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2. Conferences and Lecture Series
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LECTURE- Geopolinomics of Transit Routes, Dr. Aftab Kazi, AUCA, Bishkek, 12/20

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 15 Dec 2006


LECTURE- Geopolinomics of Transit Routes, Dr. Aftab Kazi, AUCA, Bishkek, 12/20


Lecture: "The Geopolinomics of Transit Routes Between Central and 
South Asia", Dr. Aftab Kazi, AUCA, Bishkek, 20 Dec. 2006

The Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg) presents:

Lecturer: Dr. Aftab Kazi, AUCA Professor and Senior Fellow, Central 
Asia-Caucasus Institute Nitze School of Advanced International Studies 
(SAIS), Johns Hopkins University and Social Research Center, AUCA

Date and time: 17:00-18:00, Wed., Dec. 20, 2006
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA
Language: English.

Synopsis: Traditional frameworks of political realism alone have not 
been helpful to explain the ongoing regionally oriented new 
geopolitics of the landlocked post-Soviet Central Asian and 
surrounding Rimland states including Afghanistan.  Dr. Kazi will 
discuss the nature and importance of Central Asia's traditional 
transit corridor through South Asia, particularly through the port 
cities of modern Pakistan, which have historically served Central 
Asia, including China, Mongolia, and central Siberia of the Russian 
Federation to connect this broader region with the world economy. The 
reorganization of the Department of State merging Central Asia with 
the South Asian Bureau under the Greater Central Asia Partnership 
(GCAP) doctrine aimed at revitalizing the old Silk-routes through 
South Asian transportation infrastructure and seaports supported by 
CAREC has been a major shift in U.S. foreign policy with focus on 
economic and political development for both regions. Within the 
framework of 'geopolinomics' Dr. Kazi will explain the problems and 
prospects of regional economic development at various analytical 
levels including the nation building, transit-route politics, economic 
and political development, and the regional and international politics.

Bio: Professor Aftab Kazi specializes in ethnicity, nationalism, 
foreign policy and international history covering both Central and 
South Asian regions. He completed his doctorate in International & 
Peace Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (PA, USA) under the able 
guidance of late Professor Dr. Richard W. Cottam. He has taught and 
researched in several national and international universities 
including the University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, Johns 
Hopkins University, Howard University, University of Leipzig 
(Germany), University of Maiduguri (Nigeria) and University of Sindh 
(Pakistan).  Currently, he is completing a book, i.e. "United States 
and Central Asia: Competition Between Heartlands and Rimlands". His 
lecture is based upon the insights from his recently completed two 
papers, which he presented during the GCAP conference organized by the 
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute ((Kabul, April 2006)) and the 
conference on energy and transit routes organized by the Jawaharlal 
Nehru University and Himalayan Research and Cultural Foundation (New 
Delhi, November 2006) recently, and from his course The Geopolitical 
History of Central and South Asia that he developed and taught this 
semester at the American University Central Asia.

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

This lecture is arranged by Social Research Center at AUCA 
(www.src.auca.kg) through funding provided by the US Embassy in the 
Kyrgyz Republic.

LECTURE- Aftandil Erkinov on 19th century Kokand poetry & politics, 12/18

Posted by: Wolfgang Holzwarth <holzwarth(a)orientphil.uni-halle.de>
Posted: 11 Dec 2006


LECTURE- Aftandil Erkinov on 19th century Kokand poetry & politics, 12/18


Central Asia Study Group (Halle) Lectures 2006 - 2007

Aftandil Erkinov, National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent

Imitation of Timurids and pseudo-legitimization: On the origin of a 
manuscript anthology of poems dedicated to the Kokand ruler Muhammad 
Ali Khan (1822-1842) (in Russian)

Monday, December 18, 2006, 4:00 pm

MLU Halle, Institut f. Orientalistik, Muehlweg 15, Seminarraum 1

The lecture is open to the public.

