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Central-Eurasia-L Announcement Archive
2. Conferences and Lecture Series
Page 16

LECTURE- Franz Grenet, From Samarkand to Xi'an: the Sogdian Self-Image, London, May 10

Posted by: Centres <centres(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 23 Mar 2004

The Committee for Central and Inner Asia
Second Annual Lecture

in partnership with the British Library

"From Samarkand to Xi'an: the Sogdian Self-Image"

By Professor Frantz Grenet, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

Sogdiana was a kingdom of the ancient Silk Road with the exotic Samarkand as
its capital city.  Sogdiana no longer exists but its history and culture
remain intriguing and engaging in the 21st century.

In this illustrated talk, Professor Frantz Grenet will discuss how the
Sogdians potrayed their culture in their artistic productions. He will look
at the murals of Samarkand and Panjikent and at images from further east in
Northern China where recent archaeological discoveries include the funerary
reliefs of expatriate Sogdian merchants.

It will be held on May 10th 2004 at 6.30pm, followed by a reception at The
British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1.

Admission is free - but by ticket only. To book contact the Assistant
Secretary e-mail:

or by post to:

The Secretary, Committee for Central and Inner Asia
c/o Faculty of Oriental Studies
Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

CONF./CFP- Community Development in Rural Areas of Central Asia, 27-28 April 2004, Osh

Posted by: Intrac <intrac(a)>
Posted: 18 Mar 2004

INTRAC Central Asia Programme's 2004 Conference
"Community Development in Rural Areas of Central Asia"
to be held on 27-28 April 2004 in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

The conference "Community Development in Rural Areas of Central Asia" will
be held on Tuesday 27 - Wednesday 28 April 2004, in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

Participants at the conference will include representatives of donors,
international agencies, national and local government bodies, non-government
organisations (NGOs) and community based organisations (CBOs) from the five
countries of Central Asia plus guests from other countries in the CIS region.

The aim of the conference is to influence key players in Community
Development within the Central Asia region, helping them to develop better

and more informed strategies, based on increased knowledge of the local
context. We hope that this can be achieved through a sharing of knowledge,
experience and methodologies in this important area of work.

The Conference Fees are: $50.00 local organisations, $300 international

All those who wish to attend should fill in an application form. The form
can be obtained from Natasha Laptieva at INTRAC Almaty, tel/fax (3272)
61-37-97, email intrac(a)

For further information you can also contact our Bishkek and Tashkent offices,
email icap(a) or rakhima(a)

The closing date for applications is 31 March.

We advise you to book quickly since places will be in demand!

There are a limited number of places funded under INTRAC's programme with
the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Hoping to see you at the conference.

Yours sincerely

Charles Buxton
Programme Manager, Central Asia

tel.: (3272) 61 24 07
fax.: (3272) 61 37 97
mail: intrac(a)
ICAP web site:
INTRAC web site:

CONF./CFP- Middle East & Central Asia, Univ. of Utah, Sept. 9-11, 2004

Posted by: Middle East & Central Asia Conf. Committee <Middle-East(a)>
Posted: 18 Mar 2004

The 2004 Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics, and Society
Conference: Transitions and Inequality in the 21st Century

September 9th to 11th, 2004
The University of Utah

Salt Lake City, USA

Deadline for proposals: May 15, 2004

The second annual multidisciplinary conference on the Middle East and
Central Asia will be held on the picturesque campus of the University of
Utah in Salt Lake City. The objective of the conference is to bring together
academics, analysts, and policy makers with interests in the Middle East and
Central Asia who wish to network and share research endeavors.

The three-day conference will include at least two prominent keynote speakers:

Dr. Michael Collins Dunn, editor of the Middle East Journal of the Middle
East Institute in Washington, DC.; and Prof. Shirin Akiner, lecturer in
Central Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the
University of London. There will be an estimated 44 conference sessions, and
a special plenary discussion panel on 'The Post-9-11 World'. Other
attractions include two complementary meals, an evening of Middle Eastern
and Central Asian dance and music performances, and screening of films and

The topics to be covered by the conference encompass interdisciplinary
social science approaches to analysis and problem solving in the regions of
Middle East and Central Asia and may fall within the following themes:

 - Problems of Economic and Democratic Transitions
 - State and Society Relations
 - Religion and Politics
 - Islam and Islamic Movements
 - Challenges of Post-Communism
 - The Impacts of Globalization
 - Culture, Gender, and Ethnicity
 - Natural Resources, Conflict, and Sustainability
 - Media, Cinema, and Film
 - Diaspora
 - Human Rights and Minorities
 - Post-9-11 Regional and International Affairs
 - Afghanistan and Iraq Nation-building Projects
 - Politics of External Actors (U.S., Russia, EU, China, etc.)
 - Israel and Palestine Studies
 - U.S.-Iranian Relations
 - Uighurs
 - Chechnya
 - Armenia-Azerbaijan Relations
 - Cypriot Reunification
 - Terrorism and State Violence
 - Conflict Prevention and Resolution
 - Regional Organizations and Cooperation
 - Civil Society

Selected papers from the 2003 conference were subsequently provided to
editors of The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs and Critique: Journal of
Critical Studies of the Middle East.

Those interested in presenting papers in the 2004 Middle East and Central
Asia Politics, Economics, and Society Conference are asked to submit the

 - Title of paper
 - 250-word paper abstract
 - Your full name
 - Brief academic Resume
 - Institutional affiliation
 - E-mail address
 - Telephone numbers (work and home)
 - Postal address
 - Indicate willingness to serve as a session Chair or Discussant

Please e-mail the above to the conference committee:

Middle-East(a) OR Central-Asia(a)


Updates will be included in the conference web page:

Please note that the Conference Committee is unable to provide for
participant travel and lodging expenses. All prospective participants are
expected to seek funding from their own institutional and organizational
affiliations. We will, however, assist overseas participants whose paper
proposals have been approved by sending official letters necessary for
acquiring entry visas into the U.S.  All participants will be asked for a
conference participation fee of $45 ($65 late fee). Other important dates
and suggested lodging information will be forthcoming.

2004 Middle East & Central Asia Conference Committee
c/o Political Science Department
260 S. Central Campus Dr.
OSH Building, Room 252
The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT  84112
Tel: +1-801-581-6047
Fax: +1-801-585-6492

CONFERENCE- National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Univ. of WI, Apr. 30-May 2

Posted by: Venkatesh Janakiraman <venkatesh(a)>
Posted: 16 Mar 2004

The Seventh National Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly
Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 30- May 2, at the
University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Theme: Identifying Individual and National Needs in the Less Commonly Taught


Register online for the conference at:
View the conference program at:

The conference will focus on topics such as:

 - Bilingual education students;
 - Autonomous and self-instructional setting students;

 - Distance education students;
 - Individualized instruction students
 - Heritage learners
 - Addressing individual learners' needs
 - Analyzing individual learners' needs
 - Use of technology in teaching the LCTLs
 - Addressing national priority in language programs
 - Other topics related to the theme

For more details, please contact

Sookyung Park Cho
National African Language Resource Center
455 North Park Street, #4231
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: (608) 265 7905
Fax: (608) 265 7904

SEMINAR- Iran and Central Asia, Watson Institute, Brown Univ., March 18

Posted by: William Beeman <William_Beeman(a)>
Posted: 15 Mar 2004

The Middle East a Year from Baghdad's Fall: Is There a Democracy Domino Effect?

Iran and Central Asia

William Beeman, Brown University, on Iran
Douglas Blum, Providence College, on Azerbaijan
Pauline Jones-Luong, Yale University, on Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan

Thursday, March 18, 4:00 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room
Watson Institute for International Studies

Brown University
111 Thayer Street
Providence, RI

This series of four panel discussions, jointly sponsored by the Watson
Institute and the Middle East Studies concentration, will explore political
developments in the resilient authoritarian regimes in the Middle East
following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the moves toward establishing
democracy in Iraq. The Bush administration has suggested that Saddam's
demise would have a demonstrative effect, emboldening democratic forces
elsewhere in the region to challenge incumbent authoritarian rulers, and
encouraging these rulers, through either fear or persuasion, to relinquish
the reins of power. Yet given the U.S.'s long history of tolerating, if not
supporting, the repressive regimes in the region, many democracy activists
there are skeptical that this new emphasis on democracy is sincere, and some
western analysts have worried that even a genuine policy shift could have
the unintended backlash effect of strengthening the existing regimes. Each
panel will draw together experts on various countries of the region,
including the Arab heartland, the Arab Gulf, Iran and Central Asia, and
North Africa, to assess in which direction the political winds seem to be

LECTURE- Amb. Pamela J. H. Slutz, U.S.-Mongolia Relations, April 27

Posted by: Henry G. Schwarz <schwarz(a)>
Posted: 15 Mar 2004

Ambassador Pamela J.H. Slutz, U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia will speak on:

U.S. - Mongolia Relations

Saturday, April 27
3 to 5 p.m.

Rotunda Room of the Whatcom Museum of History and Art
121 Prospect Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225

This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the
Libraries of Western Washington University and is free and open to the
public and the press.

LECTURE- Stalin's Exile of the Crimean Tatars, March 23, Washington DC

Posted by: Inci Bowman <inci(a)>
Posted: 15 Mar 2004

Stalin's deportation of the Crimean Tatars is the Topic of a Lecture at the
Library of Congress

Otto Pohl, a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of London, will deliver a
lecture titled "Stalin's Exile of the Crimean Tatars" at 12:00 noon on
Tuesday, March 23, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The event
is open to the public and no tickets are required.

Otto Pohl is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Oriental and African
Studies, University of London.  His area of specialty is Soviet nationality
questions during the Stalinist era.  The exile of the Crimean Tatars to
Central Asia in May 1944 is one of the more notorious actions taken by
Stalin, and was the final act in the 160 year oppression and ethnic
cleansing policy pursued by the Russian Empire and later the Soviet Union.
Mr. Pohl is the author of two books, The Stalinist Penal System: A
Statistical History of Soviet Repression and Terror, 1930-1953 (1997) and
Ethnic Cleansing in the USSR, 1937-1949 (1999), as well numerous articles on
related topics. He is currently in Washington conducting research.

The program is sponsored jointly by the Library of Congress' African and
Middle Eastern Division and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of
Congress Office of Scholarly Programs.

The lecture will be held in:

Room LJ 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street S.E.
Washington, D.C.
Metro stop: Capitol South.

Inci Bowman
International Committee for Crimea
Washington, DC

CONF./CFP- German Congress of Oriental Studies and DAVO Congress, Sept. 20-24, 2004

Posted by: Juergen Paul <info(a)>
Posted: 8 Mar 2004

Invitation to the 29th German Congress of Oriental Studies combined with the
11th Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO)
Halle/Saale, September 20-24, 2004

The organizers of the 29th Deutscher Orientalistentag (DOT) are happy to
invite scholars from all over the world to participate in this major meeting.

The Deutsche Orientalistentag (German Congress of Oriental Studies) is
organized by the Deutsche Morgenlaendische Gesellschaft (German Society of
Oriental Studies). The current event is hosted by the
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, one of the places where the
Deutsche Morgenlaendische Gesellschaft was founded more than 150 years ago.

The DOT traditionally brings together scholars from the following fields:
Ancient Egypt Studies, African Studies, Studies in the Ancient Orient, Arab
Studies, Studies in the Languages and Literatures of the Christian Orient,
Indo-European Linguistics, India Studies (classical Sanskrit as well as
modern Subcontinent Studies), Iranian Studies, Islamic Studies, Japan

Studies, Jewish Studies, Art and Archeology of the Orient, Geography,
Semitic Studies, Sinology, South-East Asian Studies, Turcology and Ottoman
Studies, Central Asian Studies. Sections (Sektionen) are organized to

accommodate papers and panels in these fields.

Papers and panels in these Sektionen can be registered online at

Interdisciplinary panels can be organized as such, they do not have to find
a place within one of the given sections. (Interdisciplinary panels are
called Faecheruebergreifende Panels in the DOT terminology.) If you plan to
organize such a panel, please contact the congress organizers at

Moreover, besides these sections and interdisciplinary panels, there are
structures organized along methodological criteria, called Forum. There are
five of these: Literature, Religion, Law, Anthropology and
Politics/Contemporary History.

Panels are preferred, but individual papers are possible and can be
registered as such (they are called Einzelreferate in the DOT parlance).
Papers may be presented in German or English.

For using the English registration form, please open the website of DOT
under, click on "Anmeldung" within the red field on the left
side, click on "in English" within the small red field on the right side
(difficult to recognise), and continue through several steps of registration.

Deadline for the registration of papers and panels is 31 May 2004.

Congress fees differ according to the date of registration:

Students: fees paid before 1 April 2004: 25 Euro; before 1 August 2004: 35
Euro; paid later: 40 Euro.

Other participants: fees paid before 1 April 2004: 50 Euro; paid before 1
August 2004: 70 Euro; paid later: 80 Euro.

Congress participants living abroad may pay the congress fees upon arrival
at the congress.

Further information at

Chairman: Professor Dr. Juergen Paul
Seminar fuer Arabistik,
Islamwissenschaft und Semitistik,
Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, Muehlweg 15
06114 Halle(Saale/Germany
Fax: +49-345-55 271 23
E-mail: info(a)

CONF./CFP- International Congress for Asian and North African Studies (ICANAS, Moscow), Deadline Extended

Posted by: ICANAS <orgcom(a)>
Posted: 8 Mar 2004

Attention, please!

The Organizing Committee of the 37th International Congress for Asian and
North African Studies extended the registration deadline as well as lower
registration fee payment deadline to April 30th, 2004.

Dear colleagues,

The 37th International Congress for Asian and North African Studies will be
held from August 16 to 21, 2004 in Moscow. It is sponsored jointly by the
International Union of Oriental and Asian Studies, the Society of Russian
Orientalists of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of
Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Organizational Structure of the Congress

1) Plenary sessions
2) Major prospects proceedings and panels
3) Regional symposia. (e.g., Sinology, Indology, Arab studies, Altaic
   Studies, etc.)
4) Round table discussions
5) Master-classes
6) Exhibitions, presentations, receptions
7) Cultural programs, excursions

Call for Papers

Participants of the Congress are invited to submit before May 1st, 2004 the
titles of their proposed papers, and other suggestions concerning the
separate sections, round-table discussions, subject panels, and demonstrations.

The Program Committee reserves the right to make the final decision
regarding the composition of each section. In its final form the subject
program of ICANAS-37, its sections and panels, will have been formed before
May 1st, 2004. This is why we ask you to kindly send in your proposals
before April 30th 2004. If you wish to organize a section, we would ask you
so to inform the Organizing Committee and provide it with the names and
addresses of the specialists whom you wish to include in the panel. Thus:
Chair, Presenters of papers, Discussants (if any).

Working languages: English, French, and Russian

To participate in ICANAS-37 you should fill the Registration Form. You

should also submit your abstract. The abstract should be written in one of
the above-mentioned languages and should not exceed 500 words. The
submission forms, as well as full information about the program,
accommodations, registration fees, etc. may be found at: - either Russian or English pages After
having registered at this site and having acquired the ID No you may also
pay the registration fee. You should follow the link "Payment" in the column

of links at the left side of the screen and then follow the instructions
within this link.

Organizing Committee of ICANAS XXXVII
12 Rozhdestvenka St.
Moscow 103753, Russia
Tel.: +7(095)928 57 64
Fax:  +7(095)925 77 88
E-mail: orgcom(a); secretar(a)

LECTURE- Of Pipelines and Homelands: The Meskhetian Turks, March 11, Washington DC

Posted by: Middle East Institute <mideasti(a)>
Posted: 8 Mar 2004

Of Pipelines and Homelands: The Meskhetian Turks

Speaker: J. Otto Pohl

Description: The Meskhetian Turks were deported from Georgia to Central Asia
for supposedly pro-Turkish sentiments and orientations during the Stalin
era. As a condition for membership in the Council of Europe in 1999, the
Georgian government agreed to allow the Meskhetians, whose population is
estimated at 200,000 - 300,000, to return within twelve years to their
homeland -- land that will encompass the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. J. Otto Pohl,
a PhD candidate at London's School of Oriental and African Studies, will
describe the plight of the Meskhetian Turks and trace the importance of even
the tiniest ethnic groups to geopolitical oil, energy and power.


Thursday, 11 March 2004
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Middle East Institute  (
Boardman Room
1761 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

PANEL DISCUSSION- 60th Anniversary of the 1944 Chechen and Ingush Deportation, March 12

Posted by: Harvard Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus <centasia(a)>
Posted: 8 Mar 2004

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Committee on Conscience

The 60th Anniversary of the 1944 Chechen and Ingush Deportation: History,
Legacies, Current Crisis

Friday, March 12, 2004
1 p.m.
Classroom B

On February 23, 1944, the Soviet NKVD began its operation to deport the
entire Chechen and Ingush nations to Siberia and Central Asia. What happened
during the deportation process and years of exile? Sixty years later, what
is the continuing legacy of the deportations in both Chechen and Russian
societies? The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Committee on Conscience,
which has placed Chechnya on its Genocide Watch list, invites you to join us
for a panel to discuss these questions.


Michaela Pohl, History Department, Vassar College

Satsita Muradova, former lawyer with the Russian human rights
organization, Memorial

Georgii Derluguian, Sociology Department, Northwestern University

This event is free and open to the public. It is held in the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.
Metro: Smithsonian.

For more information, please visit our web site at:

CONF./CFP- International Congress for Asian and North African Studies, Aug. 16-21, Moscow

Posted by: Alexander A. Stolyarov <astol(a)>
Posted: 5 Mar 2004

[Note: Proposal submission deadline March 31, 2004]

Dear colleagues,

The 37th International Congress for Asian and North African Studies will be
held from August 16 to 21, 2004 in Moscow. It is sponsored jointly by the
International Union of Oriental and Asian Studies, the Society of Russian
Orientalists of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of
Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Organizational Structure of the Congress

1) Plenary sessions
2) Major prospects proceedings and panels
3) Regional symposia. (e.g., Sinology, Indology, Arab studies, Altaic
   Studies, etc.)
4) Round table discussions
5) Master-classes
6) Exhibitions, presentations, receptions
7) Cultural programs, excursions

Call for Papers

Participants of the Congress are invited to submit before May 1st 2004 the
titles of their proposed papers, and other suggestions concerning the
separate sections, round-table discussions, subject panels, and demonstrations.

The Program Committee reserves the right to make the final decision
regarding the composition of each section. In its final form the subject
program of ICANAS-37, its sections and panels, will have been formed before
April 1st, 2004. This is why we ask you to kindly send in your proposals
before March 31st 2004. If you wish to organize a section, we would ask you
so to inform the Organizing Committee and provide it with the names and
addresses of the specialists whom you wish to include in the panel. Thus:
Chair, Presenters of papers, Discussants (if any).

