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CONF./CFP- Conference on International Borders and Migration

Posted by: Otto Pohl <pohlcat(a)rocketmail.com>
Posted: 22 Jun 2006


CONF./CFP- Conference on International Borders and Migration

I would like to hold a one day conference on International Borders and
Migration sometime next year. The conference would take place in
Arivaca, AZ near the US-Mexican border. The conference will seek to
examine international migration in a comparative context. In addition
to papers on migration from Mexico and other Latin American countries
to the US I would also like to have presenters on migration from the
Caucasus and Central Asia to Russia and from Africa to the European
Union. The conference would be interdisciplinary. I welcome
submissions from a wide variety of specialties in the humanities and
social sciences including historians, political scientists,
geographers, economists, sociologists and anthropologists.

As part of the conference I will arrange a trip to the border crossing
point between Sasabe in the US and El Sasabe in Mexico. Currently,
this is one of the most traversed routes between two countries in the
world. A significant portion of the illegal immigration into the US
passes through this corridor. Right now I am seeing if there is any
interest in such a conference.
I would not be able to provide any financial assistance to any of the
presenters. I would also have to charge a nominal registration fee to
cover expenses. I promise this fee will not exceed $100 a person.

If you would be interested in presenting a paper at such a conference
please let me know. E-mail me the proposed title of your paper and
your current affiliation. If I get enough responses I will go ahead
and start the process of renting the facilities and organizing the
conference. Provided there is sufficient interest the conference
should take place sometime in 2007.

J. Otto Pohl
Arivaca, AZ
pohlcat(a)rocketmail.com

CONF.- The Sixth Forum on Economy and Informatics of the Turkic Republics, Bishkek, Nov. 14-19

Posted by: Konuralp <konuralp(a)manas.kg>
Posted: 22 Jun 2006


CONF.- Forum on Economy and Informatics of Turkic Republics, Bishkek, Nov 14-19

THE SIXTH FORUM ON ECONOMY AND INFORMATICS OF THE TURKIC REPUBLICS
14-19 November 2006 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
 
The sixth Forum on Economy and Informatics of the Turkic Republics is to be 
held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, on 14-19 November 2006 at the 
Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University. 

This Forum, organized by the Undersecretariat of the Prime Ministry for 
Foreign Trade of the Turkish Republic and the Center for Turkic Civilization 
Studies, will constitute a relevant forum for studies focusing basically on 
Turkic literature, its diffusion with original historical texts within the 
internet system and publishing electronically major master pieces of the 
Turkic cultural heritage. In this connection special emphasis will be put on 
economic and trade relations.

Address: 
Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University
Center for Turkic Civilization Studies
Tynchtyk kocosu, 56
Bishkek / Kyrgyz Republic
Tel: (+996312) 55 27 91 veya 55 27 86/1222 
Fax: (+996312) 55 27 82
e-mail: turkuygar(a)manas.kg

LECTURE- Interests of NATO in Central Asia, 20 June 2006, AUCA, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 19 Jun 2006


LECTURE- Interests of NATO in Central Asia, 20 June 2006, AUCA, Bishkek

Lecture: "Interests of NATO in Central Asia", 20 June 2006, AUCA, Bishkek,
Kyrgyzstan

Presenter: Dr. Keith Leroy Gardner, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for
Science Cooperation, NATO

Moderator: Yasar Sary, Co-Chair, International and Comparative Politics
Department, AUCA

Date and time: June 20, 2006, 10:30-12:00

Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA

BIO: Dr. Keith Leroy Gardner holds PhD in Optical Sciences from University
of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. He joined the NATO International Staff in 1985.
He is now the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Science Cooperation in
the newly established Public Diplomacy Division of the NATO International
Staff.


How to register: Please RSVP to pss(a)mail.auca.kg giving your name and
institution.

This lecture is arranged by the AUCA Social Research Center
(www.src.auca.kg).

CONF./CFP- International Idil-Ural Studies Conference, Kütahya (Turkey), 11-12 Nov. 2006

Posted by: Gonul Pultar <gpultar(a)kulturad.org>
Posted: 15 Jun 2006


CONF./CFP- Int'l Idil-Ural Studies Conference, Kütahya (Turkey), 11-12 Nov 2006

International Idil-Ural Studies Conference

11-12 November 2006

Kütahya Municipality Building
Kütahya

organized by
Cultural Studies Association (Turkey)
and
Kütahya Municipality


The Cultural Studies Association of Turkey and the Kütahya
Municipality are co-organizing an international "Idil-Ural Studies
Conference" with the collaboration of the World League of Tatars and
the Kütahya Kazan Culture Association on 11-12 November 2006 at the
Kütahya Municipality Building in Kütahya. The interdisciplinary
conference will be open to
discussion on all aspects of the history, literature, culture, and
society of the Volga-Ural region in the present Russian Federation and
aims at serving as a meeting place for senior and emergent scholars of
the field. The conference is a successor to the one-day seminar
entitled "Tatars and Tatarstan" organized in Istanbul by Marmara
University in February 2003, the two-day workshop entitled "Volga-Ural
Studies" organized in Ankara by Bilkent University in February 2004,
and the three-day conference entitled "The Golden Horde" organized in
Istanbul by the Ayaz Tahir Foundation in 2005.

The languages of the conference are Tatar, Turkish, English and
Russian. Proposals in any of those languages are invited for
presentations at the conference. Possible topics include but are by no
means limited to the cultural and political heritage of the Kazan
Khanate, the cultural and political heritage of djadidism, the
political heritage of the National Assembly (Milli Meclis),
ethnogenesis of the people(s) of the region, theories of identity,
nation building process(es), diasporic experience, the Soviet
experience, the gulag experience, changing historiography of the
region, the use of the alphabet as trope, orientalist perspectives on
the people(s) of the region, religion as a factor in the forging of
identity. Oral history work, life stories and testimonies are
especially welcome. The conference proceedings will be published.

Please send a 100 to 200-word abstract accompanied by a brief résumé
preferably by e-mail to <programi(a)kulturad.org> or by fax to +90 212 292
2229. The deadline is 15 July 2006. Results will be announced at the
beginning of September 2006. You may write to the same addresses for
additional information.

The organizing committee regrets that it can finance neither trips or
accommodation, nor waive the registration fee, but is willing to be of
guidance in requests to be made to alternate sources.


Gönül Pultar
President, Cultural Studies Association (Turkey)
and World League of Tatars

Abdullah Atasever
President, Kütahya Kazan Culture Association
Member, Kütahya Municipal Assembly

Ismail Türkoglu
Marmara University
Conference Coordinator

LECTURE- Religious Extremism, Terrorism and Regional Economic Cooperation in Central and South Asia, Bishkek, 9 June

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 7 Jun 2006


LECTURE- Religious Extremism, Terrorism and Regional Econ. Coop., Bishkek, 6/9

Presenter: Major General Jamshed Ayaz Khan

Moderator: Dr. Aftab Kazi, Professor of International and Comparative

Politics, AUCA

Date and time: June 9, 2006, 11:00-12:30

Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA

Religious extremism and terrorism has hindered the processes of full-fledged
regional economic and political development and relations of Central Asia
with its neighbors in South Asia.  Attempts to overcome extremisms in all
forms still remain a testing quest amid the zero-sum game plays between
regional and international powers in both regions. General Jamshed Ayaz Khan
will discuss the steps taken by the government of Pakistani to control and
combat extremism/terrorism, as well as about the heavy investments by
Pakistan in developing the road, rail and maritime communication
infrastructures, in order to provide southern routes for commercial
communication to help facilitate the economic and political developments
between Central and South Asia. Ongoing efforts to replace regional
conflicts with economic cooperation are another important development.
Geopolitically speaking, Pakistan is a key state that provides Central Asia
with shortest distance possible to the Arabian Sea, hence the alternative
routes of transportation via Afghanistan and via China through the Pakistani
Karakurams and Indus Highway. Currently, Pakistan is the only country
investing billions of dollars for the construction of new roads, railway and
maritime commercial deep water seaport facilities that could help facilitate
the cross regional and transcontinental trade for both Central and South
Asia, hoping that the new economic opportunities deriving from new trade
routes may help to control the levels of regional conflict and initiate
modernization to combat extremism/terrorism.  General Khan will be focusing
upon the broader aspects of conflict and cooperation in Central and South
Asia.

BIO: Major General Jamshed Ayaz Khan is President of Institute of Regional
Studies, an important government think tank in Islamabad.  He retired from
the Pakistan Armed Forces four years ago.

How to register: Please RSVP to pss(a)mail.auca.kg giving your name and
institution.

A reception will be held after the lecture.

This lecture is arranged by the AUCA Social Research Center
(www.src.auca.kg) with assistantship from the Pakistan Embassy in Kyrgyz
Republic.

CONF.- Uzbekistan at the Crossroads, June 16, University of Edinburgh, UK

Posted by: Matteo Fumagalli <matteo.fumagalli(a)ed.ac.uk>
Posted: 3 Jun 2006

CONF.- Uzbekistan at the Crossroads, June 16, University of Edinburgh, UK

The International Politics Research Group at the School of Social and Political
Studies, University of Edinburgh wishes to announce the conference 'Uzbekistan
at the crossroads: Multiple challenges and state response', to be held at the
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK on 16 June 2006.

The event is sponsored by the International Politics Research Group (University
of Edinburgh, UK) and the British Association for Slavonic and East European
Studies (BASEES).

Programme

2.00-3.30: Panel 1

Alisher Ilkhamov (SOAS, London)
Clan Politics in Uzbekistan: State versus society dimension

John Heathershaw (LSE)
New great game or same old ideas? Why the Uzbek-US marriage ended in a messy
divorce

Matteo Fumagalli (University of Edinburgh)
Uzbeks abroad in Uzbekistan's regional policy: Impact on state- and
nation-building

3.30-4.00: Coffee break

4.00-5.30: Panel 2

Johan Rasanayagam (University of Aberdeen)
Moral models and the moral self: The idea of the mahalla in Uzbekistan

Madeleine Reeves (University of Cambridge)
Place and displacement in Uzbekistani migrant narratives

Tommaso Trevisani (Centre for Development Research, Bonn)
Conflict dynamics in Uzbekistan's agrarian transition process: A view from
Khorezm


Venue:
Moot Court Room, Old College
South Bridge,
Edinburgh EH8 9YL
Scotland, UK
http://www.ed.ac.uk/buildings/oldcollege.html
http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/central-area/

Registration fees:
GBP 10 (GBP5 for students). Fees include conference pack and sandwich lunch
(1.15-2pm).
Because the number of seats is limited, the organisers would be grateful if
those interested in attending could register in advance.
Registration deadline: 10 June, 2006.

Contact details:

Dr Matteo Fumagalli
School of Social and Political Studies
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK
matteo.fumagalli(a)ed.ac.uk
Tel.: 0131-6513893
http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/international.html

WORKSHOP- Eurasian Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change, Hebrew Univ., June 5-8

Posted by: Michal Biran <biranm(a)mscc.huji.ac.il>
Posted: 3 Jun 2006


WORKSHOP- Eurasian Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change, Hebrew Univ., June 5-8

You are cordially invited to attend

A Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation

Eurasian Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change

Institute of Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
Givat Ram Campus,

5-8 June 2006


Program

Monday, June 5th, 18:30

Greetings:

Keynote Lecture:
Thomas T. Allsen, Oregon, USA

Population Movements in the Mongolian Era


Tuesday, June 6th

Session 1: Early Contacts: Archaeology, Identity and Empire
9:00-13:15

Chair: Anna Belfer-Cohen

Gideon Shelach, Hebrew University
Weapons, Ornaments and Food: The Creation of Pastoralist Identity on
the Borders of China during the First Millennium BCE

William Honeychurch, Gettysburg College
Nomadic Cores, Sedentary Peripheries, and the Statecraft of Empire

Steven Rosen, Ben Gurion University
Nomadic Exploitation in the Negev in the Longue Duree: The Myth of Overgrazing

Anatoly Khazanov, University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Scythians and Their Neighbours

13:15-14:30  Lunch


Session 2: From Antiquity to Medieval: Archaeology and Language
14:30-18:30

Chair: Shaul Shaked

Kazim Abdullaev, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan
Yueh-chih-Kushan in Central Asia and the Problem of their Settlement

Qi Dongfang, Beijing University
Chinese Contacts with Eurasian People during the Tang Dynasty and the
"Figurines of Barbarian People"

Isenbike Togan, Ankara University
The Use of Nomadic Socio-political Terminology in Chinese Sources


Wednesday, June 7th

9:00-12:00  Excursion to the Old City

Session 3: Into the Mongol Period: Kingship, Technology, Identity
13:30-16:45

Chair: Ronni Ellenblum

Peter Golden, Rutgers University and Institute for Advanced Study
Irano-Turkic Interaction: Aspects of the Sacral Kingship in Khazaria

Michal Biran, Hebrew University
The Mongols and Nomadic Identity: The Case of the Khitans in China

Reuven Amitai, Hebrew University
Gunpowder and Trebuchets: Mongol Siege Technology Re-examined


Session 4: The Role of Nomads in the Development of Material Culture
17:15- 19:15

Chair: Joseph Patrich

François Louis, Bard Graduate Center
Chinese-Khitan Acculturation and the Material Culture of the Liao Elite

Morris Rossabi, Columbia University
The Role of the Mongols in the Transmission of Porcelain and the Other
Decorative Arts


Thursday, June 8th

Session 5: The Mongols and the Middle East
8:45-12:00

Chair: Moshe Sharon

Beatrice Manz, Tufts University
The Impact of Nomad Conquest on Nomad Culture and Society in the
Mongol Middle East

George Lane, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Persian Notables and the Families which Underpinned Mongol Rule in Iran-zamin

David Morgan, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mongol Historiography since 1985: The Rise of Cultural History

12:00-13:15  Lunch

Session 6: Towards the Modern World: Law, Political Culture, Religion
13:15-18:30

Chair: Moshe Gammer

István Vásáry, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest
The Tatar Factor in the Formation of Moscow's Political Culture

Veronica Veit, Bonn University
Shamanism and Buddhism in Mongolia: Religious and Political Aspects

Uli Schamiloglu, University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Black Death and Political and Cultural Transformations: Chinggisid
and Islamic Legitimacy in Central Eurasia

Ron Sela, Indiana University
Yasa and Shari`a in Central Asia: The anti-Yasa Polemics in Late 18th
century Bukhara


Andre Wink, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Post-nomadic Empires of Hind: from the Mongols to the Mughals

18:45-19:15: Concluding Session

Concluding Remarks: David Morgan, University of Wisconsin, Madison

CONF./CFP- Business in Emerging Markets and Transition Economies, Bishkek, Sept. 21

Posted by: Ibrahim KELES <qelesh(a)iaau.edu.kg>
Posted: 31 May 2006


CONF./CFP- Business in Emerging Markets and Transition Econ., Bishkek, Sept. 21

International Conference
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, September 21, 2006
Hosted by
International Ataturk Alatoo University

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

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 subjects:

 * 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 (NICs)
 * 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 and 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.

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

For all inquiries, contact Ibrahim KELES (conference coordinator) at
mancon(a)iaau.edu.kg

Submission

 * 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)
 * Submissions are accepted in English, Russian, Kyrgyz, and Turkish languages
 * Panels, roundtables and individual submissions are accepted.
 * Proposals have to be emailed as attachments in word format to
   Ibrahim KELES (conference coordinator) at mancon(a)iaau.edu.kg,
   before September 1, 2006
 * Accepted papers will be announced at September 5, 2006
 * Deadline for full-text paper submission (in word format) is
   September 15, 2006

Conference Fee

Conference fee is 50 USD, for local participants it is 500 KG Som.
Participants will be informed how to transfer the amount.

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 (for three days).

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 right
 * Limits: Approximately 20 pages.  If your paper is longer than these
   limits, we recommend you to shorten it before the submission

LECTURE- Creating and Sustaining a Quality Improvement Effort in a University, Stuart Umpleby, Almaty, June 6

Posted by: Galina Bityukova <gbityukova(a)bilim.kz>
Posted: 24 May 2006


LECTURE- Quality Improvement Effort in a University, S. Umpleby, Almaty, June 6

Lecture and Discussion Series - next meeting:

The Corporate Educational Foundation "Bilim-Central Asia" and the 
Central Asian Resource Center,

with the Support of Higher Education Support Program and Special and 
Extension Projects Office of the Central European University

invites university level teaching scholars and senior university 
administrators as well as interested persons and researchers to take 
part in Lecture and Discussion Series.

Our next lecture is:

"Creating and Sustaining a Quality Improvement Effort in a University"

Lecturer:

Professor Stuart A. Umpleby,
Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning,
School of Business,
The George Washington University

Time: Tuesday, June 6, 18.00 - 19.30

Location: 65 Abylai Khan Ave., office 13, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Contact person: Galina Bityukova, gbityukova(a)bilim.kz,  tel.: 7 (3272) 59 76 18

CONF./CFP- Central Asia and the Caucasus - Explorations from the Field, November 10-11, 2006

Posted by: Alexander Kupatadze <aak8(a)st-andrews.ac.uk>
Posted: 23 May 2006


CONF./CFP- Central Asia and the Caucasus-Explorations from the Field, Nov 10-11

Call for Papers: "Central Asia and the Caucasus - Explorations from the Field"

St. Andrews, UK. Nov. 10-11, 2006

A conference for research students to present and discuss their fieldwork.
The Central Asia Research Network (CARN), the UK Central Asia Graduate Students
Network and Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Institute (MECACS) at the
University of St. Andrews are pleased to announce the conference "Central Asia
and the Caucasus - Explorations from the Field".

The conference is hosted by the Middle East, 
Central Asia and Caucasus Institute
at the University of St. Andrews at St. Andrews, Scotland, UK.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 15, 2006

The conference is conceived to provide a forum for Ph.D. students and other
young scholars in the early stages of their career to discuss their fieldwork.
They are invited to submit abstracts on research methods, practices and
outcomes in the study of patterns of civic, political, religious, cultural and
economic transformation in contemporary Central Asia and Caucasus.

Paper proposals are invited to cover one or more of the following topic areas:

 - Central Asia and the Caucasus in changing global context: local,
   regional and international dimensions
 - Critical reflections on development and "transition" in the Caucasus and
   Central Asia
 - Putting the field in focus: the politics and practice of fieldwork
   in Central Asia and the Caucasus
 - Of Roses and Tulips: Understanding dramatic political change in Central Asia
   and the Caucasus
 - Conflict, security and the politics of fear
 - Transnational threats: implications for national, regional and international
   security
 - Continuity and change in religious identification and practice
 - Making citizens and subjects: state interventions and local meanings
 - The politics of territory, movement and place
 - Gendered dimensions of social change

Papers are particularly welcome from researchers from the Central Asian and
Caucasian countries. We regret that no funds are available to help meet the
costs of attendance of selected participants. However organisers can give some
assistance with identifying accommodation and confirmation of participation for
visa application purposes.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to caac2006(a)st-andrews.ac.uk
(as an attachment in MS Word, RTF or PDF format).

Please include:

1) Name
2) Institutional affiliation
3) Title/position
4) E-mail address
5) A one-page resume/CV
6) Title of Paper (maximum 20 words)
7) Abstract of Paper (maximum 500 words)

The working language of the conference is English.

The deadline for abstracts is July 15th 2006. 
Notification of acceptance will be
by the end of August. Full details of the program, conference fee and
registration will be available by the end of September.

The Organisers:

This conference builds on the successful experience of postgraduate conferences
organized over the last few years by the Central Asia Research Network (CARN),
a Europe wide network of young scholars currently conducting research in and
about Central Asia, and the UK Central Asia Graduate Students Network,
affiliated to the Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus (SOAS,
University of London).

The University of St. Andrews is a six-hundred year old university, Scotland's
first and the third in the UK to be founded. The Middle East, Central Asia and
Caucasus Institute (MECACS) of the University of St. Andrews aims to stimulate
interdisciplinary discourse, research and teaching on this geographic area by
providing venues to bring together specialists and scholars in the field across
the University of St. Andrews' diverse schools and disciplines, especially in
the partner Schools of International Relations and History.


Organising Committee:

Alexander Kupatadze
PhD candidate, School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, UK

Irene Hilgers
PhD candidate, Department II - Socialist and Postsocialist Eurasia, Max Planck
Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

Madeleine Reeves
PhD candidate, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK

Matteo Fumagalli
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Social and Political Studies, University of
Edinburgh, UK

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS- International Youth Conference on National Democracies, July 2006, Yerevan

Posted by: YERITAC Armenian Youth NGO <info(a)yeritac-am.org>
Posted: 11 May 2006


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS- International Youth Conference on National Democracies

1st International Youth Conference on National Democracies
3-7 July, 2006
Yerevan, Armenia

YERITAC Armenian Youth NGO is organizing a scientific youth conference 
entitled National Democracies or Nations against Democracies? which will 
take place in Yerevan, Armenia, on July 3-7, 2006.

