room 3B
New York, NY 10019

Joanne Csete is the director of the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program at
Human Rights Watch.  She was previously chief of policy and programs in the
regional office of UNICEF in Nairobi, working especially on HIV/AIDS, and
before that senior advisor in the Programme Division of UNICEF's New York
headquarters.  She worked in Africa for about 10 years on public health and
nutrition programs, mostly in Rwanda, Burundi, D.R. Congo and Kenya.  She
was on the faculties of Nutritional Sciences and International Development
Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison from 1988 to 1993.

Marie Struthers conducts research and advocacy on human rights in Central
Asia and Russia. She has worked alternately as the director of Human Rights
Watch's Moscow, Dushanbe and Tashkent offices, and is currently a consultant
for that organization. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a
Master of Arts from l'Université de Montréal.

To RSVP please fax this sheet to Erin Finnerty at (212) 548-4607 or e-mail a
response to <efinnerty(a)sorosny.org>.

Name:

Affiliation:

E-mail address:

___ I will attend the January 9th event.

___ I will not attend the January 9th event.

If you are unable to attend, you can read a synopsis of the Open Forum and
subscribe to a weekly news bulletin at <www.EurasiaNet.org>.

LECTURE- The War on Global Terrorism in Afghanistan, N. Shahrani, Dec. 16, NY

Posted by: Scott Horton <shorton(a)pbwt.com>
Posted: 12 Dec 2002


OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

The New York Academy of Sciences
2 East 63rd St. (63rd St. at Fifth Ave.)
New York, NY 10021

Anthropology Section

Dec. 16, 2002

7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Nazif ShahraniDepartment of Anthropology
Indiana University

Title:

"The War on Global Terrorism in Afghanistan: A Critical Assessment"

Abstract:

This presentation will examine the limitations of the narrow conception of
terrorism, primarily as a "security" concern, by the U.S. government and the
media and the negative consequences of such an approach in addressing the
root causes of the problem.  The presentation will suggest alternative
conceptualizations and possible solutions to the problem of global terrorism
which have not been considered seriously or systematically so far.  I will
assess the impact of this year-long war on Afghan society (positively and
negatively), its prospects for bringing peace and stability in Central and
Southwestern Asia, as well as its effects on the future national security of
the United States, both at home and abroad.

Discussant:

Peter Sinnott
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

WORKSHOP- SSRC Eurasia Program Dissertation Workshop, Apr. 2003, Deadline 12/18

Posted by: Elissa Klein <klein(a)ssrc.org>
Posted: 9 Dec 2002


SSRC Dissertation Development Workshop on Central Asia and the Caucasus

6-7 April 2003

The Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council invites
applications for the third and last dissertation workshop focusing
specifically on the regions of Central Asia and the Caucasus to be held in
April 2003. Graduate students in any social science discipline who are
currently at any stage of the dissertation process (dissertation proposal,
write-up, etc.) and whose dissertation relates in any way to Central Asia
and/or the Caucasus are eligible to apply. Applications from other fields
are welcome as long as they are grounded in social science theory and
methodology.

10 graduate students and 5 faculty participants will be chosen to attend the
2003 workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Participants will convene for two
days of intensive and critical discussion of both the students' dissertation
projects, as well as larger theoretical and methodological issues.  The SSRC
will cover all transportation, accommodation, and related expenses for
participants.

Region and topic specific or comparative projects addressing Central Asia
and the Caucasus or any countries or themes within or across these two
geographical regions are strongly encouraged (particularly ones which
examine these areas in relation to the former Soviet Union, the Middle East,
China, and/or other countries). The overall objectives of the workshop are
to explore the state of Central Asian and Caucasian studies, encourage new
approaches through multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives, and
reflect on how new research on these areas is advancing understandings of
the "field" (in terms of discipline and/or area studies).  Participants may
also be called upon to analyze the usefulness of regional designations such
as Central Asia and the Caucasus both for their own research and the general
understanding of the areas in question.

Applicants should submit the following material by 18 December 2002 in order
to be eligible.

 * A five page, double spaced summary of the dissertation project
   highlighting its relationship to the objectives of the workshop
 * One letter of academic recommendation from the applicant's primary
   advisor
 * Curriculum Vitae

If selected, participants will be required to submit a 15-25 page
dissertation chapter or writing sample and an experimental syllabus.
Selected participants will receive detailed information as to the
requirements for both the writing sample and syllabus, which will be due by
February 20th, 2003.  The 5 page application statements, writing samples,
and syllabi will be circulated among all conference participants.

To be eligible, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents,
currently enrolled in an accredited Ph.D. program, and working at some stage
on their dissertation projects. The deadline for the receipt of applications
is December 18th, 2002.  Decisions regarding final participants will be
announced by January 20th, 2003.

Please address all inquiries and correspondence, including applications to:

Eurasia Program, Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10019.
Phone: (212) 377-2700, x459
Fax: (212) 377-2727.
E-mail: <eurasia(a)ssrc.org>
Web: <http://www.ssrc.org>

Funding is provided by the United States Department of State, Program for
Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the
Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).

CONF./CFP- Gendered Bodies, Transnational Politics, Cairo, Dec. 2003

Posted by: Martina Rieker <mrieker(a)aucegypt.edu>
Posted: 9 Dec 2002


CALL FOR PAPERS

Gendered Bodies, Transnational Politics: Modernities Reconsidered

December 12-14, 2003, Cairo, Egypt

"Gendered Bodies, Transnational Politics: Modernities Reconsidered" is a
workshop organized by the Institute for Gender and Women's Studies (IGWS) at
the American University in Cairo and the Center for the Study of Gender and
Sexuality (CSGS) at New York University. It is co-sponsored by the Middle
Eastern Studies Department, the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern
Studies, and the Diversity Studies Initiative, Graduate School of Arts and
Science at New York University.

This workshop seeks to understand and explore the complexities surrounding
gender and sexuality dynamics in the Middle East, North Africa and Central
Asia by facilitating a conversation between scholars working in (a) women's
studies in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia; (b) transnational
feminism; and (c) gender and sexuality studies. It provides a space for an
epistemological conversation that reexamines the ways in which dominant
discourses on modernity and the articulation of social and political space
and place -- as delineated by political and cultural visions of the
postcolonial world order and its boundaries -- have critically informed
women's and gender studies over the past few decades.

Especially welcome are contributions addressing the following questions:

1) To what extent have dominant discourses of modernization that posit
modernity as a singular path and framework affect the ways in which gendered
and sexualized knowledge is produced and reproduced in general, and in
Middle East/ North Africa and Central Asian area studies, in particular?

2) What sorts of questions animate women's, gender and sexuality studies at
specific geographical locations? What sorts of genealogies mark these
questions? Who authors them at what sites? And how do they travel within the
global academy?

3) How does the notion of grounding conceptual frameworks fare in an
intellectual era grounded in a moral economy that privileges things hybrid
and transnational at the expense of local, localized, and localizing practices?

4) Between the call to get beyond area studies and the demand for localized
practices, how do we/can we envision gender and women's studies in Middle
East/North Africa/Central Asia with an emancipatory component? In other
words, what are the epistemological concerns that emerge in and produce
specific research agendas and methodological practices around the study of
gender and sexuality dynamics in Muslim/Arab/Central Asian contexts?

A limited number of scholars from outside the Middle East/North Africa
region will be funded.

Please send an abstract of 750 words by May 1, 2003 to: <igws(a)aucegypt.edu>

Abstracts will be accepted in Arabic or English.

Notification of accepted abstracts: June 15, 2003

Full papers (15-20 pages, including bibliography) due, for circulation to
workshop participants: October 1, 2003

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi
E-mail: <rabab.abdulhadi(a)nyu.edu>

or Dr. Martina Rieker
E-mail: <mrieker(a)aucegypt.edu>

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, Deterioration of Human Rights in Central Asia, Dec. 9, 2002

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)sorosny.org>
Posted: 4 Dec 2002


The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend

Deterioration of Human Rights in Central Asia

With

Denissa Duvanova, Robert Templer and Topchubek Turgunaliev

Monday, December 9, 2002, 12:30-2:00 PM
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler
1133 Avenue of the Americas, 24th floor
New York, NY 10036

Dinissa Duvanova is the daughter of Sergey Duvanov, independent journalist
now imprisoned in Kazakhstan.  She graduated from the State University of
Kazakhstan with a B.A. in political science in 1998. In 2000 she received an
M.A. in political science from Utah State University. Currently she is a
graduate research associate and a Ph.D. student in Political Science
Department of Ohio State University, majoring in comparative politics. In
1996-1997 she participated in the Open Society project by the Soros
foundation in Budapest and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Robert Templer is the Director of Asia Programs at the International Crisis
Group.  He is the author of Shadows and Wind: A View of Modern Vietnam and
has written widely on Asian politics, culture and history. He was formerly a
visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and an
individual project fellow of the Open Society Institute in New York. Before
joining ICG he worked as a columnist for the Asian Wall Street Journal and
the Far Eastern Economic Review. He has worked in many of the countries of
South and Southeast Asia including Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Topchubek Turgunaliev has been at the forefront of the democracy movement in
Kyrgyzstan since 1990, when he authored Kyrgyzstan's Declaration of
Independence.  In the same year, he co-founded the Democratic Movement of
Kyrgyzstan, and in 1991, the Erkindik Party.  In connection with his active
role in Kyrgyz political life and his outspoken criticism of President
Akaev's increasingly authoritarian policies, he was charged and sentenced to
prison terms in 1996, 1997 and, most recently, on September 1, 2000, when he
received a 16-year sentence for allegedly "masterminding an attempt to
assassinate President Akaev." Mr. Turgunaliev was pardoned on August 20,
2001, after serving almost one year in prison. Mr. Turgunaliev has recently
founded the Institute for Human Rights and Liberties.

To RSVP please fax this sheet to Erin Finnerty at (212) 548-4607 or e-mail a
response to <efinnerty(a)sorosny.org>.

** PLEASE NOTE NON-OSI LOCATION**

Name:

Affiliation:

E-mail address:

___ I will attend the December 9th event.

___ I will not attend the December 9th event.

If you are unable to attend, you can read a synopsis of the Open Forum and
subscribe to a weekly news bulletin at <www.EurasiaNet.org>.

LECTURE- Morgan Liu will present 2002 Nava'i Lecture, Dec. 5, Washington, DC

Posted by: David Nalle <DavidN5512(a)aol.com>
Posted: 3 Dec 2002


[This is an updated version of a previous announcement; the telephone number
for making reservations has changed]

"Yearning for a Modern Khan" is the title of the Thirteenth Annual Nava'i
Lecture in Central Asian Studies, to be presented by Dr. Morgan Y. Liu on
December 5 at Georgetown University in Washington.  Dr. Liu received his
Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan in April and is now a
Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University.  His talk is subtitled
"Talking about Authoritarianism and Democracy in Central Asia" and is based
on extensive field work in Central Asia, particularly among the Uzbek
population in the Osh area of southern Kyrgyzstan.

The Nava'i Lecture is jointly sponsored by Georgetown's Center for Eurasian,
Russian and East European Studies of the School of Foreign Service and the
Alfred Friendly Foundation.  It is designed to give recognition to
outstanding young scholars entering the field of Central Asian studies.

This year's lecture program will convene at 5:30 pm, Thursday, December 5, in
the Riggs Library (Healy Hall) on the University's main campus in Washington,
DC.  A reception will follow the lecture.

Space is limited and reservations are requested: 202-687-6080 or
<guceres(a)georgetown.edu>

SEMINAR- Post-Soviet Central Asia and Russian National Security, Dec. 6, Moscow

Posted by: Yuri Bossin <iouri(a)iaas.msu.ru>
Posted: 3 Dec 2002


Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that the next meeting in the framework of the
Seminar Series on "Challenges and Perspectives of the Middle East and
Central Asia in XXI c." will take place:

Friday, December 6, 2002, 4 p.m.
Second Round Hall,Institute of Asian and African Studies
Moscow State University
11 Mokhovaya Street
Moscow

Professor M. Meyer will speak on "The Situation in Post-Soviet Central Asia
and Russian National Security".