Working languages: English, French, and Russian

To participate in ICANAS-37 you should fill the Registration Form. You
should also submit your abstract. The abstract should be written in one of
the above-mentioned languages and should not exceed 500 words. The
submission forms, as well as full information about the program,
accommodations, registration fees, etc. may be found at: - either Russian or English pages After
having registered at this site and having acquired the ID No you may also
pay the registration fee. You should follow the link "Payment" in the column
of links at the left side of the screen and then follow the instructions
within this link.

Organizing Committee of ICANAS XXXVII
12 Rozhdestvenka St.
Moscow 103753, Russia
Tel.: +7(095)928 57 64
Fax: +7(095)925 77 88
E-mail: orgcom(a); secretar(a)

CONF./CFP- Reminder CESS Annual Conference - Proposal Deadline April 2

Posted by: Laura Adams - CESS Conference Committee <cess2004(a)>
Posted: 5 Mar 2004

I am writing to deliver a gentle reminder that the deadline for submission
of papers to the Fifth Annual Conference (2004) of the Central Eurasian
Studies Society is April 2. I hope you will participate in the conference,
either as a presenter, organizer or as an attendee. Last year's conference
was a huge success, attracting more than 800 fellow Central Eurasianists,
and this year's conference promises to showcase yet more top-notch
scholarship on the region.

There is less than a month left to put together your abstract or panel
proposal. I especially encourage panel organizers to get busy now in order
to facilitate high quality panels. If you have already submitted a proposal,
you will receive confirmation of that soon -- this note doesn't mean it
hasn't been received.

A brief version of the earlier call for papers can be found below.

With warm regards,

Laura Adams
CESS 2004 Conference co-Chair

proposals for the Fifth CESS Annual Conference, October 14-17, 2004, in
Bloomington, Indiana.  The event will be held at Indiana University,
hosted by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.

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 a discussant.  We also welcome
attendees who do not wish to participate in a panel (see the
Registration/Pre-registration Form for information:


The Conference Committee accepts ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS -- either
by webform (see forms for Pre-organized Panels and for Individual Papers
at:, or by an e-mailed
form in MS Word format in the case of those who don't have web access.
This is because website submissions can more easily be processed than
other methods, and we have limited resources to manage the hundreds of
submissions that we anticipate receiving.  Those who don't have access
to the website may contact us and we will e-mail the submission forms in
MS Word format.

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals:  APRIL 2, 2004.


Full information about CESS 2004 in Bloomington may be found on the
conference webpages:

 * Main conference website:
 * Registration:
 * Program (available in June 2004):
 * Full information about hosting and location at Indiana University:


CESS 2004 Annual Conference
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC)
Indiana University
Goodbody Hall 324
Bloomington, IN 47405   U.S.A.
fax: +1 (812) 855-8667
tel.: +1 (812) 856-5263
e-mail: cess2004(a)

The Co-chairs of the Conference Committee are:

Dr. Laura Adams (Georgetown University; lladams2(a)
Dr. Edward J. Lazzerini (Indiana University; elazzeri(a)
Dr. Scott Levi (University of Louisville; sclevi9(a)

CONF./CFP- Annual Meeting of the Mongolia Society, October 2004, Indiana University

Posted by: Susie Drost <monsoc(a)>
Posted: 5 Mar 2004

Call for Papers

The 2004 Annual Meeting of The Mongolia Society will be held in conjunction
with the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) at Indiana University, in
Bloomington, Indiana, during October 14-17, 2004.  Therefore, we are placing
a call for panel participants.  In order to participate, you must be a
member of The Mongolia Society and submit an abstract for consideration no
later than July 30th, 2004.  The abstract must contain the title of the
paper and be no more than 300 words.  If your abstract is accepted, you will
have 20 minutes to present your paper, which will include five minutes of
discussion.  The exact time of the meeting and panel will be announced as
plans are formalized.  Please submit your abstract to Susie Drost, The
Mongolia Society, 322 Goodbody Hall, IU, 1011 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN
47405-7005; E-mail: monsoc(a)

The Mongolia Society now has an annual meeting online registration form.
Please go to our webpage ( and click on the annual
meeting registration form and enter your information.  The annual meeting of
The Mongolia Society is free and open to the public.  However, if you are
not yet a member of The Mongolia Society, you will get a 10% discount when
signing up for a three-year membership at the time of registering for our
annual meeting.

The Mongolia Society
322 Goodbody Hall, Indiana University
1011 E. 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN  47405-7005
E-Mail: monsoc(a)
Tel: (812)855-4078
Fax: (812)855-7500

SEMINAR SERIES- Center of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus, Univ. of London, March 2004

Posted by: Center of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus <centres(a)>
Posted: 2004

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus
University of London

Wednesday 3 March 6.00pm (Rescheduled from 5 February)

The Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Civil society engineered or local?: Central Asia and Afghanistan
Olivier Roy (Centre National de Recherché Scientifique)

Olivier Roy is Research Director at the CNRS (French National Center for
Scientific Research) in the "Iranian World" research unit.
Reception to follow.

Thursday 4 March 5.30pm, G52, Main Building, SOAS

Regionalism, geopolitics and Iran's foreign policy in Central Asia
Edmund Herzig (University of Manchester)

Thursday, 11 March 5.30 pm, G52, Main Building, SOAS

Georgia: the challenges of consolidating democracy
Laurence Broers (PhD Candidate, Political Studies, SOAS)

Thursday 18 March 5.30pm, G52, Main Building, SOAS

Civil Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus: comparative and critical
Babken Babajanian
Sabine Freizer
(Both PhD Candidates - Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics
and Political Science)
Daniel Stevens
(PhD Candidate Development Studies, SOAS)

All Events Are Free and Open to All

CONF./CFP- Remapping the Southern Tier of Post-Socialist States, June 8-11, 2004, Portoroz, Slovenia

Posted by: Robert Kaiser <rjkaise1(a)>
Posted: 27 Feb 2004

Conference Announcement:

Remapping the Southern Tier of Post-Socialist States:

June 8 - 11, 2004
Portoroz, Slovenia


National Science Foundation; Russian, Central Eurasian and East European
Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers; University of
Wisconsin Madison Department of Geography; University of Ljubljana
Department of Geography; University of Primorska Department of Geography


The National Science Foundation has provided funds for a two-year project
entitled Building an International Collaborative Network of Geographers and
Related Specialists: The United States and Southern Tier of Post-Socialist
States. The project constructing the network arose from a proposal by the
Russian, Central Eurasian and East European Specialty Group of the
Association of American Geographers to address the need for better contacts
with geographers and related specialists from the southern-tier of
post-socialist states including Southeastern Europe (Bulgaria, Albania,
Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and
Montenegro), the Caucasus Region (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and the

North Caucasus republics of the Russian Federation), and Central Asia
(Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan). Special
emphasis was placed on forging professional connections with the younger
generation of scholars trained since 1991. The network was conceived of as a
long-term, self-sustaining body that would act as a resource for identifying
geographers and related specialists in the United States and the regions
doing cutting edge research on the socio-economic, cultural, demographic and
political transformation of the regions at local, state, and regional scales.

Call for Papers

At the initial meeting of the network, held at the University of Wisconsin -
Madison in June 2003, participants identified the following themes as the
most pressing areas of concern for future research. The organizers invite
papers with a geographic focus on any of the following:

1. Borders, Critical Geopolitics and Security Issues:

 * analysis of the impact of EU expansion and the Schengen borders
 * western representations of the Balkans, the Caucasus Central/Inner Asia,
   and relationships of these regions to geopolitical representations of
   global terrorism
 * maritime and land border disputes
 * environmental security

2. Migrations, Diasporas and Refugees:

 * environmental, economic, and political causes and effects of population
 * the impact of refugees and diasporas on citizenship and new mappings of
   the national "homeland"
 * and claims and resettling of refugees
 * gender dimensions of migration

3. Economic Transitions:

 * spatial dimensions of privatization and de-nationalization of economies
 * restructuring of labor force
 * economic regionalization and competition for foreign direct investment

4. Environmental Issues:

 * and privatization, land tenure/land use policies and environmental impact
 * environmental, economic and political impacts of resource extraction in
   the Caspian Sea region
 * connections between environmentalism and nationalism

5. Democratization and Decentralization:

 * changing definitions of citizenship and the rights of minorities
 * electoral geographies and the rebirth of regionalism
 * role of NGOs in the processes of democratization
 * questions of flexible federalism

6. Social Memory, Monuments, and Commemorative Landscapes

 * (re)interpretations of socialist and pre-socialist history in the making
   of identity and homeland
 * new ways in which ethnic and civic national identities are being
   inscribed into the local and state-scale cultural and political landscapes

Please send abstracts (250 words) and one-page Curriculum Vita to the
addresses below by March 5th, 2004.

Participant Support

The National Science Foundation will cover the cost of conference fees and
hotel accommodation. In addition, there are limited funds available for
participant support for citizens of countries in the southern tier of
post-socialist states and the United States. Recipients must be junior
faculty (no more than 5 years removed from the PhD) or advanced graduate
students. Support will be awarded on a competitive basis. If you wish to be
considered for participant support, please send, in addition to a one-page
CV and abstract, a letter of recommendation and letter of application
including career goals and future research agenda.

All application materials must be in English. Electronic submissions are

Robert Kaiser
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
550 North Park St.
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Noah Rost
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
550 North Park Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

CONF./CFP- FEL VIII, On the Margins of Nations: Endangered Languages, Oct. 2004, Barcelona

Posted by: Nicholas Ostler <nostler(a)>
Posted: 26 Feb 2004

Call for Abstracts: FEL VIII - Linguistic Rights

The Foundation for Endangered Languages: Eighth Conference
Barcelona, 1-3 October 2004

On the Margins of Nations: Endangered Languages and Linguistic Rights

The Foundation for Endangered Languages' annual meeting comes back to Europe
this year, specifically to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, on Spain's
eastern seaboard.  Our topic will be "endangered languages and linguistic
rights", addressed both through reports on actual experience, and through
prescriptions for policy.  All approaches will be welcome, but three aspects
of this vast field are especially suggested for discussion:

1) The politics of language from the grass-roots activity to political
   institutions at all levels: how are linguistic rights acknowledged and,
   where necessary, enforced? How can communities act to defend them?
2) The interplay of the global and the local in linguistic rights -
   international, national and local: how are identities being redefined in
   post-nationist discourses?
3) Endangered languages and linguistic rights crossing borders: what rights
   can be asserted and duties accepted in diaspora situations, in divided
   language communities and where languages are spoken by migrant groups?

We view language politics and language policy simultaneously from the bottom
up and the top down. Language communities' struggle for rights may take
different forms and pursue different goals.

 - What claims are the communities making?
 - What are the goals of grass-roots action?
 - To what extent can one language community take advantage of another's
   goals and methods?
 - Can any effective language policies be developed top-down?
 - How do such policies affect the acknowledgement and enforcement of
   linguistic rights, from bare toleration up to strong promotion of
   endangered languages?
 - Is positive discrimination necessary in order to achieve equality among
   languages in a community?
 - Where language revitalization programs are in progress, how are duties
   shared among speaker communities and political powers?
 - Is there any way to assess language policies / language revitalization
   programmes and their effectiveness?

In a world with ever heightened communications, the interplay between the
local and the global is increasingly complex. We need to analyse the status
of endangered languages with respect to linguistic rights and politics,
which now extend beyond the nation to supranational and global

organizations. How relevant, for example, are international measures and
recommendations, such as UNESCO's Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2002),
Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage (1998) and
proposal for a "Convention sur la diversite culturelle" (2003)?

Most endangered languages and communities are enclaves within the limits of
a state. Others, however, spread across political and other boundaries.
Borders may be considered as either barriers or opportunities. We shall
focus on the causes and consequences of these situations:

 - How does this cross-border situation affect people's linguistic rights?
 - What kind of policies are favoured by governments towards such divided
   language communities?
 - What kind of international agreements have been / may be developed to
   manage the issue?
 - What happens when the linguistic situation is uneven across a community,
   with differing rates of language shift or language revitalization?

One social effect of globalization is an increase in migration. This poses
other issues:

 - What are the rights of diaspora and migrant communities?
 - What are the rights and duties of immigrants in their host country?
 - What are the rights of nomadic people?

This discussion of rights may end up posing interesting challenges to the
kind of discourse that has become usual about endangered languages, which
has tended to emphasize the intrinsic value of diversity. But ultimately, we
may need to engage in quite different discourses for different audiences.
Different communities too may prefer to rely on different lines of argument,
and quite different strategies.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. They should be submitted in two ways:
by electronic submission and also on paper. They will be accepted in English
and Catalan.

1) Electronic submission: Electronic submission (by 19 March 2004) should be
   as attachment in Word or format in email message to <jargenter(a)>
   Please fill in the subject domain as follows: FEL_Abstract

2) Paper abstracts: Three copies should be sent (by 19 March 2004) to:

Dr. Joan A. Argenter
Càtedra UNESCO de Llengües i Educaci-
VIII FEL Conference
Institut d'Estudis Catalans
Carrer del Carme, 47
E-08001 Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain

This should have a clear short title, but should not bear anything to
identify the author(s).

On a separate sheet, enclosed in an envelope, please include the following

NAME : Names of the author(s)
TITLE: Title of the paper

EMAIL: Email address of the first author, if any
ADDRESS: Postal address of the first author
TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any
FAX: Fax number of the first author, if any

The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence. If
possible, please also send an e-mail to Joan A. Argenter
<jargenter(a)> informing him of the hard copy submission. This is in
case the hard copy does not reach its destination. This e-mail should
contain the information specified in the above section.

Oral presentations will last twenty minutes each, with a further ten minutes
for discussion. Plenary lectures will last forty-five minutes each. Authors

will be expected to submit a written paper with the full version of the
lecture for publication in the proceedings well in advance of the conference.

Important Dates

 - Abstract submission deadline 19 March 2004
 - Committee's decision 12 April 2004
 - In case of acceptance, the full paper should be sent before 18 June 2004.
   (Further details on the format of text will be specified to the authors)
 - Conference 1-3 October 2004

Nicholas Ostler
Foundation for Endangered Languages
UK Registered Charity 1070616

Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
Bath BA1 7AA
tel: +44-1225-85-2865
fax +44-1225-85-9258
e-mail: nostler(a)

CONF./CFP- Fiscal Policies in Transitional Economies, April 2004, Bishkek

Posted by: Sureyya Sakinc <ssakinc(a)>
Posted: 25 Feb 2004

First International Conference in Public Finance

Fiscal Policies in Transitional Economies

16 April 2004

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

In order to investigate fiscal problems of transitional economies and find
possible solutions, a conference will be held titled as Fiscal Policies in
Transitional Economies. The conference will be organised as panels and
roundtable discussions.

Papers are invited on the topics indicated below (and others falling within
the scope of the Conference). Final versions of papers should be submitted
to the Conference Secretariat by 31st March 2004. The papers submitted for
the conference can be written in Kyrgyz, Russian, Turkish, and English.
Papers written in other languages rather than English, must have an abstract
in English as well. The papers accepted by the Scientific Committee will be
published in the conference book.

All submissions of papers should be in Word, WordPerfect. The name(s),
affiliation(s) and complete address(es) of the author(s), title of the
paper, and other identifying statements should be on a first unnumbered
page. The first numbered page of the paper should contain the title,
abstract, and the beginning of the text. If written in any other language
rather than English, the paper should have an abstract in English as well.

As a general rule, the paper should be no longer than 6 pages in 12 point
Times Roman font, including references, tables and figures. The main body of
the paper should be single-spaced. Mathematical notation, graphics, and
tables should be held to the minimum required for presentation of the material.

Final versions of the papers must be submitted in IBM compatible Microsoft
Word or WordPerfect format. Electronic copies of the files can be submitted
by e-mail at metink(a), ssakinc(a), or by postal mail on 3.5
diskette to the address given below.  More information about the conference
is given web page. The papers accepted for
the conference will be announced in this web page by 7 March 2004.

Conference Topics:

Tax Policies and Taxation Problems
Debt and Debt Management
Economic Growth and Fiscal Policies
Sustainable Development and Fiscal Policies
Income Distribution and Social Justice
Public Expenditure and Corruption
Foreign Trade and Taxation

Scientific Committee:

Prof. Dr. Seyfullah Çevik, Prof. Dr. Selahattin Sari, Prof. Dr. Mömin
Ertörk, Prof. Dr. Turar Koyçiyev, Prof. Dr. Cusup Primbayev, Doç Dr. Söreyya
Sakinç, Doç. Dr. Damira Caparova, Doç. Dr. Damira Bektenova, Doç. Dr. Cipara
Aytuganova, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Mehmet Balcilar, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Harun Bal, Yrd.
Doç. Dr. Tölin Canbay, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Metin Karadag

Organisation Committee:

Prof. Dr. Seyfullah Çevik, Prof. Dr. Selahattin Sari, Doç. Dr. Söreya
Sakinç, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Metin Karadag, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Tölin Canbay, Yrd. Doç.
Dr. Saban Kayihan, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Mehmet Balcilar, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Harun Bal


Çinara Bobuyeva, Metin Karadag, Tölin Canbay

Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University
Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
Department of Public Finance,
Prospect Mira 56, Bishkek

Tel: 00-996-312-54 19 42 (43 44 45). (Ext: 1116)
Fax: 00-996-312-54 19 35

e-mail: metink(a), ssakinc(a)manaskg, tcanbay(a), ktmu_iibf(a)
Additional Information:

No Registration fee.

Travel and Accommodation:  Participants are kindly requested to make their
own travel and accommodation arrangements, which will not be paid for by the

LECTURE- Edward Allworth, Columbia University, Feb. 26, 2004

Posted by: Peter James Sinnott <pjs7(a)>
Posted: 23 Feb 2004

Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs, Harriman
Institute Central Asia and the Caucasus lecture series

announces a talk by

Edward Allworth - Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

Thursday, February 26th 12pm

Room 1219, International Affairs Building
420 West 118th St. (just off Amsterdam Avenue)
Columbia University
New York, NY

WORKSHOP- Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Central Asia, Deadline Extended

Posted by: Elena Lioubimtseva <lioubime(a)>
Posted: 23 Feb 2004

This is to inform you that the application deadline for the 1st
International Workshop Human Dimensions of Climate and Environmental Change
in Central Asia (HDCECCA) has been extended until March 5, 2004.

Registration fee can be paid continuously until May 21, 2004. Early
registration is encouraged as course places may fill up prior to the
conference date.

Call for Papers: The 1st International Workshop

Human Dimensions of Climate and Environmental Change in Central Asia

May 21-22, 2004

The Climate and Environmental Change interdisciplinary committee and the
Geography and Planning Department at Grand Valley State University invite
paper proposals for the first International Workshop on Human Dimensions of
Climate and Environmental Change in Central Asia to be held in Grand Rapids,
Michigan (USA) May 21-22, 2004.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss human-environmental interactions in
arid and semi-arid environments of the world at various scales in the
context of global climate and environmental change, and more specifically,
to assess the human dimensions of climate and environmental change in
Central Asia.

