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2. Conferences and Lecture Series
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CONFERENCE- Russian Assoc. of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Kemerovo, Nov. 24-28

Posted by: Alexandre Sadovoy <sdv(a)>
Posted: 16 May 2003

Kemerovo Regional Administration
Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON)

International Scientific Conference
"Regional National Policy: Historical Experience and Marks Effectiveness

Dates of the conference: November 2003
Kemerovo, Kemerovo region, Russia

In the third decade of November, 2003 (24-27. 2003) Kemerovo Region
Administration, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North
(RAIPON), Kemerovo Scientific center of the Siberian Department of Russian
Academy of Science, Kemerovo State University will conduct an international
scientific conference

Purpose of the conference: to generalize methodical experience of marks
effectiveness of national policy on the regional level, predict interethnic
conflicts, develop regional net of ethnosocial and ethnoecological monitoring.

On the conference the following topics will be discussed:

 * General methodological problems of history research & formulation of
   regional policy on the modem stage, its criterions of marks effectiveness
   determination. Problems of region net monitoring researches developing.
   Problems of human research policy in the sphere of applied ethnology.

 * Interethnic conflicts. Its research & prognosis methods. Experience
   in neutralization of interethnic tension.

 * National self -management and problems of land owing in national
   regions. Law aspects of regulation.

 * City ethnology. Problems of developing private enterprise of
   national groups. Migration problems and ethnic crimes.

 * Mineral researches traditional use, problems of spreading
   territories of traditional mineral research usage, bio -researches
   conditions on ethnic territories, environmental protection regimes
   definition & bio -variety in the conditions of market development in
   national regions.

 * Medical-biological aspects of modem conditions of small ethnic
   groups of people.

 * Problems of developing public health system.

 * Problems of keeping cultural monuments & languages of ethnos and
   ethnic groups. Ethnic mentality and language

 * Problems of developing educational system in national regions,
   ecological aspects of education.

We invite scientists of different institutes of Russian Academy of Science,
scientific research Institutes & Universities, specialists of Federal
Ministries & Departments, plenipotentiary representatives of President of
Russian Federation in federal okrugs, administrative subjects of Russian
Federation, representatives of national societies & associations.

Rules for registration of thesis & reports.

Applications of taking part at the conference are gathered up to 15th of
August (application form is below).

Contact address for those who want to take part at the conference:

Tel. (384) department
Fax (3842) 58 38 85
E-mail: <gnp(a)>, <sdv(a)>

Working group address:
Krasnaya 6
Kemerovo State University
650043 Kemerovo

Thesis & materials of the conference will be printed & issued.

Conference is planed to be at the rest - camp "Sosnovii bor":
Cost per one person: 650 rubles ($25)
First class room - 2500 rubles ($85)
Living cost includes: meal - breakfast, lunch, dinner; bath: 180 rubles per
hour +50 rubles person.

Foreign participants fee is $150. It includes: fulfilling all the necessary
documents, interpreter, transport and other payments. Conference
participants are asked to send a copy of the passport (civil and
international); information about your place of job (address).

Cultural program (up to your choice)

Cultural program includes visiting archeological, ethnography and ecology
museum of South Siberia, visiting nature-reserve museum "Tomskaya
pisanitza" (federal level), museum "Krasnaya gorka", city excursion. If you
want for additional payment you may visit a national region (Mountain Shoria).


24th November. Arrival.  Participants registration, accommodation.
25th November. Meeting. Work on sections.
26th November. Work on sections. Excursions.
27th November. Round Table. Conference close.
28th November. Conference Participants Departure.

Application form:

Full name:
Job place:
Job Title:
Scientific degree, title:
Specialization and scientific interests sphere:
Sphere of your specialization:
Contact address:
Topic of your report:
The problem you can offer for discussions and round tables:

CONF./CFP- FEL VII: Language, Identity and the Land, Australia, Sept. 22-24

Posted by: Nicholas Ostler <nostler(a)>
Posted: 13 May 2003

Seventh International Conference hosted by the Foundation for Endangered

"Maintaining the Links: Language, Identity and the Land"

Broome, Western Australia, September 22nd - 24th 2003

The website for the conference has just been launched at:


The site includes conference & registration information, the programme,
details of excursions and the call for papers.

For further details contact:

Joe Blythe
Ph/Fax: +61 (0)8 9192 8382
Mob: +61 (0)409 881153
Email: <dubala(a)>, <jungurra(a)>

Foundation for Endangered Languages
UK Registered Charity 1070616

Ellensburg, WA


11:20-11:50 "The Current State of the Kazakh Language"
Dr. Jaksylyk Khuseinov and Dr. Ilse Cirtautas, Department of Near Eastern
Languages & Civilization, University of Washington


11:50-12:00 Awarding of the Galen Mohr Seattle-Tashkent Sister City
Association Prize for the Best Student in First-Year Uzbek (2002-2003), and
the Nicholas Poppe Prize for the Best Translation of Central Asian Turkic
Oral or Written Literature

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-1:50 "Kazakhstan: Cultural Diversity and National Identity"
Dr. Sulushash Kerimkulova, Taraz State University, Kazakhstan


2:00-2:20 "Nation and State Building in Uzbekistan"
Dr. Mirzohid Rahimov, Institute of History of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences,


2:30-2:50 "Economic Change and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Post-Soviet
Dr. Peter Finke and Meltem Sanjak, Ph.D.C., Max Plank
Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany


3:00-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-3:50 "U.S. Educational Programs in Kyrgyzstan and Their Impact on the
Dr. Anara Jamasheva, IREX, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


4:00-4:20 "The Soviet Houses of Culture in the Kyrgyz Region of the Late
1920s and Early 1930s: Local Demands of Cultural Development From the Center"
Ali Igmen, Ph.D.C., Department of History, University of Washington


4:30- 4:50 "The Central Asian Turkic Community in Korea: 1920-1950"
Dr. Hee Soo Lee, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Hanyang University,
Seoul, Korea; Visiting Scholar, Department of Near Eastern Languages &
Civilization, UW


5:00- 5:30 "Ecological Issues in Xinjiang"
Dr. Stanley Toops, Department of Geography, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio


5:30 Closing Remarks

ka led a Victory Day parade of veterans in Minsk
on 9 May to mark the defeat of Nazi forces in World War II, Belapan
reported. In an address to participants in the event, Lukashenka said
Belarus adheres to the ideals of peace and democracy, adding that its
uncompromising position on key international issues does not suit
"those who ignore the charters of international organizations and
international laws." He said the Belarusian Army is capable of waging
modern war and "must and will keep its powder dry" to counter
possible threats to the country's sovereignty or territorial
integrity. Lukashenka said Belarus's strategic course is to build a
union and boost military ties with Russia. "This is an essential
factor of our national security, of the security of the peoples of
Belarus and Russia, and of international stability," he noted. JM

dozen activists of the unregistered opposition youth group Razam
(Together) passed out cabbage leaves to a crowd at a
government-organized rally in Hrodna on 11 May, Belapan reported. The
rally was held to mark State Emblem and Flag Day, which President
Lukashenka decreed several years ago for the second Sunday in May.
The Razam activists' cabbage leaves apparently symbolized the
Soviet-style state emblem that was introduced, along with a red-green
flag reminiscent of Soviet symbols, in Belarus in 1995 following a
referendum initiated by Lukashenka. Opponents of the Lukashenka
regime have dubbed the state emblem that was introduced -- along with
a red and green flag reminiscent of Soviet symbols -- in 1995 a
"cabbage" for its resemblance to the leafy vegetable. Some 3,000
people, mostly students, attended the 30-minute rally in Hrodna.
"Youths cheered us; the police were the only ones who disliked our
action," Razam activist Ryhor Kavalchuk told Belapan. JM

IRAQ. Yevhen Marchuk, secretary of the Council of National Security
and Defense, told UNIAN on 9 May that Ukrainian peacekeepers should
take part in the stabilization of postwar Iraq. "I personally think
that we should get involved -- this is not a war, this is something
else," Marchuk said. Asked whether Ukraine may take part in the
stabilization forces in Iraq without approval from the UN Security
Council, Marchuk said such authorization would be "desirable." JM

SEVASTOPOL... Some 1,000 Ukrainian and Russian troops, mostly
sailors, took part in a joint military parade in Sevastopol on 9 May
to mark Victory Day, Ukrainian news agencies reported. It was the
second time since Ukraine declared its independence in 1991 that
Ukrainian and Russia servicemen have marched together. A similar
march took place in May 2000, also in Sevastopol, where Ukraine and
Russia maintain naval bases. JM

people were involved on 9 May in a violent clash at the Marsovo Pole
memorial to the victims of Stalinist repression, which lay on the
route of left-wing veterans marching to lay wreaths at a nearby World
War II monument, ITAR-TASS and Interfax reported. Police had to
intervene, clearing a path for the veterans through a cordon of
right-wingers objecting to the red flags being displayed by leftist
participants in the march. "Representatives of leftist parties came
today to Marsove Pole on purpose, even despite the court ban on
conducting any rallies, while attempts to compromise with them were
unsuccessful, since they did not agree to the main demand of
rightists: no red-flag march," local rightist leader Yuriy Shukhevych
told Interfax. JM

Tallinn on 10 May, the Moderates did not approve proposals to change
the party's name, BNS reported. The alternatives, Estonian Social
Democratic Party and Estonian Labor Party, received only 80 and 42
votes, respectively, from the 233 delegates. Chairman Ivari Padar
said in a press release the he was re-elected party chairman by a
vote of 180 to 10, with former trade union association leader Kadi
Parnits and former Social Affairs Minister Eiki Nestor replacing
ex-Foreign Minister Toomas Hendrik Ilves and ex-Population Minister
Katrin Saks as deputy chairmen. Padar told the congress that the fall
in the party's representation in parliament, which dropped to six
deputies from 17 as a result of the March elections, highlights the
need for greater reforms. Padar said the party's organization should
become more open, chapters should have more rights in decision
making, and elections should be held within the party for various
appointments. SG

tradition of celebrating Victory Day on 9 May to mark the end of
World War II, some 5,000 people gathered at the Victory Monument in
Riga, BNS reported. Prior to the celebrations, Russia's, Belarus's,
and Uzbekistan's ambassadors to Latvia placed flowers at the
monument. Equal Rights leader Tatyana Zhdanoka, Socialist Party
Chairman Alfreds Rubiks, and some veterans spoke to the crowd, which
included many World War II veterans dressed in Soviet army uniforms
as well as several classes from Russian-language schools, led by
their teachers. The speakers noted the major contribution the Russian
people made to Latvia's liberation from Nazism and expressed
opposition to Latvia's planned education reform that will make
Latvian the language of instruction in all schools. Rubiks also
condemned Latvia's support for U.S. actions against Iraq. SG

Elections Committee announced on 12 May that preliminary results
indicated that about 63.3 percent of the 2.6 million eligible voters
participated in Lithuania's referendum on EU membership held on 10
and 11 May, ELTA reported. More than 89.9 percent of them voted in
favor of membership, according to the committee. The voter turnout on
the first day was low, as only a little more than 23 percent of
voters went to the polls. When the results of the referendum are
confirmed, Lithuania will become the fourth EU candidate country,
after Malta, Slovenia, and Hungary, to approve EU membership. SG

President Aleksander Kwasniewski met in Wroclaw on 9 May with German
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac in
what was interpreted by Polish and international media as an attempt
to mend relations that have deteriorated over Poland's backing of the
U.S.-led coalition in the Iraq war. "We want to have very good
relations with the United States; we want to have very good relations
with our great European partners, Germany and France. It seems to me
that the meeting of the Weimar Triangle [Poland, Germany, France]
today shows that despite the various tensions, such a policy is
possible and effective," Polish Television quoted Kwasniewski as
saying. Asked whether Poland can help France and Germany restore
friendly ties with Washington, Chirac said, "I do not get the
impression that we need a bridge between the EU and the United
States." For his part, Schroeder said in Wroclaw that Germany can
play a role in the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq if this
process is conducted under UN auspices. JM

The Sejm on 10 May voted 267 to 10 with seven abstentions to amend an
electoral law in a move aimed at increasing turnout in the 7-8 June
referendum on EU membership, Polish media reported. The change allows
the Central Election Commission to disclose the turnout after the
first day of the referendum, potentially mobilizing voters to show up
on the second day. The Sejm rejected more than 300 amendments
submitted by lawmaker Bogdan Pek from the staunchly anti-EU League of
Polish Families with the apparent intention of obstructing the
amendment of that legislation. If turnout in the June referendum
falls short of 50 percent, the Polish parliament would have to
approve EU entry by a two-thirds majority to allow for membership,
which is possible in practice but might require much political horse
trading on the part of the country's left-wing minority government.

The ruling Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) on 9 May charged to
prosecutors that Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the opposition Law
and Justice party, committed a criminal offense by calling the SLD a
"criminal organization" earlier the same day on a radio station and
in parliament, Polish media reported. "I have collected a sufficient
quantity of various kinds of information that together gives me a
basis for claiming that the SLD is a criminal organization,"
Kaczynski said on the private Radio Zet. "Political struggle is
sometimes sharp, and sharp words are sometimes used, ones that are
difficult to accept," Sejm speaker Marek Borowski commented. "But
this has its limits. These limits have been exceeded." JM

Minister Vladimir Spidla declined to say after a cabinet meeting on
10 May whether the government intends to dismiss the directors of
both of the country's civilian intelligence agencies due to a bugging
scandal, CTK reported. A "Pravo" report the same day suggested that
Czech Security Information Service (BIS) chief Jiri Ruzek and
National Security Office (NBU) head Thomas Kadlec might be sacked in
connection with alleged eavesdropping on government ministers (see
"RFE/RL Newsline," 2 and 3 April 2003). "I have never commented on
any information [in the media] concerning the NBU or the BIS and am
not going to do so now," Spidla said. The daily, citing unidentified
government sources, said Ruzek's dismissal is being demanded by
Interior Minister Stanislav Gross, Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda,
and Defense Minister Jaroslav Tvrdik following allegations that BIS
agents have monitored the activities of Gross and Tvrdik. "Pravo"
also reported that a row erupted between Ruzek and Kadlec at a recent
cabinet meeting. The daily cited unidentified government sources as
saying their enmity creates problems and would best be resolved by
the dismissal of both men. MS

Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis wrapped up his 10-country tour of
EU candidate states in Prague on 10 May with a discussion on
accelerating EU expansion and possible organizational changes with
Czech Premier Spidla, CTK reported (see also Slovak item below).
Spidla told Simitis, whose country holds the rotating EU Presidency,
that Prague favors a continuation of the current EU procedures, under
which each member has a representative in the European Commission. He
said the Czech Republic also wants to see a continuation of the
rotating EU Presidency, rather than the election of an EU president
for a longer term. MS

re-elected chairman of the Smer (Direction) party on 10 May, CTK and
TASR reported. He ran unopposed. The Smer conference also re-elected
as his deputies Dusan Caplovic, Milan Murgas, and Monika Benova along
with two new faces, Pavol Paska and Robert Kalinak. Addressing the
gathering, Fico stressed Smer's center-left orientation and added
that the party hopes to join the Socialist International and be
admitted to the Socialist grouping in the European Parliament. Fico
also criticized the leader of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia,
former Premier Vladimir Meciar, saying his attitude toward Smer has
obstructed cooperation among opposition parties. He also attacked the
government of Premier Mikulas Dzurinda, saying its policies are more
suitable to the 19th than the 21st century. Fico said he doubts
Dzurinda's cabinet can preserve Slovakia's sovereignty after joining
the EU, since the country has "already been deprived" of much of its
sovereignty by selling banks, gas and energy utilities, and
"pointlessly decommissioning" two reactors at the Jaslovske Bohunice
nuclear-power plant. MS

Representatives of all parliamentary parties on 11 May called on
voters to participate in the 16-17 May referendum on Slovakia's EU
accession, CTK reported. The political leaders were speaking during a
televised debate on Slovak state television. In a related
development, President Rudolf Schuster the same day vowed to call a
meeting with representatives of all seven parliamentary parties to
enlist their help to ensure a high turnout in the plebiscite, TASR
reported. Schuster discussed getting out the vote for the referendum
on 10 May with Premier Dzurinda and parliamentary speaker Pavol
Hrusovsky, according to TASR. In a debate broadcast on Slovak state
radio, the three leaders called on citizens to cast their ballots in
favor of joining the EU. MS

Simitis, the current president of the European Council, appealed to
Slovaks to vote for EU membership in the upcoming referendum
following a meeting with Premier Dzurinda on 9 May, CTK reported.
Simitis said the more members the EU has, the stronger the
organization will become. The two premiers discussed preparations for
the EU summit in June in Thessaloniki and the envisaged reforms of EU
institutions. MS

Committee Chairman Pal Schmitt was one of several high-profile
individuals admitted to the opposition FIDESZ on 10 May amid the
party's efforts to attract a broader base of support, Hungarian
television reported. The FIDESZ National Council meeting also
formally accepted the party membership of former Foreign Minister
Janos Martonyi; former Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy; former
Health Minister Istvan Mikola; film directors Marcell Jankovics and
Gabor Koltay; actor and director Peter Cseke; and onetime national
football star Kalman Meszoly. The National Council decided that once
the party transforms itself into an alliance, FIDESZ will rescind all
existing agreements with other organizations, National Council
Chairman Laszlo Kover told reporters. MSZ

Ivan Peto was elected chairman of the coalition Free Democrats'
(SZDSZ) National Council, garnering 52 votes to parliamentary deputy
Imre Mecs's 25 votes, "Nepszabadsag" reported. Mecs's supporters said
after the vote that he would have received greater backing if there
had been less criticism of the party leadership, as this led
delegates to unite behind the current leaders. Peto said he considers
an amendment to the party statute a top priority, arguing that the
party cannot function properly under the current guidelines. SZDSZ
Chairman Gabor Kuncze told reporters after the meeting that the
council concluded that some results have been achieved in
implementing tax cuts and health-care reform. He said the Free
Democrats still hope to have their proposed tax reform accepted
before the next elections, slated for 2006. MSZ