Mikhail Meyer, the professor of History and Turkic studies is the director
of the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University.
Since 1995 he has also served as a chief editor of the Oriental Series of
the "Vestnik MGU" journal. Being one of the leading experts in Turkic
studies professor Meyer is the member of Russian-Turkish Board of
Historians. M. Meyer is the author of "The Ottoman Empire in XVIII c.: The
Features of The Structural Crisis", Moscow, GIVL, 1991 and co-author of the
textbook on "Turkish Medieval and Modern History", Moscow, MGU, 1992.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

The Seminars Series has been made possible due to the grant from
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) with the funds provided by
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States
Department of State. None of these organizations bears responsibility for
the views expressed.

The event is open to public. All are welcome.

Dr. Yuri V. Bossin
Associate Professor
Institute of Asian and African Studies
Moscow Lomonosov State University (MGU)
Department of the Near and Middle Eastern Countries
11 Mokhovaya Street, Suite 257
Moscow 103009, Russia

Phone: (095)-203-4407
Fax: (095)-203-3647
E-mail: <iouri(a)iaas.msu.ru>

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, Georgia: U.S. Strategic Ally and Outpost of Democracy, NY

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)sorosny.org>
Posted: 3 Dec 2002


The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend:

Georgia: U.S. Strategic Ally and Outpost of Democracy in Central Eurasia

with

David Gamkrelidze

Leader of the New Rights Party of Georgia and Member of Parliament

Thursday, December 5, 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Room 3A, New York, NY 10019

David Gamkrelidze leads the largest party in Georgia, which won 40 percent
of the vote in local elections in June 2002. Elected to Parliament in 1999,
he led the first group of deputies to quit the ruling Citizens Union of
Georgia (CUG) in the fall of 2000 to protest the CUG's budgetary policies,
starting the process of the party's disintegration. The New Rights Party,
which has strong ties to the business community and is the only party that
has focused most of its attention on the regions rather than Tbilisi, was
founded in June 2001. NATO accession reforms, constitutional changes aimed
at implementing checks and balances, human rights, and free market reforms
are New Rights Party's principal legislative priorities.

To RSVP please fax this sheet to:

Erin Finnerty
(212) 548-4607

or e-mail a response to:
<efinnerty(a)sorosny.org>

Name:
Affiliation:

E-mail address:

___ I will attend the December 5th event.

___ I will not attend the December 5th event.

If you are unable to attend, you can read a synopsis of the Open Forum and
subscribe to a weekly news bulletin at:
<www.EurasiaNet.org>.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM- Russian and the East, Volgograd State University, Oct. 2002

Posted by: Sergei Golunov <goser(a)avtlg.ru>
Posted: 27 Nov 2002


Conference: "Russia and the East: Problems of Interaction"

(October 29-30, Volgograd State University, Russia)

Center for Regional and Transboundary Studies of Volgograd State University

Place: (October 29), Volgograd Regional Museum of Local Lore (October 30)

Date: 29 October 2002, Friday - 30 October 2002, Saturday
Tel: 7-8442-432025

29 October 2002
10:00 to 19:20
Volgograd State University
lecture-hall 4-01 B

Session 1.

Russia and the East: Reality and Stereotypes of Mutual Ethnocultural
Perception Chairman: Victor Dyatlov.

 * Dr. Victor Dyatlov, Irkutsk State University
   "Yellow Peril": Transformation of the Phobia

 * Dr. Alexander Kubyshkin, Volgograd State University
   The "Eastern Factor" of Russian Anti-Americanism.

 * Dr. Vladimir Bobrovnikov, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy
   of Sciences
   The Myth of the Caucasian War  and Orientalism in the Northern Caucasus

 * Dr. Sergei Arkhipov, North Ossetian State University
   Information Picture of the World in Russia and the East: Comparative
   Analysis.

 * Dr. Igor Kazanin, Volgograd State University
   The Orient in Perception of the Russian Intelligentsia

 * Dr. Natalia Gronskaya, Nizhni Novgogrod State Linguistic University
   Language Problems of Eastern Minorities in Russia: Stereotypes and
   Differences.

 * Dr. Andrei Kussayinov, Urupinsk Branch of Volgograd State University
   Ethnocentrism in Historical Process.

Session 2

Problems of Identity and Interaction of Ethnocultural
Groups Chairman: Olga Brusina.

 * Dr. Olga Brusina, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology (Russian
   Academy of Sciences)
   "Double Citizenship" in Central Asia in the Post-Soviet Period: Legal
   Basis and Non-official Practice.

 * Dr. Victor Victorin, Astrakhan State Pedagogical University
   "Ethno-confessional Specific Groups within the Ethnic Structure at the
   Eurasia's Frontiers.

 * Dr. Elvira Mamytova, Kyrgyz State National University, Kyrgyzstan
   Ethno-confessional and Tribal Aspects of Conflicts in Central Asia

 * Dr. Marina Ryblova, Volgograd State University
   "Wild Steppe": the Culture of Frontier Today and in Ethnographic
   Retrospective.

 * Dr. Oleg Kurnykin, Altai State University
   Islam as a Component of the Ethno-cultural identity of Modern Kazakh
   Society.

 * Dr. Vladimir Boyko, Barnaul State Pedagogical University
   Eastern Diasporas of the Russian-Asian Borders (Altai): Social and
   Geopolitical Aspects.


October 30, 2002

9:00 to 18:30
Volgograd Regional Museum of Local Lore

Session 3

Regional Problems: Past and  Present
Chairman: Sergei Panarin.

 * Dr. Sergei Polyakov, Moscow State University
   Natural Resources as Factors of Formation of Islamic Region

 * Dr. Sergei Panarin, Institute of Oriental Studies (Russian Academy of
   Sciences)
   "Russia and Central Asia: before and after  September 11"

 * Dr. Sergei Abashin, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology (Russian
   Academy of Sciences)
   Islam in Central Asia: Local Conflicts and Global Threats

 * Dr. Vadim Astashin, Volgograd State University
   The "Eastern Issue" in Foreign and Russian Historiography.

 * Dr. Elena Kussayinova, Uriupinsk Branch of Volgograd State University
   Russia's Eastern Policy in the Middle of the 19th Century

 * Dr. Larisa Chereshneva, Lipetsk State Pedagogical University
   Criticism of the Bipolar World Idea: International Asian Conference in
   Delhi in 1947.

Session N4. International relations and transboundary interaction
Chairman: Grigory Kossach.

 * Dr. Grigory Kossach, Institute of Asian And African Studies at Moscow
   State University
   "Russia and the Arabian World: Realities of Interaction"

 * Dr. Venaly Amelin, Administration of Orenburg Region
   "Problems of Transboundary Cooperation between Russian Regions and
   Kazakhstan (on the Example of Orenburg Region)"

 * Dr. Svetlana Kozhirova, Eurasian National University, Astana,
   Kazakhstan
   The Northern Kazakhstan: Transboundary Cooperation

 * Dr. Oleg Reut, Petrozavodsk State University
   About Leadership in Globalization.

 * Dr. Sergei Golunov, Volgograd State University
   The Caucasian Border of Russia: Issues of Security and International
   Cooperation.

The information about the conference will be renewed periodically at the
site of the Center of Regional and Transboundary Studies:
<http://www.transbound.narod.ru/conf/orient_2002_eng.html>

COURSE- Policy Analysis Skills for Transition Economies, The Hague

Posted by: Max Spoor <spoor(a)iss.nl>
Posted: 25 Nov 2002


Postgraduate Diploma Programme Institute of Social Studies
and
Centre for the Study of Transition and Development (CESTRAD)

Policy Analysis Skills for Transition Economies
14 May - 27 June 2003

Programme Objectives

The PASTE course aims to provide quantitative and qualitative policy 
analysis skills to support macro- and micro-level policy interventions 
fundamental in the process structural transformation taking place in 
transition economies and several developing countries. Emphasis is placed on 
the transformation of economic, social and institutional structures needed 
for primarily market-driven social and economic structures, and the policy 
problems involved in such transition.

Intended Students

The course is designed to contribute to human resource development in the 
transition economies (Central- and Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, 
China, Vietnam, Mongolia) and developing countries which are experiencing a 
similar transition from plan to market economies. The specific target groups 
are: Staff from policy development departments, analysis and implementation 
departments of central, regional and local governments; Researchers from 
universities/research institutes, independent 'think tanks', and NGOs; 
Consultants, Development Assistance specialists from OECD countries that are 
active in transition economies.

Learning Objectives

The course aims at enhancing -in a relatively short time- participants' 
analytical skills in a number of policy areas that are highly relevant to 
the transition economies. These are: First, to be able to analyse the 
current macro-transition towards market- oriented economies, within a 
rigorous and comparative framework. Second, to improve quantitative policy 
analysis skills, using appropriate statistical techniques, databases, and 
relevant indicators; and specific tools for policy analysis, using case 
studies from transition economies. Third, to apply these tools to various 
policy areas, such as income generation, micro-finance, social security and 
poverty alleviation policies.

Teaching Methods

Through intensive lecture and discussion modules, computer- led exercises 
and self-study, participants will broaden and deepen their understanding 
about the transition process, its comparative and case-specific elements. 
They will also acquire rigorous policy analysis tools, and be able to apply 
these to cases beforehand not familiar to them. The lectures are supported 
by the computer workshops in which specific exercises and problem-oriented 
tasks have to be completed. Study visits will take place to a number of 
Dutch policy making agencies.

Structure of Programme and Credit Units

To obtain the PASTE diploma, participants must complete 5.5 credit units of 
coursework, written assignments, and exercises. This course consists of five 
modules, one of which is focused on the context and specific macro-issues 
relevant to transition countries, and one which go in depth into the policy 
analysis and policy development of specific policy areas at (sub)-sectoral 
and micro- level. These modules are supported by two tool and skill- 
oriented support modules which introduce the required policy analysis 
skills, that will be immediately applied to case-specific (and comparative 
country) analysis. The course is concluded with a short synthesising 
workshop, with participants presenting individual contributions.

Course Description

1. The Macro-Institutional Context of Transition (PST100: 1 Unit)
 - Macroeconomic framework, accounts and resource balances
 - Government finance and banking systems
 - Trade, factor markets and private sector development
 - Role of institutions in transition

2. Policy Analysis Methods & Skills (PST200: 1.5 Units)
 - Specific Analytical Methods for Policy Analysis
 - Computer-led workshops on Quantitative Policy Analysis

3. Databases and Socio-economic Indicators for Transition Economies & 
   Exploratory Data Analysis (PST300: 1.5 Units)
 - Exploratory data analysis and regression models, for the analysis of 
   poverty incidence, income distribution and employment indicators
 - Exploration of existing databases (such as World Bank, UNDP, UNECE, 
   MONEE/UNICEF), through hands-on analysis in computer-led workshops.

4. Alternative Policy Analysis for Transition Economies (PST400: 1.5 Units)
 - Micro-finance and Intermediate Financial Institutions
 - Social security and institutional reform
 - Poverty reduction strategies

5. Synthesising Exercise (Presentation of Individual Policy Analysis Paper) 
   (PST500: 0.5 Unit)

Assessment

Participants' performance in each part of the programme will be principally 
assessed through individual assignments. The PST100 and PST400 courses will 
serve as essential ingredients for the assignment to be presented at the 
Synthesising Exercise (50% of final mark), while the skill-oriented courses 
PST200 and PST300 will be assessed with a policy brief and take-home 
assignment (together 50%).

Staff Involved

Dr. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Dr. Arjun S. Bedi, Dr. Karel Jansen, Prof. Ashwani 
Saith, Dr. Max Spoor (Course Convenor), Prof. MarcWuyts and other invited 
staff.

Organisation

The programme is co-organised by CESTRAD (Centre for the Study of Transition 
and Development) at the Institute of Social Studies. Its documentation 
centre can be utilised by the students of PASTE.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements
Applicants are required to have a Bachelor's degree in one of the social 
sciences (consisting of a minimum of three years university study), with at 
least class 2.2, B or equivalent, as determined by the Netherlands 
Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC).

Professional Requirements
Professional experience relevant to the Diploma Programme is expected.If 
there are additional or more specific requirements per programme these are 
mentioned in the paragraph on Intended Participants.

English Language Requirements
The ISS does not require a language certificate from native 
English-speakers. All other applicants must provide a certificate from one 
of the following bodies:

TOEFL: The certificate must include the Test of Written English (TWE). 
Please note that the TWE is held only four times per year (September, 
October, March and May) and plan accordingly.
The minimum acceptable score is 500 for the TOEFL and 4.0 for the TWE. For 
those taking the computer-based TOEFL test, the minimum acceptable score is 
173, with an Essay Rating of at least 4.0.