The Central Asian republics, situated in the Aral Sea basin, are widely
recognized as a region of profound environmental crisis, and a case study of
exceptionally significant human-induced climate change at an unprecedented

Human-induced climate and environmental change has a strong impact on
natural ecosystems, water resources, biodiversity, agricultural crops, human
health and well-being, economic development, and regional political
stability. One of the main goals of the workshop is to identify the key
directions, strategies, and funding opportunities for collaborative research
on climate and environmental change in arid zones around the world.

Workshop topics include but are not limited to environmental issues of
Central Asia, climate change in arid and semi-arid environments, water
resources and irrigation, desertification control, implications of climate
and environmental change for human health, environmental public policy,
regional responses to global climate change with particular emphasis on arid
environments and the Central Asian region.

Paper proposals are encouraged from all disciplines, including, but not
limited to: geography, ecology, economics, natural resources, political
science, public administration, agricultural sciences, sociology,
anthropology, atmospheric science, natural resources management,
conservation science, and geomatics.

Registration deadline: March 5, 2004. Registration fee US$35.00 (late
registration fee after February 15 - US$50.00). Registration fee will be
waived for full-time students and GVSU faculty. Very limited funds will be
available to support lodging and travel expenses for participants from
outside of the United States.

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to the workshop chair, Dr.
Elena Lioubimtseva (lioubime(a) by March 5, 2004. Submit your
abstract (not longer than 500 words in Microsoft Word or text formats) along
with a title, key words and the name and contact information for the
corresponding and presenting author(s).

We have secured the special issue of Arid Ecosystems for publication of the
conference proceedings. Authors, who are interested in publishing their
papers in the conference proceedings but unable to attend the meeting, are
welcome to submit their abstracts and later full-length papers. No
registration fee will be applied to non-attending participants.

You can register for this event on line at

Information about workshop, GVSU and the city of Grand Rapids can be found

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Dr. Elena
Lioubimtseva at lioubime(a)

Workshop highlights and preliminary program: Friday, May 21st, 2004:

9:00- Welcome

9:15 - Keynote address

10:00 Invited papers - human dimensions of climate and environmental change
in Central Asia

12:00 Lunch

1:30 - 3:30 Paper presentations -diverse range of topics related to human
dimensions of climate and environmental change

3:45 - 4:45 Paper presentations - Climate and environmental change in
Central Asia

6:00 Reception Saturday, May 22nd, 2004

9:00 Panel discussion - human dimensions of climate and environmental change
in arid environments

10:30 Business meeting - Research strategies and funding opportunities
Sunday, May 23rd, 2004

8:00 Field-trip to Ludington State Park (field-trip is focused on aeolian
processes and coastal dunes in West Michigan and includes a picnic lunch)
Additional fee of US$30.00 applies.

Workshop program and proceedings will be available to all registered
workshop participants.

Publication of the refereed proceedings

All participants are encouraged to submit their papers for publication in
the special issue of Arid Ecosystems.

Paper submission deadline - August 30, 2004.

SEMINAR- Asiatic Russia - Outer Asia, Feb. 26, Barnaul State Pedagogical University

Posted by: Vladimir Boyko <boyko(a)>
Posted: 21 Feb 2004

Asiatic Russia-Outer Asia: the Problems of Economic Interrelation in the 20th c

26 February 2004

Center for Regional Studies (Russia and the East)
Barnaul State Pedagogical University
Barnaul, Russia

This event will be convened by CRS Director Dr Vladimir Boyko.

The Agenda:

Asiatic Russia - Xinijang: the Dynamics of Economic Ties of Early Soviet Period
Keynote talk by Dr Tamara Shemetova,
CRS research associate and Vice-Dean of the Department of History, Barnaul
State Pedagogical University

USSR - Xinijang: Economic Ties of 1950s - 70s
Report by Dr Oksana Omeltchenko,
Assoc Prof of the Department of Oriental Studies, Altai State University

Siberia - Mongolia: Economic Cooperation in Interwar Period
Report by Natalya Dyatchenko,
Post-graduate student of the Chair of World History, Barnaul State
Pedagogical University.

The event is open for public, all interested in historical and recent
Central Asia are welcome.

All queries should be directed to the following address:

Center for Regional Studies
Molodezhnaya Street 55
Barnaul 656031
E-mail: boyko(a)

EVENT- Afghan Women Panel Discussion & Benefit, March 8, New York City

Posted by: Rameen Moshref <RameenM(a)>
Posted: 18 Feb 2004

Afghan Communicator & Women for Afghan Women

Invite You To Join Us In

Helping Afghan Women Help Themselves

A Gala Benefit for Afghan Women


Bianca Jagger
Human rights activist

Sayu Bhojwani
Commissioner, NYC Office of Immigrant Affairs

Katrin Fakiri
Managing Director, PARWAZ Microlending Institute

John Liu
NYC Council Member

Kathy Gannon
Bureau Chief in Afghanistan, Associated Press

Sonia Nassery Cole
Chair, Afghanistan World Foundation

Susan Safi
Afghan women's rights advocate

Paula Nirschel
Founder and President, The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, IEAW

Nadima Sahar
IEAW exchange student from Afghanistan

The night will begin with a cocktail hour followed by entertainment and a
distinguished panel of guest speakers. Afghan items will be on display for a
silent auction. A delicious array of Afghan foods will be available
throughout the night.

Time and Place:

Monday March 8, 2004, 6:00 PM

at the Masonic Building

71 West 23rd Street & 6th Ave, 2nd Floor, NYC 10010

For further directions to the event site, please visit:

Tickets & Sponsorship



Madiha R. Tahir


41-36 College Point Blvd, suite 2A, Flushing NY 11355

To educate the world about the importance of Afghan women's situation and to
raise funds to support their noble cause, Afghan Communicator and Women for
Afghan Women have organized a joint benefit on March 8, 2004 from 6:00 pm to
10:00 pm. We are honored to have a distinguished panel of leaders and
activists working on Afghan women's rights, founders of new initiatives,
authors and journalists, and leading elected officials. You are welcomed to

visit our web site for a more updated list of speakers and more information:

Our Benefit is a timely attempt to help Afghan women help themselves. Under
the suppressive Taliban regime, Afghan women suffered tremendously. The
Universal Declaration of Human Rights was thoroughly violated with some of
the most egregious human rights violations occurring against Afghan women.
The current Transitional Government has not done enough to meet the basic
needs of Afghan women and world focus is once again shifting away from their
desperate situation. This is a crucial moment in the struggle for the rights
of Afghan women. As Afghans rebuild their country, it is imperative that
Afghan women get the support they need to protect their rights.

CONF./CFP- ASN Warsaw Conference, Deadline Reminder: March 1

Posted by: Dominique Arel <darel(a)>
Posted: 18 Feb 2004

Reminder: Deadline for Proposals - March 1, 2004

Call for Papers

Special Warsaw Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities
(ASN), organized by The Centre for East European Studies of Warsaw University

Nationalities and Pluralism from Old to New Worlds

East Central Europe and Post-Soviet Countries: Nations, Nationalities,
Culture, Religion, History and Politics

Warsaw University,
July 18-21, 2004,

Contact information: Jan Malicki, asn.studium(a)
web site:

Association for the Study of Nationalities are organizing a Special
Convention to be held in Warsaw, July 18-21, 2004.

THE CENTRE FOR EASTERN STUDIES is involved/is a partner/ in the Special
Convention. It is a Polish governmental analytical institution entrusted
with monitoring the current political, economic and social situation in
Central and Eastern Europe, The Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

THE PATRONAGE over the Special Warsaw Convention will be held by Rector

Magnificus of Warsaw University Piotr Weglenski, the Minister of Foreign
Affairs Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz and the President of Warsaw Lech Kaczynski.

PARTICIPANTS from all over the world, especially experts on Central Asian,
East-Central European and Balkan affairs are expected to take part. We
expect a large number of scholars from the states of the former Soviet
Union, and Eastern and Central Europe. Please note that this Special
Convention is distinct from the ASN Annual World Convention, which will take
place at Columbia University, New York, on 15-17 April 2004

The main theme of the Convention is the fate of nationalities and of
national and nationalist ideas in a world of globalization and economic and
political integration.  This includes the relation between national ideals
and the process of transformation in Central Asia, the Caucasus,
East-Central Europe and the Balkans, the question of political change and
democratization in the post-Soviet area, as well as the prospects for
systemic change in the post-communist world.

The Special Warsaw Convention will consider proposals on topics related to
national identity, nationalism, ethnic conflict and state-building in
Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and adjacent areas. The
Convention invites proposals for individual papers or for complete panels.

THE CONVENTION is inviting submissions of recent documentaries or feature
films and available in video (VHS or DVD) format. The videos selected for
the convention will be screened during regular panel slots and will be
followed by a discussion moderated by academic experts.

THE LAST SPECIAL ASN CONVENTION, held in June 2002 in Forli, Italy,
organized by The Centro per l'Europa Centro Orientale e Balcanica, featured
panels on the Balkans, the Baltic Region, the Caucasus, Central Europe,
Central Asia, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey, as well as thematic panels on
nationalism, conflict resolution, democratization, economics, demography,
anthropology, language issues, social science and geography, historiography,
ethnicity in film and literature, and theoretical approaches to nationalism,
identity and regional cooperation. It was the biggest international
scholarly convention ever conducted on the European continent for experts on
nationalism, identity and regional co-operation in Central and Eastern
Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Balkans.


The Convention will be held at the Warsaw University campus in the centre of
Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28. The campus is formed by the complex
of classical buildings, most of which were built in 18. and 19. centuries in
order to satisfy the needs of Warsaw University and other educational
institutions. The main edifice, King Casimirís palace, was built in the
first half of the 17. century. Warsaw University itself was founded in 1816.
The location is surrounded by silhouettes of baroque churches, situated
along the Royal Way, in the vicinity of the Royal Castle and the Old City.


The convention will begin on Sunday evening, July 18, and end on Wednesday
evening, July 21, 2004.


The application forms are attached at the end of the Call for Papers.
Proposals must be e-mailed to Jan Malicki at asn.studium(a) Please
note that participants with individual papers will also be brought together
into panel groups. The word "panelist", used further in this text, refers
both to participants with individual papers or participants in panel
proposals. All proposals will be examined by the Convention Program Committee.




1. Western countries

 - ASN members - 45 €
 - non-members - 60 €
 - students - 30 €

2. East Central European EU countries - 20 €

3. Poland

 - scholars - 30 €
 - students - 10 €
 - students and graduates of the Centre for East European Studies - 5 €

4. Central Asian, Caucasian, Balkan countries and Russia - 5 €

All panelists must pre-register by May 15th, 2004. Pre-registration can be
done electronically, by fax, or by regular mail. The registration form can
be downloaded from In case of cancellation before May 15,
2004, a refund of the registration fee is possible. After that date, the
organizers will not accept any requests for refund.


Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation
costs. Panelists from the Central Asian, Caucasian, East European, Balkan
countries and Russia may be offered:

 - a partial refund of accommodation costs in hostels and other inexpensive

 - accommodation in private apartments belonging to Warsaw University
scholars, students and administration staff

 - in exceptional cases: the help in finding money necessary to budget
travel costs

 - a full refund of accommodation and travel costs in case of 20 prominent
scholars from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, the Balkans or
Russia, selected by the ASN, the Centre for East European Studies and the
Centre for Eastern Studies

All the details will be given on our web site beginning on May 1, 2004,
after the Program Committee will have completed its work. Participants from
the East are encouraged to apply to international foundations for the refund
of travel costs.


Our web site will provide, beginning from the April 1, 2004, a list of

several hotels, hostels and private appartments in various price ranges.
Participants will also have the opportunity to consult the Convention
organisers' staff. They are strongly encouraged to reserve as early as


The exhibition of Polish and East and Central Europe publishing houses
active in the field of regional studies will take place during the Special
Convention. ASN will offer its latest publications at a separate stand.
Reviews of Polish films and concerts of Polish classical music are planned.
It will be possible for participants to attend concerts of the Mozart
Festival, which will be held in Warsaw in July, 2004.

For those interested, the Centre for Eastern Studies can offer tours to
Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine and the district of Kaliningrad. The cost will
be known by Spring 2004. Please take into consideration that the majority of
participants from Western countries need separate visas to Belarus, Ukraine,
and Kalinigrad. The Centre for East European Studies is not responsible for
providing necessary documents.


The convention papers will be available for sale at the Convention for 1
euro apiece, according to ASN Conventions' tradition.


Our web site ( provides continuously updated information on
the Special Warsaw ASN Convention.


A yearly membership to ASN is $60 ($35 for students). Members receive the
journal Nationalities Papers quarterly, the periodical Analysis of Current
Events (ACE), and the newsletter ASNews twice a year, as well as a
registration discount at the ASN Annual World Convention. ASN Members also
have the option of subscribing to Europe-Asia Studies at the cut-rate of $60
yearly. A membership form can be downloaded from ASN web page

( We look forward to seeing you at the


Jan Malicki - Convention Director, Head of the Centre for East European Studies
Marek Sliwinski - Professor at the Centre
Leszek Zasztowt - Professor at the Centre
Jane Curry - Professor at the Centre, Fulbright-Warsaw University Chair
Lech Mroz - Director of the Institute of Ethnology, Warsaw University
Grazyna Szwat-Gylybowa - Professor at the Institute of Western and Slavic
Studies, Warsaw University
Andrzej Mencwel - Director of the Institute of Polish Culture, Warsaw
Jacek Kurczewski - Professor at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences,
Warsaw University
Andrzej Chojnowski - Professor at the Institute of History, Warsaw University
Tomasz Kizwalter - Professor at the Institute of History, Warsaw University


David Crowe - ASN President
Dominique Arel - ASN Vicepresident/Conventions
Michael Rywkin - ASN Advisory Board President


The Centre and ASN are accepting proposals for panels or individual papers.
The forms for proposals together with the application form are attached
below. We kindly ask participants who don't wish to present any paper at the
conference to fill in the application form. The forms have to be e-mailed to
Jan Malicki at the Centre for East European Studies, Warsaw,
asn.studium(a) All forms must be included as attachments IN THE BODY


If audio-visual equipment (overhead projector, PowerPoint, VCR) is required,
please indicate so in your application. Please understand that not ALL
video/technical requests can be accommodated.

Applicants must abide by three golden rules:
 - No participant may be listed more than once on a given panel
 - No participant may present more than one paper at the convention
 - No participant may appear more than twice in the convention program

Proposals must be sent by email at asn.studium(a) .The Convention
Program Committee will be entrusted with the final selections.
Deadline for proposals: 1 MARCH 2004

The Special Warsaw Convention headquarters are located at:

The Centre for East European Studies,
The Warsaw University,
Potocki's Palace,
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28 (main university entry)
00-927 Warszawa 64
phone no (0-4822) 55-22-555
fax no (0-4822) 55-22-222
e-mail: asn.studium(a)

CONFERENCE- Workshop on Volga-Ural Studies, Bilkent U., Ankara, Feb. 20-21, 2004

Posted by: Gonul Pultar <gonul(a)>
Posted: 17 Feb 2004

Bilkent University Seminars on Literature, Culture and Society is
organizing an interdisciplinary workshop entitled "Volga-Ural Studies"
on 20-21 February 2004. The workshop, which aims at serving as a meeting
place for senior and emergent scholars of the field, will be open to
discussion on all aspects of the history, literature, culture, and
society of the Volga-Ural region in the present Russian Federation. The
workshop is open to all interested.

For more information: <bilsem(a)> or 90 312 266 5071.

The program is provided below (in Turkish):

Bilkent Üniversitesi Edebiyat, Kültür ve Toplum Seminerleri
Volga-Ural Arastirmalari Çalistayi
20-21 Subat 2004
Bilkent Üniversitesi IIBF A-130

Cuma 20 Subat

9:30 - 11:30

Oturum Baskani: Nadir Devlet (Yeditepe Ü)
Halil Inalcik (Bilkent Ü), Kazan Hanligi Nasil Düstü?
Mirfatih Zekiev (Galimcan Ibrahimov Enstitüsü), Idil-Ural Türklerinin
   Etnik Tarihi

11:30- 12:00 Ara

12:00 - 13.00

Oturum Baskani: Emine Gürsoy-Naskali (Marmara Ü)
Leysen Sahin (Marmara Ü), "Imparatorluk Ve Milli Azinliklar" Sorunu Içinde
   Tatar-Baskurt Iliskilerinin Degerlendirilmesi
Özkan Öztekten (Ege Ü), "Tatar-Baskurt Meselesi"nin bir Sonucu Olarak

13.00 - 14:30 Ögle yemegi

14:30 - 16:00
Isimler ve Metinler

Oturum Baskani: Mehmet Kalpakli (Bilkent Ü)
Emine Gürsoy-Naskali (Marmara Ü), Volga-Ural'da Isimler
Aysen Uslu (Ege Ü), Tatar Romaninda Kadin: Ibretten Ideale
Fatma Özkan (Gazi Ü), Tatar Aydini Fatih Kerimi'nin Türk Kadinina Bakisi

16.00 - 16:15 Ara

16:15 - 17:45
Misyonerler, Göçler ve Ceditçiler

Oturum Baskani: Hakan Kirimli (Bilkent Ü)
Saime Selenga Gökgöz (Hacettepe Ü), Etnografa Karsi Rahibin "Gözü" ya da
   Kazan'da Misyoner Etnografyasini Kurmak
Ayse Gün Soysal (Bogaziçi Ü), Tatar Göçleri ve Tatar Ceditçilerinin Göç
   Olgusuna Bakislari
Oktay Tanrisever (ODTÜ), Sovyet-sonrasi Rusya'nin Siyasi Istikrari ve
   Degisimine Katkisi Açisindan Tatar Cedidizmi

18:00 Kokteyl (Çalistay Salonu Önünde)

20:30 Kazan Türkleri Kültür ve Yardimlasma Dernegi'nde Toplanti

Cumartesi 21 Subat

9:30 -10:45

Oturum Baskani: Gülnur Üçok (Istanbul)
Ayse-Azade Rorlich (Southern California Ü), Identity and Collective Memory:
   The Changing Image of Suyumbike, the Tatar Queen

10:45 - 11:00 Ara

11:00 - 13:00

Oturum Baskani: Ali Vahit Turhan (Marmara Ü)
Mustafa Öner (Ege Ü), Tatarlarda Sözlük ve Kimlik
Hatice Sirin (Ege Ü), Etnolinguistik Açidan Bulgar-Çuvas ve Bulgar-Tatar
   Teorilerinin Bugünkü Durumu
Gönül Pultar (Bilkent Ü), Kimlik Olusturma ve Ulus Insasi: Ayaz Ishaki'nin
   Idil-Ural'i ve Sadri Maksudi Arsal'in Milliyet Duygusunun Sosyolojik
Timour Kozyrev (Ahmet Yesevi Ü), Diyasporada Tatar Kimligi

13:00 - 14:30 Ögle yemegi

14:30 - 16:00
Davalar ve Sorunlar

Oturum Baskani: Isenbike Togan (ODTÜ)
Ali Akis (Dünya Tatarlar Birligi), Avrasya ve Idil-Ural Davasi
Yahya Gibadullin (Insan Nesriyat), Rusya Federasyonu'nda Türkoloji
   Çalismalarini Yayimlama (Tatarca)
Mirfatih Zekiyev (Galimcan Ibrahimov Enstitüsü), Günümüzde Tatar Milletini
   "Saklama" Sorunlari (Tatarca)

16.00 - 16:15 Ara

16:15 - 17:45
Kapanis Konusmasi ve Genel Degerlendirme

Oturum Baskani/Moderatör: Timur Kocaoglu (Koç Ü)
Nadir Devlet (Yeditepe Ü), Idil-Ural Tarihinin Tartisilmasi Gereken Yönleri

19:00 Devlet Türk Dünyasi Müzik Toplulugu Konseri

20:30 Bilkent "Fish Restoran" da Yemek

CONFERENCE- The South Asian Legacy of Sir Aurel Stein, March 6-7, Leicester, UK

Posted by: Madhuvanti Ghose <madhuvantighose(a)>
Posted: 17 Feb 2004

International Conference
6-7 March 2004
De Montfort University, Queens Building, Leicester City Campus

The South Asian Legacy of Sir Aurel Stein
organised by
PRASADA (South Asian Arts) De Montfort University, Leicester
in collaboration with
Circle of Inner Asian Art, University of London

This international conference is the first to focus on the enormous
contribution made by the Hungarian scholar and explorer, Sir Aurel Stein, to
South Asia. Stein lived for most of his life in India and his achievements
in the field of South Asian textual and material studies opened up new ways
of research that are as important today as in his day. However, Stein enjoys
international fame today as the most outstanding British explorer of Central
Asia and studies (including his two biographies) tend to concentrate on his
expeditions on the Silk Road and deal relatively little with his work in the
regions of India and Pakistan.