WORKSHOP- Bukharan Jews & Identity, Dec. 20, Tel Aviv University

Posted by: Moshe Gammer <moshega(a)post.tau.ac.il>
Posted: 8 Dec 2006


WORKSHOP- Bukharan Jews & Identity, Dec. 20, Tel Aviv University


Tel Aviv University
Department of Middle Eastern and African History

Bukharan Jews: Making Meaning Of Memories And Identities

A Workshop

Tel Aviv University
Wednesday, 20 December 2006

All sessions will take place in Room 496, Gilman Building, on the main 
campus of Tel Aviv University. The sessions are open to the public. 
The lectures will be in English

9:30 - 10:00: Opening

10:00 - 10:30: Greetings

Ehud Toledano (Director, Graduate School of Historical Studies)

Eyal Zisser (Chair, Department of Middle Eastern and African History)

David Menashri (Head, Center for Iranian Studies)

10:30-11:30: Session 1: From Tsars to Soviets

Yefim Yakubov (Independent Scholar, Kfar Sabba, Israel) 
The Declaration of Rights of the Native Jews -- the last Legislative 
Act in the "Bukharan Jewish Question"

Ze'ev Levin (Tel Aviv University) 
How it all Began: The Soviets and the Bukharan Jews Meet Each Other

Coffee

12:00-13:30: Session 2: Soviet Experiences

Yaacov Ro'i (Tel Aviv University)
The Religious Life of Bukharan Jews after the Second World War

Mark Tolts (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Demography of the Bukharan Jews in the Late Soviet Period

Dan Shapira (Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan)
The Linguistic Situation of the Bukharan Jews at the End of the Soviet Period

Lunch

15:00-16:30: Session 3: Experiences Outside Central Asia

Sara Koplik (American Institute for Afghanistan Studies)

ROUNDTABLE- Prospects of Turkish-Armenian Relations, Dec. 11, Yerevan

Posted by: Research CMI <research(a)caucasusmedia.org>
Posted: 6 Dec 2006


ROUNDTABLE- Prospects of Turkish-Armenian Relations, Dec. 11, Yerevan


The Prospects of Turkish-Armenian Relations as Understood by Experts 
from Both Countries 

Monday, December 11 2006 at 2:00 PM, Caucasus Media Institute, Yerevan

Armenian-English simultaneous interpretation provided 

On December 11, 2006 at 2:00 pm, the CMI will hold a roundtable about 
the Prospects of Turkish-Armenian Relations as Understood by Experts 
from Both Countries

The participants will be experts and analysts, journalists and 
political scientists from Armenia and Turkey. 

>From Turkey, the following experts will attend the roundtable:

 - Mensur Akgyun, head of the Foreign Policy program from TESEV, along 
   with experts working for the same program, Sabiha Gundogar, Sanem 
   Guner, Utku Kundakci, 
 - Sylvia Tiryaki, coordinator of Cyprus project at TESEV and columnist 
   at the Turkish daily news
 - Etiyen Mahçupyan, head of TESEV Democratization program and columnist 
   at Zaman newspaper
 - Beril Dedeoglu, Professor, International Relationships Department of 
   Galatasaray University 
 - Burcu Gultekib, research fellow, Middle East Technical University 
 - Mustafa Karaalioglu, editor-in-chief of Yeni Safak newspaper

The following topics will be discussed:

 - prospects for the establishment of political contacts between 
   Armenia and Turkey;
 - development of communication between the two countries and the 
   opening of the Turkish-Armenian border;
 - influence of the historical dispute on the political process and on 
   the relationships of the two countries in the international scene;
 - estimation of the possible development of the Armenian-Turkish relationships

Caucasus Media Institute
39 Koghbatsi St., 375010 Yerevan

CONF.- Deadline Extended, E/Im/Migration & Culture, Istanbul, Sept. 2007

Posted by: Gonul Pultar <gpultar(a)kulturad.org>
Posted: 5 Dec 2006


CONF.- Deadline Extended, E/Im/Migration & Culture, Istanbul, Sept. 2007


DEADLINE extended to 15 December 2006

Call for Papers

E/Im/Migration and Culture
15-17 September 2007
Isik University, Sile (Istanbul, Turkey)

Fourth Cultural Studies Conference

Co-organized by the Cultural Studies Association (Turkey) and the 
Department of International Relations of Isik University

