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CONF./CFP- Theorizations of Culture & the Political, Oct. 2005, U. of Minnesota

Posted by: Conference Organizing Committee <critprac(a)>
Posted: 14 Mar 2005

[This announcement was previously posted with an incorrect conference date 
in the subject heading; the conference will be held in October 2005 and the 
deadline for abstracts is in July 2005.]

Out of Time: Theorizations of Culture and the Political

Featuring Keynote Speakers Michael Hardt and Mary Ann Doane

The Collective for Critical Practices and the Department of Cultural Studies 
and Comparative Literature (CSCL), with the support of the Cultural Studies 
and Comparative Literature Film Society, are coordinating a conference 
entitled "Out of Time: Theorizations of Culture and the Political," to be 
held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities from October 20-22, 2005.

Our conference focuses on the problematic of time in a moment when our very 
understandings of time and temporality are being challenged. How are these 
changing notions of time practiced in the workplace, in the global economy 
and in communications? In turn, how are these practices represented in film, 
art, literature, critical thought, and other texts? What can it mean to be 
"out of time?" And how is such a concept effected by the urgency and 
potential of our present?

Abstracts due: July 31, 2005

This conference is concerned with what it might mean to be "out of time" and 
its implications and applications for our present moment. Our Collective 
approaches "out of time" as a sense of urgency, a potential that emerges out 
of "presentness," and a transformation of earlier assumptions of 
temporality. Today, urgency and the potential of the present have been 
elevated by the presumed waning of modernist notions of history and complex 
shifts in the relations of production. We are out of time.

This problematic is being taken up in a myriad of provocative ways within 
both academic and non-academic spheres of production from philosophy to 
literature to film to political activism. In The Emergence of Cinematic 
Time, Mary Ann Doane explores the intersections between temporality, 
modernity, the archive and cinema. Michael Hardt's work conceptualizes the 
reorganization of production and temporality in the era of globalization.

The Collective for Critical Practices in conjunction with the Cultural 
Studies and Comparative Literature Film Society at the University of 
Minnesota invite submissions for our Fall 2005 conference dedicated to the 
theme "out of time." Our first priority is to consider a multiplicity of 
viewpoints that explore, challenge, contest and engage in current 
theoretical debates on this issue. Further, we encourage collaborative works 
and cultural productions (e.g. photo-essays, web art, live art, and 
film/video pieces) in addition to traditional essay presentations. Our 
commitment is to open our collective to intellectual and creative producers 
that are critically and rigorously involved in the urgent task of thinking 
"out of time," regardless of academic or artistic distinction.

Potential topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

Transformations of wage time
Time and national memorialization
The cinematic event
Science fictions of empire
Temporalities of technology
Ontology and history
Wasting and spending time
Narrativizations of time
Nostalgia and utopia
Emergence and becoming
Bodies in time
Potential, hope, and the future
Rest and inertia
Trauma, memory, repetition
Space(s) without time
Time in exile
Temporality and subjectivity
Public/private time

Abstracts (500 words), a brief c.v., as well as any questions and comments 
should be submitted to: critprac(a)

Mailing Address:

Conference Organizing Committee
c/o Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
350 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

For more information visit:

CONFERENCE- Ninety Years Post Ottoman Turkish Genocide, April 8, Fordham University

Posted by: Anie Kalayjian <Kalayjiana(a)>
Posted: 14 Mar 2005

Armenian American Society for Studies on Stress & Genocide (AASSSG)

Invites You to a Conference on:

Ninety (90) Years Post Ottoman Turkish Genocide
Lessons Learned & Challenges to Overcome

Friday, 8 April 2005 7 PM

12th Floor Faculty Lounge
Fordham University
113 W 60th St., (Off 9th Avenue)
New York City

Keynoter and recipient of 2005 AASSSG Distinguished Achievement Award:

Prof Roger Smith
Professor Emeritus at the College of William and Mary in Virginia


Prof. Dennis Papazian
Director, Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Prof. Ann L. Saltzman
Co-Director, Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study, Drew University


Dr. Anie Kalayjian
President of AASSSG & Association for Disaster & Mass Trauma Studies.

Hosted by:

Fordham Psychology Association, SPSSI NY, American Psychological Association 
Division 52 International Division, Association for Disaster & Mass Trauma 
Studies, and Fordham Psi Chi

Refreshments Will Be Served
Admission: $10 donation (free with Fordham ID)

For information contact:

Dr. Kalayjian
E-mail: kalayjiana(a)
Tel: 201 941-2266

Please check out Dr. Kalayjian's new website for information on future events:

FORUM- Kyrgyz Ambassador, Parliamentary Elections in Kyrgyzstan, March 16, Washington DC

Posted by: Central Asia-Caucasus Institute <caci2(a)>
Posted: 11 Mar 2005

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced 
International Studies at Johns Hopkins University presents the W.P. Carey 

Parliamentary Elections in Kyrgyzstan

Dr. Bakyt Abdrisaev
Ambassador of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

Wednesday, March 16, 2005, 5-7 PM

1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Rome Auditorium
Washington DC

The recent Parliamentary elections were seen by both the government and the 
opposition as a key test, and the political result will not be clear until 
the crucial March 13 run-off elections.  Like the Georgian Parliamentary 
elections of November 2003, the performance of the pro-government and 
opposition forces, and the fairness of the election administration, will 
establish the climate in which the ensuing Presidential election (in which 
President Akaev cannot, under the present Constitution, succeed himself) 
will be fought.  The opposition, inspired by the Georgian and Ukrainian 
upheavals, and raising the cry of democracy, is seeking the end of Akaev 

rule in one way or another.  The pro-Akaev forces, under the banner of 
stability, have been trying to limit opposition gains.  Much is at stake for 
Kyrgyzstan, for Central Asia, and for American policy there.  Ambassador 
Abdrisaev, a physicist who has represented his country in Washington for 
many years, will explain the government's view of the just-concluded 
two-stage elections.

To RSVP please send an email to caci2(a), or call (202) 

CONF./CFP- Modeling Azerbaijan's Future, May 2005, Khazar University, Baku

Posted by: Anar Ahmadov <aahmadov(a)>
Posted: 11 Mar 2005

1st Annual Conference of the Institute of Politics
Khazar University
May 21-22, 2005

Call for Papers

"Modeling Azerbaijan's Future: Examining Trends, Exploring Opportunities"
1st Annual Conference of the Institute of Politics at Khazar University

Khazar University
122 Bashir Safaroghlu Street
Baku, Azerbaijan

May 21-22, 2005

Submission deadline: March 25, 2005

Contact information: labdullayeva(a)

The program includes:

 - 7 panels on Governance and Domestic Politics, Civil Society and Mass 
   Media, Foreign Policy and International Affairs, Economy, Education, and 
 - 5 thematic roundtables
 - 3 specialized workshops

We welcome paper proposals on a range of topics related to Governance and 
Democratization, Civil Society and Mass Media, Foreign Policy and 
International Affairs, Economy, Education, and Culture. All papers should 
include policy recommendations.

Paper proposals must include the name and affiliation of the author, the 
title of the paper, one-page abstract (around 500 words) and author's bio/CV.

Proposals to serve as discussant must include the name, affiliation, and 
areas of expertise of the applicant and her/his bio/CV.

Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation 
costs. There is no registration fee for participating in the conference.

A Program Committee will be selecting proposals in late March-early April 
2005. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by 
mid-April 2005. Information regarding logistical questions will be 
communicated afterwards.

The Conference Organizing Committee:

Anar Ahmadov, Executive Director (aahmadov(a)
Charles Davidson, Program Chair (charlesdavidson(a)
Elnara Yadigarova, Program Coordinator (eyadigarova(a)
Sadig Aliyev, Program Associate (saliyev(a)
Ilyas Nabiyev, Web Designer (inabiyev(a)
Leyla Abdullayeva, Program Assistant (labdullayeva(a)

Deadline for proposals: 25 March, 2005 (labdullayeva(a)

The Institute of Politics at Khazar University is an independent, 
non-partisan institution committed to public policy research, analysis and 

CONFERENCE- Commercial Law Reform in Russia & Eurasia, April 2005, Washington DC

Posted by: Lynda Park <lypark(a)>
Posted: 10 Mar 2005

Conference Announcement

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of 
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson Center's 
Kennan Institute, presents an International Conference on:

"Commercial Law Reform in Russia and Eurasia"

Friday-Saturday, 8-9 April 2005

Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
Washington, DC

For additional details or to view the conference program, please visit:

The conference brings together leading legal experts from Russia, Ukraine, 
Kazakhstan, the United States, Canada, and Europe to assess the extent to 
which the legal infrastructure needed for a competitive market economy has 
been established and what future regulatory and legal reforms and policies 
are necessary.

This conference is held in honor of Peter Maggs, Professor of Law and 
Clifford M. and Bette A. Carney Chair in Law, University of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign, for his contribution to the field of legal reform in 
Russia and other former Soviet nations.

The conference is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, please 
RSVP to the Kennan Institute at 202-691-4100 or by email to Joseph Dresen at 


 - Office of the Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 - College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 - Center for International Business Education and Research, University of 
   Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 - International Programs and Studies, University of Illinois at 
 - International Trade Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 - Center for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, University of 
   Wisconsin, Madison
 - American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative

Lynda Y. Park, Assistant Director
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois
104 International Studies Building, MC-487
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Tel: (217) 333-6022, 333-1244
Fax (217) 333-1582
E-mail: lypark(a)

CONF./CFP- Language, History & Cultural Identities in the Caucasus, June 2005, Sweden

Posted by: Karina Vamling <karina.vamling(a)>
Posted: 9 Mar 2005

Dear colleagues,

The conference "Language, History and Cultural Identities in the Caucasus" 
will be hosted by the School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations 
(IMER), Malmoe University (Sweden) in June 17-20, 2005.

We welcome both multidisciplinary papers in the area of language, history 
and cultural identities in the Caucasus, and more narrowly focused papers in 
any of these disciplines.

Invited speakers include:

 - Kevin Tuite (Dept. of Anthropology, Montreal University, Canada)
 - Mukhadin Kumakhov (Dept. of Comparative Linguistics, Institute of 
   Linguistics, Moscow, Russia
 - Zara Kumakhova (Dept. of Caucasian languages, Institute of Linguistics, 
   Moscow, Russia)
 - Gucha Kvaratskhelia (Chikobava Institute of Linguistics, Tbilisi, Georgia)
 - Giorgi Kipiani (Dept. of Social Psychology, Institute of Psychology, 
   Tbilisi, Georgia)
 - Helen Krag (Minority Studies, Copenhagen Univ., Denmark
 - Manana Tabidze (Chikobava Institute of Linguistics, Tbilisi, Georgia)
 - Marta-Lisa Magnusson (Dept. of Political Science, Copenhagen University, 
 - Zaal Kikvidze (Dept. of Kartvelian languages, Kutaisi University, Georgia)

Organizing committee at IMER, Malmoe University: Karina Vamling, Manana Kock 
Kobaidze, Revaz Tchantouria.

The abstract, not exceeding one page, is to be sent as an attached Word-file 
to revaz.tchantouria(a) by April 15 2005 (notification of 
acceptance by April 25).

English is the main conference language, but we would also like to have the 
abstract in translation into either Russian or Georgian.

Those wishing to take part in the conference are kindly requested to send a 
registration form no later than May 20, 2005 (conference fee: 45 EUR, 
students 30 EUR). Arrival day and registration: June 17, departure day June 20.

For furher details, please see our conference page:

Karina Vamling
Associate professor
Language Department
School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Citadellsv. 7
Malmoe University
205 06 Malmoe

Tel. +46 (40) 665 73 91
E-mail: karina.vamling(a)

OSI FORUM- Uzbekistan's Deteriorating Human Rights Record, March 22, NY City

Posted by: Anu Kangaspunta-Garfield <akangaspunta(a)>
Posted: 8 Mar 2005

The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend:

Uzbekistan's Deteriorating Human Rights Record: A View from the Ground


Nozima Kamalova
Director, Legal Aid Society, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Vitaly Ponomaryov
Director, Central Asian Program
Memorial Human Rights Center, Moscow

Ildar Shafiev
Member, Legal Aid Society, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tuesday, March 22, 2005
12:30 - 2 pm

Open Society Institute
Room 3B, Third Floor
400 W. 59th Street (between 9th and 10th Aves)
New York, NY 10019

On March 21 and 22, the UN Human Rights Committee will review Uzbekistan's 
compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  
In addition to the Uzbek government's report on the issue, the Human Rights 
Committee will also receive an alternative report, prepared by 
non-governmental experts on the human rights situation in this Central Asian 
state. These experts will share their views on what they see as the lack of 
political will on the part of the Uzbek government to genuinely deal with 
torture, its failure to fully implement the 2003 Uzbekistan-U.S. Strategic 
Partnership agreement, and the implications this has on U.S. policies in 
Uzbekistan and the region.

Nozima Kamalova is the director of the Legal Aid Society, Uzbekistan's 
leading organization investigating high-profile human rights abuses.  Mrs. 
Kamalova has represented the LAS at numerous international meetings, 
including United Nations treaty bodies such as the Committee against Torture 
and the Human Rights Committee, where she presented alternative reports on 
Uzbekistan's compliance with the conventions.

Ildar Shafiev, a well-known human rights lawyer and a member of the Legal 
Aid Society, has just completed a detailed alternative report on 
Uzbekistan's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and 
Political Rights, which he will present to the UN Human Rights Committee on 
March 21.

Vitaly Ponomaryov, one of the leading human rights experts on the five 
former Soviet Central Asian republics, is director of the Central Asian 
Program at the Memorial Human Rights Center. In addition to compiling the 
most comprehensive list of political and religious prisoners in Uzbekistan, 
Ponomaryov has written several books and articles on the region.

Please send your RSVP to akangaspunta(a)

SYMPOSIUM- IIMCR 2005 Symposium on Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, Singapore

Posted by: Luis Zemborain <LZemborain(a)>
Posted: 8 Mar 2005

In partnership with Arcadia University and The Elliott School of 
International Affairs at The George Washington University and Arcadia 
University, IIMCR will conduct its first annual Asia Symposium in Singapore 
from May 21 to June 18. Interpreting current and past conflicts in the 
region through theory and practice in conflict resolution, international 
affairs, and international law, participants will develop the practical 
skills in mediation and negotiation to confront conflict constructively.

While there, symposium students interact with a renowned faculty through 
lectures, training exercises and simulations. The faculty is composed of 
scholars, negotiation and mediation experts, current and former diplomats, 
and conflict resolution practitioners, many of whom have participated in 
resolving some of the world's most intransigent conflicts.

IIMCR has developed an interdisciplinary course grounded in theory, 
substance and hands-on simulation. The course draws heavily on the tools of 
practice as taught by scholars and trainers and on the real-world 
experiences of practitioners.

All materials except the recommendation may be submitted online. Only 
completed applications will be reviewed.

Any questions? Please contact: Asia_Symposium(a) or visit our web 
site at <>

CONF./CFP- The Art & Material Culture of Iranian Shiism, July 2006, U. of Oxford

Posted by: Pedram Khosronejad <pedram.khosronejad(a)>
Posted: 7 Mar 2005

July 7-8, 2006: The Art and Material Culture of Iranian Shiism
Maison Française d'Oxford, Oxford, U.K

Despite the numerous studies of Iranian art and material culture, covering 
architecture, object studies, flat art and photography, very little work has 
been published on the subject of Shiite art per se. This interdisciplinary 
conference aims to address this problem by bringing together historians, art 
historians, numismatists, anthropologists and folklorists, in order to try 
and identify what is specifically Shiite in the art and material culture of 
Iran.  The conference will cover Iran from earliest Islamic times until the 
21st century, but expects to focus on four main periods, Safavid, Qajar, 
Pahlavi and post-Revolutionary Iran. It will also include Iranian Shiism as 
it has spread to other areas of the Islamic world, in particular India and 
East Africa.

Call for papers: titles of papers and abstracts should be sent to Professor 
James Allan at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford OX1 2PH, UK, or to Pedram 
Khosronejad pedram.khosronejad(a)

The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 1, 2005

Pedram Khosronejad
Associated Member of Sub-Faculty of Near & Middle Eastern Studies
Oriental Institute
University of Oxford
Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE
United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 (0) 08701200870-24109
Fax: + 44 (0) 1865274225

CONFERENCE- Challenges of Post-Soviet Transition in Kazakhstan, April 8, Leiden

Posted by: Mehdi Amineh <M.P.Amineh(a)>
Posted: 7 Mar 2005

Conference and Roundtable Discussion on Kazakhstan, April 8, Leiden, The 

"The Challenges of the post-Soviet Transition in Kazakhstan"
as part of the Energy Programme Asia (EPA)-International Institute for Asian 
Studies (IIAS): "The Impact of East and South East Asian Energy Supply 
Security on the Caspian Region and the Persian Gulf"

Coordinator: Dr. Mehdi Parvizi Amineh, m.p.amineh(a)

The eight Republics of the former Soviet Central Asia and South Caucasus in 
1991 embarked on two transitions: first a command to a market economy 
(economic transition), second from an authoritarian political regime to a 
democratic one (political transition). They have had varying degrees of 
success on both fronts. Some countries have had remarkable success 
liberalizing their economic and political systems. Others continue to have 
economic and political systems reminiscent of the Soviet era. The main aim 
of this conference is to discuss the possibilities and impediments in the 
transition processes in Kazakhstan as one of the most important post- Soviet 

Conference and Roundtable Discussion on April 8, 10.00-17.00

Conference venue:

University of Leiden
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
The Netherlands

For further inquiries, please contact:

Ms Marloes Rozing, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, The 
Netherlands m.rozing(a)


9.00 - 9.20 Registration

9:20 - 10:00 Coffee

10.10 - 10.15 Welcome by Dr. Mehdi Parvizi Amineh [Director EPA]

Morning Session

10.15 - 12.15

Panel One
Energy (Oil and Gas) and Economic Development in post- Soviet Kazakhstan

Prof. Dr. Coby van der Linde
Director Clingendael International Energy Programme: CIEP

"Energy complex of Kazakhstan: priorities and basic perspectives of its 
Mr. Ezmukhambetov Baktygozha
Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Kazakhstan

"China's Energy Supply Security and Kazakhstan"
Mr. Xiaoning Wang
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

"Competitiveness of the Economy of Kazakhstan and its related to the World 
Mrs. Zhanar Aitzhanova
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Republic of Kazakhstan


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session

Panel Two
Politics and Economy in post-Soviet Kazakhstan

Dr Mehdi P. Amineh

"Foreign Policy of Kazakhstan - modern challenges. Economic Union - 
Kazakhstan - strategic partnership"
Mr. Alexey Volkov
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Kazakhstan

"Dutch and EU foreign policy priorities regarding Kazakhstan"
Mrs. T.M. Röling
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

"Transition in Uzbekistan and its Challenges"
Mirzohid Rahimov
Visiting Research Fellow, IIAS


Round table discussion

15:30 - 17: 00 The Challenges of Economic Reform and Political 
Democratization in Contemporary Kazakhstan

Prof. Dr. Gerd Junne
Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam

"Consecutive Realisation of Democratic Reforms"
Mr. Yermukhament Yertysbayev
Political Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

"Political Impediment for Democratization in Kazakhstan"
Mr. Drs. Gideon Shimshon
Webster University, Leiden

Presentation [to be confirmed]
Mrs. Annemarie Spaargaren
The Agency of International Busnes and Cooperation [EVD], The Hague

"Dutch foreign economic policy regarding Kazakhstan"
Mrs. Tanita Nieuwenhuizen
Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands

17.30 Reception for participants and invited guests

SEMINAR- Soviet Constitutional Law & Int'l Law in the Caucasus, March 10, SOAS, London

Posted by: Nim Nijjer <nn2(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 4 Mar 2005

The SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus and the SOAS 
Centre of Law & Conflict present:

The Over-Determination of Self-Determination: Soviet Constitutional Law and 
International Law in the Caucasus (Abkhazia and South Ossetia)

Scott Newton
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Thursday, 10 March at 5.30 pm

Room G52, School of Oriental and African Studies (Main Building)
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
United Kingdom

All Welcome

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Bhavna Dave
E-mail: bd4(a)
Tel: 0207 898 4734

Mrs Nim Nijjer
E-mail: centres(a)
Tel: 0207 898 4893

SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H OXG
United Kingdom

ROUNDTABLE- Roundtable Discussion of Kazakhstan, March 3, Washington DC

Posted by: Ctr. for the Study of Islam & Democracy <masmoudi(a)>
Posted: 2 Mar 2005

Thursday, March 3: Roundtable Discussion on Kazakhstan

CSID and Legacy International Invite You to:

Roundtable Discussion on Kazakhstan
Thursday, March 3 -12:30pm-1:45pm
CSID Conference Room
2121 K Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037

The purpose of the roundtable is a two-way exchange between religious and 
civic leaders in the US and from Zhambyl and Southern Kazakhstan regions. 
This visit is being conducted through Legacy International's Religion, Human 
Rights, and Democracy Program

The delegation consists of ten (10) Muslim and non-Muslim religious scholars 
and civic leaders.