For the first time this conference plans to explore Stein's other interests,
his contact with South Asia on a personal level as well as with his native
country, Hungary, where he first received inspiration to explore the culture
of the subcontinent. The participating scholars will present aspects of
South Asian research to which Stein has made a contribution since in several
cases he started excavations of sites which are still being researched or
excavated today and the unparalleled amount of texts and objects discovered
or discussed by Stein are still in the focus of scholarly discussion.

An eminent group of scholars from South Asia and the west will gather at De
Montfort University, Leicester for two days to discuss and debate the South
Asian legacy of Aurel Stein.

The conference has been made possible by the financial assistance of The
British Academy, Circle of Inner Asian Art and The Society for South Asian
Studies (The British Academy).

Saturday, 6 March 2004

8.30 - 9.30 am Registration and coffee

9.30 - 9.40 am Opening of conference (Dr Gerard Moran, Dean, Faculty of Art
and Design, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)

9.40 am Introductory remarks (Dr Helen Wang, Department of Coins & Medals,
The British Museum, London, UK)

10 am - 12.20 pm Stein Collections and South Asia

 - Dr. Anjum Rehmani (Lahore Museum, Lahore, Pakistan), "The Stein
   collection from Central Asia at the Lahore Museum"
 - Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose (Dept. of Eastern Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and
   Hon. Sec., Circle of Inner Asian Art, School of Oriental and African
   Studies, University of London, UK), "The Stein collection at the Ashmolean
   Museum, Oxford"
 - Dr. Cecilia Braghin, (Department of Asia, The British Museum, London, UK)
   "Precious stone and glass artifacts from the Stein Collection in the
   British Museum"
 - Dr. Shailendra Bhandare (Assistant Keeper, Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean
   Museum, Oxford, UK) "Coins from Kashmir: Sir Aurel Stein's collection in
   the Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford"

12.20 - 2 pm Lunch

2 pm - 4.20 pm Stein and South Asian texts

 - Prof. János Harmatta (Professor Emeritus, Department of Indo-European
   Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary) "Interpreting
   Gandhari Prakrit texts" (paper to be read in absentia)
 - Prof. Ashvini Agrawal, (Chair, Dept. of Ancient Indian History, Culture &
   Archaeology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India), "Kashmir-Kanyakubja
   Struggle: The Rajatara?gi?i and beyond - A tribute to Aurel Stein"
 - Csaba Dezso, (Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Indo-European Studies, Eötvös
   Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary), "Religion and politics in Kashmir at
   the turn of the 10th century"
 - Dr. Somdev Vasudeva (Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK) "The
   Kashmirian Sarada manuscripts of the Abhijñanasakuntala in the Stein

4.20 pm - 4.45 pm Tea

4.45 pm - 6 pm Stein and South Asian Art

 - Prof. Roderick Whitfield (Professor Emeritus, School of Oriental and
   African Studies, University of London, UK), "Indian connections in the art
   of Dunhuang: the silk painting of Famous Images in the Stein Collection,
   London and New Delhi"
 - Dr. Chhaya Bhattacharya-Haesner, (Independent scholar, Berlin, Germany),
   "Indo-Tibetan influences in banners from Dunhuang, Central Asia: A tribute
   to Stein"

Sunday, 7 March 2004

9.30 - 10 am Registration and coffee

10 am - 12.20 pm Stein and South Asian Archaeology

 - Prof. Mohammad Rafique Mughal, (Professor of Asian Archaeology,
   Department of Archaeology, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA),
   "Sir Aurel Stein's survey of the Thar desert in 1940-42 and its impact on
   Indus archaeology"
 - Dr. B. R. Mani, (Director, Institute of Archaeology, New Delhi, India),
   "Stein's discovery of Kanishkapur unveiled in the centennial excavations in
   1998-99 in Kashmir"
 - Prof. Abdur Rehman, (Department of History and Archaeology, Punjab
   University, Lahore, Pakistan), "Alexander's route and Stein: From
   Messaga to Ora"
 - Dr. M. Salim (Associate Professor, Taxila Institute of Asian
   Civilizations, Quaid-e Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan) "Alexander's
   crossing of the River Jhelum with reference to Stein"

12.20 - 2 pm Lunch

2 pm - 4.20 pm Stein, Hungary and South Asia

 - Ágnes Kelecsényi, (Oriental Collection, Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
   Budapest, Hungary), "Aurel Stein and Hungarian Scholarship"
 - Dr. Lilla Russell-Smith (Circle of Inner Asian Art, School of Oriental
   and African Studies, University of London, UK) "Sir Aurel Stein's
   photographs in the collection of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in
 - Géza Bethlenfalvy (Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and
   Dept. of Inner Asian Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
   "Aurel Stein's correspondence with the Hungarian Indologist Ervin Baktay"
 - Surinder Nath Pandita, (Independent scholar, New Delhi, India),
   "Remembering Sir Aurel Stein: From unmapped accounts of his Kashmir labours"

4.20 pm - 4.45 pm Tea

4.45 pm Concluding remarks (Prof. Roderick Whitfield (Professor Emeritus,
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK)

Registration: For further information and to register for the conference,
please contact:

Kimberley Te Winkle
Circle of Inner Asian Art
Department of Art and Archaeology
SOAS (University of London)
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom
E-mail:  kimberleytewinkle(a)

Participation fee: £60; (£45 single day); students: £30 (£20 single day).

Registration after 1 March 2004 will incur £10 over the appropriate
registration fee.

CONF./CFP- Peace in the North Caucasus, Sept. 20-24 2004, Pyatigorsk, Russia

Posted by: Victor Panin <paninv(a)>
Posted: 16 Feb 2004

The IV International Congress
"Peace in the North Caucasus through Languages, Education and Culture"

September 20-24, 2004

The City of Pyatigorsk was founded in 1780 as a small settlement. Today it
makes home for over 200,000 local community and is listed among the world
famous hot springs resorts with a unique advantage of healing potential of
mineral waters and curative mud. The city is only 50 miles from the Great
Caucasian Range which offers the best downhill skiing venues in Russia.

The exciting history and rich cultural heritage of this multiethnic area in
the North Caucasus adds to natural attractions of the city. Michael
Lermontov and Leo Tolstoy lived and created here their famous poems and
novels of Caucasus that made treasures of Russian literature.

Pyatigorsk has been also recognized in recent years as the center for
peacemaking efforts in the conflicted areas of the North Caucasus hosting
many nationwide and international forums.

Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (PSLU) was founded in 1939, and will
celebrate its 65th Anniversary in 2004. Today it is one of four major
language instruction centers in the country, and rates among top 10 schools
of Liberal Arts in Russian Federation. The study of European and world
languages is a key element of most academic programs provided at PSLU. But
there is a rapidly increasing choice of majors in Education, Psychology,
Social Science, Government, Public and Business Administration as well as
Public Relations and Journalism. Nine academic departments provide
instruction to 3,500 full-time students, over 1,500 more enjoy the
opportunities of part-time and distant learning. Since 1996 PSLU has
initiated and hosted a number of international forums on working out
effective approaches and instruments of peacemaking and development of
tolerant society in the multiethnic North Caucasus.

The IV Congress will be focused on ideas to bring long-lasting peace and
steady development in the multiethnic and geopolitically important segment
of the world.

Over 600 delegates are expected to participate in the Congress, including
scholars from major Russian and international Universities as well as
Russian Federation Government officials, policymakers, clergy, journalists etc.

Scholars in many different disciplines are invited. The Congress is not
limited to those who are authorities on the North Caucasus, but whose
research could shed light on the issues of resolving conflict, particularly
through language and culture, intercultural communication, are encouraged to
attend and present papers.

The Congress Format will include scholarly reports as well as open
round-table discussions. All papers presented at the Congress will be
published as a special edition in scholars' native languages.

The languages of the Congress will be Russian, English, German, French and

The program of the Congress will also include a full-day field research trip
to one of the North Caucasus multiethnic community to learn culture,
traditions and customs as well as tours of Pyatigorsk as an oldest resort
city of Russia  with rich history and cultural heritage,  and scenic Elbrus
Mountain Valley area.

Major topics expected to be addressed

 - Tolerance as Social Phenomenon
 - Intercultural Communication in Multiethnic Environment
 - Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking Technologies
 - Multi-Language Community and the Problems of Ethno-Linguadidactics
 - Ethnic Policy and Geopolitics in the North Caucasus and Worldwide
 - Development in the North Caucasus: From Co-Existence to Multiethnic
 - History of the North Caucasus
 - Religious Aspects of Constructing Tolerant Society
 - Cultural and Economic Development and Relations of the North Caucasus to
   the World and Transcaucasia
 - Literature and Arts in the North Caucasus and in Multiethnic Communities
 - Intelligentsia in the North Caucasus as a Factor Affecting Peace in the
 - Education in Multiethnic and Multilanguage Communities

Tentative Itinerary of the IV Congress

September 20, 2004, Monday
Delegates arrivals and registration
City tours

September 21, 2004, Tuesday
Opening Session of the Congress
Scholarly Reports and Papers presentation

September 22, 2004,Wednesday
Symposia, Workshops and Round-Table Discussions
Formal Banquet

September 23,2004, Thursday
Full Day Field Research Trip to
Kabardino-Balkarian Republic and Elbrus Valley

September 24,2004, Friday
Closing Session of the Congress
Delegates departures

For further information and application contact PSLU's authorized partner:

Joel R. Stegall, President
The Stegall Group, LLC
2696 Belwick Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone/Fax: 336 768 6017
Email: joelstegall(a)

CONF./CFP- Applied Linguistics Across Borders, Saint-Petersburg, March 25-26, 2004

Posted by: Ludmila Devel <mila(a)>
Posted: 12 Feb 2004

Ministry of Education of Russian Federation
Academy of Post-graduate Professional Education
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
Philological Faculty of the RGPU
Applied Linguistics Department of the Philological Faculty of the RGPU
Association of Applied Linguistics of Saint-Petersburg

International Conference
Applied Linguistics Across Borders

Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
Vasilievsky Ostrov, 1st Liniya, 52

March 25-26, 2004

Announcement and Call for Papers

Areas of interest of the conference are as follows:

 - CALL (computer assisted language learning)
 - IT (information technologies) and Distant Learning
 - International Exams (testing and assessing)
 - EFL/ESL TESOL Methodology
 - Lexicography. Learner's Dictionaries
 - Corpus Linguistics. Glossaries
 - Translation Studies
 - American Studies and British Studies
 - ESR and BE
 - Cross-cultural Communication Workshops:
 - Writing for FCE
 - Anglo-Russian Dictionaries for Russian learners: guide to British and
   American culture

Key Dates:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: February 25, 2004
Deadline for registration: March 10, 2004


Phones: (7-812) 105-77-07 (Devel Ludmila Aleksandrovna)
Fax: (7-812) 323-30-19
E-mail: midevel2001(a)

For Conference Registration Form:
Please contact <midevel2001(a)>
Deadline: March 10, 2004

For Speaker Proposal Form:
Please contact <kamshilova(a)>
Deadline: February 25, 2004

CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP- The Illusions of Transition in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

Posted by: Frédérique Guérin <guerinf1(a)>
Posted: 12 Feb 2004

The Illusions of Transition: Which Perspectives for Central Asia and the
South Caucasus?
Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
17 March 2004

The Graduate Institute of International Studies-PSIO and CIMERA Geneva
invite you to attend the Conference/Workshop "The Illusions of
Transition: Which Perspectives for Central Asia and the South Caucasus?"
organized on 17 March 2004 at the GIIS (HEI) in Geneva.

10:00 - 11:30 - Key Note Address

Dr. Catherine Poujol-Fourniau, INALCO, Paris
Central Asia in the 20th Century: how useful is the concept of "Transition"
to explaining the history of this region?

11:45 - 13:30 - PANEL 1 (10 min./person + 30 min. discussion)

 - The Political System in the South Caucasus, Vicken Cheterian
 - L'état et ses chantiers idéologiques en Asie Centrale, Frédérique Guérin
 - Bouleversements et reconfiguration régionale, Thierry Kellner
 - Water in Central Asia: a Case Study of Regional (Non)-Cooperation,
   Jérémy Allouche

14:30 - 16:00 - PANEL 2

 - The Political Economy of Violence in the Caucasus and Central Asia,
   Achim Wennmann
 - From Planned Economy to Poverty: Macro and Micro Aspects of Economic
   Development in the Caucasus, Dr. F. Lapeyre
 - The Desolate State of Civil Liberties in Central Asia, Gerald Staberock
 - The Disillusions of Donors? The Case of Switzerland, Luigi De Martino

16:30 - 18:00 Roundtable Discussion

Scenarios for the Future: a Roundtable Discussion with the Panelists

18:00 Reception

The conference will be held at the Graduate Institute of International
Studies in Geneva, 132, rue de Lausanne, P.O. Box 36, 1211 Geneva 21, Room 1.

The conference's languages will be English and French. There will be no
translation. The papers presented at the conference will be published as
Conference Proceedings.

Mr. Luigi De Martino
CIMERA, Geneva
8 Av. De l'Athénée
P.O. Box 4741211 Geneva 12
Tel: 022 347 52 06

Ms. Fréderique Guérin
Project Coordinator
Program for the Study of International Organization(s)
Graduate Institute of International Studies
Tel: 022 908 57 43
E-mail: guerinf1(a)

OSI FORUM- Ahmed Rashid, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Feb. 20, New York City

Posted by: Anu Kangaspunta-Garfield <akangaspunta(a)>
Posted: 12 Feb 2004

The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend

Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Political Future and War Against Terrorism


Ahmed Rashid

Author of Taliban

Senior Writer, Far Eastern Economic Review

Friday, February 20, 2004
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, Room 3B

New York, NY 10019

Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, has covered Pakistan,
Afghanistan, and Central Asia for the past 25 years. He is the regional
correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the London Daily
Telegraph. Mr. Rashid also writes for the Wall Street Journal, the Nation,
and several academic journals. Mr. Rashid s books about Islam and the
Taliban in Central Asia have been published in over 32 languages. The latest
ones Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia and
Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia have been world wide best
sellers. Mr. Rashid also appears regularly on international media including
CNN and BBC.

To RSVP please fax this page to 212-548-4607 or email a response to Anu
Kangaspunta-Garfield at akangaspunta(a)

E-mail address:

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- Use of GIS and Simulation Models for Research in Central Asian River Basins

Posted by: Sergey Baratov <haoma(a)>
Posted: 11 Feb 2004

Objectives and Scope:

With the breakdown of the Soviet Union, a number of newly independent states
(NIS) have embarked upon an independent and regional approach to nature
conservation. The Central Asian republics are particularly noteworthy in
this endeavor because of the complex nature of their borders. Problems,
former located in one single nation, have now become transboundary and thus
need cooperation and joint action of several independent nations. Issues of
nature conservation are now international concern. They include among
others, the flow of transboundary rivers, protected areas, transboundary
migration of species, transboundary pollution of aquatic and terrestrial


The aim of the Humboldt Kolleg is to discuss current use of GIS and
simulation models in resolving water and land management problems and
addressing research and management task in integrated water and land
resources management in the Central Asian river basins, especially the delta

The current use of models, GIS and decision support tools in resource
management will be assessed. Presentations of case studies and past and
current projects will lead to exchange of information and experience, give
an overview on the current state of research/application and pave the way
for joint research towards the development of decision support systems for
sustainable water management.

A GIS workshop will precede the Kolleg. It will train students and
scientists from the water and land use field in GIS technology and the
application of GIS in their research area. This workshop will be lead by
experienced scientists from the Institute of Environmental Systems Research,
University of Osnabrueck. Upon successful completion of the workshop a
continuation is planned that will focus on the development and use of
simulation models in integrated river basin management (IRBM).

The Use of Geographic Information Systems and Simulation Models for Research
and Decision Support in Central Asian River Basins

Tashkent, Uzbekistan
July 6-10, 2004

An International Conference for Humboldtians, Junior Scientists and Others
Funded by Alexander Von Humboldt-Foundation, Germany

Co-organized by

Alexander von Humboldt
Humboldt-Society of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Institute of Water Problems of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Institute for Environmental Systems Research
University of Osnabrueck, Germany

With the collaboration of

The German Embassy
Coordinating Council for Science and Technological Development at the Cabinet
of Ministers, Uzbekistan, Section 4
Regional Agro-ecology Laboratory, Uzbekistan

Scientific Programme Committee:

Dr. of Sci. Bakhtiyor Karimov, Uzbekistan (Chair)
Dr. Aydar Nasrulin, Uzbekistan Secretary
Prof., Dr. E.J. Makhmudov, Uzbekistan
Prof., Dr. Helmut Lieth, Germany
Dr. Maja Schlueter, Germany
Dr. Jürgen Berlekamp, Germany


The Humboldt-Kolleg will deal with following major themes:

1. Assessment of the hydroecological situation in degraded areas of the
   large rivers in the Aral Sea basin, based on investigations and overview of
   a vast range of hydroecological indicators for the state and the degree of
   exploitation of hydro ecosystems, including:
 - sources, scales and migratory ways of pollution,
 - disturbances in the hydrological regime caused by water withdrawal for
   irrigation and other uses,
 - hydrochemical parameters and their antropogenic alterations,
 - ecotoxicology, biodiversity, bioproductivity,
 - the state of fishery.