The Cultural Studies Association of Turkey and Isik University invite 
proposals for an international cultural studies conference entitled 
"E/Im/Migration and Culture" they are co-organizing on 15-17 September 
2007 in Sile (Istanbul, Turkey). Seeking to explore the topic from a 
wide range of scholarly viewpoints by focusing on issues of migration 
in its multiple relationships with various facets of culture, the 
inter/multidisciplinary conference aims to interrogate established 
notions of migration both in Turkey and outside of Turkey. We welcome 
proposals for papers that break new ground in generating theory, or 
constitute innovative critical or comparative work that would lead to 
theoretical formulations and methodology, as well as for papers on 
specific cases. The conference intends to examine issues of migration 
in Turkey, among the peoples in the lands of the former Ottoman 
empire, among the Euro-Turks (and Turkish-Americans, Australasian 
Turks, etc.), among the Turcophone peoples in countries and regions in 
Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (in Central Asia, the 
Caucasus, and the Russian Federation) and those Turcophone minorities 
in such countries as Iran and China.

The story of migration is as old as the history of humankind. Factors 
such as geographic conditions, economic necessities, socio-political 
developments and wars have led to population movements for centuries. 
Whether for refuge or as exile, whether voluntary or forced, migration 
has always affected both society and the individual; and altered both 
the land that was left behind and the land that was reached. A 
phenomenon of modern times, the nation-state as hegemonic entity 
contributed to these migration flows through bordering and 
re-bordering processes that put visible and invisible boundaries on 
people's movements. Additional factors leading to current population 
flows are observed to be primarily the challenge(s) of globalization 
and transnationalism.

Migration within and out of countries continue in great numbers as 
more and more people in our global village look to either temporary or 
permanent migration as a path to freedom, the right to live, security, 
employment, health and education--while sometimes also encountering 
drama and tragedy along the way. E/im/migration has generated its own 
art, fiction and cinema. Thus, it has continued to be a force in 
culture, demography, economy and politics in the contemporary era, and 
constitutes, in its various aspects, a matter of paramount importance 
for the cultures of Turks and Turkey. This reflection has led us to 
select the topic of migration as the theme of the fourth cultural 
studies conference to take place in Turkey.

We welcome submissions related to e/im/migration including, but not 
limited to, the following:

- E/im/migration and culture: Theoretical approaches
- Art/Literature/Cinema generated by e/im/migration
- E/im/migration and urban space
- E/im/migration during the Republican era
- E/im/migration during the Ottoman era
- E/im/migration and the (former) Soviet Union territories
- Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political
   developments: The cases of Western Thrace and the Balkans
- Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political
   developments: The case of Cyprus
- Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political
   developments: The case of Irak
- Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political
   developments: The case of Jews and Palestinians

As the conference takes place in Turkey and takes up the cultures of 
Turks and Turkey, the working language of the conference is first of 
all Turkish. However, since experience has shown that non-Turkish 
speaking colleagues doing studies related to the cultures of Turks and 
Turkey also wish to contribute, there will be English-language 
sessions as well. Abstracts of 100-200 words, containing five key 
words, should be sent along a brief curriculum vita. Panel proposals 
with three to five papers should include, besides the panel proposal 
and five key words, abstracts of the papers in the panel, and brief 
curriculum vitae of the chair, presenters, and discussant(s) if any. 
Poster presentation proposals containing noteworthy visual material 
are also welcome.

Send no later than 15 December 2006, by e-mail to
programgoc(a)kulturad.org, by fax to +90 212 292 2229 (Attn.: IV. 
Cultural Studies Conference). For more information, write to the same 
addresses or look at www.kulturad.org.

The results will be announced on 1 February 2007.

The registration fee will be 60 Euro for Cultural Studies Association 
(Turkey) members and students, and 100 Euro for all other participants 
until 1 May 2007; and, after that date, 100 Euro for Cultural Studies 
Association (Turkey) members and students, and 160 Euro for all other 
participants.

The conference organizing committee regrets that it cannot assist in 
travel or accomodation fares in any way, but will provides low-cost 
accommodation for all participants on the Isik University campus (in 
Sile, a popular sea resort on the Black Sea coast). Further details 
will be sent later. For information on Isik University, please look at 
www.isikun.edu.tr

On behalf of the organizers

Gonul Pultar gpultar(a)kulturad.org
Sule Toktas  sule(a)isikun.edu.tr

WORKSHOP- Private & Business Letters in Middle East: Zurich, April 21-22, 2007

Posted by: Andreas Kaplony <kaplony(a)oriental.unizh.ch>
Posted: 4 Dec 2006


WORKSHOP- Private & Business Letters in Middle East: Zurich, April 21-22, 2007


Workshop on Private and Business Letters in the Middle East - Zurich, 
April 21st - 22nd 2007

Over the last years, interest in private and business letters from the 
Middle East has remarkably increased. Fundamental progress has been 
done in different disciplines, but exchange has been scarce. This 
workshop is an opportunity to come in touch with specialists from 
Arabic, Bactrian, Coptic, Greek, Pahlavi, Sabaic and other disciplines.