IMF URGES HUNGARY TO STOP SPENDING. Rising wages and increased
government spending will further inflate the current-account deficit
and undermine Hungary's competitiveness on world markets, the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned in its annual report on
Hungary issued on 9 May. The IMF predicted 3.6 percent economic
growth in 2003 and said inflation will definitely exceed the
government's target figure of 5.2 percent, "Magyar Nemzet" reported.
The IMF urged the government to change the course the economy has
taken and introduce corrective measures before the end of its term.
Hungary must curtail spending in a number of ways, the report
asserted, including: shedding jobs in the public sector, reducing
spending on health care, pensions, and social benefits; and freezing
public-sector wages. Members of the IMF board of directors also
suggested that the government postpone its tax-reduction plans. MSZ

seeking ways to contribute to stability in Iraq, Foreign Minister
Laszlo Kovacs told the BBC's Hungarian service on 11 May. Kovacs said
"some way must be found," within constitutional bounds, if parliament
does not authorize a 300-member Hungarian peacekeeping contingent for
Iraq, which was proposed by the cabinet. Kovacs noted that the
opposition parties will not assent in the absence of a UN resolution
for a peacekeeping mission, but he said, "They clearly know that
there will be no such [UN] authorization." MSZ


MONTENEGRINS ELECT A PRESIDENT... Unofficial returns show that Filip
Vujanovic of the governing coalition easily won the presidency with
approximately 63 percent of the votes cast in the 11 May election,
Reuters reported. Miodrag Zivkovic of the small, pro-independence
Liberal Alliance took just over 30 percent, primarily from supporters
of the opposition coalition, which failed to agree on a candidate of
its own, the BBC's Serbian Service reported. Independent candidate
Dragan Hajdukovic appears to have about 4 percent in the unofficial
total. Approximately 48 percent of eligible voters cast their
ballots. The opposition's boycott of presidential votes on 22
December and 9 February contributed to the failure of those two
rounds, as turnout failed to meet the 50 percent threshold required
by law. The parliament has since abolished that minimum (see "RFE/RL
Newsline," 23 December 2002 and 10 February 2003). PM

ally of President Milo Djukanovic, said in Podgorica on 12 May that
he intends to be president of all Montenegrin citizens and lead them
into the EU, local and international media reported. Montenegro's
population includes about 15 percent Bosnian Muslims, at least 10
percent Serbs, and about 7 percent Albanians, many of whom support
Djukanovic rather than the small ethnic Albanian parties, the
"Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" reported on 10 May. Many
Podgorica-based analysts were surprised by what they called the
weakness of opposition support for Zivkovic, Reuters reported. The EU
insists that Serbia and Montenegro seek membership as a single
country. Many politicians from both republics want separate
memberships, however, arguing that their respective economies are too
different to be effectively "harmonized" for EU membership (see
"RFE/RL Newsline," 30 April and 5 May 2003). PM

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Jozef Kasza, who heads the League of
Vojvodina Hungarians, told the Novi Sad daily "Magyar Szo" of 12 May
that unnamed Serbs are replacing ethnic Hungarians in unspecified
companies slated for privatization with Serbs from elsewhere in
former Yugoslavia, dpa reported. Kasza added that the Serbs in
question seek to use the privatization process to launder money
gained "dishonestly" in the Croatian, Bosnian, and Kosova conflicts
of the 1990s. PM

BOSNIAN SERB COMMANDER. Boris Tadic told the Belgrade daily
"Politika" of 11 May that the last documented contact between
indicted war criminal General Ratko Mladic and members of the former
Yugoslav Army was on 15 May 2002. Tadic added that an investigation
is now under way to see if any former army personnel stayed in touch
with Mladic after their retirement. PM

Adnan Terzic discussed economic cooperation and joint activities in
fighting organized crime with Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic
in Belgrade on 9 May, "Vesti" reported. The two leaders agreed to
work together at the EU's June Thessaloniki summit for the abolition
of the EU's visa requirement for citizens of their two countries.
Zivkovic stressed that Belgrade and Sarajevo must make it clear to
the EU that their two countries regard the visa issue as a political
question and not an economic one. In Podgorica, Terzic and Prime
Minister Djukanovic also agreed on the importance of convincing the
EU to end its visa requirement. Those two leaders also called for
setting up a regional free-trade zone, RFE/RL's South Slavic and
Albanian Languages Service reported. PM

Rossin, and William Montgomery -- who are the U.S. ambassadors to
Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia and Montenegro, respectively -- discussed
refugee returns, the need to arrest indicted war criminals, and the
fight against organized crime in Sarajevo on 9 May, RFE/RL's South
Slavic and Albanian Languages Service reported. Montgomery praised
the Serbian authorities' recent crackdown on organized crime but
noted that the fight against corruption continues (see "RFE/RL Balkan
Report," 9 May 2003). The previous day, Serbian Prime Minister
Zivkovic told the private Beta news agency that Serbian-U.S.
relations are the best they have been "in 50 years" because of U.S.
backing for Operation Saber, as the crackdown is officially known. He
added that Secretary of State Colin Powell recently told him that
Serbian firms will be able to play a role in the reconstruction of
Iraq, where they previously built "not just bunkers [but also] roads,
schools, and hospitals" (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 2 and 3 April 2003).

Rexhepi marked the 700th anniversary of the ethnically mixed
community of Janjevo by calling on its Croatian former inhabitants to
return, RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service
reported. He stressed that returnees will have the full support of
the local Albanians. Zagreb authorities helped resettle many members
of Kosova's long-standing ethnic Croatian communities in Croatia
after independence in 1991. Many of the migrants had difficulty
adapting to a more fast-paced society and to the standard Croatian
language. PM

joined other top Croatian officials, foreign ambassadors, tripartite
Bosnian Presidency member Sulejman Tihic, an unspecified number of
former inmates of the Jasenovac concentration camp, and other
individuals to mark the anniversary of the 11 May 1945 killing of
over 500 camp inmates who tried to escape their pro-Axis captors,
London's "The Independent" reported. The prisoners died as they
"tried to flee the camp where tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands
of Serbs, Jews, Gypsies, and antifascist Croats had been exterminated
during the war," the paper added. This was the first time that a
Croatian head of state attended the annual commemoration at
Jasenovac. Meanwhile, in Bleiburg in southern Austria, Bishop Zelimir
Puljic, who heads the Croatian Bishops' Conference, celebrated Mass
at a memorial service for at least 100,000 Croats killed by Josip
Broz "Tito's" Partisans in 1945. The dead included civilians,
reservists, and conscripts, as well as hardened pro-Axis fighters,
all of whom were handed over to the Partisans by British forces. Any
discussion of the Bleiburg killings was taboo in former Yugoslavia
before the collapse of communism in 1990. PM

STABILIZATION FORCES... President Ion Iliescu said on 9 May that
Romania is examining a request from Great Britain to deploy troops to
participate in the stabilization forces that are being set up to
monitor postwar Iraq, Romanian Radio reported. The forces would work
alongside British forces in one of the zones into which Iraq is to be
divided (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 6 and 7 May 2003). Defense Ministry
State Secretary George Mayor said the same day that Romania will send
peacekeeping troops to Iraq and that the forces will include
infantry, military police, and engineering troops, Mediafax reported.
Also on 9 May, Foreign Minister Mircea Geoana met in Washington with
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Administrator Andrew Natsios to discuss the participation of Romanian
companies in the reconstruction of Iraq, Romanian Radio reported. MS

May warned that remarks included in a recent U.S. Senate report on
the progress of democratization in Romania should not be taken
lightheartedly, Romanian Radio reported. The remarks were included in
a report before the upper house ratified Romania's and six other
candidate countries' NATO-accession protocols (see "RFE/RL Newsline,"
9 May 2003). The report said Romania must act resolutely against
corruption and called the Greater Romania Party (PRM), the country's
second-largest political party, a xenophobic formation. PRM Chairman
Corneliu Vadim Tudor responded that the remarks constitute an
"irresponsible act" reminiscent of the Cold War era. MS

ruling Social Democratic Party won 10 mayoral seats and the Hungarian
Democratic Federation of Romania two seats in local by-elections held
in 24 localities on 11 May, Romanian Radio reported the next day,
citing Public Administration Minister Octav Cozmanca. A runoff is to
take place on 18 May in the remaining 12 localities between the two
best-placed candidates, none of whom garnered more than 50 percent in
the first round. MS

arrived for a private visit to Romania that was to include visits to
the country's famous northern monasteries, Mediafax reported. Prince
Charles dined in Suceava privately with President Iliescu and some of
his councilors. Iliescu said Prince Charles's visit is of a private
nature and that Charles explicitly requested that its character be
respected. Iliescu said their talks were "warm and amiable" and that
Prince Charles "loves Romania" and decided to visit the northern
areas of the country after having paid a visit to Transylvania last
year. MS

REFLECTS 'MISUNDERSTANDING'... OSCE Mission Chief to Moldova William
Hill on 10 May said in an interview with RFE/RL's Romania-Moldova
Service that criticism of the OSCE's plan for the country's
federalization reflects a "mistaken comprehension of the notion of
federalization." He said the plan's critics believe its end result
will be "the de facto dismemberment of the country or a de facto
acceptance of the continuation of foreign, particularly Russian,
military presence in the Moldovan Republic." Hill said that "none of
these objections" is based on reality. He said the plan is aimed at
"the reunification of a [currently] divided country" and creating a
state with a joint economy, no restrictions on the free movement of
labor, and joint customs and defense systems. "Our objective is
certainly that of reaching an agreement on a reunified, independent,
and sovereign Moldova," he said. Hill added that the OSCE should
"perhaps to make our intentions more clear" to critics of the plan.
Popular Party Christian Democratic (PPCD) Chairman Iurie Rosca last
week in an interview with the BBC accused Hill of being driven by a
"clearly old-fashioned pro-Russian imperial mentality" and said, "The
best thing [Hill] can do for Moldova is leave." MS

of the daily "Flux " and the weekly "Timpul" on 10 May published an
open letter addressed to Hill in which they denied being driven by
"nationalist bias," the Moldovan news agency Flux reported. The
letter came in response to comments Hill allegedly made in letters to
the editors last week. They called the allegations "unfounded and
insulting." The two editors said Hill was reacting to an article in
which they had questioned his objectivity as a mediator. They said
the article to which Hill referred did not address national or
language-related issues and questioned only Hill's diplomatic
activity. The journalists said Hill is attempting to "avoid the
issues raised" and indulging in behavior inappropriate for a Western
diplomat. They also said Hill is attempting to misuse the OSCE "to
intimidate the growing number of critics of your activity as
mediator," and that the terminology he employs "is the same as that
used by the Soviet authorities in Moscow and Chisinau when we were
demanding our rights to [use] our mother tongue and to independence."

Victory Day ceremony held in Chisinau on 9 May to mark the end of
World War II, participants carried portraits of Stalin and
Russian-language banners reading "the Soviet Union is our
fatherland," RFE/RL's Chisinau bureau reported. The ceremony was
attended by President Vladimir Voronin, prominent members of the
ruling Party of Moldovan Communists, and Chisinau Mayor Serafim
Urechean. MS

MOODY'S IMPROVES MOLDOVA'S RATING. Moody's international rating
agency has upgraded Moldova's country-risk ratings for medium-and
long-term credits from Caa3 to Caa2 and for local-currency deposits
from Caa2 to Caa1, Infotag and Flux reported on 7 May. The agency
reportedly based its decision on the country's economic growth, which
is largely due to agricultural exports to Russia. Moody's warned,
however, that the Moldovan government still carries a large debt
burden and has not achieved significant progress in its privatization
process. In addition, the agency said the government has failed to
implement structural reforms and will continue to depend on foreign
loans to cover its budget deficit. ZsM/MS

U.S. RATIFICATION OF NATO PROTOCOLS. Foreign Minister Solomon Pasi
told journalists in Bulgaria on 9 May that the U.S. Senate's
ratification of Bulgaria's NATO-accession protocols "crowned 13 years
of continuous efforts" to join the alliance, BTA reported (see
"RFE/RL Newsline," 9 May 2003). Pasi made the comments upon returning
from Washington, D.C., where he participated in a meeting between
U.S. President George W. Bush and representatives of the seven states
whose NATO-accession protocols were ratified on 8 May. Pasi said that
"Bulgaria's approach to the Iraq crisis" played a "crucial" role in
the Senate's decision. The ratification "gave an additional green
light to the European Union's future enlargement as well," he said.
Pasi said Bush personally told him that the "Bulgarians are great
allies" and that he is sending Secretary of State Colin Powell to
Sofia this week "to express our respect for your country." MS

International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation headed by Jerald Schiff
arrived in Bulgaria on 9 May to review the implementation of
commitments Sofia undertook in December 2002, when the release of the
first $32 million tranche of a two-year $300 million standby loan was
approved by the IMF'S executive board, BTA and dpa reported. The
delegation will remain in Bulgaria until 20 May. Finance Minister
Milen Velchev was expected to conduct a first round of discussions
with Schiff on 12 May. IMF resident representative Piritta Sorsa told
the private Darik radio that the mission will focus on
inconsistencies in the budget, particularly pertaining to revenue and
spending targets. When the tranche was disbursed in December 2002,
IMF officials warned that the planned deficit of 0.7 percent of GDP
was based on overly optimistic revenue figures, according to dpa. MS

journalists on 10 May that unemployment in Bulgaria at the end of
April was 14.9 percent, down from 17.75 percent in April 2002, BTA
reported. She said unemployment rates have been steadily declining
since last year and that 126,500 fewer people are registered as being
unemployed compared to April 2002. Shuleva said the drop is partly
due to the implementation of a policy by which municipalities
registering high unemployment rates benefit from special incentives
related to income-tax cuts, which is designed to spur new jobs. She
said the special incentives will remain in place for five years. MS

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CONF./CFP- Kazakh Civilization, Kainar University, Almaty, July 6-9, 2003

Posted by: Kainar University <kainar(a)>
Posted: 13 May 2003

On July 6-9, 2003 the International Scientific Conference "The Kazakh 
Civilization in the Context of the World Historical Process" will be held in 
the Kainar University. The Conference devoted to 1600th anniversary of 
Attila is held with Institute CEDIMES Pantheon-Assas Paris-2.

The following topics are suggested for discussion:

 * The modern classification of Civilization;

 * Civilizations: culture, economics and war;

 * Person's role in the civilizational development;

 * Main values, institutions and dynamics of the Kazakh Civilization;

 * The Kazakh Civilization and problems of cultural identity;

 * The historical experience of the civilizational co-operation and

 * The Kazakh Civilization in the contemporary conditions.

The text must be edited scientifically, stylistically and technically and
not to contain information of the limited spreading. Material is to be ended
with the summary on two languages with the exception of language of the main
text: Kazakh, Russian (Resume) and English (Summary). Words Resume , Summary
and also Literature are to be given in the middle of the page using the
semi-reach script and the explaining text of 4-5 lines with the compulsory
introducing the title of your report in quotation marks is to be given
below. The participation in the conference is $50.

Publication of the materials will be carried out in accordance with the
requirements that are demanded to scientific publication before the
beginning of the conference.

We would like you to present the application for participating till May 30,
2003 and the materials of the reports before June 10, 2003 on the address:

Kainar University
office 203
7A Satpayev St. (corner of  Seifullina St.)
480013 Almaty
tel.: +7 (3272) 64-67-86, 62-95-54, 62-04-03
fax.: +7 (3272) 62-0403, 62-95-54
e-mail: <kainar(a)>

Conference program:

July 5 - day of arrival

July 6 - 9.00 registration, 10.00 an excursion, visiting cultural
activities, 19.00 visiting a performance;

July 7 - from 10.00 till 18.00 opening of the conference at KAINAR
University; sessions.

July 8 - from 10.00 till 13.00 plenary session (at the Conference Hall of
Hyatt Regency Hotel); (13.00 14.00 break), 17.00 conference closing, 19.00

July 9 - 10.00 meeting with the students

July 10 - departure

Application Form:



Place of work (country, city, name of organization)

Telephone, fax, e-mail

Theme of the report/paper

CONF./CFP- International Civil Society Conference, Ulaanbaatar, June 14-15

Posted by: ICSF-2003 Secretariat <icsf-2003(a)>
Posted: 9 May 2003

Dear Colleagues:

Please be informed that an International Civil Society Conference will be
organized in Mongolia on June 14-15, 2003 on Democracy, Good Governance
and Civil Society. Conclusions and recommendations of the Forum will feed
into the 5th International Conference of New or Restored Democracies that
the Government of Mongolia will be hosting on June 18-19, 2003 in

The major goal of the International Civil Society Forum (ICSF) on Democracy,
Good Governance and Civil Society will therefore be to explore the avenues
for responding to the challenges facing democratic movements and civil
society organizations in the countries of new and restored democracies from
the perspective of the civil society by bringing together our own analyses
of the current status of democratic systems, institutions, and processes
worldwide. The Forum will also address the challenges to democracy-building
at global, regional and national levels, the nature of civil society and its
critical role in the processes of democratic institutionalization and
consolidation, especially in post-conflict countries.

For more information on this event, I will be happy to provide a document
"Call for Participation and Papers" and a Tentative Agenda of the Forum. If
you are interested in participating in the ICSF-2003 or having a
representative of your organization attend this Forum, please visit our
website at <> to get more information and fill out an
application form online.

We encourage submissions of abstracts for presentations from those who would
be interested in contributing as panelists and speakers and particularly
from academics, activists and media professionals who focus on policy
analysis, research and advocacy on civil society and democratization issues
in a comparative perspective. The Deadline for the submission of
applications and one-page abstracts has been extended until May 10, 2003.

We would be very much appreciate it if you could disseminate the information
on the ICSF-2003 to your partner organizations in your country and region,
whom you consider might be interested in participating in the ICSF-2003 in
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Lkhasuren, B.
Liaison Officer, B.
ICSF-2003 Secretariat

CONFERENCE PROGRAM- CIAS 2003, University of Toronto, May 23-24

Posted by: Gillian Long <gillian.long(a)>
Posted: 7 May 2003

Please check our website <> for last minute 
updates to the programme.