Abstract:

The contradiction between democracy and national culture is an important 
issue faced by transformational societies worldwide. Post-soviet Armenia is 
one of the countries especially sharply fronting this contradiction. The 
scientific approach and conceptualization of the ongoing processes and their 
comparison to other societies experience seem to be important to overcome 
the difficulties of the process of democratization in the country.

Purpose:

The purpose of 1st International Youth Conference on National Democracies is 
to bring together young scholars, students, activists, etc.  both from 
advanced democracies and transitional countries, who are enrolled in 
democracy studies and national studies to make an opportunity to discuss the 
possible issues of transitional democracies as to argue on the sharper 
aspects and find possible solutions.

Eligibility: Participants with following criteria are acceptable:

 - aged 18-27,
 - undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students of social sciences and 
   humanities,
 - involvement in youth organizations, movements dealing with the issues of 
   democracy is a plus
 - participants from all over the world are welcome to the event
 - good communication and writing skills in English.

Selection will be done based on gender and geographical proportional 
distribution.

Conference fee:

$350 for foreign participants (includes hotel accommodation in double and 
triple rooms, nutrition, cultural trips, and participation fee). Travel, 
visa and insurance costs are not covered. 50% discounts are available for 
participants from Yerevan.

Scholarships:

Limited number of scholarships is available for representatives from 
developing countries. Depending on country and on motivation participants 
can receive up to 40% discounts.

For those participants, who will use the services of the Official Carrier of 
the Conference - Austrian Airlines to travel to Armenia, there is a 
tariff-reduction possible between 10 % and 20 % depending on the class of 
booking, etc. This reduction is only applicable for Conference participants 
with confirmed registration.

Conference Details:

The Conference will consist of scientific, cultural and entertainment parts. 
Scientific part includes paper presentations, meetings with speakers and 
workshop discussions. Cultural part includes cultural trips and discussions 
on National culture. Entertainment will be organized on each evening of the 
conference.

Application procedure:

1. Fill in the application form and send it to conference(a)yeritac-am.org; 
   please go to <http://www.yeritac-am.org/index_files/application.htm> to 
   obtain the application form, or contact YERITAC YNGO
2. Write 1-page long abstract on one of the following titles:
a. National Culture and Democracy, describing your vision of the possible 
   conflict between democratic and local culture. 
b. Youth and Democracy, describing your vision of youth participation in the 
   processes of democratization and adaptation of local cultures. 
c. Education and Democracy, describing your vision of democratic education 
   and education leading to democracy. 
d. Nationalism, Cosmopolitism and Democracy describing of how you understand 
   these three ideologies in the framework of contemporary societies.

Participants personal approach to the specified issues is highly acceptable, 
however the abstract should be based on existing theoretical framework of 
the abovementioned issues (like revision of literature).

Deadlines:

Deadline for applications is May 20, 2006. Successful applicants will be 
informed by May 27, 2006.

Outcome:  Participants will have the following benefits from the Conference:

1. Opportunity to express their ideas, discuss with others and learn more 
   about democracies and national cultures
2. Prepare and make a public presentation
3. Best papers will be published in a special publication of selected works, 
   which will be distributed throughout of universities and scientific 
   organizations.
4. Opportunity to discover Armenia a country on the crossroads of Europe and 
   Asia (where silky road once passed), with interesting culture and new 
   democracy.
5. Make contacts with persons with same interests from throughout the world
6. Organize interesting and productive summer rest.

For details - please visit <http://www.yeritac-am.org/> or contact YERITAC 
YNGO - info(a)yeritac-am.org

FORUM- One Year After Andijan: Uzbekistan Shuts Down the News, May 10, London

Posted by: The Front Line Club <mail(a)thefrontlineclub.com>
Posted: 9 May 2006


FORUM- One Year After Andijan: Uzbekistan Shuts Down the News, May 10, London

Frontline Forum

'One Year After Andijan: Uzbekistan Shuts Down the News'

Speakers:

Shahida Yakub, a freelance journalist
Steve Crawshaw, London Director, Human Rights Watch
Andrew Stroehlein, Director of Media, International Crisis Group

Moderated by the Guardian's Jonathan Steele.

Freelance journalist Shahida Yakub travelled to Andijan a month after the 
massacre. She'll show her video footage, which includes testimony from 
Andijan refugees and from Qabul Parpiev, the only surviving leader of the 
group that triggered the May 2005 protest.

May 10, 2006, 19:30 hrs.

The Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place
London, United Kingdom

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to events(a)thefrontlineclub.com if you 
would like to attend.

See more details at: http://www.thefrontlineclub.com/forum.html#10May

CONF./CFP- Biographical Research on Post-Socialist Space, Dec. 2006, St. Petersburg

Posted by: CISR (SPb) <centre(a)indepsocres.spb.ru>
Posted: 8 May 2006


CONF./CFP- Biographical Research on Post-Socialist Space, Dec. 2006

Call for Abstracts

Biographical Research on Post-Socialist Space: Ten Years After

The Centre for Independent Social Research
St Petersburg, Russia

15-17 December 2006

Rationale for the Conference

Ten years ago in Saint Petersburg, the ESA Research Network on: Biographical 
Perspectives on European Societies and the Centre for Independent Social 
Research (CISR) jointly organised a conference under the title 'Biographical 
Perspectives on Post-Socialist Societies'. This conference will focus on the 
results of biographical research into post-socialist space carried out 
during the last decade, and will also touch on methodological questions.

Themes of the Conference

The conference would seek to follow up and update the original conference by 
exploring the following broad themes: From transformation to relative 
stability: 'new' and 'old' biographies; Social migration; and Methodological 
developments in the Biographical approach.

Conference Sessions

The preliminary list of sessions includes: Methodological developments in 
biographical research. Challenges and future directions; Biographies of the 
'old' generation and reinterpretation of the transformation. Nostalgia, 
reconciliation, or a complete break with the past. Stratificational and 
geographical dimensions. New understandings of biographical landmarks; 
Biographies of the 'new generation'. Life strategies, lifestyles, culture 
and morals; Comparative analysis in biographical research; Social strata, 
social classes and social milieux in biographical perspective; Changes in 
intimacy; Migration processes; Social movements and collective actions.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts of proposed papers are to be written in English and should be no 
more than 300 words in length. Abstracts must include the name of the 
proposer, his/her affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses, telephone and 
fax numbers, and title.

Places at the conference are limited. All accommodation and living costs 
during the conference will be met by the conference organisers.

After May 17, more information about the rationale and content of the 
conference will be available here:

http://www.valt.helsinki.fi/esa/biog.htm

CONF./CFP- 2nd International Symposium on Field Linguistics, Oct. 2006, Moscow

Posted by: Field Linguistics <fieldling(a)yandex.ru>
Posted: 8 May 2006


CONF./CFP- 2nd International Symposium on Field Linguistics, Oct. 2006, Moscow

The Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences announces:

The Second International Symposium on Field Linguistics

Moscow, 23-26 October 2006.

Paper submission deadline: September 15, 2006

The following issues are expected to be discussed:

Methods of Language Data Collection. Different Approach to Language 
Documentation.
Field work Observation of Language Changes in Contact Zone.
Field Ethnolinguistics.
Sociolinguistic Methods of Data Collection.
Field Linguistics: New Techniques and Technologies.
Linguist and Language Community interaction.
Specific Features in Field Work in 'Emigrantology'.

The Program Committee:

Alexeev M.Je. Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Edelman J.I. Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Gorodetskij B.Ju. Moscow Linguistic University
Golubeva-Monatkina N.I. Moscow Linguistic University
Kibrik A.Je. Moscow State Lomonosov University, dep. of Linguistics
Kuznetsova A.I. Moscow State Lomonosov University, dep. of Linguistics
Mikhalchenko V.J. Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences

The Organizing Committee:

Alexeev M.Je. (chief) Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Agranat T.B. Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Gusev V.Ju. Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Dodykhudoeva L.R. Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Kazakevich O.A. Moscow State Lomonosov University
Maisak T.A. Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Samarina I.V. Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences

Call for Papers

Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the symposium are requested to 
fill the registration form and send it by e-mail to Organizing Committee 
before the 15th of September 2006.

Information to be sent:

Title of the paper:
Family name:
First name:
Institution:
Position:
Address:
E-mail:

Abstracts about 600 words, which are expected to be published before the 
conference, you can send by e-mail by the 15th of September 2006.

E-mail: fieldling(a)yandex.ru

If you need the official invitation, please point out the following 
information before the 1st of August 2006:

Family name:
First name:
Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Nationality:
Passport #:
Date of issue:
Date of expiry:
Country of residence:
Country of visa receiving:
Institution:
Position:
Address:
E-mail:

Postal address:

Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
1/12, Bolshoy Kislovsky per.
Moscow 125009
Russia

E-mail: fieldling(a)yandex.ru

The registration fee, payable to the Second International Symposium on Field 
Linguistics is:

100 Euros if received by August 1, 2006

200 Euros if received by October 1, 2006

The registration fee should be transferred to:

Account With Institution: SABRRUMM
Savings Bank of the Russian Federation Donskoe Branch # 7813/01592
Beneficiary Customer: 42301.978.1.3811.8300006
Agranat Tatiana Borisovna.

The registration fee is 300 Euros if received by October 23, 2006.

CONF.- Beyond Transition: Emerging Economies in the Global World, June 23, University of Reading, UK

Posted by: Yelena Kalyuzhnova <y.kaluyzhnova(a)reading.ac.uk>
Posted: 5 May 2006


CONF.- Emerging Economies in the Global World, June 23, Univ. of Reading, UK

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies and the Burren Energy plc are hosting a 
conference Beyond Transition: Emerging Economies in the Global World, which 
will take place on June 23, 2006 at the Faculty of Agriculture, The Madjeski 
Theatre, The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

Among the participants we are expecting diplomats, academics, specialists 
and businessmen who are working with emerging economies.

For further information/application form and to book your place please 
contact Mrs. Jessica De Michel.

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

E-mail: j.b.demichel(a)reading.ac.uk

T: +44 118 378 8233
F: +44 118 975 0236

Please see below draft of the conference programme.

Beyond Transition: Emerging Economies in the Global World

Sponsored by:
Burren Energy Plc

Supported by House of Lords

Conference Programme

23 June, 2006

9.30-10.00 a.m. Registration and Coffee

10.00-10.30 a.m. Welcome. Professor Gordon Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, The 
University of Reading

Opening Remarks. The Rt Hon The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC

10:35-11.30 p.m. Emerging Economies Beyond Transition

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

Professor Christoph Bluth, University of Leeds, General Editor of Euro-Asian 
Studies with Palgrave Press, Member of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies 
'Geopolitics in Euro- Asia and a Future of the International System'

Professor Richard Pomfret, Adelaide University, Member of The Centre for 
Euro-Asian Studies, 'Constructing a Market Economy: Central Asian Way'.

Mr Julian Lee, Senior Energy Analyst, Centre for Global Energy Studies 'How 
Transition Countries Are Changing the Geopolitics of Energy'

Moderator: Professor Gareth Winrow, Istanbul Bilgi University, 
Representative of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies

11:35-12.45 p.m. Banking and Financial Instruments for Managing Emerging 
Economies

Chair: Dr Steven Fries, Deputy Chief Economist, European Bank for 
Reconstruction and Development

Professor George Tridimas, University of Ulster, Member of the Centre for 
Euro-Asian Studies 'Commonalities between Central Bank and Judicial 
Independence: The case of Transition Economies'

Dr Jan Frait, Board Member, The Czech National Bank, Country Representative 
of The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies 'From Bust to Boom: The Story of 
Financial Sector in Central European Economies'

Dr Erik S. Sorensen, Director Energy Efficiency and Investments, Energy 
Charter Secretariat 'Access to Energy Finance in Transition Economies'

Moderator: Mr Peter Wierts, De Nederlandsche Bank, Economics and Research 
Division and a member of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies

12.45- 2.15 p.m. Lunch

Lunchtime speaker: Mr Finian O'Sullivan, CEO Burren Energy

2.15-3.35 p.m. Emerging Business, Operating Companies, Global World

Chair: The Rt Hon The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC

Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, The 
University of Reading 'Emerging Economies and Energy: Companies, 
Governments, Policies'

Mr Tom Quigley, Vice President, West Siberia Gas, TNK-BP 'TNK-BP and the 
Experience of an Independent Oil Company'

Mr Atul Gupta, Chief Operational Officer, Burren Energy plc, 'Assessing 
Political Risks in Upstream Sector'

Mr Andrew Steel, Head of Energy, Utilities and Project Finance, FitchRatings 
'Ratings of Energy Companies from Emerging Economies'

Moderator: Mr Julian Lee, Centre for Global Energy Studies

3.35-4.05 p.m. Coffee Break

4.05-5:40 p.m. Sustainable Development in Emerging Economies

Chair: Mr Maxwell Watson, Economic Adviser, DG ECFIN, European Commission 
and Visiting Fellow of The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies.

Ms. Calliope Webber, Director, Gas and Power Projects, BP. 'Access to 
Energy, Gas Flaring Reduction, and Domestic Market Development'

Mr Garth Edward, Trading Manager, Environmental Products, Shell Trading 
'Using International Carbon Markets to Deliver Capital and Technology to 
Companies and Governments in FSU'.

Ms Marina Bakanova, Country Economist, The World Bank, Belarus Country 
Office and Country Representative of The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies 'The 
impact of Higher Energy Prices on Belarusian Economy'

Ms Nada Massoud, Member of The Centre fort Euro-Asian Studies 'Egyptian 
Experience: Lessons for Transition Economies'

Moderator: Dr. Matthias Lucke, The Kiel Institute for the World Economy, 
Germany

5.40-6.00 p.m. Concluding Remarks.

Representative of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Dr Yelena 
Kalyuzhnova, Director, The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, The University of 
Reading

6.00 p.m. End of Conference: Cocktail hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor 
Professor Tony Downes

For further details please contact Mrs. Jessica De Michel at 
j.b.demichel(a)reading.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 8233
Fax: +44 (0)118 975 0236

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

SEMINAR- Andijan One Year On, May 11, University of London, Corrected Information

Posted by: Jane Savory <js64(a)soas.ac.uk>
Posted: 5 May 2006


SEMINAR- Andijan One Year On, May 11, Univ. of London, Corrected Information

[Please note that the title of Mr Ilkhamov's talk was incorrect in the 
previous announcement.  Please see below for the correct details.]

The Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus at the School of 
Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London presents a seminar 
on:

'Andijan One Year On: Lessons and Perspectives for the Future'

Speakers:

Monica Whitlock (BBC) 'Introducing a BBC documentary, Cheaper than the Ground.'
Alisher Ilkhamov (SOAS) 'Akramiya: fact or fiction?'
Matteo Fumagalli (University of Edinburgh) 'Andijan: Views from beyond the 
border'

Date and time:

11 May 2006 at 17.30

Venue:

Room G3, Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H OXG
United Kingdom

All are Welcome (seminars are free and open to the public).  Booking is not 
required.

For further information please contact: Deniz Kandiyoti on dk1(a)soas.ac.uk or 
Jane Savory on js64(a)soas.ac.uk (Tel: 020 7898 4892).

Centre website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/cccac/

Jane Savory
Centres and Programmes Office
School of Oriental and African Studies
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4892
Fax: +44 (0)20 7898 4489
Email: js64(a)soas.ac.uk
Web: http://www.soas.ac.uk/centres/

CONF.- Central Asian Security and Turkey's Role, May 9-10, Istanbul

Posted by: Zamir Chargynov <zamir.chargynov(a)boun.edu.tr>
Posted: 4 May 2006


CONF.- Central Asian Security and Turkey's Role, May 9-10, Istanbul

Call for participants: 'Central Asian Security, Regional Organizations and a 
Role of Turkey' Conference

9-10 May 2006
Bogazici University
Bebek, Istanbul/Turkey

Bogazici University-TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum in association with the 
Department of Political Science and International Relations is planning to 
organize a conference on 'Central Asian Security, Regional Organizations and 
a Role of Turkey' during 9-10 of May, 2006 at the campus of the Bogazici 
University.

Conference Concept: The aim of this conference is to explore the development 
of Central Asian security focusing on the potential for cooperation of the 
major external powers. Central Asia has traditionally been seen as an arena 
of interplay between Russian, American and Chinese influence. This was most 
recently underscored by three unexpected, but important events that took 
place in Central Asia in 2005: the 'Tulip Revolution' of March in 
Kyrgyzstan, the 'Andijan incident' in of May in Uzbekistan, and the July 5th 
Astana Declaration of Shanghai Cooperation Organization calling for the 
eventual removal of U.S. troops. The goal of this conference will be to 
examine the underlying reasons for this nascent balance of power rivalry 
developing among the external powers and determine if there are ways that 
this tension can be mitigated and the world can avoid a new 'Great Game' in 
Central Asia.

We recognize the existence of the strategic interest of three external 
powers in the region, however our goal in the conference is to go beyond the 
zero-sum understanding of security in Central Asia and elaborate on the 
possibilities of cooperation between the regional security organizations 
that are generally viewed to be as either Western or Russian and Chinese 
dominated. Within the context of the non-Great Game analysis of Central 
Asian Security, partnership and cooperation opportunities among the regional 
bodies like North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Shanghai Cooperation 
Organization (SCO), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe 
(OSCE) and Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) that have similar 
goals, but different non-regional members will be given major focus. These 
issues will be discussed in their relation to the security problems such as 
terrorism, religious extremism, drug and human trafficking, border and 
disaster management as well as transnational organized crime. Viability of 
partnership and cooperation that will be immune to the fluctuations of 
international political environment will also be scrutinized.

The conference will also pay special attention to an evaluation of Turkey's 
potential role as a mediator between the 'East' (Russia and China) and the 
'West' (U.S., EU, and NATO). An influential member of NATO and OSCE, Turkey, 
also enjoys high level of trade and economic relations with Russia and 
China. Equally important is the existence of strong cultural, linguistic and 
religious ties with states of Central Asia. Turkey's potential affiliation 
with SCO and its possible role as a catalyst of amelioration of relations 
between Uzbekistan and organizations of OSCE and NATO in post-Andijan 
context will also be addressed.

Conference Central Asian Security, Regional Organizations and the Role of 
Turkey

Bogazici Universitesi, Garanti Kultur Kerkezi, Ayhan
Sahenk Hall, Cengiz Topel Caddesi, Etiler

Programme

9 May 2006

9:30-10:30

Welcoming Remarks Assoc. Professor S. Gulden Ayman (Director of Foreign 
Policy Forum) and Yeter Yaman (NATO PDD Co-ordinator for Central Asia, 
Caucasus and Turkey)

Opening Speech
Prof. Dr. Ayse Soysal (Rector of Bogazici University)

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session I
Chair: Prof. Dr. Kemal Kirisci (Bogazici University, Department of Political 
Science and International Relations)
Panelists:
Assoc. Professor Erhan Buyukakinci (Galatasaray University, Department of 
International Relations) Russian Foreign Policy in Central Asia and 
Possibilities of CSTO-NATO Cooperation

Assist. Professor Oktay Tanrisever (Middle-East Technical University, 
Department of International Relations) Russian Foreign Policy in Central 
Asia and Possibilities of CSTO-OSCE Cooperation

Prof. Zhao Huasheng (Director of the Center for Russia and Central Asia 
Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai) Chinese Interests in the Region, 
Perspectives of SCO-OSCE and NATO-SCO Cooperation and the Astana Declaration 
of 5th July, 2005

Q & A

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

15:00-16:00 Session II
Chair: Assist. Professor Gul Sosay (Bogazici University, Department of 
Political Science and International Relations)
Panelists:
Dr. Gamze Gungormus Kona, SCO - CSTO Capabilities in Dealing with the 
Central Asian Security Issues and Perspectives of Enlargement

Ambassador Aydin Idil, (Former Head of OSCE Center in Bishkek) Past 
Achievements and Future Involvement of OSCE Missions in Central Asian 
Countries - the Case of Kyrgyzstan Republic

Q & A


10 May 2006

9:30-10:30 Session I
Chair: Prof. Dr. Busra Ersanli (Marmara University, Department of Political 
Science and International Relations)
Panelists:
Dr. Hasan Ali Karasar (Bilkent University Ankara, Turkey, Department of 
International Relations ) The Myth and Realities of Terrorism and Religious 
Extremism in Central Asia

Assist. Professor Idris Bal (Police Academy) Drug Trafficking, Border 
Management and Transnational Crime in the Region

Q & A

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session II
Chair: Assoc. Professor Gulden Ayman (Director of Foreign Policy Forum)
Panelists:
Dr. Hakan Gunes (Istanbul University, Department of Political Science and 
International Relations) and Dr. Firat Purtas (Gazi University, Department 
of International Relations)
The 'Tulip Revolution and Andijan Incident: Implications on Foreign Security 
Policy of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Prof. Dr. Ahat Andican (Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, 
Former Minister of State Responsible for Turkish Republics and Turkish 
Communities) Changing Dynamics in Central Asia: Central Asian Republics 
Relations with the U.S., Russia and China

Q & A

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

15:00-16:30 Session III
Chair: Prof. Dr. Gunay Goksu Ozdogan (Marmara University, Head, Department 
of Political Science and International Relations)
Panelists:
Assoc. Prof. Kamer Kasim (Abant Izzet Baysal University, Department of 
International Relations) Turkey's Involvement in Preserving Peace and 
Security in the Region and Reactions of Russia

Prof. Zhao Huasheng (Director of the Center for Russia and Central Asia 
Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai)
Turkey's Involvement in Preserving Peace and Security in the Region and 
Reactions of China

Yeter Yaman-Naucodie (NATO PDD Co-ordinator for Central Asia, Caucasus and 
Turkey) NATO PDD and Dialogue Between Regional Organizations

Q & A

16:30-17:00 Closing remarks

Adres: Bogazici Universitesi Garanti Kultur Merkezi, Ayhan Sahenk Salonu, 
Ucaksavar Kultur ve Spor Tesisleri, Cengiz Topel Cad. Etiler

Tarih: 9-10 Mayis, 2006

LCV: Inanc Ozekmekci 358 15 00 / 7156 or inanc(a)dispolitikaforumu.com

CONF./CFP- The Black Sea Region Countries and the EU, Oct. 2006, Tbilisi

Posted by: Ibrahim Keles <qelesh(a)iaau.edu.kg>
Posted: 4 May 2006


CONF./CFP- The Black Sea Region Countries and the EU, Oct. 2006, Tbilisi

The International Black Sea University (located in Tbilisi, capital city of 
Georgia, South of Caucasus) is announcing 3rd International Silk Road 
Symposium on 'The Black Sea Region Countries and Prospective Relationships 
With European Union' from October 27-29, 2006. The conference is organized 
by International Black Sea University in cooperation with Ministry of 
Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Administration of Turkish Cooperation and 
Development (TIKA), Tbilisi State University, Georgian Technical University, 
Georgian University of Social Sciences.