Specifically the program will seek:

1. To exchange views regarding the inherently democratic principles within 
   Islam and to demonstrate practical applications in the U.S. and Kazakhstan;

2. To examine the role that religious institutions and individuals can play 
   in a democracy;

3. To explore how human service activities (such as appropriate housing, 
   poverty reduction, and food security) offered from a faith-based
   by individuals, agencies, and NGOs can support the development of local 
   institutions and social processes that positively impact local needs.

This delegation's visit is being sponsored, in part, through the Bureau of 
Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

The program will be conducted in Russian with a simultaneous interpretation.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to zahir(a)

CONF./CFP- 17th Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium, May 2005, Univ. of Washington

Posted by: I. Cirtautas <icirt(a)>
Posted: 2 Mar 2005

Call for Papers

Seventeenth Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium on Inner/Central Asian Studies

University of Washington
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Saturday, May 14, 2005
8:30 am to 6 pm

Place: Denny Hall 215 and 215A

Papers from students and faculty pertaining to Inner/Central Asia are being 
solicited.  Please submit abstracts (250 words maximum) by April 30, 2005 to:

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

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

Sponsors: The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; The 
Herbert Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies 
and the Middle East Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson School of 
International Studies

CONF./CFP- Workshop on Higher Education in Kazakhstan, April 2005, Almaty

Posted by: Artem N. Yermilov <art_yermilov(a)>
Posted: 1 Mar 2005

Call for papers: IPPT-2005

Within the Project on Evaluation and Dissemination of Knowledge on American 
and International Standards in Kazakhstani Higher Education: Curriculum, 
Language and Cross-Cultural Issues initiated by ECA alumni and sponsored by 
the United States Democracy Outreach/Alumni Grants Program there will be 
organized in cooperation with American Councils for International Education 
ACTR/ACCELS the 2nd Republic of Kazakhstan Workshop on Advanced Teaching 
Methods, New Educational Technologies and Professional Cooperation in 
Education: "International Partnership and Progressive Technologies in Higher 

Workshop topics include but are not limited to:

 - democracy and transformation of educational system in Kazakhstan
 - reform of higher education in the Republic of Kazakhstan
 - implementation of international standards in Kazakhstani education and 
   international experience
 - current trends in higher education
 - pioneering experience gained by Kazakhstani universities
 - creative approaches to teaching in universities of higher education
 - curriculum development and Kazakhstani standards of higher education
 - high school, secondary school programs and issues of continuous education 
   within the Kazakhstani educational system

Preliminary list of Workshop participants includes speakers that will come 
from Almaty, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Aktobe, Shymkent, Pavlodar

The Workshop will be hosted by Kazakh-American University in Almaty on April 
28-29, 2005

Please, submit your papers and presentation proposals together with a 
500-words abstract to the Workshop secretary Yelena V. Yermilova at:

E-mail: yermilova(a)
Tel: 7-(3272)-283471

Paper submissions should be in MS Word format (Times New Roman, 12 pt) and 
include title of the paper, author's name/names and institutional affiliation

Workshop working languages: English, Russian

Submissions due: March 28, 2005

CONFERENCE- Assoc. for the Study of Ethnicity & Nationalism, April 2005, London

Posted by: Lucian Leustean <l_ll(a)>
Posted: 1 Mar 2005

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)
15th Annual Conference
"Nation and Empire"

April 20-21, 2005
London School of Economics

In order to download a copy of the conference programme, the registration 
form, or to join ASEN, please go to:

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is holding 
its 15th Annual Conference, entitled Nation and Empire, on Wednesday and 
Thursday, April 20-21, 2005, at the London School of Economics.

The first day of the conference is dedicated to a discussion of the topic of 
Nation and Empire by leading scholars in the field, including: Selim 
Deringil, Peter Heather, Geoffrey Hosking, Dominic Lieven, Michael Mann and 
Alexander Motyl.

The second day offers opportunities for scholars to examine the significance 
of empire in the context of the study of nationalism in a series of panel 
sessions.  The main themes are:

Ancient Empire
Myths and Memories of Empire
The Collapse of Empire and the Rise of Nations
The American Empire and Post-Imperialism
Empire and Representation Art and Image

Please direct any further enquiries to asen(a)

ASEN 2005 Conference Committee
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom


SEMINAR- Pipeline Geopolitics in Russia, Central Asia & the Caucasus, March 3, London

Posted by: Nim Nijjer <nn2(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 24 Feb 2005

The SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus presents:

"A Break Too Far? The geopolitics of pipelines between Russia, Central Asia 
and the Caucasus"

Dr Rifat Kandiyoti
Imperial College, London

Thursday, 3 March at 5.30 pm

Room G52
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
United Kingdom

All Welcome

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Bhavna Dave
Email: bd4(a)
Tel: 0207 898 4734

Mrs Nim Nijjer
Email: centres(a)
Tel: 0207 898 4893

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H OXG
United Kingdom

CONF./CFP- International Conference on Islam, April 2005, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted by: Macid A Melekoglu <melekoglu(a)>
Posted: 24 Feb 2005

Call for Papers

ICI'05 - The International Conference on Islam

April 29-30, 2005
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Web: http://www.islamCONFERENCEorg

The International Conference on Islam will be held on the campus of 
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, during April 29-30, 2005. The 
objective of the conference is to create an environment for the discussion 
of various aspects of Islam in an academic setting and in a non-speculative 
way. The conference will serve the purpose of bringing together academics, 
scholars and researchers interested in different aspects of Islam, and will 
provide an opportunity to share new findings, approaches and research on 
Islam. The theme of this years conference will be Islam and Dialogue.

Talk proposal / Abstract submission deadline: March 15th, 2005


Topics of interest include but not limited to:

 - Dialogue in the Quran and Sunnah
 - Dialogue in the History of Islam
 - Current Islamic movements and Dialogue
 - Dialogue among Abrahamic Traditions
 - Islam and the West
 - Islamic Spirituality
 - Prospects for Middle East
 - Gender's Role in Dialogue

Keynote Speaker:

 - Prof. Kemal Karpat, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Important dates:

 - Conference registration starts: January 10th, 2005
 - Talk proposal / Abstract submission : March 15th, 2005
 - Publication of program: April 1st, 2005
 - Last day for conference registration: April 15th, 2005


If interested in giving a talk in International Conference on Islam, please 
submit the following to committee(a)islamCONFERENCEorg:

 - Your full name, institutional affiliation and contact information
 - Brief CV/Bio
 - Talk title and 500-word abstract

The submissions will be peer reviewed and the abstracts of the accepted 
presentations will be published in the proceedings of the conference.


If you would like to attend to the conference without giving a talk, please 
register by sending an email to register(a)islamCONFERENCEorg

Registration is FREE!


 - Muslim Cultures Fair (displays representing different Muslim countries)
 - Calligraphy Exhibit
 - Ebru Art Exhibit
 - Live Tasawwuf Music & Naat
 - Live Quran Recitation

Cosponsored by:

 - Dialogue International, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 - Center of Turkish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 - Global Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 - Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 - Niagara Foundation


The conference will be held at the Lowell Conference center at University of 
Wisconsin-Madison Campus. For the full address and directions, check:


You can stay at the Lowell center where the conference will be held. Here 
are some other suggestions for places to stay:

For more information on the conference please check:, or send an email to: info(a)islamCONFERENCEorg

SYMPOSIUM- 3rd International Felt Symposium, July/Aug 2005, Kyrgyzstan

Posted by: Nadira Ismailova <cacsa(a)>
Posted: 23 Feb 2005

Central Asia Crafts Support Association (CACSA)

Invites you to discover the secrets of Kyrgyzstan's yurts and its ornaments 
through an artistic exchange around the magnificent Issyk-Kul Lake

July 22 - August 3, 2005


 - 1st-2nd Day Bishkek- Opening ceremony, get to know the city, visit to the 
   museum and handicrafts experts.
 - 3rd Day Travel to Kyssyl-Tuu South Coast of Issik-Kul Lake, village of 
   yurt experts.  Stay in area near the village.
 - 4th- 5th Day Construction of yurt with artisans.
 - 6th Day Visit to Bokonbaevo village, where ala-kiiz and shyrdak experts 
   live.  Return to Kyssyl-Tuu.
 - 7th - 8th Day Construction of yurt and ornaments with experts in Kyssyl-Tuu.
 - 9th Day Excursion to Yetii-Oguz, picnic, travel to and stay in Karakol.
 - 10th Day Visit points of interest in Karakol city and visit artisans' 
   families.  Travel through the North coast of Issyk-Kul and stay in
 - 11th Day Relax on the coast of Issyk-Kul; visit the hieroglyphic museum 
   in Cholpon-Ata.
 - 12th Day Return towards Bishkek.  Once last stop in Tamchi to visit 
   artisans and rest.  Night in Bishkek.
 - 13th Day Last minute shopping, farewell, and closing ceremony.

The price includes:

 - Transportation to and from Manas International Airport
 - Transportation via private coach bus for the entire symposium
 - Three meals a day
 - All day-trips and excursions
 - Cultural program
 - All workshop and artisan fees
 - All workshop raw materials
 - English language interpreter
 - All accommodations (the final price will change according to the 
   accommodations chosen in Bishkek)


Total Price Per Person / Accommodation Type / Type of room

US $895 / Apartment / Double
US $985 / Hotel / Double
US $1125 / Hotel / Single

Registration cost

To confirm your reservation, US$200 fee must be paid to CACSA by April 1, 2005.

No credit cards or personal checks are accepted. CACSA accepts money via 
bank and Western Union money transfer.

We will send you CACSA's bank account and the address for transfer by 
Western Union as soon as we receive your registration form for the 
participation in the Symposium.

The second and final payment will be due July 22, 2005 (First day of 

You can cancel your reservation at any time until July 1, 2005 for a full 
refund of the deposit fee $200. If you have any questions regarding payment, 
please contact CACSA.

In order to obtain a registration form for the 3rd International Felt 
Symposium, please contact CACSA at: cacsa(a)

For more information, please visit our web-site or contact us:

The Central Asia Crafts Support Association (CACSA)
162-A Manaschi Sagynbai St.
Bishkek 720017
E-mail: cacsa(a)
Tel/fax: (+996 312) 66-24-45
Tel: (+996 312) 62-03-85

FORUM- Religious Parties & the Tajik Parliamentary Elections, March 2, Washington DC

Posted by: Central Asia <caci2(a)>
Posted: 23 Feb 2005

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced 
International Studies at Johns Hopkins University presents the W.P. Carey 

"Coexistence with Religious Parties and the Tajik Parliamentary Elections"

Dr. Pulat Shozimov

Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Tajik Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, March 2, 5-7 PM
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Rome Auditorium
Washington DC

RSVPs should be sent to: caci2(a) or call (202) 663-7721

Washington's discussion of Central Asia tends to revolve around increasing 
authoritarianism and the exclusion of Islamic movements from politics, 
resulting in their turn to terrorism.  What this discussion largely has 
ignored is the case of Tajikistan, where the Islamic Revival Party has been 
part of a power-sharing arrangement with secular forces for years.  This 
case should have much to teach about the opportunities and risks of opening 
politics to Islamist forces, a situation we are now facing in Iraq.  At the 
end of February Tajikistan will go through an important set of Parliamentary 
elections, with important consequences for the Presidential elections to 

Dr. Shozimov is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Johns Hopkins 
University (CACI - SAIS) in Washington, D.C. He is Professor of Social 
Philosophy, and a Senior Fellow at the Department of Social Philosophy of 
the Institute of Philosophy and Law, Tajik Academy of Sciences.  As such, he 
carries out multi-disciplinary research dealing with culture and the 
formation of national identity in Central Asia. Dr. Shozimov was a Visiting 
Scholar at the Watson Institute (Brown University) in 2001. Dr. Shozimov is 
the author of the book Tajik Identity and State Building in Tajikistan, 
published in 2003 in Russian, and the editor of State and Religion in 
Tajikistan:  Searching for Ways of Continuing Dialogue (in Russian), 2005.

Questions about the event can be addressed to: caci2(a)

CONF./CFP- Women & the Marketplace, U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, June 2005

Posted by: Natasha Kolchevska <Natasha.Kolchevska(a)>
Posted: 22 Feb 2005

Call for Papers

International Conference:

"Commodity, Consumer, Entrepreneur: Women and the Marketplace"
June 24-25, 2005
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sponsored by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) and UIUC 
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC).

Keynote Speaker: Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Russian Union of Journalists

The conference will focus on women's experience in the marketplace in 
Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. While developments in the region from 
1985 to 2005 are of particular interest, historical and chronologically 
comparative topics are also welcome.

AWSS and REEEC invite proposals for individual papers, panels (with chair 
and discussant) and roundtables. We are looking for proposals from any field 
of Slavic/ East European/ Eurasian studies, including economics, 
anthropology, sociology, media, law, history, literature, political science, 
cultural studies, policy studies, and any other aspect of women's studies.

Interdisciplinary work and proposals from representatives of NGOs arealso 

Limited funding for graduate students is available.

For more information see:

Proposals are due March 15, 2005. Applicants will be notified the first week 
of April.

Proposals for panels/papers must include:

1) A 150-200 word abstract for each paper; and

2) A one-page CV for each participant.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to:

Natasha Kolchevska
Chair, Program Committee
E-mail: nakol(a)

LECTURE- Information in Afghanistan, March 9, SOAS, London

Posted by: Nim Nijjer <nn2(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 22 Feb 2005

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG, United Kingdom

Requests the pleasure of your company at:

The Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture

"Information Sharing for an Informed Civil Society in Afghanistan"

Nancy Dupree
Senior Consultant ARIC (ACBAR Resource and Information Centre)
Peshawar and Kabul

Wednesday, March 9th at 6 p.m.

Khalili Lecture Theatre
Main Building, School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
United Kingdom

Reception to follow in the KLT lobby

For further information please contact:

Dr D Kandiyoti, Email: dk1(a) or
Mrs N Nijjer, Email: nn2(a)

CONFERENCE- ASN 2005 Preliminary Conference Program Online

Posted by: Dominique Arel <darel(a)>
Posted: 20 Feb 2005

ASN 2005 World Convention (Columbia University, 14-16 April 2005)
Preliminary Program Now on the Web (

The preliminary program of the ASN 2005 World Convention is now available on 
the web site, at  The program features 97 panels, not 
yet including up to ten film screenings and multimedia presentations to be 
announced later. As usual, the Convention boasts the most international 
lineup of panelists, with more than half of the 297 scholars who will be 
delivering papers (55 percent, from 42 countries) currently based outside of 
the United States.

A preregistration form can be downloaded from the web site. For all 
information regarding our Convention at Columbia University, please contact 
our Executive Director Gordon N Bardos at gnb12(a), 212 854 8487

The Convention will be hosting six special panels featuring new major books 
by Michael Mann (The Dark Side of Democracy), Alfred Stepan, Juan Linz and 
Yogendra Yadav ("Nation State" or "State Nation"), Anatol Lieven (America 
Right or Wrong), David Crowe (Oskar Schindler), Kanchan Chandra (Why Ethnic 
Parties Succeed?) and Dmitry Gorenburg (Minority Ethnic Mobilization in the 
Russian Federation). Discussants on these special panels include Mark 
Beissinger, Paul Brass, John Hall, Jack Snyder, Istvan Deak and Doris 
Bergen. The Mann, Stepan, Lieven and Chandra panels are among the offerings 
in the new section "Theories of Nationalism," introduced in 2004.

In recognition of the epochal events of the last few months, the Convention 
will feature an exceptionally large selection of Ukraine panels (fourteen), 
several of which related to the Orange Revolution. Special roundtables on 
the "First 100 Days of the Yushchenko Administration" and "Is Ukraine in 
Europe or Eurasia?", including former ambassadors, are in the works, as well 
as a multimedia presentation on the Orange Revolution (to be scheduled and 
announced later).

Other special panels include "The Kurds and the Constitutional Future of 
Iraq," an homage to David Johnson's Russia List, three panels on Chechnya, 
an Harriman Institute-sponsored roundtable on Russian Nationalism, a 
roundtable on "sham elections" in Central Asia, and a panel on "The Roots of 
Ethnic Violence" in the Balkans.

As always, the Convention offers a strong lineup of panels in all regions of 
the former Communist world and Eurasia: Russia, the Caucasus, Central 
Asia/Turkey, Central Europe, the Balkans and, as mentioned above, Ukraine. 
The Program Committee had to be more selective than ever in devising the 
lineup. The Balkans, Central Europe and Central Eurasia (Central Asia and 
Turkey combined) lead the pack with 15 panels each, followed by Ukraine 
(14), Russia, excluding the North Caucasus (12), Nationalism 12, and the 
Caucasus (North and South) 6. Eight panels appear in the "Thematic" section.

The Convention Film Lineup will be announced later.

Central Eurasian-related panels include:

 - Are the States of Central Asia 'Nationalising States'?
 - How do Sham "Elections" Matter in Central Asia?
 - Minorities and Identity in China
 - State and Society in Central Asia
 - Security and Insecurity in Eurasia
 - Islam and Nationalism: Comparative Perspectives
 - Gender in Eurasia and South Asia
 - Empire and Nationhood from Ottomans to Turks
 - Whither Nationhood? European, Turkish, Cypriot?
 - Terrorism in Chechnya (2 panels)
 - Chechen and Ingush Scholars Reflect on the Challenges and Opportunities 
Facing their Communities
 - Politics in the South Caucasus


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


$50 for ASN Members, $70 for Non-Members, and $35 for Students. 
Preregistration payments are non-refundable. A registration form can be 
downloaded from the ASN web site ( or 
requested from Jamie Kosmar (jak2109(a) People who plan to 
attend the convention are strongly encouraged to pre-register, since places 
are limited.


Registration will begin at 11 AM, Thursday April 14, on the 15th Floor of 
IAB. People who sent preregistered will need to pick up their name tag and 
the convention program. On the Thursday, the panels will run from 1 PM to 
7.30 PM. On Friday and Saturday, from 9 AM to 7 PM. The convention will end 
on the Saturday evening, April 16.


The convention does not have arrangements with a particular hotel. A list of 
nearby hotels can be found at

ASN Membership:

People can now directly join a fast growing ASN on the convention 
pre-registration form. In addition to getting a significant discount at the 
ASN convention, ASN members receive annually four issues of Nationalities 
Papers, the field's leading journal. An annual membership costs a remarkably 
low $60 annually-$35 for students.

Bonus For ASN Members:

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

Book Exhibit/Sale of Papers:

Publishers will exhibit their wares in the exhibit room, located in the 
spacious Dag Room on the 6th floor.  Convention papers will also go on sale 
for $1 apiece. At least 20 copies of each paper will go on sale in the book 
exhibit on Friday, April 15, at 11.15 AM.

We very much look forward to seeing you in April at the Convention!

Dominique Arel (darel(a), ASN President
Gordon N Bardos, Director
Troy McGrath, Program Chair
on behalf of the ASN Convention Program Committee

LECTURE- Islamism & the Democratic Transition, Feb. 23, CSID, Washington DC

Posted by: Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy <masmoudi(a)>
Posted: 18 Feb 2005

CSID Special Event announcement

Islamism and the Democratic Transition

Mokhtar Benabdallaoui
Professor of Islamic Contemporary Thought
Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

CSID Conference Room
2121 K Street NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC

With elections either recently completed or due in countries throughout the 
Islamic world, including in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and many of the 
countries of Central Asia, questions are often raised concerning the 
compatibility of Islam and democracy. Professor Benabdallaoui, who has 
published widely on Islamist politics, civic education and citizenship, will 
discuss how Islamist political parties will adjust to democratic reforms, 
and their reservations concerning democratic values and structures.

Speaker Bio:

Mokhtar Benabdallaoui is professor of Islamic contemporary thought at 
Benmsik Faculty of Arts, Hassan II University, and the director of the 
studies and research centre at the same faculty. Prof. Benabdallaoui is a 
participant of the working group "Observatory of the political transition in 
Morocco," and has taken part in, and supervised several meetings on 
democracy in Morocco and the Arab world. He is also a member of the 
citizenship Forum, director of the program " Education on Citizenship," 
which is intended for secondary education, within the framework of 
co-operation between the citizenship Forum and the Ministry for National 
Education and Youth.