FRIDAY & SATURDAY MAY 23 & 24, 2003


($10 for Students and Seniors)
includes light lunch and mid-session refreshments on both days

Phone & Fax 416 978 4882
E-mail: <gillian.long(a)>

For UPDATES on programme information please check our web site:

The activities of the Central and Inner Asian Seminar are generously
supported by the Asian Institute, the Centre for the Study of Religion, and
the School of Graduate  Studies, all of the University of Toronto.


8.30 Registration /coffee/ book sales
Photo Exhibition - Mongolia's Struggle for Independence in the 20th Century

9.00 Opening remarks
  * His Excellency BATSUKH Galsan, Ambassador of Mongolia to Canada
  * Dean Michael MARRUS, School of Graduate Studies
  * Professor Michael DONNELLY, Director, Asian Institute

9.15 His Excellency BATSUKH Galsan, Ambassador of Mongolia to Canada:
"Mongolia-Canada: Road to a new partnership"

9.45 NIKNAMI, Dr. Kamal, University of  Tehran, Iran:
"The African Emergence and Early Human Expansion into the Near East and
Central Asia"

10.15 FORAGE, Dr. Paul, Florida Atlantic University, USA:
"Orthography and the Geo-Politics of Eleventh Century Asia"

10.45 Coffee break

11.00 SOBTI, Manu, College of Architecture, Atlanta GA, USA:
"The Oases Settlements of Central Asia"

11.30 PAPOLI, Leila, University of Tehran, Iran:
"An ethno-archaeological perspective of the Lack of Agricultural Land and
Multi Professions in Miyankuh"

12.00 GARAZHIAN, Omran, University of Tehran, Iran:
"Miyankuh People: Adaptation of village plans in their environment"

12.30 SHAMATOV, Duishon, OISE/University of Toronto:
"Visions and realities of a young history teacher from a village in post
Soviet Kyrgystan"

1.00 LUNCH (Provided)

1.45 KHAMIDOV, Alisher, Notre-Dame University, South Bend IN, USA:
"Organized Opposition and Civil Unrest: The Case of Kyrgyzstan"

2.15 ZHAO, Dr. George Qingzhi, University of Toronto:
"'One-way marriages': The Imperial Marriages between the Mongol Royal Clan
and the Uighur Idug-qut's Clan during the 13th and 14th Centuries"

2.45 BUNN, Dr. Stephanie, Open University, England:
"The Interaction between Land and People among Kyrgyz Nomadic Pastoralists
in Central Asia"

3.15 BEKTEMIROV, Dr. Kuatbay and Luke POTOSKI, Indiana University,
Bloomington  IN, USA:
"A Market for Water Use in Central Asia: Instituting the Bank of the Aral
Sea and Grass-root Water User Associations"

3.45 Coffee break

4.00 JAYYUSI-LEHN, Ghada, University of Toronto:
"Edessa: A Holy City in the Muslim-Crusader Conflict"

4.30 WILLIAMS, Dr. Brian, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, USA:
"From Dar al-Harb (Realm of War with the Infidel) to Anavatan (Motherland):
Changing Perceptions of Land among the Crimean Tatars (1783 to the Soviet Era)"

5.00 SHIRAZI, Dr. Habibollah, Tehran Azad University, Iran:
"Land Reform in Central Asia: Tajikistan and Kyrgystan"


8.45 Registration /coffee/ book sales

9.00 GANIEVA, Iroda, Taskhent, Uzbekistan: "Uzbek folk music and modern life"

9.30 YADOLLAHI, Sima, University of Tehran, Iran:
"An Analytical Study of Monuments, Architecture and Data in southern
Turkmenia and Western Iran"

10.00 LEITICH, Keith, Seattle WA, USA:
"Globalization and the Politics of Identity: Political Islam in the Ferghana

10.30 Coffee break

10.45 USMANOVA, Dr Rokhat, Tashkent, Uzbekistan:
"Water Consumption Management Factor for Sustainable Development of Uzbekistan"

11.15 McGREGOR, Dr. Andrew, Aberfoyle International Security Analysis, Toronto:
"Khalifate in Central Asia: Islamist ambition or political fantasy?"

11.45 BOJKOV, Peter, International Consultant, Toronto:
"The Mining Industry of Kazakhstan: economic and social impacts"

12.15 LUNCH (Provided)

1.00 WAUGH, Dr. Daniel, University of Washington, Seattle WA, USA:
"C.P. Skrine's 'Kongur Alps'"

1.30 MENDIKULOVA, Dr. Gulnara, Almaty, Kazakhstan:
"Kazakhstan's State Borders as Source of Conflicts: Land and People"

2.00 DASHPUREV, Professor of History, Sociology & Philosophy, Ulaanbaatar
University, Mongolia:
"Mongolia's Political Survival in the 20th century"

2.30 ALIBEKOVA, Rinata, KIMEP Center for Research and Development, Almaty,
"Deconsolidation of Kazakh Identity: Causes and Prospects"

3.00 Coffee Break

3.15 KARIMOV, Fayzillo, Uzbekistan Art Academy, Samarkand, Uzbekistan:
"Ecology of Soil in Samarkand"

3.45 SOPUEVA, Nurjan Junusovna, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic:
"Great Silk Road and Interrelations of the People of Central and Middle Asia"

4.15  MAMATOV, Kanatbek, Whitefield NGO, Osh, Kyrgyzstan:
"Development Methodology in Kyrgyzstan"

Professor Michael Gervers

OSI FORUM- Sarah Chayes, Security in Afghanistan, May 8, New York

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)>
Posted: 5 May 2003

The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend

Field Report from Kandahar: Security in Afghanistan's South


Sarah Chayes

of Afghans for Civil Society

Friday, May 9, 2003
8:30 - 10:00 am
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Room 3B
New York, NY 10019

After reporting for years for National Public Radio in the Balkans,
North Africa, and the Middle East, as well as her base in Paris, Sarah
Chayes is taking a break from radio to make a direct contribution to
reconstructing a post-conflict society.  She is helping run an Afghan
non-governmental, non-profit organization, Afghans for Civil Society.
Based in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, its primary mission
is to bring to Afghanistan some of the intellectual resources necessary
for formulating constructive public policy.  It is also sponsoring
community-to-community projects, such as a sister-school initiative and
the rebuilding of houses destroyed during the recent conflict.

 >From 1996, Ms. Chayes was Paris reporter for National Public Radio.  Her
work during the Kosovo crisis earned her the 1999 Foreign Press Club and
Sigma Delta Chi awards, together with other members of the NPR team. She
has also reported from Algeria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Serbia and
Bosnia, as well as covering the International War Crimes Tribunal, and
the European Union.  Before that, Ms. Chayes free-lanced from Paris for
a variety of radio and print outlets, including Monitor Radio, Radio
Deutsche Welle, and The Christian Science Monitor.  She began her radio
career in 1991 at Monitor Radio's Boston, MA headquarters.

Ms. Chayes has a B.A. in history and an M.A. in history and Middle
Eastern studies from Harvard.

To RSVP please fax this sheet to Erin Finnerty at (646) 557-2413 or
e-mail a response to <efinnerty(a)>.



E-mail address:

__ I will attend the May 9th event.

__ I will not attend the May 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 <>.

ROUNDTABLE- Kazakhstan in a Changing Geopolitical Context, SOAS, London, May 8

Posted by: Bhavna Dave <bd4(a)>
Posted: 2 May 2003


Kazakhstan in a Changing Geopolitical Context: Perspectives from the 
Opposition Movement "Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan"

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & The Caucasus
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London


 * Prof. Nurbulat Massanov
   President of Kazakhstani Association of Political Science and a Political
   "Security and the Interests of the Major Regional and Global Actors"

 * Tolen Tokhtasynov
   Member of Parliament of Kazakhstan
   "Western Economic Interests in Kazakhstan"

 * Rashid Nougmanov
   Member of the Opposition Movement 'Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan'
   "Democratization and Human Rights in Kazakhstan's Relations with the West"

Thursday, 8 May, 5-7pm
Room 116, 1st floor, Main Building
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & The Caucasus
University of London
Russell Square, London WC1 OXG.



Bhavna Dave
Tel: 020 7898 4734
E-mail: <bd4(a)>


Sarah Jones (Centres Office)
Tel: (020) 7898 4893
E-mail: <centres(a)>

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 <> for other events that may be of interest.

CONFERENCE UPDATE- CIAS Conference, University of Toronto, May 23-24, 2003

Posted by: Gillian Long <gillian.long(a)>
Posted: 2 May 2003

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to re-assure you that we are continuing with our plans to host 
the 9th Annual Conference of the Central and Inner Asia Seminar at the 
University of Toronto on May 23-24, 2003.

You have probably all heard by now of the World Health Organization's 
advisory against non-essential travel to Toronto because of the outbreak of 
SARS in the city.  As someone who lives and works in Toronto and travels 
regularly by public transit, I can assure you that life is really quite 
normal in the city.  The outbreak is largely confined to the hospital sector 
and the risk to the general public remains very low.

Consequently authorities in Toronto are quite confident that the advisory 
will not be extended when the WHO re-examine the situation in three weeks 
time.  We are hopeful that there will be no need to cancel or postpone the 
conference.   We will post information regularly on our website 
<> click on CIAS.  Feel free to email me or call me at 
(416) 978-4882 if you have any questions.

Late May is a lovely time to visit Canada.  We are looking forward to seeing 
you at CIAS 2003.


Gillian Long
Administrative Organizer
CIAS 2003

CONF./CFP- Social Structure of Contemporary Kazakhstan, Astana, June 12, 2003

Posted by: Aigul Zabirova <aigulzabirova(a)>
Posted: 2 May 2003

International Conference: Social Structure of Contemporary Kazakhstan Society
Astana, Kazakhstan
June 12, 2003

Sponsored by the Association of Sociologists of Kazakhstan

Papers (in English, Kazakh and Russian) are invited for international
conference of the Association of Sociologists of Kazakhstan. The main theme
is Social Structure of Contemporary Kazakhstan Society and sessions topics

1) Peculiarities of the Stratification Processes in the Society of

2) Social-Economic Structure of the Contemporary Society of Kazakhstan

3) Social-Demographic, Occupational-Status and Ethnosocial Structure of the
    Contemporary Kazakhstan Society

4) Political Stratification of the Society of Kazakhstan

5) Researches on Social Structures: Methodology and Problems of Empirical

The conference will be held at the Department of Sociology of the L. N.
Gumilev Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Leading sociologists, philosophers, political scientists, demographers,
economists of Kazakhstan and Commonwealth of Independent States are expected
to attend.

Interested scholars, please send your abstracts by May 15, 2003
to the Association of Sociologists of Kazakhstan at: <ask_astana(a)>.

LECTURE- Radical Islam in Central Asia, Barnett Rubin, Asia Society, May 7,

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)>
Posted: 24 Apr 2003

Please reply to <boxo(a)>.

Asia Society and The Center for Religious Inquiry at St. Bartholomew's
Church cordially invite you to the launch of:

The Asia Series on Religious Violence with

Barnett R. Rubin, Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, Center on
International Cooperation, New York University


"Radical Islam in Central Asia"

Wednesday, May 7, 2003
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th St. New York, NY 10021

Following the collapse of communism and the breakup of the Soviet Union
in 1991, many thought that the five Central Asian republics would unite
with the wider Muslim world to create a fundamentalist Islamic bloc in
the region.  The assumption did not materialize, although Central Asia
saw the resurgence of Islam, a predictable reaction to Islam> '> s long
oppression under Soviet rule.  This issue resurfaced again when a civil
war broke out in Tajikistan in 1992 and the Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan (IMU) began its military operations into Kyrgyzstan and
Uzbekistan territories in the summer of 1999.  In their effort to
counteract the perceived Islamic revival, the Central Asian governments
responded with vigorous crackdown on unsanctioned Islamic groups,
imprisonment of the religious leaders, and repression of opposition
members.  The battle to have secular governments and undermine Islamic
movements has turned Central Asia, the birthplace of Sufism--a tolerant
and moderate form of Islamic mysticism--into a battleground for radical
Islam and protracted religious conflicts. Discussion will center on the
following issues:

 * What are the roots of religious conflicts in Central Asia?
 * What are the internal and external factors fueling the
   politicization and resurgence of radical Islam?
 * What are the implications for regional and global stability of
   Islamic radicalization?

Please register in advance.
$5 Students; $7 Members / NGOs; $10 Nonmembers

To register, please call the Box Office at (212) 517-ASIA, send
complete information by fax at (212) 517-8315, or email to

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, Sahin Alpay, Turkey and the War in Iraq, May 8, Wash DC

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)>
Posted: 24 Apr 2003

Please note that this event will be in the Washington office of the Open
Society Institute.

To RSVP, please send an email to <cmadison(a)>.

The Central Eurasia Project and OSI-DC invite you to attend

Turkey and the War in Iraq


Dr. Sahin Alpay

of Bahcesehir University, Istanbul

Thursday, May 8, 2003
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Open Society Institute - DC
1120 Nineteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Dr. Sahin Alpay is currently a lecturer in Turkish Politics at the
Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bahcesehir
University, Istanbul, and writes a thrice weekly column for the daily Zaman.
  He was opinion page editor and columnist for the Turkish daily newspapers
Cumhuriyet, Sabah and Zaman (1982 - 2001), and presented a weekly interview
program for CNN - Turk (1999 - 2002). He has lectured in Turkish politics at
the Near Eastern Studies Department of Princeton University (Spring 1998).

Please RSVP to Chris Madison at <cmadison(a)>.



E-mail address:

__ I will attend the May 8th event.

__ I will not attend the May 8th event.

ROUNDTABLE- Les petites Langues du Caucase aujourd'hui, Istanbul, April 30

Posted by: Bayram Balci <bayram.balci(a)>
Posted: 23 Apr 2003

Programme de recherche sur le Caucase et

ORIENT INSTITUT Der Deutschen Morgenlandischen Gesellschaft
Susam Sokak, n° 16-18

Avec le soutien de l'Institut Suédois d'Istanbul
Istiklal Caddesi n° 497

Table ronde

"Les petites Langues du Caucase aujourd'hui: pour une archéologie de sauvetage"

Mercredi 30 avril

9h: Ouverture de la table ronde par Paul Dumont, directeur de l'IFEA et
Bayram Balci, responsable du programme "Turquie-Caucase"

9h15: G. Charachidzé (Professeur Emérite à l'INALCO, Paris): "Sauvetage" et
mort de l'ubykh, et autres terrains caucasiques en Turquie."

9h45: S. Chirikba (Université de Leiden): "Un dialecte Abkhaz retrouvé: le

10h30: A. Toumarkine (Université de Galatasaray, Istanbul): "Conscience
ethnique et pratique des langues dans la diaspora tcherkesse"


11h30: B. Outtier (Université de Genève/CNRS, Paris), "Une langue nakh en
voie d'extinction en Géorgie : le bats"

12h15: G. Authier (CNRS/Llacan, Paris): "Pour une transcription à base
"latine (turque)" des langues caucasiques d'Azerbaïdjan"

13h: W. Schulze (Université de Munich): "Histoire et préhistoire de l'udi: à
propos des recherches en cours sur l'albanien"

Lieu: Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennes, Nuru Ziya Sokak, n° 22,
Tel: 00 90 212 244 17 17
Fax: 00 90 212 252 80 91
Mobile: 00 90 536 363 10 23


Bayram BALCI:
<bayram.balci(a)> ou <bayram.balci(a)>

Claus SCHÖNIG: <oiist(a)>

Sidsel BRAATEN: <sidsel.braaten(a)>

WORKSHOP- 5th BIPS Workshop for Research on Iran, Edinburgh Univ., April 25-26

Posted by: Evangelos Venetis <evangelosvenetis(a)>
Posted: 23 Apr 2003

25-26 April 2003

Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Edinburgh
7-8 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh, Scotland

Friday 25 April 25

Dr Ali Ansari, University of Durham
'Constructing an indigenous historical narrative: Persian sources
for the study of contemporary Iran'

Dr Marjan Mashkour, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle/CNRS
'Archaeozoology in Iran'

10.30 -11.00 break

Mr Dominic Brookshaw, University of Oxford
'Majlis-i sharab: the context and setting of medieval Persian
ghazal poetry performance'

Mr Evangelos Venetis, University of Edinburgh
'Shahnamah and Iskandarnamah: Common themes derived from the
Pseudo-Callisthenes' literary tradition'

12.00-2.00 lunch


Ms Amy Landau, University of Oxford
'New Julfa: threads of westernisation in 17th-century Iran'

Mr Ali Reza Anisi, University of Edinburgh
'Medieval Iranian Tomb Towers'

3.00- 3.30 tea

Professor Robert Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh
Medieval Architecture in Turkmenistan

Dr Gabriele Puschnigg, University of London
'Themes in Sasanian pottery: potential and limitation of
comparative studies in pre-Islamic ceramics'

Saturday 26 April,  9.30 - 12.00

Dr Andrew Meadows, The British Museum
'The Malayer Hoard: Greek coinage in fifth-century Media 'Meadows

Dr Paul Luft, University of Durham
'The Bakhtiari Lions Project'

10.30 - 11.00 break

Dr Andrew Newman, University of Edinburgh
'A New Question for Safavid Studies'

Dr Lloyd Ridgeon, University of Glasgow
'Researching Ahmad Kasravi and the Sufism'

12.00-2.00 lunch

2.00 - 4.00

Dr Derek Kennet, University of Durham
'The Williamson Collection Project - Sasanian and Medieval Iran in
its regional setting'

Mr Seth Priestman, The British Museum
'The Williamson Collection Project: aims, methods, and some
preliminary results'

Ms Rosalind Haddon, University of London
'The Paradox of Uniformity in Underglaze Painted Wares of 14/15th
Century Iran and Her Neighbours'

3.30- tea and close

LECTURE- Dr. Pulat Shozimov, Afghanistan and Iraq, Brown University, April 28

Posted by: William Beeman <William_Beeman(a)>
Posted: 22 Apr 2003

"The American Incursions in Afghanistan and Iraq from a Central Asian

Dr. Pulat Shozimov
Associate Director, Aga Khan Humanities Project
Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Philosophy Section
Tajikistan Academy of Sciences
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Monday, April 28