2. Impact assessment of environmental degradation on:
 - health of the population,
 - socio-demographic and socio-economic development indicators of disaster

3. Ecological situation in terrestrial ecosystems
 - Biological productivity
 - sources and fate of pollutants in terrestrial ecosystems
 - approaches to and validation of predictions from Environmental Risk
   Assessments for contaminated land
 - ecological risk assessment of pesticides in terrestrial systems
 - approaches to pesticide risk mitigation in terrestrial and aquatic systems

4. Use of the GIS-based TUGAI simulation tool to assess the ecological
   effects of alternative water management strategies

5. Development of a prototype Decision Support System for the river Elbe -
   an example of integration of simulation models for decision support in a
   large river basin

6. Development and implementation of computerized data bases, GIS and
   integrated models to evaluate different management options for sustainable
   water and land use and fishery.

7. Potential and current use of models for water resources planning and
   management. From the risk management to the sustainability management

Registration and Fees:

There is no registration fee. However, the participants should pay their
travel, accommodation and leaving expenses.

Participants must register in order to receive the Humboldt-Kolleg
documentation and Proceedings Volume and in order to attend the Welcome
Reception to be held on 7 July. The registration form can be found on our
website in early March. We request registration to be formally completed by
April 30th, 2004.


Details will be provided on Internet site later in the second announcement

Financial Support:

Limited funds will be available to support travel, accommodation and living
costs by junior scientists from Central Asian countries to attend the
Kolleg. Support will only be available to participants who have submitted
abstracts to Humboldt-Kolleg. When allocating funds, highest priority will
be given to those who are seeking only partial support (e.g. hotel, per
diem, or transportation).

To obtain an application for financial support, please contact:

Humboldt-Workshop and Humboldt_Kolleg
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1-12 June 2004
E-mail to: Karimov(a)

Call for Abstracts

If you are interested to participate in the Humboldt-Kolleg we encourage you
to submit your 1 Page abstract to following e-mail address:
Karimov(a) Abstracts must be submitted only in English or Russian.

Abstracts and selected papers contributed will be published as proceedings
of the Humboldt-Kolleg.

Oral and poster contributions are welcome. The "Call-for-Paper" and
guidelines regarding the abstract format, submission and oral/poster
presentations will be also available on the Web Site to the end of February.
Abstracts are due by March 31st, 2004. Authors will be informed about the
status of their contributions by e-mail/fax in early April, 2004.

Once the abstracts for papers and posters are accepted, the authors are
requested to prepare extended syntheses of 4-6 pages, to be submitted by May
3, 2004.These syntheses will be published in the Abstract Volume and
distributed to all participants.

All materials must be submitted to the Scientific Programme Committee in
electronic form (attachment to e-mail or diskette). There is no limit to the
numbers of abstracts that may be submitted by one individual.

The abstract should include:

 - A brief description of the problem to be addressed in your presentation
 - Key words, indicating the main point(s) of the paper
 - Presentation and discussion of the results/findings
 - Conclusion and recommendations

Abstract Formatting Details:

Page format
Paper Size - A4
Margins: Top, Bottom, Right, Left - all 1 inch
Gutter - 0 inch
Header, Footer - 0.5 inch
Paragraph format - Single space
Alignment - Justified (full)
Indentation - 0
Font - Times New Roman
Species and genus names - Italics in both title and text
Title - 12 pt BOLD
Single blank line 12 pt after title
List of Authors - 10 pt - Name Family name (of senior author), Initials
Family name, Initials, Family name and Initials Family name (names written
in full should be in lower case with first letter capitalized; initials
should be in capitals with a period after each letter).
Single blank line - 10 pt - after author(s) list
Full Institute(s) Mailing Address - 10 pt
Email of corresponding author only: -10 pt.
Single blank line - 10 pt
Abstract text, starting with Key words 12 pt.

Excursions and guided tours

1. Excursion to the CAKIR Irrigation and Industrial Zone (the area from the
Charvak Water Reservoir to Syrdarya River). This excursion is free of charge
to all participants.
2. 3 or 4 days Guided Tours to Ancient Central Asian Cities: Samarkand,
Bukhara and Khiva and Southern Aral Sea Region will be organized after
completion of Humboldt-Kolleg. The costs and Program will be announced in
the Second Call

Dates to Remember:

March 31, 2004
Deadline for sending an Abstract

Early April, 2004
Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts

May 3, 2004
Deadline for sending an Extended Abstract

CONF./CFP- 8th Biennial EASA Conference, Sept. 2004, Vienna

Posted by: Hülya Demirdirek <hdemirdirek(a)>
Posted: 10 Feb 2004

Call for Papers

We would like to invite potential paper givers to submit abstracts to the
following workshop within:

The 8th Biennial conference of EASA
"Face to face: Connecting Distance and Proximity"
8th-12th September 2004, Vienna, Austria


Encounters of the post-socialist kind: The movement of goods and identities
within and beyond the former socialist world (please see the abstract below)

Organised by:

Lale Yalçin-Heckmann
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, P.O. Box 110351,
06017 Halle/Saale, Germany
Tel: +49-345-2927226
Fax: +49-345-2927502
Email: yalcin(a)


Hülya Demirdirek
Department of Anthropology, The University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta
T1J 3M4 Canada
Tel: +1-403-3292599
Fax: +1-403-3295109,
Email: hulya.demirdirek(a)


Frances Pine
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany

Abstract of the workshop theme:

The socialist markets involved the delivery of goods and the movement of
people across huge distances, but they were centrally organised and had
clear rules and norms which could be circumvented in equally well-defined
ways. The emergence of post-socialist markets entails new forms of
encounters, risk taking, knowledge and relationships. The distances may
still be as vast and the journeys as cumbersome, but the paths of
relationships have changed - as have the connections, the goods that are
exchanged and the people. Azerbaijanis, for instance, participated in
vegetable trading for a while within the Soviet Union, but now their trade
has become transnational, relations international, their identities
non-citizen, encounters multinational and racialised. This workshop seeks to
ask the following kinds of questions: to what degree are new types of
knowledge necessary in these new markets and new market relations? What
sorts of values and norms are being created, reshaped or challenged through
these new encounters within and beyond the post-socialist markets? How are
new identities and communities created through the goods exchanged,
encounters made and relations formed? With which theoretical and
methodological frameworks can these new relations of exchange and identities
best be understood?

Deadline for submitting the abstract: 1st of March 2004

Final date for confirming whether the proposed paper has been accepted:
15th of March

Length of the abstract: 150-200 words

Time for presenting the paper: 20 minutes

PLEASE send abstracts to BOTH of the conveners at the mail addresses above.

For more details about the conference, please see:

or for EASA:

CONFERENCE- Xinjiang: Central Asia or China?, March 13, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Posted by: Caucasus and Central Asia Program <ccasp(a)>
Posted: 10 Feb 2004

Saturday, March 13, 2004
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Heyns Room, The Faculty Club
University of California, Berkeley

Free and open to the public. A schedule will be announced.

The Caucasus and Central Asia Program (CCAsP) at the University of
California, Berkeley, invites you to attend its fourth annual conference,
"Xinjiang: Central Asia or China?"

This conference seeks to explore how identities in Xinjiang were, and
continue to be shaped today and how those markers lead to cross-border and
transnational connection. In light of the above, "Xinjiang: Central Asia or
China?" would like to address (among others) the following issues:

Modern Political Landscape

 * How has the fall of the Soviet Union and the ensuing independence of
   Central Asian States had an impact on ethnic nationalism and separatist
   movements in Xinjiang?
 * How have groups in Xinjiang - if so - aligned themselves with outside
   support for their cause(s)?
 * How has China reacted to these trends by trying to seek alliances across
   linguistic, cultural and political boundaries?

Nationality Policies in China

 * How were the various nationalities constructed in China and what is the
   breakdown of nationalities in Xinjiang?
 * What are the relationships among the various Turkic groups within
   Xinjiang and how do the view the separatist cause?

Political and Cultural Nationalism

 * How does political and cultural nationalism manifest itself in Xinjiang?
   What role does language and religion play in the construction of
 * What are some of the modern/popular strategies of expression with regard
   to political and cultural nationalism?

Xinjiang Studies within Academia

 * Has Xinjiang been adequately addressed within Academia? If not, what are
   the reasons that it still remains a black hole? If so, what has been the
   lens through which the Turkic Muslim culture has been perceived?
 * Given that populations in Xinjiang have both ethnic and religious
   connections to Central Asia, to what extent are these connections
   heightened, and in what ways does that create a more "Asian" identity for
   some Central Asian republics?

The conference will include, among others, the following participants:

Prof. Dru Gladney - topic TBA
University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Dru Gladney is professor of Asian Studies and Anthropology. A Ph.D in Social
Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle, he has been a
Fulbright Research Scholar twice, and has conducted extensive field research
in China, Central Asia and Turkey. He is the author of many books, including
Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the Peoples Republic (Harvard
University Press, 1996) and Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim
Minority Nationality (Harcourt Brace, 1998).

Prof. Gardner Bovingdon - "Thinking Theoretically About Resistance in Xinjiang"
Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University
Prof. Bovingdon received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 2002 and is a specialist
on the history of Xinjiang, contemporary Xinjiang politics, and nationalism
and ethnic conflict.

Dr. Dolkun Kamberi - "Nationalities & Cultural Heritage of Central Asia"
Radio Free Asia
An Uyghur archaeologist, Dr. Kamberi has extensive experience conducting
fieldwork in Xinjiang. In addition, Dr. Kamberi is a Uyghur activist who
currently works for Radio Free Asia.

Dr. Michael Dillon - "Uyghur Separatism and Nationalism in Xinjiang"
Department of East Asian Studies, University of Durham, UK
Michael Dillon is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Chinese history, specializing
in Muslim China. He has written several works on Muslim ethnic identity in

Dr. Alma Kunanbaeva - "The Kazakhs in Xinjiang: Identity Through Music"
Visiting professor, UC Berkeley
Dr. Kunanbaeva teaches courses on Kazakh language, culture, and identity.

Prof. Wen-hsin Yeh - panelist and discussant
Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
Prof. Yeh teaches courses on modern China in UC Berkeley's History
department and her research interests include social and cultural history of

Prof. Patricia Berger - panelist and discussant
History of Art, University of California, Berkeley.
Prof. Berger teaches Chinese art at UC Berkeley and has worked extensively
on the art of Xinjiang. She has taught courses on Tunhuang and has traveled
through the region.

For more information, please contact the Caucasus and Central Asia Program
at ccasp(a)

A map and directions to the Berkeley campus can be found on the university
website: (and

SEMINAR- NAFSA Turkey Country Culture Workshop, March 2004, Atlanta, GA

Posted by: Elizabeth Schultz <eschultz(a)>
Posted: 10 Feb 2004

The Associated Colleges of the South and the Global Partners Project and
NAFSA: Association of International Educators have organized the "Turkey:
Traversing Tradition and Modernity Country Culture Workshop" for
international educators.  The workshop will introduce participants to
contemporary Turkey, its history, politics, economy, society, arts and
culture.  Participants will also improve their ability to deliver more
effective services and programs to Turkish students on their campuses and
learn about developing education abroad programs in Turkey for students and
faculty.  The workshop is scheduled for March 11-13, 2004 in Atlanta, GA.

Early registration (by February 13) is $125 for NAFSA Members and $225 for
Non-NAFSA members and Regular registration (after February 13) is $175 for
NAFSA Members and $275 for Non-NAFSA members.  NAFSA also has $200 travel
grants available for workshop participants.  Applications for travel grants
are due February 13.  For more information, visit or contact eschultz(a)  This workshop is
made possible through funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

CONF./CFP- Europe & Islamic World, University of Reading (UK), July 2004

Posted by: Mark Hutchings <m.p.v.hutchings(a)>
Posted: 10 Feb 2004

Europe and the Islamic World: Cultural Transformations, 1453-1798

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading

14-16 July 2004

Call For Papers

This conference seeks to explore the intriguing relationships between Europe
and its Islamic neighbours in historical perspective, from the capture of
Constantinople to the invasion of Egypt.  We wish to look at the
Mediterranean as a region which facilitated cultural cross-currents, trade
relations, and diplomatic exchanges.  England's first engagements with
Eastern countries in cultural, political, and economic terms provide another
possible starting point.  We are interested in official encounters as much
as individual go-betweens, private histories, and travel narratives.  It is
our concern to balance Western accounts ("The glorious Empire of the Turkes,
the present terrour of the world", to cite the influential early modern
historian Richard Knolles) with Eastern/Islamic perspectives.

We appeal to scholars from Oriental Studies, art historians, and specialists
in the fields of architecture, literature and the performing arts.

We call for papers on any of the following topics:

 - Perceptions of the Ottoman Empire, its politics and culture in the West,
   Persia, India, North Africa
 - Communication and intelligence networks
 - "Western" or "oriental" stereotypes in literature, drama, and the arts
 - Travel writing
 - Trade in the Mediterranean
 - Globalization in historical perspective
 - Diplomatic and political relations
 - Theatre and performance in Islamic cultures
 - Cross-cultural exchange

The organizers:

Dr Mark Hutchings, School of English & American Literature, and Early Modern
Research Centre, University of Reading

Dr Barbara Ravelhofer, Centre for History and Economics, University of

Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 March 2004

Please direct all proposals and enquiries to:

Mark Hutchings
School of English & American Literature
University of Reading
Reading RG6 6AA, UK
E-mail: m.p.v.hutchings(a)

CONFERENCE- Mongolia Panels at the AAS Conf., San Diego, March 4, 2004

Posted by: Charles Krusekopf <ckrusekopf(a)>
Posted: 3 Feb 2004

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) and Mongolia Society have
several events planned for the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Meetings
in San Diego. All events will be held on Thursday March 4 in the Dover Room
of the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, the site of the AAS Meetings.
You do not have to be a member of the AAS, ACMS or Mongolia Society to attend.

The schedule for the events is below:

Thursday March 4, 2004

1:00-2:00 pm

American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) Annual Meeting
Come learn more about the new ACMS office in Ulaanbaatar and upcoming
activities. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Town and Country Hotel, Dover Room

2:00-3:45 pm

Panel presentation sponsored by ACMS, Mongolia Society and the University of
Pittsburgh Honors College.
"Education Reform in Mongolia and Integrating Mongolia into the
Undergraduate Curriculum"
Town and Country Hotel, Dover Room


Tsedenjav Jargalmaa and John Weidman, University of Pittsburgh,
"Higher Education Reform in Mongolia"

Michele Heryford, University of Pittsburgh, "Technology and
Electronic Curricula"

Marcia Frost, Wittenberg College, "Faculty Development and the
Liberal Arts College Experience"

Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University, "Mongolia and its
Place in Area Studies: Mongolia in Asian Religious History"

4:00-6:00 pm

Panel presentation sponsored by ACMS and Mongolia Society
"Topics in Mongolian Studies"
Town and Country Hotel, Dover Room


Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University, "Conversion is Hell:
Reevaluating Mongol Buddhist History"

Sambuudorj Ochirbat, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, "Modern
Mongolian Written Languages and Its Cultural Relation"

Amanda Fine, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine,
"Livestock Health in Mongolia: The Effects of the Political and Economic
Transition on Veterinary Service Delivery"

Gordon Jacoby and Nicole Davi, Tree Ring Laboratory, Lamont-Doherty Earth
Observatory, Columbia University, New York, and Baatarbileg Nachin,
Department of Forestry, National University of Mongolia, "Development of
Tree-Ring Research in Mongolia"

Kevin Robinson, et al, Department of Geology and Planetary Science,
University of Pittsburgh, "A Multi-proxy Reconstruction of Late Holocene
Environmental Change in the Horidol Saridag Mountains, Hovsgol Aimag,
Northern Mongolia; Implications for Future Climate Change Scenarios"

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) promotes academic research
and exchange in Inner Asia. In spring 2004, it will open a permanent office
in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to facilitate the work of visiting scholars,
develop a Mongolian Studies library, host seminars and conferences and build
bridges between the Mongolian and international academic communities. For
more information on the ACMS and academic research in Mongolia, please visit

The Mongolia Society is the oldest and largest academic society in the field
of Mongolian Studies. The 2004 Annual Meeting of The Mongolia Society will
be held in conjunction with the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)
conference in Bloomington, Indiana, October 15-17, 2004. For more

information, registration and a call for papers for the annual meeting,
please visit:

LECTURE SERIES- Across Cultures: The Silk Road, Past to Present, U. of Colorado

Posted by: Elizabeth M. Owen <elizabeth.m.owen(a)>
Posted: 1 Feb 2004

Each Spring semester, the Visiting Scholar Program of the Department of Art
& Art History invites outstanding scholars to the University of Colorado,
Boulder, for an extended stay to present public lectures and to conduct
intensive seminars for academic credit with graduate students. This year,
each of our four distinguished historians of visual and material culture
will respond to or reinterpret the theme of:

Across Cultures: The Silk Road, Past to Present

The Lecture Schedule:

Feb. 24
"Cultural Gifts of the Northern Nomads Beyond the Great Wall to Ancient China."
Emma C. Bunker, Research Consultant to the Asian Art Department of the
Denver Art Museum

March 2
"Contemporaneity in Contemporary Chinese Art"
Wu Hung,  Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese
Art History, Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, and Consulting
Curator of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago

March 16
"Sacred Treasures: Relics in Early Buddhist Art"
Robert L. Brown, Professor of Art History, UCLA and Curator in the
Department of South and Southeast Asian Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

April 13
"New Perspectives on Achaemenid Persian Art"
Mark B. Garrison, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art
History, Trinity University

We welcome your participation in these lectures which are free and open to

the public and will begin at 7:30 pm in Fine Arts Building N-141.

For further information contact the Visiting Scholar Program by email to

Elizabeth M. Owen

East Asian Art History
University of Colorado, Boulder
318 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0318
(303) 735-5314

CONF./CFP- Intl Council for Central and East European Studies, July 2004, Berlin

Posted by: Uwe Halbach <uwe.halbach(a)>
Posted: 30 Jan 2004

Dear colleages,

I want to direct your attention to the VII World Congress of the
International Council for Central and East European Studies which will take
in Berlin, Germany, from July 25th - 30th, 2005.