Speakers will give a 30 minutes introduction followed by a discussion. 
After a short general overview concerning the state of research of 
papyrology in the respecting fields, speakers focus on their own 
approaches to the material, their results and questions. Points that 
will be addressed are the language of the documents (compared to 
literary or epigraphic evidence), development of the genres, 
epistolary traditions, formulae and strategies etc. We hope to reach 
preliminary conclusions on possible influences and ways of tradition.

more: http://www.ori.unizh.ch/research/papyrology/workshopletters.html.

LECTURE- Stephen Dale on Babur, Dec. 7, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Posted by: <dwaugh(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 4 Dec 2006


LECTURE- Stephen Dale on Babur, Dec. 7, Univ. of Washington, Seattle


Silk Road Lectures 2006-2007

Stephen Dale Ohio State University

Babur, a Renaissance Prince in Central Asia

Thursday, December 7, 2006, 7:00 pm
Kane Hall 110 (U of Washington, Seattle campus)

The lecture is free and open to the public.

About the lecture

Zahir al-Din Muhammad Babur (1483-1530) founded the Mughal or 
Timurid-Mughal Empire of India in 1526.  Babur was portrayed by court 
historians, not only as a successful conqueror and empire builder, but 
also as a skilled poet, musician and prose writer. Italians might have 
described him as a luomo universale, a universal, or in later English 
parlance, a Renaissance Man. Yet what distinguishes Babur from other 
pre-modern rulers is not so much that he possessed diverse interests 
but rather that he bequeathed to posterity a remarkable literary 
legacy. His writings allow him to be seen as an individual, a complex, 
emotional man whose unapologetic egotism, intellectual curiosity and 
ruthlessness reveal human traits that some equate with the dynamism of 
the Italian Renaissance personalities or even the human spirit that 
explains the Rise of the West in Renaissance times. If the Italian 
goldsmith and sculptor, Benvenuto Cellini can be characterized as the 
most completely revealed individual in sixteenth century Europe, Babur 
deserves the same recognition for all of Asia. And more than Babur's 
wide-ranging accomplishments and interests, it is as an individual 
whose spirit and intellect are indistinguishable from Western 
individuals such as Cellini, that he can be described and deserves to 
be known as a Renaissance Man.

About the speaker

Stephen F. Dale is Professor of History at the Ohio State University. 
He is the author of: Islamic Society on the South Asian Frontier: the 
Mappilas of Malabar, 1498-1922 (1980), Indian Merchants and Eurasian 
Trade, 1600-1750 (1994) and The Garden of the Eight Paradises: Babur 
and the Culture of Empire in Central Asia, Afghanistan and India 
1483-1530 (2004).


This lecture is part of the Silk Road lectures series 2006-2007. 
Co-sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation, Silk Road brings to the 
University of Washington campus specialists at the cutting edge of the 
study of Eurasian cultural history. The focus of the 2006-2007 series 
is be pre-modern Islamic Western and Central Asia. 

CONF.- Chingiz Khan Symposium, Dec. 7-8, 2006, Istanbul

Posted by: Nadir Devlet <ndevlet(a)yeditepe.edu.tr>
Posted: 1 Dec 2006


CONF.- Chingiz Khan Symposium, Dec. 7-8, 2006, Istanbul
 
 
International Symposium on
 
Chingiz Khan, his successors and affects on Turkish World
 
Date: 7-8 December 2006
 
Place: Sabanci Cultural Center (Emirgan/Istanbul) Turkey
 
Opening remarks:
 
Osman F. Sertkaya (Director Turkish Research Institute/Istanbul 
University [IU])
Ahmet Ta a il (Mimar Sinan University)
Mesut Parlak (President of IU)

WORKSHOP- History Teaching in Georgia and the Representation of Minorities

Posted by: Aurelie Perrin <aurelie.perrin(a)cimera.org>
Posted: 1 Dec 2006


WORKSHOP- History Teaching in Georgia &the Representation of Minorities


CIMERA organizes a workshop on "History Teaching in Georgia and the 
Representation of Minorities" on December 12, 2006 at the Sheraton 
Metechi Palace, 20 Telavi Street, Tbilisi.