Joukowsky Forum
Watson Institute for International Studies
111 Thayer Street
Providence, RI

Dr. Shozimov is one of the leading academicians in Central Asia. The Aga
Khan Humanities Project, for which he is associate director, is a program to
reform higher education throughout Central Asia. He also carries out an
extensive multi-disciplinary research program dealing with culture and the
formation of national identity in Central Asia. Dr. Shozimov was a visiting
scholar at the Watson Institute in 2000-2001.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the talk

William O. Beeman
Departments of Anthropology;
Theatre, Speech and Dance
Director, Middle East Studies
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-3251; (401) 863-7063 [direct]
Fax: (775) 306-3931 [sends to my computer]; (401) 863-7588 [sends paper to
my office]
Email: William_Beeman(a) [standard], 5712361135(a) [sends
to cell phone]
Web page: <>

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

Posted by: Ilse Cirtautas <icirt(a)>
Posted: 18 Apr 2003

University of Washington

Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization


Founded in 1987


Program for Spring Quarter 2003

President: Christina Szabo
E-mail: <cmszabo(a)>

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

April 17

"A View on Recent Developments in Uzbekistan"
Mirzohid Rahimov, Senior Researcher, Institute of History of the Academy
of Sciences of Uzbekistan, Tashkent
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

April 24

"The Uighurs in Kazakhstan: Ethnic Identity in the Post-Soviet Era"
William Clark, Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology,
University of Washington
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

April 25

Meeting with Professor Greg Gleason, Department of Political Science,
University of New Mexico, President of the Central Eurasian Studies
Society (CESS)
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

April 26

Ninth Annual REECAS Regional Conference:
"Changing Roles and Shifting Boundaries in Europe and Eurasia"
University of Washington, Bothell Campus, Bothell, WA
9:00 am-5:00 pm
For registration and information e-mail: <reecas(a)>

April 28

Donald W. Treadgold Memorial Lecture:

"Belief and Knowledge in Islamic Central Eurasia: The Northern Tier in the
18th and 19th Centuries"
Edward Lazzerini, Professor of Central Eurasian and Chinese History,
University of New Orleans
Parrington Forum, 3:30 pm

April 29-30

The National Bureau of Asian Research (Seattle) presents:


University of Washington, Waterfront Activities Center
For information, registration and program call (206) 632-7370
or e-mail <mkarim(a)>

April 30

"Islam in Central Asia"
Michael Speckhard and Richard Grimes, Analysts from the CIAs Office of
Russian and European Affairs
Thomson Hall 317, 3:30 pm

May 8

Rescheduled from Winter Quarter:
"Introduction to Our New Central Asian Website"
Tyler Capes, Undergraduate Student, Political Science and Near Eastern
Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall, 112, 12:30-1:30 pm

May 9

Program to be announced

May 15

"The Uzbek Poet and Writer Gafur Gulom (1903-1964): A Contribution to the
100 th Anniversary of His Birthday"
Ilse D. Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

May 17

Fifteenth Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium on Central/Inner Asian Studies
For information call (206) 543-9963 or e-mail: <icirt(a)>

May 22

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: A Regional Relationship
Anara Jamasheva (Bishkek) and Mirzohid Rahimov (Tashkent)
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

May 23

Review of Recent Publications on/in Kyrgyzstan: Abdldajan Akmataliev,
Tandalgan garmalarnn jnag, 2. vol.: Adabiyat taanuu, Bishkek, 1998.
Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

May 29

"Review of Recent Publications on/in Kazakhstan: Selected Publications on/by
Muxtar Auezov (1897-1961)"
Ilse D. Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 215,
12:30-1:30 pm

May 30

"Review of Recent Publications on/in Uzbekistan: Publications on Dukchi
Ishan, Leader of a Revolt Against Russian Colonialism (1898)"
Presenter: to be announced
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

CONF./CFP- Association for the Study of Persianate Societies, Yerevan, Apr 2004

Posted by: Rudolph P. Matthee <matthee(a)>
Posted: 18 Apr 2003

ASPS 2nd Biennial Convention
Society, History and Culture in the Persianate World
Yerevan, Armenia
2-4 April 2004

Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2003

The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) calls for your
participation in its Second Biennial Convention, titled "Society, History
and Culture in the Persianate World," to take place in Yerevan, Armenia, 2-4
April 2004.

Interested scholars in the U.S. should send their name, address, e-mail
address, affiliation, title of proposed paper and a 1-2 page abstract to:

Rudi Matthee
History Department
Munroe Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
E-mail: <matthee(a)>
Fax: (302) 831-1535.

Proposals for special panels from Europe and Russia, India, Iran, Pakistan,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan should be submitted either directly or through one
of our regional offices listed below. Proposals sent by e-mail or fax will
be accepted. Topics include culture, language and literature, religion and
philosophy, democracy and civil society, politics, economic history,
technology and economy, history and memory, and art, archaeology and
architecture. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2003. It is
anticipated that ASPS will obtain a grant to reimburse travel expenses for
participants from India, Pakistan, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia,
and to assist participants from the United States and Western Europe who are
not supported by their own institutions. ASPS, Iran, will seek a similar
grant to cover travel expenses of participants from Iran.

Regional Offices

Council for Eurasia:
Institute of Oriental Philology
Jagiellonian University
al. Mickiewicza 9/11
31-120 Krakow
E-mail: <krasnowo(a)>

Caucasian Centre for Iranian Studies
Khorenatsi str. 26
375010 Yerevan
Republic of Armenia
Tel/Fax: (3741) 56-72-07, (3741) 55-61-91
E-mail: <caucas(a)>

Department of Sociology
Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tehran
near Pol-e Gheysha
Tehran, Iran
Tel: 98-21-802 59 17
E-mail: <jshadi(a)>

Centre for Historical Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi 10067
E-mail: A. W. AZHAR DEHLVI <azhar(a)>

Institute of Language and Literature
21 Rudaki St.
Tel: 992-372-21 60 11 992-372-21 60 11
E-mail: Bahriddin Aliev <aliev_bt(a)>

French Institute for the Study of Central Asia (IFEAC)
18A Rakatboshi Street (ex-Shpilkov)
700031 Tashkent
E-mail: <ekarimov(a)>

CONFERENCE RESCHEDULED- Mustafa Tchokay Conf. Rescheduled, Istanbul, May 1

Posted by: Bayram Balci <bayram.balci(a)>
Posted: 18 Apr 2003

[This conference was originally scheduled to be held on April 22.  It has 
been rescheduled for May 1.]



Mustafa Tchokay: L'infatigable opposant au pouvoir soviétique en Asie
centrale: sa vie et son combat (1890-1941)

Dr. Abdulvahap KARA
Université Mimar Sinan, département d'histoire

Le 1er Mai 2003 à 17 heures

Programme de recherche "Turquie-Caucase"
22, Nuru Ziya Sokak, n° 22
Tel: 0 212 244 17 17

Sous la responsabilité de Bayram BALCI
Mail: <bayram.balci(a)>
Mail 2: <bayram.balci(a)>

Entré libre/Giris Serbest

Konferans dili/Langue de la conférence:


CONFERENCE PROGRAM- Islam at the Turn of Two Centuries, Columbia Univ., April 24

Posted by: Peter James Sinnott <pjs7(a)>
Posted: 18 Apr 2003


Islam at the Turn of Two Centuries in Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia:
The Struggle to Endure

April 24, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

School of International & Public Affairs
Columbia University
Room 1501 International Affairs Building
420 West 118th St.
New York, NY

Sponsored by:

The Harriman Institute
The Caspian Project
The East European, Russian, and Eurasian National Resource Center

9:00 am Welcoming Remarks Peter Sinnott, conference convenor.

Tadeusz Swietochowski. Professor of History, Monmouth University
"Islam in the Politics of Azerbaijan"

Robert Bruce Ware. Professor, Philosophy Dept., Southern Illinois
University - Edwardsville.
"Political Stability and Political Islam in Dagestan and Chechnya"

Ahmet Kanlidere. Associate Professor, University of Marmara,
Istanbul, Turkey.
"The Crisis of Russian Islam at the turn of the Twentieth Century"

Uli Schamiloglu. Professor of Turkic & Central Eurasian Studies,
University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Gulnar Kendirbai. Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Harriman Institute
"Islam and Identity in the Discourse of the Kazak Intelligentsia:
The Nomadic Perspective

11:30 am-12:00 pm  Discussion

12-1 pm Lunch

1 pm-5 pm
Shawn Lyons. Assistant Dean, University of Virginia -Charlottesville.
"Islamic Politics in the Jadid Reformist Dramas of Abdurauf Fitrat"

Peter Sinnott. Caspian Project, Harriman & Middle East Institutes, School of
International and Public Affairs, Columbia University"
"Paradise Lost: The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Namangan and Beyond"

Anara Tabyshalieva. Chair, Institute for Regional Studies,
Kyrgyzstan; Visiting Scholar, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute,
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.
"Central Asia: Traditional Islam and Transnational Religious Groups"

Craig Macrae. Associate Professor, Berklee School of Music, Boston.
"Uzbek Popular Song and the Affirmation of Central Asian Muslim Values"

Pulat Shozimov. Project Officer, Curriculum Development, Aga Khan
Trust for Culture, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
"An Existentialist and Pluralistic Understanding of Islam in Central Asia"

The School of International and Public Affairs is located at 420
West 118th St. (just off Amsterdam). It is accessible by subway on the
number 1 or 9 trains at the 116th St. stop and walk one block east.

LECTURE- Stalin's Ethnic Cleansing of the Meskhetian Turks, London, May 12

Posted by: Otto Pohl <pohlcat(a)>
Posted: 17 Apr 2003

Bitter Tears: Stalin's Ethnic Cleansing of the Meskhetian Turks and
Their Struggle for Rehabilitation, 1944-1985

Speaker: J. Otto Pohl
Writer and Historian

Monday, 12 May 5:00pm
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London
B111, 1st floor, Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Russell Square
London WC1H OXG

If anybody planning on attending the talk would like an electronic draft of
the paper beforehand, please contact Mr. Pohl by e-mail at

CONFERENCE PROGRAM- Religion & Politics in the Caucasus, CMI, Yerevan, Apr. 18-19

Posted by: Vicken Cheterian <vicken.cheterian(a)>
Posted: 17 Apr 2003

The Caucasus Media Institute is organizing a conference on:

Religion and Politics in the Caucasus

The religious factor in the political discourse in the South and North

10:00 a.m., April 18-19, 2003, in Yerevan.

Caucasus Media Institute
Demirchyan Pagughi 23
375002 Yerevan, ARMENIA
Tel: +374 1 540631/540632
Web: <>

The Caucasus Media Institute organizes a scientific conference focused on
the role of religious factor in the political discourse in the Caucasus. The
conference aims to reflect on the place of religion in the ongoing political
developments of both the Northern and the Southern Caucasus.

A broad spectrum of topics will be discussed during the conference

 * Religious trends and political systems in the South Caucasus;
 * Religion and Homeland-Diaspora relations in the Soviet and
   post-Soviet period (the case of Armenia-Diaspora relations);
 * Social basis for religious radicalization in the North Caucasus;
 * The place of religion in nation-making;
 * Religion and politics in public opinion formation.

The speakers are (in order of appearance):

 * Tadeusz Swietochowski, Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA
 * Ivlian Haindrava,Center for Development and Cooperation, Georgia
 * Edward Melkonian, Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences,
 * Dmitri Furman, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
 * Alexander Iskandarian, CMI, Armenia
 * Said-Mohammad Hasiev, National Museum of the Chechen Republic, Russia
 * Arthur Tsutsiev, North Ossetian Institute for Humanitarian and Social
   Studies, Russia

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English.

The papers of the conference will be later published in book form.

For further information please contact at:

Tel.: (374 1) 54 06 31; 54 06 32
E-mail: <contact(a)> (Diana Hakobian, Reception)
or <research(a)> (Ruzanna Amiraghyan, Research Unit)

Conference Program

Friday, April 18:

10:00-10:30  Registration of participants

10:30-10:45  Opening Address

Vicken Cheterian, Director, CMI, Yerevan, Armenia
Alexander Iskandarian, Head of Research Unit, CMI, Yerevan, Armenia

Session I: South Caucasus
Moderated by Alexander Iskandarian

10:50-11:20  Tadeusz Swietochowski, Monmouth University, New Jersey
"The Islamic Trends in the Politics of Azerbaijan"

11:20-11:50  Ivlian Haindrava, Center for Development and Cooperation
"Religion in Georgia: the 21st Century"

11:50-12:20  Edward Melkonian, Institute of History, National Academy of
"The Armenian Apostolic Church in the Armenia-Diaspora Relations"

12:20-13:00  Coffee break

13:00-14:00  Discussion

14:00-15:30  Lunch

Session II: Russia. North Caucasus
Moderated by Paata Zakareishvili

15:30-16:00  Dmitri Furman, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences
"Religion and Politics in the Russian Mass Consciousness"

16:00-16:30  Alexander Iskandarian, CMI
"The Social Basis for Islamic Extremism in the North Caucasus"

16:30-17:30  Discussion

Saturday, April 19:

Session III: North Caucasus
Moderated by Edward Melkonian

10:00-10:30  Said-Mohammad Hasiev, National Museum of the Chechen Republic
"On the Role and the Place of Religious Factor in the Deep-laid Reasons of
the Russian-Chechen Conflict"

10:30-11:00  Arthur Tsutsiev, North Ossetian Institute for Humanitarian and
Social Studies
"Neopaganism in Ossetian National Ideology in the Making"

11:00-11:30  Coffee break

11:30-12:30  Discussion

12:30-13:00  Concluding remarks. Closing

Caucasus Media Institute assists in the development of mass media in the
Caucasus. Our aim is to achieve a professional standard of journalism
capable to inform the public and offer debate through the mass media. CMI
works in three directions: To introduce international standards of reporting
in journalism in the Caucasus, To form journalists in the use of new
technologies which are reshaping the media profession, To offer background
knowledge and critical analysis of recent developments in our area of

CMI brings together training and research, so that our practical experience
is enriched by our efforts to better understand the changing socio-political
conditions in post-Soviet Caucasus.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM- Why Democracy and Why Now?, CSID, May 16-17

Posted by: Radwan A. Masmoudi <radwan.masmoudi(a)>
Posted: 16 Apr 2003


Tentative Program


CSID's Fourth Annual Conference
May 16-17, 2003
Wyndham Washington, DC Hotel
1400 M Street, NW, Washington DC, 20005

Friday: May 16, 2003

12:30 p.m. Registration
Friday Prayers

2:00 p.m. Opening Statements:

Radwan A. Masmoudi, President of CSID

Professor Ali A. Mazrui, Chair of the Board of Directors, CSID

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Panel I
The Role of Women and Gender in the Governance of Muslim States

Chair: Professor Aziza Al-Hibri

Nimat Hafez Barazangi: "Domestic Democracy: The Road to National and
International Democracy"

Lauhona Ganguly: "Gender in the Governance of Islamic States"

Nazia Khandwala: "The Correlation between the Status of Women and Weak
Democratization: A Case Study of Pakistan"

Meena Sharify-Funk: "Overcoming the Barriers: The Role of Critical Islam in
Empowering Muslim Women"


4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Coffee Break

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Panel II
The Two Cities - Religious and Secular in Governance of the Muslim Peoples

Chair: Louay Safi

Douglas E. Streusand: "The Historical Muslim City: Lessons for the
Discourse on Islam and Democracy"

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd: A Moving Target: Democracy and the Place of
Religion in Muslim Public Life"

Megan Rief: "Legitimacy of Sources of Worldly and Religious Authority in
Political Decision-making"

Benjamin Jensen: "The Nexus of God and Citizen - Decoding Natural Law:
Christian Traditions in Western Democracy and Their Parallels in Islam"


7:00 p.m. Banquet Dinner

Moderator: Radwan Masmoudi


Lorne Craner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and

Saadeddine Ibrahim, Leading democracy advocate in Egypt

Abdelaziz Sachedina, Author of "The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism"

Saturday: May 17, 2003

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Panel III
Critical Assessment of Islamic Resources and their Appropriateness for
Building Democratic Institutions

Chair: Joseph Montville

Asma Asfaruddin: "Obedience to Political Authority: An Evolutionary

M. A. Muqtader Khan: "The Islamic State: Classical Understanding and
Postcolonial Departures"

Kamran A. Bokhari: "Operationalizing Islamic Democracy: Challenges and

Riffat A. Dika: "Akhbari/Usuli Debate and Islamic Political Theology Today"


10:30 - 11:00 a.m.Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 p.m. Panel IV
Ijtihad and its Application in Providing Cultural Legitimization to Democracy

Chair: Nimat Hafez Barazangi

Margo Hoef: "Prosperity, Fundamentalism, and Democracy"

Mahruq Khan and Lauren Langman: "Islam, Modernity and the Ordeals of

Noah Feldman: "Modern Attempts to Synthesize Islam and Democracy"

Muhammad Sharafuddin: "Reviving the Spirit of Islam: Democracy Now"


12:30 p.m. Luncheon: Keynote Speaker: Zainah Anwar

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Panel V
The Urgency of Dialogue and Cooperation between the Traditional and Modern
Institutions for a New Political Discourse

Chair: Louis Cantori

Hossein Seifzadeh: "The Impact of Academic-Seminary Correspondence on
Approaches to Democracy"

Nadeem Kazmi: "Terrorism, Civil Rights and Discrimination"

Mohammed Abu-Nimer: "Non-violent Resistance in Islamic Tradition"

Syed Shahabuddin: "Secularism and Democratic Order - The only Viable Option
for Muslim Minorities"


3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Summary and Concluding Remarks:

Tony Sullivan, CSID Board Member

Akbar Ahmed, CSID Board Member

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Business Meeting (CSID Members Only)

6:00 - 8:30 p.m. CSID Board Meeting

CONF./CFP- Central Asia: Perspectives from the Field, London, Nov. 7-8, 2003

Posted by: London Conference <conference(a)>
Posted: 14 Apr 2003

Call for Papers


A conference for research students to present and discuss their fieldwork.
London, UK: November 7-8, 2003

The Central Asia Research Network (CARN) and the UK Central Asia Graduate
Students Network are pleased to announce the conference 'Central Asia -
Perspectives from the field.' The conference is hosted by the:

 * Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, School of Oriental
   and African Studies (SOAS)
 * Centre for Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political
   Sciences (LSE)

Ph.D. students and other young scholars who have recently undertaken field
research are invited to submit paper abstracts covering any subject on
Central Asia. For the purpose of this conference 'Central Asia' refers
primarily to the five former Soviet republics. Papers are particularly
welcome from researchers from the Central Asian countries. The organisers
can give some assistance with visas and accommodation, but cannot cover any
international travel expenses.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to conference(a) (as an
attachment in MS Word, RTF or PDF format). Please include:

1) Name
2) Institutional affiliation
3) Title/position
4) E-mail address
5) A one-page resume/CV
6) Title of Paper (maximum 20 words)
7) Abstract of Paper (maximum 250 words)

The working language of the conference is English.