Prof. Mokhtar Benabdallaoui has published several books and booklets on 
Islamist political speech; and has several other publications on civic 
education and education on citizenship.

He was born in Mekhnes, Morocco in 1959. He completed his B.A. at the 
Damascus University, Syria, where he also obtained his PhD in philosophy 
with a thesis titled "The Islamic political speech in the Arab World."

RSVP by February 22 by emailing zahir(a)

CSID will be facilitating meetings for Professor Mokhtar Benabdallaoui 
during his stay in Washington from February 21 through February 25.

If you are interested in meeting with him, please contact Zahir Janmohamed 
at (202) 942-2183.

For questions or comments about the information in this bulletin, please 
contact: Zahir Janmohamed at zahir(a)

Copyright 2005 Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID).
All Rights Reserved.

2121 K Street NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202) 942-2183
Fax: (202) 628-8189

SEMINAR- Alcohol Politics and Policy in Kazakhstan, Feb. 24, SOAS, London

Posted by: Nim Nijjer <nn2(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 16 Feb 2005

The SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus presents:

Dr Betsy Thom


Dr Elizabeth Waters
University of Middlesex

Alcohol Politics and Policy in Kazakhstan

Thursday, 24 February, 5.30 pm

Room G52
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
United Kingdom

All Welcome

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Bhavna Dave
Email: bd4(a)
Tel: 0207 898 4734

Mrs Nim Nijjer
Email: centres(a)
Tel: 0207 898 4893

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H OXG
United Kingdom

CONF./CFP- World of Rock Art, Russian Academy of Sciences, Oct. 2005, Moscow

Posted by: Ekaterina Devlet <eketek(a)>
Posted: 11 Feb 2005

International Conference
"World of Rock Art"

Call for Papers

The Conference will be held in Moscow, Russia, from the 3rd to the 7th 
October 2005, by the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of 
Sciences in collaboration with the Siberian Association of Prehistoric Art 
Researchers and the Russian State University for Humanities with the support 
of the "Ethnocultural Interaction in Eurasia" Programme of the Russian 
Academy of Sciences.

The organiser is Dr. Ekaterina Devlet.

The objectives of the conference will be to focus on archaeological, 
traditional and innovative approaches to rock art studies. The topics are:

The boundless world of rock art (local styles and global trends)
Archaeology and prehistoric art studies
Rock art interpretation
Rock art chronology
Shamanism and rock art
Rock art sites: preservation, conservation and monitoring
Rock art news
Art: world of articles or mythology?
Art of Precolumbian America: problems of interpretation

The Conference consists of academic symposia with 20 minutes presentation 
time for papers to be followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Prospective participants are encouraged to submit a paper proposals to 
RA-conf05(a) (the message titled as conf05_your name) or sent to the 
Organizing committee at the address below.

Accepted papers of up to 9000 signs (or abstracts) will be published before 
the conference. Please submit Word files (.doc, .rtf), one black-and-white 
drawing in .jpg or .tiff. by e-mail or mail to the organizing committee.

Deadline: May, 1 2005.

Several special events to coincide with the conference include the rock art 
exhibition at the Faculty of Art History, Russian State University for 

Working languages are Russian and English, Spanish translation may be 
provided if needed. Professionals interested in having recourse to the 
academic exchange system should contact the Organizing Committee as soon as 
possible. The Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences 
will provide visa support and the organizing committee will assist with 
hotel reservations if needed.

More details may be requested from:

E-mail: RA-conf05(a)
International Conference
"World of Rock Art"
Institute of Archaeology,
Russian Academy of Sciences
Dm. Ulianova st., 19
117036 Moscow

CONF./CFP- Problems of Modern Linguistics, Baku Slavic University, May 2005

Posted by: Kamal Abdullayev <bakslavuniver(a)>
Posted: 11 Feb 2005

Azerbaijan Republic
Ministry of Education
Baku Slavic University

Call for Papers

International Scientific Conference
Baku Slavic University (BSU) invites PAPER for:
The First Biannual International Scientific Conference "Problems of Modern 
May 18-20, 2005
Baku, Azerbaijan

Scholars and those with an interest in problem of modern linguistics are 
encouraged to participate.  The language of the conference is English, 
Azeri, and Russian. We expect that the Conference to be lively and 
well-attended by scholars from all over the world.

The list of panels of the conference:

1. Theory of languages
2. History of languages
3. Language contacts (may lingual contacts?)
4. Lexicography
5. Language and culture
6. Problems of translation

INSTRUCTIONS for Abstract submission:

1.Submit paper abstract of 200-300 words
2. Fill out attached application form,
3. E-mail abstract and application form at bakslavuniver(a)

Deadline for Submission is March 1, 2005

Notification of acceptance is April 1, 2005

Contact Information:

Baku Slavic University 2005 Biannual Conference
Rustam street 25,
Baku, Azerbaijan, 370110
Tel.: 99412 4402770
Fax:  99412 4402770
E-mail: bakslavuniver(a)

For full information about the Conference and Baku Slavic University and to 
obtain the conference application form, please go to our website:

ROUNDTABLE- Public Opinion in Tajikistan, Feb. 11, IFES, Washington DC

Posted by: Susan Smith <SSmith(a)>
Posted: 9 Feb 2005

The IFES Europe and Eurasia Division and the Applied Research Center for 
Democracy and Elections cordially invite you to:

Political Processes, Parties, and Peace: Public Opinion in Tajikistan

IFES recently conducted a nationwide public opinion survey in Tajikistan to 
gauge popular opinion on the nation s political, economic, and social 
landscape in advance of the February 27 parliamentary elections.  Please 
join us for the release and a discussion of the results as they relate to 
future democratic development and political participation in Tajikistan.


Anthony Bowyer, Program Manager, IFES Central Asia

Rakesh Sharma, Senior Researcher, IFES Applied Research Center

Public Presentation and Roundtable

Friday, February 11
12pm - 1:30pm

IFES, 3rd Floor Conference Room
1101 15th St. NW
Washington, DC  20005

For further information, or to RSVP for the event, please contact Susan 
Smith at ssmith(a), or 202-350-6831.

LECTURE- Amb. John Evans, Report from Armenia, 2004, Library of Congress, Feb. 22

Posted by: Levon Avdoyan <lavd(a)>
Posted: 7 Feb 2005

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia to Speak at the Library of Congress on Feb. 22

John M. Evans, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, will deliver a "Report from 
Armenia, 2004" at 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the West Dining Room, 
sixth floor James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., 
Washington, D.C. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of 
the Armenian Seminar series, sponsored by the Near East Section of the 
Library's African and Middle Eastern Division.

Ambassador Evans will discuss the situation in Armenia since he assumed his 
position in 2004.  His report will also cover the contemporary Armenian 
scene, U.S. Armenian relations and USAID-funded programs and initiatives in 
Armenia. Evans will be accompanied by Robin Philips, director of the U.S. 
Agency for International Development/Armenia (USAID/Armenia). A question and 
answer period will follow the discussion.

Born in Williamsburg, Va., Evans studied history at Yale University and 
Columbia University before entering the foreign service.  He has served in 
Tehran (1972-1974), Prague (1975-1978), in the Executive Secretariat and 
Office of the Secretary of State (1978-1980), in Moscow (1981-1983), at the 
U.S. Mission to NATO (1983-1986) and as deputy director of the Soviet desk 
(1986-1989). His role in coordinating the American response to the Armenian 
earthquake of 1988 earned him a medal and statement of appreciation from the 
Armenian government.

>From 1991 to 1994, Evans served as deputy chief of mission in Prague and as 
Consul General in St. Petersburg from 1994 to 1997.  Subsequently, he led 
the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe mission to Moldova 
before returning to Washington in 1999 as director of the State Department's 
Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia.  He directed the State 
Department's Office of Russian Affairs from 2002 until his appointment as 
U.S. Ambassador to Armenia in August 2004.

Philips, a senior Foreign Service officer, has been affiliated with the 
USAID since 1984. As USAID/Armenia's director, Philips directs a $50 million 
program whose aim is to work in partnership with Armenians for a prosperous 
and stable country that offers equal opportunity to all its citizens. To 
achieve this vision, USAID/Armenia, in consultation with Armenian public, 
private and nongovernmental organizations, as well as with other donors, has 
developed a program focusing on a strong democracy and market economy, 
governed by the rule of law, which promotes the general welfare of the people.

For more information, contact:
Levon Avdoyan (202) 707-5680, lavd(a)

Levon Avdoyan , Ph.D. 
Phone: (202) 707-5680
Fax: (202) 252-3180
Email: Lavd(a)
Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist
Near East Section/AMED
The Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4820

OSI FORUM- The Social Costs of Central Asia's Cotton Monoculture, Feb. 8, NY City

Posted by: Anu Kangaspunta-Garfield <akangaspunta(a)>
Posted: 4 Feb 2005

The Central Eurasia Project and the International Crisis Group invite you to 

A Bitter Harvest: The Social Costs of Central Asia's Cotton Monoculture


Mr. Michael Hall
Analyst, International Crisis Group
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Tuesday February 8, 2005
12:00 1:30 pm

Open Society Institute
400 West 59th St (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Third Floor, Room 3B
New York, NY 10019

Michael Hall runs Crisis Group's Dushanbe office in Tajikistan.  He is a PhD 
candidate in Inner Asian Studies at Harvard University and holds an MA in 
Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia from Harvard. He 
has also studied in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and previously worked for the Aga 
Khan Humanities Project in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  Drawing on his 
considerable field experience, Mr. Hall will discuss cotton production in 
Central Asia in the context of politics, exploitation and the environment.

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



Lunch will be served.

CONF./CFP- Business and Education: Development Vector, April 2005, Almaty

Posted by: Agipa Monobaeva <agipa(a)>
Posted: 1 Feb 2005

5th International Conference

Business and Education: Development Vector

Almaty, 21-22 April 2005

The International Academy of Business will host the 5th International 
Conference "Business and Education: Development Vector" on the 21-22 of 
April 2005 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Representatives of higher educational 
institutions, university faculty and students, companies, banks, and other 
business organizations from Kazakhstan and other countries will participate 
in the conference.

The conference is aimed at promoting integration between business and 
education through the development of education as a key factor of 
sustainable business.

Tasks set for the conference are: strengthening of the relationship between 
theory and the actual working economic structure, revealing priority 
problems in the development of business and qualitative education, and 
developing recommendations for their solution.

Conference Work is Organized on the Following Themes:

1. Strategies and factors of success in business

New generation of Kazakhstani managers and business education. General 
tendencies of management development: from object management to environment 
management. Successful technologies of organizing the business. Problems and 
possibilities of international partnerships in business. Key factors of the 
successful company.  Marketing researches in various fields of economics. 
Management of innovation development. Modern personnel technologies. 
Strategies of an integrated growth at the macro and micro levels in view of 
local, regional and sectoral peculiarities.

2. Innovations in education for development of business environment

Transformation of educational models in the modern society. Credit-hour 
system of education and public accreditation in Kazakhstan in compliance 
with international standards. Expectations of business environment from 
educational services in view of the constant changes and competition. 
Competitiveness of nation and level of education

3. Development of information technologies in business and education

Information technologies in business and education for the achieving success 
at the market. Long-life learning: current tendencies. Changing of 
priorities from quantitative reference points to qualitative ones and 
satisfaction of business environment. Business education in the information 
community. Mathematical methods and tools of economics management.

4. Development of financial mechanism in the context of globalization

Problems of equation of various sectors of the market, rates of their 
development, formation of an infrastructure, integration into the world 
economic environment. Revealing direct and indirect interrelations in the 
changing environment; factors and consequences of changes; technologies of 
effective interactions between market tools and perspective directions of 
business development. The Influence of globalization on the development of 
national markets: opportunities and threats.

5. Business education and civil self-consciousness

Human development and humanization of business. Social responsibility of 
business and education. The most effective forms of entrepreneurship as 
models of social choice. Interaction of business education and science: 
problems and perspectives. Creation of needs for ensuring an influx of new 
ideas, flexibility and dynamics of organization in the changing environment. 
Revolutionary reforms in Kazakhstani education in view of interpretation of 
civil society.

To apply for participation in the conference, please, fill out the attached 
Application Form and send it to the Organizing Committee before March 20, 2005.

Deadline for submitting papers: March 20, 2005.

Papers or abstracts of up to 5-8 pages are requested to submit in electronic 
format as well as paper version (a file should be sent by e-mail or on 
diskette with a paper version). After confirmation of participation the 
applicant should pay a participation fee of $25 to the following Bank 
account:  ZAO Almatinski Torgovo-Finansovyi Bank , RNN 600400079841, 52 Abai 
Ave, Almaty 480008 Kazakhstan, account # 609162, code 956, íFO190501956.

Conference Proceedings will be prepared and published before the conference.

The papers style must fulfill the following requirements:

Languages: English, Kazakh, Russian 
Microsoft Word 
Font: Times New Roman, Times/Kazakh, 11
Margins: 1,5 (up, down), 3 (left), 1,5 (right)

If you submit your paper by e-mail, please indicate your last name in the 
title of the attached document, e.g. Ivanova.doc or Alzhanov.doc

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to accept/reject papers. Papers 
are not reviewed and will not be returned.

Information on the conference can be found on the IAB website:

Contact information for correspondence:

The International Academy of Business
Office 308, 52 Abai Ave.
Almaty 480008

Tel.: (7-3272) 43-76-38, 42-43-69
Fax: (7-3272) 50-92-28
E-mail: conference(a)

Application Form:

For participation in the V International Conference

Business and Education: Development Vector

First, Middle and Last Name

City, country

Place of work
(Name of institution, department)



Contact address



Conference session

Title of paper (article)

SEMINAR- Women, Islam and the State Revisited, Feb. 1, SOAS, London

Posted by: Nim Nijjer <nn2(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 28 Jan 2005

The SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus presents:

Dr Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS

"Women, Islam and the State Revisited: Perspectives From Central Asia and 

Tuesday, 1 February at 17:00 hrs

In the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

Organized by London Middle East Institute (LMEI) in collaboration with CCCAC

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Bhavna Dave
E-mail: bd4(a)
Tel: 0207 898 4734

or Mrs Nim Nijjer
E-mail: centres(a)
Tel: 020 7898 4893
SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London. WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

CONF./CFP- Central Eurasian Studies Society, October 2005, Boston University

Posted by: CESS Conference Committee <CESSconf(a)>
Posted: 26 Jan 2005

Call for Papers

Central Eurasian Studies Society Sixth Annual Conference (2005)

September 29-October 2, 2005 Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) invites Paper and Roundtable 
proposals for the Sixth CESS Annual Conference, September 29-October 2, 
2005, in Boston, Massachusetts.  The event will be hosted by Boston University.

Please note that this is an abbreviated version of the Call for Papers.  
Please visit the CESS website for full details, or 
request a text version of the full Call for Papers by sending an email to 

Paper and roundtable proposals 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.  Practitioners and scholars 
in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central 
Eurasia are encouraged to participate.  The language of the conference is 

Based on past CESS conferences, we expect the 2005 conference to be lively 
and well-attended by scholars from all over the world.  The program will 
include panels and roundtables on a wide variety of topics related to 
Central Eurasia. Please note that due to the high level of interest, and the 
fact that the total number of people on the program will be limited to no 
more than 400, we anticipate that the selection of papers will be very 
competitive.  We also welcome attendees who do not wish to participate in a 
panel (see the Registration/Pre-registration Form for information:

The 2005 conference program will be organized differently than it has been 
in the past, so please read the full Call for Papers (located at carefully.  Roundtable 
proposals will be evaluated by the Conference Committee.  Paper proposals 
will be submitted to a particular panel organizer from a list of panels 
available on the conference website.  The person submitting the paper 
proposal will inform CESS which panels the paper should be sent to.  Papers 
that are not accepted on a particular panel will then be sent back to the 
Conference Committee for consideration on another panel.  Notifications of 
acceptances and rejections will be sent by June 1, 2005.

The Conference Committee accepts Only Electronic Submissions -- either by 
webform (see forms for Individual Papers and for Roundtable Panels at:, or by an e-mailed form in 
MS Word format in the case of those who don't have web access.

Instructions for Individual Paper Proposals

Paper authors should review the submission criteria and the participation 
and program policies found at, and then prepare the 
following information in order to start the online submission process.

1. Review the list of panels at and choose 1-2 panels
you would like your paper to be considered for
2. Prepare the following information for online submission:
- Paper title
- Paper abstract of 200-300 words.  Please prepare this carefully, as
panel organizers will be making their decision to accept or reject your
proposal based on the quality of your abstract.  Be sure to check spelling
and grammar, and clearly state the topic of your paper, the source of your
data, your specific argument and central findings, and the relevance of
your research for the scholarly literature and to Central Eurasia.
- A biographical statement or brief, narrative CV of 300 words describing
your educational and professional background
3. Submit your proposal via the webform located at or request a submission
form from CESSconf(a)
4. Become a member of CESS, if you have not already done so. While
membership is not required to submit a paper proposal, membership is
required for participation in the conference. You may complete this step
after your proposal has been accepted.

Instructions for Roundtable Proposals

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.

Roundtable organizers should review the submission criteria and the 
participation and program policies found at, and 
then prepare the following information in order to start the online 
submission process.

 - Roundtable title
 - Roundtable description of 200-300 words.
 - A biographical statement or brief, narrative CV of 300 words describing
your educational and professional background
 - The names, institutional affiliations, brief, narrative CVs, and contact
information of each of the presenters who have agreed to be part of your
3. Submit your proposal via the webform located at
or request a submission form from CESSconf(a)
4. Become a member of CESS, if you have not already done so, and make sure
that all the roundtable presenters are members, also. While membership is
not required to submit a paper proposal, membership is required for
participation in the conference. You may complete this step after your
proposal has been accepted.

Deadline for Submission of Paper and Roundtable Proposals: April 1, 2005.

Note: Submissions after this date may be accepted only in the case of 
special justifying circumstances and at the discretion of the program 

Notification of acceptance: by June 1.

Best Paper Graduate Student 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 

Contact Information

The Co-chairs of the Conference Committee are:

Dr. Laura Adams (Princeton University; lladams2(a)
Prof. Thomas Barfield (Boston University; barfield(a)

Correspondence should be directed to:

CESS 2005 Annual Conference
c/o Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus
Harvard University
615 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Tel.: +1 / 617-496-2643
Fax:  +1 / 617-495-8319
E-mail: CESSconf(a)

Full information about CESS 2005 in Boston is found on the conference webpages:Main conference website:
Full information about hosting and location at Boston University:

CONF./CFP- Gender Workshop 2005, Int'l University of Bremen, April 29-30, Germany

Posted by: Ozen Odag <o.odag(a)>
Posted: 25 Jan 2005

Call for Papers
Gender Workshop 2005 - Theories and Methods of and for Gender Studies
International University Bremen
April 29-30, 2005

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the second Gender Workshop 
at International University Bremen, which will take place on April 29-30, 
2005. The Gender Workshop is a multidisciplinary conference that aims to 
introduce and align ways of seeing and negotiating gender as an analytical 
category in various academic fields and paradigms. The term workshop is 
chosen to stress our wish to offer a forum for lively discussions and active 
exchange. The workshop brings together scholars from a broad range of 
interests and offers talks and discussions on theoretical and methodological 
issues of gender studies and gender theory from both the perspective of 
traditional academic disciplines and interdisciplinary angles.

The First Gender Workshop took place at International University Bremen in 
February 2004. Presentations at the Gender Workshop 2004 covered a variety 
of fields, such as, development and institutionalization of Women's and 
Gender Studies in Germany, China and post-Soviet countries; gender theories 
and empirical studies in psychology; gender, nationalism and migration; 
gender, genre and (trans)gender formations in literature; construction of 
gender in historical discourses; gender representations in visual arts and 
movies. The workshop provided an opportunity to introduce and discuss the 
many ways gender can be approached in different fields of research. Selected 
papers of the Gender Workshop 2004 will be published early 2005 in a special 
volume titled Negotiating Space for Gender Studies: Frameworks and 
Applications by Peter Lang Publishings.

The many fields that participated in the first Gender Workshop shall by no 
means restrict the choice of fields that will participate in the second one. 
They are, however, listed above in order convey the versatility and variety 
of fields that the workshop is based upon. The Gender Workshop 2005 will 
follow the conceptual multidisciplinary framework of the first conference 
and continue discussing the different ways of studying gender as an 
analytical category in different academic fields. Special attention will be 
given to the applicability, correspondence and incorporation of the category 
of gender in methodologies and epistemologies of traditional academic 
disciplines. In addition, the Second Gender Workshop will elaborate with 
greater precision the varying theories and methods of gender studies.