IELTS/British Council: The minimum acceptable score is 5.5 with a minimum 
score of 5.0 for writing. Certain other tests, such as ALIGU and Michigan, 
are recognized and should show equivalent results. The ISS reserves the 
right to reject other certificates of English proficiency of which the 
equivalence to IELTS or TOEFL is not readily established. The ISS organizes 
introductory sessions on computer skills (Windows, Pegasus Mail, Netscape, 
Word, Excel), but expects that participants have basic skills in this area 
(including typing skills).

Selection and Admission Procedures

An application should be submitted using forms supplied by the Institute. 
Applications should be done directly to the ISS. Where financial support is 
required from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, after having obtained a 
conditional letter of acceptance, an application with NFP-forms can be 
submitted through the Netherlands Embassy or any other body representing the 
Netherlands abroad.

The application should be accompanied by:
 - academic transcripts and certified photocopies of degrees and diplomas;
 - a certified statement of proficiency in English from one of the recognized 
   authorities mentioned above; and
 - three letters of reference from persons able to judge the applicant's 
   professional and/or academic abilities.

If the applicant is to be on leave, a letter of recommendation from the 
employer would be appreciated. All letters and documents must be submitted in 
English.

Application Dates

For those who seek a fellowship from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme 
the application closing date is: 15 February 2002.
This means that the candidate first has to apply directly to the ISS (before 
15 January 2003), and with a conditional letter of acceptance the 
NFP-application can be submitted to the Dutch Embassy
For other applicants the applications must be submitted by 1 April 2003.

Fees

Registration Fee (for all programmes): Euro 115
Tuition Fee (6.5 weeks Diploma Programme): Euro 2200
Costs of study visits: to be announced
Living expenses (estimated): Euro 750 per person per month on the basis of 
modest accommodation

Fellowships

Students from developing countries and countries in transition may apply for 
fellowships through the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, which is part of 
the Netherlands Government's Development Co-operation Programme. There is a 
limited number of NFP-scholarships available for residents from developing 
countries and following (specifically mentioned) transition countries: 
Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Hercegovia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Macedonia, 
Moldova, Mongolia and Vietnam. For other transition countries applicants 
should also apply directly to ISS, but alternative funding has to be 
investigated.

The Netherlands Ministry of Education and Science may grant fellowships to 
applicants from countries with which the Netherlands has established 
cultural conventions through the Huygens programme. Information may be 
obtained from the Netherlands Embassy or other representative of the 
Netherlands in the country or region concerned.

The World Council of Churches awards a small number of scholarships. 
Priority is given to those who are employed by the church or who work for 
church-related or other non-governmental agencies. Applications should be 
channeled through the national headquarters of a church, church-related 
organization or the World Council of Churches representative in the home 
country. This application process takes at least six months.

Other bodies, which have granted fellowships to ISS students are the United 
Nations and its Specialized Agencies, the World Bank, the Inter-American 
Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank and various individual 
governments. For information on these sources, applicants should approach 
the appropriate representative in the country or region concerned.

How to Apply

For information and admission to an ISS teaching programme write to:

Student Office, Institute of Social Studies
P.O. Box 29776 2502 LT, The Hague
The Netherlands
E-mail: student.office(a)iss.n

For further information on the Centre for the Study of Transition and 
Development contact www.iss.nl/cestrad
Dr. Max Spoor, Associate Professor, Coordinator CESTRAD

CONFERENCE- Samizdat and Dissent in the Soviet Union, Italy, Dec. 6-7, 2002

Posted by: Centro Studi sulla Storia dell'Europa Orientale <info(a)csseo.org>
Posted: 25 Nov 2002


"Samizdat and Dissent in the Soviet Union. An Assessment" is the topic of
the international conference organized by the CSSEO (Centro Studi Storia
Europa Orientale) in Trento (North Italy) on December 6-7, 2002.

After the conference the paper presented will be available on the CSSEO web
pages.

For informations please write to:
<dissent.conference(a)csseo.org> or <info(a)csseo(a)org>

Samizdat and Dissent in the Soviet Union. An Assessment

Friday, December 6
9.00 a.m. Opening of Works

Giovanni Bensi (CSSEO)
Presentation

Welcome greetings

Fernando Orlandi (CSSEO)
The Many Faces of Dissent

Vladimir Tolz (Radio Liberty, Prague)
The Dissent in the Soviet Union of Khrushchev Era (Reflections on Texts)

Piero Sinatti (CSSEO)
"The Chronicle of Current Events"

Catherine Cosman (RFE/RL, Washington)
The Soviet Non-Russian Samizdat

Mara Dell'Asta (Research Center Studi "Russia Cristiana", Milan)
Religious Dissent and the Religiousity of Dissent

Andrei Zubov (MGIMO, Moscow)
Dissent and the Russian Orthodox Church


Friday, December 6
3.00 p.m. Second Session

Victor Zaslavsky (LUISS, Rome)
Dissent and Emigration

Luigi Vittorio Ferraris (University of Trieste-Gorizia, former Italian
Ambassador in Germany)
The Helsinki Process and the Dissent

David Satter (Hudson Institute, Washington)
Soviet Dissent and the Cold War

Jurij Malcev (Catholic University, Milan)
The Revolt of Reason

Mauro Martini (University of Trento)
How Long Lasts Dissent in Literature?

Aleksandr Daniel' (Memorial, Moscow)
Where Ended Up the Dissidents?


Saturday, December 7
9.00 a.m. Third Session

Carlo Ripa di Meana (Former President of Biennale, Minister and European MP)
The "Biennale del Dissenso", Venice 1977

Adriano Guerra (Historian, Roma)
Soviet Dissent and the relations between ICP and CPSU

Vasile Buga (Political Analyst, Kiev)
Soviet Dissent in Eastern European Eyes

Viktor Yasmann (Radio Liberty, Prague)
KGB Against Dissents

Nikita Petrov (Memorial, Moscow)
The KGB Special Structures and their Activity against Dissidents, 1954-1989

Sergei Kovalev (Member of the State Duma, Moscow)
The Dissent from Within

Yurii Afanas'ev (President of the RSUH, Moscow)
Dissent and perestroika

Donald Jensen (RFE/RL, Washington)
Reflections on the Samizdat Movement: Lessons for 21st Century Totalitarian
Regimes

CONF./CFP- Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies, UCLA, Feb. 22

Posted by: Peter Cowe <cowe(a)humnet.ucla.edu>
Posted: 23 Nov 2002


GRADUATE STUDENT COLLOQUIUM IN ARMENIAN STUDIES

Saturday, February 22, 2003 at UCLA

Sponsored by the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

We are enthusiastically inviting graduate students and recent post-docs 
(Ph.D. within the last two years) in the various disciplines associated with 
Armenian Studies broadly defined to present the results of their recent 
research and interact with peers and more senior scholars. Finalized 
presentations are not essential. Work in progress is encouraged and ample 
time for discussion will be allotted to each paper. Comparative themes and 
interdisciplinary treatments are particularly desirable.

Submit a one-page abstract (preferably by e-mail) for peer review before 
December 15, specifying audiovisual requirements.

The final program will be announced by January 15. A reception will be held 
on the Friday evening to welcome participants to the campus and the 
colloquium will conclude with a banquet. Accommodation over the weekend will 
be provided for out of town guests. Speakers are asked to look into travel 
subsidies available at their home institution.  Additionally, graduate 
student members of the Society for Armenian Studies are eligible for a 
partial reimbursement of travel expenses for delivering a paper. UCLA has a 
limited amount of funds to assist those who would otherwise be unable to 
attend.

To submit abstracts or receive further information please contact Prof. 
Peter Cowe at <cowe(a)humnet.ucla.edu>, tel. (310) 825-1307, fax (310) 
206-6456.  Mail address: UCLA, Department of Near Eastern Languages and 
Cultures, 295 Kinsey Hall, Box 151105, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511.

Graduate Student Organizing Committee

SEMINAR SERIES- Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus, SOAS

Posted by: Centres Office - SOAS <centres(a)soas.ac.uk>
Posted: 23 Nov 2002


[CE-L apologizes for an unfortunate delay in posting this message; the first 
announced event in the series has passed.]


Dear all,

Please find below details of the next seminars for the Centre of 
Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus at SOAS. The seminars will be held 
on Thursdays from 5.30pm in room B111 (1st floor of the Brunei Gallery).  
Please also check notices in the reception areas on the day in case of room 
changes.

The Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus
Seminar Series

Thursday, 14 November 5.30 pm
Afghanistan One Year After: Local and Regional Challenges in Transforming 
the Afghan War Economy
Speaker: Jonathan Goodhand
(Development Studies, SOAS)

Thursday, 28 November 5.30 pm
Afghanistan One Year After: Coping with Regional and Local Challenges
Speaker: Behrouz Afagh
(Head Editor of Eurasia Region, BBC World Service)

Thursday, 5 December 5.30 pm
Causes and Consequences of the Tajik Civil War
Speaker: Dr. Shirin Akiner
(Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS)

ALL WELCOME 

Enquiries: Bhavna Dave, Tel: 020 7898 4734 / Email: bd4(a)soas.ac.uk and 
Sarah Jones, Centres Office. Tel: 020 7898 4893 / Email: sj25(a)soas.ac.uk

If there are any significant changes or updates to this talk or future talks 
we will try to notify you in advance. Please also check the SOAS website 
www.soas.ac.uk/events for updates and other events.

Kind regards,

Centres Office
Brunei Gallery
Tel: 020 7898 4893 
Email: centres(a)soas.ac.uk

SEMINAR SERIES- Central Asian Studies Group, Autumn 2002, Univ. of Washington

Posted by: Ilse Cirtautas <icirt(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 21 Nov 2002


University of Washington-Seattle

Central Asian Studies Group

(Subgroups: Kazakh & Kirghiz Studies, Uzbek Circle)

Program for Autumn Quarter 2002

President: Christina Szabo
E-mail: <cmszabo(a)u.washington.edu>

Faculty Advisor: Professor Ilse D. Cirtautas
Telephone: (206) 543-9963 or (206) 543-6033
E-mail: <icirt(a)u.washington.edu>

October 17, Thursday

"Report on Uzbek Translation Project Summer 2002"
Christina Szabo, M.A. student, REECAS
Olga Donohue, M.A. student, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

October 24, Thursday

"Uzbekistan in the Inter-net News"
Christina Szabo, M.A. student, REECAS
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

October 25, Friday

"Kyrgyzstan in the Inter-net News"
Olga Donohue, M.A. student, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

October 31, Thursday

"Kazakakhstan in the Inter-net News"
Toregeldi Tuleubayev, M.A. student, REECAS
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

November 1, Friday

"Report on our Web-Site Based Uzbek Dictionary Project"
Hilary Chan, former student of Uzbek Summer Programs, Computer Programmer,
Seattle
Denny 212, 12:30-1:30 pm

November 7, Thursday

"The Current State of the Kazakh Language"
Dr. Jaqsylyq Khuseinov, former Advisor to the Kazakh President and
Parliament, Seattle
Denny Hall, 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

November 8, Friday

"The Deportations of Non-Russian Nationalities in the Soviet Union: the
Tragedy of the Karachay"
Zulfiya Lafi, M.A. student, REECAS
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

November 14, Thursday

"Changes in Kyrgyzstan as Observed in 1995 and 2002"
Ali Igmen, Ph.D.C., Department of History, UW
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

November 15, Friday

"Domestic Violence in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan: The Role of NGOs in a Time
of Change and Challenge"
Dr. Diana Pierce, School of Social Work, UW
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

November 21, Thursday

"The Uighur and Kazakh Migrations from Xinjiang to Kazakhstan in the 1950s"
Dr. William Clark, Visiting Scholar, Anthropology, UW
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

November 22, Friday

"Recent Publications on/in Kazakhstan"
Toregeldi Tuleubayev, M.A. student, REECAS
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

December 5, Thursday

"Recent Publications on/in Kyrgyzstan"
Ilse D. Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

December 6, Friday

"Recent Publications on/in Uzbekistan"
Dilbar Akhmedova, M.A. student, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

CONFERENCE- Turkish Relations with Turkic Republics of CIS, Oxford, Nov. 30

Posted by: H. B. Paksoy <hb.paksoy(a)ttu.edu>
Posted: 19 Nov 2002


The Programme on Contemporary Turkey has organised a 

"Conference on Turkish Relations with the Turkic Republics of the CIS" 
30 November 2002 
St Antony's College/Oxford University 
Nissan Lecture Theatre 9am-5pm. 