The deadline for abstracts is 31st May 2003. Notification of acceptance will
be by the end of June. Full details of the program, conference fee,
registration and accommodation arrangements will be available by the end of
August and will be posted on the organiser's web sites listed below.

The Organisers

The Central Asia Research Network (CARN) is a Europe wide network of young
scholars who are currently conducting research in and about Central Asia. It
has held three conference, the latest being in November 2002 at the
University of Cologne where some 50 students from the EU, Central Asia and
the USA participated. Further details are available at

The UK Central Asia Graduate Students Network provides a forum to all
students in the UK involved in post-graduate studies of Central Asia and is
affiliated to the Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus,
(SOAS, University of London). It has held two previous conferences in London
in 2001 and 2002.

Further information is available at:

Organising Committee
Sabine Freizer (LSE)
Matteo Fumagalli (Edinburgh University)
Britta Korth (University of Basel)
Daniel Stevens (SOAS)

For all enquiries contact <conference(a)>

CONFERENCE- Mustafa Tchokay: Sa Vie et Son Combat, Istanbul, April 22

Posted by: Bayram Balci <bayram.balci(a)>
Posted: 14 Apr 2003



Mustafa Tchokay: L'infatigable opposant au pouvoir soviétique en Asie
centrale: sa vie et son combat (1890-1941)

Dr. Abdulvahap KARA
Université Mimar Sinan, département d'histoire

Le 22 Avril 2003 a 17 heures
22 Nisan 2003 saat 17

Programme de recherche "Turquie-Caucase"
22, Nuru Ziya Sokak, n° 22
Tel: 0 212 244 17 17

Sous la responsabilité de Bayram BALCI
Mail: <bayram.balci(a)>
Mail 2: <bayram.balci(a)>

Entré libre/Giris Serbest

Konferans dili/Langue de la conférence:


CONF./CFP- Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

Posted by: E. Potts <info(a)>
Posted: 9 Apr 2003

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme
Advance Notice: 2003 Call for Proposals

With the first round of the ELDP application process completed and offers of
grants made, we propose to move straight on the second call for
Preliminary Applications.  The purpose of this e-mail is to outline the
timetable and the key structural changes to the programme.  It should be
noted that the timetable has been brought forward when compared with that of

2002 Outcomes

The ELDP received approximately 150 applications in response to its first
call for applications.  About 40 of these were invited to submit detailed
applications, and although it was not possible to offer financial support to
all good proposals, the Fund was able to make formal offers of grants to 21
applicants: Studentships, Fellowships and Project grants.  Details of the
offers, and subsequently details of those accepted, will be publicised on
the ELDP web page shortly (

2003 Timetable:

 * 16th May 2003 - Revised guidelines and forms available on the web page.

 * 8th August 2003 - Deadline for submission of Preliminary Applications.

 * 19th September 2003 - Invitations to submit Detailed Applications

 * 14th November 2003 - Deadline for submission of Detailed Applications.

 * 27th February 2004 - Announcement of Funding Awards.

The timetable will be repeated annually.

2003 Guidance

The new guidelines and application forms for the 2003 funding round will be
published on the website by Friday 26th May 2003.  In the meantime, the 2002
guidelines may be used as a general guide.  The five types of application
used in 2002 will remain, although additional guidelines as to funding
limits will be provided.

The main aims of the Fund remain the documentation of seriously endangered
languages and the criteria remain:

a) endangerment
b) significance of the language and
c) quality of proposal

The Fund's primary concern is with documentation rather than focused
revitalisation - although the link is appreciated and sometimes desirable.
As such prospective applicants should structure the documentation in such a
way as to assist local communities in preserving and fostering highly
endangered ancestral languages and speech ways.

Whilst in essence the guidelines will remain broadly similar, there will be
a number of budgetary refinements.  Key changes that you may wish to note
will be as follows:

 * Overhead/ Institutional Administration costs will not be eligible.

 * Top-up salaries for established/ employed academics will not be eligible
   (this includes the funding of non-institutional funded summer vacation

 * A limit of £2000 (pounds sterling) may be requested for publications.

 * Major equipment costs (i.e. laptops, camcorders etc) will not be provided
   for projects where the period of fieldwork is limited.

 * Modest training activity for local communities (within the context of a
   substantive project) will be eligible for support.

SEMINAR- Reporting the War in Iraq, Caucasus Media Institute, Yerevan, Apr. 10

Posted by: Vicken Cheterian <vicken.cheterian(a)>
Posted: 7 Apr 2003

Media coverage of the War in Iraq

Thursday April 10, 14:00 hours

The Caucasus Media Institute is organizing a half a day seminar on how mass
media in different countries is covering the on-going war in Iraq. The aim
of the seminar is to evaluate the elements of censorship in war period, the
limits of freedom of expression, and the changing culture of war reporting.


 * David Reed, Visiting lecturer at the Yerevan State University, faculty of
   journalism, will present the American Media covering the war in Iraq.

 * Vicken Cheterian, the director of the CMI, will present the Arab media
   reporting the war.

 * David Petrosian, political analyst at Noyan Tapan, will present the Media
   Coverage in the Russian Media.

 * Haig Demoian, Lecturer at the Yerevan State University, department of
   History, and researcher at the CMI, will present the Turkish Media and the
   war in Iraq;

 * Vahan Ishkhanian, independent journalist, will present the Iraqi War in
   the Armenian media.

Place: Caucasus Media Institute, Demirchyan Pagughi 23, Yerevan

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

Caucasus Media Institute
Demirchyan Pagughi 23
375002 Yerevan, ARMENIA
Tel: +374 1 540631/540632
Web: <>
E-mail: <media(a)>

Caucasus Media Institute assists in the development of mass media in the
Caucasus. Our aim is to achieve a professional standard of journalism
capable to inform the public and offer debate through the mass media. CMI
works in three directions: To introduce international standards of reporting
in journalism in the Caucasus, To form journalists in the use of new
technologies which are reshaping the media profession, To offer background
knowledge and critical analysis of recent developments in our area of concern.

CMI brings together training and research, so that our practical experience
is enriched by our efforts to better understand the changing socio-political
conditions in post-Soviet Caucasus.

CFP- Presidency & Political Leadership Seminar, April 18-21, CARC, Almaty

Posted by: Galina Bityukova <galinavb(a)>
Posted: 4 Apr 2003

[NOTE: The deadline is very soon. --CE-L]

Central Asian Resource Center (CARC) is pleased to invite applications for
participation at CA seminar Presidency & Political Leadership, which will
take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on April 18-21, 2003. This seminar is
targeting  University-level scholars who are currently teaching courses
related to political leadership and presidency, as well as  doing research
in the same fields.

This seminar will include lectures, discussions and presentations focusing
on the following themes:

1) Politics as Leadership: Old and New Theories & Approaches.
2) The Presidency: Comparative Studies.
3) Evaluating Leadership: Personalities Who Had Influence on Society.
4) Politics without Non-Violence: Utopia or Source for Changes?
5) Leadership for Building Peace and Prosperity.
6) Teaching Political Leadership Courses.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is April 6.

For additional information, please, write to Galina Bityukova:

Galina Bityukova,
Academic leader-coordinator in Political Science,
Central Asian Resource Center,
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Tel.: +7 (3272) 58 46 95; 58 46 96
Fax: +7 (3272) 58 46 97
E-mail: <gbityukova(a)>

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, Barnett Rubin, Building the Afghan State, April 11

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)>
Posted: 3 Apr 2003

The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend

Building the Afghan State: The Constitutional Drafting Process


Barnett Rubin

of the NYU Center on International Cooperation

Friday, April 11, 2003
12:30 - 2:00 pm

Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Room 3AB
New York, NY 10019

Barnett Rubin is Director of Studies & Senior Fellow at the Center on
International Cooperation at New York University.  Previously, he has
served as Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Preventative
Action at the Council on Foreign Relations.  He taught Political Science
at Yale and Columbia Universities and was a Fellow of the United States
Institute of Peace.  He is the author and editor of numerous books and
articles on conflict, state building, and human rights in Afghanistan,
Nigeria, Central Asia, Central Africa, and the Balkans.

To RSVP please fax this sheet to Erin Finnerty at (646) 557-2413 or
e-mail a response to <efinnerty(a)>.



E-mail address:

__ I will attend the April 11th event.

__ I will not attend the April 11th event.

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

CONF./CFP- Prisons, Turkic Studies Center, 4-5 Dec. 2003, Istanbul

Posted by: Emine Gürsoy-Naskali <Naskali(a)>
Posted: 2 Apr 2003


The Center for Turkic Studies of Marmara University (Istanbul) is
organising a symposium on 4-5 December 2003 on "Prisons" in view to
document its history and culture and to gain an insight and
understanding of its institutional organisation and human network.

You may approach the subject from the perspective of history, social
history, history of institutions, anthropology, sociology, psychology,
musicology, cinema, or record a memory.

If you would like to take part in the symposium and present a paper, please
contact us preferably by the 31st of June 2003. We look forward to your

Prof. Dr. Emine Gursoy-Naskali
Director of the Center for Turkic Studies
Marmara University
E-mail: <naskali(a)>

Secretary to the Symposium
Dr. Ismail Turkoglu / Aylin Koc
E-mail : <aykoc(a)>
Marmara Universitesi
Turkiyat Arastirmalari Enstitusu
Goztepe Kampusu
Goztepe / Istanbul 81040

tel: 90.216. 345 60 69 / 21 (day-time); 90.216. 325 23 41 (after 5 pm.)
mobile: 90.542. 697 13 50
faks: 90.216. 336 95 91

CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS SEMINAR- Musa Yusupov, The Situation in Chechnya, Apr 8

Posted by: Harvard Program on Central Asia & the Caucasus <centasia(a)>
Posted: 2001

Central Asia Seminar Series Spring 2003

"The Situation in Chechnya: Prospects for Settlement of the
Russian-Chechen Conflict"

Musa Yusupov
Head of the Center for Socio-Strategic Research, Groznyi

Tuesday, April 8
4:15-6:00 pm

The lecture will be given in Russian with translation.

625 Massachusetts Avenue (Central Square)
Seminar Room 2
Cambridge, MA

Open to the public

Sponsored by:

Harvard Program on Central Asia & the Caucasus/Davis Center for Russian and
Eurasian Studies
625 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139


The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

For further information, contact:

Harvard Program on Central Asia & the Caucasus, 617-496-2643,

Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, 617-495-4037,

CONF./CFP- Challenges of Contemporary Civilization, Varna Free Univ., Bulgaria

Posted by: Vladimir Chukov <vlachu(a)>
Posted: 7 Mar 2003

Conference - Challenges of Contemporary Civilization Dialog
Varna Free University
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Political Science and International Relations
Varna, Bulgaria

June 6-7, 2003

On June 6-7, 2003 a conference "Challenges of Contemporary Civilization
Dialog" is to be held at Varna Free University staged by the Faculty of
Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Relations.

Scholars and experts from Bulgarian academic institutions and abroad are
invited to shed light on two main problems:

1) Plurality and Consensus of the Civilization Ideas
2) Geopolitical Challenges within New World Order.

All presented materials are to be published within separate collection of

Please, for further details contact:

Associate Professor Vladimir Chukov, PhD
Bulgaria, Sofia 1113
P.O. Box 86
E-mail: <vlachu(a)>
Center for Regional and Confessional Studies
Web: <>

CONF./CFP- REMINDER: CESS Annual Conference, Oct. 2-5, Harvard, Deadline: Apr 4

Posted by: John Schoeberlein / CESS Conference Committee <CESSconf(a)>
Posted: 30 Mar 2003

Dear Colleagues:

The 4th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference promises to be a 
very strong gathering of scholars and others focused on this region.  Many 
of the most prominent scholars in this field will be there, as well as many 
of those who will be the prominent scholars of the future.  Don't miss it!!

The Call for Papers is below.  Full information is available at:

Please note the approaching deadline for proposal submissions.  If you would 
like to present a paper, what is needed now is an abstract (200 words or 
fewer).  If you have any questions, let us know.


John Schoeberlein
CESS Conference Committee
e-mail: CESSconf(a)

Call for Papers
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 
(, or contact us for full 
conference information and proposal submission requirements (e-mail: 

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).


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 

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 
(, or contact the Awards 
Committee Chair, Prof. Gregory Gleason <gleasong(a)>.

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.


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


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:

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 

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).


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.


John Schoeberlein, Chair <CESSconf(a)>
Laura Adams <lladams2(a)>
Asbed Kotchikian <asbed(a)>
Morgan Liu <mliu(a)>
Uli Schamiloglu <uschamil(a)>
Eric Sievers <esievers(a)>


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)>.

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)

CONFERENCE PROGRAM- Mongolia Society Meeting Schedule, March 27-30

Posted by: Susie Drost <monsoc(a)>
Posted: 22 Mar 2003

Mongolia and the International Community
The Mongolia Society Annual Meeting,
New York City, March 27-30, 2003

Thursday, 27 March 2003

1 pm The Mongolia Society Annual Business Meeting (New York Hilton
Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10019.  Room
assignment is Nassau B).

1:30 pm Opening Remarks (New York Hilton Hotel, in room Nassau B)
Ambassador Ch. Baatar, Mongolian Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador R. Bold, Mongolian Ambassador to the US

1:45 pm Social and Political Transformation of the Mongols in China in the
20th Century (New York Hilton Hotel, in room Nassau B)

Mongols in China underwent tremendous political, economic and cultural
upheavals throughout the twentieth century, from struggles for
independence or autonomy to environmental degradation. This panel aims to
discuss four areas of inquiry: 1. the name "Inner Mongolia" given to the
territorial institution called Inner Mongolia Autonomous Government (later
called Region) in 1947 and its implication for the identity of Mongols in
China and beyond; 2. the Chinese massacre of the Mongols in the Jindandao
Incident of 1891 and the social changes brought to eastern Inner Mongolia
by subsequent Mongol and Chinese migrations; 3. the rapid desertification
of Inner Mongolia pastureland in recent years, and issues of Mongolian
philosophy regarding nature and man; and 4. how the Tibetanized Mongols in
Qinghai province have been developing strategies to survive as a group in
relation to the state, neighboring Tibetans and Mongols. The presenters,
all Mongols hailing from China, but trained and now teaching in Japan,
will bring in new perspectives to understanding the cultural and political
processes of the Mongols in China.

Chair: Uradyn E. Bulag, City University of New York

 * Huhbator, Showa Women's University, Japan, "The History and the Politics
   of 'Nei Menggu' (Inner Mongolia)";
 * Burensain Borjigin, Waseda University, Japan, "Peasant Uprising or Ethnic
   Conflict?  Reexamining the Jindandao Incident in 1891";
 * Aitor Telengut, Hokkai-Gakuen University, Japan, "Relationship between
   Man and Nature - A Hermeneutical Approach to Interpreting the Affective
   Thinking of the Mongolian People";
 * Shinjilt, Hitotsubashi University, Japan, "The Ethnic Reality in 'Homemade

Discussant: Yuki Konagaya, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan

4 pm Religion and Culture (New York Hilton Hotel, in room Nassau B)

Chair:  Alicia Campi, US-Mongolia Advisory Group

 * Tristra Newyear, Indiana University, "Staging Tsam: Theater
   and Political Debate in Soviet Buriatia";
 * Bayansan Jur, National University of Mongolia "Anthropolinguistic
   approach to study Metaphorical Concepts in Mongolian Language";
 * Myagmar Saruul-Erdene, Indiana University, "Color Symbolization in the
   Mongolian Turkish Toponyms";
 * Sas Carey, Mongolian Medical Foundation, "Medicine in Mongolia Today."

7-9 pm The Mongolia Society and AAS joint panel (New York Hilton Hotel,
in room Rendezvous Trianon--Level 3)
NOTE: As an AAS panel, AAS conference registration required to attend.

Perceiving Change & Changing Perceptions: Reconceptualizing the Transition
in Contemporary Mongolia

Chair:  Elizabeth Endicott, Middlebury College

 * David Sneath, University of Cambridge, "The Rural and Urban in
   Pastoral Mongolia";
 * Peter Marsh, Indiana University, "'Our Traditions are Blossoming Nicely':
   Music, The Rural-Urban Divide and Challenges to National Identity";
 * Katie Swancutt, University of Cambridge, "Tempos of Magic";
 * Christopher Kaplonski, University of Cambridge, "Rights and Obligations:
   Changing Conceptions of Law in Mongolia."

Friday, 28 March 2003

1-1:45 pm American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) Annual Meeting (New
York Hilton Hotel, Green Room, 4th Floor).  The ACMS is a consortium of US
academic institutions and organizations working to foster academic
research in Mongolia.

2-4 pm The Mongolia Society and ACMS joint panel (New York Hilton Hotel,
Green Room, 4th Floor)

Mongolian Media: The Challenges of Post-Soviet Journalism Roundtable

This roundtable discussion will include a discussion and audio and slide
presentations on journalism in contemporary Mongolia.  Discussions of
other journalism projects, such as the three-year project of cooperation
and training between the journalism schools at the University of Missouri
and Mongolian National University and coverage of recent events in
Mongolia such as the farmers strike in fall 2002 will also be included.