In order to connect the many different fields and create a basis for 
comparison at Gender Workshop 2005, and in order to work towards a thorough 
understanding of both theory and methods of and for gender studies, we would 
like each contribution to refer to the following three pivotal points:

First, we would like participants to point out in detail the theories of 
gender that are important for their research, and to elaborate on the 
coherence of these theories with their disciplines and fields of study.

Second, we would like our participants to comment on the applied theories of 
gender and explain which parts of them are central and which parts are more 
marginal for their own studies of gender, and why. That is, we would like to 
discuss which meanings, aspects, and/or characteristics of gender are most 
crucial (or less important, respectively) for one's research.

Third, we would like our participants to specify the methods they use in 
their research.

Each participant will have 60 minutes to discuss her or his research 
project, including 30 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes for 
discussion. The workshop language will be English.

We would like to emphasize that the general conceptual framework of the 
Gender Workshop sketched above does not only target the ones who have worked 
with the category of gender for many years, and who are thus more proficient 
in gender studies. Instead, we would like to invite to our workshop any 
academics, experts or novices, who consider the category of gender important for their research and who would like to share their ideas and approaches 
with fellow researchers from other schools and disciplines. Contributions 
from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are equally 
welcome. (Since applications by natural scientists have been rare at our 
first workshop, we would like to encourage natural scientists to contribute.)

If you are interested in participating at the Gender Workshop 2005, please 
send abstracts of 250-300 words explaining your research project, as well as 
theories and methods you are using in it by Monday, February 7, 2005, to the 
workshop organizers:

Özen Odag: o.odag(a) and
Alex Pershai: a.pershai(a)

Please include your academic affiliation in your letter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Ozen Odag and Alex Pershai

SEMINAR- Afghanistan: Security with a Human Face, Jan. 27, SOAS, London

Posted by: Nim Nijjer <nn2(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 25 Jan 2005


Dr Shahrbanou Tadjbaksh
Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI), Paris

Title of Talk:

Afghanistan - Security with a Human Face.

Date, Time & Venue:

Thursdays 27 January at 17:30 hrs
Room G52
SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

For further information, please contact Dr. Bhavna Dave at:
E-mail: bd4(a)
Tel: 0207 898 4734

or Mrs Nim Nijjer
E-mail: centres(a)
Tel: 020 7898 4893

SEMINAR SERIES- Ctr. of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus, SOAS, London

Posted by: Bhavna Dave <bd4(a)>
Posted: 20 Jan 2005

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H OXG
United Kingdom

Term II 2005 Seminar Programme

*Please note all talks will be held on Thursdays at 17:30 hrs in Room G52 
except where indicated otherwise

27 January

Dr Shahrbanou Tadjbaksh
Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI), Paris
Afghanistan - Security with a Human Face

Tuesday, 1 February at 17:00 hrs
in the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

Dr Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS
(organized by London Middle East Institute (LMEI) in collaboration with CCCAC)
Women, Islam and the State Revisited: Perspectives From Central Asia and 

24 February

Dr Betsy Thom and Dr. Elizabeth Waters
University of Middlesex
Alcohol Politics and Policy in Kazakhstan

3 March

Dr Rifat Kandiyoti
Imperial College, London
A Break Too Far? The geopolitics of pipelines between Russia, Central Asia 
and the Caucasus

10 March

Scott Newton, SOAS
The Over-Determination of Self-Determination: Soviet Constitutional Law and 
International Law in the Caucasus (Abkhazia and South Ossetia)

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Bhavna Dave
E-mail: bd4(a)
Tel: 0207 898 4734

or Mrs Nim Nijjer
E-mail: centres(a)
Tel: 020 7898 4893

SEMINAR SERIES-The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, Univ. of Reading, United Kingdom

Posted by: Yelena Kalyuzhnova <y.kaluyzhnova(a)>
Posted: 18 Jan 2005

Wednesdays from 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Room 127, HUMSS
The University of Reading
United Kingdom

January 19th, 2005
Dr. Christopher Waters, Deputy Director, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies. 
"Central Asia and the Caucasus: Making Progress in Human Rights?'".

January 26th, 2005
Professor Rolf J. Langhammer, Vice-President of the Kiel Institute of World 
Economics. "Sequencing  Regional Integration and Monetary Cooperation in 
Asia. Are There Lessons from European Integration?"

February 2nd, 2005
Mr Clive Baldwin, Minority Rights Group International "Minority Rights in 
Europe and Asia".

February 9th, 2005
Dr Steven Fries, Deputy Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction 
and Development "Transition report 2004: Infrastructure"

February 16th, 2005
Professor Mike Utton, Member of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, The 
University of Reading  "'China, the WTO and Antidumping Policy"

February 23nd, 2005
Dr Ken Charman, Economist and Team Leader of the European Union "Funded 
Institutional and Sector Modernisation Facility", Damascus, Syria
"Syria at a Turning Point"

March 2nd, 2005
Dr Lionel Price, Chief Economist FitchRatings, "Sovereign Ratings and 
Emerging Markets"

March 9th, 2005
Dr Peter Kenway, Director, New Policy Institute, London "The European 
Employment Strategy"

Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
The University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218,
Reading, RG6 6AA
United Kingdom

Tel: 44 118 3786637
Fax: 44 118 3786274

SEMINAR SERIES- Revised Schedule, Oxford Society for the Caspian & Central Asia

Posted by: Paul Bergne <PaulBergne(a)>
Posted: 14 Jan 2005

[This is a revised version of the seminar schedule posted in December 2004]

The Oxford Society for the Caspian and Central Asia (TOSCCA)

A New Seminar Series: "Trust and Deceit in Central Asia, Past and Present"

Hilary Term, Oxford

Please note change of time!!

Tuesdays at 5 pm in the Hovenden Room, All Souls.
(except where announced differently).

18 January. Dr Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS. "Broken promises? Woman and State in 
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan".

25 January. Zuhra Halimova, Director, Open Society Institute, Dushanbe.  
"Building and losing Trust in modern Tajik Politics".

4 February  (NB. Friday in the Wharton Room, All Souls). Prof Adeeb Khalid, 
Carleton College, Minnesota. "Between Reform and Revolution: Islam in 
Early-Soviet Central Asia".

15 February. Dr Edmund Waite, Institute of Education.  Xinjiang: "Islam 
amongst the Uyghurs of Kashgar: the impact of socialist rule on popular 
religious practices".

22 February. Dr Yury Karev, Centre for Comparative Studies of Ancient 
Civilisations, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, 
Moscow.  "Arabs and Soghdians in 8th century Samarkand: between diplomatic 
fiction and political reality".

1 March. Dr Evrim Binbash, University of Chicago. "The Muqaddima of Sharaf 
al Din 'Ali Yazdi and the intellectual underpinnings".

10 March. (NB Thursday in Seminar Room 1, All Souls). Professor Neil 
MacFarlane (St Anne's College, Oxford) and Dr Edmund Herzig (Manchester 
University). "Trust and Deceit in Great Power Relations in Central Asia".

CONF./CFP- Iranian Culture & Civilization in the Il-Khanid Period, March 2005, Tabriz Univ.

Posted by: Egbali Hoseen <ilkhaniran(a)>
Posted: 11 Jan 2005

Congress of Iranian Culture and Civilization in the Il-Khanid Period and 
Restoration Plan of Rab_i rashidi:

Calling for articles

Despite of terrible damages to the Iranian culture and civilization in the 
first half of seventh century A.H by Mongols , they were not halted in the 
ilkhanid period. Iran could present invaluable achievement by reliance to 
it's glorious record and conformity with new situation in this period. Rab-i 
Rashidi is the most outstanding manifestation of iranian culture and 
civilization in the ilkhanid period, undoubtedly having been erected by 
khwaja Rashid-al-Din Fazlolla hamadani's motivation.

To restore this huge complex has undeniable necessity for regaining cultural 
identity and scientific dignity of country at present time. But this 
importance won't realize, without research support , historical Cultural, 
scientific recognition, Thus scientific cultural, historical Rab-i Rashidi 
complex, director of restoration plan with cooperation of history college of 
Tabriz university intend to hold a congress Famed Iranian Culture and 
civilization in the ilkhanid period and restoration Rab-i Rashidi plan in 
Mar. 2005. To take advantage from internal and external researcher, 
thinker's scientific supports.

Here by all researchers are Invited to send their articles which are 
harmonious with axes are under discussion in the congress, take part in the 
accomplishment of this national plan.

Sincerely yours
Secretary of congress
Dr. Alireza khazaeli

Major Axes of Congress

A. Culture and civilization
1. Knowledge and thought in the ilkhanid period
2. Divan system of Iran in the ilkhanid period
3. Religion and it's sects in Iran in the ilkhanid period
4. Commercial and economical system of Iran in the ilkhanid period
5. Artchitecture and urbanization of Iran in  the ilkhanid period
6. Art and literature of Iran in the ilkhanid period

B. Rashid-al-Din fazlollah hamadani's position in the Iranian culture and 
1. Rashid-al-Din's life, thought, works
2. Rashid-al-Din's minister and political thonght of Iran as a city
3. Historian, Rashid-al-Din and Iranian history in the ilkhanid period
4. Physician, Rashid-al-Din, medical profession of Iran in the ilkhanid period
5. Endower Rashid-al-Din, tradition of endowment of Iran in the ilkhanid period
6. Rashid-al-Din and renovation thoughts in the Iran and world in the 
   ilkhanid period

C. Position of Rab-i Rashidi in the culture and civilization of Iran and 
   world in the ilkhanid period
1. Limits and space pattern of Rashidi county
2. Constructions and architecture of Rab-i Rashidi
3. System of civil administration in the Rab-i Rashidi
4. Educational system in the Rab-i Rashidi
5. Rab-i Rashidi and Knowledge and technology of Iran and world in the 
   ilkhanid period
6. Rashid-al-Din fazlollah hamadanis ideology and position of ideal city of 
   Rab-i Rashidi
7. Destruction of Rab-i Rashidi and etiology of collapse of civilization and 
   culture of Iran

D. Restoration plan of Rab-i Rashidi exigencies, consequences
1. cultural and scientific exigencies and consequences
2. Economical exigencies and consequences
3. Social and political exigencies and cousequences
4. Suggested plans for restoration of Rab-i Rashidi complex

How to send your articles:

Sending articles should be research, innovative, documentary. Abstract of 
articles (in the A4 paper) should be sent until Feb. 30 Jan 2005 and 
complete article should be sent to office of congress until March 30 Feb 
2005 complete and abstract of article should be printed in the word 2000 
soft ware and should be sent with its Disket, possible, you may send 
articles by e-mail of congress , on any case you won't receive sent articles 
office of congress, Building N9, second floor, Tabriz University, office of 
civilization and culture congress of Iran in the ilkhanid period and 
restoration plan of Rab-i Rashidi

Phone: +984113348700
E-mail: ilkaniran(a)
Web site :

All of the costs, such as bill of fare, bill of residence and other costs 
related to the congress will be paid by the congress administrators.

CONF./CFP- Annual Meeting of the Mongolia Society, March/April 2005, Chicago

Posted by: Susie Drost <monsoc(a)>
Posted: 10 Jan 2005

The Mongolia Society
Annual Meeting and Panel Notice

The 2005 Annual Meeting of The Mongolia Society will be held in conjunction 
with the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), March 31-April 3, 2005, at the 
Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL.  The Mongolia Society Annual Meeting will be 
Thursday 31 March 2005 in the Cominsky Room at the Hyatt.  The Annual 
Meeting will start at 1 pm, to be followed by a keynote speech by Ambassador 
R. Bold, Mongolian Ambassador to the US. The meeting will then be followed 
by panels at 2 and 4 pm.  There will also be a panel Friday evening, April 
1, 2005, in the Grand Ballroom D North from 7-9 pm.  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 January 15, 2005. 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. Please submit your abstract to:

Susie Drost
322 Goodbody Hall
Indiana University
1011 E. 3rd St. 
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005

E-Mail: monsoc(a)
Fax: (812)855-7500
Tel: (812)855-4078

CONF./CFP- Broadening the Scope of Ethnography, Feb. 26, Chicago, Illinois

Posted by: Chicago Ethnography Conference <ethnoabstracts(a)>
Posted: 10 Jan 2005

Broadening the Scope of Ethnography
The Seventh Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference
Saturday, February 26, 2005
9a.m. to 5p.m.
The University of Illinois-Chicago, The Chicago Circle Center

With Keynote Speakers: Leslie Salzinger and Melissa Harris-Lacewell

Call for Papers

We welcome graduate students to submit abstracts for paper presentations at 
the Seventh Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference. This year's theme is 
Broadening the Scope of Ethnography. We encourage graduate students in all 
academic disciplines to present their ethnographic research, and to meet 
colleagues with similar research interests at the conference.

The Seventh Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference will be held at the 
Chicago Circle Center, located on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus, 
on Saturday, February 26, 2005 from 9a.m. to 5p.m.

Papers can be based on a variety of ethnographic field methods including, 
but not limited to: field observation, in-depth interviews, focus group 
interviews, auto-ethnography, visual ethnography and other forms of 
qualitative research. We welcome papers in virtually all substantive areas.  
In the past, presentation topics have included: culture, class, crime, 
education, ethnicity, gender family, globalization, health and illness, 
immigration, medicine, methodology, race, religion, social movements, 
technology, urban poverty and work and employment.

Your submitted abstract should be no longer than 250 words and should be 
accompanied by: your university affiliation, your contact information and a 
description of any technical support needs you have for your presentation.  
Please submit abstracts electronically, as plain text (no attachments) 
within an email to the program committee at ethnoabstracts(a)  
You will receive a confirmation email within 72 hours after submitting your 

Papers will be refereed and assigned to either formal paper sessions or 
roundtable sessions at the discretion of the program committee.  Abstracts 
must be submitted by: FRIDAY JANUARY 14, 2005

This conference is made possible by the collaboration of the sociology 
departments of DePaul University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, 
Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, 
the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Please circulate this announcement to all who may be interested.

Web Address:
Inquiries: ethnoabstracts(a)

CONF./CFP- 20 Yrs. Later: The Soviet Man in the Post-Soviet World, Sept. 2005, Irkutsk

Posted by: Ctr. for Independent Social Research & Education <cnsio(a)>
Posted: 10 Jan 2005

Center for Independent Social Research and Education

International Research Conference
"Twenty Years Later. The Soviet Man in the Post-soviet World"
14th-17th September, 2005
Irkutsk, Russia

2005 is the year of twenty-year anniversary from the beginning of the period 
in the country history and personal biographies which is called as 
perestroika. Perestroika conditionally divided Russian society life into 
"soviet" and "post-soviet". The purpose of the conference is to highlight 
the "link of times" in science and public discussions, to mark succession 
and changes in post-soviet social practice, ideas, and life's narratives.

The initiator and organizer of the conference is "The Center for Independent 
Social Research and Education" in Irkutsk. The participating of 
sociologists, historians, linguists, the representatives of other social and 
humanitarian science for which the notion "soviet man" is free from 
ideologically political estimations, while the epoch of perestroika is 
interested as the social-cultural phenomenon and individual experience of 
people grown up in soviet society, is expected.

Famous experts from science centers and universities of France, Switzerland, 
the Netherlands, Germany and Russia have already declared of own consent and 
possibility to participate in the Conference.

Problem-Subject sphere of the Conference:

 - perestroika's sources in ideals, experience, public life of soviet epoch;
 - the emergence of new social practice;
 - social innovations destiny;
 - the transformation of relations between man and authority;
 - changes in speech  everyday life;
 - changes of biographic scenarios; professional, generational, gender 
 - post-soviet mode of life: the change of patterns and practice.

The application on participating in the Conference may be sent before the 
1st of March, 2005 to addresses:


or be placed on the special forum of Center's web site

The application should include the theme of report, its brief abstract (near 
200 words) and short CV.

The application may be written on Russian, English, French or German languages.

The working language of the Conference is Russian.

If the help of the translator is necessary, please, point out in your 
application. We also would like you to write the accepted transcription of 
your name and last name on Cyrillic alphabet.

The Science Director
Rozhanskiy Mikhail

Scientific Secretary of the Conference
Grebenschikova Tatiana

CONF./CFP- US-Iran Relations: Regional & Global Dynamics, May 2005, Ankara

Posted by: US-Iran Conference <USIRANconference(a)>
Posted: 6 Jan 2005

Call For Papers

US - Iran Relations Conference
Regional & Global Dynamics

May 19-21, 2005
Ankara, Turkey

Proposal Deadline: Feb. 25, 2005

The United States and the Iran have had severed diplomatic relationships and 
only limited contacts in the past quarter of century. Mutual suspicions and 
lack of communications between the two states and their respective citizens 
have increased following the rise of tensions in the post-9-11 world. To 
promote networking, interdisciplinary communications, and sharing of ideas 
and research findings on part of scholars, institutions, policy makers and 
citizens, the University of Utah (Middle East & Central Asia Conference 
Committee), the Middle East Technical University (METU-Ankara, Department of 
International Relations), and World Security Network are happy to announce 
the upcoming:

US-Iran Relations Conference
Regional & Global Dynamics
May 19-21, 2005
Ankara, Turkey

The conference is estimated to be composed of 24 topic-specific panels with 
as many as 100 paper presentations. There will also be two distinguished 
plenary presentations by renowned scholars on the conference theme. Specific 
panels will likely fall within the following general topics, but not 
necessarily be confined to them:

Historical Outlook and Analyses
Civil Society and Citizen Contacts
US and Iranian Hegemonies
The 'Other' in US and Iranian Media and Politics
Diaspora and Bi-nationals
Trade, Oil, Gas, and Foreign Investment
Nuclear Energy and WMD
Human Rights
Women and Minorities
Terrorism, War and State Violence
Palestine-Israel Impasse in Context of US-Iran Relations
Regional Cooperation and Organizations
The Role of the EU and European Powers
Prospects for Continuing Sanctions
Prospects for Diplomatic Relations

All interested in participating are required to send the following to:


Your Name
Institutional Affiliation
Email Address
Postal Address and Telephones
Paper Title
One-Page Max Proposal Synopsis
One-Page Max Professional Resume

All of the above must fit in no more than two pages in one Word file. 
(Please name the file as your last name in capital letters)

Proposal Deadline: Feb. 25, 2005

The Conference Committee will inform all applicants about its decision on 
admission no later than March 10, 2005. All participants with or without 
paper presentation are expected to send a registration fee of $100 (this fee 
includes two conference meals; late fee: $150) to be mailed to the 
Conference Committee. Further details on paper and fee due dates will be 
elaborated and communicated to individual applicants upon receipt of 
proposals. Updates will be made available on our websites:

CONF./CFP- Aspects of Social Transformations, ESA RS, Sept. 2005, Poland

Posted by: European Sociological Association <european-sociologist(a)>
Posted: 6 Jan 2005

Call for Papers

'Behind the Scenes' Aspects of Social Transformations: Hidden Actors and 

(A Research Stream)

The 7th Conference of the European Sociological Association
Torun, Poland, 9 - 12 September 2005

The post-communist countries systemic transformations, combined with 
globalization, provide a fertile ground for a rapid but often hidden change 
of the established rules of the game. These processes constitute a natural 
environment for diverse behind-the-scenes (BTS) activities by actors, who 
seek to promote their particular interests. Various interest groups engage 
routinely in illegal activities, contributing to the creation of a gray zone 
of democracy. Those intricate 'behind the scenes' activities in the context 
of a rapid system makeover are among the major causes of an acute crisis of 
democratic institutions in transitional societies.

The problems we would like address during our sessions include the following:

1. The influence of BTS activities on the privatization processes

2. BTS issues in the modern economy, including corporate crime, lawlessness 
of transnational corporations, price collusion and criminal cartels

3. Intelligence services as one of the key actors of political 
transformation in post-communist states

4. BTS issues in local and global politics

5. BTS undercurrents in globalization processes

6. The impact of BTS interest groups on technological change

7. The role of BTS activities in the area of research and development (R&D)

8. BTS aspects of dealing with risk

9. Theoretical foundations for a sociology of BTS phenomena

10. Methodology of BTS research

While it is possible to find some economic, legal and criminological studies 
related to the above listed issues, there is virtually no relevant research 
of a sociological nature. Even when sociologists are aware of these problems 
and talk about them in their everyday-life conversations, they seem to steer 
clear of this topic in their professional capacity. As a result, a crucial 
layer of social reality still awaits a systematic sociological exploration. 
It seams that some invisible barriers psychological, methodological, 
ontological, etc keep sociologists from investigating BTS phenomena. Our 
research stream might create an opportunity to question and surmount some of 
these barriers and start the work on viable theoretical approaches and 
methodological tools. The focus of this research stream will offer scholars 
an opportunity to meet and lay the groundwork for a new field of inquiry. 
Its importance will extend far beyond post communist or transitional societies.