Timetable: 

9.00 Keynote Introduction 

9.30 SESSION I
The objectives and disappointments of Turkey's initiative in the Turkic
Republics of the CIS 

11.00 SESSION II
Turkish cultural affinities with the Turkic Republics of the CIS since 1992 

11.30 SESSION III
Economic and commercial relations 

14.15 SESSION IV
The Islamic dimension in the policies of the CIS states 

16.00 SESSION V
Turkey and the Caucasus 

17.00 SESSION VI
Scenarios for domestic politics and for international relations 


Programme on Contemporary Turkey, University of Oxford
Administrative Secretary:  Miss E H Will neareast(a)orinst.ox.ac.uk 

CONF./CFP- Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics, Almaty, Sept. 2003

Posted by: Zhanna Umatova <umatova(a)rambler.ru>
Posted: 19 Nov 2002


Dear Colleagues!

The Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Department of General Linguistics
Kazakh Language: Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic Research Laboratory

Invites you to participate in the International Scientific-Research Conference
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Al-Farabi Kazakh National
University:

"Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics: Conditions and Perspectives"

Conference date: September 18-19, 2003.

The following areas are offered for discussion by conference participants:

Sociolinguistic Topics

 * Language Situations and Language Policy
 * Social and Regional Language Variation
 * International Languages
 * Societal Bilingualism
 * Languages in Contact
 * Sociolinguistics in Higher Education System

Psycholinguistic Topics

 * Native Language Acquisition and Child Bilingualism
 * Speech Perception and Comprehension
 * Speech Production
 * Mental Lexicon
 * Bilingualism and Multilingualism
 * Psycholinguistics in Higher Education Systems

Conference Working Languages: Kazakh, Russian, English
Please include your abstract (1-2 pages) with your application form. Abstract
text should be printed and in electronic form (in RTF-Format: files should
be named after your surname).

Deadline: November 30, 2002

E-mail: <altyn(a)kaszu.kz> or <umatova(a)rambler.ru>

Phone numbers: +7(3272)47-27-97 (13-29)

The conference materials are planned to be published.

Registration cost: $50 by electronic transfer to account number 199117351
Beneficiary: Umatova, Zhanna Maksutovna
Bank: Kazkommertzbank, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Swift: KZKOKZKX
Corr/Acc. No. 890-0223-057
Corresponding Bank: Bank Of New York, New York, USA
Swift: IRVTUS3N. Chips: 0001.

Financial Conditions: All payments connected with conference participation
are paid by the participant.

Place:
480078, Kazakhstan, Almaty City
Al-Farabi Avenue, 71
KazNU, Philological Faculty

We welcome your involvement!

Conference Organizing Committee

Sincerely yours,
Zhanna Umatova

CONFERENCE- Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road, 26-30 Aug. 2003

Posted by: Kathleen Louw <klouw(a)getty.edu>
Posted: 18 Nov 2002


Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road
Second International Conference of Grotto Sites, China

25/8-2003

The purpose of this conference is to bring together specialists in relevant 
aspects of cultural preservation for the exchange of ideas on the 
conservation and management of cave temple sites along the Silk Road. 
Because of limited facilities, the number of delegates is restricted to 200. 
Conference languages are English and Chinese. 

The conference program will include visits to the Mogao grottoes, a World 
Heritage Site with wall paintings and statuary dating from the 4th to the 
14th centuries. A ten-day post-conference tour visiting Silk Road sites 
between Urumqi and Kashgar, in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and a 
one-day post-conference visit to the Yulin cave temples are also planned. 
The full conference announcement-including call for papers and form to 
express interest is posted in the Conservation section of the Getty Web 
site, www.getty.edu/conservation/. 

Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 30, 2002.

Contact:
Kathleen Louw
The Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
Phone: (310)440-6216
Fax: (310)440-7709 
Email: klouw(a)getty.edu

SEMINAR- Problem of Pollution in the Mid-East and S. Asia, Nov. 21, Moscow

Posted by: Yuri Bossin <iouri(a)iaas.msu.ru>
Posted: 18 Nov 2002


Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that the next meeting in the framework of the
Seminar Series on "Challenges and Perspectives of the Middle East and
Central Asia in XXI c." will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at
4 p.m., in the Second Round Hall at the Institute of Asian and African
Studies, Moscow State University, 11 Mokhovaya Street, Moscow.

Professor V.Bashkin will speak on "The Problem of National and
Transborder Pollution in the Region of the Middle East and South Asia:
Geopolitical and Geoecological Aspects".

Vladimir Bashkin, the professor at the Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov
State University of Moscow, during his career spanned a good deal of
time in East and South-East Asia working on teaching and research positions
in the universities of the region. He also served as the Deputy Chairman of the
Science Committee of the UN Convention on Transborder Wide-Range Pollutions
and headed an international project on geoecological and geopolitical
assessment of acid rains in East Asia.

V.Bashkin is the author of more than 200 academic works published in Russia
and abroad. His most recent book's title is "Acid Deposition and Ecosystem
Sensitivity in East Asia". NovaScience Publishers, USA, 1998.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

The Seminars Series has been made possible due to the grant from
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) with the funds provided
by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United
States Department of State. None of these organizations bears
responsibility for the views expressed.

The event is open to public. All are welcome.

Dr. Yuri V. Bossin
Associate professor
Institute of Asian and African Studies,
Moscow Lomonosov State University (MGU)
Department of the Near and Middle Eastern Countries
11 Mokhovaya Street, Suite 257, Moscow 103009, Russia

Phone:  (095)-203-4407
Fax: (095)-203-3647
E-mail: <iouri(a)iaas.msu.ru>

CONF./CFP- 10th Int'l Seminar on C. Asia & Caucasus, IPIS, Jan 2003, Tehran

Posted by: Institute for Political & Int'l Studies <info-ipis(a)dre-mfa.gov.ir>
Posted: 18 Nov 2002


Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS)

10th International Seminar on Central Asia and the Caucasus: Prospects of
Security and Cooperation in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Iran, Regional
Countries and the Trans-Regional Powers January 20-21, 2003

Call for Papers

The Institute for Political and International Studies affiliated to the
Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to hold its tenth annual seminar
on Central Asia and the Caucasus with the objective of evaluating the main
developments that have unfolded in the region.

Events such as the September 11th attacks, the fall of the Taliban, relative
stability of Afghanistan, and other developments can impact the security,
political stability, economy, and the future of the region. The security of
and cooperation between the regional countries as the underlying factors of
development and stability are among issues to be discussed and debated by
which solutions and guidelines may be reach for enhancement of cooperation
in this region. IPIS invites interested experts and observers of regional
issues to contribute to this event by presenting their article(s) on any of
the following topics:

1) Political and Security Development in Central Asia and the Caucasus;

2) Evaluating Factors of Threat and Crisis in the Region;

3) Expansion of Political, Economic and Cultural Cooperation as Prerequisite
   to Regional Peace and Stability;

4) The Role of International Organizations and Regional Arrangements in the
   Security of the Central Asia and the Caucasus;

5) The Role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Security of Central Asia
   and the Caucasus.

Those interested in presenting their papers can submit a one-page abstract
along with their academic C.V. to the seminar's secretariat by December 6,
2002.

In order to obtain additional information, please write to:

Address: Tehran, Bahonar Avenue, Aghaie Street, P.O. Box # 19395/1793
Tel: (+98-21) 2802671-5
Fax: (+98-21) 2802649
E-mail: <centralasiaconference(a)dre-mfa.gov.ir>
IPIS Website Address:
<http://www.dre-mfa.gov.ir>

CONF./CFP- 2nd International Conference on Afghanistan, IPIS, Dec 22-23, Tehran

Posted by: Institute for Political & Int'l Studies <info-ipis(a)dre-mfa.gov.ir>
Posted: 18 Nov 2002


Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS)

2nd International Conference on Afghanistan: Prospects for Future
December 22-23, 2002

Call for Papers

One year passed since the fall down of Taliban Regime and the establishment
of a new political settlement in Afghanistan under the title of "Interim
Administration" for a six month period. Consensus of anti-Taliban groups and
cooperation of regional and trans-regional actors on the framework of Bonn
process helped to form this new situation.

At the end of this period and by the result of Loya Jirga decisions, the
Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan replaced the "Interim
Administration" for an 18 months period. The new constitution of Afghanistan
will be drafted during this period and after holding a referendum and final
ratification of the constitution, the type of new political system and
Afghan government will be identified.

The global society welcomed the political changes and developments in
Afghanistan and bringing back the order and stability to this country. In
this way, for strengthening the foundations of existing order in
Afghanistan, the reconstruction of this country considered to be a high
priority. Therefore, various countries declared their readiness in Tokyo
Conference to participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

The main goal of the conference of "Afghanistan: Prospect for Future" being
held by IPIS on December 22-23, 2002, is the examination of event and the
evaluation of activities leading to the enhancement of the current political
order in Afghanistan and reconstruction of this country since last year. The
main topics and themes of the conference are:

1) Bonn Process: Evaluation of the Progress;

2) Reconstruction of Afghanistan: the Rate of Realization of the Programs;

3) Social, Economic and Political Challenges Facing the Transitional
   Government;

4) The Future Constitution of Afghanistan;

5) Afghanistan and the Region;

6) The Future Afghanistan: Global Responsibility.

Those interested in presenting their papers can submit a one-page abstract
along with their academic resume to the seminar's secretariat by November
28, 2002, on any of the foregoing topics.

In order to obtain additional information, please call or write to the
following address:

Tehran, Bahonar Avenue, Aghaee Street, P.O. Box # 19395/1793
Tel: (+98-21) 280 2671-5
Fax: (+98-21) 280 2649
E-mail: <Afghanistanconference(a)dre-mfa.gov.ir>
IPIS Website Address: <http://www.dre-mfa.gov.ir>

CFP- Reminder: Central & Inner Asia Seminar, U. of Toronto, May 23-24

Posted by: Gillian Long <gillian.long(a)utoronto.ca>
Posted: 17 Nov 2002


The Ninth Annual Conference of the Central and Inner Asia Seminar will be 
held at the University of Toronto on May 23-24, 2003.  The theme of this 
gathering is "The Interaction between Land and People in Central and Inner 
Asia"

We expect to publish the proceedings of the conference, along with the 
papers from last year's conference, as volume 6 of 'Toronto Studies in 
Central and Inner Asia'.

This is an invitation to submit proposals for papers, which may be 20 or 40 
minutes long. Please include the title, a one-page summary and a short copy 
of your curriculum vitae and send them, by email, to me at 
<gillian.long(a)utoronto.ca> or to Professor Michael Gervers at 
<gervers(a)chass.utoronto.ca>.  The deadline for submissions is December 20, 
2002 and those selected will be notified by email as soon as possible 
thereafter.

We regret that we do not have the financial resources to help with any 
travel costs. However we will do our best to expedite visa applications and 
offer hospitality during the conference. Inexpensive accommodation is 
available in university residences.

Please forward this message to anyone else who may be interested.  For 
further information see: http://www.utoronto.ca/deeds/cias/cias.html

Sincerely,

Gillian Long
Administrative Co-ordinator for CIAS
416 978 4882

LECTURE- Morgan Liu will present 2002 Nava'i Lecture, Dec. 5, Washington, DC

Posted by: David Nalle <davidn5512(a)aol.com>
Posted: 15 Nov 2002

"Yearning for a Modern Khan" is the title of the Thirteenth Annual Nava'i
Lecture in Central Asian Studies, to be presented by Dr. Morgan Y. Liu on
December 5 at Georgetown University in Washington.  Dr. Liu received his
Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan in April and is now a
Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University.  His talk is subtitled
"Talking about Authoritarianism and Democracy in Central Asia" and is based
on extensive field work in Central Asia, particularly in the Osh area of
southern Kyrgyzstan.

The Nava'i Lecture is jointly sponsored by Georgetown's Center for Eurasian,
Russian and East European Studies of the School of Foreign Service and the
Alfred Friendly Foundation.  It is designed to give recognition to
outstanding young scholars entering the field of Central Asian studies.