Paper submission deadline: June 19, 2006

The topics to be proposed are as following but not limited to:

1. Shaping EU's Policy At The Black Sea Region: From Bilateral To Regional 
   Approach
2. Conflicts Of The Black Sea Region And European Security
3. Energy Security In Europe: Perspectives From The Black Sea Region
4. Black Sea Cultural Identity: Back To European Family
5. Black Sea Region: Sub-Cultural Identity Of Europe

The scholars willing to participate should send the short abstract of their 
papers not later than 19th of June, 2006. The contact e-mail address is 
silkroad_eu(a)ibsu.edu.ge. Contact person: Mrs. Marina Kipiani.

For more information please visit http://www.ibsu.edu.ge/silkroad

We are waiting for your participation. The materials of previous symposiums 
can be accessed through:

http://www.ibsu.edu.ge/common/news/conferences/archive/archive.html

Sincerely yours,

on behalf of Mrs. Marina Kipiani

Salavat Sayfullin
Research Assistant
International Black Sea University
Tbilisi, Georgia

CONF./CFP- Workshop on Anthropology of Socialist and Postsocialist Societies, June 19, London

Posted by: Ruth Mandel <ucsarem(a)ucl.ac.uk>
Posted: 4 May 2006


CONF./CFP- Workshop on Anthropology of Socialist and Postsocialist Societies

Call for Papers

Anthropology of Socialist and Postsocialist Societies

New Directions in Post-Socialist Research

The Departments of Anthropology of University College London, and Cambridge
University, will host a workshop at University College London on Monday, June
19, 2006 for anthropologists and other like-minded academics, to hear and
discuss papers on specific aspects of research in socialist and
post-socialist societies.

We anticipate part though not all of this year's workshop to focus on
socialism in the non-traditional areas, i.e., beyond the space of the former
Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.  Though submissions are not restricted to
these areas, they will be particularly welcomed, in an attempt to theorise
the effects of Soviet post-socialism on the non-Soviet socialist world.

Please send:

1) abstracts for papers if you are interested in presenting

Or:

2) your name and email contact info if interested in attending

To: Ruth Mandel at r.mandel(a)ucl.ac.uk

In the past, workshop papers occasionally have evolved into publications:

 - A special issue of Central Asian Studies, 1998, edited by Deniz Kandiyoti 
   and Ruth Mandel
 - Markets and Moralities: ethnographies of postsocialism, edited by Ruth 
   Mandel and Caroline Humphrey (Berg, 2002)

Limited funds may be available to subsidise students' transportation costs.

CONF. PROGRAM- Nicholas Poppe Symposium Program, May 6, University of Washington, Seattle

Posted by: Ilse D Cirtautas <icirt(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 3 May 2006


CONF. PROGRAM- Nicholas Poppe Symposium Program, May 6, Univ. of Washington

University of Washington in Seattle
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization

18th Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium on Central/Inner Asian Studies

Saturday, May 6, 2006
8:30 am-5:30 pm

Denny Hall 215-215A

Program

8:30-9:00 Coffee, Tea and Refreshments


9:00-9:10 Welcome Address:  Ilse D. Cirtautas


9:10-9:35
'A Tribute to Professor Denis Sinor, Indiana
University, on the Occasion of His 90th Birthday'
Dr. Charles Carlson, Prague/Tashkent; Visiting Professor, University of 
Washington, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization

9:35- 9:45 Discussion


9:45-10:10
'Years of Hope: Glasnost in Kazakhstan'
Dr. Didar Kassimova, Fulbright Scholar, Suleiman Demirel University, Almaty, 
Kazahstan

10:10-10:20
Discussion

10:20-10:45
'Economics and the Rise of the Puritanical Islamic Movement in the Ferghana 
Valley During the 1970's and 1980's'
Dr. Odil Qoriev, Senior Researcher, Al-Beruni Institute of Oriental Studies, 
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

10:45-10:55
Discussion

11:00-11:30
'From Traditional Muslim Historiography to Uighur National History:  
Nazarghoja Abdusemiatov (Uighur Balisi) and His Historical Works'
Dr. Ablet Kamolov, Academic Leader in History, Central Asian Resource 
Center, Educational Center 'Bilim Central Asia,' Almaty, Kazakhstan

11:30-11:40
Discussion

11:40-11:50
Presentation of the Galen Mohr Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association 
Prize for the Best Student in 1st Year Uzbek 2005-06
Presenter: Dan Peterson, President, Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association


11:50-1:20
Lunch
Denny 215/215A

1:20-1:50
'The Motif of the Persecuted Man: A Comparative Analysis of Heroic Women in 
Uighur, Uzbek and Chinese Folktales'
Brenda Schuster, Graduate Student, REECAS Program, Ellison Center for 
Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, UW

1:50-2:00
Discussion

2:00-2:30
'Comparing the American with the Kyrgyz System of Higher Education (What 
should/can Kyrgyzstan adopt or adapt?)'
Dr. Kubatbek Asan uulu, University of Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

2:30-2:40
Discussion

2:40-3:10
'Kyrgyz Internet Users' Experience of the Tulip Revolution: A Survey of 
Major Blogs and Forums'
Shoshana Bella Billik, Graduate Student, REECAS Program, Ellison Center for 
Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, UW

3:10-3:20
Discussion

3:20-3:30
Coffee/Tea Break

3:30-4:00
'The Epos 'Manas' and the Kyrgyz'
Stefan Kamola, Graduate Student, Department of Near Eastern Languages and 
Civilization, UW

4:00- 4:10
Discussion

4:10-4:20
Break

4:20-5:30
Round Table Discussion: 'Approaching 15 Years of Independence of the Central 
Asian Republics'
Participants: Odil Qoriev, Tashkent; Shakhrukh Abdurasilov, Tashkent; Didar 
Kassimova, Kazakhstan; Ablet Kamolov, Kazakhstan; Kubatbek Asan uluu, 
Kyrgyzstan; Odina Salikbaeva, Uzbekistan; Elmira Kochumkul qizi, Kyrgyzstan, 
and others to be named.

CONF.- What's Next for Uzbekistan and the U.S., May 9, Corrected Information

Posted by: Serquyosh O'zbekistonim <serkuesh(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 28 Apr 2006


CONF.- What's Next for Uzbekistan and the U.S., May 9

Last week Sunshine Uzbekistan issued an invitation to a attend conference:

Note: Serquyosh O'zbekistonim (Sunshine Uzbekistan) will not co-sponsor or 
speak at the event.

The conference will be coordinated by RFE/RL, and is RSVP ONLY.  Please send 
your RSVP to: dc-response(a)rferl.org

'One Year After Andijan: What's Next for Uzbekistan and the U.S.'

Date and time:

May 9, 2006
8:45 AM - 12:00 noon

Location:

Choate Room, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC
USA

LECTURE- Social Stability in Kazakhstan, April 27, Columbia University, New York City

Posted by: Peter J Sinnott <pjs7(a)columbia.edu>
Posted: 25 Apr 2006


LECTURE- Social Stability in Kazakhstan, April 27, Columbia University, NY City

The Harriman Institute presents:

'Social Stability in Kazakhstan: Myth and Reality'

Aizhan Mukanbetkalieva (Independent Scholar)

Moderator: Peter Sinnott (Harriman Institute)

Thursday, 27 April 2006, 2:00pm

Columbia University
1219 International Affairs Building
420 West 118th St.
New York, NY

Aizhan Mukanbetkaliyeva is an independent scholar doing consulting work with 
small businesses in New York. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Mukanbetkaliyeva was 
Director of the Soros Foundation Educational Advising Centers network in 
Kazakhstan. In 2001-2002, she coordinated Central Asian Health NGO Capacity 
Building Initiative for Counterpart and was instrumental in negotiations 
with the USAID launching Healthy Communities project for Kazakhstan, 
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In the United States since 2002, she 
has worked for Colgate Palmolive and the United Nations. Ms. 
Mukanbetkaliyeva holds a diploma in Political Science from Kazakh State 
University and Master's degree in Social Administration and Planning from 
Columbia University.

LECTURE- Human Rights: Philosophical Fact or Fiction, April 25, Almaty

Posted by: Galina Bityukova <gbityukova(a)bilim.kz>
Posted: 21 Apr 2006


LECTURE- Human Rights: Philosophical Fact or Fiction, April 25, Almaty

The Corporate Educational Foundation 'Bilim-Central Asia' Educational 
Advising Centre, Central Asian Resource Center with the support of the 
Higher Education Support Program and Special and Extension Projects Office 
of the Central European University invites scholars who are teaching 
philosophy, political science and international relations as well as all 
interested persons and researchers to take part in Lecture & Discussion 
Series. Our next lecture is as follows:

Human Rights: Philosophical Fact or Fiction

Andrew Fagan
Professor, Centre for Human Rights, University of Essex

Tuesday, April 25, 17.00 - 18.30

65 Abylai Khan ave., Office 13
Almaty Kazakhstan

Contact person:

Galina Bityukova
Academic Leader in Political Science
Central Asian Resource Centre
Abylai-khan 65, Office 12
480091 Almaty
Kazakhstan
Tel.: 7 (3272) 59 76 18
Tel/fax: +7-3272-597618
E-Mail: gbityukova(a)bilim.kz

CONF.- Turkey and Russia: Past and Present, Video Conference, April 21, Bilkent University

Posted by: Hasan Ali Karasar <karasar(a)bilkent.edu.tr>
Posted: 20 Apr 2006


CONF.- Turkey and Russia: Past & Present, Video Conf., April 21, Bilkent Univ.

On the Occasion of the 85th Anniversary of the Russian-Turkish Treaty of 
Friendship and Brotherhood:

Turkey and Russia: Past and Present
Video Conference
Ankara-Moscow

April 21, 2006 Friday
Bilkent University Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences 
Building, Room AZ60
11.00

Department of International Relations
Center for Russian Studies
In cooperation with
Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ankara
RIA Novosti Russian News Agency

Nevzat Yalcintas
Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Turkish-Russian Friendship Group
(Opening Speech)

Elbrus Kargiyev
Charge d'Affairs, Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ankara

Hakan Kirimli
Chairman, Bilkent University, Department of International Relations, Centre 
for Russian Studies

Huseyin Bagci
Chairman, European Academy

Murat Yetkin
Ankara Representative of the Daily Newspaper Radikal

Vassiliy Likhachev
Senator, Deputy Chairman of the Russian federation Federal Council Foreign 
Affairs Commission

Leyla Umar
Charge d'Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Moscow

Andrei Buranov
First Undersecretary of the 1st European Department of the Ministry of 
Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Nataliya Ulchenko
Russian Federation Academy of Sciences, Institute of Oriental Studies, Chair 
of Turkish Department

Andrei Stepanov
Researcher-Writer
Russia Today TV and Novosti Agency

SEMINAR- The Return of the Meskhetian Turks to Georgia, April 19, Ankara, Turkey

Posted by: Ctr. for Black Sea and Central Asia <kora(a)metu.edu.tr>
Posted: 18 Apr 2006


SEMINAR- The Return of the Meskhetian Turks to Georgia, April 19, Ankara

The Center for Black Sea and Central Asia at the Middle East Technical 
University (METU) in Turkey is pleased to announce a seminar with:

His Excellency Georgi Khaindrava
State Minister of Georgia

Title:

The Return of the Meskhetian Turks to Georgia

Date and Time:

19 April 2006 at 10:30 am.

Venue:

Middle East Technical University
Culture and Conventional Center D Hall
Ankara, Turkey

Contact:

Center for Black Sea and Central Asia
Tel: +903122103051
E-mail: <kora(a)metu.edu.tr>

LECTURE- Daniel Kimmage, RFE/RL Central Asia Analyst, April 24, George Mason University

Posted by: Eric McGlinchey <emcglinc(a)gmu.edu>
Posted: 18 Apr 2006


LECTURE- Daniel Kimmage, RFE/RL Central Asia Analyst, April 24, George Mason U.

George Mason University's Focus on Central Asia Program is pleased to 
announce the public lecture:

Daniel Kimmage, 'Bulldogs under the Carpet: Influence Groups, Informal 
Politics, and the Unstable Post-Soviet Status Quo'

April 24, 2006
4:30-6 pm

George Mason University
Student Union Building II, Room 7
Fairfax, Virginia

Political upheaval in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan in 2003-2005 fueled 
media reports of democracy on the march in the former Soviet Union, but the 
real lesson of those events was that the post-Soviet status quo may not be 
as stable as it seems. Working from the recent example of an opposition 
leader murdered in Kazakhstan, Daniel Kimmage examines the intricate web of 
influence groups and informal politics that permeate the power structures of 
the post-Soviet world from Central Asia to Russia. It is vitally important 
to lift the curtain on these informal structures, Kimmage argues, not only 
to obtain the clearest possible view of the struggles for money and power 
taking place in the region now, but also to prepare for the threats to its 
stability that they may unleash in the future.

Daniel Kimmage is the Central Asia regional analyst with Radio Free 
Europe/Radio Liberty Online and editor of the 'RFE/RL Central Asia Report.'

More information on the lecture and a map of SUB II, GMU Fairfax Campus can 
be found here:

http://mason.gmu.edu/~cenasia/events.htm

Eric M. McGlinchey
Assistant Professor of Government and Politics
Department of Public and International Affairs
George Mason University
Robinson A201 - MSN 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
USA

Tel: 703-993-2960
Fax: 703-993-1399
Web: http://mason.gmu.edu/~emcglinc/ or http://mason.gmu.edu/~cenasia/

LECTURE- Kelly McEvers, Islamic Movements in the North Caucasus, April 20, Columbia University

Posted by: Almut Rochowanski <almut(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org>
Posted: 17 Apr 2006


LECTURE- Kelly McEvers, Islamic Movements in the North Caucasus, April 20

Harriman Institute Chechnya Speaker Series

'Local Repression and Local Resentment Surrounding Islamic Movements in the 
North Caucasus: Insights from the Field'

Presentation by Kelly McEvers, International Reporting Fellow, Johns Hopkins 
University

Moderator: Professor Peter Sinnott, Harriman Institute

April, 20, 2006
6 pm

Harriman Institute/Columbia University, Room 1219
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY

Kelly McEvers has been covering the impact of Islamic movements in the North 
Caucasus during the past months. On her most recent trip to the region in 
late March, she was detained in Dagestan by local security forces and 
prosecutors and interrogated for three days about her research and 
intentions. Her computer and notebook were confiscated.

Kelly McEvers is a freelance writer and radio producer based in New York 
City. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and the 
Village Voice and contributed to radio programs such as 'This American 
Life,' 'All Things Considered,' 'Morning Edition,' 'Marketplace,' and 'The 
World.' In 2003 and 2004 she was a freelance correspondent for National 
Public Radio based in Jakarta, Indonesia. From 1999-2000 she lived in Phnom 
Penh, Cambodia and worked for the BBC, the Christian Science Monitor and the 
Cambodia Daily. She began her career as a staff writer for the Chicago 
Tribune's Internet and print editions. She is the founding editor of 
www.SixBillion.org, an online magazine of narrative journalism.

Please RSVP to can(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org.

LECTURE- Trade Promotion in Central Asia, April 19, Bishkek

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 14 Apr 2006


LECTURE- Trade Promotion in Central Asia, April 19, Bishkek

A series of lectures by prominent people will discuss issues that are 
critical to political, economic, and social development of Central Asian 
countries. This series aims to encourage open debate on key challenges, and 
increase public awareness of important processes taking place in the region. 
 The AUCA Public Speaker Series is open to the public and held on Wednesdays 
from 16:00 to 17:20

'Trade Promotion in Central Asia: Opportunities and Obstacles'

Forthcoming presenter:

Mr. David Akopyan
Chief and Technical Adviser
Regional Trade Promotion Program in Central Asia, ITC/WTO/UNCTD

Date and time:

Wed., April 19, 2006, 16:00-17:20

Venue:

Room 232
Main Building, AUCA
205 Abdumomunova
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
E-mail: pss(a)mail.auca.kg

Mr. David Akopyan has over 27 years of professional experience, of which the 
past 12 years were spent with the UN system. Before joining ITC in Central 
Asia, he was a Senior Program Advisor with UNDP/Afghanistan, where he 
developed a regional program on trade and economic cooperation for 
Afghanistan, Central Asia, Iran and Pakistan. He was also the UNDP Deputy 
Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan and worked on different assignments 
with UNDP in Armenia, Tajikistan, Moldova, and Latvia. Prior to joining the 
UN, Mr. Akopyan worked in R&D, marketing, business consulting, and 
commercial trading. Mr Akopyan worked on business development in many 
countries in the region and is well aware of the existing opportunities and 
obstacles. Mr. David Akopyan has a Master's degree in Business 
Administration from the American University in Armenia, and a Ph.D. in Laser 
Physics.

How to register:

Please RSVP to pss(a)mail.auca.kg giving your name and institution.

This series is arranged by the AUCA Social Research Center and is funded, in 
part, through grant received from the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

SYMPOSIUM- Russia and the World, April 24, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Posted by: Kevin Platt <kmfplatt(a)sas.upenn.edu>
Posted: 14 Apr 2006


SYMPOSIUM- Russia and the World, April 24, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

The Slavic Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the 
International League for Human Rights invite you to attend a symposium:

Russia and the World: The St. Petersburg G-8 and Beyond
April 24, 2006

At the University of Pennsylvania
The Crest Room, Arts Research and Culture House (the ARCH)
3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA
USA

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Roundtable: Russia and Human Rights
Oksana Chilysheva, Russian Chechen Friendship Society
Robert Arsenault, International League for Human Rights
Benjamin Nathans, History Department, University of Pennsylvania

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Roundtable: Racism and Xenophobia
Kirill Babichenko, Sakharov Fellow on Human Rights, Harvard University
Arkady Leybovsky, Sakharov Fellow on Human Rights, Harvard University
Rudra Sil, Politics Department, University of Pennsylvania
Serguei Oushakine, Slavic Department, Princeton University

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion: The New NGO Law and Its Consequences
Irina Yasina, Open Russia Foundation
Anastasia Aseyeva, Moscow Helsinki Group
Aaron Rhodes, International Helsinki Federation
William Burke-White, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Contact to RSVP or for information: kmfplatt(a)sas.upenn.edu

Made possible by the support of: The Office of the Provost, the School of 
Arts and Sciences, the Program in International Relations, the Politics 
Department and the History Department.

CONF.- 4th Annual Central Asia Conference, April 20-22, University of Montana

Posted by: Otto Koester <otto.koester(a)mso.umt.edu>
Posted: 13 Apr 2006


CONF.- 4th Annual Central Asia Conference, April 20-22, University of Montana

The Fourth Annual Central Asia Conference: A Policy Dialogue

Hosted by the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Program and Office of 
International Programs, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

All sessions will held in the University Center and are open to the public. 
No registration needed.