There will be a maximum of 8 paper sessions, each of 2 hours duration. About 
3-4 papers will be presented in each session.

Proposals should be submitted before February 15, 2005. Please email a 
200-word abstract in English to Ms Joanna Szalacha (joasza(a) or to Mr 
Piotr Stankiewicz (piotrek(a) Make sure to include the paper s title, 
the author(s) s name and the desired title, institutional affiliation (both 
university and department), mailing address, email address, fax and phone 
number. Decisions concerning submitted abstracts will be communicated by 
March 31, 2005.

PLEASE NOTE that according to the ESA guidelines for this conference, 
abstracts should not exceed 200 words and individuals should not deliver 
more than one paper at the ESA conference. Moreover, abstracts should only 
be sent to the above address and not to the Local Organization Committee in 

For more information about the ESA conference, visit

Research Stream co-ordinator:

Andrzej Zybertowicz
Institute Director
Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University
Fosa Staromiejska 1a
87-100 Torun
Tel: +48 56 611 3635
Fax: +48 56 622 4765

CONF./CFP- Amir Timur and His Heritage, May 2005, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Univ., Istanbul

Posted by: Abdulvahap Kara <kara_vahap(a)>
Posted: 3 Jan 2005

The International Symposium on the Amir Timur and His Heritage on the His 
600th Death Anniversary

Istanbul, 26-27 May 2005

Call For Papers

The History Department of the Science and Literature Faculty of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University organizes an international symposium on the Amir Timur 
and His Heritage on the His 600th Death Anniversary

With this symposium we aim to develop our knowledge on the historical period 
of Timur and his successors. Anyone approaching to the subject with data and 
methods of sciences such as history, literature, language, cultural history, 
art history and social history is welcomed to symposium.

The working languages of the symposium are Turkish and English. Abstracts 
should be sent before February 14, 2005 by e-mail, fax or mail.

The papers presented at the symposium will be published later by the 
rectorate of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation 
costs. The history department has no funding available for panelists.

The conference will be held at the auditorium of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts 

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!

Prof. Dr. Gulcin Candarlioglu
Head of the History Department

Contact persons for the symposium:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hayrunnisa Alan
E-mail: hayrun2001(a)

Assist. Prof. Dr. Abdulvahap Kara
E-mail: kara_vahap(a)


Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
History Department of the Science and Literature Faculty
Meclis-i Mebusan cad. Orya Han no: 85
34347 Findikli

Tel: (0212) 243 57 60 - 61 / 136
Fax: (0212) 243 57 62

CONF./CFP- Geopolitics in Central Asia & Caucasus, March 2005, Denver, Colorado

Posted by: Aslan Sydykov <aslansydykov(a)>
Posted: 3 Jan 2005

The Graduate School for International Studies of University of Denver is 
hosting a conference on Geopolitics and Potential Conflicts in the Central 
Asia and Caucasus.

The conference will bring together students and scholars to discuss the new 
geopolitical realities in this part of the world.

This is an invitation to submit proposals for papers.  The time allowance 
for any presentation is 20 minutes.  Please include the title, a one-page 
summary and a short copy of your curriculum vitae and send them, by email, 
to bababayramov1(a)

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2005 and those selected will be 
notified by email as soon as possible thereafter.

There will be $15 conference registration fee which primarily cover picnic 
in the Colorado Mountains on Saturday, 19 March.

We regret that we do not have the financial resources to help with any 
transportation or accommodation costs.  However we will do our best to 
provide you supportive information on transportation and accommodation.

Baba Bayramov
Visiting Scholars
GSIS, University of Denver
Tel: +1 303 871 6443
E-mail: bababayramov1(a)

WORKSHOP- Aspects of History & Culture in Pre-Modern Iran, March 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland

Posted by: Evangelos Venetis <evangelosvenetis(a)>
Posted: 20 Dec 2004

The Edinburgh Graduate Workshop in Iranian Studies

'Aspects of History and Culture in Pre-Modern Iran'


5-6 March, 2005


G2 Lecture Room
Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Edinburgh
19, George Square
Edinburgh, Scotland

Convened by:

Mr. Evangelos Venetis
and Mrs. Yuka Kadoi

Sponsored by:

The Iran Heritage Foundation
in association with:
the Graduate School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures - University of 

With the support of:

The Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of 
History of Art - University of Edinburgh and the Royal Museum of Scotland

Workshop Committee

Prof. Robert Hillenbrand (History of Art), Prof. Carole Hillenbrand (Islamic
Middle Eastern Studies), Dr. Andrew J. Newman (Islamic and Middle Eastern
Studies) and Dr. Ulrike al-Khamis (Curator of the Islamic Collection, The
Museum of Scotland).


The Research Students' Workshop in Iranian studies aims to provide a forum 
for graduate students in the many disparate fields of related Iranian 
Studies to present their work in progress. Postgraduate students from the 
University of Edinburgh, a premier institution in the field of Iranology and 
a leader in interdisciplinary studies, are hosting this event so as to 
foster the development of Iranian studies, facilitate interaction between 
graduate students and faculty from various institutions, provide a forum for 
the exchange of ideas, and contribute to the professional and academic 
development of graduate students.

The purposes of the workshop are:

 - to promote the importance of research in pre-Modern Iran and to point out 
the fundamental importance of the pre-Modern Iranian civilization and culture.
 - to give the opportunity to young Iranianists in UK to meet each other, 
present their works and coordinate their efforts for the promotion of 
pre-Modern Iranian studies.
 - to show the bulk of work being produced in British universities about 
pre-Modern Iran at a doctoral level.

Papers from various fields will be presented, including history, art 
history, archaeology and literature. Session themes focus mainly on 
pre-Modern Iran during the early Islamic period and under the Saljuqs and 
Ilkhanids, Timurids and Safavids (7th-18th cent. A.D); there will also be 
topics on pre-Islamic Iran (Sasanians). Those presenting papers are graduate 
students from British universities. 

 * Information about the programme of the workshop will be released soon.

For further details, please contact:

Evangelos Venetis
Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Edinburgh
19 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Tel: 0044 0131-650 4182
Fax: 0044 0131-650 6804
Email: E.Venetis(a)


Yuka Kadoi
Dept. of History of Art
20, Chambers Street
University of Edinburgh
Email: ykadoi(a) / Y.Kadoi(a)
Tel. & Fax (home):+44-131-6681739

CONF./CFP- Eurasian Archaeology, University of Chicago, April 2005

Posted by: Adam Smith <atsmith(a)>
Posted: 16 Dec 2004


The Second University of Chicago Eurasian Archaeology Conference Social 
Orders and Social Landscapes: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Eurasian 
Archaeology April 15-16, 2005

In the last decade Eurasia has become more accessible to archaeological 
researchers in the West. New research projects and the engagement with 
previously unknown data sets are now allowing for broad revisions in our 
understanding of the past in the vast Eurasian landmass, which stretches 
from the Carpathian Mountains to the Korean Peninsula. But despite this new 
prominence, opportunities for archaeologists to meet and discuss their 
preliminary research and aspirations for future archaeological 
investigations in this area remain extremely limited. The Second University 
of Chicago Eurasian Archaeology Conference is being organized in order to 
provide the next generation of archaeologists with a forum to share their 
views with each other and with established researchers.

The theme for this conference will be "Social Orders and Social Landscapes: 
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Eurasian Archaeology." Recent archaeological 
research in Eurasia has been focused on reinterpreting archaeological 
culture complexes as something which is greater than its material parts. As 
a result there has been a shift in the scales of research from broad 
overarching comparisons of culture groups to a more nuanced understanding of 
how people lived in their local environment and interacted with their near 
and distant neighbors. Social orders and social landscapes reflect the 
intertwined nature of unique political, economic, and ecological 
configurations. With this theme we will continue to break apart the 
geographically bounded definition of Eurasia, in challenging participants to 
reflect upon how past societies interacted across changing landscapes and 
social boundaries. The conference will provide a forum for graduate students 
and other scholars of Eurasian Archaeology to discuss this new and promising 

The first Eurasian Archaeology Conference, held in 2002, successfully 
brought together more than 60 graduate student and faculty. We hope that the 
second conference will widen the scope of participants by encouraging 
archaeologists as well as researchers from a variety of related disciplines 
(such as art history, geology, and paleoecology) to attend. In addition, we 
extend the invitation to participate not only to scholars working in 
Eurasia, but to those whose research is in regions that have been 
historically linked to the area: Eastern Europe, the Near East, and East 
Asia. The first conference had a truly international scope with scholars 
from Russia, Spain, Ukraine, the United States, and Turkey in attendance.  
Please help us to make the second conference even more diverse.

If you wish to attend the conference, either to present a paper or as a 
member of the audience, please complete and return the Participant Form to 
Laura Popova at lmsoikke(a) by December 31, 2004. Those wishing to 
present a paper must include a title and abstract for the paper in English, 
and the full name of all co-authors, with institutional affiliations, 
mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses. Graduate students are strongly 
encouraged to participate. Papers must be presented in English, and will be 
selected for presentation based on how closely they fit to the overall theme 
of the conference.

If you have questions, please see the conference website 
<> or write to Laura Popova at 

SEMINAR SERIES- Oxford Society for the Caspian & Central Asia, Oxford, UK

Posted by: Paul Bergne <PaulBergne(a)>
Posted: 10 Dec 2004

The Oxford Society for the Caspian and Central Asia (TOSCCA)

New Seminar Series on "Trust and Deceit in Central Asia, past and present".

Hilary Term, Oxford.

Tuesdays at 4 pm in the Hovenden Room, All Souls (except where announced 

18 January.
Dr Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS. "Broken promises? Woman and State in Uzbekistan 
and Afghanistan".

25 January.
Zuhra Halimova, Director, Open Society Institute, Dushanbe. "Building and 
Losing Trust in Modern Tajik Politics".

4 February
(NB. Friday in the Wharton Room, All Souls). Prof Adeeb
Khaled, Carleton College, Minnesota. "Between Reform and Revolution: Islam 
in Early-Soviet Central Asia".

15 February.
Dr Edmund Waite, Institute of Education, Cambridge.  Xinjiang: "Islam 
amongst the Uyghurs of Kashgar: the impact of socialist rule on popular 
religious practices".

22 February.
Dr Yury Karev, Centre for Comparative Studies of Ancient Civilisations, 
Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.  "Arabs and 
Soghdians in 8th century Samarkand: between diplomatic fiction and political 

1 March.
Dr Evrahim Binbash, University of Chicago. (Title to be announced)

10 March.
(NB Thursday in Seminar Room 1, All Souls). Professor Neil MacFarlane (St 
Anne's College, Oxford) and Dr Edmund Herzig (Manchester University). (Title 
to be announced.)

SEMINAR- Post-coloniality & the Politics of Language in Georgia, Dec. 14, Univ. of London

Posted by: Nim Nijjer <nn2(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 9 Dec 2004

The British Georgian Society, in cooperation with the Centre for 
Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus invites you to a talk by:

Dr. Laurence Broers, SOAS
The Politics of Language Revival in Georgia

On Tuesday, 14 December 2004

at 6 pm in Room G52, SOAS main building
Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
United Kingdom

The talk will be followed by a reception.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Bhavna Dave
email: bd4(a)
tel: +(0)20 7898 4734 or

Mrs Nim Nijjer
email: centres(a)
tel: +(0)20 7898 4893

CONF./CFP- Yusuf Balasaguni and His Ideas in the Contemporary World, May 2005, Bishkek

Posted by: Halim Nezihoglu <nezihoglu(a)>
Posted: 6 Dec 2004

Call for Papers

Bishkek International Conference on "Yusuf Balasaguni and his Ideas in the 
Contemporary World"

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - May 26, 2005
Organized by: International Ataturk Alatoo University & Kyrgyz National 
Yusuf Balasagun University

The Objective of the Conference

A thousand years ago, Central Asia developed a brilliant civilization. 
Predominantly Central Asian Turkic-nomadic culture and Islam in addition to 
the contributions of Hindu, Chinese, Persian, Arabic, and Greek cultures 
gave birth to a cultural renaissance in Turkestan in the 11th century. This 
period, golden age of Central Asia, was the time of great scholars and 
poets. Yusuf Balasaguni, born in Balasagun, situated on the territory of 
today's Kyrgyzstan, wrote his famous book "Kutadgu Bilig" (Beneficient 
Knowledge) in Kashgar, today in Uygur region of northwest China, both cities 
as important cultural centers of that age on the great Silk Road.  An 
international conference and discussion on 'Yusuf Balasaguni and his Ideas 
in the Contemporary World', aimed at bringing together academicians and 
experts from different universities at different countries on an academic 
platform, will be specifically meaningful when held in such an era in which 
inter-civilizational dialogue has gained special importance.

The Scope of the Conference:

 - Analysis on his socio-political ideas in our contemporary world
 - His philosophy
 - His moral ideas
 - Literary and linguistic analyses

Abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2005

Final paper submission deadline: April 1, 2005


For papers in Turkish and Russian: Murat Bakir muratbakir(a)
For papers in English: Halim Nezihoglu nezihoglu(a)
For papers in Kyrgyz: Iskender Ormonuulu iskender(a)

Telephone Number: +996 312 63 14 23
Fax Number:+996 312 63 14 32


Submissions should include in word format:

 - Title of the paper, Abstract (not more than 350 words; please pay 
   attention to provide a title and an abstract in line with each other, and 
   the abstract should be informative for non-specialists), Key words (up to 
   5-6 ), Full names and affiliation of all authors, Corresponding author's 
   name, full postal address, telephone number, fax number, email address
 - Submissions are accepted in English, Russian, Kyrgyz, and Turkish languages
 - Notification of acceptance will be emailed to the authors of accepted 
   papers by May 1, 2005
 - Papers have to be emailed as attachments in word format to Murat Bakir or 
   Halim Nezihoglu or Iskender Ormonuulu
 - All the papers presented at the conference will be published in the 
   conference proceedings.

Funding and Accommodation

We regret that we cannot offer any funding for international travel 
expenditures. The University will help the participants for their 
accommodation needs.

Paper format

 - All papers should be 1.5 lines spaced with 12 font size (Times New Roman)
 - Margins should be (4.00) at the top and left, (2.5cm) at the bottom and 
 - Limits: Approximately 20 pages.

CONF./CFP- Mongolian Culture in the Age of Globalization, Aug. 2005, Western Washington Univ.

Posted by: Henry G. Schwarz <schwarz(a)>
Posted: 6 Dec 2004

The Center for East Asian Studies of Western Washington University will host 
an international research conference on August 5-7, 2005 on the subject of 
Mongolia at 800 : Mongolian Culture in the Age of Globalization. The 
conference language will be English.

On the eve of the 800th anniversary of Mongolian statehood, this research 
conference seeks to assess contemporary Mongolian culture and the challenges 
it is facing in the current era of globalization. Given the focus of this 
conference, Mongolia is defined not by current political boundaries which 
have been in existence for less than one-eighth of the time since the 
creation of Mongolia but in cultural terms. Thus the geographical area 
considered by this conference is defined as stretching from Lake Baikal to 
the Ordos and from the Xing'an to the Altai Moun-tains.

This conference will focus on globalization's cultural and societal 
dimensions, with Mongolia, as defined above, as a test case. Some questions 
participants are asked to address include: What changes in which aspect of 
Mongolian culture have taken place during the last decade, and in what ways 
are those changes related to the process of globalization? Have these 
changes been the same or similar in both North and South Mongolia? If 
different, to what factors may the differences be attributed? Turning 
tables, has Mongolian culture in any way shaped the nature and/or intensity 
of globalization within the Mongolian cultural area?

When comparing the period of the Mongolian world empire with the present 
situation, the emphasis will be on specific aspects of globalization, such 
as trade and economic policy, social change, and development of the arts. 
What are the similarities and differences of globalization 800 years ago and 
now? How did globalization affect any aspect of Mongolian culture then, as 
compared with its effects on contemporary Mongolia? Conversely, what 
comparisons might we draw between the impact of Mongolian culture on 
globalization in these two periods of Mongolian history?

Finally, with regard to China's relationship to Mongolia, how are the vast 
differences between then and now to be explained? Simply in terms of 
relative military and political strength, or have other forces been at work?

Interested persons should submit the title and abstract of their paper and a 
short biosketch to the conference chairman, Professor Henry G. Schwarz, at 
schwarz(a) before January 31, 2005.

CONF./CFP - 11th Annual REECAS NW CONFERENCE, April 2005, Reed College, Portland, Oregon

Posted by: Marta Mikkelsen <martam(a)>
Posted: 3 Dec 2004

Call for Papers

The University of Washington's Eleventh Annual Northwest Regional Conference 
for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies will take place on 
Saturday, April 9, 2005, at Reed College, Portland, Oregon.

We are currently soliciting papers, panels or roundtable presentations for 
this one-day interdisciplinary conference. Proposals from faculty, graduate 
students and scholars are welcome.

Contributions are encouraged on literature, the fine arts, the environment, 
post-Soviet foreign policy, historical research, economics, national 
identity or any other relevant subject. Papers related to the theme 
"Politics and Culture in the Post-Communist World" are especially welcome.

Small travel stipends may be available to graduate students and faculty 
presenters traveling from the Pacific Northwest. Carpooling from University of Washington -- Seattle will also be arranged.

If you would like to present at the conference, please reply via e-mail or 
regular mail by FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005 with your name and contact 
information, a paper title and brief abstract to:

Marta Mikkelsen, Associate Director and Outreach Coordinator
The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies,
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Box 353650, Thomson Hall, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195USA
Tel: (206) 685-3113
E-mail: martam(a)

CONF./CFP- Middle East & Central Asia, Sept. 2005, University of Utah

Posted by: Payam Foroughi <PayamForoughi(a)>
Posted: 2 Dec 2004

Call for Papers

The 2005 Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics, and Society 
Conference: Authoritarianism and Democracy in the Age of Globalization

Sept. 8 -10, 2005
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, USA


The third annual multidisciplinary Middle East & Central Asia Politics, 
Economics, and Society Conference will be held on the campus of the 
University of Utah in Salt Lake City, USA, during Sept. 8-10, 2005. The 
objective of the conference is to bring together academics, analysts, and 
policy makers interested in the Middle East and Central Asia who wish to 
network and share their research endeavors.

The three-day event will include as many as four prominent guests and 
keynote speakers: Two renowned experts on the Middle East and Central Asia, 
and two Ambassadors to the US from the two regions. There will be an 
estimated 32 conference sessions, as many as 140 paper presentations and a 
special plenary discussion panel on: 'An End to Authoritarianism or 
Democratization?' Other attractions include three complimentary meals, an 
evening of Middle Eastern and Central Asian music and art, and optional 
viewing of recently released films and documentaries on the Middle East and 
Central Asia.

THEMES: Specific themes covered by the conference encompass 
interdisciplinary social science approaches to analyses and problem solving 
in the Middle East and Central Asia and may fall within, but not limited to, 
the following:

 - Authoritarianism and Democracy
 - Impacts of Globalization
 - Problems of Economic and Democratic Transitions
 - State and Society Relations
 - Religion and Politics
 - Islam and Islamism
 - Challenges of Post-Communism
 - Culture, Gender, and Ethnicity
 - Natural Resources, Conflict, and Sustainability
 - Media, Cinema, and Film
 - Migration, Refugees, Displaced, and Diaspora
 - Human Rights and Minorities
 - Post-9-11 Regional and International Affairs
 - Nation-building Projects in Afghanistan and Iraq
 - Politics of External Actors (US, Russia, EU, China, etc.)
 - Israel and Palestine Studies
 - US-Iran Relations
 - Xinjiang and Uyghur Nationalism
 - Terrorism and State Violence
 - Conflict Prevention and Resolution
 - Regional Organizations and Cooperation
 - Civil Society

Those interested in presenting papers in the 2005 MIDDLE EAST & CENTRAL ASIA 

 - TELEPHONE NUMBERS (work, cell and home)
 - Indicate willingness to serve as a session MODERATOR or DISCUSSANT

E-mail the above in NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES WORD document total to:




If you are a publisher or organization and would like to reserve an 
exhibition space at the conference or if you would like to purchase an 
advertisement for publication in the conference brochure, please contact: 
Mr. Kristian Alexander at k.alexander(a) or +1-801-581-6047.

Note that the Conference Committee is unable to provide for participant 
travel and lodging expenses. Participants are expected to seek funding from 
their own institutional and organizational affiliations. With regard to 
overseas participants whose paper proposals have been approved, we will send 
official letters necessary for acquiring entry visas into the United States. 
All participants will be required to provide a conference participation fee 
of $50 ($80 late fee). Other important information including due dates and 
suggested lodging venues will be forthcoming. Updates will also be included 
in the conference website: <>.