Workshop participants will include: textbook authors, history teachers 
from Armenian and Azeri schools in Georgia, representatives of the 
Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, foreign and local 
historians, as well as international and local NGOs dealing with 
minority issues.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss integrating the history of 
minority groups into mainstream History teaching in Georgia.

During the first part of the workshop, CIMERA will present the 
findings of a research project, conducted between September and 
November 2006, focusing on the representations of minorities in 
current Georgian history textbooks. In the afternoon, propositions 
will be drafted and discussed with the goal of improving the 
representation of minorities in Georgian history textbooks, and 
forming a basis for teaching history integrating all sectors and 
groups of the Georgian society.

The number of places is limited. Interested persons should send an 
e-mail to: lea.gerber(a)cimera.org by December 6, 2006 at the latest. 

For more information, please contact: Ms. Aurélie Perrin, tel: +41 22 
347 52 06.
Further information about the project: 
http://www.cimera.org/en/research/ind_ht_in_geo.htm

The event is financed by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

CONF./CFP - Deadline Extended, Univ. of Pittsburgh REES Graduate Student Conference.

Posted by: GOSECA University of Pittsburgh <gosecaconference(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 30 Nov 2006


CONF./CFP - Deadline Extended, Univ. of Pittsburgh REES Student Conference


Please note the deadline for the submission has been extended. 

Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
Defining Ourselves and Being Defined: Globalization, Regionalism and 
Multiculturalism
 
University of Pittsburgh, REES and GOSECA Graduate Student Conference
February 23-25, 2007
 
Key Note Address by Charles King 
 
Charles King is Chair of the Faculty and Associate Professor in the 
School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University , where he also 
holds the university's Ion Ratiu Chair in Romanian Studies. He is the 
author of The Black Sea: A History (2004); The Moldovans: Romania , 
Russia , and the Politics of Culture (2000); Nations Abroad: Diaspora 
Politics and International Relations in the Former Soviet Union (as 
co-editor, 1998); and Ending Civil Wars (1997).
 
Please note the deadline for the abstract submission has been extended 
till December 11, 2006. 
 
For submission requirements please visit out website:
http://www.pitt.edu/AFShome/s/o/sorc/public/html/goseca/  or  
www.pitt.edu/~sorc/goseca
 
The conference is sponsored by the Center for Russian and East 
European Studies (REES) and the Graduate Organization for the Study of 
Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh.


GOSECA Conference Organizing Committee
Russian and East European Studies Graduate Student Conference
University of Pittsburgh

LECTURE- Nava'i Lecture in Central Asian Studies, Nov. 30, Georgetown Univ.

Posted by: Jennifer Long <longj(a)georgetown.edu>
Posted: 29 Nov 2006


LECTURE- Nava'i Lecture in Central Asian Studies, Nov. 30, Georgetown Univ.


The Center For Eurasian, Russian And East European Studies
Georgetown University  

presents

The Seventeenth Annual Nava'i Lecture in Central Asian Studies

Dangerous Clan Conflict or Muslim Civil Society? Towards an 
Alternative Understanding of Central Asia's Democratic Development

by
 
Dr. Sean Roberts
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Central Asian Studies,
Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies
 
Thursday, November 30, 2006
6:00-8:00 PM
Riggs Library
Georgetown University

RSVP to 202.687.6080 or ceres(a)georgetown.edu 
Please include name, title, affiliation, and email with RSVP.

CONF.- Student Conference, Transitions in Eurasia, AUCA, Jan. 27-28, 2007

Posted by: Yasar Sari <ysari(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 29 Nov 2006


CONF.- Student Conference, Transitions in Eurasia, AUCA, Jan. 27-28, 2007


Regional Student Conference 
Dedicated to the memory of Viktoria Lavrova

Call For Papers
"Transitions in Eurasia"
Date: 27-28 January 2007

International & Comparative Politics Department American University - 
Central Asia, Bishkek

The ICP Department envisions both a debate and an interdisciplinary 
conference with a range of papers on the broad question of transition 
in Central Asia. For instance, papers on competing 'democratic' 
leadership styles in Central Asia and Mongolia, economic and business 
elites, social elites, intellectual and cultural elites, the military, 
religious elites, and pop-culture and fashionable icons as elites are 
all welcome. The Conference and debate are dedicated in honour of 
Viktoria Lavrova, our beloved colleague on the first anniversary of her death.