Thursday, April 20
Venue: University Center Theater

11:45-1:15 PM Militant Islam: Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East and 
Central Asia

Chair and Discussant: Dr. Mehrdad Kia, Director, Office of International 
Programs and Central and Southwest Asian Studies Program, The University of 
Montana

Panelists: Samir Bitar, Arabic Language and Culture Instructor, The 
University of Montana, Dr. Jeffrey A. Gritzner, Chair and Professor, 
Department of Geography, The University of Montana, and Dr. Ahmed E. 
Souaiaia, Department of Religious Studies, University of Iowa

1:15-2:45 PM Rule of Law and Central Asia
Venue: University Center Theater

Chair and Discussant: Jeff Renz, Professor of Law, The University of Montana

Panelists: Alimbai Sulaimanov, Vice Dean for Curriculum and Aimonchok 
Tashieva, Lecturer, Osh State University, Kyrgyz Republic and Greg Munro, 
Professor of Law, The University of Montana

3:00-4:30 PM Political Mobilization in South Caucasus
Venue: University Center Theater

Chair and Discussant: Thomas Goltz, Visiting Scholar, Central and Southwest 
Asian Studies Program/Department of Geography, The University of Montana

Panelists: Jeffery Werbock, President, Mugham Society USA, Dr. Maia 
Sukhiashvili, Professor of Persian Language and Literature, The University 
of Montana and Elin Suleymanov, Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan 
to Los Angeles and Western States of the United States

7:00-9:00 PM Keynote Address: Governor Brian Schweitzer
Venue: South Ballroom, University Center

Friday, April 21

3:00-4:30 PM Social and Environmental Change: Challenges for Central Asia
Venue: South Ballroom, University Center

Chair: Dr. Don Bedunah, Professor, College of Forestry and Conservation, The 
University of Montana

Panelists: Dr. Jeffrey A. Gritzner, Chair and Professor, Department of 
Geography, The University of Montana, Dr. Sarah J. Halvorson, Professor, 
Department of Geography, The University of Montana, Dr. Ardi Kia, Associate 
Director of the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Program and Professor, 
Department of Geography, The University of Montana, Dr. Dina Mukhamedkhan, 
Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Kazakhstan, School of Education, The 
University of Montana

7:00-7:45 PM Cultural Event: Music by Jeffery Werbock
Venue: South Ballroom, University Center

7:45-9:30 PM Roundtable Discussion: Security, Energy, and Economic Development
Venue: South Ballroom, University Center

Panelists: Zamira Sydykova - Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United 
States, Meret Orazov - Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the United States, Elin 
Suleymanov, Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Los Angeles and 
Western States of the United States, John G. Fox, Director of United States 
State Department's Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs, Dr. Nancy 
Lubin, President of JNA Associates, Inc. and Senior Fellow for Eurasia at 
the American Foreign Policy Council, and Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Meppen, 
United States Institute for Peace

Saturday, April 22
Venue: University Center Theater

10:00- 12:00 PM Central Asia's Future: Problems and Challenges

Panelists: Zamira Sydykova - Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United 
States, Meret Orazov - Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the United States, Elin 
Suleymanov, Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Los Angeles and 
Western States of the United States, John G. Fox, Director of United States 
State Department's Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs, Dr. Nancy 
Lubin, President of JNA Associates, Inc. and Senior Fellow for Eurasia at 
the American Foreign Policy Council, and Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Meppen, 
United States Institute for Peace

Contact:

Otto Koester
Visiting Scholar and Coordinator, Central and Southwest Asian Studies Program
Interim Grantwriting Director in Academic Affairs
CAS 136
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
USA
Tel: (406) 243-2621
Fax: (406) 243-6194
E-mail: otto.koester(a)umontana.edu

LECTURE- Political Parties and Elections: European Theory and Central Asian Practice, April 15, Almaty

Posted by: Galina Bityukova <gbityukova(a)bilim.kz>
Posted: 12 Apr 2006


LECTURE- Political Parties and Elections, April 15, Almaty

Lecture & Discussion Series

The Corporate Educational Foundation 'Bilim-Central Asia' Central Asian 
Resource Center with the support of the Higher Education Support Program and 
Special and Extension Projects Office of the Central European University 
invites scholars who are teaching political science and international 
relations as well as all interested persons and researchers to take part in 
Lecture& Discussion Series. Our next lecture is as follows:

'Political Parties and Elections: European Theory and Central Asian Practice'

Donnacha O Beachain,
PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor
Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research

Saturday, April 15, 14.00 - 16.00

65 Abylai Khan ave., Office 13
Almaty
Kazakhstan

Contact person:

Galina Bityukova
Academic Leader in Political Science
Central Asian Resource Centre
Abylai-khan 65, Office 12
480091 Almaty
Kazakhstan
Tel.: 7 (3272) 59 76 18
Tel/fax: +7-3272-597618
E-Mail: gbityukova(a)bilim.kz

EVENT- Central Asia: A Strategic Framework for Peacebuilding, Book Launch, April 20, London

Posted by: Cinta Depondt <cdepondt(a)international-alert.org>
Posted: 11 Apr 2006


EVENT- Central Asia: A Strategic Framework for Peacebuilding, April 20, London

Central Asia: A Strategic Framework for Peacebuilding
Author: Anna Matveeva
Published by: International Alert

Summary:

Although Central Asia has remained relatively peaceful in the years since 
the break-up of the Soviet Union, there is still a considerable potential 
for conflict in the region.

International Alert's regional peacebuilding assessment links an in-depth 
analysis of the conflict potential to recommendations and practical advice 
to local, national and international actors on a strategy to address the 
underlying causes.

The regional context (Afghanistan) and the influence and interest of major 
powers (USA, Russia, China) are taken into account, as are common regional 
factors like strict border regimes cutting through communities, the complex 
ethnic situation in the Ferghana valley, the drug trade and the threat of 
islamism. The headline conclusion is that the central threat to stability 
lies not, as has long been thought, in ethnic rivalries or competition over 
resources, but rather in the relationship between the citizens and the state.

The official launch will be marked by a discussion meeting on:

Thursday, 20 April 2006
6.00 - 7.30 pm

House of Lords, Public Entrance, Committee Room 4
London SW1A 0AA
United Kingdom

The evening will feature two short presentations about the major findings of 
the report - by Anna Matveeva, lead researcher on the project, and Dan 
Smith, Secretary General of International Alert. Following the 
presentations, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. We 
hope to welcome you there.


To download the report (pdf) or order copies visit: 
http://www.international-alert.org/publications/242.php

To find out more about International Alert's work in Central Asia and the 
Caucasus visit:

http://www.international-alert.org/our_work/regional/caucasus_asia/index.php
?page=work&ext=rcc&rc=rc

To RSVP, or for further queries, please contact Cinta Depondt at +44 (0) 20 
7627 6855 or cdepondt(a)international-alert.org

SEMINAR- Myths and Realities of the Afghan Jihad, April 27, SOAS, London

Posted by: Jane Savory <js64(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 11 Apr 2006


SEMINAR- Myths and Realities of the Afghan Jihad, April 27, SOAS, London

'Myths and realities of the Afghan jihad: bandits, guerrillas and warlords 
in Herat, 1979-1992'

Antonio Giustozzi (LSE)

Thursday, 27 April 2006, 17.30

G52, Main Building, SOAS
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H OXG
United Kingdom

All are Welcome (seminars are free and open to the public).  Booking is not 
required.

For further information please contact: Jonathan Goodhand on jg27(a)soas.ac.uk 
or Jane Savory on js64(a)soas.ac.uk (Tel: 020 7898 4892).

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

Centre website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/cccac/

CONF.- Caucasus 2005, Caucasus Media Institute, April 28-29, Yerevan

Posted by: Research Caucasus Media Institute <research(a)caucasusmedia.org>
Posted: 10 Apr 2006


CONF.- Caucasus 2005, Caucasus Media Institute, April 28-29, Yerevan

International Conference
Caucasus 2005

April 28-29, 2006

Yerevan, Armenia

On April 28-29, 2006, the Caucasus Media Institute holds the 'Caucasus 2005' 
International Conference

What did the year 2005 mean for the North and South Caucasus? What were the 
main trends of political, social and economic development in the Northern 
Caucasus and in the three countries of the South Caucasus? How did last 
year's events affect the region in general?

The Caucasus Media Institute brings together experts from Armenia, Georgia, 
Israel and Russia to sum up year 2005 in the Caucasus from a wide perspective.

To know more about CMI conference, please go to www.caucasusmedia.org or 
contact research(a)caucasusmedia.org

LECTURE- Kelly McEvers, Press Freedom in Russia, April 11, SAIS, Washington DC

Posted by: Central Asia-Caucasus Institute <caci2(a)jhuadig.admin.jhu.edu>
Posted: 7 Apr 2006


LECTURE- Kelly McEvers, Press Freedom in Russia, April 11, SAIS, Washington DC

The International Reporting Project in cooperation with the Central 
Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced 
International Studies (SAIS) invite you to a brownbag lunch event:

Press Freedom in Russia: A Reporter Detained in the Troubled Republic of 
Dagestan

Kelly McEvers

Tuesday, April 11
12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Room 806
Benjamin T. Rome Building
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
USA

McEvers is a journalist currently participating in the spring 2006 
International Reporting Project fellowships at SAIS. Last month, as part of 
her IRP Fellowship, she traveled to Dagestan in southern Russia to report on 
Islamic militants in Russia's most Muslim republic. On March 29th McEvers 
was detained by police and forbidden to leave Dagestan. For three days, she 
was interrogated. Authorities confiscated all of her journalist's tools: her 
laptop, notebooks, audio recordings and cell phone. She was permitted to 
leave Dagestan on April 2 and arrived back in the U.S. on April 4. Police 
continue to hold her equipment and notebooks.

RSVP to Sonja Matanovic, IRP communications coordinator at 663-7726 or email 
irp(a)jhu.edu and include 'Dagestan' in the subject line.

McEvers is a freelance writer and radio producer based in New York City. She 
has written for The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and the Village Voice 
and contributed to radio programs such as 'This American Life,' 'All Things 
Considered,' 'Morning Edition,' 'Marketplace,' and 'The World.' In 2003 and 
2004 she was a freelance correspondent for National Public Radio based in 
Jakarta, Indonesia. From 1999-2000 she lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and 
worked for the BBC, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Cambodia Daily. 
She began her career as a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune's Internet 
and print editions. She is the founding editor of SixBillion.org, an online 
magazine of narrative journalism.

CONF./CFP- Tangut Studies Conference, Oct. 2006, St. Petersburg, Russia

Posted by: Kirill Solonin <ksolonin(a)netscape.net>
Posted: 7 Apr 2006


CONF./CFP- Tangut Studies Conference, Oct. 2006, St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg State University (Department of Philosophy), Institute of 
Oriental Studies (St. Petersburg Branch) of Russian Academy of Sciences 
announce the First St. Petersburg Conference on the Tangut Studies to be 
held in St. Petersburg on 26-29 of October 2006 in St. Petersburg. The dates 
could be slightly changed in the course of organization work.

The working title of the Conference is 'Tangut Civilization: History, 
Culture, and Religion.' The organizing committee intends to bring together 
the best scholars in the field of Tangut Studies to share their views and 
insights on various issues of Tangut studies. The Organizing committee 
includes:

 - Yurij N. Solonin. Prof., Dr. Sc., MP, St. Petersburg State University
 - Irina F. Popova, Prof., Dr. Sc., Director, St. Petersburg Institute of 
   Oriental Studies, Russian academy of Sciences. 
 - Evgenij I. Kychanov, Prof., Dr. Sc. Senior Research Fellow. St. 
   Petersburg Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian academy of Sciences. 
 - Kirill Solonin, PhD, St. Petersburg State University
 - Tigran G. Tumanyan, PhD, St. Petersburg State University.

The Organizing Committee expects to gather all the renowned experts in the 
field and organize a vast discussion concerning the current situation in the 
field and research perspectives for various aspects of Tangut civilization.

The list of specially invited scholars includes:

E. Kychanov (SPb, Institute of Oriental Studies)
K. Samosiuk (State Hermitage)
R. Dunnell (Kenyon College)
Lin Ying-chin (Academia Sinica)
Gong Huang-cheng (Academia Sinica)
Shi Jin-bo (Renmin University)
Li Fan-wen (Ningxia Academy of Social Sciences)
Nie Hong-yin (Academy of Social Sciences)
Nishida Tatsuo, Arakawa Shintaro (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Chen Bing-yin (Gansu Provincial Museum)
Yang Fu-xue (Dunhuang Research Institute)
Bai Bin

The organizing committee welcomes participation of all interested scholars 
in the fields of Tangut Studies, Inner Asian Studies, Tibetan and Mongol 
studies and other fields related directly and indirectly to the realm of 
Tangutology. Participants should present a 10,000 words paper in Russian, 
Chinese or English together with an abstract for the suggested full size 
publication by October 1, 2006. The participants should confirm their 
participation well in advance, considering the low effectiveness of Russian 
bureaucracy. Suggested confirmation deadline is May 30, 2006. After this 
date we cannot guarantee smooth processing of applications.

Due to the limited resources the organizing committee has no opportunity to 
pay travel and accommodation expenses to participants other than invited 
speakers.

All inquiries should be forwarded to the Organizing Committee:
ksolonin(a)netscape.com, tumt(a)mail.ru or directly to the Department of 
Philosophy, St. Petersburg University at:

Organizing Committee
Tangut Studies Conference
Mendeleevskaya liniya, Dom 5
199034 St. Petersburg
Russia

Please return this information as soon as possible:

Registration Form:

Name: 
Date of Birth: 
For Chinese names please provide both characters and pingyin as in passport.
Professional affiliation: 

Country of Citizenship: 
Passport Number: 
Date of Issue:
Date of Expiry: 

Home address: 
Office address: 
Tel: 
Fax: 
E-mail: 

Note: Telephones and e-mail should be valid for the sake of communication

Suggested topic of presentation: 

Please, bear in mind that Russian Foreign Ministry requires a clear copy of 
the first page of your passport for processing the invitation. We suggest 
that all the prospective participants attach a scanned copy of the first 
page of their passport to the returned form. Please remember to indicate to 
which address the invitation should be forwarded.

The organizing committee intends to provide accommodation on the grounds of 
St. Petersburg University. In case you believe that it is not good enough 
for you, please indicate so.

LECTURE/DISCUSSION- Kelly McEvers, The Situation in Dagestan, April 13, Washington DC

Posted by: Catherine Osgood <osgood(a)freedomhouse.org>
Posted: 7 Apr 2006


LECTURE/DISCUSSION- Kelly McEvers, The Situation in Dagestan, April 13, Wash DC

The American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus (ACPC) at Freedom House 
invites you to a discussion with freelance journalist Kelly McEvers.  Kelly 
returned home to the U.S. on April 3 after being detained and interrogated 
by authorities in Dagestan for researching a report on the impact of Islamic 
extremism in the region.  She will provide an update on the situation in 
Dagestan and share her experiences during her 3 days of interrogation.

The discussion will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2006, at 4:00 pm at 
Freedom House - 1301 Connecticut Ave., NW, (6th floor conference room), 
Washington, DC.

Press, including the articles listed below, on Kelly's detention and release 
can be found on the ACPC website at:  http://www.peaceinthecaucasus.org

Russian authorities in Dagestan detain, question U.S. journalist
Committee to Protect Journalists Press Release, April 3, 2006
http://www.cpj.org/news/2006/europe/russiia31mar06na.html

U.S. Journalist In Moscow After Days Of Questioning
RFE/RL, April 3, 2006
http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/4/2F3751E3-57FA-4340-80A8-126FF547
D139.html

U.S. Reporter in Russia Claims Harassment
Associated Press, April 1, 2006
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060401/ap_on_re_eu/russia_american_detained_3

Russian authorities in Dagestan detain, question U.S. journalist
Committee to Protect Journalists Press Release March 31, 2006
http://www.cpj.org/news/2006/europe/russiia31mar06na.html

Please RSVP to Catherine Osgood by phone at (202) 747-7036 or by email 
osgood(a)freedomhouse.org.

We hope you can join us.

Catherine Osgood
Program Officer - ACPC
Freedom House
1301 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
USA
Tel: (202) 747-7036
Fax:(202) 293-2840
Web: www.freedomhouse.org or www.peaceinthecaucasus.org

FORUM- Russia and the 'Frozen' Conflicts, April 13, SAIS, Washington DC

Posted by: Central Asia-Caucasus Institute <caci2(a)jhuadig.admin.jhu.edu>
Posted: 6 Apr 2006


FORUM- Russia and the 'Frozen' Conflicts, April 13, SAIS, Washington DC

W.P. Carey Forum

Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, JHU
in cooperation with the Jamestown Foundation and the Moldova Foundation

'Russia and the 'Frozen' Conflicts'

April 13, 2006

Speakers:

H.E. Mr. Vasil Sikharulidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the United States
Mr. Vladimir Socor, Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation

Commentator:

Svante E. Cornell, Research Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

Thursday, April 13, 2006
4.30 pm-6.15 pm

1740 Massachusetts Ave., The Herter Room
Washington DC

A main impediment to lasting peace, security, and development in the former 
Soviet space is the unresolved ethno-territorial conflicts of Abkhazia and 
South Ossetia in Georgia, Transdniestria in Moldova, and Mountainous 
Karabakh in Azerbaijan. For over a decade, these conflict have impeded the 
development of the countries and regions affected, particularly the South 
Caucasus. Meanwhile, the unrecognized breakaway states have continued to 
persist as uncontrolled territories, surviving with external support. In 
both Georgia and Moldova's cases, Russia has been the champion of the 
separatist territories. It simultaneously plays the role of peacekeeper, 
mediator, and supporter of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transdniestria. 
Russia's involvement in the conflicts has increased in parallel with the 
integration of the South Caucasus and Moldova with the west. This forum will 
address the recent trends in Russian policy toward the 'frozen' conflicts.

Ambassador Vasil Sikharulidze was appointed Georgian Ambassador to the U.S., 
Canada and Mexico in March 2006. Previously, he served as Deputy Defense 
Minister of Georgia, and as Undersecretary of the National Security Council. 
He has worked as Head of the NATO division at the Georgian Foreign Ministry 
and DCM at Georgia's mission to NATO. He has also been a NATO Fellow and as 
Executive Director of the Atlantic Council of Georgia. Ambassador 
Sikharulidze will address Georgia's conflicts and its relationship with Russia.

Vladimir Socor is a senior fellow and long-time senior analyst with the 
Jamestown Foundation, formerly a senior research analyst with Radio Free 
Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich. He is a specialist in the non-Russian former 
republics of the USSR, CIS affairs and ethnic conflicts. He writes a 
biweekly column for the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Socor will discuss recent 
developments in the Georgian and Moldovan conflicts.

Svante Cornell is Research Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute. 
His comments will focus on the role of the 'frozen' conflicts in Russian 
foreign policy, and discuss the current developments regarding the conflicts 
in the context of Russia's strategic aims in the region.

Please RSVP to caci2(a)mail.jhuwash.jhu.edu or (202) 663-7721.

CONF.- 13th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference, Indiana University, April 8, 2006

Posted by: Association of Central Eurasian Students <aces(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 5 Apr 2006


CONF.- 13th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference, Indiana Univ., April 8

The Thirteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference at Indiana University

Saturday April 8th, 2006
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Indiana University Bloomington
Ballantine Hall

This year's conference will feature over 25 panels and presentations from 
over 90 scholars of Central Eurasian Studies from across the world.

Panel topics for this year's conference will include:

International and Domestic Politics
Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy
Post-Soviet Transition
Education
Linguistics
Literature and Cinema
Economics
Environmental Issues
Islamic Movements and Politics
Ancient, Medieval and Modern History
Art and Architecture
Business and Investment
Media
Nationalism and Ethnic Identity

The keynote lecture will be given by Dr. Peter Perdue of MIT at 2:15 in 
Ballantine Hall, room 013.  His talk will be titled 'Why Do Empires Expand?'

The conference is free and open to the public.

For more details please visit our website: http://www.indiana.edu/~aces or 
email: aces(a)indiana.edu

Association of Central Eurasian Students
Goodbody Hall 157
Indiana University
1011 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
USA
Fax: (812) 855-7500
E-mail: aces(a)indiana.edu
Web: http://www.indiana.edu/~aces

DEADLINE EXTENSION- 2006 MECA Conference, Salt Lake City, Sept. 7-9

Posted by: Payam Foroughi <PayamForoughi(a)aol.com>
Posted: 5 Apr 2006


DEADLINE EXTENSION- 2006 MECA Conference, Salt Lake City, Sept. 7-9

Call For Papers

The 2006 Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics, and Society Conference

September 7-9, 2006

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, USA

New Deadline For Proposals: April 21, 2006

The fourth annual multidisciplinary Middle East & Central Asia Politics, 
Economics, and Society Conference will be held during September 7-9, 2006. 
Since its inception in 2003, the conference has successfully brought 
together academics (professors and advanced graduate students), analysts, 
policy makers, and NGO workers interested in the two regions of Middle East 
and Central Asia/Caucasus in order to network and share research interests.