The focus of the congress is on European integration, but the conference is
not confined to Europe proper. Topics on the Caucasus and Central Asia are
also included and welcome.

You can find the Call for Papers under <>.

The deadline for proposals is February 29, 2004.

Dr. Uwe Halbach

SWP-German Institute for International and Security Affairs

CONFERENCE- Education Network International Expo, April 2004, Almaty

Posted by: Maxat Salpynov <msalpynov(a)>
Posted: 30 Jan 2004

Invitation to the EdNet International Expo "The Globalization of the Educational
Marketplace" ("Alatau" sanatorium, Almaty, Kazakhstan, April 5-6, 2004)

The Education Network (EdNet) is inviting you to this exciting event and
encourages you to join other international universities, business schools,
international education foundations, IT companies, and publishing houses to
participate in EdNet's Higher Education EXPO, to be held in Almaty on April 5-6,

This EXPO will bring together the best organizations from Central Asia, and
abroad, giving them a chance to form valuable partnerships, assemble fresh
contacts, and exchange numerous ideas. Concurrent with the Expo, EdNet's 4th
Annual Conference will be in full operation, attracting at least 150
participants consisting mainly of rectors and deans of Central Asian
universities and ministry representatives. During the conference, these
participants are given the opportunity to visit the EXPO, providing your
organization exposure to high-level educational representatives.

EdNet's mission is to support the development of economic and business
education in Central Asia through an effective international resource
network. The Education Network consists of:

1. EdNet Membership Association
2. EdNet Academy
3. Kazakhstani Research and Educational Networking Association (KazRENA)
4. Distance Learning Network (DLN)

With the support of the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) and CARANA Corporation, EdNet carries out its mission by
coordinating numerous educational activities that benefit its' primary
targets, Central Asian faculty and administrators, and society in general.

EdNet has resource centers and academies in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,
Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Through its' 300 institutional members, EdNet
reaches more than 1,000 rectors and deans of economics and business
departments, more than 11,000 business and economic faculty members, and
nearly 200,000 students in economic and business programs. EdNet's
membership services include conferences, workshops, round tables, case
writing competitions, grants, and faculty training at EdNet Academy.

EXPO participants should be involved in one of the following areas:

 - Universities, including business education organizations, professional
   education and trainings, foreign and domestic universities
 - Educational tourism, trainings, seminars
 - IT, including education software and computer programs
 - Teaching materials, such as textbooks and books
 - Academic exchange programs
 - Scholarships
 - Other areas related to higher education:

To allow you to focus on EXPO activities, EdNet will assist participants
with official invitation, necessary visas, hotel reservation, and local
transportation (airport-hotel-expo). To ensure your exposure to other
contributors at the two-day EXPO, your organization will have a display
booth and an opportunity to make a short presentation at the conference
session. Also the Conference and EXPO will be widely advertised through mass

We hope you will take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to reveal
your organization to a host of Central Asian and international
organizations, in an effort to build partnerships that will enhance higher
education, and society, in Central Asia.

For information regarding registration fees and logistic details, please

EdNet Grant Manager Maksat Salpynov
E-mail: msalpynov(a)
Phone: 7 (3272) 619275/76/77/78

CONF./CFP- 19th Middle East History & Theory Conf., Apr 30-May 1, U. of Chicago

Posted by: University of Chicago CMES <cmes(a)>
Posted: 28 Jan 2004

Call for Papers

The Nineteenth Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference at the
University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies will be held on
Friday April 30th and Saturday May 1st, 2004.

The Middle East History and Theory Conference provides a forum for students
and faculty in the social sciences and humanities to present papers treating
Middle Eastern and Central Asian art/architecture, literature, society,
history and politics from the 7th century to the present. Graduate students
are particularly urged to participate; both individual papers and
pre-arranged panels can be accommodated.

The deadline for the submission of a one-page abstract and curriculum vitae
is March 1st, 2004.

Papers may be submitted by email to either of the addresses below, or by
post to the University of Chicago CMES.

Working papers must be received by April 5th, 2004 to assure participation.
Please specify if audio/visual facilities are needed when submitting papers to:

Middle East History and Theory Conference Co-ordinators,
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 further information, or to submit abstracts:

Kaveh Hemmat at kavehhemmat(a)

Alidost Numan at numan(a)

Visit the Conference website at:

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
5828 S. University, Pick Hall 201
Chicago, IL 60637

Tel: (773)702-8297
E-mail: cmes(a)

CONF./CFP- Multilateral Organizations in the Caucasus and Central Asia, June 2004, NUPI

Posted by: Indra Overland <ino(a)>
Posted: 28 Jan 2004

Conference title: Multilateral Organisations in the Caucasus and Central Asia
Date: 10-11 June 2004
Location: the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, C.J. Hambros
   plass 2D, Oslo
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 April 2004
Expenses: participants must cover their own expenses
Visas: invitations will be provided for those who need them (Norway is
   part of the Schengen Area)
Transportation and accommodation: participants must take care of their
   own arrangements, but advice will be provided

Multilateral organisations have played and continue to play key roles in the
transformation of the Caucasus and Central Asia. They provide support to the
region's newly independent states in a number of fields, such as migration,
human rights and conflict management. This support is important both for the
development of those states and for the region's integration into global
affairs. The international operation in Afghanistan, the emergence of
radical Islamic organisations in Central Asia, the EU's eastward expansion,
frozen conflicts in the Caucasus and the recent events in Georgia all ensure
continued multilateral interest and activity in the region. This two-day
conference will take a birdseye view of the multilateral organisations
working there, paying particular attention to inter-agency coordination
issues. Organisations such as the OSCE, the Council of Europe, NATO, the EU,
the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the IOM, the UNHCR, the UNDP and OCHA
will be of particular interest.

The conference will cover post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus (both
South and North Caucasus). The main topics of the conference will be
multilateral organisations and their operations in the spheres of:

 - Humanitarian and development aid
 - Conflict prevention, management and resolution
 - Migration and refugee policy

Paper proposals should be submitted by e-mail to conference(a) They
should include a 100-200 word abstract and a bibliographical note of about
50 words. The number of participants is limited and early proposals are
particularly welcome. Paper presentations will last no more than 20 minutes
each. All papers must be in English and no translation will be provided.

June is a particularly good time to visit Oslo, with more than 18 hours of
daylight per day. It would be possible to combine the conference with a 2-3
day trip to the picturesque fjords on Norway's western coast. The conference
participants must take care of any such arrangements themselves, but the
conference organisers can provide basic advice on transportation and

Indra Overland
on behalf of the Conference Committee
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Tel.: +47 22 99 40 28 (direct)
Tel.: +47 22 99 40 24
E-mail: conference(a)
Web site:

EVENT SERIES- Central Asian Studies Group, Winter 2004, Univ. of Washington

Posted by: Ilse Cirtautas <icirt(a)>
Posted: 26 Jan 2004

University of Washington
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Central Asian Studies Group
(Subgroups: Kazakh & Kirghiz Studies, Uzbek Circle)

Founded in 1987

Program for Winter Quarter 2004

President: Olga Donohue
E-mail: olgad(a)

Faculty Advisor: Ilse D. Cirtautas
Tel: 543-9963 or 543-6033;
E-mail: icirt(a)

January 15
Students and faculty interested in Central Asian Studies are cordially 
invited to a Pizza Lunch meeting
Denny Hall 215 A, 12:30-2:30 pm

January 16
FridayReport on My Recent Studies and Work in Uzbekistan
Christina Szabo, Graduate Student, REECAS
DennyHall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

January 22
Changes in Uighur Customs Since 1949
William Clark, Visiting Scholar, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

January 23
Uighur Film: Amannisahan, produced by Tienshan Film Studio, Xinjiang, 1994(?)
(The film is based on the life and work of Amannisahan, an outstanding 
Uighur woman of the 16th century. Educated by her father, a distinguished 
musician of his time, and supported by her husband the king of Yarkend, she 
devoted her life to the collection and promotion of Uighur music)
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-2:00 pm

January 25
"Tashkent-bound for Navruz 2004"
Planning for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Seattle-Tashkent Sister 
City Relationship in Tashkent, March 21 (Navruz) 2004. Focus will be on 
reconnecting with the people of Uzbekistan in four areas: Education, Health, 
the Arts, Women's and Children's Concerns. All interested in  going, please 
plan to attend the first information session organized by the 
Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association Board. 
Denny Hall 215 A, 2:00 pm

January 29
Thoughts on the Culture of the Uighurs: Response to the Presentations of 
January 22 and 23
Hamit Zakir, Lecturer in Uighur Studies, UW
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

January 30
Chinese Political Control and Settlements in Xinjiang
Peter Lavelle, Prospective Graduate Student, UW
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 5
Khoomei: The Tuvan Linguistic and Cultural Setting of Throat Singing
Stefan Kamola, Frequent Visitor of Tuva and Prospective Graduate Student, UW
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 6
The Nomadic Heritage of the Kyrgyz and Islam
Elmira Kochumkulova, Ph.D. C., Interdisciplinary
Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies,
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 12
Calligraphy and Islamic Architectural Compositions
Mamoun Sakkal, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 13
Uzbek Documentary: Historical Sites of Bukhara, Khiva, and Samarkand
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 19
Tentative: The Tashkent Al-Bukhari Institute of Islamic Studies
Karimulla Yusupov, Al-Bukhari Institute, Tashkent
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 20
Tentative: The Tashkent Islamic University: Its Mission and Impact
Saidakbar Agzamkhodjaev, Professor and Dean, Department of History and
Philosophy of Islam, Tashkent Islamic University
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-1:30 pm

February 26
Tentative: The Institute of History of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences: Its 
Organization, Scholarship and Publications
Elyor Karimov, Professor of History, Institute of History, Uzbek Academy
of Sciences; President, Uzbek National Society of Young Scholars
Denny Hall, 12:30-1:30 pm

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

March 4
Recent Publications on/in Xinjiang
Aaron Gray, Graduate Student, China Program
Denny Hall 112, 12:30-1:30 pm

March 5
Program to be announced

March 11
Program to be announced

SYMPOSIUM- Central Asia Symposium, Macalester College, Feb 5-6, St. Paul, Minn.

Posted by: Krista Goff <kgoff(a)>
Posted: 23 Jan 2004

Central Asia Symposium at Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota

"The Future of Central Asia: Global Issues in a Regional Context" will be 
held from February 5-6 on the Macalester campus, conveniently located in a 
residential neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

This symposium is free and open to the public.


Thursday, February 5
4:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Chapel

Keynote Address:
"Stepping on Our Own Feet? Key Issues for U.S. Policy, Aid and Business in 
Central Asia."

Nancy Lubin, President, JNA Associates, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland.

Friday, February 6
All Friday events in the Weyerhaeuser Boardroom

9:30-11:30 a.m.

"Water and the Future of Central Asia (Aral Sea Basin): Problems and 
Philip Micklin, Professor emeritus, Western Michigan University

Responses by:
William Rowe, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Macalester College, and Anneli Terry

1:00-3:00 p.m.

"Islam in Contemporary Central Asia: The Soviet Legacy and its Implications."
Adeeb Khalid, Associate Professor, Carleton College

Responses by Mohammed Bamyeh, Hubert H. Humphrey Professor, Macalester 
College, and SherAli Tareen

4:30-6:05 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion:
Philip Micklin, Adeeb Khalid and Laura Adams, Postdoctoral Fellow, 
Georgetown University

Chaired by Iraj Bashiri, Professor, University of Minnesota, and Krista Goff

For further information, or a detailed schedule, please email Krista Goff 
(kgoff(a) or check the symposium web site:

CONFERENCE- University Reforms Across Central Asia, April 2004, Almaty

Posted by: Maxat Salpynov <msalpynov(a)>
Posted: 22 Jan 2004

The Education Network (EdNet) invites you to attend the Fourth Annual 
Regional Conference, Globalization of the Educational Marketplace: 
University Reforms Across Central Asia, taking place on April 5-6, 2004 at 
the beautiful Alatau Sanatoria located in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Come meet with EdNet members-representatives of Central Asian Universities 
and share your ideas on the globalization of education.  The conference 
offers Education, Training, Expo and Networking for:
 - University Rectors, Vice-rectors, Deans, and Department Chairs 
 - Central Asian Ministries of Education Representatives
 - International Universities
 - Domestic and International Education Foundations
 - EXPO vendors
 - And other education experts

Over 180 attendees from Central Asia are expected including experts of 
various areas such as the Bologna process, Public Accreditation system, and 
Strategic management for universities. Seating is limited so please confirm 
your attendance as early as possible. An early-registration discount is 
offered until March 1, 2004.

To confirm your attendance or for more event information, please contact 
Maksat Salpynov at msalpynov(a)

I look forward to seeing you at the Conference.

Dr. Suzhikova Balzhan,
Deputy Executive Director
Education Network

CONF./CFP- Int'l Congress on Higher Education, Fatih Univ., May 2004, Istanbul

Posted by: Vildan Serin <vserin(a)>
Posted: 21 Jan 2004

International Congress on Higher Education

Perspectives on University Education in the 21st Century

May 27-29, 2004

Fatih University

Aims and Rationale

It is clear that the key to the solution of humanity's problems is 
education. It is therefore crucial to reconsider University education in the 
light of changing conditions. It appears that the period in which we are 
living, usually referred to as the "Information Age", is a time in which the 
very meaning of the term 'information' is being called into question. It 
certainly appears that humanity may be on the brink of annihilation, due to 
the triumph of techno-science and the resultant separation between subject 
and object. Some maintain that in the face of this, adopting a 
transdisciplinary approach can lead us to a holistic consciousness that 
could avert that annihilation. Such an approach entails new perceptions that 
would result in radical changes in general education as well as in 
university education. A large number of universities all over the world have 
become aware of the need to innovate, and have become acquainted with things 
like distance learning, using computer and Internet utilities, and 
increasing cooperation between universities. Taken alone however, such 
things are not enough.

University education is a dynamic process that is intended to complement the 
process of education that precedes it. This complementary function requires 
that individual students' academic and cultural backgrounds and their 
expectations of university should be taken into account by the institution.  
Furthermore, the education given by universities should equip students to 
live in an increasingly complex world.  University graduates are expected to 
have mastered knowledge and skills along with having developed a keen sense 
of global ethics.

Universities need to be restructured in the light of these new conceptions 
if they want to be in a position to nurture and train innovative leaders of 
the future, leaders who will take their place in the fields of education and 
technology, in the professions, in the arts, in the business sphere, and in 
the political arena. All these spheres may have expectations of the 
university, but ultimately, it is the university which has the lion's share 
of responsibility for modeling excellence. It is natural for students to 
enter the University with expectations about what they will experience; by 
the same token, the University has its own expectations regarding the 
students they admit. The expectations of the university must be high enough 
so that they can serve as a model for students. In any case, the paradigm 
for university education in the 21st century should be one that promotes a 
balance between specialization and global, holistic approaches. University 
teachers can be encouraged to develop holistic approaches to the solution of 
problems within the framework of philosophy and knowledge they acquired 
during their own education, and expose their students to these approaches.

This congress aims to create a platform to discuss the aforementioned issues 
and bring together scholars, NGOs, educators from different backgrounds, 
business people, and policy makers.  A concluding panel will be held to sum 
up the subjects discussed, draw conclusions and present suggestions for the 
University of the 21st century.

Session Topics

A. Views on education

1. Disciplinary approaches in the Sciences, the Social Sciences, and the  Humanities
2. Interdisciplinary approaches
3. Multidisciplinary approaches
4. Transdisciplinary approaches

B. Institutional restructuring
C. Cooperation between universities
D. The relationship between University education and pre-university education
E. Expectations of university graduates

Additional topics may include, for example:
 - Academic freedom, 
 - The function of the University in a changing world
 - What types of new academic approaches should be developed in and for Turkey
 - The University as a space for learning: architectural and sociological  implications

Applications Deadline

Submission of abstracts of 150-200 words, in either English or Turkish, 
should be received no later than March 15, 2003.  Proposals that are 
accepted will be posted on our website.  Proceedings will be published in a 


Fatih University, Büyükçekmece
34500 Istanbul


Tel: 212 889-0810 Exts. 2071 or 2010
Fax. 212 889-0832


Organizing Committee:

Prof. Dr. Serif Ali Tekalan - Chair
Prof. Dr. Turgut Balkas
Prof. Dr. Alparslan Açikgenç
Prof. Dr. Vildan Serin
Dr. Hasan Ali Yurtsever
Asst. Prof. Dr. Karen-Claire Voss
Ahmet Akin

COLLOQUIUM- Colloquium on Tibet, University of Toronto, Jan. 28

Posted by: Gillian Long <gillian.long(a)>
Posted: 21 Jan 2004

Decolonizing History

A Colloquium on the Practice of History at the University of Toronto


Decolonizing the History of Tibet

Timothy Brook
Department of History
University of Toronto

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

4-6 pm

History Common Room
Sidney Smith Hall 2090

Participants are strongly encouraged to read the pre-circulated text which 
will provide the basis for discussion - "The Manchu Occupation of Lhasa."

For an electronic version of the paper or for information on the colloquium, 
please contact:

Malavika Kasturi malavika.kasturi(a)
Deborah Neill dneill(a)
or Derek Williams derek.williams(a)

SEMINAR SERIES- Central Asian History Seminar, Oxford Univ., Jan.-March 2004

Posted by: Alexander Morrison <alexander.morrison(a)>
Posted: 15 Jan 2004

Oxford University
Central Asian History Seminar

Tuesdays, 4.30pm in the Old Library, All Souls College

(Weeks 2, 4, 5, 7 & 8, Hilary Term 2004)


Paul Bergne (St. Antony's)
Thomas Welsford, Alexander Morrison (All Souls)

27th January
Sergei Andreyev (Institute of Ismaili Studies, London)
Political Sufism in the Pashtun tribal environment: the case of the Rawshani 
movement and beyond

10th February
Alexander Marshall (Glasgow and Ulan-Ude)
Russian-Afghan relations 1870-1917: A Survey

17th February
Kenneth Lymer (Southampton)
Holy site pilgrimage and rock art in the Republic of Kazakhstan

2nd March
Luke Treadwell (Oriental Institute, Oxford & the Ashmolean)
Russian historians of the Samanid dynasty of western Central Asia (9-10th 
centuries AD): a case study in the Marxist historiography of the early 
Islamic period

9th March
Madhuvanti Ghose (SOAS & the Ashmolean)
The Aurel Stein collection at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

CONF./CFP- Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies, Macquarie Univ., Australia

Posted by: Beth Lewis <blewis(a)>
Posted: 15 Jan 2004

Ancient History Documentary Research Centre
Department of Ancient History

Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies Conference

Expressions of Interest and Call for Papers

Art, Architecture & Religion on the Silk Road and Across Inner-Asian History

Macquarie University Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 November 2004

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies.  We write 
in reference to the forthcoming A.S.I.A.S. Conference to be held at 
Macquarie University on the weekend of November 27-28, 2004.  We are in the 
initial stages of planning, and wish to invite you to either offer a paper 
or express your interest in attending.  If possible, we would be grateful if 
you could let us have your response and themes for papers by mid-February 
2004 to facilitate programming.