This year's lecture program will convene at 5:30 pm, Thursday, December 5, in
the Riggs Library (Healy Hall) on the University's main campus in Washington,
DC.  A reception will follow the lecture.  Space is limited and reservations
are requested: 202-687-5576 or guceres(a)georgetown.edu 

PANEL- MESA Thematic Conversation, Nov. 25, Washington, DC

Posted by: Elissa Klein <klein(a)ssrc.org>
Posted: 15 Nov 2002


Please join us for a "THEMATIC CONVERSATION"

IMAGINING CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS AT THE NEXUS OF WORLD HISTORY AND
AREA STUDIES

Session is scheduled for Monday November 25th at 2-4 pm, Room TC004 -
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, at the upcoming Middle East Studies Association
meeting (2002) in Washington, DC.  Organized by the SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
COUNCIL (SSRC).

For the past two years the SSRC, through its Eurasia program and the
Middle East and North Africa Program, has been exploring different aspects
of the changing field of Central Asian and Caucasian Studies. The thematic
conversations organized at MESA aim at opening a dialogue that is less
concerned with defining Central Asia as a region, but rather with exploring
the tools involved in creating and/or dismantling such a definition.
Whether encapsulated in Soviet/Russian Studies or otherwise, scholarship in,
on, and about Central Asia poses a unique and diverse set of challenges and
possibilities. The different ways in which the institutionalization of the
production of knowledge on Central Asia and the Caucasus can take place
deserve careful discussion.

The 2002 session will examine these unique issues with a special focus on
teaching resources, language training, curriculum development, funding
opportunities, and the creation and implementation of professional journals
and associations, all from an inter-disciplinary perspective.  The session
will be chaired by Seteney Shami (SSRC) and will include speakers Bruce
Grant (Swarthmore, Anthropology), Paul Manning (Tbilisi, Georgia,
Linguistics), Sada Aksartova (Princeton, Sociology), Cynthia Buckley (UT
Austin, Sociology), and Marianne Kamp (University of Wyoming, History).

We look forward to a good discussion.  Please join us, and also do come by 
the SSRC reception, from 9 - 10.30 pm on Monday, November 25 at the Maryland 
C reception room. 

CONF./CFP- Central Eurasia and UN Summit on Information Society, Feb. 2003

Posted by: Robert M. Cutler <rmc(a)alum.mit.edu>
Posted: 14 Nov 2002

 
World Forum on Information Society
Call for Papers

International Research Foundation for Development, Inc., is organizing a
series of events for the United Nations World Summit on Information Society
to be held in Geneva 2003.  We are currently soliciting papers for the first
event-a virtual conference-prior to the preparatory meeting, which will be
held in February 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland.  Please visit the IRFD website
for information and registration.

Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2002.

IRFD Website: <http://www.irfd.org/events/wf2003/intro.html>

Please circulate this massage among policy makers/members of the scientific
research community, NGOs/members of Governments and business community.

Sincerely,
World Forum Secretariat

International Research Foundation for Development, Inc.
2830 South Holly Street
Cambridge, MN 55008
Tel: 763-689-2963; Fax: 763-689-0560
E-mail: <neville(a)irfd.org> or <info(a)irfd.org>
Web: <http://www.irfd.org>

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, Kazakh Journalist Irina Petrushova, Nov. 22

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)sorosny.org>
Posted: 13 Nov 2002

 
The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend:

Press Freedom in Kazakhstan

with

Irina Petrushova

Kazakh Journalist

Friday, November 22, 12:30 - 2:00
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Room 3A
New York, NY 10019

Irina Petrushova is the founder and editor-in-chief of the newspaper
Respublika, which frequently covers issues of corruption in the Kazakh
government, including the story of Nazarbayev's Swiss bank account of funds
from oil revenues.  Last spring, the offices of Respublika were firebombed
and destroyed. Respublika continues to be published, despite ongoing efforts
to intimidate its staff.  Persistent harassment in Kazakhstan forced Ms.
Petrushova to move to Moscow, where she continues to edit Respublika.  This
year Ms. Petrushova is a recipient of the Committee to Protect Journalists'
International Press Freedom Award.

To RSVP please fax this sheet to:

Erin Finnerty, (212) 548-4607
or e-mail a response to <efinnerty(a)sorosny.org>

Name:

Affiliation:

E-mail address:

___ I will attend the November 22th event.

___ I will not attend the November 22th event.

If you are unable to attend, you can read a synopsis of the Open Forum and
subscribe to a weekly news bulletin at <www.EurasiaNet.org>.

CONF./CFP- Graduate Student Colloquium In Armenian Studies, UCLA, Feb. 2003

Posted by: Peter Cowe <cowe(a)humnet.ucla.edu>
Posted: 13 Nov 2002

 
GRADUATE STUDENT COLLOQUIUM IN ARMENIAN STUDIES
Saturday, February 22, 2003 at UCLA

Sponsored by the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

We are enthusiastically inviting graduate students and recent post-docs 
(Ph.D. within the last two years) in the various disciplines associated with 
Armenian Studies broadly defined to present the results of their recent 
research and interact with peers and more senior scholars. Finalized 
presentations are not essential. Work in progress is encouraged and ample 
time for discussion will be allotted to each paper. Comparative themes and 
interdisciplinary treatments are particularly desirable.

Submit a one-page abstract (preferably by e-mail) for peer review before 
December 15, specifying audiovisual requirements.

The final program will be announced by January 15. A reception will be held 
on the Friday evening to welcome participants to the campus and the 
colloquium will conclude with a banquet. Accommodation over the weekend will 
be provided for out of town guests. Speakers are asked to look into travel 
subsidies available at their home institution.
Additionally, graduate student members of the Society for Armenian Studies 
are eligible for a partial reimbursement of travel expenses for delivering a 
paper. UCLA has a limited amount of funds to assist those who would 
otherwise be unable to attend.

To submit abstracts or receive further information please contact:

Prof. Peter Cowe at <cowe(a)humnet.ucla.edu>
Tel. (310) 825-1307
Fax. (310) 206-6456

Mail address:

UCLA, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
295 Kinsey Hall
Box 151105
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511

Graduate Student Organizing Committee

SEMINAR- Peace Building and Reconstruction in Afghanistan, Nov. 6, Moscow

Posted by: Yuri Bossin <iouri(a)iaas.msu.ru>
Posted: 4 Nov 2002

 
Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that the next meeting in the framework of the
Seminar Series on "Challenges and Perspectives of the Middle East and
Central Asia in XXI c." will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2002 at 4
p.m., in the Second Round Hall at the Institute of Asian and African
Studies, Moscow State University, 11 Mokhovaya Street, Moscow.

Professor V. Belokrenitsky will speak on "The Problem of Peacebuilding and
Reconstruction in Afghanistan. Regional Context".

Vyacheslav Belokrenitskty, the professor of Moscow State Institute of
International Relations (MGIMO), since 1987 has worked as a head of the
Department of Near and Middle East of the Institute of Oriental Studies,
Russian Academy of Sciences. Professor Belokrenitsky is one of the leading
Russian experts on political developments in the region of the Middle East
and South Asia and the author of more than 200 publications covering the
broad range of geopolitical, demographical and economical issues in
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the states of post-Soviet Central Asia. His most
recent article is titled "Some Results and Perspectives of The Development
of The Middle Eastern Countries", "Vostok", #5, 2001.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

The Seminars Series has been made possible due to the grant from
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) with the funds provided by
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States
Department of State. None of these organizations bears responsibility for
the views expressed.

The event is open to public. All are welcome.

Dr. Yuri V. Bossin
Associate professor
Institute of Asian and African Studies,
Moscow Lomonosov State University (MGU)
Department of the Near and Middle Eastern Countries
11 Mokhovaya Street, Suite 257, Moscow 103009, Russia
Phone: (095)-203-4407
Fax: (095)-203-3647
E-mail: <iouri(a)iaas.msu.ru>

CONF./CFP- Int'l Seminar on Role of Women in Iran's History, Shiraz, Feb. 2003

Posted by: Women Association of History Researchers <seminar(a)womenhistorians.org>
Posted: 3 Nov 2002

 
International Seminar on the Role of Women in Various Periods of Iran's 
History: A Call for Papers

18 and 19 February 2003, Shiraz - Iran

The Women Association of History Researchers intends to hold a seminar on 
the role of women in the various periods of Iran's history on 18 and 19 
February 2003 in Shiraz University in the framework of its scientific-
research activities.

Sponsors of the Seminar

Other sponsors of the Seminar are Ministry of Science and Research and 
Technology, Shiraz University, Fars Provincial Office, Cultural Heritage 
Organization and Presidential Center for Women's Participation.

Objectives

The goal of the Seminar is to identify the status of Iranian women and their 
influence and clear and hideous roles played by them during the history of 
Iran in political, social, cultural and economic fields. The Seminar will be 
held in form of paper presentation, roundtables and group discussions.

Subjects

Main subjects of the seminar are as follows:

1) Woman in Iranian mythology
2) Woman in Iran's pre-Islamic history
 - The Elamites
 - Median and Archaemenian periods
 - Parthian period
 - Sasanid period
3) Woman in Islamic period
A. Early centuries
 - The first two Hijra centuries
 - The third and fourth Hijra centuries
B. Woman in Medieval Islamic period
 - Saljuq period
 - Mongol period
 - Teimurid period
 - Safavid period
 - Afsharid and Zand periods
C. Woman in contemporary history
 - Qajar period
 - Constitutional period (Pahlavi period)

Deadline for paper submission

Please submit the abstracts of your paper in English language in A4 format 
(500-1000 words) attached with a C.V. before 20 November 2002 preferably 
through email in WORD format (seminar(a)womenhistorians.org) or send it to the 
following address:

Office address: 3rd floor, No 36, Jahansouz str.,
Larestan Ave., Tehran 15985, Iran
Postal address: P.O. Box 15875-6619, Tehran, Iran
Fax: 00 98 21 880 44 46

Abstracts should clearly state title and author's name, affiliation, postal 
and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers.

Full-text of the selected papers should be submitted before 20 December 
2002. Please pay attention that final decisions regarding acceptance of the 
contributions (papers) will be based on full papers only. Please consider 
that the number of invited people is limited. Therefore, while the seminar 
scientific board decides on the basis of the contents of the received 
papers, acts on the basis of the date of received papers.

The selected contributors will be offered free registration and 

accommodation during the seminar. The organizers of the seminar will not pay 
for the travel expenses of the participants. Contributed papers and their 
abstracts are to be published in Persian and English first in seminar 
proceedings, and then as a book of selected articles after the seminar is over.

The Women Association of History Researchers would like to invite all 
experts and researchers to submit papers for this seminar. If you would like 
to attend at the seminar without submitting a paper, please contact us as 
soon as possible for the registration fee, visa process, parallel events in 
Shiraz, and other technical information in the ancient city of Shiraz. 
Please consider that there is a limited space.

About Women Association of History Researchers

Women Association of History Researchers was established in 1998 and started 
formally its work in 1999. The members of the board of directors are all 
senior expert graduates in the field of history from all over the country. 
The main objectives of the Association are to raise the level of knowledge 
and education of women graduates in the field of history and to promote 
history research in the country. The Association is a membership 
organization and publishes a newsletter on a monthly basis. Most of the 
Association activities have been focused on research. If you need more 
information on the Association, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Women Association of History Researchers,
3rd floor, No 36, Jahansouz str.,
Larestan Ave., Tehran 15985, Iran
Postal address: P.O. Box 15875-6619, Tehran, Iran
Tel and Fax: 00 98 21 880 44 46
Email: seminar(a)womenhistorians.org
Website: <http://www.womenhistorians.org>

CONF./CFP- IUAES, Florence Italy, July 2003: Post-Socialism Panels

Posted by: Nancy Ries <nries(a)mail.colgate.edu>
Posted: 3 Nov 2002

 
POST-SOCIALIST SOCIETIES:
CULTURAL ECOLOGY OF A PERMANENT CRISIS

Conference pre-session of the 15th World Congress of the
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
HUMANKIND/NATURE INTERACTION:
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Florence, Italy, July 5-12, 2003

Convenors:

Irena Sumi, Ph.D.
Institute of Ethnic Studies
Erjavceva 26
1000 Ljubljana
SLOVENIA
Phone: + 386 1 2001879
Fax: + 386 1 2510964
E-mail: irena.sumi(a)guest.arnes.si

Duska Knezevic Hocevar, Ph.D.
Institute of Medical Sciences, Zrc Sazu
Novi Trg 2
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 4706 442
Fax: +386 1 4255 253
E-mail: duska(a)zrc-sazu.si

Workshop Summary:

The post-socialist condition can be said to be marked by a seeming general 
paradox. After an odd decade of nominal democracy and capitalism, the 
conceptual agendas as promoted in virtually all public discourses are, 
rather than thoroughly liberalised, saturated with radically essentialised 
notions of self and Other, and of the categorically positive and negative. 
This essentialisation is evident everywhere, to the extent that both 
implicit and explicit chauvinist and racist discourses on e. g. fertility, 
women, ethnic and other minorities, immigrants, diasporas, religious 
communities, and even political opposition are widely accepted as 
pseudo-natural, generally perceived even as 'liberalising' in the sense of 
doing away with socialist 'hypocrisy', in public and power discourses: 
notions of political correctness of any kind remain marginal and even 
stigmatised, and attempts at analytical perspectives censored or 
systematically discouraged. Radical nationalist discourse and its teleology 
are the unquestioned, widely accepted 'new' societal purpose.