This year, the organizers expect to accommodate as many as 150 research 
papers from around the world divided into nearly 40 panels. There will also 
be two plenary presentations, one of which will be delivered by Professor 
Dru C. Gladney of the University of Hawaii-Manoa and entitled: 'China Faces 
Central Asia: A New Chapter in the Great Game?'

The three-day event will also include a presentation by an Ambassador to the 
US from one of the two regions. Other attractions include three 
complimentary meals, an evening of Middle Eastern and Central Asian music 
and art, a book fair, and the screening of recently released films and 
documentaries on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Panel Themes:

The conference encompasses and encourages interdisciplinary social science 
approaches to analysis and problem-solving. Panel themes may fall within, 
but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

 - State/Society Relations
 - Religion and Politics
 - Islam and Islamism
 - Civil and Inter-State Conflict Prevention and Resolution
 - Human Rights and Minorities
 - Post-9-11 International Affairs
 - Terrorism and State Violence
 - Authoritarianism and Democracy
 - Challenges of Post-Communism
 - Problems of Economic and Democratic Transitions
 - Nuclear Non-Proliferation
 - Natural Resources and Conflict
 - Economic Development and Sustainability
 - International Financial Institutions and Regional Policy
 - Oil and Natural Gas Trade and Conflict
 - Nation-building Projects in Iraq and Afghanistan
 - Politics of External Actors (US, Russia, EU, China, etc.)
 - Regional Organizations and Cooperation
 - Post-Communist Velvet Revolutions
 - Xinjiang and Uyghur Nationalism
 - Kurdish Nationalism
 - Azerbaijan-Armenia Dispute
 - Chechnya and Russia
 - US-Iran Relations
 - Turkey-EU Relations
 - Palestine-Israel Conflict
 - Culture, Gender, and Ethnicity
 - Impacts of Globalization
 - Civil Society, NGOs and International Development
 - UN Millennium Development Goals
 - Media, Cinema, and Film
 - Migration, Refugees, Displaced, and Diaspora

Opportunity to Publish:

Selected papers from the conference will be submitted to three social 
science journals, including the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs and the 
Digest of Middle East Studies for publication in late 2006 and early 2007.

Application:

If interested in proposing a pre-organized panel or presenting a paper in 
the 2006 MECA Conference, please submit:

 - Your Full Name
 - Institutional Affiliation
 - E-Mail, Postal Address, and Tel. Numbers (work, mobile, home)
 - Paper Title (and Panel theme and paper titles if applicable)
 - 300-Word-Max Paper Abstract
 - One-Page-Max Academic Resume
 - Indicate willingness to serve as a session Moderator and/or Discussant
 - Whether, if accepted, you will need a US visa to attend the conference.

Kindly save the above in No More Than 2 Pages Total In A Word File and name 
your file as: Your last name in capital letters, a hyphen, followed by your 
first name (e.g. if your name is 'Vadim Sharapov', your 2-page Word 
application should be named: SHARAPOV-Vadim.doc). As the Subject of your 
email type: 'MECA 2006 Proposal'. Applications should be sent no later than 
APRIL 21, 2006 to:

Middle-East(a)utah.edu or Central-Asia(a)utah.edu

Note that the Conference Committee is unable to provide for participants' 
travel and lodging expenses. Participants are expected to seek funding from 
their own institutions. For 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 pay a 
conference participation fee of $65 (and a late fee of up to $100) with due 
dates to be given out in a later time. Other important information including 
due dates and suggested lodging venues will be forthcoming. Updates will 
also be included in the conference website: <www.utah.edu/meca/>.

Books, Exhibits, Advertising:

If you are a publisher or organization and would like to reserve exhibition 
space at the conference or if you would like to purchase an advertisement 
for publication in the conference program booklet, please refer to the 
Conference website for details.

LECTURE- Development of Kazakhstan's Bank and Financial System, Berlin, April 6

Posted by: Galina Nurtasinowa <info(a)dekasges.de>
Posted: 3 Apr 2006


LECTURE- Development of Kazakhstan's Bank and Financial System, Berlin, April 6

German-Kazakh Society presents:

Speech by prominent Kazakhstani economist and financier Grigori Marchenko, 
CEO of the Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan,

'The Current Economic Situation and the Development of the Bank and 
Financial System of Kazakhstan'

Date: Thursday, 6 April 2006,
Time: 15.00

Venue: Conference Hall of Bankgesellschaft Berlin

Address: Hardenbergstrasse 32, 10623 Berlin, Germany

Grigori Marchenko (47) is one of the leading economists and bankers of 
Kazakhstan. As CEO of the National Bank he took essential influence on the 
creation  of the modern bank systems in Kazakhstan. He advises the president 
of Kazakhstan on economic and financial issues.

Please announce your participation to info(a)dekasges.de

Galina Nurtasinowa
Managing Member of the Board

Deutsch-Kasachische Gesellschaft e.V. 
Colditzstr. 34-36
12099 Berlin
Germany
Tel.: +4930 / 70 02 34 78
Fax: +4930 / 70 02 48 80
Mobil: +49 / 177-572 33 00
E-Mail: info(a)dekasges.de
Web: www.dekasges.de or www.deutsch-kasachische-gesellschaft.de

CONF./CFP- CIS and Eastern Europe Business Forum, Nov. 2006, University of Arizona, Tucson

Posted by: Sarah Monks <sel(a)email.arizona.edu>
Posted: 29 Mar 2006


CONF./CFP- CIS and Eastern Europe Business Forum, Nov. 2006, Univ. of Arizona

The University of Arizona is pleased to announce the upcoming 13th annual 
CIS and Eastern Europe Business Forum to be held at the Hilton Tucson East 
on November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2006.

The forum will provide an up-to-date analysis of political, economic, and 
legal aspects of business ventures in the former Soviet Union as well as 
Eastern Europe and will present case studies of successful American 
businesses and strategies for success. Representatives of various government 
programs that support American business ventures in the NIS and Eastern 
Europe will be present to answer questions. Join us for this unique 
opportunity to get the expertise of highly qualified professionals in 
academia, government and business.

If you would like to be a presenter at the forum, e-mail Roza Simkhovich at 
roza(a)dakotacom.net. You may also call or fax her at 520-298-6599.

To learn more about the conference, visit our website at 
http://russian.arizona.edu/annualbizconf.htm

Sarah Monks, Admin Secretary
Dept of Russian & Slavic Studies
University of Arizona, LSB 305
PO Box 210105
Tucson, AZ 85721-0105
USA
Tel: (520)621-7341
Fax (520)626-4007

CONF.- Democracy in Iran, Middle East and Central Asia, April 5-8, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Posted by: Hamid Akbari <H-Akbari(a)neiu.edu>
Posted: 29 Mar 2006


CONF.- Democracy in Iran, Middle East and Central Asia, April 5-8, Chicago, IL

Democracy in Iran, Middle East and Central Asia: Past Traditions and Future 
Prospects

April 5-8, 2006

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699
USA

We would like to cordially invite you to attend a Major Bi-Lingual (English 
and Persian) International Conference commemorating the Centennial of the 
1906 Iranian Constitutional Revolution at Northeastern Illinois University 
from April 5-8, 2006.

You may also find updated information at the Conference Website: 
http://www.neiu.edu/~acdevelo/1906DemocracyConference/

Please note that on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, all sessions will 
be in Persian, unless otherwise noted.

Democracy in Iran, Middle East and Central Asia: Past Traditions and Future 
Prospects

An International Conference of the 11th Annual Asian-American Heritage 
Program in Commemoration of the Centennial of The 1906 Iranian 
Constitutional Revolution

Co-Sponsored by: NEIU International Programs, NEIU Graduate College, 
Northeastern Programming Board, NEIU Honors Program, and Dr. Mohammad 
Mossadegh Leadership Fund at NEIU Foundation

All Events, except otherwise indicated, are in Alumni Hall

Program:

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

9:00am - 10:50am Iranian Constitutional Revolution: Legacy and Impact
Chair: Yasmin A. Ranney, Assistant Dean, Academic Development, Northeastern 
Illinois University
Janet Afary, Purdue University, Legacy of Iranian Constitutional Revolution
Daryoush Ashouri, Writer and Linguist (France) Abortive Birth of a Nation
Ali Gheissari, University of San Diego, Iranian Constitutional Revolution: 
Democracy or State-Building? 

11:00am - 12:50pm Prospects and Challenges of Human Rights in Iran, Middle 
East and Central Asia

Chair: David Rustchman, Northeastern Illinois University
Curt Goering, Senior Deputy Executive Director, Amnesty International, New 
York, The Arc of Justice: Current Human Rights Struggles in the Middle East 
and Central Asia
Mansour Bonakdarian (Discussant), Hofstra University, Chair of the 
International Society for Iranian Studies Committee for Academic and 
intellectual Freedom

1:25pm - 3:30pm Islam and Democracy in Iran, Middle East and Central Asia: 
Future Prospects
Chair: T.Y. Okosun, Justice Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
Gunes Murat Tezcur, Loyola University, Is Islam really relevant for 
understanding democratization (or its lack thereof)?
Norma Moruzzi, University of Illinois at Chicago, Citizenship and 
Participation: Iranian Women's Public Presence
Nader Hashemi, Northwestern University, The Torturous Path to Liberal 
Democracy: Relevant Notes on the Tension between Islam and Democracy during 
Iran's 20th Century.
Russell Zanca, Northeastern Illinois University (Discussant)

4:15pm - 5:30pm Iranian Constitutional Revolution: The Role of Women and the 
Emergence of Modern Self
Chair: Shahrzad Mahootian, Linguistics Department, Northeastern Illinois 
University
Minoo Varzegar, Rutgers University, The Role of Women in Iranian 
Constitutional Revolution
Houra Yavari, Columbia University, Is Public Life Publishable: Autobiography 
and Persian Self 

7:00pm - 9:00pm A Keynote Address
Introducer: Mohemad Talha Anarwala, NPB
Session Chair: Vali Siadat, Daley College, Chicago
Stephen Kinzer, Author and Senior New York Times Correspondent
The American Way of Intervention: Is Iran Next?
Followed by a book signing by Mr. Kinzer for his new book: Overthrow: 
America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq


Thursday, April 6, 2006

9:25am - 12:05pm The Prospects of Democracy and Viable Peaceful US Policies 
in Iran, Middle East and Central Asia
Chair: Professor David Leaman, Northeastern Illinois University
Stephen Kinzer, Author and Senior New York Times Correspondent, 
Constitutional Rule in Iran: Is it Gone Forever?
Anora Mahumudova, BBC World Central Asia Service Correspondent in the US and 
at the United Nations, US's changing policy in the different 'Stans' in the 
post-Soviet environment
Steve LeVine, Wall Street Journal Correspondent (based in Caucasus/Central 
Asia 1992-2003), US Policy in Central Asia
Danny Postel, Author, Journalist and Senior Editor of Open Democracy, 
Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran: Liberalism, Internationalism, and the 
Upheaval in Iran Today 

12:15pm - 2:00pm International and Regional Significance of the Iranian 
Constitutional Revolution
Chair: Vicki Roman-Lagunas, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, 
Northeastern Illinois University
Touraj Atabaki, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Movement for 
Constitutionalism in Iran and its Trans-Caspian Dependencies
Cyrus Bina, University of Minnesota at Morris, The Heart and Soul of the 
Middle East: The Making of the Constitutional Revolution.
Mansour Bonakdarian, Hofstra University, The international reception and 
impact of the Iranian revolution 

2:00pm - 3:15pm Children of the Sun (A Documentary Film about Ancient Iran), 
in presence of the filmmaker, Mansooreh Saboori, IranDokht Productions, 
Boston, Massachusetts
Introduction and Chair: Simin Hemmati-Rasmussen, Northeastern Illinois 
University
Room TBA

2:50pm - 4:40pm Traditions and Prospects of Democracy in Central Asia
Chair: Charles Steinwedel, Northeastern Illinois University
Steve LeVine, Wall Street Journal Correspondent (based in Caucasus/Central 
Asia 1992-2003), Prospects for Democracy in Central Asia
Anora Mahumudova, BBC World Central Asia Service Correspondent in the US and 
at the United Nations, Are Central Asians ready for 'western style' democracy?
Touraj Atabaki, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (Discussant)
Russell Zanca, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois 
University (Discussant)

4:15pm - 5:30pm Reflections of Iran and Human Rights in Iran in Ario 
Mashayekhi's works (Room TBA)
Chair: Azar Khounani, Founder and Executive Director of Kids Academy, Illinois

Ario Mashayekhi, Chicago Based Artist

7:00pm, Remember the Dead Candle, Remember!  A Special Candle Lighting and 
Poetry Reading Ceremony for Peace on the occasion of the Centennial of the 
1906 Iranian Constitutional Revolution.
Ceremony Leader: Dan Creely, HPERA, Northeastern Illinois University
Poetry Reading by Nahid Shafiei, Persian Literature Educator, Chicago
Songs will be performed by Gerald Chaney accompanied by Ms. Jane Kenas 
Heller on piano

7:20pm, Keynote Speech and Presentation, Reza Deghati
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Salme Harju Steinberg, President, Northeastern 
Illinois University
Chair: Maziar Keshavarz, Founder and President of Keshavarz & Associates, 
West Palm Beach, Florida
Great Game and Democracy: A Slide Show on Central Asia, Caspian Sea and 
Afghanistan Presented by Reza Deghati, Renowned National Geographic 
Photojournalist and the 2005 Recipient of Legion of Honor from the President 
of the France, the highest civilian honor in France, and Founder of AINA 
(Paris, France/Kabul, Afghanistan).  This program includes a presentation of 
a DVD about the Concept and Realization of AINA titled: A Human Adventure in 
Afghanistan, Pictures and Narration by Reza.

This program will be followed by a Poster Signing Ceremony by Mr. Deghati.

10:00pm, Peace Fire Ceremony for the Centennial of Iranian Constitutional 
Revolution
Dan Creely, Northeastern Illinois University

Friday, April 7*, 2006
*Sessions are in Persian, except noted otherwise

9:00am - 3:15pm Children of the Sun (A Documentary Film about Ancient Iran), 
This film in English will be shown in presence of the filmmaker, Mansooreh 
Saboori, IranDokht Productions, Boston, Massachusetts
Introduction and Chair: Simin Hemmati-Rasmussen, Associate Professor, 
Northeastern Illinois University

10:00am - 12:00noon Two Perspectives on Iranian Constitutional Revolution
Chair: Hamid Akbari, Northeastern Illinois University
Daryoush Ashouri, Writer and Linguist (France), Abortive Birth of a Nation
Hamid Shokat, Writer and Researcher (Germany), Constitutional Revolution: 
Factors Impacting Passage from Despotism to Freedom

1:00pm - 2:50pm Literary Legacy of Constitutional Revolution
Chair: Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, Columbia College, Chicago
Houra Yavari, Columbia University, Persian Novel and Modernity
Saeed Yousef Ghahramani, University of Chicago, The Offerings and Aspect of 
the Iranian Constitutional Revolution for the Poets: From Changing the 
Addressee to a Dilemma of the Addressee

3:00pm, Reflections of Iran and Human Rights in Iran in Ario Mashayekhi's works
Chair: Azar Khounani, Founder and Executive Director of Kids Academy, Illinois
Ario Mashayekhi, Chicago Based Artist

7:00pm - 8:00pm (Recital Hall)
Introduction: Azar Khounani, Founder and Executive Director of Kids Academy, 
Illinois
Dr. Mehdi Forough, Founder of College of Dramatic Arts, Haj Mirza Yahya 
Dowlatabadi and His Poetry 

8:30pm - 9:45pm (Recital Hall, In English) A Special Violin Recital of 
Classical Music performed by Mr. Cyrus Forough (Violin) and Tatyana 
Stepanova (Piano) in Memory of Mr. Forough's Grand Father (Haj Mirja Yahya 
Dowlatabadi, a prominent Constitutionalist of 1906 Revolution Era and among 
the main founders of the modern school systems in Iran) and his Mother, Mrs. 
Fakhri Forough Dowlatabadi (One of the Iranian women pioneers in playing and 
teaching Western Classical Music).

Professor Cyrus is a full time faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University 
in Pittsburgh and is on the faculty at Roosevelt University's College of 
Performing Arts in Chicago.

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Murrell J. H. Duster, Dean, Academic 
Development, Northeastern Illinois University

Remarks about Mrs. Fakhri Forough: Azar Khounani, Founder and Executive 
Director of Kids Academy, Illinois
Remarks about Haj Mirza Yahya Dowlatabadi, Janet Afary, Purdue University

Recital Program:

Sonata for Piano and violin in G major K 301
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Allegro con Spirito
(1756-1791)
Allegro

Sonata for Piano and Violin in C minor Op. 30 No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
Allegro con brio
(1770-1826)

Three Arias
Dr. Mehdi Forough
Aresou (Longing)
(1911)
Al-Ninn Atu Li, Liah
Caravan

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Camille Saint Saens
(1835-1921)

Saturday, April 8*, 2006
* All programs in Persian, except the National Geographic Film showing at 

5:30pm

10:00am - 12:00noon, International and Regional Significance of the Iranian 
Constitutional Revolution
Chair: Dr. Janet Afary, Purdue University
Touraj Atabaki, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Movement for 
Constitutionalism in Iran and its Trans-Caspian Dependencies
Cyrus Bina, University of Minnesota at Morris, The Heart and Soul of the 
Middle East: The Making of the Constitutional Revolution
Fariba Zarinebaf, Northwestern University, Constitutionalism and Modernity 
in Iran and Ottoman Empire

1:00pm - 3:30pm, Legacy of Iranian Constitutional Revolution
Chair: Daryoush Ashouri, Writer and Linguist, France
Houshang Keshavarz Sadr, Writer and Researcher, France, Lessons from the 
First Constitutional Parliament
Janet Afary, Purdue University, Legacy of the Constitutional Revolution
Ali Gheissari, University of San Diego, Iranian Constitutional Revolution: 
Democracy or State Building?

3:45pm - 5:00pm, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, the Prominent Figure Among the 
Constitutional Freedom Fighters
Chair: Behrouz Azarnoush, Iran House of Greater Chicago
Speaker: Dr. Saeid Fatemi, Personal Translator of Dr. Mossadegh at Hague 
Tribunal

5:30pm, Reza Deghati will speak (in Persian) after the showing of his Film 
(True Originals Reza Shooting back) A national Geographic television 
Documentary on Reza's work, ideas, retracing all the period from the start 
of work through Iran revolution, and 25 years of coverage of the world's 
most important events, to the funding of AINA, and the creation of an 
independent media in Afghanistan.

For more information, please check the conference website at:
http://www.neiu.edu/~acdevelo/1906DemocracyConference/

Or call the Office of Academic Development at (773) 442-5441 or (773) 442-6126

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Oral History Project on Tajik Civil War, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

Posted by: Tim Epkenhans <t.epkenhans(a)osce-academy.net>
Posted: 29 Mar 2006


CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Oral History Project on Tajik Civil War, OSCE Academy

Organizer: OSCE Academy in Bishkek

Application Deadline: May 15, 2006

The Civil War in Tajikistan (1992-1997) was one of the most devastating 
conflicts after the collapse of the Soviet Union. While most of the 
atrocities against the civilian population took place in a rather short 
period of time (from May to December 1992), the armed conflict was only 
settled in an uneasy peace in 1997 between the government forces of the 
National Front and the United Tajik Opposition. The 1997 Peace Accord 
settled the immediate conflict, but it took the government of President 
Rahmonov until 2001 to regain control over most parts of the country. In 
recent years Rahmonov was able to consolidate his position by silencing the 
(already) tame opposition of the Islamic Revival Party and by prosecuting 
his former allies from Kulob. However, the economic and social prospects for 
the population remain bleak and the political situation is still volatile.

Since the Peace Accord only little consistent research has been done on the 
Tajik Civil War and there is almost no public discussion inside Tajikistan. 
Therefore the OSCE Academy intends to implement an Oral History Project on 
the Civil War in Tajikistan. The project's primary objective is the 
collection of personal accounts of the Civil War and the establishment of a 
public Oral History Archive. Additionally all available sources (newspapers, 
leaflets, photos etc) from the time of the Civil War should be collected and 
archived for public use.

The OSCE Academy would like to invite interested researchers and academics 
who would like to contribute to the project for an initial workshop to 
discuss the project outlines, objectives and methodology.

The workshop will take place from 5 to 7 July 2006 at the OSCE Academy in 
Bishkek.