The first day will consist of paper presentations as well as student 
lectures on selected themes for the debates the following day. The 
second day will consist of teams of debaters competing against each 
other. Therefore, this academic event consists of both a conference 
and a debate.

Submitted paper proposals must be no more than 350 words (one page), 
in English, and include: an explanation of how the proposal is 
relevant to the conference theme; a specific research question; a 
thesis statement; and an explanation of the materials or methods that 
will be used to research the paper.

Priority will be given to proposals, which take an original, creative 
approach to a specific question related to the conference theme, and 
consider this question in terms of more than one country or culture. 
Interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome.
  
When preliminary enquiries are received the 'Guidelines for Preparing 
Student Conference Proposals & Papers' will be electronically sent in response.
 
After receipt of this, applications should be written in light of the 
guideline.

Proposals must be prepared for 'blind review'. The author's name 
should not appear on the proposal; only the title being used to 
identify the proposal.

Complete applications must include the following:
 - a paper proposal (1 page, 350 words, prepared for blind review) 
OR
 - Statement of interest for participating in the Debate

All materials must be submitted in electronic format no later than 25 
December 2006 to yigit_s(a)mail.auca.kg (Dr. Sureyya Yigit, Acting 
Associate Professor, International & Comparative Politics Department, 
American University - Central Asia Bishkek)


Results will be announced on 29 December 2006.

CONF.- Eurasian Political Studies Network, 5th General Int'l Conference

Posted by: Serguei Alex. Oushakine <oushakin(a)Princeton.EDU>
Posted: 27 Nov 2006


CONF.- Eurasian Political Studies Network, 5th General Int'l Conference


Conference Coordinator: 
Dr. Vitaly Merkushev, Director of the EPSN.
e-mail: vitaly.merkushev(a)espi.ru
Tel.: 7-495-9682651, fax.: 7-495-1666013,

Eurasian Political Studies Network
http://www.espi.ru

5th General International Conference And Joint Session

Political Science and Political Processes in Russian Federation and New
Independent States of Post-Soviet Eurasia

Moscow 

2-3 February 2007

Conference Sections: 
Section 1: Quality of Democracy and State Authorities
Section 2: Electoral Processes and Transformations of the Party Systems
Section 4: Legal Aspects of the Political Processes
Section 5: Human Rights and Civil Society
Section 6: Ethnic Factors and External Challenges 
Round Table: Energy Policies and Energy Security in Post-Soviet Eurasia

The conference will be held on 2-3 February 2007 in the building of 
the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Volhonka 
street 14 , metro Kropotkinskaya, Moscow. 

Application deadline is 26 December 2006. Earlier applications are welcomed.

The applications (the abstracts and the registration form) should be 
send by e-mail to the following  address: vitaly.merkushev(a)espi.ru.  
Abstracts of your conference presentation should be prepared in 
Russian or English, in Times New Roman, 12 font, 1,5 space and should 
not exceed two pages. 

Selected presenters will be informed not later than 29 December 2006. 
The registration for the conference will be held from 10.00 to 11.00 
in the Red Hall of the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of 
Sciences , Volhonka street 14 , metro Kropotkinskaya, Moscow.

Selection process:

Each participant must register for the conference. Registration can be 
done either in Russian or English. Registration form should contain 
the following information:
Name: 
Institution:
Title and Position:
Country:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail address:
Language skills (Russian / English):
Title of presentation:

The selected presenters upon arrival to the conference need to submit 
the article (8-10 pages, Times New Roman, 12 font, 1,5 space) in 
electronic and paper versions. The selected articles will be published.

Conference languages are Russian and English.

Organizing Committee of the Conference:

Richard Sakwa, Chair of the EPSN Advisory Board; Head, Department of 
Politics and International Relations, Kent University, of the EPSN 
Advisory Board, UK. 