On the other hand, large portions of the rapidly spawning social scientific 
literature on post-socialism adopt commonsensical, progressivist perspective 
according to which the ex-socialist contexts, now 'liberated of 
totalitarianism' and opened to an uninhibited observation, are 
'transitioning', ostensibly towards the 'higher' social order of capitalism 
and western-style democracy. This social evolutionist flavour is strongly 
reminiscent of colonial writings on the Other both in its organisation of 
perspective and its agenda. It is therefore tempting to propose that a 
specific type of colonial relationship between 'old' and 'new' 'democracies' 
and their proponents and interpreters is setting in.

The possibilities of exploring the parallels between post-colonial and 
post-socialist contexts have been noticed. Do either of the vast bodies of 
literature which have sustained ongoing investigation into these areas have 
anything to offer one another? The abrupt re-modelling of the legal and 
governance systems in societies once organised under socialist and colonial 
domination seems at first glance to offer a wide variety of parallels which 
could inform the study of both post-socialist and post-colonial contexts. 
The 'ethnic nationalisms' which flourished in the aftermath of socialist and 
colonial regimes' dismantlings, for example, might offer further 
corroboration of significant parallels. At a more abstract level, some have 
suggested that both contexts might be understood vis-a-vis a model of 
'consummate technologies of power' and the ways in which such technologies 
leave uniform, similar, structurally comparable or identifiable imprints on 
the societies and social imaginations they once organised.

The places where these parallels can arguably be most obvious, and most 
clearly explored, are elitist public discourses on the one hand, and the 
eminently formative systems of public education on the other.

Papers Invited:

The convenors, and the panel chairs do not call primarily for full-scale 
comparisons of colonial, socialist, post-colonial, and post-socialist 
situations; instead, any case study or problem exposé that can contribute to 
illuminating these situations and processes is most welcome. The session is 
aimed at developing a nascent dialogue between scholars of post-socialism 
and the post-colony with reference to specific ethnographic case studies. As 
such, participants are invited who might be in a position to offer a 
description of their ongoing research together with some discussion of how 
the particularities of their field concerns were adequately addressed by, 
neglected or creatively informed with recourse to post-socialist and 
post-colonial theory alike. The fruitfulness of such a comparative endeavour 
remains a topic for debate within the panel as a whole, and papers are 
encouraged which both support and reject this comparison as a useful axis 
for ongoing discovery and discussion.

The convenors, and the panel chairs strongly encourage other possible 
pertinent ideas and studies to be submitted for consideration.

Themes:

1. Imagining the nation in post-socialist discourse (Chair: Dr. Duska 
   Knezevic Hocevar):
 * how do elitist discourses describe the post-socialist nation and its 
   borders, and the civil society;
 * how do bottom-up perceptions imagine the nation and civil society in 
   post-socialism;

2. Remembering socialism (Chair: Dr. Irena Sumi):
 * how do elitist, bottom-up, diasporic etc. discourses remember socialism;
 * how is socialism remembered in distinctly 'western' settings;

3. Imagining the 'west' and 'transition' in post-socialism (Chair: Dr. Nancy 
   Ries):
 * how do people in post-socialist states perceive the west and things western;
 * what is the ideation on 'transitioning' in relation to the perceived west 
   and things western;

4. Post-Socialist contexts in scientific discourse (Chair: Dr. Michal 
   Buchowski):
 * is the social scientific discourse on post-socialist condition a variant 
   of Orientalism;
 * what is the impact of social scientific production of post-socialist 
   studies, who does it inform, and how;

5. Post-colonial and post-socialist contexts interpreted: (un)easy 
   parallels? (Chair: Dr. Sari Wastell):
 * are there indicative cases, or parallels between social processes in 
   post-socialism and post-colonial developments;
 * if so, what are fruitful venues of comparison in concrete cases;

6. Representations of colonial, post-colonial, socialist and post-socialist 
   contexts in public education (Chair: Dr. Daniel Wildcat):
 * are public education systems as systems of mass indoctrination comparable 
   in their dealing with colonial, post-colonial, socialist, and post-
   socialist Other; how did the demise of colonialism on the one hand, and 
   the demise of socialism on the other, affect public education worldwide;
 * what are cases of wiping-out and/or suppressing the knowledges of the 
   Other, and is that, and in what ways, a mutual (in)formative process 
   between Us/Other.

Deadline:

Proposals with a title and a short summary (max 250 words) in English may be 
submitted to the organisers 
(<http://www.icaes-florence2003.com/icaes_800X600/abstracts.htm>), and a 
copy sent to the convenors' addresses (above). The deadline for abstracts is 
December 31, 2002.

Location and organisation of the event:

The session will take place in Siena near Florence. All panels of the 
session are envisioned as successive events, not simultaneous. For further 
information on all aspects of the session and the congress, please check the 
IUAES web site (www.icaes-florence2003.com 
<http://www.icaes-florence2003.com>) periodically.

CFP- AAASS 35th National Convention, Toronto, 20-23 Nov. 2003

Posted by: Jolanta M. Davis <jmdavis(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 1 Nov 2002

 
Call for Papers for the AAASS 35th National Convention, Toronto, Ontario, 
Canada, 20-23 November 2003. 

AAASS invites proposals for the AAASS 35th National Convention, which will 
be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 20-23 November 2003, at the Fairmont 
Royal York Hotel. Deadline for receipt of all proposals is 15 January 2003.

See below for detailed guidelines for submission. Call for papers  and 
proposal forms were printed in the September 2002 issue of NewsNet, and are 
also available at AAASS Web site: www.fas.harvard.edu/~aaass.

The theme of this conference is "Opening Doors: Opportunities and 
Innovations in Scholarship and Teaching in the Post-Communist Era." Robert 
E. Johnson of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at University 
of Toronto will chair the Program Committee. 

In the past 15 years, Eurasian and Central European studies have undergone 
vast changes. All of these openings have transformed the ways we and our 
students engage with the region we study.  Programs of study, internships, 
NGO services, exchanges of personnel and research materials, and collaborate 
research projects are all now possible. Simultaneously, whole fields of 
study have been transformed by archival access, new channels of 
communication, and the opportunities to conduct first-hand research in the 
region. Panels dealing with these themes are strongly encouraged.

Proposals must be for complete panels (individual paper proposals cannot be 
considered) and should normally involve the presentation of prepared papers. 
Special consideration will be given to panels reporting on recent field or 
archival research, especially those that include presentations by advanced 
graduate students and/or junior faculty. The Program Committee also 
encourages the submission of panel proposals that include both women and 
men. Proposals for roundtables should be submitted only when the topic 
clearly justifies this format. Please note that proposals can be accepted 
only from AAASS members or foreign non-members.

In recent years, the AAASS has experienced a welcome increase in attendance 
at the national convention, and we are grateful to all of our members who 
seek to participate. Unfortunately, due to limited affordable convention 
space, the increase in convention attendance cannot be matched by an 
increase in the number of panels given. Please observe the following 
restrictions on panel/roundtable participation: No participant may serve in 
more than one role on a panel or roundtable; No participant may present more 
than one paper at the convention; No participant may appear more than twice 
in the convention program. 

If a participant is proposed for more than one paper or more than two 
panels, all proposals listing that person will be returned to panel 
organizers for clarification of the conflicts, which will delay 
consideration of the panels involved.

Procedures for Submitting Panel/Roundtable Proposals:

1. By 15 January 2003 mail two copies of the proposal form and one copy of a 
one-page c.v. for each participant to:  Wendy Walker, Convention 
Coordinator, AAASS, 8 Story Street, 3rd floor, Cambridge, MA 02138. AAASS 
will conduct initial screening of all proposals and forward them to the 
appropriate members of the program committee. All proposals must be received 
by the above deadline for consideration by the program committee. Late 
proposals will be discarded. WE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT PROPOSALS SENT VIA FAX 
OR E-MAIL. We have had problems in the past with incomplete/missing 
proposals using these methods. Proposals submitted via these mechanisms will 
be discarded.

2. Indicate in the appropriate space on the form the category under which 
you would like your panel/roundtable to be considered. Choose only from the 
list of categories shown below to ensure that the appropriate member of the 
program committee receives your proposal.

3. Provide complete information on all panel/roundtable participants: name, 
affiliation, full address, phone, e-mail, and paper title. One-page c.v.s 
for all participants must accompany the form. Incomplete proposals will be 
discarded. Each participant may only have one role on a panel/roundtable, 
may only appear on two panels/roundtables, and only give one paper. (i.e., 
you cannot be chair and discussant or chair and give a paper on the same 
panel). You may give a paper on one panel and be 
chair/discussant/participant on another one and you may organize as many 
panels or roundtables as you wish, but please do NOT sign up for more than 
two panels/roundtables.

4. All participants on panels/roundtables must preregister and pay the 
registration fee. All Slavic scholars living in the U.S. must be current 
AAASS members. Only foreigners and scholars outside the field of Slavic 
studies do not need to join AAASS.

5. Type or print very clearly, especially when title of the panel includes 
words in languages other than English and when names of the participants 
include special characters not used in English. Illegible forms will be 
DISCARDED.

6. Affiliate organizations of the AAASS are each allowed one 
panel/roundtable, which must be specified on the proposal form. Each 
affiliate-sponsored panel/roundtable will be screened in the usual manner by 
the Program Committee; we will not accept unscreened proposals.

7. Be sure to include any requests for audiovisual equipment.  Please 
specify types of equipment (i.e., "overhead projector," not simply 
"projector"). Please keep in mind that the AAASS can provide up to $100 
worth of equipment; you will be charged for anything above this amount. The 
deadline for all audiovisual equipment requests is 1 July 2003.

8. We will only honor specific scheduling requests for religious reasons. 
Please make sure to include such requests on your panel/roundtable proposal 
form.

Categories for Submission of Panel/Roundtable Proposals: 
 * Arts/Film/Electronic Media
 * Comparative Politics
 * Economic History/Transition Issues/Emerging Markets
 * Geography
 * History: Central and Southeast Europe
 * History: Russian and Eurasian
 * International Relations/Security Studies/Foreign Policy
 * Linguistics/Language Pedagogy
 * Literature
 * Library/Information Sciences
 * Miscellaneous
 * Religion/Philosophy
 * Sociology/Anthropology

With any questions regarding the convention, please contact AAASS Convention 
Coordinator, Wendy Walker, e-mail: walker(a)fas.harvard.edu, tel.: 
617-495-0678, fax: 617-495-0680.

SEMINAR- Open Society Institute Forum, Kazakh Journalist Sergei Duvanov, Nov. 4

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)sorosny.org>
Posted: 31 Oct 2002

 
The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend:

Independent Media in Kazakhstan

with

Sergei Duvanov, Kazakh Journalist

Monday, November 4, 2:00 - 3:30
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Room 3A, New York, NY 10019

Sergei Duvanov is a leading journalist and political expert in Kazakhstan.
Mr. Duvanov is the former director of the Max TV/Radio station, the former
editor of 451 F, Eurasia newspapers and the Polyton news agency, all of
which were shut down by the Kazakh government for independent coverage of
government corruption. In August 2002, Mr. Duvanov was attacked and beaten
by unknown assailants after publishing an article describing the corruption
of President Nazarbayev's family.  Duvanov was recently charged with
"insulting the honor and dignity of the President Nazarbayev."