Chair: Leah Kohlenberg, a journalist and former Knight Foundation
grantee in Mongolia

Roundtable participants are:
 * Bill Siemering, a co-founder of National Public Radio in the United
   States.  Mr. Siemering recently returned from Mongolia where he spent
   several months working to established independent radio stations in the
   Gobi and other rural areas.
 * Oyungerel Avirmed, former journalist and chief trainer at the Mongolian
   Press Institute. Oyungerel completed a Masters degree in Journalism from
   the University of Missouri.
 * Mark 'Skeeter' Stibich,, "Radio and Development in Mongolia:
   An audio paper."

7-9 pm Archaeology and Environmental Science in Mongolia:  Recent
Projects (New York Hilton Hotel, Morgan Suite)

Chair: Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, University of Oregon

 * William Honeychurch, University of Michigan, Chunag Amartuvshin,
   Mongolian Academy of Sciences, "Monuments, Status, and Social Relationships
   of Ancient Mongolia";
 * John Olsen, University of Arizona, "Pleistocene Paleoecology and the
   Paleolithic Archaeology of Mongolia";
 * Clyde Goulden, Academy of Natural Sciences/Mongolian Academy of Sciences,
   "Dynamics of Biodiversity Loss and Permafrost Thaw at Lake Hovsgol, 
 * William Fitzhugh, Smithsonian Institution, "Culture Contacts and
   Environmental Interactions in the Hovsgol Steppe/Taiga Border Zone:
   Neolithic to Modern Times";
 * Steven Young, Center for Northern Studies, "Vegetation of the Alpine
   Steppe and Tundra of the Hovsgol Region:  A Key to the Demise of the Mammoth
   Steppe of the Ice-Age Arctic?"

7:15-7:45 pm  JOIN ME IN SHAMBHALA  (New York Hilton Hotel, Hudson
Suite, level 4)
Anya Bernstein's film on Buddhism in Buryatia will be shown at the
AAS conference.

Once brutally persecuted under the Soviet regime, Buddhism is back in
Southern Siberia. But with a past where lamas were killed in prisons and
temples burned to ashes, there are few masters left to pass on the
tradition. Whether or not this faith survives depends on an incarnate
Tibetan lama, scholar and meditational master, who travels around remote
villages to re-awaken Buddhism.

Saturday 29 March 2003

1-2:30 pm Mongolian Historical Problems (New York Hilton Hotel, Lincoln Suite)

Chair: Christopher Atwood, Indiana University

 * Shin-yi Chao, University of British Columbia, "Religion and Politics in
   the Court of Genghis Khan at the Turn of the Twelfth Century";
 * Paul Hyer, Brigham Young University, "A Controversial Shrine to Chinggis
   Khan in Eastern Mongolia";
 * Munkherdene Lkhamsuren, Hokkaido University, Japan, "Inquiry on Mongolian
   Nationalism through Terms  and Concepts";
 * Baasan Ragchaa, Indiana University, "Mongolia:  Impact of External

5-7 pm Socio-Cultural Divergences Among Contemporary Mongols (City
University of New York, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue [between
34th and 35th Street], Ph.D. Program in Anthropology - 6th Floor, Room
6402, NYC)
NOTE:  Attendees will be asked to sign in at the front desk, and a photo
I.D. will be required to enter the building.

Keynote Speaker: Sanjaasuren Oyun,  member of the Mongolian Parliament
and leader the Citizen's Will for the Republican Party, and currently an
Eisenhower fellow, "From the year of the White Horse to the year of Black
Horse: where is Mongolia after 12 years of transition"

After more than a decade of exposition to political and economic
liberalism, Mongols in Mongolia and China have developed strategies to
cope with this ongoing "transition" by actively reinterpreting and
defending their cultural specificity. Those strategies, applied to various
cultural aspects, diverge according to individual choices, thereby
inducing and reinforcing differentiations within Mongolian culture. The
four papers in this panel shall explore those processes as they take place
in four different cultural domains (funeral rites, ways of dwelling, rural
activities and shamanism) on the basis of recent fieldwork data.

Chair and Discussant:  Caroline Humphrey, University of Cambridge

 * Yves Dormieux, EPHE, Paris, "Diverging Livelihoods amongst
   Mongolian Herders";
 * Laetitia Merli, EHESS, Paris, "Shamanism and Tourism: between Practice
   and Performance";
 * Gregory Delaplace, EPHE, Paris, "Divergence or Differentiation?
   Interpreting Differences in Contemporary Mongolia's Funeral Rites through
   Political Change";
 * Alexandra Marois, University of Nanterre, Paris, "From Circular to
   Angular Dwellings: Identity and Changes of the Domestic Sphere among
   Mongolian Mobile Herders"

There will be a reception which will follow this panel from 7-8 pm at the
Graduate Center, CUNY.

8:30 pm Reception, Mongolian Mission to the UN (6 East 77th St., New
Annual Meeting participants and Mongolia Society members ONLY.

Please either visit The Mongolia Society website:

Or contact the Society office for up-to-date information on the conference:

The Mongolia Society,
322 Goodbody Hall, IU
1011 E. 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN  47405-7005
Tel: (812)855-4078
E-Mail: <monsoc(a)>
Web: <>

CONF./CFP- Illegal Migrations in Central Asia, Almaty, June 2003

Posted by: Gulnara Mendikulova <gmendikulova(a)>
Posted: 19 Mar 2003

Independent Research-Analytical Institute of Historical and Contemporary
Issues is pleased to invite submissions for International Conference on
Illegal Migrations in Central Asia which will be held on early of June, 2003
in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The theme of the Conference is "International
Experience of Combating with Illegal Migrations and Using It in Central Asia
(International Research-Practical Conference)".

We expect to publish the proceedings of the Conference.

This is an invitation to submit proposals for papers, which may be 20-30
minutes long. Please include the title, a one-page summary of the paper,
your brief CV version, and send by email to me at <gmendikulova(a)>.

The deadline for submissions is March 27, 2003 and those selected will be
notified by email as soon as possible thereafter.

Papers may explore the large questions that frame the Conference:

I. First Plenary Session

International experience of regulation of a problem of illegal migration:
 * US Experience in combating with illegal migration
 * Experience of European countries in combating with illegal migration
 * Experience of Asian countries in combating with illegal migration
 * Problem of illegal migration in countries of CIS

Round table 1

Role of international organizations in resolution of problems of combatting
with illegal migration:
 * UN, UNESCO, International Organization on Migration, Interpol, and others

Round table 2

Theoretical researches on problems of illegal migration:
 * Researches on problems of illegal migration in USA
 * Researches on problems of illegal migration in European countries
 * Researches on problems of illegal migration in Central Asia
 * Researches on problems of illegal migration in Kazakhstan

Round table 3

Trends of illegal migrants in Central Asia:
 * Drugs traffics in Central Asia
 * Illegal refugees (Tajiks and Lyuli from Tajikistan, Chechens from
   Caucasus, Afghans from Afghanistan, and further
 * Illegal labor migrants
 * Mechanism of transit through Kazakhstan, Central Asia to Europe and CIS's
 * Transit from CIS's countries through Kazakhstan, Central Asia into
   Europe and America

Round table 4

Illegal migrations as a threat to security:
 * Threat to national and regional security of Central Asian countries
 * Threat to economical stability (smuggling, illegal activity, hiding of
   taxes in treasury of the state, entrainment serving in corruption, etc.)
 * Threat to confessional consent
 * Threat to demographic situation
 * Threat to health of the population
 * Violation (disturbance) of social structure and problem of seizure

Now we are in the processing of negotiations with a few foundations for
financial sponsoring to the Conference. That is why expenses of the
participants will be fully or partially funded. Full funding is available
for participants from the former Soviet Union and a little number of western
scholars, according to the Decision of the Selection Committee of the
Conference. In that case we regret that we do not have the financial
resources to cover any travel costs for scholars from outside CIS countries.

If you or any institution is willing to cover your international air travel
costs, please indicate it in the submitting. For creation of the Budget of
the Conference, please inform us as soon as possible about your opportunities.
The organizers of the Conference will cover the costs of hotel, meals, local
transportation and cultural events in Almaty during the Conference.

The organizers of the Conference cannot cover costs of phone calls made from
hotel rooms or for any other additional costs incurred by Conference
participants. Conference participants will pay all their expenses themselves.
We offer hospitality during the Conference.

Please forward this message to anyone else who may be interested.
Hope to see you in Almaty.

Sincerely yours,

Gulnara Mendikulova,
President of Independent Research-Analytical Institute of Historical and
Contemporary Issues, Professor and Doctor of History.

CONF./CFP- Second METU Conference on International Relations, Ankara, June 2003

Posted by: Cengiz Surucu <surucu(a)>
Posted: 19 Mar 2003

Second METU Conference on International Relations: Regional Perspectives


The Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical
University (METU) calls for proposals for preorganised panels, roundtables
and individual papers for the Second Annual meeting, June 23-25, 2003, in
Ankara, Turkey.

General Framework

The first METU Conference on International Relations ended with a call for
interdisciplinary/interregional approaches as they pertain to issues in
world politics and to area studies. We hope that this years conference,
the Regional Studies Conference, will be primarily concerned with this
call. The Middle East, the Caucasus and the Balkans will be the main focus
of this conference, as well as the European and American perspectives on
these regions. Paper and panel proposals on issues related to the Middle
East, the Balkans and the Caucasus are welcome. Comparative work is
encouraged. We hope to see panels discussing how global, national and
other actors cope with various socio-political challenges in these three
regions. We hope that the Conference will contribute to establishing
contacts among scholars and practitioners from different parts of the

Major Themes:

The Middle East
 * Civil Society
 * Human Rights and Democratization
 * Political Economy of the Middle East and Globalization
 * the Future of Political Islam
 * The Iraqi Crisis
 * Media and the Middle East
 * Turkey and the Middle East
 * EU and the Middle East
 * US and the Middle East.

The Caucasus
 * The Processes of post-Soviet Transitions and Globalization
 * the Caucasus in the Aftermath of the September 11th
 * Turkey and the Caucasian states
 * Foreign Policies of the Caucasian States
 * The Politics of Oil and Natural Gas
 * The process of Democratization and Civil Society
 * Ethnic Conflict and the Process of Nation-Building
 * Environmental issues in the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

The Balkans
 * Political and Economic Transitions
 * International Cooperation
 * International Organizations and International Intervention
 * Ethnic Conflict
 * State-Building
 * Minority Rights

Paper/Panel Proposals

All proposals for papers and panels should be submitted before May 2,
2003. Submissions after this date may take time and complicate the
consideration process.

A paper proposal should include:

1) the paper/panel title
2) a short abstract including methodology, main assumptions and
   conclusions of the paper (200 words maximum)
3) author/participant name(s) and institutional affiliations
4) author/participant e-mail address(es), telephone and fax
5) Any audio-visual equipment requests (if applicable)

The Conference Committee encourages electronic submissions, by email or by
webform (the webform can be found at:


However, those who do have limited access to electronic media, can send
their proposals via fax provided that the proposal deadline is observed.

Conference Timetable

May 2, 2003 - Final date for submission of abstracts

May 16, 2003 - Authors will be informed of acceptance of abstracts for

June 2, 2003 - Last day for pre-registration (A late registration fee
will be charged after this date.)

June 13, 2003 - Final date for submission of papers

June 23-25, 2003 - Conference

Papers written in English and Turkish are welcome.

Fees and Accommodation:

Conference Registration Fees:

 * U.S. $45
 * Student fee: U.S. $25
 * Registration Fee on arrival: U.S. $55

A few scholarships particularly for student participants are available for
registration expenses. Please contact the IR Conference Center address


Around 150 single rooms will be available at Ebi Student Guest House at METU
for reasonable prices (approximately for $10-$15).

Further information will be sent after the acceptance of the paper

For further information and contact:

IR Conference Center
Department of International Relations
Middle East Technical University
06531 Ankara, Turkey
Tel: ++90 (312) 210 3094
Fax:++90 (312) 210 1245
E-mail: <irconf(a)>
Website: <>

LECTURE- Politicization of Gender in Afghanistan, SOAS, London, March 20

Posted by: Bhavna Dave <bd4(a)>
Posted: 18 Mar 2003


Speaker: Deniz Kandiyoti
Department of Development Studies, SOAS

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & The Caucasus
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Thursday, 20 March 5:30pm
B111, 1st floor, Brunei Gallery, SOAS.



Sarah Jones (Centres Office)
Tel: (020) 7898 4893
Email: <centres(a)>

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 <> for other events that may be of interest.

Brunei Gallery
Russell Square
London WC1H OXG

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, Two Perspectives on Afghan Women's Resilience, March 24

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)>
Posted: 16 Mar 2003

The Network Women's Program of the Open Society Institute invites you to

Insider and Outsider: Two perspectives on Afghan Women's Resilience,
Resistance and Ongoing Challenge


Tahmeena Faryal
Of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)


Anne Brodsky
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at UMBC

Monday, March 24, 2003
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Floor 3, Room 3B
New York, NY 10019

Tahmeena Faryal is a Pakistan-based member of RAWA, a 25 year-old
humanitarian and political women's organization fighting for social justice
in Afghanistan that operates clandestinely in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

As a child, the Soviet invasion forced Tahmeena and her family to flee
Afghanistan for a Pakistani refugee camp.  She was educated in RAWA schools
in Pakistan and through her education with RAWA became committed to working
for human rights and women's rights.  During her years as a RAWA member she
has taught children in refugee camps, distributed food, medical supplies and
other humanitarian aid to refugees, and has taken part in RAWA
demonstrations and functions to protest the inhumane situation in
Afghanistan and to support women's rights.  She also works on the editing
and production of RAWA's Persian and English language publications.

As a member of RAWA's Foreign Committee she has also traveled
internationally to raise awareness of the plight of Afghan women and RAWA's
work.  From October to December 2001, she visited the United States,
testifying at U.S. Congressional and United Nations hearings, speaking
before the New York-based collective of non-government organizations working
within the UN for the equal rights of women and the larger role for women in
peace and reconciliation processes. She has spoken to countless
universities, conferences, NGOs, community groups, and governmental
organizations throughout North America and internationally.

Anne Brodsky is a community/clinical psychologist whose teaching, research
and practice  focuses on the resilience of women and the role of communities
in resisting societal  risks, including community violence, poverty, racism,
sexism and other forms of oppression.  Brodsky has been working with RAWA
for three years to support their efforts to raise awareness of the plight of
Afghan women under fundamentalist oppression, give voice to Afghan women's
lives and concerns, and document the active resistance of RAWA and other
Afghan women to the Taliban and other the other jehadi factions, including
those now part of the interim government.

She is the author of a book on RAWA, Afghan women's resilience, and
community, entitled With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of
the Women of Afghanistan to be published by Routledge in Spring 2003.

Seating is limited to 40.  To RSVP please fax this sheet to Phoebe Schreiner
at (212) 548-4616 or e-mail a response to <pschreiner(a)>.



E-mail address:

__ I will attend the March 24 event.

__ I will not attend the March 24 event. 

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, Olivier Roy, Radical Islam, New York, April 2

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)>
Posted: 12 Mar 2003

The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend:

Radical Islam:  A Middle East Phenomenon or a Consequence of the
Globalization of Islam?


Olivier Roy

Of the French National Center for Scientific Research

Wednesday, April 2, 2003
12:30 - 2:00
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Floor 3, Room 3B
New York, NY 10019

Olivier Roy is a Senior Researcher at French National Center for Scientific
Research and a consultant with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Dr.
Roy has served as a consultant for United Nations Office of the Coordinator
for Afghanistan, Special Envoy for the OSCE in Tajikistan and head for
OSCE's mission for Tajikistan. He is the author of books and articles on
Political Islam, Middle East, and Central Asia.

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



E-mail address:

___ I will attend the April 2nd event.

___ I will not attend the April 2nd event.

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

CONFERENCE- ASN Convention, 3-5 April, Columbia University, Program on the Web

Posted by: Dominique Arel <dominique_arel(a)>
Posted: 5 Mar 2003

8th Annual Convention of the
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Columbia University, 3-5 April 2003

The full preliminary program of the ASN Eight Annual World
Convention is now available on the ASN web site:
The Convention will feature a hundred panels and events, spread over
eleven sessions from Thursday April 3, 1 PM, to Saturday April 5, in
the evening. More than 500 people will be on panels.

All post-Soviet areas will be covered in tremendous depth, with
ten panels on the  Balkans, fourteen on Central Europe, nine on
Central Asia (plus four on Turkey), eleven on the Russian Federation,
twelve on Ukraine, six on the Caucasus, and twenty-two on thematic
and cross-regional themes. Special events will include four panels on the
2002 Russian census, two roundtables on the new books by Terry Martin
("The Affirmative Action Empire") and Mark Beissinger ("Nationalist
Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State"), and panels on
the Ukrainian Famine, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and EU enlargement.

More than a dozen brand new documentaries and feature films, exploring
ethnonational and identity issues in the post-Communist world, will
also be shown at the convention, among them films on Chechnya,
Abkhazia, Ukraine, the Balkans and Kyrgyzia. The full lineup will be announced

Panel themes on Eurasia and Turkey include:

Art Nationalized: Movement towards the Modern in Central Asia
Islam and Politics in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Managing Pluralism and Ethnicity in China
Expressions of National Identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia
Afghanistan, Past, Present, and Future
The Intersection of Politics and Economics in Central Asia
Politics and Islam in Contemporary Central Asia
Identity Issues and Ethnicity for Uzbeks and Uzbekistan
Turkey at the Crossroads? Rethinking Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the 
State in Turkey in the Context of November 2002 Elections
Turkish Identity in International Comparative Context
Issues of Ethnicity and Identity in Contemporary Turkey
The Emergence of Modern Turkey

The convention is consolidating its status as the World Annual Event
on Nationalities Studies. As in the past, over one hundred and fifty
panelists will be travelling from overseas for the event (plus an
additional three dozens from Canada). Almost 40 percent of
paper-givers are international participants (and this does not include
the large amount of non-US born participants currently residing in the
United States).