Jiøi Vykoukal, Professor, Director, Institute of International 
Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Algimantas Jankauskas, Professor, Deputy Director, Institute of 
International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, Lithuania.

Valentin Yakushik, Professor, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla 
Academy, Ukraine.

Sergey Reshetnikov, Professor, Chair, Political Science Department, 
Belarus State University; Minsk, Belarus. 

Elmira Nogojbaeva, Leading Research Fellow, International Institute of 
Strategic Studies, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 

Gilles Favarel-Garriges, Research Fellow, CERI - Sciences Po, Paris, France.

Alexander Markarov, Associate Professor, Head of International 
Relations Office, Yerevan State University, Armenia.

Alexey Vlasov, Associate Professor, Deputy Head, Center of Post-Soviet 
Studies, Moscow State University, Russia

Svetlana Glushkova, Professor, Head of Human Rights Center, Humanities 
University, Ekaterinburg, Member of expert council, Russian Federation 
Ombudsman's Office, Russia.

Tatiana Karadzhe, Professor, Chief Scientific Secretary of the Russian 
Academy of Political Science, Moscow, Russia. 

Vladimir Malakhov, Head, Political Science Program, Moscow School of 
Social and Economic Sciences, Moscow, Russia.

Olga Popova, Professor, St.-Petersburg University, Russia. 

Aleksandr Sungurov, Professor, President of St.-Petersburg Foundation 
"Strategy"; Chair of Applied Politics Department, Higher School of 
Economics, St.-Petersburg Branch, Russia.

Conference Coordinator: 
Dr. Vitaly Merkushev, Director of the EPSN.
Tel.: 7-495-9682651, fax.: 7-495-1666013, e-mail: vitaly.merkushev(a)espi.ru

LECTURE- Kyrgyzstan's Possible Entry into HIPC, AUCA, Bishkek, Nov. 29

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 27 Nov 2006


LECTURE- Kyrgyzstan's Possible Entry into HIPC, AUCA, Bishkek, Nov. 29


Lecture: "Financial Conditions of Possible Kyrgyzstan's Entry into 
HIPC", American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, 29 Nov. 2006

The National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic and Social Research Center at 
AUCA (www.src.auca.kg) are organizing a seminar "Financial Conditions 
of Possible Kyrgyzstan's Entry into the Heavily Indebted Poor 
Countries Debt Initiative (HIPC)"

Presenters: Representatives of the Foreign Debt Management Department, 
National Bank, Kyrgyzstan

Date and time: 16:00-17:30, Wed., Nov. 29, 2006
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA
Language: Russian. If requested, translation will be provided.

During the forthcoming seminar, the officials of the National Bank 
will provide a detailed information on the foreign debt structure, 
previous restructuring results within the framework of the Paris Club, 
forecasts to reduce the foreign debt in case if Kyrgyzstan joins HIPC 
and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI), and will advise on 
experiences of other countries participated in HIPC. After the 
presentation, the National Bank officials will answer the questions of 
the seminar participants.

How to register:

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

This lecture is arranged by Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg)
through funding provided by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

LECTURE- Hafiz Aliyev on Oil & Azerbaijan, CRRC Seminar, Nov. 22, Baku

Posted by: Anar Ahmadov <anar(a)crrc.az>
Posted: 21 Nov 2006


LECTURE- Hafiz Aliyev on Oil & Azerbaijan, CRRC Seminar, Nov. 22, Baku


Lecture- Political Economy of Oil and Formation of an Oil State in Azerbaijan,
CRRC Research Seminar, 22 November, 2006.

Caucasus Research Resource Center - Azerbaijan  
A Program of the Eurasia Foundation     

is pleased to invite you to a research seminar

Political Economy of Oil and Formation of an Oil State in Azerbaijan

by

Hafiz Aliyev
PhD Candidate, Free University of Berlin
MA in Political Science, SOAS, University of London

Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Location: CRRC-Azerbaijan, 6th floor, 67 Fizuli Street, Baku,
Azerbaijan

What will be discussed:

 - Concept of oil state;
 - Relationship between "rentier economy" and authoritarianism;
 - How does this concept fit in the case of Azerbaijan?

The presentation will be delivered in English. Discussion can be held 
in both English and Azerbaijani.