To RSVP please fax this sheet to:
Erin Finnerty, (212) 548-4607

or e-mail a response to: <efinnerty(a)sorosny.org>

Name:

Affiliation:

E-mail address:

___ I will attend the November 4th event.

___ I will not attend the November 4th event.

If you are unable to attend, you can read a synopsis of the Open Forum and
subscribe to a weekly news bulletin at <www.EurasiaNet.org>.

CFP- German Orientalism

Posted by: Jennifer Jenkins <jjenkins(a)artsci.wustl.edu>
Posted: 23 Oct 2002

 
Call for Papers on German Orientalism

The Journal "Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East" 
(http://www.history.ilstu.edu/mtavakol/cssaame/) seeks critical essays for a 
special issue on German orientalism from the eighteenth century to the 
present. Omitted from Edward Said's landmark study Orientalism of 1978, the 
influence of German scholarship in and about the Middle East and South Asia 
remains relatively unexplored. This is particularly the case with regard to 
its reciprocal relationship with the emerging states, national movements and 
scholarly conventions in twentieth-century Germany, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan 
and India.

>From the formation of nineteenth-century disciplines of Oriental Studies to 
the deployment of its knowledge in the territories of the modern Middle East 
and South Asia, German scholarship influenced the development of 
Institutional structures, political cultures and scholarly disciplines; 
"Oriental" scholars likewise informed political culture and scholarship in 
Germany. To explore this dialogic relationship, CSSAAME seeks essays on the 
disciplines of philology, linguistics, archaeology, philosophy and history 
in Germany, the Middle East and South Asia.

Particular interests include: German explorations and excavations; the 
development and deployment of the "Aryan myth" and its influence on 
political culture; the changing modalities of nationalism and their 
connections to Orientalist scholarship; and the connections between National 
Socialism and state building. How was the ancient past of various nations of 
the Middle East and South Asia "discovered," studied, and made meaningful 
for fin-de-siécle Europe? What did "Aryanism" mean for the development of 
national cultures and state institutions in Germany, the Middle East and 
South Asia?

Please submit abstracts of no more than 1,000 words by December 20, 2002 to: 
Jennifer Jenkins (jjenkins(a)artsci.wustl.edu), Department of History 
Washington University in St. Louis Campus Box 1062 One Brookings Dr. St. 
Louis, MO 63130.  Electronic submissions are welcome.

SEMINAR- ISAR Caspian Program, Moscow, October 19-22, 2002

Posted by: ISAR <postmaster(a)isar.org>
Posted: 17 Oct 2002

From October 19-22 in Moscow, ISAR's Caspian Program will hold a seminar on
"Developing a Public Environmental Monitoring Network in the Caspian
Region." In attendance will be NGO representatives from all of the littoral
states of the Caspian: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and
Turkmenistan.

Public environmental monitoring was identified as a high priority for NGOs
in the Caspian states at ISAR's conference on "Strengthening Partnerships
between NGOs to Solve Environmental Problems in the Caspian Basin," (Baku,
April 20-23, 1999). Public environmental monitoring is the most effective
means of involving citizens in the process of creating change in the Caspian
region. The development and support of a network of monitoring groups is
among the first-order concerns of ISAR's Caspian Program.

The goal of this seminar is to create an independent network of public
environmental monitors, focusing on the collection, analysis, and
distribution of information about the Caspian ecosystem. ISAR seeks to
ensure the openness and efficacy of this network. New members are welcomed.

In the summer of 2002, ISAR's Caspian Program held a small grant competition
for regional NGOs looking to implement projects on biological, chemical and
visual monitoring. In October, the chosen groups, and other NGOs from the
Caspian region, gathered in Moscow to discuss the results of these projects
and how to share their experience with others. With the help of trainers
from the Moscow-based organization, Ecoline, seminar participants talked
over how to spread information and use the results of this monitoring to
increase public participation in decision-making processes.

ISAR's Caspian Program is supported by USAID, OSI, Trust for Mutual
Understanding, The Academy for Educational Development, and the Rockefeller
Family Associates.

For more information, please visit:
<http://www.isar.org/isar/caspian/>

Coordinator of the Environmental Monitoring Program:
Timur Berkeliev
Tel. in Ashkabad: (99312)47-32-85
E-mail: <timchik(a)isar.org>

John P. Deever
Systems Administrator/Webmaster
Initiative for Social Action and Renewal in Eurasia
1601 Connecticut Ave NW #301
Washington DC 20009
Tel: 202-387-3034, fax: 202-667-3291
Web: <http://www.isar.org>

LECTURE- Interpretations of Jihad, Hassan Abbas, Oct. 21, Harvard Law School

Posted by: Islamic Legal Studies Program <ilsp(a)law.harvard.edu>
Posted: 17 Oct 2002
 

Islamic Legal Studies Program
Harvard Law School

presents

"Interpretations of Jihad: The views of three Pakistani extremist groups"

by Hassan Abbas
ILSP Visiting Researcher

Monday, October 21, 2002
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Lewis 202


Bring your lunch; beverage and dessert provided

Islamic Legal Studies Program
Harvard Law School
1563 Mass Ave.  Pound 501
Cambridge, MA  02138
(617) 496-8260
Website: <www.law.harvard.edu/Programs/ILSP>

CONF./CFP- Globalization Conference, Hofstra University, March 2003

Posted by: Chandana Chakrabarti <chakraba(a)elon.edu>
Posted: 17 Oct 2002

 
We would like to invite you to the International and Interdisciplinary
conference on "Globalization, Diasporic Thinking and Transnationalism:
Bridging Cultural, Philosophical and Religious Boundaries" to be held at the
Hofstra University, Hempsted, New York on March 6-7, 2003.  The conference
is sponsored by the Hofstra University and the Society for Indian Philosophy
& Religion.

Possible Topics include:

 * Fundamentalism and State
 * Fundamentalism and Pluralism
 * Religious excluvism Vs Religious Inclusivism
 * State and Church
 * Religion and Politics
 * Economics and Ethics of Globalization
 * Global Village and Nationalism
 * International Law and Human Rights in Global Context
 * Postcolonialism and Postmodern Thinking
 * Class Inequality
 * Text and Interpretation
 * Religion and orientalism
 * Diaspora, Diasporic Thinking
 * Religious, Philosophical and cultural Boundaries
 * Globalization, Transnationalism and Dislocation

This list is illustrative and not exclusive.  Scholars, professionals,
community activists, graduate students who wish to present papers at the
conference or serve as chairs, discussants, or commentators should submit
abstract of their papers (150 words) by February 15, 2003.

The advance Registration fee(due by February 20, 2003) for the conference is
$60 and on site registration fee is $85. The advance registration fee should
be paid by check drawn in favor of the Society of Indian Philosophy &
Religion and mailed to the Secretary, Society of Indian Philosophy &
Religion, Campus Box 2336, Elon University, Elon, NC 27244.

For further information on the conference please contact:

Dr. Chandana Chakrabarti
Department of Religion
Elon University
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: 336-278-5713
Fax: 336-278-5713
E-mail: <chakraba(a)elon.edu>

ROUNDTABLE- Human Rights in Turkmenistan, Oct. 21, Central Eurasia Project, OSI

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <efinnerty(a)sorosny.org>
Posted: 16 Oct 2002

 
The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend:

Roundtable: Human Rights in Turkmenistan

With

Arkdady Dubnov, Vyacheslav Mamedov, Avdy Kuliev, Vitaly Ponomaryov

Monday, October 21, 2002, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Room 3B, New York, NY 10019

A widely-recognized expert on Central Asia and Turkmenistan, Arkdady Dubnov 
has been actively involved in the region since 1990, when he traveled to 
Tadjikistan and Afghanistan to cover the Tadjik civil war as an independent 
journalist.  Having worked for several leading Russian newspapers, Dubnov 
has interviewed presidents and political opposition alike, including 
Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan.  Currently, he is a journalist for 
"Vremya Novostei" (Time for News) newspaper and correspondent of RFE/Rl's 
Russian and Turkmen services.

Vyacheslav Mamedov has been an active player in Turkmenistan civil society 
since 1993, when he co-founded an ecological organization in the city of 
Krasnovodsk (currently Turkmenbashi), which was later transformed into 
Flamingo Educational Center.  In 1992-1999, Mamedov served on the board of 
the Russian Community of Turkmenistan, and in January 1999, he was arrested 
by secret police for his work, to be released two weeks later under 
significant pressure by international organizations.  Mamedov continues his 
work as a civil society activist in the difficult conditions of 
Turkmenistan, most recently joining the initiative to found Turkmenistan 
Helsinki Group.

>From 1990-92, Avdy Kuliev was Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan.  In 1992, he 
left the government in protest of President Niyazov's increasingly 
repressive policies and had to flee the country, relocating to Moscow, where 
he has lived ever since.  In 1993, Kuliev founded Turkmenistan Foundation, 
which subsequently became a leading outlet of expression for opposition in 
exile.  Since late 1990-ies, Kuliev has also been chairman of the United 
Democratic Opposition of Turkmenistan, publishing "Erkin Turkmenistan" (Free 
Turkmenistan) magazine.

Vitaly Ponomaryov is a one of the leading human rights experts on the five 
former Soviet Central Asian republics. Ponomaryov began his human rights 
work in late 80-ies, and since early 90-ies, he has been involved in 
numerous research and human rights projects on Central Asia.  In 1998 and 
1999, Ponomaryov was deported from Turkmenistan for his investigative human 
right work in that country.  Currently, Ponomaryov is director of the 
Central Asian Program at the Memorial Human Rights Center.  Ponomaryov has 
written several books and articles on the region.

To RSVP please fax this sheet to Erin Finnerty at (212) 548-4607 or e-mail a 
response to efinnerty(a)sorosny.org.

Name:

Affiliation:

E-mail address:

___ I will attend the October 21st event. 
___ I will not attend the October 21st event.

If you are unable to attend, you can read a synopsis of the Open Forum and 
subscribe to a weekly news bulletin at <www.EurasiaNet.org>.


Program Associate
Central Eurasia Project
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 548-0679
Fax: (212) 548-4607
www.EurasiaNet.org

CONFERENCE- Children of War: Orphans, Marmara University, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Posted by: Emine Naskali <Naskali(a)turk.net>
Posted: 15 Oct 2002

 
Center for Turkic Studies, Marmara University

Symposium

Children Of War: Orphans

All interested are cordially invited.

Prof. Dr. Emine Gursoy-Naskali
Director

Place: Marmara University
       Goztepe Campus, Uzumcu Conference Hall
Date: 31 October 2002, Thursday - 1 November 2002, Friday, 10.00-17.30
Tel: 0216.3456069/21

Participants:

Prof. Dr. Emine Gursoy-Naskali (Istanbul)
"Opening Remarks - Savas Cocuklari: Oksuzler ve Yetimler"

Prof. Dr. Zafer Toprak (Istanbul)
"Cihan Harbi ve Daru'l Eytamlar"

Zafer Karatay (Istanbul)
"18 Mayis 1944 Kirim Surgununu Yasayanlari Tanimak"

Dr. Inci Bowman (A.B.D)
"Famine in Soviet Russia (1921-1923) and the American Relief Aid to Children"

Timsal Karabekir - Hayat Karabekir Fevzioglu (Istanbul)
"Kazim Karabekir ve Yetimler"

Dr. Yusuf Cam (Istanbul
"Sehit Cocuklarini Korumaya Yonelik Yasal Duzenlemeler"

Dr. Anat Lapidot Firilla (Israil)
"Negotiating Identity: The NER Orphans in Anatolia"

Doc. Dr. Nurten Gunal (Istanbul)
"Büyük Ada Rum Yetimhanesi"

Dr. Nesrin Karagur (Istanbul)
"Karabag Savasinin Cocuk Yuzleri"

Dr. Husnu Yilmaz Livatyali (Konya)
"I. Dunya Savasi Sonrasinda Rusya'da Basgosteren Kitliktan Etkilenen Turk
Cocuklari ve Turkiye'nin Bunlara Sahip Cikmasi"

Dr. Mehmet Canli (Mugla)
"Eytam Idaresi-Sandiklari ve Yetimlerin Ekonomik Haklarinin Korunmasi"

Doc.Dr.Gulden Sagol (Istanbul)
"Uvey Kelimesinin Etimolojisine Dair"

Dr. Goksel Ozturk (Istanbul)
"Saahmet Sahmudov"

Dr. Mehmet Aca (Balikesir)
"Turk Kahramanlik Destanlarinin Oksuz ve Yetim Bahadirlari"