LOCATION. The convention will be taking place in the International
Affairs Building (IAB) of Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St. (metro
station: 116th St., on the Red Line). Registration will be on the 15th
Floor of IAB and the panels will be held on several floors.

REGISTRATION. $45 for ASN Members, $60 for Non-Members, and $30 for
Students. Preregistration payments are non-refundable. A registration
form can be downloaded from the ASN  web site ( or
requested from Gaurav Raina-Thapan (gr2008(a) People who
plan to attend the convention are strongly encouraged to pre-register, since
places are limited.

SCHEDULE. Registration will begin at 11 AM, Thursday April 3, on the
15th Floor of IAB. People who sent preregistered will need to pick up
their name tag and the convention program. On the Thursday, the panels
will run from 1 PM-7.30 PM. On Friday and Saturday, from 9 AM to 7 PM
PM. The convention will end on the Saturday evening, April 5.

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

ASN MEMBERSHIP. People can now directly join a fast growing ASN on the
convention pre-registration form. In addition to getting a significant
discount at the ASN convention, ASN members receive annually four
issues of Nationalities Papers, the field's leading journal; four
issues of the Analysis of Current Events, containing up-to-the-minute
analyses of ongoing events; and two issues of ASNews, the
association's newsletter. An annual membership costs a remarkably low
$60 annually-$35 for students.

BONUS FOR ASN MEMBERS. ASN members have also the option of subscribing
to Europe-Asia Studies (formerly Soviet Studies), which publishes
eight issues a year, for $60, almost a hundred dollars less than the
regular subscription price. Convention panelists can take advantage of
this offer directly on the convention registration form.

BOOK EXHIBIT/SALE OF PAPERS. Publishers will exhibit their wares in
the exhibit room, located in the spacious Dag Room on the 6th floor.
Convention papers will also go on sale for $1 apiece. At least 20
copies of each paper will go on sale in the book exhibit on Friday,
April 4, at 11.15 AM.

We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

Troy McGrath
ASN Convention Program Chair

Gordon Bardos
ASN Convention Director

Dominique Arel
ASN Vice-President (Conventions)

SEMINAR- OSI Forum, Kyrgyzstan One Year after Aksy, Washington DC and New York

Posted by: Erin Finnerty <EFinnerty(a)>
Posted: 4 Mar 2003

Please note that this event will be held on Monday, March 17 in New York,
and Tuesday, March 18 in Washington, DC.

The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend

Kyrgyzstan One Year after Aksy: Assessment of the Crisis and Prospects for
the Future with

Scott Horton, Alisher Khamidov and Kathleen Samuel

In New York:

Monday, March 17, 2003
2:00 - 4:00 pm
The Open Society Institute, Room 3A
400 West 59th Street, New York, NY, 10019

In Washington, DC:

Tuesday, March 18, 2003
12:30 - 2:00 pm
The Brookings Institution
Summers Room
1775 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20036

Scott Horton is a partner with the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb &
Tyler LLP. He completed his legal studies at the Universities of Munich and
Mainz in Germany and took his J.D. degree from the University of Texas in
Austin in 1981. He has been active with human rights matters throughout his
career, having represented Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner in proceedings
contesting the regime of internal exile which was imposed upon them by
Soviet authorities, as well as several other Russian, Czech, Armenian and
Azerbaijani dissidents. He has worked with the Lawyers Committee for Human
Rights, Human Rights Watch and the International League for Human Rights (of
which he is now president). He is the author of over one hundred
publications, largely on issues of legal reform and development in nations
of the former Soviet Union.

Alisher Khamidov is currently an MA candidate in International Peace Studies
at the University of Notre Dame.  From 1998- 2001, he served as Director of
the Osh Media Center, a non-profit independent media association in southern
Kyrgyzstan.  He has written a series of articles on religious and ethnic
conflict in the Ferghana Valley and political developments in Kyrgyzstan and
Central Asia which were published in IRIN (Integrated Regional Information
Network of the UN) and  He holds a BA in English and German
language instruction from Osh State University.

Kathleen Samuel is a graduate of the School of International and Public
Affairs at Columbia University. She specialized in human rights and security
policy in the Caucasus and Central Asia. She has been working in a number of
positions in the region including as a human rights officer for the UN
Monitoring Mission in Georgia (Abkhazia), where she focused on human rights
protection in a post-conflict zone; as a political officer for the OSCE
Field Office in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, where she monitored the political crisis,
facilitated a monitoring network on interethnic relations and focused on the
role of religion; and as a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group
Central Asia project where she has prepared a report on economic development
and good governance in Tajikistan.

To RSVP please fax this sheet to Erin Finnerty at (646) 557-2413 or e-mail a
response to <efinnerty(a)>.



E-mail address: 

Please indicate whether you will be attending:

__ March 17 event in New York or

__ March 18 event in Washington, DC

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

CONF./CFP- International Congress on Master Kamal-ed-Din Behzad, Tehran

Posted by: Behzad Hamayesh <behzad(a)>
Posted: 4 Mar 2003

International Congress on Master Kamal-ed-Din Behzad

Call for Articles

Seeking to identify and preserve cultural values, to pay homage to the roots 
of traditional Iranian painting and determine the foundations of its 
artistic creation, and also to introduce and analyze the works and life of 
the illustrious Iranian artist, Kamal-ed-Din Behzad, the Iranian Academy of 
the Arts will hold the International Congress on Master Kamal-ed-Din Behzad 
concurrently with a commemorative ceremony dedicated to this great artist.


Fundamental research:

 * Religious subjects and Iranian stories in Kamal-ed-Din Behzad's
 * The School of Herat and the prosperity of art and literature
   during Amir 'Ali-Shir Nava'i's viziership;
 * The court of Sultan Hossein Bayeqera and its artists;
 * The status of Behzad during the reign of the Safavid Shah Isma'il
   and the School of Tabriz;
 * Aqa-Mirak and Behzad;
 * Behzad, the timeless artist;
 * New manifestations in Kamal-ed-Din Behzad's works;
 * Examination of Kamal-ed-Din Behzad's works in the Golshan Album;
 * Analysis of Kamal-ed-Din Behzad's works in a manuscript of
   Sa'di's Bustan;
 * The influence of Kamal-ed-Din Behzad on Iranian schools of
 * Humanism in Kamal-ed-Din Behzad's works;
 * The aesthetics of Kamal-ed-Din Behzad's works.

Applied research:

 * Kamal-ed-Din Behzad as an art director;
 * Behzad as seen by others;
 * Behzad's influence on painters of his time and later;
 * Collections of works from Kamal-ed-Din Behzad;
 * Behzad's influence in other fields: motifs in pottery, fabric,

Besides those dealing with the aforesaid topics, articles on other subjects 
related to the issues of the Congress are also welcome.


1) Articles should be submitted in either Persian, English, French,
   Russian or Arabic;
2) Research requirements (abstract, introduction, methodology,
   conclusion, references, sources and illustrations) should be respected in
   the articles;
3) Articles should be typewritten on A4 (210 x 297 mm) or Letter
   Size (8.5 x 11 inch) paper and sent preferably together with a Microsoft
   Word 2000 format file on diskette;
4) Illustrated articles should be accompanied by high quality
   photographs, slides or files on compact disc;
5) Previously submitted or published articles will be refused by the
   secretariat of the Congress;
6) The secretariat of the Congress will be free to select and edit
   the articles submitted;
7) Articles should not exceed 20 typewritten pages of 22 lines at
8) Accepted articles will be printed, after editing and translation,
   in the book of the Congress in Commemoration of Master Kamal-ed-Din
9) Researchers whose articles are accepted and wish to attend the
   Congress will be extended invitations by the secretariat of the
   International Congress on Master Kamal-ed-Din Behzad;
10) Articles received will not be returned.


The Iranian Academy of the Arts will select ten articles from those received 
and award each a diploma of honor, a statuette of the Congress, facilities 
for traveling to Iran (round trip ticket and accommodation expenses) in the 
case of foreign participants, and a one-week-long study scholarship abroad 
in the case of Iranian participants.

Scientific board

 * The articles will be assessed and selected, in view of their
   participation on the Congress, by a jury of national or international


 * Article submission deadline: 15 May 2003
 * Congress date: December 2003


Executive Secretariat of the International Congress 
on Master Kamal-ed-Din Behzad
Congresses and Exhibitions Building of the Iranian Academy of the Arts
No. 67, Firoozkooh Crossroads
Shahid Fallahi (Za'faraniyeh) Ave.
Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Tel.: 0098-212722993-7
E-mail: <ic-behzad(a)>

CONF./CFP- Symposium on Field Linguistics, Moscow, Oct. 23-26, 2003

Posted by: Conference on Field Linguistics <fieldling(a)>
Posted: 28 Feb 2003

The Institute of Linguistics of Russian Academy of Sciences announces:

The First International Symposium on Field Linguistics
Moscow 23-26 October 2003

The following issues are expected to be discussed:

1) Methods of Language Data Collection. Different Approach to Language
2) Language Contacts, Changes of Languages in Contact Zone
3) Field Ethno-linguistics
4) Socio-linguistic Methods of Data Collection
5) Field Linguistics: New Techniques and Technologies
6) Linguist and Language Community interaction

Abstracts should not exceed 600 words and can be sent by e-mail or regular

Deadline for abstract submission: May 1, 2003

E-mail: <fieldling(a)>

Postal address:
Institute of Linguistics of Russian Academy of Sciences
Bolshoy Kislovsky Lane 1/12
Moscow 103009, Russia

SEMINAR- Russian/Soviet Politics in Xinjiang, Ctr. for Regional Stds., Barnaul

Posted by: Vladimir Boyko <boyko(a)>
Posted: 26 Feb 2003

[Note: Though this notice appears after the event, the information is 
provided for those who may be interested.  --CE-L]

Seminar "Russian/Soviet Politics in Xinjiang" will be held on 26 February
2003 by the Center for Regional Studies (CRS) at Barnaul State Pedagogical
University (Barnaul, Russia). Convener - CRS Director Vladimir Boyko


1) Xinjiang in Soviet-Chinese relations) The main talk by Prof Valery
Barmin, World History Chair, Barnaul State Pedagogical University

2) Russian Politics in Xinjiang in second half of XIX - the first third of
XX) Presentation by Prof Vladimir Moiseev, Oriental Studies Chair, Altai
State University

3) Domestic Determinants of Xinjiang external economic ties) Presentation by
Dr Oksana Omeltchenko, Altai State University

4) Xinjiang in Central Asian context) Presentation by Prof Vladimir Boyko,
Barnaul State Pedagogical University

5) Altai Province of RF - XUAR of PRC : the main features of interregional
cooperation. Presentation by Sergey Nozhkin, Advisor to Altai Province's
Governor on issues of external economic ties and international cooperation

Teachers, experts, students and all interested are welcome to come and take
part at discussion on regional aspects of Russian-Chinese relations.


Center for Regional Studies
Barnaul State Pedagogical University
Molodezhnaya Street 55
Barnaul 656031

E-mail: <boyko(a)>

CONF./CFP- Eighteenth Annual Middle East History and Theory CONFERENCE, May 2003

Posted by: Patrick Wing <pgwing(a)>
Posted: 25 Feb 2003

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

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
<>. Further information can be obtained from the above
address or by contacting:

Patrick G. Wing
E-mail: <pgwing(a)>
Tel: 1-773-363 0901


Kaveh Hemmat
E-mail: <kavehhemmat(a)>
Tel: 1-773-263 9635

CONFERENCE PROGRAM- Society and Environment in Central Asia, UC Berkeley, Mar 14-15

Posted by: Caucasus and Central Asia Program <ccasp(a)>
Posted: 25 Feb 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 

Rocks and Hard Places: Society and the Environment in Central Asia
Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, 2003
Lipman Room (8th floor Barrows Hall), UC Berkeley

free and open to the public

Friday, March 14: Panel I

9.30 - 10.00: Opening Remarks
Sanjyot Mehendale 
Executive Director, Caucasus and Central Asia Program, UC Berkeley 

10.00-10.30: The Politics and Poetics of the Nation: Urban Narratives of 
Kazakh Identity 
Saulesh Esenova, McGill University

10.30-11.00: Indigenous Afghan Architecture: Structure and Culture
Thomas Barfield, Boston University

11.00-11.15: Coffee/Tea

11.15-11.45: Panel Discussion

Chair: Wali Ahmadi
Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley 

11.45-13.00: Lunch Break

Friday, March 14: Panel II

13.00-13.30: Environmental Security and Shared Water Resources in Central Asia
David R. Smith, Ohio Northern University

13.30-14.00: Water in Central Asia: Cooperation and Conflicts
Viktoriya Levinskaya, Fulbright Scholar, Uzbekistan

14.00-14.15: Coffee/Tea

14.15-14.30: The Conservation of Agricultural Biodiversity in Uzbekistan: 
the Impact of the Land Reform Process
Eric Van Dusen, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley

14.30-15.00: Panel Discussion

Chair: Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

Saturday, March 15: Panel III

9.30- 10.00: Prehistoric Landscapes of Communication: Reconstructing Social 
and Economic Orbits of Mountain Pastoralists in the Dzhungar Mountains
Michael Frachetti, University of Pennsylvania

10.00-10.30: The Archaeology of Semirechye from the Bronze Age through 
Medieval Periods: Does Climate Matter
Claudia Chang, Sweet Briar College

10.30-10.45: Coffee/Tea

10.45-11.15: The Pulse of Asia: The Role of Environment in Culture Change of 
Early Central Asia Fredrik T. Hiebert, University of Pennsylvania

11.15-11.45: The Steppe meets the Sown West and East of the Caspian: 
Environmental Constraints to Distinct Historical Processes
Philip Kohl, Wellesley College

11.45-12.15: Panel Discussion

Chair: Barbara Voytek, Inst. of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, 
UC Berkeley 
Discussant: David Stronach, Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

12:15-12:30: Closing Remarks 

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 

 * 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 

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

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

Caucasus and Central Asia Program
Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
266 Stephens Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
Tel: (510) 643-6737
Fax: (510) 643-5045
Email: ccasp(a)

CONFERENCE- Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies, UCLA, Feb. 21

Posted by: Peter Cowe <cowe(a)>
Posted: 18 Feb 2003

First international Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies to be
hosted this month at UCLA

The UCLA Armenian Graduate Students Association, in collaboration with the
UCLA department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, invites the public
to the first Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies at UCLA Royce
Hall 314, on Friday, February 21, 2003, 8:30-5:30pm with a reception and
performance by Lark Musical Society immediately following the program.

This unprecedented international event provides a forum for graduate
students in fields related to Armenian Studies to present their works in
progress.  UCLA, a premier institution for the growing field of Armenology
and a leader in interdisciplinary studies, is hosting this event to foster
the development of Armenian Studies, facilitate interaction between
graduate students and faculty from various institutions, provide a forum
for the exchange of ideas, and contribute to the professional and academic
development of graduate students.

Papers from various fields will be presented, including archaeology, art
history, history, literature, and political science.  Session themes
include Political and Economic Structures in Prehistoric and Historic
Armenia, Armenian Experience under the Ottoman Empire and its Aftermath,
Armenian Culture in the Diaspora, and Contemporary Paradigm Shift in the
Armenian Republic.   Presenters are graduate students coming from
universities all over the world, including Columbia University, Harvard
University, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Exeter, and
University of Toronto.

Dr. Peter Cowe, Professor of the Narekatsi Chair at UCLA, was instrumental
in spearheading the development of this symposium.  He brought together an
organizing committee of graduate students from various UCLA departments,
including Art History, Comparative Literature, History, Linguistics,
Microbiology, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.  The committee sent
out an international call for papers and received an enthusiastic
response.  This conference highlights graduate students who are breaking
new ground within their own disciplines.

Armenian Studies at UCLA began in 1960.  The discipline was augmented in
1962 with the appointment of Dr. Richard G. Hovannisian, current holder of
the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History.  In
1965, language and literature was established on a permanent footing with
the arrival of Dr. Avedis K. Sanjian, who guided the expansion of this area
over the next three decades.  The Narekatsi Chair, founded in 1969 through
the efforts of National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, has
the distinction of being the oldest endowed chair at UCLA.  The first
chair-holder was Dr. Sanjian and in July 2000 Dr. S. Peter Cowe was
appointed as successor.  Since 1997 regular instruction in East Armenian
has complemented teaching in West Armenian: currently Dr. Anahid Keshishian
is lecturer in the former and Dr. Gayané Hagopian in the latter.  In 1998,
Armenian Studies was officially recognized as an undergraduate minor and
currently proposals are underway to institute the major.

This symposium is presented with the funding and support of the Center for
European and Eurasian Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Society for
Armenian Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
Armenian Graduate Students Association, Department of Art History, and the
Social Sciences Academic Council and has been partially funded by the
Campus Programs Committee of the Program Activities Board.

Fore more information, please contact:

UCLA Armenian Graduate Students Association
Graduate Students Association
c/o Armenian Graduate Students Association
Kerckhoff Hall Room 316
308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Contact: Ramela Grigorian or Jean Murachanian
E-mail: <agsaucla(a)>
Website: <>

UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Program in Armenian Studies
376 Kinsey Hall
Box 951511
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511
Contact: Dr. Peter Cowe
E-mail: <cowe(a)>
General Info: <>
Phone: (310) 825-1307

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

CONF./CFP- Kazakh Civilization, Kainar University, Almaty,

Posted by: Kainar University <kainar(a)>
Posted: 14 Feb 2003

CONF./CFP- Kazakh Civilization, Kainar University, Almaty, July 2003

Dear Colleagues,

Kainar University will host the International scientific conference "Kazakh 
Civilization in the Context of the World Historical Process" on 7-9 July 
2003 in Almaty. This conference is dedicated to the 1600-th anniversary of 

Organizers are honored to invite Kazakhstani and foreign scientists, 
focusing on the theoretical methodological problems of civilization' 
development, ethnical history, psychology, comparable historical 
linguistic, culture and other aspects of establishing and developing of 
civilization ethnos to take part in the conference.

This event is open to everybody willing to attend. Experienced and young 
scientists will get numerous possibilities to set useful contacts and share 
opinions with foreign universities and organizations, which can contribute 
to achieving their career goals in the future.