To be considered for the workshop, please submit an abstract on your 
contribution to the workshop of approximately 250 works and a short CV to 
history(a)osce-academy.net

The deadline for the application is May 15.

There is limited funding for financial support to cover travel expenses and 
accommodation in Bishkek. For further information please contact 
t.epkenhans(a)osce-academy.net

Dr. Tim Epkenhans
Director
OSCE Academy in Bishkek
Tel.: +996-312-54 23 01
Fax: +996-312-54 23 13
Web: www.osce-academy.net

CONF./CFP- Armenian International Policy Research Group, June 17-18, Additional Information

Posted by: Anoush Begoyan <Anoush.Begoyan(a)armpolicyresearch.org>
Posted: 28 Mar 2006


CONF./CFP- Armenian Int'l Policy Research Group, June 17-18, Additional Info.

Dual Citizenship: Alternative Arrangements, Economic Implications, and 
Social Dimension

The Constitutional Amendments incorporated through a referendum on November 
27, 2005, lifted the ban on dual citizenship arrangements in Armenia, which 
had been entrenched in the Constitution of 1995. According to the 
Declaration of Independence of 1991, it is every Armenian's right to have a 
mechanism for active engagement (more precisely, the right of citizenship) 
with the country of his/her ancestors.

In light of this, and given the potentially sizable economic implications of 
a formalized arrangement, the Armenian International Policy Research Group 
(AIPRG) will hold a Conference on June 17-18, 2006, to review issues related 
to active homeland-Diaspora relations in countries around the world and any 
Armenia-specific proposals. It will also look at the economic and social 
consequences of a potential repatriation, as an outcome of introduction of a 
dual citizenship-type arrangement in Armenia.

The Conference is intended to encourage professional dialogue and to further 
the public's understanding of the legal, economic, and social issues 
surrounding the topic.

 - Paper submissions are sought in the following broadly defined areas:
 - The role of citizenship in the 21st century
 - International experience with dual citizenship and similar arrangements
 - Legal issues governing citizenship
 - Repatriation of 1946-48 revisited: economic and social implications
 - The impact of repatriation on demographics and labor markets
 - Macroeconomic impact of repatriation
 - Social impact of repatriation
 - Alternative models for dual citizenship arrangements in Armenia

Prospective authors should email their 500 word abstracts by Monday, April 
3, 2006 to aiprg.conference(a)armpolicyresearch.org. Authors of the selected 
abstracts will be notified by April 10, 2006. The final papers will be due 
by May 28, 2006. Papers presented at the conference will be published in a 
separate Conference Proceedings.

Anoush Begoyan
Researcher
Armenian International Policy Research Group
Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: (374 10) 277 658
E-mail: Anoush.Begoyan(a)armpolicyreserach.org

WORKSHOP- Understanding Illness and Healing in Islamic Societies, March 31-April 1, Halle, Germany

Posted by: Ildiko Beller-Hann <ildiko.beller-hann(a)owz.uni-halle.de>
Posted: 28 Mar 2006


WORKSHOP- Understanding Illness & Healing in Islamic Societies, March 1-April 1

International Workshop

Orientwissenschaftliches Zentrum

Martin-Luther-Universitaet
Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

31 March-1 April 2006

The Social Dimensions of Understanding Illness and Healing: Islamic 
Societies from Africa to Central Asia

Funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Program:

Friday, 31st March 2006

09.00 Registration

09.45 Welcome Address - Stefan Leder (director of the Centre for Oriental 
Studies), Ildiko Beller-Hann

10.00 Section 1: Africa (chair: Hanne Schonig)

Sara Randall (UK: University College London, Anthropology)
Women's Health as a Justification for Contraceptive Use: Wolof in Senegal

Marja Tiilikainen (Finland: University of Helsinki, Department of Sociology)
Witches, Spirits and Human Worlds: Ethnographic Notes from Northern Somalia

Gerda Sengers (The Netherlands: free-lance consultant, Amsterdam)
Are Zar-Ceremonies Indeed Unislamic and is Koran Healing Fully in Accordance 
with the Islamic Faith? An Anthropological View

11.30 Section 2: Arabian Peninsula (chair: Hanne Schonig)

Anne Regourd (France: Sorbonne, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes)
'Unclean Blood' (al-dam al-fasid): The Practice of Wet Cupping and the 
Representation of Blood in the Highlands of Yemen

12.00 Discussion

12.15 Lunch

14.00 Section 3: Iran (chair: Hanne Schonig)

Ekaterina Rodionova (Russia: Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of 
Oriental and African Studies, Middle East History Dept.)
Traditional Ways to Take Care of Mother and Child in Iran

14.30 Section 4: Turkey & Central Asia (I) (chair: Mona Schrempf)

Sylvia Onder (USA: Georgetown University, Washington D.C., Division of 
Eastern Mediterranean Languages)
Nazar in Context: Contemporary Turkish Manifestations of a Traditional 
Islamic Concept

15.00 Tea and coffee break

15.15 Annette Kramer (Germany: Humboldt Universitaet Berlin, Institut fuer 
Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Zentralasien-Seminar)
Pluralism of Medical Systems and Health-Seeking Behaviour in Central Asia: a 
New Field of Research

Habiba Fathi (Uzbekistan: French Institute for Central Asian Studies, Tashkent)
The Traditional Curative Practices of the Body among Muslim Believers of the 
Newly Independent States of Central Asia

16.15 Discussion

Saturday, 1st April 2006


09.00 Section 4: Central Asia (II) (chair: Mona Schrempf)

Paula Michaels (USA: University of Iowa, Department of History):
Kazakh Ethnomedicine and Soviet Biomedicine under Stalin

Danuta Penkala-Gawecka (Polen: Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Institute 
of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)
Complementary Medicine in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan: Doctors and Healers

Pawel Jessa (Polen: Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Institute of 
Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)
Ak Jol - Spiritual Healers. New Dimensions of Spiritual Healing in Kazakhstan

10.30 Tea and coffee break

10.45 Krisztina Kehl (Germany: Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, 
Halle/S.)
Controlling the Spirits - Women Healing Specialists in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan

Mathijs Pelkmans (Germany: Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, 
Halle/S.)
Establishing Credibility: Secular Legacies and New Spiritual Realities in 
Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

11.45 Discussion

12.00 Closing session with general discussion on the perspectives for future 
interdisciplinary cooperation

Discussant
Mona Schrempf (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Institut fuer Asien- und 
Afrikawissenschaften, Zentralasien-Seminar)

Venue:

Hallischer Saal, Burse zur Tulpe
Universitaetsring 5
06108 Halle
Germany

Convenors:
Ildiko Beller-Hann
Hanne Schonig

Dr Ildiko Beller-Hann
Orientwissenschaftliches Zentrum
Martin-Luther-Universitaet
Muehlweg 15
Halle/Saale
D-06114
Germany

CONF./CFP- Armenian International Policy Research Group Conf. on Dual Citizenship, June 17-18, Yerevan

Posted by: Zaruhi M. Sahakyan <zaruhi_sahakyan(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 27 Mar 2006


CONF./CFP- Armenian International Policy Research Group, June 17-18, Yerevan

Dual Citizenship: Alternative Arrangements, Economic Implications, and 
Social Dimension

June 17-18, 2006

Yerevan, Armenia

The Armenian International Policy Research Group (AIPRG) announces an 
upcoming international conference on 'Dual Citizenship: Alternative 
Arrangements, Economic Implications, and Social Dimension,' scheduled to 
take place on June 17-18, 2006 in Armenia. The conference will aim at 
gathering academic and policy specialists from a variety of fields and 
countries and is co-sponsored by the UNDP, American University of Armenia, 
and Armenian Bar Association, in collaboration with relevant government 
agencies and civil society groups.

We are expecting to receive papers dealing with the economic, social, and 
national security implications of a potential dual citizenship law in 
Armenia. Considering that this issue continues to generate a tremendous 
amount of interest both in Armenia and the Diaspora, we expect that the 
conference will provide an important forum for in-depth analysis and 
discussion of this topic for policymaking and academic communities.

Please check our website (www.armpolicyresearch.org) for conference-related 
updates, a detailed program listing, and registration information.

Meanwhile, please feel free to contact the Chairs of the Conference Steering 
Committee if you have any questions:

Jeanette Gevikoglu (Jeanette.Gevokoglu(a)armpolicyresearch.org)
Asbed Kotchikian (Asbed.Kotchikian(a)armpolicyresearch.org)

CONF./CFP- Havighurst Center International Young Researchers Conference, Oct. 2006, Miami University, Ohio

Posted by: Michael Rouland <roulanm(a)muohio.edu>
Posted: 27 Mar 2006


CONF./CFP- Havighurst Ctr. Int'l Young Researchers Conference, Oct. 2006, Ohio

Call for Papers

Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies Annual International 
Young Researchers Conference

Eurasian Empire: Literary, Historical, and Political Responses to Russian 
Rule in the Twentieth Century

Organizers: Venelin Ganev and Michael Rouland

Miami University
Oxford, Ohio

October 26-28, 2006

Paper submission deadline: April 21, 2006

This conference will consider theories, conceptual frameworks, and 
analytical representations of the Russian case of empire from the 
late-Tsarist era to the contemporary period, including late-Imperial Russia, 
the Soviet Union, and post-Communist transitions.  We encourage submissions 
addressing a wide array of perspectives on empire which might encompass the 
Russian imperial center as well as subjects and allies of Russian and Soviet 
imperial ambitions, e.g. political entities within the Russian, Hapsburg and 
Ottoman Empires or countries and nations belonging to the Warsaw Pact and 
the Soviet Union.  We encourage papers to consider such topics as the 
usefulness of the center-periphery paradigm; the designation of the Soviet 
Union as empire; the intertwining of imperial and Marxist revolutionary 
projects; literary, visual and material depictions of empire; the experience 
of empire in everyday life; nationalism as a reaction to empire; empire and 

post-socialism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; empire and 
patterns of institution- and state-building; neo-imperial movements and the 
reconfiguration of the post-Soviet political space. Case studies, 
comparative analyses, anthropological inquiries, historical, sociological, 
and literary research are welcome.

We encourage proposals from young researchers who have already completed 
their dissertation research or have defended their dissertation within the 
last three years. This will be an intensive 2-1/2 day working conference 
during which each of the selected papers will be critiqued by the other 
participants including the authors, the keynote speaker, organizers Venelin 
Ganev, Assistant Professor of political science, and Michael Rouland, 
Havighurst postdoctoral fellow in history, and a team of discussants made up 
of Miami faculty. We plan to publish the final versions of papers in an 
edited volume. The Havighurst Center will provide accommodation in Oxford, 
ground transportation from the airport, and partial travel funding (up to 
$250 for domestic travel and up to $500 for international travel).

To be considered for the conference, submit an abstract of approximately 250 
words and a short CV to HavighurstCenter(a)muohio.edu by April 21, 2006.  
Please type '2006 Young Researchers Conference' as the subject of the email. 
We plan to get back to you by mid-May.

Questions can be directed to:

The Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies
Miami University
Harrison Hall, Room 116
Oxford, OH  45056
USA
Tel: (513) 529-3303
E-mail: HavighurstCenter(a)muohio.edu

LECTURE- Post-Soviet Central Asian Nation-Building, March 29, Bishkek

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 24 Mar 2006


LECTURE- Post-Soviet Central Asian Nation-Building, March 29, Bishkek

American University-Central Asia (AUCA) Speaker Series:

Claiming the Nation: Cultural Ideology and Post-Soviet Central Asian 
'Nation-building'

Dr. John Schoeberlein
Director, Harvard Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus

March 29, 2006
16:00-17:20

Venue:

Conference Hall #1 (CH1)
Main Building, AUCA
205 Abdumomunova
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

A series of lectures by prominent people will discuss issues that are 
critical to political, economic, and social development of Central Asian 
countries. This series aims to encourage open debate on key challenges, and 
increase public awareness of important processes taking place in the region.

For more information, contact: pss(a)mail.auca.kg

About the speaker:

Dr. John Schoeberlein holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard
University. Currently, he is Director of the Program on Central Asia and the 
Caucasus at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian 
Studies. He was the first President of the Central Eurasian Studies Society 
(CESS), and is now Director of the CESS Secretariat.

How to register:

Please RSVP to pss(a)mail.auca.kg giving your name and institution.

This series is arranged by the AUCA Social Research Center. This project is 
funded, in part, through the Grant provided by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz 
Republic. Dr. Schoeberlein's trip to Kyrgyzstan is affiliated with the HESP 
Program of OSI/Budapest.

CONF./CFP- Christianity and Mongolia: Past And Present, August 2006, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Posted by: Gaby Bamana <gabybamana(a)magicnet.mn>
Posted: 24 Mar 2006


CONF./CFP- Christianity and Mongolia: Past And Present, August 2006, Mongolia

The Antoon Mostaert Center (AMC) Symposium on:
Christianity and Mongolia: Past And Present

August 2006

Call for Papers

[Please note that although the original deadline for paper topics as given 
below, was Feb. 1, 2006, the AMC is still accepting paper proposals.]

In 2006, Mongolia will celebrate the 800 years anniversary of the foundation 
of the Mongol Empire. This great event will offer to Mongolia an opportunity 
to evaluate the achievements of the Mongolian society in a variety of 
aspects and specifically looking at the contribution of Mongolia to the 
global human community.

Most important of this will be a retrospective look at the dynamism of the 
Mongolian culture during the past 800 years that made the Mongols move out 
of their cradle to building up the world biggest steppe empire.

One of the components of the Mongolian cultural heritage and history is 
undoubtedly Christianity as its presence in the Mongol Empire is ascertained 
by most sources of Mongolian History. Yet its specific contribution and 
position within the Mongolian cultural heritage has not been properly and 
sufficiently assessed.

One would not overlook the very fact that in the post-socialist Mongolia, 
Christianity has become, once more, a major social constituent if not a 
social phenomenon.

The Antoon Mostaert Center (AMC) for Mongolian Studies would like to take 
advantage of this cultural event to convey a 2 days Symposium on the theme 
of the relationship between Christianity and Mongolia.

The focus of the symposium would be twofold:

Section one will discuss the sub-topic of: Christianity during the Mongol 
Empire. This will cover e.g. The Vatican Envoys to the Mongol Khans: 
travelogues and notes; Diplomatic relations between the West and Mongolia; 
The Mongols, the Crusades and the Mamluk; The Nestorian Church during the 
Mongol Empire; The Mongol Christian princes; The Christian Missions to the 
Mongols (London Missionary Society)

Section two will discuss the sub-topic of: Christianity in the 
Post-socialist Mongolia covering e.g. Christian translations and Dictionary 
making, Bible translation, Survey of Christian Missions, the contribution 
(influence) of Christianity to the Post-socialist Mongolia, Mongolian 
Religious legislation, Religious revival and Christianity, Christianity and 
Mongol identity...

AMC hopes that such conference will raise the attention and interest of the 
Mongolian scholars about Christianity and eventually help them assess 
(positively) the contribution of Christianity to the making of the Mongol 
society.

It is evident that at this stage that Mongolia has widely opened up to the 
Western Culture, the understanding of Christianity is crucial since 
Christianity is the watermark of the Western civilization.

Finally, this conference aims to enhance the dialogue between Christianity 
and Mongolia for a mutual understanding.

2. Mode of Participation

Competent scholars will be invited to present a paper at the Symposium. The 
subject of their paper should fit into the Symposium's framework. Papers are 
expected to be scholarly and relevant.

AMC will offer accommodation to all oversea scholars for the running time of 
the Symposium (Check in August 10, check out August 13). Whereas all the 
other participants will enjoy all the benefits of the Symposium including 
meals, entertainment, Symposium materials and other expenses directly 
related to the Symposium.

3. Symposium Time Table

Invited scholars are expected to send in the topic of their papers not later
than February 1 and the abstract of the paper by April 1.
The full text of the paper should be sent in not later than July 1, 2006.
The Symposium is conveyed for the second week of August 2006.

For more information, please contact:

Paula Haas
E-mail: paulahaas2005(a)yahoo.it

4. Symposium Summary

Theme: Mongolia and Christianity: past and present

Day 1: Christianity during the Mongol Empire
Day 2: Christianity in the Post-Socialist Mongolia

Venue: Antoon Mostaert Center, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Time table: 2 calendar days (August 11 & 12)

Symposium Language: English, Mongolian. Translation will be provided.

Gaby Tshimanga Bamana
AMC
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
E-mail: gabybamana(a)magicnet.mn

FORUM- Iran and Afghanistan and Central Asia, April 5, Washington DC

Posted by: Central Asia-Caucasus Institute <caci2(a)jhuadig.admin.jhu.edu>
Posted: 23 Mar 2006


FORUM- Iran and Afghanistan and Central Asia, April 5, Washington DC

The W.P. Carey Forum of the Central Asia Caucasus Institute, School for 
Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and The Middle East 
Institute present:

'Iran and Afghanistan and Central Asia: Recent Developments'

Moshen Milani
Professor of Politics and Chair of the Department of Government and 
International Affairs
University of South Florida, Tampa

Abbas Maleki
Director General, International Institute for Caspian Studies, Tehran
Research Fellow, Harvard University

Commentator:

Marvin Weinbaum
Scholar in Residence, The Middle East Institute

Wednesday, April 5
5PM-7PM

1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, The Rome Auditorium
Washington, DC

Professors Milani and Maleki will address, respectively, recent developments 
in Iranian relations with Afghanistan and Central Asia -- particularly since 
the advent of the new government in Tehran.

Professor Milani is a recognized expert on Iranian foreign policy.  Born in 
Tehran, he completed his high school and higher education in the US, and 
received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern 
California.  His book, The Making of Iran's Islamic Revolution, has been 
used as required reading in many universities in the U.S., Europe, Japan, 
and Iran.  Professor Milani has written some sixty articles, book chapters, 
and encyclopedia entries about the Persian Gulf, Iran's revolution, and 
Iran's foreign and security policies.  His latest publications are on Iran's 
policies toward Afghanistan and Iraq.  He served as a research fellow at 
Harvard University, Oxford University's St. Antony's College in England, and 
the Foscari University in Venice, Italy.  Dr. Milani is a frequent speaker 
at international and national conferences on Iran and the Persian Gulf.  He 
is currently working on a book project about Iranian foreign policy.

Professor Maleki has combined the roles of academic, journalist and foreign 
ministry official, with a continuing focus on the Caspian and Central Asia.  
In addition to heading the International Institute for Caspian Studies, he 
holds several academic appointments, is editor in chief of Hamshahri Daily 
and serves as adviser to several Iranian government officials.  In the past, 
he served as Director General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry's Institute 
for Political and International Studies, Deputy Foreign Minister for 
Research and Education and Adviser to the Director of the World Bank for the 
Middle East and North Africa, in addition to working in many academic and 
journalistic positions.  He is a collaborator in the Task Force on the 
Caucasus in the Center for European Policy Studies.  His publications 
include 'Common Opportunities and Threats for Iran and the EU in Central 
Asia,' Central Asian Regional Cooperation and New Strategic Order: A 
Roundtable of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Oxford 
University and the University of Manchester, Tehran, 2003.

Professor Maleki is currently Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and 
International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard 
University.  He is working on energy security, energy dialogue between the 
Middle East and East Asia, the Caspian Sea legal regime, and Persian Gulf 
collective security.

Refreshments will be served at 5pm.

Please RSVP to CACI2(a)mail.jhuwash.jhu.edu or (202) 663-7721.

CONF./CFP- Foundation for Endangered Languages, Oct. 2006, Mysore, India

Posted by: Nicholas Ostler <nostler(a)chibcha.demon.co.uk>
Posted: 23 Mar 2006


CONF./CFP- Foundation for Endangered Languages, Oct. 2006, Mysore, India

The Foundation for Endangered Languages: Tenth Conference in association 
with the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India. 25-27 October 
2006.

The Foundation for Endangered Languages, in association with the Central 
Institute of Indian Languages, will hold its annual 2006 conference in 
India, home of more than a thousand languages and dialects, and a 
consciously multilingual policy stance by the Government of India. Although 
many of these languages enjoy political and economic patronage, others are 
struggling to survive. Among these strugglers are the languages of the 
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where communities are not only tiny, but also 
some of the most anciently independent tribes on the planet. The viability 
of many such small languages is threatened.

This year's conference concerns the effects of multilingualism on smaller 
languages. A crucial question for this conference is how far 
poorly-conceived language planning policies may actually contribute to 
environmental imbalance and instability, dangers that are often very little 
understood. As we understand the effort to revitalize languages, this is no 
more than the support they need to develop in the face of new demands, 
including the increased bi- and multi-lingualism coming from globalization, 
urbanization and language contact.

Some Issues for the Conference:

We hope to discuss these issues in terms of actual language situations 
presented by our participants.