2005 Middle East & Central Asia Conference Committee
c/o Dept. of Political Science
260 S. Central Campus Dr.
OSH Building, Room 252
The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Fax: +1-801-585-6492
Tel: +1-801-581-6047

CONF./CFP- Emerging Markets & Transition Economies II, Bishkek, April 2005

Posted by: Serkan Yalcin <serkanthegreat(a)>
Posted: 30 Nov 2004


International Conference
Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN, April 21, 2005

Hosted by
International Ataturk Alatoo University

Problems and Success Factors in Business: Perspectives from Emerging Markets 
and Transition Economies II

In today's competitive global world, there are only two ways to survive and 
thrive: "Do something better or new".  But realizing or accomplishing these 
two is not so easy considering today's global competitive business arena 
characterized by constant change and uncertainty.  There are many roadblocks 
on the way of success.  The business success for the companies located in 
emerging markets and transition economies is far more difficult to get 
because the companies in such countries have to deal with many problems in 
unstable economies.  In addition to their relatively weak market positions 
compared to world's incumbent multinationals, companies in emerging markets 
and transition economies suffer from economic and political upheavals, 
improper policies in business, corruption, unsatisfactory financial and 
banking systems, immature institutional environments, etc.  Thus, surviving 
or thriving in business for these companies requires handling with (i) the 
global competition and (ii) the local challenges inherent in emerging 
countries and transition economies.

The conference aims at providing an academic opportunity for those who want 
to contribute to business life prosperity in emerging markets and transition 
economies like the first one organized last year.

The conference welcomes submissions of academic scholars, government 
experts, and all contributors from international organizations, private 
institutions and companies.

The conference seeks papers dealing with problems and success factors in 
business in emerging markets and transition economies on the following 

 - Common business problems and success factors related to the specific 
   business functions, e.g. R&D, procurement, production, management, finance, 
   accounting, human resources, marketing, sales, distribution, customer 
   service, etc.
 - Business problems brought by transition in Newly Independent Countries 
 - Social responsibilities of companies and their functions on solving 
   problems like poverty, education, health, etc.
 - Sound business strategies of the success
 - Information technologies
 - Opportunities and threats of internationalization & globalization
 - Banking and financial system development
 - Business ethics and its effect on business
 - Corruption and Business: Advantage or Drawback?
 - Relations between business and politics
 - Integration challenges and their effects on business
 - Entrepreneurial challenges
 - Small business development practices
 - Economic growth and its implications
 - Development of institutional environment  and its implications
 - Organizational theory and structure challenges
 - Foreign direct investment characteristics, etc.

Papers on other subjects will also be welcomed as long as they deal with 
business issues in emerging markets and transition economies.

All the papers presented at the conference will also be published in the 
conference proceedings.

For all inquiries, contact Ibrahim KELES (conference coordinator) at 


Submissions should include in word or pdf formats:

1) Title of the paper, Abstract (not more than 350 words; please pay 
   attention to provide a title and an abstract in line with each other, and 
   the abstract should be informative for non-specialists), Key words (up to 
   5-6 ), Full names and affiliation of all authors, Corresponding author's 
   name, full postal address, telephone number, fax number, email address

2) Resume(s) of the participant(s)

Deadline: February 15, 2005

Submissions are accepted in English, Russian, Kyrgyz, and Turkish languages

Notification of acceptance will be emailed to the authors of accepted papers 
by March 1, 2005

Panels, roundtables and individual submissions are accepted.

Proposals have to be emailed as attachments in word or pdf format to Ibrahim 
KELES (conference coordinator) at mancon(a)

Deadline for full-text paper submission (in word format) is April 4, 2005

Funding and Accommodation

We regret that we cannot offer any funding for international travel 
expenditures. As to accommodation, the participants will be given rooms at 
the university's guest house.

Paper format

 - All papers should be double-spaced with 11 font size (Times New Roman)
 - Margins should be (4.00) at the top and left, (2.5cm) at the bottom and 
 - Limits: Approximately 20 pages.  If your paper is longer than these 
   limits, we recommend you to shorten it before the submission

Reference Styl:e

Journal Articles
Fisher, J. and Madet, G.  (2000), Implications of Globalisation, Journal of 
Business Development, 34(2): 102-123

Mariam, G. J. (1999), Managing the Change, Basic Books: New York.

David, H. (1997), Radon Risk Models', in A.R. Knight and B.Harrad (eds.) 
Indoor Air and Human Health, Proceedings of the Seventh Life Sciences 
Symposium; 29-31 October 1981; Knoxville, USA. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp 69-78.

Chapters in Edited Books

Teece, D.J. (1987), Capturing Value from Technological Innovation: 
Integration, Strategic Partnering and Licensing Decisions, in R.B. Guile and 
H. Brooks (eds.) Technology and global industry: Companies and Nations in 
the World Economy, Washington DC: National Academy Press, pp.19-38.

Salk, J.E. (1992), Shared Management Joint Ventures: Their Developmental 
Patterns, Challenges and Possibilities, Unpublished Ph.D Dissertation, Sloan 
School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Online documents

Van de Vliert, E. (2002), Thermoclimate, Culture, and Poverty as 
Country-level Roots of Workers' Wages, [www document] 
(accessed 13 January 2003).

Online journal articles

Van de Vliert, E. (2002), Thermoclimate, Culture, and Poverty as 
Country-level Roots of Workers' Wages, Journal of Business, 

Virtually Yours,

E-mail: serkanthegreat(a)

CONF./CFP- Signs and Secret Languages, Marmara University, April 2005, Istanbul

Posted by: Emine Gursoy-Naskali <naskali(a)>
Posted: 29 Nov 2004

Call for Papers:

The Center for Turkic Studies of Marmara University (Istanbul) is organising 
a sypmosium on "Signs and Secret Languages" on 13-14 April 2005.

Artificial languages, signs, pass words, codes, symbols, euphemisms, 
implications, metaphors in Turkic culture (such as "karga dili", special 
forms of greeting, communication by whistling, coded messages in posters, 
names given to military operations, road signs in history, etc.) come under 
the interest of this symposium.

If you would like to participate in this symposium, please send us the title 
and a very brief summary of your paper by 1 February 2005.

There is no participation fee; travel, board and lodging expenses must be 
met by the participants.

Prof. Dr. Emine Gursoy-Naskali
Director of the Center for Turkic Studies

Dr. Erdal Sahin
Secretary to the symposium

Tel: 90.216 347 96 41/1115
Fax: 90.216 347 87 83
Email: esahin(a)
Address: Marmara University, Goztepe Campus
Ziverbey, Istanbul, Turkey

CONF./CFP- 4th METU Conference on Int'l Relations, June/July 2005, Ankara

Posted by: Secretariat of the METU Conference on IR <irconf(a)>
Posted: 24 Nov 2004

The Fourth METU Conference on International Relations

Neighbourhood: Past, Present and Future

Ankara, Turkey, June 30 - July 2, 2005

Call For Papers

The Middle East Technical University (METU)

Department of International Relations (IR) calls for proposals for 
pre-organised panels, roundtables and individual papers for its annual 
fourth METU Conference on International Relations to be held on June 30-July 
02, 2005 in Ankara, Turkey.


The issue of neighbourhood in IR has drawn an increasing scholarly attention 
in recent times. In a world where border security has gained a new dimension 
with the growth of transnational terrorism and where migration across 
borders has a great impact on both domestic and international politics, the 
concept of neighbourhood needs further academic attention. In the same way, 
globalisation fosters the idea of the creation of "zones of peace" as a 
means to generate and enhance democratisation at regional level while at the 
same time it encourages economic development through regional economic 

The theme of the Fourth METU Conference of IR is neighbourhood with a 
particular focus on Turkey. The concept of neighbourhood in IR will be 
studied in its historical and contemporary manifestations. The historical 
section, entitled the Ottoman neighbourhood will be organised jointly with 
the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, University of 
Cambridge. At the same time, projections for the future will be made based 
on the past and present findings. A theoretical scrutiny of the concept of 
neighbourhood will help to gain a greater understanding of the concept and 
its changing meaning. Migration, democratisation, security, political 
economy of neighbourhood and a variety of transboundary issues within the 
neighbourhood of Turkey will be covered in the conference.

JUNE 30-JULY 2, 2005


 - Conceptions of Neighbourhood
 - (Re)Constructing Regions o Questions of Identity 
 - Space and Politics

 - Migration, Annexation, Loyalty o Permeable Borders
 - Foreigners Within
 - Intra-Neighbourhood
 - Representation of the Neighbourhood

 - Refugees o Diaspora Politics
 - Legal Aspects
 - Human Trafficking

 - Zones of Peace
 - Intervention
 - Regional Stability

 - New Conceptions of Security 
 - Terrorism
 - Border Security
 - Territorial Conflicts

 - Regional Integration
 - Interdependence
 - Energy Networks
 - Trade and Investment

 - Transboundary Waters
 - Cultural Boundaries
 - Cross Border Trade


The Conference invites proposals for individual papers or complete panels. 
All proposals for papers and panels should be submitted before April 15, 2005.


An application should include:

1. The paper/panel title
2. A short abstract including methodology, main assumptions and conclusions 
   of paper (300 words maximum)
3. Author/participant name(s) and institutional affiliations
4. A one paragraph biographical statement of each participant (not a 
   detailed CV)
5. Author/participant e-mail addresses (essential), telephone and fax numbers
6. Any audio-visual equipment requests (if applicable)

The Conference Committee encourages electronic submissions, by filling the 
online application form. However, those who do have limited access to 
electronic communication facilities can send their proposals via fax 
provided that the proposal deadline is observed.


April 15, 2005: Final date for submission of Abstracts
April 29, 2005: Authors will be informed of acceptance of abstracts for 
May 27, 2005: Last day for pre-registration (A late registration fee will be 
charged after this date)
June 15, 2005: Final date for submission of paper and for confirmation of 
June 30-July 2, 2005: Conference and On Site Registration


The Conference will be held at the Department of IR, Faculty of Economics 
and Administrative Sciences B-Building, Middle East Technical University, 
Ankara, Turkey.


The Conference will begin on Thursday, June 30, 2004 at 10 AM, and end on 
Saturday, July 2, 2005 in the late afternoon.


Conference Registration Fees Participant Fee: U.S. $50/40
Student Fee: U.S. $25/20
Registration Fee on Arrival: U.S. $ 70/55
Corporate Fee: U.S. $ 150/120

Registration fee includes opening cocktail, conference dinner, lunches, 
refreshments and conference materials. Those who do not wish to make use of 
these facilities may participate to the panels as listeners without any 


A few scholarships, particularly for student participants, are available for 
registration and accommodation expenses. Please contact the Conference 
Secretariat for further information.


Accommodation costs will be covered by the participants. Details of the 
accommodation information will be provided to the participants after the 
acceptance of the paper proposals.


Travel costs will be covered by the participants. Details of the travel 
information and how to reach to Ankara and the venue are available here.

Conference's web site provides continuously updated information for the 
participants and all interested.

Department of International Relations
Middle East Technical University
Inonu Bulvari
06531 Ankara

Tel: +90 312 210 30 94/ +90 312 210 20 16
Fax: +90 312 210 12 45
E-mail: irconf(a)

CONF./CFP- Central and Inner Asia Seminar, Univ. of Toronto, Dec. 1 Deadline

Posted by: Gillian Long <gillian.long(a)>
Posted: 19 Nov 2004

Dear Colleagues,

The Eleventh Annual Conference of the Central and Inner Asia Seminar (CIAS 
2005) will be held at the University of Toronto in Canada on May 12-14, 
2005.  The proceedings of the conference will be published in due course in 
"Toronto Studies in Central and Inner Asia".  Volume 7, the papers from CIAS 
2004, should be available in time for this year's conference.

The general theme of this year's gathering will be "Traders and Trade Routes 
of Central and Inner Asia, Then and Now."  It is hoped that this subject 
will be of interest to scholars from various disciplines.

This is an invitation to submit proposals for papers. The time allowance for 
any presentation is 20 minutes. Please include the title, a one-page summary 
and a short copy of your curriculum vitae and send them, by email, to me at 
gillian.long(a)  or to Professor Michael Gervers at 

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2004 and those selected will be 
notified by email as soon as possible thereafter.

We regret that we do not have the financial resources to help with any 
transportation or accommodation costs.  However inexpensive accommodation is 
available on-campus, and we will do our best to expedite visa applications 
and offer hospitality during the conference.

We look forward to receiving many interesting proposals and to hosting 
another stimulating and enjoyable conference in Toronto next May.

Please forward this message to anyone else who may be interested.  For 
further information see The website 
will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.


Gillian Long
Administrative Co-ordinator for CIAS
Tel: 416 978 4882

SYMPOSIUM- Death in Turkic Culture, Nov. 25-26, Marmara University, Istanbul

Posted by: Emine Gursoy-Naskali <naskali(a)>
Posted: 19 Nov 2004

Marmara University
Center for Turkic Studies

Symposium: Death in Turkic Culture

All welcome

Prof. Dr. Emine Gursoy-Naskali <naskali(a)>
Prof. Dr. Gulden Sagol <guldensagol(a)>

25-26 November 2004, 9.30 am. 
Ibrahim Uzumcu Conference Hall
Goztepe, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey

Participants and the title of papers:

Doc. Dr. Yasar Coruhlu: Eski Turklerde Baska Bir Dunyada Yasanti Mekani
Olarak Mezar (Defin) Odasi (Istanbul)
Prof. Dr. H. Orcun Barista: Osmanli Imparatorluk Donemi Istanbul
Turbelerinden  Agactan Yapilmis Bazi Sanduka Parmakliklari (Ankara)
Dr. Zubeyde Cihan Ozsayiner: Mimar Sinan'in Turbe Mimarisindeki Olum
Temali Hatlar (Istanbul)
Prof. Dr. Bulent Yorulmaz: Kuzey Kibris Turk Cumhuriyetinde bugun mevcut
Osmanli Kabirleri ve Bazi Mezar Kitabeleri (KKTC)
Prof. Dr. Bekir Deniz: Turk Kulturunde Olumluk Hali, Duz Dokuma Yaygi ve
Kece Gelenegi (Izmir)
Dr. Filiz Nurhan Olmez: 'Olum' Olgusunun Turk Dokumalarina Yansimasi
Oznur Aydin: Sarikecili Yoruklerinden Antalya Ili Bayat Bademlisi,
Ciglik ve Karadin Koyu Sargi (Olumluk-Dirimlik) Kilimleri (Izmir)
Mustafa Genc: Olum Kulturunun Anadolu Turk El Dokumalarina Etkileri
Doc. Dr. A. Melek Ozyetgin: Eski Turklerde Vasiyetname Gelenegi (Ankara)

Doc. Dr. Ahmet Cihan: Kirsal Alanlarda Olum Sonrasinda Gerceklestirilen
Taziye Gelenegi ve Seremoniler: Diyarbakir Ornegi (Diyarbakir)
Nurullah Senol: Bazi Osmanli Kroniklerinde Sultanlarin Olum Ifadeleri
Zulfikar Bayraktar: Turk Dunyasinda Taziye Mesajlari (Mektuplari)
Omer Cakir: Olume Dair Bir Ayrinti: Turk Edebiyatinda Taziyetname
Prof. Svetlana Tchervonnaia: Ideia jizni i smerti v musul'manskoi
epigrafike (v iskusstve rez'by na nadgrobnyh kamniah) voljskih, krymskih
tatar i nogaitsev: paralleli v tiurkskih kul'turah (Idil Tatarlari,
Kirim Tatarlari ve Nogaylarin Musluman Epigrafisinde Yasam ve Olum
Kavramlari) (Polonya)
Dr. Bahattin Yaman: Ahval-i Kiyamet Minyaturlerinde Olum ve Olum Sonrasi
Hayat (Isparta)
Dr. Muammer Gocmen: Guney Kirgizistan'da Olum ve Mezarlik Kulturu
Sarkhan Aliyev: Azerbaycan'da Kurgan medeniyeti: Dunden bugune kadar
Dr. Anil Yilmaz: Gokturk Olu Heykelciligi ve Gelisimi: 6.-13. Yuzyillar
Prof. Dr. Ali Duymaz: Turk Folklorunda Dis Ruh Tasarimi (Balikesir)
Dr. Hamdi Gulec: Halk Siirinde Olum Telakkisi (Canakkale)
Doc. Dr. Aynur Kocak: Olum Olayinin Morfolojik Olarak Kargislara
Yansimasi (Kocaeli)
Dr. Ahmet Atilla Dogan: "Son Yolculuk Nereye?" -Almanya'daki Gocmen
Turklerin Cenaze Ritueli- (Eskisehir)
Ilyas Kamalov: Tatar Prensesi Suyumbike'nin Efsanevi Olumu (Istanbul)
Dr. Munevver Tekcan: "Topragi Bol Olsun Deyimi" Uzerine (Kocaeli)
Prof. Dr. Gulden Sagol: Turklerde Olumun Algilanisi ? 'Olmek'
Karsiliginda Kullanilan Kelimelerden Hareketle (Istanbul)
Dr. Funda Toprak: Olume Uzanan Yolda Helal-Haram-Sevap-Gunah Inanclari
Baglaminda Turetilen Terimler (Ankara)
Dr. Hulya Arslan-Erol: Eski Turkcede Olum Icin Kullanilan Sozler ve
Bunlarin Anlam Alanlarinda Meydana Gelen Degisiklikler (Kilis)
Dr. Hatice Sirin: Gebermek Fiili Uzerine (Izmir)
Prof. Dr. Namik Acikgoz: Mezartasi Metinlerinde Olum (Mugla)
Doc. Dr. Erol Altinsapan-Abdullah Deveci: Bilecik Orhan Gazi Imareti
Kazisinda Bulunan Keci Gomutlu Bir Mezar (Eskisehir)
Dr. Canan Parla: Gok Kapi Temasinin Iki Anadolu  Selcuklu Donemi
Kumbetinde Tezahuru (Eskisehir)
Yard. Doc, Dr. A. Sacit Acikgozoglu: Nisanci Mehmed Pasa Camii Haziresi
Doc. Dr. Ilyas Uzum: Turkiye Azeri Toplumunda Cenaze Merasimleri ve
Ihsan Gelenegi (Istanbul)
Dr. R. Eser Gultekin: Izmir'de Osmanli Mezar Taslarina Yansiyan Yasam ve
Olumle Ilgili Motifler (Izmir)
Dr. Hasan Sener: Mezar Taslarindaki Siirler Uzerine Bir Deneme (Kilis)
Selim Hilmi Ozkan: Turklerde Mezar Kultu, Olu Gomme ve Mezar Tasi
Gelenegi (Sarkikaraagac Ornegi ve Geri Kalanlar) (Isparta)
Ali Riza Ozcan: Mezar Taslarinda Sembolizm (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. Cetin Derdiyok: Sevgiliye Mersiye: Ahmed Pasa'nin Bicim ve
Icerik Acisindan Divan Siiri Gelenegine Gore Alisilmisin Disinda
Yazilmis Bir Mersiyesi (Adana)
Dursun Ali Tokel: Olume Sevinen Mersiye: Yahya Bey'in Rustem Pasa
Mersiyesi (Samsun)
Dr. Gencay Zavotcu: Divan Sairi Yahya Bey'in Sehzade Mustafa Mersiyesini
isleyen Bir Olumun Yankilari ve Sehzade Mustafa Mersiyesi (Kocaeli)
Ersen Ersoy: Mutasavvif Sairlerin Olum Telakkisi (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. H. Dilek Batislam: Mesihi Divani'nda Olum ve Olumle Ilgili
Unsurlar (Adana)
Dr. Ahmet Ari: Usuli'nin Bir Siirinden Hareketle Divan Sairlerinin Olume
Yaklasimi (Isparta)
Dr. Bayram Ali Kaya: Muhammediye ve Murat-name'de Olum (Sakarya)
Dr. Muhittin Eliacik: Âsik Ahmed'in Camiu'l-ahbar'inda Velilerin Olum
Karsisindaki Tavirlari (Kirikkale)
Dr. Riza Ogras: Turk Edebiyatinda Olumlerini Tarihleyen Sairler (Burdur)