Preliminarily the following problems are suggested for discussion:

 * Historical dynamic of the Kazakh civilization;
 * Role of creative-passionary factors of historical process in the 
   development of civilization;
 * Basic values and institutions of the Kazakh civilization;
 * Kazakh civilization and problems of cultural identity;
 * Historical experience of civilization cooperation and interaction;
 * Kazakh civilization in the current conditions.

Conference Proceedings will be prepared and published before the

To apply for participation in the conference fill out the attached
Application Form and send it to the Organizing Committee before 20 May

Papers will be accepted until 1 June 2003. Papers or abstracts of up to 10 
pages must be submitted in electronic format (a file should be sent by 
e-mail or on diskette with a paper version).

Participants of the event cover all their expenses regarding transportation 
and accommodation.

Our address:

Kainar University
7 a Satpayev str.(corner of Seifullin str.)
480013 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Office 203

Phones: 7 (3272) 646786, 629554, 620403
Faxes: 7 (3272) 629554, 620403
E-mail: <kainar(a)>
Organizing Committee

Application Form for participation in the Conference

"Kazakh Civilization in the Context of the World Historical Process"




Place of work (country, city, name of organization):

Contact address:

Telephone, fax, e-mail:

Theme of the report/paper:


Form of participation:
  * Speech
  * Distance participation

Additional information

CONF./CFP- Russia: Peoples, Environments, Policies, Miami U., Nov. 2003

Posted by: Havighurst Center <HavighurstCenter(a)>
Posted: 14 Feb 2003


Havighurst Center for Soviet & Post-Soviet Studies Annual International
Young Researchers Conference
Russia in Global Context: Peoples, Environments, Policies
Organizer: Susan A. Crate, PhD
Miami University, Oxford, OH
November 7-9, 2003

The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, the Institute of 
Environmental Sciences and the Department of Geography at Miami University 
invite graduate student papers for the 2003 Annual Havighurst Graduate 
Student Conference, Russia in Global Context: Peoples, Environments, 
Policies. We are soliciting proposals for papers that concern the cultural, 
environmental, socio-economic, and political issues of the eight circumpolar 
countries, that either focus specifically on these issues as they pertain to 
Russia, to another circumpolar country, or to Russia in comparison with 
other circumpolar countries. We will consider proposals from a wide range of 
disciplines (geography, anthropology, international studies, environmental 
science, sociology, economics, history, political science, etc.) and ranging 
in scope from local case studies to regional analyses to international 
comparisons. Examples of topics include: indigenous rights, local knowledge 
systems, sustainable economies, environmental protection (e.g. climate 
change and transboundary pollution), subsistence activities, human health, 
community development and sustainable livelihoods, education, tourism, 
transport and communications, resource management, international governance 
and economic development strategies, and globalization.

In the context of a broader circumpolar discourse, we intend to initiate 
fruitful discussion focusing on Russia along three main lines of inquiry:

 * What are the contemporary conditions and challenges for Russia's northern 
indigenous peoples and what generalizations can be made about those 
conditions and challenges in comparison with the same parameters across the 
circumpolar North?

 * What are the contemporary policies for Russia's northern indigenous 
peoples, environmental degradation, and economic stabilization and what 
generalizations can be made about those policies in comparison with the same 
parameters across the circumpolar North?

 * What role has Russia played in the last two decades of circumpolar 
cooperation; what circumpolar cooperation has meant for Russia's indigenous 
peoples and environmental issues, and in what ways and by what means can 
Russia's circumpolar cooperation be improved?

We encourage proposals from young researchers who have already completed 
their dissertation research and/or have defended their dissertation within 
the last two years.  This will be an intensive 2-1/2 day working conference 
during which each of the 10 selected papers will be critiqued by the other 
participants including the 10 authors, summary speaker Dr. Mark Nuttall, 
professor of social anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, keynote 
speaker Dr. Andrei Golovnev, professor at the Institute of History and 
Achaeology, Ekateringurg, organizer Dr. Susan Crate, Havighurst postdoctoral 
fellow (, and a team of discussants. We 
plan to publish the final versions of papers in an edited volume. The 
Havighurst Center will provide accommodation in Oxford, ground 
transportation from the airport, and partial travel funding (up to $250 for 
domestic travel and up to $500 for international travel).

To be considered for the conference, submit an abstract of approximately 250 
words and a CV to HavighurstCenter(a) by April 15, 2003.  Please 
type "2003 grad student conference" as the subject of the email. We plan to 
get back to you by May 1, 2003. Final papers, of approximately 15-25 pages, 
must be in English and submitted by October 1, 2003, at which time they will 
be posted on the Havighurst website (

CONF./CFP- Central Asia on Crossroads, Bonn, May 2-4, 2003

Posted by: Ruslan Jalilov <ruslanj(a)>
Posted: 12 Feb 2003


International student conference Central Asia on Crossroads in Bonn, Germany
on May 2-4, 2003.


Yadigar Foundation is an independent NGO working on the wide range of issues
primarily with Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union, and other
developing countries in Asia and Africa. Based in Düsseldorf, Germany,
Yadigar promotes and supports the projects in the area of education and
social development.

Since its establishment in 1993, Yadigar Foundation has been providing
financial and logistic support to the number of public and private schools
in Kyrgyzstan, has initiated projects in several parts of the country aimed
at helping the young generation to pursue a good education. As a part of its
mission- to strengthen an academic cooperation between Germany and Central
Asia, Yadigar Foundation has a scholarship program for Central Asian
students and scholars to study at the higher education institutions in Germany.


Yadigar Foundation organises an international student conference Central
Asia on Crossroads in Bonn, Germany on May 2-4, 2003.

The main theme of this conference addresses the issues of history,
state-building, culture, democracy and civil society, economy, conflicts,
the role of Islam and education in Central Asia.

All graduate and undergraduate students, and young scholars from Europe,
Central Asia and elsewhere in the world, who are currently engaged in
research relating to Central Asia and willing to participate in this
conference, are encouraged to send abstracts of their papers to Mr. Rouslan
Jalil via e-mail <rouslan(a)>.

There will be four general panels at the conference, however, individual
proposals and proposals on contemporary issues and events in Central Asia
are also welcome.

 * Democracy and Civil Society
 * Conflicts and Geopolitical Realm
 * Intercultural Exchange
 * Education

The participants should indicate in which panel they want to present a
paper. Yadigar Foundation specifically encourages young scholars to submit
proposals on the subject of education. Comparative analysis of education
systems in Central Asian republics, the reforms in public education after
independence and other related topics are particularly welcome.

The aim of this conference is to gather the students in an academic forum,
to enable the exchange of interdisciplinary views and opinions, and to
establish a network of young scholars who are interested in Central Asian

The language of the conference is English and German. The papers presented
in German, however, have to be accompanied with 1-2 page summary in English.

The deadline for sending abstracts and proposals is March 24, 2003. Please
send your abstracts as attached Microsoft Word file.

Please indicate the following in your application:

 - Full name
 - Date of birth
 - Citizenship

 - Name and location of University/College
 - Department
 - Year/semester of study

 - Title of the paper
 - Panel
 - Language of the paper/presentation (German or English only)

Yadigar Foundation is unfortunately unable to assist participants
financially, therefore they are responsible for seeking their own funds to
cover all travel and accommodation costs. Students from Central Asia and the
former Soviet Union may apply for travel grants to organisations like Soros
Foundation, IREX and ACCELS. Yadigar, however, is ready to assist the
participants to arrange accommodation at student hostels in Bonn and its
surroundings at considerable student rates.

There is a 10 Euro registration fee for students (participants) and 15 Euro
for guests.

Web-site. Unfortunately our web-site is being updated. We will inform you
when it is available for the public.

All further information and questions should be inquired by e-mail

We look forward to receiving your proposals and seeing you in Bonn.

Rouslan Jalil
Project Coordinator

Yadigar Foundation
Erasmusstr. 14
40223 Düsseldorf

Tel: +49-211-9337615
Fax: +49-211-9337625
E-mail: rouslan(a)

CONF./CFP- Nasir Khusraw Millennium, Khorog, Tajikistan, September 2003

Posted by: Sarfaroz Niyozov <sniyozov(a)>
Posted: 7 Feb 2003

The Institute of Ismaili Studies
Annual Conference
Call for Papers

Main Theme: Nasir Khusraw: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Location:   Khorog, Tajikistan
Venue:      Khorog State University
Date:       September 2003
Duration:   Four days


The Institute of Ismaili Studies will commemorate the Millennium birth 
anniversary of Nasir Khusraw by hosting a conference in Tajikistan in 
September 2003, followed by additional seminars and conferences in Tehran 
and London in 2004. The Governments of Tajikistan and Iran as well as UNESCO 
have proposed an international congress on Nasir Khusraw and the Institute 
intends to sponsor the participation of a few scholars in the Congress as 
well. Interested and qualified candidates are invited to present papers in 
any of the following three broad areas:

1. The significance of the life, thought and work of Nasir Khusraw;

2. The nature and significance of the "Nasir Khusraw Tradition" in Central 
Asia, i.e., the tradition of belief, folklore, oral or written poetry, music 
and ritual attributed to Nasir Khusraw as he is represented (apart from or 
independently of his actual historical role) in the living tradition of 
communities in this and surrounding regions; and

3. Socio-political, cultural, religious and ethical issues arising from the 
contact of this tradition with the forces of (Western and Islamic) modernity 
in the contemporary, post-communist, globalised world.


To be considered for inclusion in the conference, please submit a brief (no 
more than 500 words) abstract of your paper. Please include name, academic 
degree(s), institutional affiliation(s), and address (email and postal).  
The complete paper should not be more than 3,000 words.  The quality of the 
argument (as reflected in the abstract) and its relevance to the above 
thematic areas will be the key considerations in the overall assessment.  
Please note that Tajik/Farsi, Russian and English will the working languages 
at the conference.

Deadline: 1st April 2003

Email: nasir.khusraw(a)
Fax:   +44 (0) 20 7881 6040

Regular Mail:

Nasir Khusraw Conference
Central Asian Studies Unit
The Institute of Ismaili Studies
42-44 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0EB
United Kingdom

CONF./CFP- Siberia and the Russian Far East, Houston, 7-11 April 2004

Posted by: Victor Mote <vmote(a)>
Posted: 6 Feb 2003


"Siberia and the Russian Far East: Past, Present, and Future"

The Tenth British Universities Siberian Studies Seminar (BUSSS)
A Multidisciplinary International Conference

Dedicated to 
on the Occasion of His One Hundredth Year
and to His Cousin,
GEORGE KENNAN (1845-1923),
Whose Legacy Lives on in the Annals of Siberian Studies 

Sponsors: Walter Prescott Webb Chair (UT Austin); Tenneco Lecture Series, 
University of Houston Central Campus

When: 7-11 April 2004

Where: Conrad Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University 
of Houston Central Campus, Houston, Texas

Instructions to Participants: 

E-mail copies of the Abstract of your presentation of no more than 250 words 
to vmote(a) on or before December 1, 2003.

Submit a second copy of your Abstract to the Chair of the most appropriate 
of the following sessions:

 - Dr. Mike Bradshaw, Energy (mjb41(a) 
 - Dr. Kristina Küntzel, Historiography, Archives, & Libraries 
 - Dr. Cathy Brennan, History (His027(a)abdn.acuk) 
 - Dr. Alan Wood, Siberian Gulag (a.wood(a) 
 - Dr. Bella Bychkova-Jordan, Siberian Turks (belka(a) 
 - Dr. John Sallnow, Economy & Demography (c.charlton(a) 
 - Dr. Ralph Clem, Politics (clemr(a) 
 - Dr. Albina Girfanova, Beliefs, Linguistics, & Folklore 
 - Mr. John Massey Stewart, Siberian Environment (jms(a) 
 - Dr. Gail Fondahl, Minorities (fondahlg(a) 

Your final paper should conform to the instructions provided in the "Notes 
for Contributors" (back page) of the latest issue of SIBIRICA: Journal of 
Siberian Studies.

CONF./CFP- 15th Nicholas Poppe Symposium, Univ. of Washington, May 10

Posted by: I. Cirtautas <icirt(a)>
Posted: 5 Feb 2003


Fifteenth Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium on
Inner/Central Asian Studies


Saturday, May 1O, 2003
8:30 am to 6 pm

PLACE: Denny Hall 215 AND 215A

Papers from students and faculty pertaining to Inner or Central Asia are 
being solicited. Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to 
participate. Please submit abstracts (250 words maximum) by April 20, 2003 to:

Ilse D. Cirtautas
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Denny Hall, Box 353120, University of Washington
Phone: (206) 543-9963
Fax: (206) 686-7936
e-mail: icirt(a)

Organizer: UW Central Asian Studies Group
   (subgroups: Uzbek Circle and Kazakh and Kirghiz Studies Group)

Sponsors: The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; The 
Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Program (REECAS) and the 
Middle East Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

CONFERENCE PROGRAM- Caspian Region, Univ. of Reading, U.K., March 14

Posted by: Yelena Kalyuzhnova <y.kaluyzhnova(a)>
Posted: 5 Feb 2003

Caspian Region: Present and Future

The University of Reading (UK)

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
Sustainable Development And Social Issues
14 March, 2003

10.00-10.30 a.m. Registration & Coffee

10.30-10.45 a.m. Welcome
James Q.C. MacBain, Director, International and Study Abroad Office, The
University of Reading

Opening Remarks
Dr Janet Gunn, Head, Eastern Research Group, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

10:45-12.15 p.m. Beyond Oil and Gas: Sustainable Development of the Caspian

Chair: Dr Janet Gunn, Head, Eastern Research Group, Foreign and Commonwealth

 * Steven R. Mann, US Ambassador, Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy
   "The Coming Phases of Caspian Energy"

 * Dr Steven Fries, Deputy Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction
   and Development
   "Transition, Sustainable Development and the Caspian Sea Region".

 * Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, The
   University of Reading
   "Finding Sustainable Solutions to Economic Development in Central Asia"

 * Vadim Nee, Law and Environment Eurasia Partnership, Kazakhstan
   "Kazakhstan's environmental law and policy on the Caspian Sea"

12.15- 1.45 p.m. Lunch

1.45-3.15 p.m. Sustainable Development: Policy Agenda for Corporate

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

 * Simon Nutting, ChevronTexaco, Eurasia Business Unit

 * Margaret Mogford, Head of Environment, BG Group

 * Chris Bond, AMEC

 * Murray Jones, Social Performance Management Unit, Shell International

3.15- 3.30 p.m. Coffee Break

3.30-5.30 p.m. Sustainable Development Legal, Environmental and Social Issues

Chair: Richard Dion, Shell E&P International

 * Dr Chris Waters, Deputy Director, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, The
   University of Reading
   "The legal framework for sustainable development"

 * Peter Taylor, Manager, Caspian / Black Sea Regions, Oil Spill
   Preparedness Study, IPIECA (International Petroleum Industry Environmental
  Conservation Association)
  "Working together: developing effective oil spill contingency plans"

 * Zbignev Karpowicz, Fauna and Flora International

 * Steven Crashaw, Director, Human Rights Watch, London

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

For further information please contact:

Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director
The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
The University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218,
Reading, RG6 6AA
tel:  44 118 3786637
fax:  44 118 3786274

or go to:

LECTURE- Pakistan's Role in the Future of Afghanistan, Los Angeles, Feb. 7

Posted by: Hekmet Sadat <hsadat(a)>
Posted: 4 Feb 2003

Dear Colleagues,

This is the first talk organized in conjunction with the course on 
Afghanistan and Pakistan which I am instructing.  Please inform colleagues 
that might be interested in the event in Los Angeles.


Hekmat Sadat, Visiting Professor
Political Science Department
Pitzer College (Los Angeles, USA)
Claremont University Consortium
E-mail: hsadat(a)

TOPIC: "Pakistan's role in the future of Afghanistan."

Pitzer College
Claremont University Consortium
Avery Auditorium
1050 N. Mills Ave. 
Claremont, CA. 91711
V: (909) 621-8219

DATE: February 7, 2003

TIME: 3-5 pm

SPONSOR: Pitzer College support for the new Political Science course on 
Afghanistan and Pakistan.

PARTICIPANTS: Ahmed Rashid, recognized as one of the world's leading 
authorities on the Taliban, will be discussing his new book "Jihad" and also 
the Open Media Fund for Afghanistan, an organization he founded a year ago 
by donating one quarter of his royalties from his best seller "Taliban."

CONFERENCE- Tatars and Tatarstan: Past, Present and Future, Istanbul, Feb. 27

Posted by: Emine Gürsoy-Naskali <naskali(a)>
Posted: 4 Feb 2003

Marmara University
Center for Turkic Studies

Date: Thursday, 27 February 2003
Venue: Marmara University, Goztepe Campus, Ibrahim Uzumcu Conference Hall
Time: 10:00- 16:00

Past, Present and Future

10.00 Opening remarks: Prof. Dr. Emine Gursoy-Naskali
(Director of the Center for Turkic Studies)

Prof. Dr. Uli Schamiloglu, Wisconsin University
Tatars in the Past, Present and Future

1. Session 10.45 - 11.30

National Identity and National Movements
Chair - Taha Akyol

Doc. Dr. Ahmet Kanlidere (Marmara University)
   The Roots of Tatar Jadidism
Timour Kozyrev (Bogazici University)
   The Evolution of Tatar National Identity

2. Session 11.30 - 12.30

The Political History of the Tatars
Chair - Prof. Dr. Ilber Ortayli

Dr. Gun Soysal (Bogazici University)
   The Contribution of Tatar Intellectuals to Turkish Intellectual Thought
Dr. Arzu Ocakli
   Migrations from Idil Ural
Ravil Bukharaev (BBC)
   The Tataristan Model

3. Session 14.30 - 15.30

The Present Situation
Chair - Prof. Dr. Nadir Devlet

Rafail Khakimov (Advisor to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan)
   Recent Changes in the Russian Federation and its effects on Tataristan
Liaisan Sahin (Marmara University)
   The 2002 Census in the Russian Federation and its implications
Erdal Sahin (Marmara University)
   The Struggle to Opt for the Latin Alphabet in Tataristan

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