Maria T. Nyiri (Macaristan)
"Koszeg Yetimhanesinin Tarihi"

Filiz Onder (Istanbul)
"Tibetli Oksuzler"

Dr. Hikmet Oksuz (Trabzon)
"Milli Mucadele Doneminde Trabzon Yetimhaneleri"

Suzana Musli (Makedonya)
"Psycho-Social Support of the Children of the Wars: Orphans"

Veli Inanc (Mugla)
"Osmanli Devletinde Yetimlerin Sosyal Haklarinin Korunmasi"

Dr. Veysi Akin (Denizli)
"Milli Mucadele Yetimleri ve Amerika'daki Turklerin Yardimlari"

Dr. Murat Koc (Istanbul)
"Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu'nun Hikayelerinde Savas Magduru Cocuklar"

Doc. Dr. Emel Kefeli (KKTC)
"Kibris Turk Halkinin Direnis Hareketi (1963-64 ve 1974 Olaylari) ve Masum
Taniklari"

Dr. Osman Gazi Ozgudenli (Istanbul)
"XIV. Yuzyil Baslarinda Tebriz'de Iki Yetimhane"

Dr. Ridvan Akin (Istanbul)
"Milli Mucadelenin Biraktigi Sosyal Sorunlar"

Prof.Dr. Ferhunde Ozbay (Istanbul)
"1911-1912 Yillarinda Kimsesiz Kiz Cocuklari"

Prof.Dr. Elifne Sibgatullina (Tataristan)
"Kazan-Tatar Cocuk Edebiyatinda Oksuzler ve Yetimler"

Dr. Asiye Mevhibe Cosar (Trabzon)
"Turk Kulturunde Oksuz ve Yetim Kavramlari"

Nebahat Akgun Comak (Istanbul)
"Imge Olarak Oksuz ve Yetim Cocuklar"

Cigdem Usta (Rize)
"Kurtulus Savasinin Kahraman Cocuklari"

Feride Filiz Yuce (Istanbul)
"Savas ve Catisma Magduru Cocuklar-Uluslararasi ve Ulusal Hukuk cercevesi"

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Buran (Elazig)
"Yemen Elmasi ve Dogu Cephesinden Bir Mektup"

Dr. Erdogan Altinkaynak (Giresun)
"Sarikamis Harekati ve Cevresinde Olusan Destanlar, Hatiralar"

Dr. Ertugrul Aydin (Trabzon)
"Savasin Cocuklar Uzerindeki Etkisinin Modern Turk Siirindeki Yansimalari"

Doc.Dr. Gokhan Oral (Istanbul) - Cem Mehmet Cetin (Ankara)
"Savas ve Goc Cocuklarinda Ortaya Cikan Mental Sorunlar ve Adli Psikiyatri"

Dr. Sevgi Usta Sayita (Istanbul)
"Calisma Ortamindaki Cocuklarin Durumuna Iliskin Hukuki Duzenlemeler"

Doc.Dr. Alev Sinar Cilgin (Bursa)
"Savasin Gercek Kurbanlari: Cocuklar"

Almagul Isina (Istanbul)
"Sovyet Rejimindeki Yetimler"

Dursun Ayan (Ankara)
"Savas Yetimleri Icin Iyimser Bir Bakis Olabilirmi?/Yoksunlugun Dinamikleri"

Dilek Herkmen (Istanbul)
"Nasihat-Namelerde Oksuz ve Yetim Kavramlari"

Dr. Mehmet Kutalmis (Istanbul)
"Oksuz ve Yetim Bir Cecen Kizin Savas Anilari"

Prof.Dr. Svetlana Tchervonnaia (Istanbul)
"The Deportation of Crimean Tatars, Karachays and Balkars 1943-1944 in View
of Children: The Children's memory in The Modern National Literature and Art
of Turkic Peoples"

Kemal Ucuncu (Trabzon)
"Dede Korkut Kitabinda Yetimlik ve Oksuzluk Kavramlari"

Dr. Aynur Soydan (Istanbul)
"Turk Okutma Kurumu (Cemiyet-i Tedrisiye-i Islamiye)'nun Alt Birimi Olarak
Darussafaka"

Safiye Kirbac (Istanbul)
"I. Dunya Savasi Yillarinda Almanya'daki Yetim Turk Cocuklari"

Dr. Osman Akandere (Konya)
"Lozan Antlasmasi Sonrasi Mubadele Yoluyla Yunanistan'dan Turkiye'ye Gelen
Gocmen Siginmacilara Turk Halkinin Yardim ve Himayesini Saglamaya Yonelik
Kamuoyu Olusturma Cabalari"

Dr. Nilufer Hatemi (Istanbul)
"Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa Zirhlisi Sehitlerinden Carkci Yuzbasi Ahmet
Efendi'nin Yetimleri: Nermin Atature ve Nakiye Sarier'in Hatiralari"

Dr. Ihsan Dogrusoz (Canakkale)
"Kimsesiz Cocuklari Resimlerinde Konu Alan 17. Yuzyil Italyan Sanatcisi
Bartolome Esteban Murillo'nun Eserlerinin Gorsel Acidan Degerlendirilmesi"

M.Fatih Karagul, M.Berrin Kayman, Metin Balci (Canakkale)
"Cocuk Figuru Kullaniminin Seramik Sanatindaki Cesitliligi"

Dr. Mehmet Narli (Balikesir)
"Musadere Surgunu ve Isgalin Cocugu: Haluk"

Dr. Zekiye Cagimlar (Adana)
"Adana Agitlarinda Savas, Olum ve Cocuk Kavrami"

Hulya Arslan (Rusya)
"Yevtusenko ve Dizelerinden Savasa Bir Bakis"

Dr. Ebubekir Sofuoglu (Sakarya)
"Savaslar ve Osmanli Devletinde Yetimler Icin Alinan Bazi Sosyal Tedbirler"

Ismail Otar (Istanbul)
"Ruslarin Kirim Turkleri Yetimlerine Karsi Muameleleri"

Dr. M. Cengiz Yildiz (Elazig)
"Oksuz ve Yetimlerin Butunlesme Problemi"

Dr. Huseyin Ozcan (Istanbul)
"Sait Faik Abasiyanik'in Eserlerinde Kimsesiz Cocuk Tipleri"

Dr. Mehmet Ismail (Canakkale)
"Savasin Ikiz Kurbani"

Sezai Coskun (Istanbul)
"Omer Seyfettin'in Hikayelerinde Savas ve Cocuk"

Aylin Koc (Istanbul)
"Turk Masallarinda Oksuzler ve Yetimler"

Ayse Yilmaz
"Cengiz Aytmatov'un Roman ve Hikayelerinde Savas ve Yetim Cocuklar"

Makbule Sarikaya (Erzurum)
"Savas ve Himaye-i Etfal Cemiyeti"

Prof.Dr. Gulnaz Abutalib Kizi Abdullazade (Azerbaycan)
"Haray Hocalim"

Memmedova Sevda Murad Kizi (Azerbaycan)
"Garabag Muharibesinin Sinagindan Kecmis Cocuklarin Reabilitasiya
Programinin Helli"

Abdullayev Yalcin Abutalib Oglu (Azerbaycan)
"Azerbaycan-Ermenistan Savasinin Aci Neticesinde Cocuklarin Sosial
Reabilitasiya Programi"

Levent Bilgi (Istanbul)
"Uc Kadin Romancida Savas ve Goc Cocuklari"

Kelime Gunes (Bursa)
"Halide Edip Adivar, Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu ve Falih Rifki Atay'in
Kalemiyle Savas ve Cocuklar"

Hakan Denker (Istanbul)
"Oyuncaklarin Eskitemedigi Sokaklar"

Bikem Ekberzade (Istanbul)
"Savasa Ragmen Umut"

Dr. Nilufer Ocel (Istanbul)
"Turk Sinemasinda Oksuz Cocuk ve Yetim Cocuk Imgeleri"

Aydin Esrefoglu Shemyi-Zade (Rusya)
"1944-1945 Kirim Faciasi: Cocuklar Kadiri"

Doc.Dr. Ahmet Cihan (Diyarbakir)
"Oksuzler ve Yetimler Kurumu: Darussafaka'nin Dunu ve Bugunu"

Okan Yesilot (Istanbul)
"Azerbaycan-Ermenistan Savasinin Asil Magdurlari: Cocuklar"

Julian Stargardt (Hongkong)
"Displaced Children, The Effects of the Indo China Conflict, 1946-1994"

SEMINAR SERIES- Afghanistan in Transition, Moscow University, Oct. 17

Posted by: Yuri Bossin <iouri(a)iaas.msu.ru>
Posted: 15 Oct 2002

 
Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that the next meeting in the framework of the
Seminar Series on "Challenges and Perspectives of the Middle East and
Central Asia in XXI c." will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 4
p.m., in the Second Round Hall at the Institute of Asian and African
Studies, Moscow State University, 11 Mokhovaya Street, Moscow.

R.Sikoyev will speak on "Afghanistan in Transition".

Ruslan Sikoyev is a PhD and a senior researcher at the Institute of
Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Spanning during his
career nearly a quarter of a century in the Middle East he headed the
"News" Press Agency points in Kabul from 1968 through 1975 and from 1989
through 1992  and in Tehran from 1979 through 1986. R. Sikoyev is the author
of tens of articles and several books on Afghanistan and Iran. His most
recent monograph is titled "Taliban: Religious and Political Portrait".

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

The Seminars Series has been made possible due to the grant from
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) with the funds provided by
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States
Department of State. None of these organizations bears responsibility for
the views expressed.

The event is open to public. All are welcome.

Dr. Yuri V. Bossin
Associate professor
Institute of Asian and African Studies,
Moscow Lomonosov State University (MGU)
Department of the Near and Middle Eastern Countries
11 Mokhovaya Street, Suite 257, Moscow 103009, Russia
Phone:  (095)-203-4407
Fax: (095)-203-3647
E-mail: iouri(a)iaas.msu.ru

LECTURE- Azerbaijan in Transition, Etibar Najarov, Oct. 22, Columbia University

Posted by: Etibar Najarov <en2030(a)columbia.edu>
Posted: 15 Oct 2002

"Azerbaijan in Transition: Achievements, Problems and Prospects"

Dr. Etibar Najafov
Department of Social Sciences, Azerbaijan University

Tuesday, October 22, 2002
12-1:30pm

Room 1219 IAB
The Harriman Institute at
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street
Tel. (212) 854-4623
Fax  (212) 666-3481
email: <kel1(a)columbia.edu>

Dr. Etibar Najafov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social 
Sciences, Azerbaijan University. He is engaged in investigation of 
socio-philosophical problems of the contemporary transitional period of 
Azerbaijan. He has over thirty-five scientific publications including two 
books ("Correlation between Culture and Civilization in Social Development", 
Baku 2000, Azerbaijan University Press, and "Problem of Modernisation in the 
Transitional Period of Azerbaijan", St-Petersburg 2002, Evropeiskii Dom 
Press). Presently he is a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute, 
Columbia University, New York.

For more information, see the Harriman Institute's calendar of events at:
<http://www.columbia.edu/cu/sipa/REGIONAL/HI/home.html>

CONF./CFP- Middle East History and Theory Conference, May 2003, U. of Chicago

Posted by: Patrick Wing <pgwing(a)midway.uchicago.edu>
Posted: 8 Oct 2002

 
Call for Papers

The Center For Middle Eastern Studies At The University Of Chicago will hold
its Eighteenth Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference on May 9-10,
2003.

The Conference provides a forum for graduate students and faculty in the
humanities and social sciences to present papers related to Middle Eastern
and Central Asian culture, art/architecture, literature, society, history
and politics. Graduate students are particularly urged to participate. Both
individual papers and pre-arranged panels can be accommodated.

Participants wishing to present a paper are asked to submit a one-page
abstract and a CV by March 1, 2003. Working papers must be received by April
15, 2003. Please specify if audio/visual facilities are needed when
submitting papers to:

Middle East History and Theory Conference Center for Middle Eastern Studies
The University of Chicago
5828 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60637
Tel: 1-773-702 8297
Fax: 1-773-702 2587

For last year's conference program and activities, see our web page at
<cas.uchicago.edu/meht>. Further information can be obtained from the above
address or by contacting:

Patrick G. Wing
pgwing(a)midway.uchicago.edu
Tel: 1-773-363 0901

or:
Kaveh Hemmat
<kavehhemmat(a)uchicago.edu>

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