Dr. Orhan Kemal Tavukcu: Edebiyatimizda Olum Siirlerinin Bazi Uslup
Ozellikleri (Erzurum)
Tûba Isen Durmus: Klasik Kulturumuzde Olum Dusuncesinin Zihni
Izdusumleri: Biyografi Kaynaklarinda Olum Tanimlari (Ankara)
Ayse Nur Sir: Tasavvufta Hayat ve Olum (Kutahya)
Doc. Dr. Muhammed Gur: Olum Karsisinda Abdulhak Hamid (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. Mehmet Mehdi Erguzel: Arif Nihat Asya'nin Siirlerinde Olum
Kavraminin Kullanimlari Uzerine (Sakarya)
Doc. Dr. Nevzat Kaya: Oguz Atay'in "Tutunamayanlar" Adli Romanina
Tanatolojik Bir Yaklasim" (Izmir)
Sema Cetin Baycanlar: Cahit Sitki Taranci'nin Olumu Uzerine Yazilanlar
ve Bu Yazilardan Yola Cikarak Olum Ardi (Nekrolojik) Yazilar Uzerine
Genel Bir Degerlendirme (Adana)
Dr. Baki Asilturk: Attila Ilhan'in Siirlerinde Seruvenin Sonu: Olum
Doc. Dr. Sehnaz Alis: Edebiyatimizda Olum ve Olum Karsisinda Alinan
Tavir (Istanbul)
Prof. Dr. Sema Ugurcan: Olum Diyarinda Hayat (Istanbul)
Kamuran Semra Eren: Mezar Taslarindaki Yazilarin Cagdas Turk
Edebiyatinda Metinler Arasilik Olusturmasina Bir Ornek: Erendiz
Atasu'den Tasustunde Gul Oymasi (Burdur)
Doc. Dr. Bahadir Karimov: Ozbek Edebiyatinda Olum (Ozbekistan)
Ibrahim Tuzer: Uc Firenk Havasi'ndan Modern Insana Olum ve Ismet Ozel
Dr. Mithat Durmus: Melih Cevdet Anday Siirlerinde Olum- Olumsuzluk
Izlegi (Ankara)
Dr. Salim Conoglu: Olum Uzerine Bir Karsilastirma -Necip Fazil, Ziya
Osman ve Cahit Sitki'nin Birer Siirinin Analizi- (Balikesir)
Sezai Coskun: Akif Pasa'nin Adem Kasidesi'ndeki Olum Fikri ile Ziya
Pasa'nin Terci-i Bend'indeki Olum Fikrinin Mukayesesi (Istanbul)
Gonca Arkon: Cemal Sureyya'nin Siirlerinde Olum (Kocaeli)
Dr. Erdogan Altinkaynak: Karay Turklerinde Olum (Giresun)
Dr. Abdulvahap Kara: Kazak Turklerinde Olum ile Ilgili Inanclar ve
Merasimler (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. Ahmet Gokbel: Kuman/Kipcaklarda Olu Gomme Adetleri ve Balbal
Gelenegi (Sivas)
Dr. Abdulmurat Tilavov: Ozbek Folklorunda Olum (Ozbekistan)
Doc. Dr. Yusuf Ziya Keskin: Sanliurfa Halk Kulturunde Olum (Sanliurfa)
Mujgan Ucer - Dr. Nesrin Tagizade-Karaca: Besik - Esik ? Kesik ya da
Sivas Sozel Kulturunde Olum (Sivas-Ankara)
Dr. Isil Altun: Kandira Turkmenlerinde Olum (Kocaeli)
Dr. Mehmet Erol: Kaz Dagi Turkmenleri ve Toros Tahtacilarinda Olum
Fenomeni (Kilis)
Prof. Dr. Fuzuli Bayat: Yeni Statuye Gecis Paradigmasinda Olup Dirilme
Doc. Dr. Engin Beksac: Erken Avrasya ve Turk Kultur Ortaminda Olum,
Kadin ve Donusum: Maddi ve Manevi Yansimalar (Sakarya)
Dr. Sezai Kucuk: Mevlana'nin Olum Algilayisi (Seb-i Arus) ve Bunun
Mevlevi Kulturune Yansimalari  (Sakarya)
Dr. Ayse Nur Tekmen: Olum Rituelleri: Turk ve Japon Toplumunda Benzesen
Yonler (Ankara)
Doc. Dr. Ayhan Bicak: Turk Evren Tasavvurunda Insan ve Olum (Istanbul)
Dr. Tevfika Tunaboylu-Ikiz: Psikanalitik Bakis Acisindan Olum Durtusu ve
Kulture Olan Yansimalari (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. Ilhan Genc: Olume Tavir Almanin Estetik Boyutu (Izmir)
A. Turbic-Hadzagic, Dr. Selcuk Kirbac, A. Dedeic: People Are Not the
Only Ones Who Die = Sadece Insanlar Olmez (Bosna-Hersek-Sakarya)
Doc. Dr. Zuhal Kultural: Olum Kavraminin Ifadesi (Istanbul)
Dr. Tanju Oral Seyhan: Savas ve Olum: Savas Sahnelerinde Kazanan Tarafin
Olum Kavramini Kullanis Sekilleri ve Yas Tutma Sekilleri (Istanbul)
Dr. Ahmet Demirtas: Karahanli Turkcesinde Olumle Ilgili Ad Aktarmalari
Aziz Doganay: Olume Hayat Verme Sanati: Tuhfe-i Hattatin Orneginde Olum
Bildiren Ifadeler (Istanbul)
Dr. Mesut Teksan: Gunumuz Romaninda Intihar (Canakkale)
Dr. Nesrin Tagizade-Karaca: Son Sozu Intihar olan Edebiyatcilar (Ankara)

Nesime Ceyhan: 1980 Sonrasi Turk Siirinde Olum Arzusu: Intihar
Zuhal Guler Parlak: Din, Felsefe ve Sanat Dunyasinda Intihar (Ankara)
Dr. Isa Celik: Turk Tasavvuf Dusuncesinde Olum (Erzurum)
Dr. Ramazan Muslu: Turk Tasavvuf Kulturunde Sufilerin Olume Bakisi ve
Cenaze Merasimleri (Sakarya)
Dr. Omer Savran: Divan Edebiyatinda Olum Temasi ve Nesati'nin Iki
Mersiyesi (Karabuk)
Dr. Mehmet Celal Varisoglu: "Ol ve Ol" Fikri Cercevesinde Husn u Ask
Kahramani Ask'in Kendini Bulma ve Tanima Sureci (Gaziantep)
Prof. Dr. Cihan Okuyucu: Mevlana'nin Olum Anlayisi (Istanbul)
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Mermer: 16.yy. Tezkirelerinde Olumun Yansima Bicimleri,
Anlam Cercevesi ve Mukayesesi (Ankara)
Doc. Dr. Bilal Kemikli: Tasavvufi Kozmogoni, Devir ve Irfani Olum
Doc. Dr. Nihat Oztoprak: "Yensiz Gomlek Giyip Agac Ata Binmek": Yunus
Emre'nin Olum Konulu Bir Gazelinin Serhi (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. Sebahat Deniz: Olumde Gizli Olan Vuslat (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. Azmi Bilgin: Osmanli Siirinde Olmeden Once Olum Temi (Istanbul)

Doc. Dr. Gulsen Seyhan Alisik: Asya Evren Simgesinin Yesevi Kulturundeki
Yansimalari (Istanbul)
Dr. Huseyin Ozcan: Bir Katliamin Siiri Maktel-i Huseyin (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. Samira Kortantamer: Memluk Toplum Hayatinda Olum Olaylari
Doc. Dr. Harun Duman: Savasta Olenler: Balkan Savasinda Olumun Soguk
Yuzu (Istanbul)
Dr. Ali Efdal Ozkul: 18. Yuzyilin Ilk Yarisinda Kibris'ta Olum (KKTC)
Doc. Dr. Kenan Inan: Trabzon Ser'iye Sicillerinde Olum Hadiseleri
(1648-1656) (Trabzon)
Alev Ozbil: Turkiye Cumhuriyeti Cumhurbaskanlarinin Cenaze Torenleri
Dr. D. Ali Arslan: Anadolu Kulturunde Olum ve Genc Olumu Olgusu: Genc
Olumu Uzerine Yakilmis Agitlardan Bir Icerik Analizi Calismasi (Tokat)
Dr. Mehmet Ali Ozdemir: Halk Muziginde Olum Uzerine Yakilan Agitlarin
Icralarinda Ortaya Cikan Problemler ve Cozum Onerileri (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. Feza Tansug: Evrensel Kug ve Gocebe Kirgiz Kulturunde Kosok
Torenleri (Istanbul)
Nurettin Albayrak: Ezgiler Esliginde Halk Turkulerinde Olum (Istanbul)
Dr. Yagmur Say: Eskisehir ve Cevresinde Heterodoks Olusumlar; Battal
Gazi ve Seyh Sucaeddin Kultlerindeki Olum Telakkileri (Eskisehir)
Dr. Harun Yildiz: Alevi Geleneginde Olum ve Olum Sonrasi Uygulamalar
Dr. Mehmet Donmez: Malatya Yoresinde Alevilerin Olum Kulturune Bakislari
ve Sosyolojik Temelleri (Malatya)
Mehmet Simsek: Olumun Suryanicesi (Diyarbakir)
Dr. A. Kayyum Kesici: Kazak Turklerinin Olum, Defin ve Yas Tutma ile
Ilgili Gelenekleri Uzerine (Kocaeli)
Dr. Yasar Kalafat: Turklerde Insan Kurbani (Ankara)
Dr. Abdulkerim Dinc: Gagauz Folklorunda Olum (Erzurum)
Dr. Gulsum Killi: Hakas Turklerinin Olumu Algilayisi ve Hakas
Turkcesinde Olum ile Ilgili Kavramlar (Ankara)
Gulben Mat: Ahiska Turklerinde Olum ve Olume Dair Inanislar (Izmir)
Prof. Dr. Hamidullah Baltabayev: Ozbek Jedidlerinin Olumu ve Onlar
Hakkindaki Agitlar (Ozbekistan)
Dr. Ayten Kaplan: Olum ve Muzik (Ankara)
Gulda Cetindag: Elazig Turkulerinde Olum  (Elazig)
Dr. Zekeriya Basarslan: Kirim Halk Yirlarinda (Turkulerinde) Olum
Doc. Dr. Faruk Karaca: Turk Kulturunde Mezar Tasi Gelenegi ve Olume
Iliskin Tutumlar (Erzurum)
Dr. Mustafa Aksoy-Dr. Zekeriya Karadavut: Kuzey Kirgizistan'da Olum ve
Mezarlik Gelenegi (Istanbul-Konya)
Sabiha Tansug: Turkmenlerde Olumle Ilgili Gelenekler (Istanbul)
Dr. Culpan Cetin: Tatar Turklerinin Cenaze Merasimleri (Mugla)
Nilgun Sevinc: Van Golu Havzasi Mutfak Kulturunde Olum Gelenekleri
Dr. Esat Harmanci: Klasik Turk Siirinde Matemin Rengi (Kocaeli)
Mustafa Durmus: Turklerde Yas Rengi Sadece Siyah midir? (Ankara)
Dr. Nesrin Kaya: Kutadgu Bilig'de Olum Kavrami (Edirne)
Hulya Yazici Okuyan: Soz Varligindan Hareketle Kemalettin Tugcu
Romanlarinda Olum Olgusu (Burdur)
Seval Sahin Gumus: Olum Ayri Bir keyfiyet: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar'in
Hikayelerinde Olum Izlegi (Istanbul)
Mehmet Gunes: Resat Nuri Guntekin'in Hikayelerinde Olum Temasi
Ahmet Demir: Hilmi Yavuz'un Siirlerinde Olumun Muhtelif Yuzleri (Ankara)

Dr. Bilgehan Atsiz Gokdag: Azerbaycan Masallarinda Olumle Ilgili
Mitolojik Inanmalar (Trabzon)
Prof. Dr. Rahile Geybullayeva: Olum Edebi-Felsefi Problem Kimi (Y. 
Semedoglunun "Getl gunu") (Azerbaycan)
Doc. Dr. Mehmet Ismail: Azerbaycanli Sair Ali Kerim'in Siirlerinde Olum
Konusu (Canakkale)
Pervane Isayeva: Sherg Edebiyyatinda Olum Anlayisi (Azerbaycan)
Doc. Dr. Vehbi Baser: Kirsal Dunya'da Olume Yonelik Dini-Sosyal
Oruntuleri: Sureklilikler ve Degisim Sorunu (Istanbul)
Sadi Bayram: Turk Kulturunde Olum (Ankara)
Eyup Akman: Kastamonu'da Olumle Ilgili Âdet ve Inanclar (Kastamonu)
Ali Riza Gonullu: Alanya'da Olum Âdetleri (Alanya)
Doc. Dr. Guven Kaya: Divan Siirinde Metafizik ve Olum (Kocaeli)
Neslihan Ilknur Koc: Divan Siirinde Olum/Toprak Olmak (Ankara)
Aysegul Ovalioglu: Senih'in Vakia-i Kerbela Mukaddimesi'nin Kerbela
Vakasi Acisindan Tanitimi (Istanbul)
Aynur Ince: Âsik Mahzuni Serif'in Siirlerinde Olum Temi (Istanbul)
Doc. Dr. Saban Saglik: Yeni Turk Edebiyatina Gecis Surecinde ve
Sonrasinda "Olum" Temasindaki Degisimin Siirimizdeki Yansimalari
Dr. Ertan Orgen: 1940 Sonrasi Turk Siirinde Olum Iliskileri (Balikesir)
Dr. Mahmut Babacan: Cagdas Turk Siirinde Olumun Ele Alinis Bicimi ve
Gelistirilen Tutumlar (Burdur)
Doc. Dr. Mehmet Torenek: Siirimizde Olum Yolculugu ve Tabut Istiaresi
Dr. Zekiye Cagimlar: Adana Nusayrilerinde Reenkarnasyon Inanci ve Bu
Inanca Bagli Anlatilardaki Ruya Motifi (Adana)
Betul Coskun: Tanpinar'in Estetiginde Ruya Icinde Olum (Istanbul)
Serkan Sen: Eski Turkce Metinlerde Gorulen Olum Habercisi Ruyalar
Ayse Yilmaz: Elcin'in Olum Hukmu ve Ak Deve Romanlarinda Olum Motifi
Dr. Guler Yarci: Bursa-Edirne ve Istanbul Nufus Arsivlerinden Olum Kayit
Ornekleri: Vukuat Defterleri (Istanbul)
Dr. Mustafa Kilic: Hasisilerin Selcuklularla Mucadelelerinde Isledikleri
Cinayetlerin (Oldurme Eylemlerinin) Degerlendirmesi (Sivas)
Dr. Mehmet Tezcan: 359 Amida Kusatmasindaki Ornege Gore Hunlarda Defin
Merasimi (Trabzon)
Dr. Nejat Dogan: Olum Dusuncesinin Kutadgu Bilig'in Liderlik Etigi ve
Dis Politika Kurgusu Icindeki Yeri (Kayseri)
Prof. Dr. Nese Erim: Osmanli Toplumunda Bireysel Siddet:
Olenler-Oldurenler (Kocaeli)
Doc. Dr. Mehmet Akman: Osmanli Devletinde Kardes Katli Uygulamasi
Dr. Ahmet Yigit: Devlet-i Âl-i Osman'da Sehzade Olmak ve Olum (Mugla)
Fehmi Yilmaz: 17. Yuzyil Osmanli Kirim'inda Olenler ve Biraktiklari
Tatiana Anikeeva: Perception of death in Kitab-i Dedem Korkut (Moskova)
Dr. Cigdem Kara: Gunumuz Efsanelerindeki Kentli Olumleri (Eskisehir)
Gazanfer Iltar: Giresun Turbeleri ve Yatir Efsaneleri (Giresun)
Ebru Senocak: Halk Hikayelerinde Olum Kavraminin Tematik Degerlendirmesi
Dr. Mustafa Ozel: Olunun Ardindan Kur'an-i Kerim Okunmasinin Dini
Dayanaklari (Izmir)
Mesut Yazici: Kuran'in Olumden Sonra Yeniden Dirilis Kurgusu ve Dirilis
Gercegi (Canakkale)
Cevdet Yakupoglu: 15. Yuzyilda Kastamonu ve Cevresinde Hatim Okuma
Gelenegi (Kastamonu)
Dr. Muharrem Yildiz: Turk Kulturunde Olume Bakis (Istanbul)
Dr. Mustafa Akcay: Gazzali Dusuncesinde Olum Halleri (Sekeratu'l-mevt)
ve Kabir Hayati (Sakarya)
Doc. Dr. Ibrahim Coskun: Fahrettin Razi'nin Inanc Sisteminde Olum ve
Olumsuzluk (Diyarbakir)
Dr. Halil Ibrahim Bulut: Hanefi-Maturidi Gelenegi Cercevesinde
Kulturumuzde Olum Inanci ve Olulere Karsi Vazifelerimiz (Sakarya)
Dr. Ahmet Tasgin Geri Donus: Yezidilerde Olum (Diyarbakir)
Dr. Ismail Taspinar: Kitab-i Mukaddes'in Turkce Tercumelerinde Olumle
Ilgili Kavramlar ve Anlatimlar (Istanbul)
Dr. Adem Akinci: Olum Acisini Hafifletmede Inanclarimiz (Sanliurfa)
Dr. Huseyin Esen: Islam Hukuku Acisindan Olum ve Ilgili Hukumler (Izmir)

Nesim Doru: Ibn Sina'da Ruh ve Beden Iliskisi Baglaminda Olum Dusuncesi
Dr. Murat Koc: Halit Ziya Usakligil'in Oglu Halil Vedat'in Intiharinin
Iki Edebi Eserdeki Yorumu (Istanbul)
Prof. Dr. Tahire Memmed: Eski ve Yeni Azerbaycan Edebiyyatinda Getl ve
Intihar (Azerbaycan)
Haluk Gokalp: Kulturumuzde Intihar ve Ferhad'in Intihari'nin Divan Siiri
Ask Estetigine Etkileri (Adana)
Ilham Kose: Divanlarda Intihar ve Âsaf'in 'Intihar' Redifli Kasidesi
Doc. Dr. Mustafa Demirel: Turklerde Olum Anlayisi (Istanbul)
Dr. Yorgo Dedes: Mevlut ve Olum (Ingiltere)
Dr. M. Cengiz Yildiz: Bir Olum Ritueli Olarak Mevlit ve Din Gorevlileri
Ilgen Kayrak: Mevlit Sekerleri (Istanbul)
Dr. Nahide Simsir: Cesme'de Ziyaret  Yeri Olarak Secilen Kabirler
Ilhama Jafarova-Sveta Djafarova: Mezar Taslarina Yansiyan Duygular
Metanet Azizgizi Aliyeva: Doganin Olum ve Olum Gunu-Ergenekon (Novruz)
Bayrami (Azerbaycan)
Ahmet Taskin: Olum Orucu (Ankara)
Dr. Esra Karabacak: Kibris Agzinda Olumle ilgili ifadeler (KKTC)
Doc. Dr. A. Deniz Abik: Turkcede "Vefat" Kelimesi ve Yardimci Fiilleri
Figen Guner Dilek: Altay Turkcesinde Olum Kavramiyla Ilgili Kelimeler ve
Deyimler (Ankara)
Dr. Selcuk Kirbac - Amra Dedeic: Turkceden Bosnakcaya Gecmis Olumle
Ilgili Kelimeler (Sakarya - Bosna-Hersek)
Dr. Canan Ileri: Eskisehir Turkmenlerinde Olum ve Ilgili Gelenekler,
Inanislar ve Bunlarin Soz Varligina Yansimasi (Eskisehir)
Mehmet Ali Yolcu: Balikesir Ili Kepsut Yoresi Karakecili Yoruklerinde
Olumle Ilgili Adetler ve Rituel Uygulamalar (Bursa)
Halil Ibrahim Sahin: Balikesir Cepnilerinde Defin ve Defin Sonrasi Bazi
Inanis ve Uygulamalar (Balikesir)
Dr. Sirin Yilmaz Ozkarsli: Ankara'nin Beypazari Ilcesinde "Aza Savma"
Doc. Dr. Mehmet Aca: Tiva ve Sor Destanlarinda Olum (Balikesir)
Mustafa Aca: Altay Turklerinin Destanlarindaki Olum Konusu Uzerine Bazi
Tespitler (Balikesir)
Ulku Kara Duzgun: Turk Destanlarinda Merkezi Kahramanin Olum Sonrasi
Kult Haline Gelisi ve Olup-Dirilme Motifi (Ankara)
Dr. Danuta Chmielowska: Turk Kulturunde Olumle Ilgili Polonya'da Yapilan
Calismalar (Polonya)

PANEL DISCUSSION- Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan, Nov. 21, Washington DC

Posted by: Help the Afghan Children <info(a)>
Posted: 17 Nov 2004

Reconstruction & Responsibility: NGOs and Afghanistan's Development Future

While the international community's attention has been intently focused on 
political developments in Afghanistan, the nation's socio-economic 
development has fallen outside the circles of discussion in media, 
government, and academic institutions.  Three years after the fall of the 
Taliban regime, reconstruction efforts by the government of Afghanistan, 
international NGOs, and Afghan national NGOs have significantly increased.  
However, the process of reconstruction in Afghanistan is a complicated one; 
and understanding the role of NGOs, donors, and governments within this 
process is often difficult.  There have been great improvements in several 
sectors, such as education and health, but many challenges remain.  Concerns 
about security have brought about changes in the aid and development 
environment where NGOs conduct their work, while the outcome of recent 
elections will further impact aid and development work in the future.  
Today, Afghan national NGOs are playing a larger, and more important, role 
in helping the nation move from relief to sustainable rehabilitation, while 
collaboration between national and international NGOs in achieving shared 
goals seems to be gaining increased importance.