 - Are minority languages threatened, or strengthened, through bilingualism 
   or multilingualism with other languages? Is it essential for the
survival of 
   a small language to sustain a minimum-sized core group of language-dominant 
   speakers?
 - What factors beside the prospect of competitive economic benefits can 
   sustain language use in a community (and indeed re-orient the language 
   planners)?
 - Is bilingual language planning important for families based on 
   cross-cultural/linguistic marriages? More generally, what role is there for 
   language planners in the future of a small language or dialect? Is language 
   survival helped or hindered by a flexible policy in recognizing what 
   languages are actually in use?
 - How significant are social networks for sustaining 'vital voices'? Does 
   the context of a consciously multilingual society foster use of smaller 
   languages? Is code-switching as common in small minority communities and 
   tribes as it is in the elites?  - How compatible is western-style formal 
   education with traditional language use? Are there other models for 
   transmission?
 - Are the prospects of minority languages affected by the metropolitan 
   languages through which they may be known to a wider world?
 - Does a language's vitality benefit if it is not closely related, or 
   structurally similar, to its neighbours?
 - Is language documentation the only feasible outside response to the needs 
   of vital but vanishing voices?
 - How can modern - often cheap - technology benefit the smallest languages?

'Vital Voices' refers to the growing awareness that the survival and 
development of endangered languages are necessary for humanity's future, 
however endangered they may look amidst the statistics generated for policy 
in our globalized economy.

The Conference Venue

The Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, (CIIL) was set up by the 
Government of India in July 1969. It is a large institute with seven 
regional centers spread all over India, and is engaged in research and 
training in Indian languages other than English and Hindi. It helps to 
evolve and implement India's language policy and coordinate the development 
of Indian languages. Mysore is a city in the Southern Indian state of 
Karnataka. The former capital of the princely state of Mysore, ruled by the 
Wodeyar dynasty since the 14th century, it is now the administrative seat of 
Mysore District, the second largest in Karnataka, 135 km from Bangalore, the 
state capital. The city is known for its palaces and many other attractions. 
One of these is the Brindavan Gardens laid out beside the Krishnarajasagar 
dam (19km), particularly beautiful at night. There are also the Royal 
Palace, the Chamundi Hills, Srirangapatnam Temple, Ranganthittu Bird 
Sanctuary, Oriental Research Institute, and Museums of Folklore, and of Art 
and Archeology. The conference dates (25-27 October) will allow 
participants, if they wish, to witness Diwali (the festival of lights) on 23 
October before coming to Mysore. A language-related excursion is planned for 
28-29 October after the conference.

Transport:

Bus: Mysore has inter-city and sub-urban public bus transportation.

Rail: Mysore is connected to Bangalore to the northeast via Mandya, and to 
Hassan to the northwest, to Chamarajanagar via Nanjangud to the southeast.

Air: The nearest accessible airport is at Bangalore.

Submission of Abstracts:

If you would like to take part in our conference, please submit an abstract 
of your contribution. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. They may be 
submitted in either of two ways: by electronic submission, or on paper. Most 
simply, they should be written in English. Other languages may also be 
accepted by prior arrangement with the Programme Chair Mahendra Verma 
mkv1(a)york.ac.uk or FEL Chair Nicholas Ostler <nostler(a)chibcha.demon.co.uk>

1) Electronic submission: Electronic submission (by 18 April 2006) should be 
as an attachment in Word, or simply as an email message to mkv1(a)york.ac.uk, 
with copies to <FEL(a)chibcha.demon.co.uk> and 
mallikarjun(a)ciil.stpmy.soft.net. Please fill in the subject domain as follows:

FEL_Abstract

The e-mail should also contain, in the following format:

Name: Names of the author(s)
Affiliation(s): Institution(s) where the author(s) currently work
Title: Title of the paper
Email: Email address of the first author, if any
Address: Postal address of the first author
Tel: Telephone number of the first author, if any
Fax: Fax number of the first author, if any

The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence.

Note. The Conference announcement will also be placed on the net by CIIL at 
www.ciil.org with facilities for submission, and a step-by-step method of 
submission that will automatically send copies of the abstract as above. Dr. 
B. Mallikarjun of CIIL, Mysore (Tel: +91-821-2345007) will be the local 
point of contact for participants.

2) Paper abstracts: Three copies should be sent (to arrive by 18 April 2006) 
to:

Dr Mahendra Verma
Dept of Language and Linguistic Science
University of York
York YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

Fax +44 1904 432673

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

On a separate sheet, please include the following information:

Name: Names of the author(s)
Title: Title of the paper
Email: Email address of the first author, if any
Address: Postal address of the first author
Tel: Telephone number of the first author, if any
Fax: Fax number of the first author, if any
The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence.

If possible, please also send an e-mail to Mahendra Verma mkv1(a)york.ac.uk 
informing him of the paper submission. This is in case the hard copy does 
not reach its destination in time. This e-mail should contain the 
information specified in the above section. 

Important Notes for Authors:

Oral presentations (except for any selected to be keynote addresses) will 
last twenty minutes each, with a further ten minutes for discussion. Authors 
will be expected to submit a written paper with the full version of the 
lecture (up to 8 pages A4), for publication in the proceedings, well in 
advance of the conference. Further details on the format of text will be 
specified to the authors. Authors (and other attendees) from outside India 
will also be required to inform the organizers in advance of the following 
details: Passport Number, Citizenship, Date and Place of Issue, for all who 
wish to be present during the conference.

Important Dates:

 - Abstract arrival deadline - 18 April 2006
 - Committee's decision - 30 April 2006
 - Informing authors - 8 May 2006
 - Conference Website with all abstracts - 15 May 2006
 - In case of acceptance, the full paper needs to be sent by 31 August 2006.
 - Conference - 25-27 October 2006

Foundation for Endangered Languages
Registered Charity: England and Wales 1070616
172 Bailbrook Lane, Bath BA1 7AA, England
Tel: +44-1225-852865
E-mail: nostler(a)chibcha.demon.co.uk
Web: http://www.ogmios.org

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS- Seeking Scholar on Gender Issues in Central Asia

Posted by: Timur Kocaoglu <tkocaoglu(a)ku.edu.tr> 
Posted: 22 Mar 2006


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS- Seeking Scholar on Gender Issues in Central Asia

Koc University & Michigan State University jointly call for a Scholar 
to present a paper on the Gender and Democracy in Central Asian Republics 
during a three-day workshop on June 28-30 at Koc University, Istanbul, 
Turkey.  All candidates should send their CV's and publication lists on the
Gender issue in Central Asia and one-page (500 words) abstract of their
proposed paper for this workshop (only one candidate will be selected)
to: Timur Kocaoglu, Koc University, e-mail: tkocaoglu(a)ku.edu.tr
Deadline March 30, 2006
The round-trip air ticket, plus lodgings and meals in Istanbul will be 
provided.
The papers of the following workshop will be published in a volume by the 
Michigan State University Publications' 'Eurasian Studies' Series in the 
fall 2006.
Preliminary and Tentative Schedule for Workshop on Gender and Politics in 
Post-communist Eurasia:
June 28
9:00-9:30 Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:45- Barbara Einhorn, 'Contestations of the Private and Public: Family, Nation 
and Reproductive Politics in Central and Eastern Europe'
- Eniko Magyari-Vincze, 'The Gender Politics of Ethnicity: The Case 
of Roma Women'
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:30- Nadezhda Shvedova, 'Gender Politics in Russia'
- Timur Kocaoglu 'Myths and Facts: Gender Politics in Central Asia'
Afternoon: Lunch, bus trip to Istanbul, Bosphorus cruise dinner
June 29
9:30-10:45- Amanda Sloat, 'The Impact of EU Accession on Gender Politics'
- Andaluna Borcila, 'Media Representations of Women in Eastern Europe'
11:00-12-15- Mary Buckley, 'Human Trafficking in the Twenty-first Century: Its 
Implications for Russia, Europe and the World'
- Valentine Moghadam, 'Gender, Democratic Transitions and Feminist Organizing:
Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives'
Afternoon: Lunch, bus trip to Istanbul
June 30
9:30-11:30- Speaker (?) on the Gender issue in Central Asia (Name & paper 
title is being requested)??? The candidates should apply for this 
slot!
- Linda Racioppi and Katherine O'Sullivan See, 'Gender and Ethnic Conflict'
Wrap up and General Discussion
12:00 - 1:30 End-of -Conference Luncheon
Afternoon: Optional sightseeing to the city of Bursa

LECTURE- Theories of Nationalism: Overview and Relevance to Central Asia, March 25, Almaty

Posted by: Galina Bityukova <gbityukova(a)bilim.kz>
Posted: 21 Mar 2006


LECTURE- Theories of Nationalism and Central Asia, March 25, Almaty

Corporate Educational Foundation 'Bilim-Central Asia' Central Asian Resource 
Center with the support of the Higher Education Support Program and Special 
and Extension Projects Office of the Central European University invites 
scholars who are teaching political science and international relations as 
well as all interested persons and researchers to take part in a Lecture and 

Discussion Series.

Theories of Nationalism: Overview and Relevance to Central Asia

Lecturer:

Robert Kevlihan,
Ph.D Candidate, American University
Washington D.C.

Discussant:

Rustem Kadyrjanov,
PhD in Political Science, Philosophy and Political Science Institute
Chair of Political Science Department

Time:

Saturday, March 25, 2006
14.00 - 16.00

Location:

65 Abylai Khan Ave., Office 13
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Contact person:

Galina Bityukova
E-mail: gbityukova(a)bilim.kz
Tel.: 7 (3272) 59 76 18

Galina Bityukova
Academic Leader in Political Science
Central Asian Resource Centre
Abylai-khan 65, of. 12
480091 Almaty
Kazakhstan
Tel/fax: +7-3272-597618

CONF.- The Challenge of Democracy in the Muslim World, May 5-6, Washington DC

Posted by: Radwan A. Masmoudi <masmoudi(a)islam-democracy.org>
Posted: 17 Mar 2006


CONF.- The Challenge of Democracy in the Muslim World, May 5-6, Washington DC

Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID)
Seventh Annual Conference
The Challenge of Democracy In the Muslim World

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20008

May 5-6, 2006

Tentative Program:

Friday May 5, 2006

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Session 1
Theoretical Analysis of Democratization in the Muslim World

Towards an Experiment in Libertarian Political Islam. Anas Malik (Xavier 
University, OH) Malik(a)xavier.edu

Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Democratization in the Muslim World: 
Indonesia and the Arab World. Louay Abdulbaki (Monash University, 
Australia), l_a_baki(a)hotmail.com

Islamization of Democracy: The Requisite of Democracy in the Islamic World. 
Mohamed Berween (Texas A&M International University, TX), Mbenruwin(a)tamiu.edu

The Crisis of Non-Islamist Parties in the Middle East. Marina Ottaway 
(Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, DC), MOttaway(a)ceip.org

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session 2
State of Democracy in the Muslim World

Pakistan Between Mosque and Military. Husain Haqqani, Carnegie Endowment for 
International Peace, hhaqqani(a)ceip.org

Transitional Politics in the Maghreb: Prospects for Democracy in Algeria, 
Morocco, and Tunisia. John P Entelis (Fordham University, NY), 
entelis(a)fordham.edu

Problems of Democracy in Azerbaijan: Oil or Muslim factor? Elkhan Mehtiyev 
(Peace and Conflict Resolution Center, Azerbaijan), peace(a)elkhan.baku.az

Democratization in Syria and the Interplay of Culture and Structure. Louay 
Safi, CSID Board Member, louay(a)isna.net

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jumah Prayer

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Luncheon Keynote Address, 'Improving Relations and 
Understanding with the Muslim World'

Carl Gershman, National Endowment for Democracy
Karen Hughes, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy (invited)

2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Session 3
Debate on Media and Democratization in the Muslim World

New Media and Democratization in the Middle East, Philip Seib (Marquette 
University, WI) pseib(a)earthlink.net

Abdallah Schleifer (Al Arabiya, DC) sas(a)aucegypt.edu

Octavia Nasr, CNN Sr. Arab Affairs Correspondent

Al-Jazeera Representative

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CSID General Body Meeting (CSID Members)
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Annual Banquet & Award Ceremony

Keynote Speaker:

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice (Invited)
Saad Dine el Otmani, Secretary-General, Party of Justice and Development, 
Morocco

Saturday May 6, 2006

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

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Parallel Session 4
Challenges to Democracy: Domestic and External

U.S. Policy toward Political Reforms in Morocco. Mustapha Khalfi, Visiting 
Scholar, Carnegie Endowment For International Peace, 
mkhalfi(a)carnegieendowment.org

The European Union's approach to political Islam and democracy: the 
Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Turkey's EU relations. Eduard Lecha 
(CIDOB Foundation, Spain) esoler(a)cidob.org

Confronting the Real Enemy: An Islamic Perspective for Fighting Corruption. 
Maryam Knight (New York University, NY) mk1153(a)nyu.edu

Revisiting Secularism and Revitalization of Islamism: Democratic 
Perspective. Maimul Ahsan Khan, University of California-Davis, 
mkhan(a)ucdavis.edu

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Parallel Session 5
Prospects for Democracy in the Muslim World

The Role of Islamist Movements in Promoting Democracy in the Arab World: 
Procedures versus Values. Amr Hamzawy (Carnegie Endowment for International 
Peace, DC), ahamzawy(a)carnegieendowment.org

The Intersection between Human Rights and Democratization. Neil Hicks (Human 
Rights First, NY) HicksN(a)humanrightsfirst.org

Core Strategic Challenges for Successful Democratic Reforms. Alon Ben-Meir 
(New York University, NY) Alon(a)alonben-meir.com

Are elections in the Muslim world in America's interests? Joshua Muravchik, 
Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, jmuravchik(a)aei.org

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Parallel Session 6
Islamists and Democratization

Democratization and Islamist 'Auto-Reform': Preliminary Findings from Egypt, 
Jordan and Kuwait. Carrie Rosefsky Wickham (Emory University, GA), 
cwickha(a)emory.edu

To Engage or Not to Engage? The Emerging Consensus on US Policy toward 
Political Islam. Shadi Hamid (Georgetown University, DC), sh75(a)georgetown.edu

The Influence of Islamist politics in Israel and Palestine. Victoria Zyp 
(Georgetown University, DC), vlz(a)georgetown.edu

Islamist Democrats?: Assessing and Evaluating the Democratic Commitments of 
Islamist Parties in Turkey, Morocco, and Jordan. Sean Brooks (Davidson 
College, NC) seanpbrooks(a)gmail.com

The Inter-Relations between Moderate Islamists, their Media and 
Democratization in the Arab World. Carola Richter, Teaching and Research 
Assistant, Department for Media and Communication, Erfurt University, 
Germany, carola.richter(a)uni-erfurt.de

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Parallel Session 7
Gender Equality and Rights of Minorities in the Muslim World

Citizenship and non-Muslims in Modern Islamic Thought. Rachel Scott 
(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA), mscott(a)vt.edu

Challenging Gender Democracy: Tribalism and Islamism in Jordan. Ibtesam 
Al-Atiyat (University of Wisconsin, WI), ibtesam73(a)yahoo.com

Women and Democracy in the Gulf: Overcoming the Selection-Election Gap. N. 
Janardhan (Gulf in the Media Gulf Research Center, UAE) janardhan(a)grc.ae

Difficulties encountered by Muslims in Granada, Spain. Alan Cordova 
(Williams College, MA) Alan.R.Cordova(a)Williams.edu

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Keynote Luncheon

Luncheon Keynote Speakers:

Peter F. Mulrean (Middle East Partnership Initiative, Department of State)
MEPI and Democracy Promotion: What Did We Learn?

Laith Kubba, former spokesman for the Iraqi government
Lessons from Iraq: What went Right and what went Wrong?

2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Parallel Session 8
Developing New and Just Interpretations of Islamic Principles for the 21st 
Century

Bridging Islam and Political Liberalism in Turkey: The AKP Experiment and 
its Impact on Turkey's Democratic Consolidation. Ioannis Grigoriadis 
(Sabanci University, Turkey) ing7(a)columbia.edu

Bridging the Gap: Revisiting the Way We Interpret Islam. Wael Nawara, 
Egyptian Alghad Party, wnawara(a)sheble.com

Can there be Democratic Governance without the Separation of Religion and 
Politics? Abdulaziz Sachedina, University of Virginia, aas(a)VIRGINIA.EDU

Democratic Governance and the So-Called Islamic State. Asma Afsaruddin, 
University of Notre Dame, afsaruddin.1(a)nd.edu

2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Parallel Session 9
The Status and Role of Women in the Muslim World

Indonesian Muslim Women and Politics. Sri Nuryanti, Research center for 
Politics, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), yantijkt(a)yahoo.com

Responding to the Challenge: Moroccan Women and Democracy. Sarah Swick, 
Program Assistant, Minaret of Freedom Institute, swick_s(a)yahoo.com

Education is the Foundation: Women Building Peace and Prosperity in Sudan. 
Leigh Graham,Conflict Resolution Studies, International Educational 
Development, Teachers College, Columbia University, Leigh(a)LeighLGraham.com

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Parallel Session 10
Challenges for Democracy in Muslim Asia

Is Democratization suitable for Central Asia? Aziza Umarova, Postgraduate 
student, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews , 
Scotland, UK, zizabonu(a)yahoo.com

Citizenship and Democracy in Kyrgyzstan, one year after the Tulip 
Revolution. Vanessa Ruget, vanessa_ruget(a)ksg.harvard.edu

Domestic and external challenges to democracy in the Muslim world Case 
studies: Turkey and Afghanistan. Nilofar Sakhi, Conflict Transformation 
Program, Eastern Mennonite University, Nilofar.sakhi(a)emu.edu

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Parallel Session 11
A Modern Islamic Democratic Discourse

Liberating Islam from Bondage: The Radical Democratic Discourse of Al-Sadiq 
al-Nayhum. Alberto Fernandez, Director, Office of Press and Public 
Diplomacy, Bureau of Near East Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 
FernandezAM(a)state.gov

Creating a Productive Discourse on Democracy in the Muslim World. 
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Minaret of Freedom Institute, ahmad(a)minaret.org

A Comparison of the Compact of Medina and the Early Development of the 
United States Constitution. Saeed Khan, Department of Near East & Asian 
Studies, Wayne State University, skhan(a)wayne.edu

The Ulama of Egypt: As a Progressive and Moderate Religious Authority? 
Shaznene Hussain, University of Arkansas, fhussai(a)uark.edu

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

For further information, please contact CSID Conference Coordinator, Sherif 
Mansour, at: sherif(a)islam-democracy.org or call (202) 265-1200

All participants, including speakers, panelists, and chairs, must register 
and pay the registration fee. The fee covers the two keynote luncheons, the 
banquet dinner, and coffee breaks. One-day registration fees are also 
available. Please mail your pre-registration form and fee by April 10, 2006 
(postmarked). Early registration deadline is April 10th

Journalists may attend sessions free of charge, but must pre-register, 
provide evidence of affiliation, and purchase lunch tickets ($30) and/or 
banquet dinner tickets ($70) at registration. Please send e-mail, with name 
and affiliation to Sherif Masnour at sherif(a)islam-democracy.org or call: 
(202) 265-1200

To register online, go to: https://secure.entango.com/donate/QUuB7SPr4Ug

CONF.- Promoting Democratic Values in the Enlarging Europe, May 5-6, University of Tartu, Estonia

Posted by: Varje Kuut <Varje.Kuut(a)ut.ee>
Posted: 17 Mar 2006


CONF.- Promoting Democratic Values in the Enlarging Europe, May 5-6, Estonia

The EuroCollege, University of Tartu is pleased to invite you to 
participating in the international scientific conference: Promoting 
Democratic Values in the Enlarging Europe: The Changing Role of the Baltic 
States from Importers to Exporters taking place on the 5th and 6th of May, 
2006, Tartu, Estonia. The conference is organised by the EuroCollege, 
University of Tartu.

The aim of our conference is to facilitate the learning process of 
democratisation in Post-Soviet societies using the experience gained in the 
Baltic States during the last 15 years of national independence. The 
conference will open up new ways to a deeper understanding of the 
transformation of CIS countries on their difficult path to democracy and the 
rule of law.

In the early 1990s Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were among the countries 

embracing the challenge of entering the community of democratic Western 
states. Having successfully imported both the democratic values and 
parliamentary institutional settings the Baltic States are now in the truly 
unique position of building bridges to neighbouring East European nations 
like Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia, finding themselves under less 
favourable conditions but striving for implementing the values and the 
institutions indispensable to liberty and democracy.

The key-note speakers of the conference are Gyorgy Schopflin, Member of the 
European Parliament, Hungary and Jim Cloos, General Secretariat of the 
Council of the European Union, Luxembourg.

The Conference is organised in four panels.