The conference has grown considerably since its inception at Macquarie in 
1994 and is now receiving international recognition.  2004 marks the 10th 
anniversary of our gatherings and provides an ideal opportunity to celebrate 
a decade of Australasian scholarly research in our fields.

As you will be aware, Silk Road and Inner-Asian Studies continue to attract 
world-wide attention.  The focus of our forthcoming conference on material 
culture as well as the history and the development of religions across the 
region is intended to encourage further inter-disciplinary approaches.  Our 
previous conferences have barely touched upon the areas of Art, Architecture 
and Religion and the significant relations and interaction between them.  
Next year's gathering will provide a unique opportunity for historians and 
the wider-community to exchange ideas on these themes.

At this stage we anticipate the Vice Chancellor, Professor Di Yerbury, will 
officially open the conference on Friday evening November 26. The program 
includes a 9.00am Saturday Registration and Welcoming, with papers scheduled 
from 10.00-4.30 and Sunday papers from 9.30-3.30, concluding with drinks.  
Morning and afternoon teas as well as lunch on both days are included in the 

The Conference fee is $150.00, Full-time students $100.00 However, if you 
register early - by the end of March 2004 - the cost will be $120.00.  Daily 
Registration is set at $60.  All fees include GST.

Please confirm your attendance so that we may send you a Registration Form/ 
Tax Invoice. Payment can be made either by Credit Card or Cheque. (Please 
make Cheques payable to Macquarie University.)

For further information, please contact either:


Beth Lewis
Tel: (61 2) 9850 7560
E-mail: blewis(a)
Fax: (61 2) 9850 9001


Dr Ken ParryTel: (61 2) 6294 1021
E-mail: kendee(a)

Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you in November 2004.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Samuel Lieu and Dr Ken Parry

CONFERENCE- Call for Panel Participation, ICCEES Congress, Berlin, July 2005

Posted by: Olena Smyntyna <smyntyna(a)>
Posted: 13 Jan 2004

Dear colleagues,

The VIIth World Congress of ICCEES (International Council for Central and 
East European Studies) will take place at Berlin 25-30 July, 2005 (see 
details at

I am organizing a panel entitled:

"Environmental history in post-Soviet scientific space: theory and practice"

We have space for 3 contributions on this topic.

Everybody interested in the participation please refer directly to the panel 

Dr Olena V. Smyntyna
E-mail: smyntyna(a) or smyntyna(a)

Please contact me before February 1st, 2004.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Dr Olena V. Smyntyna (Panel Organizer)
Head of the Department of Archaeology and Ethnology of Ukraine
Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University
Odessa, Ukraine

WORKSHOP- SSRC Dissertation Workshop on Governance, UT-Austin, March 2004

Posted by: Anthony Koliha <koliha(a)>
Posted: 16 Dec 2003

[NOTE: The deadline has been extended.]

Social Science Research Council
Dissertation Development Workshop

Governance in Eurasia: Historical and Contemporary Approaches

University of Texas, Austin, March 5-7, 2004
New Application Deadline: January 5, 2004

The Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council invites
applications for a three-day dissertation workshop focusing on the topic
of governance, broadly conceived, to be held in March 2004.  Graduate
students from social science disciplines and the related humanities who
are at any stage of the dissertation process (from proposal to
write-up), and whose projects examine Eurasia are eligible to apply.
While applications from all fields are welcome, we look for those that
are most grounded in, or that invite comparative perspectives on social
science theory and methodology.

While the term governance often has been confined to political and
economic frames, this workshop aims to recognize and cultivate the
interdisciplinarity required to recognize and understand interactions
between states, individuals, social institutions, and economic actors in
both contemporary and historical perspective.  We encourage a broad
conceptualization of governance that includes but is not limited to:

state-society relations (political change, economic change, human health
and welfare) relations among and between families, kinship groups,
social and economic networks (formal and informal), and non-governmental
systems of cultural production and social order.

We particularly invite applications that link governance issues to
local, regional and transnational/ international processes.

10 graduate students and 5 faculty discussants will attend the 2004
workshop.  Participants convene for three days of intensive and critical
discussion of the students dissertation projects, alongside larger
theoretical and methodological issues.  The SSRC covers all
transportation, accommodation, and related expenses for participants.

Applicants should submit the following material by 12 December 2003 in
order to be eligible:
 * A five page, double spaced summary of the dissertation project highlighting 
   its relationship to the objectives of the workshop 
 * One letter of academic recommendation from the applicant's primary advisor 
 * Curriculum Vitae

If selected, participants will be required to submit a 15-25 page
dissertation chapter or writing sample.  Selected participants will
receive detailed information as to the requirements for the writing
sample, which will be due by February 20th, 2004.  The five page
application statements, writing samples and CVs will be circulated among
all conference participants.

To be eligible, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents,
currently enrolled in an accredited PhD program, and working at some
stage on their dissertation projects.  The deadline for receipt of
applications has been extended to January 5, 2004.  Decisions regarding
final participants will be announced by January 20th, 2004.

Please address all inquiries and correspondence, including applications

Eurasia Program, Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 377-2700 x.459; Fax: (212) 377-2727
E-mail: Eurasia(a)

Funding is provided by the United States Department of State, Program
for Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent States
of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII)any respect for the rule of law and 
human rights of their own people in their own countries.
Mehdi Noorbaksh

ROUNDTABLE- Political Developments in Georgia & Azerbaijan, Caucasus Media Institute

Posted by: Vicken Cheterian <vicken.cheterian(a)>
Posted: 16 Dec 2003

Caucasus Media Institute

Elections and Political Developments in Georgia and Azerbaijan


Thursday, December 18, 2003

At 16:00 p.m.

Join us at CMI for a roundtable on elections and their results.

Starting from the most recent Georgian developments, we shall follow with a 
discussion of post-elections trends in Azerbaijan and try to see how this 
year has changed the shape of all three South Caucasus states.

Brief reports to start off the discussion:

Alexander Iskandaryan, CMI Vice-Director and Head of Research Unit
The Rose Revolution & What's Up?

David Petrosyan, journalist and political analyst at Noyyan Tapan news agency
Azerbaijan after Elections

Vicken Cheterian, Director, CMI
Elections Season 2003: A Comparative Analysis

Venue: Caucasus Media Institute, Demirchyan Pakughi 23, Yerevan

For more information please contact Ruzanna Amiraghyan at:

Caucasus Media Institute
23 Demirchyan Pakughi
Yerevan 375002

Tel: (374-1) 54 06 31, 54 06 32
Fax: (374-1) 56 88 60
E-mail: research(a)

CONF./CFP- Heroic Apocrypha in the Chinggisid and Timurid Successor States

Posted by: Ron Sela <rsela(a)>
Posted: 16 Dec 2003

Heroic Apocrypha in the Chinggisid and Timurid Successor States: First 

Participants are sought for a conference on "apocryphal" or "legendary" 
sources on Chinggis Khan, Timur, Babur, Edigü, and other figures in the 
history of the Mongol empire and its successor states.  This invited 
conference, tentatively scheduled to October, 2005, will focus on textual 
and interpretative (historical, literary, religious, anthropological) issues 
raised by these texts. (See the prospectus for the conference below.)

The conference will cover travel costs to and from Bloomington, Indiana 
(including accommodation in Bloomington for the duration of the conference), 
and publication of the papers will be undertaken by the Research Institute 
for Inner Asian Studies.

Scholars working on relevant fields are invited to submit a preliminary 
proposal (up to 300 words) and a CV to Christopher Atwood 
(catwood(a) or Ron Sela (rsela(a) by March 15, 2004. 
Unfortunately, limitations in funding may mean that not all interested 
scholars can be invited; participants will be selected with an eye to 
covering the main type of texts, achieving a balanced diversity of 
disciplinary approaches, and attaining the highest possible level of 
scholarly distinction.

The language of the Conference is English.

Please note that funding for the conference is still pending.

The conference prospectus:

Legends of Sovereignty, Poems of Valor: A Workshop on Heroic Apocrypha in 
the Turkic and Mongolian Chinggisid and Timurid Traditions

Organized by Christopher Atwood and Ron Sela

In recent decades, the field of Inner Asian history has made great strides 
in the recovery and study of the relatively more reliable sources on the 
great conquerors of the steppe, especially Chinggis Khan and Timur. The 
Secret History of the Mongols, the "Veritable Records" materials preserved 
in Rashid al-Din and the Shengwu qinzheng lu, or the Zafarnama on Timur, 
have been mined as sources for history and their weaknesses and strengths as 
sources noted.

Yet the great bodies of sixteenth-nineteenth century apocrypha on Chinggis 
Khan, Timur, Babur and other figures of the steppe's "heroic age" have as a 
result been set aside as historically unreliable and not yet received due 
attention as historical and literary monuments reflecting the religious, 
literary, and political issues in post-Chinggisid, post-Timurid Turco- 
Mongolian societies. Yet such heroic apocrypha formed one of the major 
genres of literature in Central Asia and Mongolia up through the nineteenth 
century and powerfully influenced historical writing in surrounding cultures 
both Islamic and Buddhist: Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Iran, Mughal India, Tibet 
under the Dalai Lamas, and the Manchu Qing empire.

Examples for such apocrypha in the Turkic-Persian tradition include quasi- 
biographies such as the Kunuz al-a'zam (in Persian) or the Dastan-i Amir 
Timur (in Chaghatay), the various renditions of the Timur-nama (under the 
titles Tarikh-i Timuri, Tarikh-i sahibqiran, etc.), Timur's false 
autobiographies in India, sayings attributed to Timur, the Chinggis-nama 
traditions, the nineteenth-century Majma' al-tavarikh, and related works. 
Related materials include the epic legends of Edigü and Toqtamïsh among the 
Nogays and other steppe Turkic peoples. In the Mongolian tradition we find 
the Cinggis Qaghan-u altan tobci, which was later incorporated into 
Lubsang-Danzin's Altan tobci, Saghang Sechen's Erdeni-yin tobci, and other 
chronicles, tales of the three hundred Tayichi'ud or of Chinggis Khan's two 
steeds, biligs (wise sayings) ascribed to Chinggis Khan, the Chaghan teüke, 
a sixteenth-century Buddhist-Chinggisid utopia ascribed to Qubilai Khan, and 
the Oyun tülkigür ("Turquoise Key"), a collection of aphorisms ascribed to 
Chinggis Khan. Related to these works are the apocryphal material on the 
early Oirat vs. Mongol wars, with their themes of conflict between marriage 
and blood, the pro- and anti-Qasarid traditions, the Eight White Yurts of 
Chinggis Khan, and so on.

The aim of the workshop is to begin the study of these apocryphal literary 
genres not as more or less defective sources on the "real" Chinggis or the 
"real" Timur but as vital reflections of the social and intellectual 
cross-currents in post-Chinggis Inner Asia, where non-Chinggisid forces, 
such as the Oirats, Nogays, and oasis Central Asia's tribal dynasties were 
challenging Chinggisid dynasties such as the Crimean Giray family, the 
Ashtarkhanids and the Dayan Khanids. Religious studies, historical context, 
anthropological insights, and comparative literature all have a role to play 
in the fruitful study of these materials. In addition we hope the workshop 
will break down the academic barriers that divide the study of the Turko- 
Islamic world and the Mongolo-Buddhist world. Participants, by being 
introduced to material from both sides of the divide between the two great 
Inner Asian and Altaic worlds, will break down the barriers erected by 
sectarian polemic, and the Russian and Qing dynasty conquests. Constantly 
rewritten, these apocryphal tales and poems are part of the legacy of Inner 
Asia that planted the seeds for future developments in the region.

In an effort to bridge the gap between the hitherto unconnected worlds of 
Central Asian and Mongolian literary-intellectual history, the organizers 
hope to address the issues raised by these apocrypha in interdisciplinary 

Questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to) the 

How many distinct traditions of legendary materials on Timur and Chinggis 
Khan can be identified? What was their original prosodic and narrative form? 
How do the poetic forms relate to prestigious non-Altaic (Arab, Persian, 
Tibetan) poetic genres? When were differing strands of these traditions cut 
and pasted into the extant works? And how did these legendary materials 
interact with the older historical sources, such as the Secret History of 
the Mongols, Rashid al-Din, the Zafarnama, and so on. Did legendary material 
replace the older historical sources? Were they read side by side? Or were 
they read by different communities within their respective societies? Here 
literary and source critical approaches will be vital.

What is the original context of these legendary materials? Who was their 
original audience and what was their original didactic purpose (if any)? Who 
sponsored Chinggisid and Timurid apocrypha? To whom were they dedicated? 
What is the connection between patrons and writers, and how much of the 
content is a compromise between them? What was their connection to religious 
circles, cults, and communities such as the cult of Chinggis Khan, Buddhist 
monks, Sufi lineages, and bearers of the 'Alid charisma? How do they 
illustrate integration and/or conflict of lineage and marital loyalty? What 
literary and ideological links exist between these apocryphal writings and 
Sufi hagiographies, the genre of Kisas al-anbiya (stories of the Prophets), 
and Tibetan Buddhist rewritings of "priest-patron" interactions? What 
characteristic forms of prophecy, dream sequences, symbols, miraculous 
contests, and attributes are at play here? Here social-historical, 
anthropological, and religious approaches will shed light.

How does post-Chinggis apocrypha address the problems associated with the 
break-down of the Chinggisid consensus and the rise of commoner (qarachu) 
dynasties: the Barulas Timurids, the Nogay (Manghit) in the Pontic steppe, 
the tribal dynasties of Central Asia (the Manghits in Bukhara, the Mings in 
Qoqand, and the the Qongrats in Khorezm), the Oirats, and the Qasarid and 
Belguteid princes of the eastern Inner Mongolian Three Guards, etc. Is their 
common material between Turkic and Mongolian materials? Is there a common 
ethic in the didactic material? If the traditions are independent, what do 
they tell us about differing Turkic and Mongolian appropriations of the 
Chinggisid legacy? If they have common tropes, can this fact help us break 
down the post-sixteenth century literary and religious barriers that 
separated the cultural life of Islamic and Buddhist Inner Asia? How does the 
writing of apocryphal tales change in the eighteenth century? To what degree 
did this apocryphal literature motivate or reflect resistance to Manchu and 
Russian imperialism from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries (examples 
might include Saghang Sechen's treatment of the Manchu conquest or the 
Ghazavat-namas in Xinjiang in the late 18th and 19th century)? How is this 
apocryphal literature received in Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Iran, Mughal 
India, dGe-lugs-pa Tibet, and the Manchu empire? Here analysis of historical 
events and political ideologies will be particularly welcome.

The organizers envision a workshop of about 15 invited scholars presenting 
papers, of whom about half are expected to be from outside the United 
States. The workshop will need to fund their air-fare and lodgings in 
Bloomington. Other scholars from Indiana University and area schools will be 
invited to participate as discussants. Participants will receive before the 
workshop both the papers being presented as well as translations of 
representative apocryphal literature (some already published and others 
specially prepared for the workshop), and bibliographies. The workshop is 
projected to last two days and is tentatively projected for October, 2005. 
Publication of finished papers will be undertaken and financed by the 
Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies.

CONF./CFP- CESS Annual Conference, Oct. 14-17, 2004, Indiana University

Posted by: Central Eurasian Studies Society <CESS(a)>
Posted: 11 Dec 2003


Central Eurasian Studies Society
Fifth Annual Conference (2004)

October 14-17, 2004
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.

proposals for the Fifth CESS Annual Conference, October 14-17, 2004, in
Bloomington, Indiana.  The event will be held at Indiana University,
hosted by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.

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.

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 a discussant.  We also welcome
attendees who do not wish to participate in a panel (see the
Registration/Pre-registration Form for information:

There has been a huge growth in the interest in the CESS conference as
our society has become more established.  Attendance rose from less than
150 in the first three annual conferences to over 800 at the fourth one
(Harvard 2003), including nearly 500 people from nearly 40 countries who
participated in the ca. 80 panels on the program.  We expect the
conference this year will be an even stronger event, and we hope that
all interested in this region will try to come.

Please note that due to this high level of interest, and the fact that
the total number of participants in CESS 2004 will be more limited due
to space constraints, we anticipate that the selection of papers will be
very competitive.


The Conference Committee accepts ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS -- either
by webform (see forms for Pre-organized Panels and for Individual Papers
at:, or by an e-mailed
form in MS Word format in the case of those who don't have web access.
This is because website submissions can more easily be processed than
other methods, and we have limited resources to manage the hundreds of
submissions that we anticipate receiving.  Those who don't have access
to the website may contact us and we will e-mail the submission forms in
MS Word format.

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 of 200-
300 words; abstracts longer than 300 words may be rejected), 10) Any
audio-visual equipment requests (specify: overhead projector, slide
project, video player), 11) A one-page CV which contains the information
which the panel chair may require for introductions, and includes the
presenter's educational background (highest degree, year awarded,
awarding institution, and field of study).

FOR PANELS: Proposals may be submitted for regular panels (with
presentation of scholarly papers) and roundtable panels (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 title for the
proposed panel, 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, but no panel proposal
should have fewer than four-five people who have given a firm assurance
that they will participate in the conference unless they are prevented
by circumstances out of their control.  If the panel as proposed does
not include a full complement of panelists (i.e., 4-5 presenters,
discussant and chair), the other panel participants may be filled in as
necessary by the program committee if the panel proposal is accepted.
Pre-organized panels should be thematically coherent and may be
organized by a scholarly organization (though this is not required).

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

BEST PAPER AWARD: There will be an award in the amount of $500 given to
the best graduate student conference paper submitted to the Awards
Committee for consideration.  See the CESS awards webpage for details
(, or contact the Awards
Committee Co-chair, Dr. Uli Schamiloglu <uschamil(a)>.

MONGOLIA SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING: From this year, the Mongolia Society
will be holding its annual meeting concurrently with the CESS Conference
(and we expect other related associations will do the same).  For more
information about the Mongolia Society meetings when it is available,

 * SUBMISSION FORMAT: Do not send your proposal in any format other than
   the webform or the MS Word form, as the committee will not consider it
   in that case.
 * ENSURING QUALITY PROPOSALS: Since the selection process is expected to 
   be quite competitive, we strongly advise you to follow the Guidelines for
   Writing Abstracts available on the conference website (see below).  Those 
   who do not do this will have significantly lower chances of their proposal
   being accepted.  If you do not have web access, we can send you the 
   guidelines by e-mail upon request.
 * COMMITMENT TO PARTICIPATE: By submitting a proposal, you are indicating your
   serious intention to participate in the conference -- including to take the 
   necessary steps to obtain any required visa or funding -- unless prevented by 
   circumstances out of your control. You will be asked to confirm your commitment
   in June after your proposal is accepted.
 * E-MAIL CONTACT: Since all communication with prospective participants is via 
   e-mail, and we will require your confirmation of participation in June after 
   proposals are accepted and again in September when all of your visa and travel
   arrangements should be in place, it is vitally important that you make sure we 
   always have an e-mail address that will reach you.
 * ABSTRACTS OF PUBLISHABLE QUALITY: 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 available on the conference website; see below).
 * 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 presenter or discussant.


Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals:  APRIL 2, 2004.
 * Note: Submissions after this date may be accepted only in the case of special 
  justifying circumstances and at the discretion of the program committee.

Notification of acceptance:  by June 1.
 * The Conference Committee will provide, upon request, mailed or faxed 
   invitation letters to support an application for a visa or travel funds; these 
   will be sent in the second half of June.  Note: Obtaining a U.S. visa can be take
   a long time, and we urge participants to begin the process immediately upon 
   notification of their proposal's acceptance.

Pre-registration deadline:  SEPTEMBER 10.
 * Note: Pre-registration is not required, but entitles you to reduced registration fees.

Deadline for notification of audio-visual requests:  August 15.

Papers should be submitted to chairs/discussants:  by SEPTEMBER 23.
 * Paper presenters will be informed via e-mail in mid-September of the e-mail 
   addresses of their panel's chair and discussant, to whom they should send
   their papers by the deadline.

Conference:  OCTOBER 14-17.
 * Arrival to Bloomington is on the afternoon/evening of Thursday, Oct. 14. 
   Panels begin from Friday morning and continue through mid-day on Sunday, Oct. 17.


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:             $80 (pre-registration) or $90 (at conference)
Indiana Univ. students:  $30 (pre-registration) or $35 (at conference)
IU 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 Registration Form at:

NOTE:  CESS DOES NOT have funds to support the costs of conference
participation.  Participants must obtain their own funding -- from
personal resources, their own institutions, or grant-giving
organizations which provide conference travel grants.  Some further
information about possible sources is available on the Supplementary
Conference Information page at:


Indiana University in Bloomington is one of the strongest and
longest-standing centers for the study of Central Eurasia.  Bloomington
is located 50 miles south of Indianapolis, where the nearest major
airport is located.  From the Indianapolis airport, a shuttle service is
available to Bloomington, and bus lines connect Bloomington to other
major nearby cities.  More details are available on the Supplementary
Conference Information page at: (available after Dec. 15).

The primary accommodations for conference attendees, as well as the
conference sessions, will be in the Indiana Memorial Union Hotel and
Conference Center (IMU) at 900 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405.
Those attending CESS 2004 may obtain a reservation for one of the rooms
set aside for our conference in the IMU by contacting reservations as
follows: phone: +1 (812) 856-6381, toll free: 800-209-8145,
fax: +1 (812)  855-3426, e-mail: <imuhotel(a)>,

Other options for accommodations in Bloomington, as well as more
practical information for conference attendees may be found on the
Supplementary Conference Information page at: (available after Dec. 15)


The Co-chairs of the Conference Committee are:

Dr. Laura Adams (Georgetown University; lladams2(a)
Dr. Edward J. Lazzerini (Indiana University; elazzeri(a)

Full information about CESS 2004 in Bloomington may be found on the
conference webpages:
 * Main conference website: 
 * Registration:
 * Program (available in June 2004): 
 * Full information about hosting and location at Indiana University: (Note: This page will become available after Dec. 15)

Virtually all informational questions about the conference can be
answered by consulting the above-mentioned webpages.  If you don't have,
web access or if you don't find the answer to your questions there, you
can contact the conference organizers by e-mail at
<cess2004(a)> (Note: this address will be functional after Dec. 15).

The hosts of future CESS conferences are as follows:
2005 - Boston University
2006 - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
2007 - University of Washington-Seattle
2008 - University of Wisconsin-Madison


CESS 2004 Annual Conference
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC)
Indiana University
Goodbody Hall 324
Bloomington, IN 47405   U.S.A.
fax: +1 (812) 855-8667
tel.: +1 (812) 856-5263
e-mail: cess2004(a) (Note: this address will be functional after Dec. 15)

LECTURE- The Yellow Temple: New Light on Mongolia's Past, Dec. 14, Worcester Art Museum

Posted by: Alexandra Cleworth <alexandra(a)>
Posted: 10 Dec 2003

14 Dec 2003 at 2:30pm
Worcester Art Museum
Worcester, MA

The Yellow Temple: New Light on Mongolia's Past

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) - Worcester Society will 
present a dual slide illustrated lecture on the restoration efforts at 
Baldan Baraivan, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Khentii aimag 
of Mongolia. The talk will discuss an overview of the site within the 
context of the Mongolia monastic tradition, repressed during most of the 
20th century. The site is being restored by Cultural Restoration Tourism 
Project, a non-profit organization combining local professionals with 
international volunteers to both rebuild the site, and to study its 
significance in understanding the spread of Tibetan Buddhism across central 

Lecture is free and open to the public, with free parking and 
handicapped-accessible entry.

Museum website for directions.

Alexandra Cleworth

Cultural Restoration Tourism Project
E-mail: alexandra(a)

Archaeological Institute of America
Governing Board Trustee

AIA - Worcester Society, President
E-mail: illyria(a)

WORKSHOP- Anthropological Perspectives on Central Asia, Max Planck Institute, Halle, Dec. 19-21

Posted by: Meltem Sancak <sancak(a)>
Posted: 10 Dec 2003


"Anthropological Perspectives on Central Asia"
December 19-21, 2003

Organisers: Peter Finke and Meltem Sancak


Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Advokatenweg 36
06114 Halle/Saale

Friday, December 19th

8:30 Registration

9:30 Günther Schlee, Director, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, 
Halle/Saale; Germany
Welcome Address

9:45 Peter Finke & Meltem Sancak, both Max Planck Institute for Social 
Anthropology, Halle/Saale; Germany
Introduction to the Workshop

10:00 Coffee Break

Panel 1: Locating Central Asia in the Global World: Academic Traditions, 
Historical Legacies, and Future Perspectives

10:15 Anatoly Khazanov, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and The Hebrew 
University of Israel, Jerusalem
Central Asia in the Contemporary World: The Russian Dimension

11:00 Nazif Shahrani, Indiana University, USA
Post-Soviet Muslim Central Asia and the Middle East: Coping with the 
Legacies of Colonialism and Orientalism

11:45 Dru Gladney, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA, and MPI, 
Halle/Saale, Germany
De-Centering Central Asia

12:30 Discussion

13:00 Lunch Break

Panel 2: State and Local Communities

14:30 David Sneath, Cambridge University, UK
Land, Locality and the State: Technologies of Power and Mongolian Pastoral 

15:15 Johan Rasanayagam, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Market, State and Community in Uzbekistan: Reworking the concept of the 
informal economy

16:00 Coffee Break

16:15 Boris Petric, CNRS, France
Neighbor Community (Mahalla): An Institution to Understand the New Social 
and Political Imaginary in the Post-Soviet Uzbekistan

17:00 Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek, University of Vienna, Austria
Rebuilding the Afghan State: Local Politics versus State Policies

17:45 Discussion

19:00 Dinner

Saturday, December 20th

Panel 3: Economic Transformations and Social Change

9:30 Alisher Ilkhamov, Open Society Institute, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Rural Economy in Uzbekistan: Lost Chances for Economic Growth and Prosperity
10:15 Cynthia Werner, Texas A & M University, College Station, USA
Markets, Networks and Gifts: Reflecting on a Decade of Transition in Rural 

11:00 Coffee Break

11:15 Russell Zanca, Northeastern Illinois University, USA

Making Economy Matter to the Ethnography of Contemporary Uzbekistan

12:00 Yang Shengmin, School of Ethnology, Central University of 
Nationalities, Beijing, China
Culture and Ecology of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: Problems and 

12:45 Discussion

13:15 Lunch Break

Panel 4: Central Asian Pastoralists in a Period of Change

14:45 Joerg Janzen, Center for Development Research, National University of 
Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, and ZELF, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Problems and Perspectives of Pastoral Economy and Land Use in Mongolia

15:30 André Bourgeot, College de France, Paris, France
Transformations in a Kyrgyz Area (Song Köl) since 1992: A Kind of Assessment

16:15 Coffee Break

16:30 Carol Kerven, Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, UK
Emerging Differentiation among Pastoral households in Kazakstan

17:15 Roy Behnke, Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, UK
Property Rights and Use of Rangeland Resources in Kazakstan and Turkmenistan

18:00 Discussion

19:00 Dinner

Sunday, December 21st

Panel 5: Ethnic and Religious Identities

9:30 Morgan Liu, Harvard University, USA
Can Central Asian Anthropology Shed Light on Post-Socialisms and 
Modernities? Thinking through Fieldwork on Political Imagination in Osh, 

10:15 Saulesh Yessenova, University of British Columbia, Canada
The Politics and Poetics of the Nation: Local Narratives of Kazakh Identity

11:00 Coffee break

11:15 Abylabek Asankanov, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Ethnic and Religious Identities in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan

12:00 John Schoeberlein, Harvard University, USA
Transformation of Islamic Legitimacy in Post-Independence Central Asia
12:45 Discussion

13:15 Lunch Break

Final Discussion

14:30 Anthropology in Central Asia: Past Achievements and Future Perspectives

15:30 End of the Workshop

Web address:

Meltem Sancak
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung
Postfach 110351
06017 Halle/S.

E-mail: sancak(a)
Tel: +49 345 2927
Fax: +49 345 2927 102

OSI FORUM- How Not to Build Democracy in the Muslim World: Azerbaijan, Dec. 15

Posted by: Virginia Brannigan <VBrannigan(a)>
Posted: 10 Dec 2003

The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend

How Not to Build Democracy in the Muslim World: Azerbaijan


Peter Bouckaert

Senior Emergencies Researcher for Human Rights Watch

Monday, December 15th, 2003

12:00 to 1:30 pm

Columbia University

School of International Affairs Room 1510

420 West 118th Street

New York, NY 10027

Two months after a presidential election characterized by international 
observers as massively fraudulent, the government of Azerbaijan continues 
its efforts to jail, harass, and stifle opposition in the country.  Western 
opinion is divided--is this the last gasp of the Heydar-era coterie soon to 
be sidelined by the new president, or a sign that Azerbaijan is becoming 
"Azerbaijanistan," a Central Asian-style despotism where no dissent is 
tolerated? Azerbaijan's crackdown has taken on new significance in light of 
neighboring Georgia's "Velvet Revolution," and President Bush's recent 
statements on U.S. plans to help build democracy in the Muslim  world. What 
can the international community do to halt and reverse the assault on 
freedom and pluralism in Azerbaijan?  Peter Bouckaert, Senior Emergencies 
Researcher for Human Rights Watch has observed events before, during and in 
the aftermath of the elections, and will speak about the latest events on 
the ground, and the international response.

To RSVP please email a response to Anu Kangaspunta-Garfield at 



E-mail address: 

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

ROUNDTABLE- Georgia's Rose Revolution, Tues. Dec. 9, 6 pm at KSG

Posted by: Maggie Osdoby Katz <maggie_osdoby_katz(a)>
Posted: 9 Dec 2003

Need some inspiration?

6-7 pm
Taubman C (5th floor, by elevator only) 
Refreshments served!! 
In November, Georgians took to the streets and forced the resignation of
President Eduard Shevardnadze.  Will democratic and market reforms finally

Join us for a roundtable discussion with experts from the KSG and Fletcher
student bodies:

Gela Bezhuashvili (KSG-MC/MPA)
Deputy Minister of Defense, 2000-2003

Irakli Chkonia (Fletcher)
Advisor, Speaker of Parliament (Zurab Zhvania), 1995-2000

Vanessa Acker (KSG-MPP1)
Political/Military Officer, American Embassy, Tbilisi, 2001-2003

George Kiziria (Fletcher)
Second Secretary, Embassy of Georgia in Egypt, 2001-2003

Maggie Osdoby Katz (KSG-MPP1)
Political/Economic Officer, American Embassy,Tbilisi, 1999-2000

Annaliis Abrego (KSG-Staff)
Intern, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2000
Thesis: "Arshemdgari (That Which Failed in the Process of Becoming): 
A Study of Democratization in Georgia", 2001.

Troy Etulain (Fletcher)
Work in Georgia and Abkhazia, Summer 2003

Sponsored by the International Development Network with assistance of the
Caspian Studies Program

CONF./CFP- Kazakhstan-Russia Interaction and Cooperation, January 2004, Astana

Posted by: Gulnara Kenzhebulatova <KenzhebulatovaG(a)>
Posted: 8 Dec 2003

International Scientifical and Practical Conference

"Kazakhstan-Russia Interaction and Cooperation in the XXI-st Century and 
Globalization Challenge"
devoted to the year of Russia in Kazakhstan

January 2004
Astana city

Conference organizers:

Education and Science Ministry, the Republic of Kazakhstan
The Senate of the Parliament, the Republic of Kazakhstan
The Russian Federation Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan - Russia University
Modern Academy for the Humanities
Geopolitical Research Institute of KRU

Aim of the Conference:

Analysis of Kazakhstan-Russia interaction and cooperation in the XXI-st 
century in the context of globalization processes.

The following issues are given for consideration:
 - Globalization phenomenon: essence, tendencies, prospects. 
 - Globalization and issue of multi-pole (multi-national) world formation. 
 - Globalization and issue of cultural identity preservation. 
 - Issues of Kazakhstan and Russia geopolitical identity. 
 - Formation of unified economic area: state and prospects. 
 - Issues of Kazakhstan and Russia national safety: a new paradigm formation.

Conference participants have the right to choose any report theme with 
regard to the suggested conference theme.

Form of Reports' Presenting
 - Volume of publications is up to 7 pages of text, in one interval in 
   Russian, Kazakh, English. Paper's form is A4, margins: left - 30 mm, right,  
   upper, lower - 20 mm. 
 - Print-size of articles' text and headline is 14 pt, Times New Roman or  
   Times Kaz. Footnotes are given at the end of line, after the quotation in  brackets 
 - [ ]. Personal data of the author is given on the top of the  page: surname, name,
   patronymic name, job, city/town, country, then comes  the theme of the article.
 - The author/authors is/are responsible for the text's editing, the truth  of factual
 - Editorial Board of the conference publication collection has the right to 
   recommend all reports corresponding to the conference theme to be published
   in the conference reports collection. 
 - Reports are supposed to be published by the beginning of the conference. 
 - Application form of the text, article and electronic version are to be on  diskette.

Publications should be sent to the following address:

473000, Astana city
Kabynbay Batyr Str. 19
Geopolitical Research Institute of  Kazakhstan - Russia University (KRU)
Phone number: (317-2) 24-05-54
Fax: (317-2) 24-33-60

E-mail: muh-astana(a), muh-astana(a)

CONF./CFP- Border Security and Cross-Border Cooperation, Volgograd Univ., 2004

Posted by: Sergey Golunov <sgolunov(a)>
Posted: 2004

The Center for Regional and Transboundary Studies of Volgograd State 
University announces the call for papers for publication in its Third 
Annual. The topic of the Annual is: "Border Security and Cross-Border 
Cooperation: the Problem of Combination"

Within this topic following problems could be examined:
 - Border policies in recently established states: actors, tasks, problems  and 
 - The problems of security and cooperation at the borders between states  
   representing different political, economic, ideological and other systems. 
   Transboundary interaction at inter-civilizational borderlands; 
 - security issues of quiet transparent boundaries; 
 - legal and shadow transboundary interaction across hardly penetrable  
   (because of unfavorable landscape conditions, interstate conflicts, strict 
   political regimes within one or both of neighbor states etc.) borders; 
 - transboundary cooperation as a way to settlement of border conflicts.

The deadline for submission of papers (not longer than 8000 words) for the 
second annual is March 30, 2004. The selection will be based on such 
criteria as the author's competence, knowledge of facts and of alternative 
points of view (official positions of interested countries etc.), 
observation of formal requirements.

Please send your proposals or put questions via e-mail to:

transbound(a) for Dr. Sergey Golunov, Director of the Center for 
Regional and Transboundary Studies of Volgograd State University, Russia.


Dr Sergey Golunov
Center for Regional and Transboundary Studies
Volgograd State University30 2nd Prodolnaya str.
Volgograd 400062

Tel: +7 (8442) 432025
Fax: +7 (8442) 438124

The First Annual of the Center for Regional and Transboundary Studies 
(Post-Soviet Eurasia: ethno-cultural specificity of social and political 
Ed. by S. Golunov, Volgograd, "Print" Publishing House, 2001, 147 p.
ISBN 5-94424-005-9
5 papers/abstracts are in English, 8 in Russian.

The Annual of the Center for Regional and Transboundary Studies (the former 
Center for Eurasian Studies) opened the series of the annual publications of 
the Center for Regional and Transboundary Studies, a research unit within 
Volgograd State University, re-organized in 2001 from the Center for 
Eurasian Studies. This annual represents the papers devoted to analysis of 
social and political processes with ethno-cultural peculiarities within the 
Eurasian (Post-Soviet) space.

The Second Annual (Security Issues of the Post-Soviet Space: Realities and 
Ed. by Sergey Golunov.
Volgograd: Print. Publishing House, 2003, 160 pp.
ISBN 5-94424-025-3.

4 Papers are in English and 10 papers are in Russian) contains materials 
devoted to the wide range of security issues within the geographical limits 
of the post-Soviet space and to stereotypes related to the perception of 
these problems at both mass and expert levels.

All queries should be sent to the above-mentioned address.

OSI FORUM- Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books Dec. 12, New York

Posted by: Virginia Brannigan <vbrannigan(a)>
Posted: 2004

The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books


Azar Nafisi

of the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of 
Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC

Friday, December 12th, 2003
12:00 - 1:30 pm

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

Azar Nafisi is a visiting fellow, professional lecturer, and the director of 
The Dialogue Project: The Culture of Democracy in Muslim Societies. A 
professor of aesthetics, culture and literature, Dr. Nafisi held a 
fellowship at Oxford University teaching and conducting a series of lectures 
on culture and the important role of Western literature and culture in Iran 
after the revolution in 1979. She taught at the University of Tehran, the 
Free Islamic University, and Allameh Tabatabaii before coming to the United 
States. She was expelled for the University of Tehran for refusing to wear 
the mandatory Islamic veil in 1981, and did not resume teaching until 1987. 
She has lectured and written extensively in English and Persian on the 
political implications of literature and culture as well as on the human 
rights of Iranian women and girls and the important role they play in the 
process of change for pluralism and an open society in Iran and other Muslim 
societies. She has been widely published, and is currently teaching on the 
relation between culture and politics at SAIS.

To RSVP please email a response to Virginia Brannigan at vbrannigan(a)



E-mail address: 

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

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