American University Main Campus
McDowell Hall Formal Lounge
Washington DC

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2004

Presenters (invited):

Embassy of Afghanistan
Afghan Health & Development Services
American Red Cross
Mercy Corps
Relief International
Help The Afghan Children
International Medical Corps
Afghans 4 Tomorrow
Children of War


Prof. David Hirschmann Director, International Development Program AU-SIS
Mr. Weis Sherdel Former Exec. Dir., American Society of Afghan Professionals 

RSVP: info(a)

Please visit for Maps & Directions (Weekend 
parking is FREE)

This Panel Discussion is co- sponsored by Help The Afghan Children (HTAC), a 
non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in 
Afghanistan by providing educational, health, and emergency relief services, 
the International Development Program at American University s School of 
International Service, and the American Society of Afghan Professionals (ASAP).

SYMPOSIUM- Caucasus in the New Order, Nov. 30, Marmara University, Istanbul

Posted by: Emine Gursoy-Naskali <naskali(a)>
Posted: 17 Nov 2004

Marmara University
Faculty of Science and Letters
Department of History

Symposium: Caucasus in the New Order

All welcome

30 November 2004, Tuesday
Ibrahim Uzumcu Conference Hall
Goztepe, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey

OPENING REMARKS (10.00-10.30)
Prof. Dr. Necdet Ozturk

I. SESSION (10.30-12.00)

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Emine Gursoy Naskali
Prof. Dr. Nadir Devlet, (Yeditepe University), Rusya Federasyonunun
Guney Kafkasya Siyaseti ve Turkiyeye Etkileri
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Saray, (Istanbul University), Kafkaslarda Turk-Rus ve
Iran Rekabeti
Yrd. Doc. Dr. Esra Hatipoglu, (Marmara University), ABnin Yeni Komsu
Ulkeler Politikasi ve Kafkasya
Kamil Agacan, (Asam), ABDnin Kafkasya Politikasi

II. SESSION (13.30-15.00)

Cahirman: Prof. Dr. Nadir Devlet
Doc. Dr. Erhan Buyukakinci, (Galatasaray University), Degisen Dunyada
Ermenistan Dis Politikasi: Uluslararasi Sistem, Devletin Yeniden
Yapilanma Sureci ve Lider Degiskenlerinin Etkisi
Doc. Dr. Ufuk Tavkul, (Ankara University), Kafkasya'nin Hassas Etnik
Dengelerinde Yeni Bir Tehdit Unsuru: Kazaklar
Yrd. Doc. Dr. Nesrin Karagur, (Marmara University), Borcali Orneginde
Gurcistan-Azerbaycan iliskileri
Dr. Sinan Ogan, (ASAM), Turk-Rus iliskilerinde Ermenistan (1990-2004)

III. SESSION (15.30-16.30)

Cahirman: Prof. Dr. Turan Yazgan
Doc. Dr. Halil Bal, (Istanbul University), Ingilterenin Kafkasya
Politikasinin Turkiye ve Azerbaycan Acisindan Sonuclari (1918-1920)
Doc. Dr. Gulsen Seyhan Alisik, (Marmara University), Butov Azerbaycan
Kavrami Uzerine Bir Degerlendirme
Dr. Okan Yesilot, (Marmara University), Azerbaycandaki Cecen
Multeciler ve Rusya ile iliskilere Yansimalari

EVALUATION (16.30-17.00)

The symposium is in honour of the late Prof. Dr. Hakki Dursun Yildiz, our 
founding Dean and Rector.

Organising Committee:

Prof. Dr. Necdet Ozturk
Yrd. Doc. Dr. Nesrin Karagur
Secretary to the symposium
Dr. Okan Yesilot
E-mail: oyesilot(a)
Tel: 0216 348 27 57/1563

LECTURE- Michele Commercio, 2004 Nava'i Lecture, Dec. 2, Washington, DC

Posted by: Kaori Hirakawa <kh247(a)>
Posted: 16 Nov 2004

Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies,
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University


The Alfred Friendly Foundation

cordially invite you to

The Fifteenth Annual Nava'i Lecture in Central Asian Studies:

Kazakhstan's Pugachev Rebellion: Ethnic Russians in Central Asia


Michele Commercio, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies
Georgetown University

Dr. Commercio received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of 
Pennsylvania. Her dissertation and this presentation are based on extensive 
fieldwork in Central Asia, focusing on ethnic Russian minority populations.

Thursday, December 2, 2004, 5:30 PM

ICC Auditorium, Georgetown University

Reception to follow

RSVP required to (202) 687-6080 or guceres(a)

The Nava i Lecture in Central Asian Studies was established in 1990 to 
recognize outstanding young scholars.

CONFERENCE- Political and Popular Opposition in Central Asia, Nov. 18-19, Columbia Univ.

Posted by: Peter J Sinnott <pjs7(a)>
Posted: 12 Nov 2004

The East European, Russian and Eurasian National Resource Center, the 
Harriman Institute and the Caspian Project at Columbia University

Present a conference:

Political and Popular Opposition in Central Asia

November 18-19, 2004

Dag Hammarskjold Lounge,
6th floor International Affairs Building
420 West 118th St. (off Amsterdam Avenue)
New York, NY

Thursday November 18th
9:15-9:30am  Introduction, Peter Sinnott, Columbia University, Conference 

Edward Allworth, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
"Central Asian intellectuals' search for an identifiable new community in the
early twentieth century."

Farkhod Inogambaev, Visiting Scholar, Davis Center, Harvard University
"The spring of 1992 and the last significant opposition in Uzbekistan's 

AbduMannob Polat, Independent Scholar
"The priority dilemma for Uzbekistan and other states of Central Asia: 
Economic Development OR Democracy?"

Suleiman Muradov, Erk Party representative, USA

12:30-2pm Lunch Break

Muhiddin Kabiri, First Deputy Secretary, Islamic Renaissance Party Tajikistan

Davlat Khudonazar, Visiting Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

3:10-4:00 Discussion

DAY 2, Friday, November 19, 2004

Arkady Dubnov, Journalist, Moscow

Anara Tabyshalieva, Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC
"The Kyrgyzstan political opposition: From rhetoric to action?"

Najia Shaimardan, Research Associate, George Washington University
"Why does Turkmenistan lack an organized resistance?"

Nury Turkel, Uyghur-American Association, Washington, DC
"The Illegality of Chinese Rule in Xinjiang, China"

Dolkun Kambery, Radio Free Asia
"The Uyghur intelligentsia in political opposition, a historical perspective"

Gulamettin Pakha, East Turkistan National Resource Center
"Popular opposition to Chinese rule among the Uyghurs"

SEMINAR- State Ideology & the Legitimation of Authoritarianism in Uzbekistan, Nov. 18, Univ. of London

Posted by: Nim Nijjer <nn2(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 12 Nov 2004

SOAS Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus Seminar:

State Ideology and the Legitimation of Authoritarianism in Karimov's Uzbekistan

Andrew March, St. Johns College, Oxford

18 November at 5.30 in Room G52
Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
United Kingdom

All Welcome

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs Nim K Nijjer
Manager, Centres & Programmes Office
Room 479
10 Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Tel: 020 7898 4893
Email: nn2(a) / centres(a)

CONFERENCE- Sortir de L'empire: Le Cas des Etats Sud-Caucasiens, Nov. 25-26, Paris

Posted by: Trac News <trac(a)>
Posted: 10 Nov 2004

Journees Caucase
25-26 novembre 2004, Paris


Journees organisees conjointement par l'Observatoire des Etats 
post-sovietiques du CRREA -INALCO (Jean Radvanyi) et le Centre d'etude du 
Monde russe, sovietique et post-sovietique de l'EHESS-CNRS/Equipe Caucase 
(Claire Mouradian)

Jeudi 25 novembre 2004 - 13h30 h-18 h
105 bd Raspail
75006 Paris

I - De nouvelles identites nationales au Sud-Caucase (ethnicite, frontieres, 
territoires, histoire)

discutant: Claire MOURADIAN (CNRS, Centre russe)

Bruno COPPIETERS (Universite libre de Bruxelles)
La Georgie et ses voisins: changement de regime et transformation des conflits

Oliver REISNER (Human Rights Program Manager - World Vision International in 
Problems of democatisation and integration in Southern Georgia. First 
lessons learned from practice (in Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions).

Bairam BALCI (IFEA - Bakou)
Les perceptions et actions de l'Etat azerbaidjanais face aux Azeris de 

Vendredi 26 novembre 2004 - 9h30 - 12h30
Grande Salle
48 bd Jourdan
75014 Paris

II - Nouvelles relations de voisinage: Russie, Caucase

discutant: Nico BEROUTCHACHVILI (Universite de Tbilissi)

Silvia SERRANO (CNRS, Centre d'Etudes du monde russe, sovietique et 
Les relations exterieures de la Georgie independante: le cas de la Russie

Elizabeth SIECA-KOSLOWSKY (The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet 
L'influence militaire russe dans le Caucase: entre resistance et "nostalgie 

Jean RADVANYI (CNRS, Centre russe et INALCO-CREEA)
Environnement et securite au Caucase du Sud

Hratch TCHILINGIRIAN (Universite de Cambridge)
International and Regional Security Issues and the South Caucasus

Vendredi 26 novembre 2004 - 14h - 19 h
Grande Salle
48 bd Jourdan
75014 Paris

III - La voie difficile vers de nouveaux systemes politiques et economiques

discutant: Charles URJEWICZ (INALCO)

Anna ZELKINA (SOAS, Londres)
Government and society in the new reality of the market economy

Vicken CHETERIAN (CIMERA, Geneve-Erevan)
Presse et medias au Caucase du Sud

Françoise ARDILLIER-CARRAS (Universite de Limoges)
Les effets de la privation sur l'economie agricole en Armenie.

Debat general
discutant: Thornike GORDADZE (IEP de Paris)

OSI FORUM- Olivier Roy, Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah, Nov. 16, NY City

Posted by: Anu Kangaspunta-Garfield <akangaspunta(a)>
Posted: 8 Nov 2004

The Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend:

Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah


Dr. Olivier Roy
Research Director
French National Center for Scientific Research

Tuesday, November 16
12:00 1:30 pm

Open Society Institute
400 West 59th St
Third Floor, Room 3A
New York, NY 10019

Olivier Roy is Research Director in the Humanities & Social Sciences sector 
of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and has been a 
consultant with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1984. Dr. Roy 
has served as a consultant for United Nations Office of the Coordinator for 
Afghanistan, Special Envoy for the OSCE in Tajikistan and head for OSCE's 
mission for Tajikistan. He has delivered lectures and seminars at leading 
institutions in Europe and the United States, and he is the author of 
numerous articles and books including Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan; 
The Failure of Political Islam; The New Central Asia: The Creation of 
Nations, and Vers un islam européen. In his latest book, Globalized Islam: 
The Search for a New Ummah, Dr. Roy argues that Islamic revival has resulted 
from the Muslim diaspora's efforts to assert its identity in a non-Muslim 
context. According to Roy, a schism has emerged between mainstream Islamist 
movements in the Muslim world and the uprooted militants who strive to 
establish an imaginary ummah, or Muslim community, not embedded in any 
particular society or territory.

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



Lunch will be served.

SEMINAR- Markets and Livelihoods in Afghanistan, Nov. 11, SOAS, Univ. of London

Posted by: Nim Nijjer <nn2(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 5 Nov 2004

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus Seminar:

Markets and Livelihoods in Afghanistan

Adam Payne
University of East Anglia

Thursday, 11 November 2004 at 17:30

Room G52
Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
United Kingdom

All Welcome

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Bhavna Dave at bd4(a) (0207 898 4734) or
Nim Nijjer at centres(a) (0207 898 4893)
SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG

CONFERENCE- Democracy in the Former Soviet Union, Nov. 12, London

Posted by: FPC - International Development <globalbritons(a)>
Posted: 2 Nov 2004

The Foreign Policy Centre and the International Freedom Network are hosting 
a conference on democracy in the former Soviet Union on 12th November at the 
Foreign Press Association in London. The keynote address will be delivered 
by His Excellency Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia.

The conference will bring together political leaders, foreign investors, 
journalists, civil society representatives, academics and diplomats to 
discuss the state of democratic transition across the former Soviet Union.

10.00 - 10.10 Registration

10.10 - 11.00
Chair: Bruce Clark, The Economist
Keynote address: His Excellency Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia

11.00 - 11.20 Coffee

11.20 - 12.20 Elections in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus

Mr. Altynbek Sarsenbayev, former Information Minister of Kazakhstan Dr. 
Bhavna Dave, Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia, SOAS, University of 
London Mr. Simon Pirani, Ukraine expert, National Union of Journalists Mr. 
Tolen Tokhtasynov, Communist Party, Kazakhstan Dr. Yuri Khodyko, 
Byelorussian People's Front (tbc) 12.20 1.00 What Future for Democracy in 

Chair: Rachid Nougmanov, General Director, International Freedom Network Dr. 
Alisher Ilkhamov, Independent analyst, former Executive Director Open 
Society Institute Uzbekistan Mr. Parahat Yklymov, Turkmenistan opposition 
Mr. Vladimir Ryzhkov, Member of Parliament, Russian Federation (tbc) Mr. 
Talay Aitmambetov, Ar-Namys party, Kyrgyzstan Mr. Asylbek Kozhakhmetov, 
Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan

1.00 - 1.15 Refreshments

For further inquiries, please contact:

Shairi Mathur: intdev(a) or 0207 388 6662

CONFERENCE- Kazakhstan's Ecological Question, Nov. 5-6, 2004, Berlin-Mitte, Germany

Posted by: German-Kazakh Society <DeKasGes(a)>
Posted: 2 Nov 2004

International Conference

The German-Kazakh Society invites all interested persons to participate in 
the conference:

Kazakhstan's 'Ecological Question'.
Regional Environmental Policy as Contribution to a Sustainable Development 
in Central Asia

November 5-6, 2004

House of the Commerzbank
Pariser Platz 1
10117 Berlin-Mitte

The conference is supported by the Federal Department of Economic 
Collaboration and Development.

This conference will bring together most important persons in the 
environmental policy of Kazakhstan, among them Mr. Zhambul Bekzhanov, Deputy 
Minister for Environment, representatives of the regional administrations of 
Kyzylorda and East Kazakhstan and representatives of NGOs, as well as 
international experts from Germany, Great Britain, and Japan, among them E. 
Stather, BMZ, Prof. Yamashita, Nagasaki University, Prof. Frühauf, 
University Halle, Prof. Succow.

There will be 4 panels:

Panel 1: Environmental policy in Kazakhstan
Panel 2: Ecological heritage and current catastrophic zones
Panel 3: International cooperation and Kazakh environmental policy
Panel 4: Environment and civil society: The role of NGOs in the 
'ecologization' of the Kazakh society

For further information please feel free to contact:

Mrs. Galina Nurtasinowa
Managing Director and Member of the Board
Deutsch-Kasachische Gesellschaft e. V.
Colditzstrasse 34-36
D - 12099 Berlin
Phone: +4930 / 70 02 34 78
Fax: +4930 / 70 02 48 80
Mobile: +49177 / 572 33 00
E-mail: DeKasGes(a)

CONF./CFP- Golden Horde & Its Successor States, Istanbul, Further Information

Posted by: Timur Kocaoglu <tkocaoglu(a)>
Posted: 2 Nov 2004

Call for Papers (2nd Circular)

2nd International Conference on the Golden Horde and Its Successor States
Istanbul, 22-24 April 2005

Upon general request, the deadline of the abstracts was extended until 10 
December 2004

And the last session of the conference was now devoted to the political, 
social, and cultural developments in the Volga-Ural region between 18th and 
20th centuries).

Submission of abstracts are invited for the inter-disciplinary conference on 
the study of the Golden Horde state, its successor khanates of Kazan, 
Crimea, Astrakhan, and Siberia, and the 18th-20th century developments in 
the Volga-Ural region in the fields of history, culture (religion, language, 
literature, arts, architecture, and music), politics, and economy.

There will be only two panels (morning and afternoon) each day and each 
panel will have 6 papers with two discussants at the end (Total 30 papers).

The sessions of the conference:

22 April Friday: 1st session: Golden Horde (history & economics), 2nd 
session: Golden Horde (culture)

23 April Saturday: 3rd  session: The Khanates (history & economics), 4th 
session: Khanates (culture)

24 April Sunday: 5th session: Volga-Ural Workshop (18th-20th centuries 
developments in the region).

Abstracts should be ca. 500 words in length and should include a title. They 
must be received latest by December 10, 2004. The abstracts can be submitted 
by e-mail (preferred), by fax or by regular mail to: E-mail: 
tkocaoglu(a)  Fax: +90-212-338-1559 Mail: Timur Kocaoglu, Center for 
Strategic Studies, Koc University, Rumeli Feneri Yolu, Sariyer 34450, 
Istanbul, Turkey.

An international board consisting of distinguished Turkish, US, and Tatar 
scholars of the Golden Horde will examine and evaluate the proposed 
abstracts. The authors of the abstracts will be notified individually latest 
by December 25, 2004 whether or not their paper proposals were accepted by 
the board (full confidentiality is promised).  Those who will be instructed 
to write their conference papers, have to submit the final drafts of their 
papers latest by April 14, 2005 (the chairman and two discussants of each 
panel need to receive the papers of their panelists by April 15).

The languages of the conference are Turkish and English (simultaneous 
translations will be provided). The papers presented at the conference will 
be published in a single volume after six months (The authors will have 
three months to make corrections, additions or to expand their conference 
papers for the publication).

The conference will be held at a hotel with convenient conference facilities 
near the center of Istanbul (will be announced later). The travel, 
accommodation, and meal expenses of all authors of the accepted papers will 
be met by the organizing foundation.

The present conference is organized by the non-profit research foundation 
"Ayaz-Tahir Turkistan Idil-Ural Vakfi" (Ayaz-Tahir Turkistan Volga-Ural 
Foundation). This is a follow-up meeting of the following past conferences: 
"International Conference on the 750th Anniversary of the Golden Horde 
State" (Kazan State University, Kazan, Aug. 8-11, 1993); "From Kalkha to 
Astrakhan, 1223-1556: International Golden Horde History Research 
Conference" (Kazan State University, Kazan, June 23-26, 1998); "Tatars and 
Tatarstan Conference" (Marmara University, Istanbul, February 27, 2003); and 
the "Volga-Ural Workshop" (Bilkent University, Ankara, Feb. 20-21, 2004).

Contact person for the conference:

Timur Kocaoglu (Executive Board Member of the Foundation "Ayaz-Tahir 
Turkistan Idil-Ural Vakfi" and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, 
Koc University, Istanbul): tkocaoglu(a)

LECTURE- De-jure & de-facto Democratization in Uzbekistan, Nov. 12, Univ. of Georgia

Posted by: Farkhad Tolipov <farkhad_tolipov(a)>
Posted: 2 Nov 2004

Farkhod Tolipov, visiting professor of the Center for International Trade 
and Security of the University of Georgia, Athens, will give a presentation 

"The Gap between de-jure and de-facto Democratization in Uzbekistan. 9 
Problems of Proto-Democracy".

November 12, 3:00 PM
Room 117, Candler Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Farkhod Tolipov is a professor at the University of World Economy and 
Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He is also a senior expert at the Institute 
for Strategic Studies under the President of Uzbekistan. He has a Ph.D. in 
Political Science since 1997.

Farkhad Tolipov
Visiting professor,
University of Georgia, Athens,
E-mail: farkhad_tolipov(a)
Tel.: (706) 542-4239

Farkhod Tolipov
Assistant Professor,
University of World Economy and Diplomacy,
Tashkent, Uzbekistan,
Tel/Fax: (#99871) 125-43-22 (home), (#998712) 67-08-16 (office)

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