Panel I: EU Conditionality as the Democratisation Force
Chair: Paul Goble, University of Tartu, Estonia

Panel II: Baltic States' Internal Challenges of Democratisation
Chair: Kristi Raik, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland

Panel III: Applicability of Democratisation Experience
Chair: Rasma Karklins, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

Panel IV: Expectation and Needs towards Democratisation in EU Eastern 
Neighbourhood
Chair: Ghia Nodia, Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development

The Registration deadline is April 3, 2006. The conference fee is 30 EUR, 
for students 10 EUR.

For current updates about the conference, please visit the web page of our 
conference at: http://ec.ut.ee/conf06/

Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues, friends, as 
well as with your students.

PD Dr. habil Gert Rudiger Wegmarshaus
Director of EuroCollege, University of Tartu

CONF./CFP- Business and Economics, May 19, International Ataturk Alatoo University, Bishkek

Posted by: Ibrahim Keles <qelesh(a)iaau.edu.kg>
Posted: 17 Mar 2006


CONF./CFP- Business and Economics, May 19, Int'l Ataturk Alatoo Univ., Bishkek

International Ataturk Alatoo University
IAAU International Student Conference

Business & Economics Conference in Kyrgyzstan 2006

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

May 19, 2006

We are seeking to get your papers on business and economics.

All students from all over the world are welcomed to participate in our 
conference.

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

The deadline for the abstracts is 15 April 2006

All university students are eligible to submit papers. Participants will be 
chosen through a selection process involving a Review Committee. 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

To obtain detailed information about the conference, please visit: 
http://iaau.edu.kg/english/index.php?categoryid=64

Contact:

Shurat Ashirov
Microregion Thunguch, Gorky street
Bishkek 72048
Kyrgyzstan
Tel: +996 312 631423; +996 312 631425; +996 312 631426
Fax: +996 312 631428
E-mail: shuhrat16(a)yahoo.co

CONF.- What is Soviet Now? Identities, Legacies, Memories, April 6-8, University of Toronto

Posted by: Munk Center for International Studies <munk.centre(a)utoronto.ca>
Posted: 16 Mar 2006


CONF.- What is Soviet Now? Identities, Legacies, Memories, April 6-8, Toronto

What is Soviet Now? Identities, Legacies, Memories

An International Conference sponsored by the Connaught Fund and the Centre 
for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

6-8 April 2006

Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

For more information and to register, please go to:
http://www.utoronto.ca/ceres/realsocialism.html

'What is Soviet Now?' is the conclusion of a three-year collaborative 
project, 'Real Socialism and the 'Second World'.' Funded by a University of 
Toronto Connaught grant for seed support for research clusters, the project 
is administered by the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, 
and directed by Thomas Lahusen (History and Comparative Literature), Robert 
Johnson (History), Peter Solomon (Political Science), Susan Solomon 
(Political Science), and Lynne Viola (History).

Fifteen years after the demise of the Soviet Union, the definition and 
reality of what it meant to be 'Soviet' remain contested and ambiguous, 
subject to perspective and context. 'What is Soviet Now?' will address a 
series of themes or problems to explore how the meaning of the Soviet 
experience has changed, and is continuing to change, from the founding 
utopian dreams and the successful and unsuccessful attempts to implement 
them, to its post-Soviet present. Papers will focus on a set of core themes 
that may aid us in charting the meanings of 'Sovietness' and the legacies of 
the Soviet experience. What remains fifteen years after the end of the USSR, 
for those who lived and live within its old/new borders, for its 
competitors, its observers? Is what remains socialist? Is it Soviet? Does 
memory reconstruct a Soviet past, a socialist past, a nationalist one, or 
some combination of all of these categories? How do we understand 
post-Soviet nostalgia, which seems to be on the rise in Russia and other 
territories of the former Soviet Union?

The conference, which includes papers and film presentations, is open to the 
public.

Thursday, April 6
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, South Building

Morning session:

9:15-10:00
Keynote speaker: Masha Gessen (Moscow): 'CCCP = Cool. How Russia Fell in 
Love with Soviet All over Again'

10:00-10:30 Discussion

10:45-12:30
 - Ben Eklof (Indiana University): 'By a Different Yardstick': Boris 
   Mironov's A Social History of Imperial Russia, 1700-1917, its Reception in 
   Russia, and Perceptions of Western Hegemony'
 - Lynne Viola (University of Toronto): 'The Historical Legacy of 
   Collectivization, or What was Soviet about Collectivization'
Discussant: Wayne Dowler (University of Toronto)

Afternoon session:

2:00-3:45
 - Kathleen Smith (Georgetown University): 'Whither Anti-Stalinism?'
 - Tracy McDonald (McMaster University): 'Who's Afraid of Joseph Stalin?'
Discussant: Steve Maddox (University of Toronto)

4:00-5:45
 - Steve Barnes (George Mason University): 'Forging Soviet Society in the 
   Gulag'
 - Judith Pallott (University of Oxford): 'Continuities in Russia's 'Culture 
   of Punishment': Space and Gender in Post-Soviet Patterns of Penality'
Discussant: Sarah Young (University of Toronto)

Friday, April 7
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, South Building

Morning session:

9:00-11:00
 - Rebecca Manley (Queen's University): 'Memories of Evacuation'
 - Heather DeHaan (Binghamton University): 'The Archaeology of a Post-Soviet 
   City: Nizhnii Novgorod'
 - Alexei Yurchak (UC Berkeley): 'Socialism Re-Visioned: Pionerki and Other 
   Soviet Heroes Born Today'
Discussant: Thomas Lahusen (University of Toronto)

11:15-12:30
Documentary film: The Province of Lost Film (A. Gershtein, T. Lahusen, T. 
McDonald, A. Nikitin, 2005, 47 min.), followed by discussion

Afternoon session:

2:00-5:45
 - Michael David (University of Chicago): 'Social Welfare or Wasteful 
   Excess? The Legacy of Early Soviet Tuberculosis Control Programs in 
   Post-Soviet Russia'
 - Dan Healey (University of Wales Swansea): ''Untraditional Sex' and the 
   'Simple Russian': Nostalgia for Soviet Innocence in the Polemics of Dilia 
   Enikeeva'
 - Andrea Chandler (Carleton University): 'Social Identity and the 
   Individual in Russian Welfare State Reform since Gorbachev'
 - Nikolai Krementsov (University of Toronto): 'From a 'prominent biologist' 
   to a 'Red Frankenstein': Il'ia Ivanov in Soviet and Post-Soviet
   Biographies'
Discussant: Susan Solomon (University of Toronto)

Saturday, April 8
Room 108, North Building

Morning session:

9:00-11:00
 - Alena Ledeneva (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University 
   College London): 'Behind the Facade of Post-Soviet Institutions'
 - Jessica Allina-Pisano (Colgate University): 'Klichkov i Pustota: 
   Post-Soviet Bureaucrats and the Production of Institutional Facades'
 - Anton Oleinik (Memorial University of Newfoundland): 'Embeddedness of 
   Sovietness in a Particular Model of Power Relationships: A Conceptual 
   Framework'
Discussant: Peter Solomon (University of Toronto)

11:15-1:00
 - James Millar (George Washington University): 'Markets, Money and Private 
   Property. The Persistence of Soviet Socialism in Russia Today'
 - Robert Johnson (University of Toronto): 'Markets and Memories: The
   Moral Economy of the Rynok'
Discussant: Harriet Friedmann (University of Toronto)

Afternoon session

2:00-3:00 General discussion

CONF.- Central Asian European International Forum on Climate Change, May 25-27, Bishkek

Posted by: Yulia Lysenko <y-unison(a)elcat.kg>
Posted: 16 Mar 2006


CONF.- Central Asian European Int'l Forum on Climate Change, May 25-27, Bishkek

Central Asian European International Forum on Climate Change - CAEFOCC

May 25-27, 2006

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Civic Environmental Foundation UNISON is delighted to invite you to the 
International Conference Central Asian European International Forum on 
Climate Change - CAEFOCC.

The Conference is supported by the European Commission-INTAS Programme and 
VELUX Stiftung.

The main goal of CAEFOCC is to foster the knowledge transfer and cooperation 
between Post-Soviet Central Asian countries and Europe, to connect diverse 
market interest groups and share of experience and information. CAEFOCC will 
help to establish fair business activities, contacts and ideas among actors 
from Central Asia and other EU countries.

CAEFOCC will focus on practical and sound solutions of the most important 
legal, financial, organizational and process barriers recently existing in 
the market environment. Participants and speakers will be provided with 
opportunity to inform and to get informed about current status of energy 
efficiency and RES in Central Asia and European countries, as well actions 
planned and future perspectives.

The Conference will address following main topics:

 - Energy policy and market transformation
 - Energy Certification of Buildings: National Seminar on Energy 
   Certification of buildings.
 - Renewable energy sources - presentation of successful projects
 - New opportunities for project financing - greenhouse gas emissions 
   trading and other instruments
 - Energy efficiency - presentation of success stories
 - Efficient technologies and products
 - Site visit tour of successful RES projects (optional)

The CAEFOCC conference will get together policy makers, business and 
research and development. It provides perfect opportunities for 
communication with your future and existing partners and customers.

 - Are you interested to be in - line with the latest trends in energy 
   efficiency and renewable energy market?
 - Would you like to get new project idea, business opportunity or enhance 
   your professional capacity?
 - Would you like to make a contribution to the environment for future 
   generations?
 - Are you interested to present your report, projects, case study, product 
   or services in the area of Climate Change (Energy efficiency and Renewable 
   energy)?

If YES, you are cordially invited to attend The Central Asian European 
International Forum on Climate Change-CAEFOCC.

Your might have your own scientific study or topic to present or you might 
want to make a presentation of your activity, project, case study or 
product(s), services at the Conference. Please feel free to contact:

Civic Environmental Foundation 'UNISON'
Ms. Yulia Lysenko
Togolok Moldo 60/319
Bishkek 720033
Kyrgyz Republic
E-mail: y-unison(a)elcat.kg
Tel.: +996 312 214677
Web: www.unison.kg

COLLOQUIUM- March 2005 Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, March 21, Kent State University, Ohio

Posted by: Askat Dukenbaev <askatd(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 15 Mar 2006


COLLOQUIUM- March 2005 Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, March 21, Kent State U., Ohio

Kent State University, Department of Political Science presents a Colloquium:


The March 2005 Revolution in Kyrgyzstan: Implications for Democracy and U.S. 
Policy

21 March 2006

The March 2005 Revolution in Kyrgyzstan ousted the post-communist President 
Askar Akayev who had tried in vain to deepen his grip on power through fraudulent parliamentary elections, sparking popular uprising unprecedented 
in the Central Asian region.

Looking back on the 'Tulip Revolution' one year on, the Colloquium will 
address the following key issues:

 - Did the 'Tulip Revolution' represent a victory for democracy or was it 
   merely swapping one authoritarian regime for the other? Has the regime of 
   President Kurmanbek Bakiev, elected in July 2005, fulfilled its 
   revolutionary promises for socio-economic reform and tackling corruption?
 - What is next for Kyrgyzstan?
 - Is the Kyrgyzstan's revolution starting a wave of political changes 
   across Central Asia?
 - What are implications of and for US foreign policy in the region that 
   bridges the geographic space between China, Russia and the Middle East?

Moderator:

 - Dr. Andrew Barnes, Assistant Professor in Political Science

Presenters:

 - Dr. Vernon Sykes, Assistant Professor in Political Science
 - Dr. William Wilen, Emeritus Professor of Teaching, Leadership and
   Curriculum Studies
 - Askat Dukenbaev, Graduate Student in Political Science

A note: Dr. Vernon Sykes, Dr. William Wilen, and Askat Dukenbaev were in 
Kyrgyzstan when the 'Tulip Revolution' unfolded and will be glad to share 
their personal accounts and experiences of and from the events.

Time and Place:

Tuesday, March 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Bowman Hall, Room 102 (Dean's Conference room)
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio

Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. No confirmation of 
participation is required.

For more information, go to:

<http://dept.kent.edu/polisci/archives/2007/02/post_12.html#more>

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Mongolia Society/ACMS Panel at 2006 CESS Conference

Posted by: Susie Drost <monsoc(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 15 Mar 2006


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Mongolia Society/ACMS Panel at 2006 CESS Conference
Call for Papers

The Mongolia Society and the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) 
will jointly sponsor a panel at the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) 
conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 28-October 1, 2006.  Therefore 
we are placing a call for panel participants on current topics in Mongolian 
Studies.  This panel will offer scholars working on topics related to 
Mongolian Studies an opportunity to present their work and discuss it with 
others interested and knowledgeable about the field.

Please submit title and brief abstracts to Dr. Charles Krusekopf at 
Charles.Krusekopf(a)RoyalRoads.ca not later than April 1.

The Mongolia Society
322 Goodbody Hall
Indiana University, 1011 E. 3rd St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005
USA
Telephone: (812)855-4078
Fax:  812-855-7500
E-Mail: monsoc(a)indiana.edu
Web: www.indiana.edu/~mongsoc

CONF./CFP- Eurasia in a Context of a World History, Oct. 2006, Astana, Kazakhstan

Posted by: Aigul Zabirova <aigulzabirova(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 15 Mar 2006


CONF./CFP- Eurasia in a Context of a World History, Oct., Astana, Kazakhstan

Eurasian National University after the L.N. Gumilev presents the 5th 
International Eurasian Scientific Forum:

'Eurasia in a Context of a World History'

Paper Submission Deadline: May 1, 2006

Eurasianism represents result of fundamental reconsideration political, 
ideological, world outlook, ethnic and confessional histories of mankind. In 
a history of Eurasia one of the major links between the countries, peoples 
and regions is nomadism, therefore the problematic of a history of nomadism 
is the main thematic direction of a planned International Eurasian 
scientific forum. We suggest considering nomadism as the major historical 
factor of Eurasianism.
With a view of the further positive reconsideration of a history of the 
countries and peoples of Eurasia, a formulation of perspective directions of 
researches in frameworks

The 5th International Eurasian scientific forum is organized by the L.N. 
Gumilyov Eurasian National University together with National Institute of 
East Languages and Civilizations (France, INALCO), Institute of Oriental 
Studies after R.B. Suleymenov (Kazakhstan), Ministry of Education and 
Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Institute of Philosophy and Law of 
the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Central State Museum 
of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Institute of a Cultural Heritage of nomads of 
Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Omsk State 
University after F.M. Dostoevsky, Tomsk State University and other 
educational and scientific institutions from abroad.

We invite you to take part in the next anniversary international scientific 
conference devoted to the 10-anniversary of L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National 
University.

Conference will take place in the first decade of October 2006.

Discussion of the following directions is planned for conferences:

 - Nomads of Eurasia and other continents
 - A place and a role of nomadism in Eurasia: nomadism as the factor of 
   Eurasianism
 - Historical and cultural interactions of nomadic and settled peoples
 - A source study and historiography of Eurasia
 - City and steppe: processes of interaction and interference
 - A history of Kazakhstan in a context of a history of Eurasia
 - Cultural interactions of Eurasia's People
 - Languages and literatures of the countries and peoples of Eurasia: a 
   heritage and the modernity

Working languages of the Forum - Kazakh, Russian and English.

Papers in the Kazakh, Russian or English languages up to 3 pages, through 1 

interval [footnotes only under the text in brackets] in editor Word or RTF, 
a font 12 (Times New Roman; KZ Times New Roman) must be sent by e-mail 
emu(a)emu.kz, ermekbaev(a)rambler.ru, marmontova(a)rambler.ru, 
krivoshapova_t(a)mail.ru or you may send a diskette to the address: 010008, 
Astana, Munaitpassov 5, L.N.Gumilyov ENU.

Materials of the Forum will be published.

Applications and Papers must be send till May 1, 2006.

In the application are specified: First name, middle, last name completely, 

a topic of the Paper, current work, a position, a scientific degree, e-mail, 
work or a home address, phones, a fax.

Contact telephone: 8(317-2) 35-39-01; 35-75-69
Fax: 8(317-2) 35-38-08, 34-43-61

Organizing Committee
The 5th International Eurasian Scientific Forum

Zabirova Aigul,
Doctor of Sociological Sciences,
Head of Philosophy and Sociology Department
Eurasian National University
Astana, Kazakhstan

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Georgia Meeting, ASN Conference (NYC), March 25, Columbia University

Posted by: Maggie Osdoby Katz <maggie_osdoby_katz(a)ksg05.harvard.edu>
Posted: 14 Mar 2006


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Georgia Meeting, ASN Conference (NYC), March 25

Georgia on Your Mind?

Do you work in or conduct research about Georgia? Or considering doing so?

You are cordially invited to meet and network with other academics and 
practitioners who have interest or interaction with Georgia at a brown bag* 
lunch.

* brown bag = please bring your own lunch.

Saturday, March 25, 13:15 - 14:30

during the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Conference

International Affairs Building (IAB), Room 1302
Columbia University
New York, NY
USA

Organized by Megobrebs, a transnational discussion group of scholars, 
analysts, practitioners, journalists, and others about all things related to 
Georgia.

Please spread the word to those with interest

Questions?  Please contact Maggie Osdoby Katz at 
maggie_osdoby_katz(a)ksg05.harvard.edu

Maggie Osdoby Katz
Public Service Fellow & Boren NSEP Fellow
Candidate, Master in Public Policy
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
E-mail: maggie_osdoby_katz(a)ksg05.harvard.edu

SEMINAR- The World of Ancient Persia, March 18, California State University-Fullerton

Posted by: Nader Rastegar <bameq(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 14 Mar 2006


SEMINAR- The World of Ancient Persia, March 18, California State U.-Fullerton

The World of Ancient Persia: Achaemenid Archaeology, History and Religion
One Day Seminar at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)

Date and Time:

March 18, 2006
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Place:

Ruby Gerontology Building, 13
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)
Fullerton, California

Information: Professor Touraj Daryaee <tdaryaee(a)fullerton.edu>

Sponsored by:

History Department, CSUF
The Iranica Institute, Irvine, California
The Rastegar Family Foundation
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, CSUF

Program:

Opening Remarks: 10:00-10:30am

Introduction:

Dr. Thomas Klammer, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, CSUF
'Achaemenid Persia in the context of World History'
Dr. Touraj Daryaee, Professor of Ancient History, CSUF

Session I - 10:30-12:00am: Achaemenid Persians: Native and Western Perspectives

 - 'Peacocking out of Asia: An analysis of the Greco/Barbarian Dichotomy in 
    Greek Literature,' James Harrington, Graduate Student, CSUF
 - 'Achaemenid Blooper Reel: Cinematic Portrayals of Ancient Persia,' Warren 
    Soward, Graduate Student, CSUF
 - 'Pre-Bardiya Religion of Persia: Observations on Behistun Inscription,' 
    Khodadad Rezakhani, Graduate Student, UCLA

Session II - 1:30-3:00pm: The Persian Religious World

 - 'Excellent in soul and nobly bred to grandeur': Contemporary External 
    Texts relating to Achaemenid Belief and Practice,' Dr. Jennifer Rose, 
    Professor of Zoroastrianism Claremont College
 - 'When Achaemenid Kings Become Gods: The Post-Imperial,' Dr. Touraj Daryaee
 - 'CSUF Tradition at Persis/Parsa,' Dr. Touraj Daryaee

Session III - 3:30-6:00pm: In Search of Achaemenid Persians

 - 'Bardiya and Gaumata and the Issue of Succession in the Early Achaemenid 
    Empire' - Dr. M. Rahim Shayegan, Professor of Iranian Studies, UCLA
 - 'In Search of Pre-Imperial Persians,' Dr. Kamyar Abdi, Professor of 
    Anthropology, Dartmouth College
 - 'The Archaeology of Achaemenid Period, An Assessment,' Dr. Ali Mousavi, 
    Archaeology Associate, UC Berkeley

Closing Comments: Dr. Touraj Daryaee

LECTURE- Development of Kazakhstan in the Period of Globalization, March 15, London

Posted by: Jane Savory <js64(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 14 Mar 2006


LECTURE- Development of Kazakhstan in the Period of Globalization, March 15

LSE Kazakhstan Society presents:

Speech by prominent Kazakhstani economist and financier Grigori Marchenko 
'Development of Kazakhstan in the Period of Globalization and Growth of the 
Financial Markets'.

When Mr. Marchenko was a chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan he 
conducted a series of financial reforms that transformed virtually 

non-existent banking sector of Kazakhstan to the most thriving and advanced 
in the CIS region. Earning an impeccable reputation for his achievements, he 
was called the 'Euromoney's 2003 Central Banker of the Year'.

Date: Wednesday, 15th of March
Time: 19:00

Venue: Hong Kong theatre, Clement House, Aldwych, London School of 
Economics, United Kingdom

Web: http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/mapsAndDirections/howToGetToLSE.htm

All are welcome! Event is free with no ticket required. You are advised to 
arrive 15 minutes earlier to secure a place.

Contact: su.soc.kazakhstan(a)lse.ac.uk for further information.

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