This seminar is for social science scholars and policy practitioners 
interested in the relationship among mineral resource wealth, economic 
growth and political development, and in strategies for overcoming 
"rentierism" and "resource curse." It is envisaged to elicit expert 
feedback for this study and stimulate further research in this field, 
both individual and collaborative.

Please RSVP by November 21, 2006 by writing to Ms. Rena Rzayeva at
rena(a)crrc.az.

Best regards,

CRRC - Azerbaijan Team

The Caucasus Research Resource Centers program (CRRC) is a network of 
resource and training centers established in the capital cities of 
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with the goal of strengthening social 
science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus. A 
partnership between the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Eurasia 
Foundation, and local universities, the CRRC network offers scholars 
and practitioners stable opportunities for integrated research, 
training and collaboration in the region.

LECTURE- Panel Discussion on "Human Rights Violations and War Crimes", Nov. 29

Posted by: Almut Rochowanski <almut(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org>
Posted: 20 Nov 2006


LECTURE- Panel Discussion on "Human Rights Violations and War Crimes", Nov. 29 


November 29, 2006: 

Panel Discussion "Human rights violations and war crimes in Chechnya: 
a critical assessment of local and international responses"

Part of "Europe's Darkest Corner: New York Photo Exhibition and Event 
Series on Chechnya" at the International Center for Tolerance 
Education (more information)

International Center for Tolerance Education (ICTE) 
25 Washington Street 
4th Floor 
Brooklyn, NY
7pm 

Speakers: 
Anne Heindel, Deputy Director, War Crimes Research Office at American 
University 
Rachel Denber, Human Rights Watch, Deputy Director Europe and Central 
Asia Division 
Andrew Meier, former Time correspondent in Moscow and now freelance journalist 
Additional speakers to be announced

Moderated by Roy Gutman, Newsday and founder of the Crimes of War Project

Human rights violations and accusations of war crimes have been at the 
center of Chechnya's story for more than a decade. They have 
devastated people's lives and added new grievances that fuel a cycle 
of violence and prevent chances of peace. Despite extensive 
documentation and vocal advocacy by local, Russian and international 
human rights organizations, real improvement, accountability and 
justice have remained elusive. Our expert panel will provide an 
overview of human rights violations and alleged war crimes to date, as 
well as an analysis of the record of local, Russian and international 
efforts to bring about change and end impunity.

Please RSVP by Monday, November 27 to ICTE(a)tmf-tolerance.org.

Directions: F train to York Street, A/C to High Street, 2/3 to Clark 
Street (1st stop in Brooklyn). Click here for a map.

LECTURE- "Kyrgyz of the Pamirs," Ted Callahan, AUCA, Nov. 22, 2006

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 17 Nov 2006


LECTURE- "Kyrgyz of the Pamirs," Ted Callahan, AUCA, Nov. 22, 2006

LECTURE: The Kyrgyz of the Pamirs, Ted Callahan, American University of
Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, 22 Nov. 2006

The Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg) presents:

Lecture: "The Kyrgyz of the Pamirs"
Presenter: Ted Callahan, PhD candidate in Anthropology, Presidential 
Fellow at Boston University (USA)

Date and time: 17:00-18:30, Wed., Nov. 22, 2006
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA
Language: English. If requested, translation will be provided.

Synopsis: For centuries, the Kyrgyz of the Pamirs have sought to avoid 
state control, utilizing mobility and martial ability to maintain a 
tenuous grip on independence. The Kokand Khanate, tsarist Russia, the 
Soviet Union, Communist China and most recently the imposition of a 
Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan in the 1970s have repeatedly 

put the Kyrgyz to flight. This last incident led to the migration of 
1,300 Kyrgyz from Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in 1978, first to 
Pakistan and eventually to Turkey, where they were resettled in 1982. 
Some Kyrgyz, however, chose to return to Afghanistan in 1979, where 
they have weathered the jihad against the Soviets, the Afghan civil 
war and the rise and overthrow of the Taliban. Today, this community, 
numbering about 1,500, is beset with illiteracy, the world's highest 
maternal and child mortality rates, and widespread opium addiction. 
Unable to provide for their people, the Kyrgyz khans have willingly 
sought greater state involvement in their affairs in an effort to 
secure basic government services. They have also considered 
"repatriation" to Kyrgyzstan, an option that has politically 
fragmented the community. At this lecture, Ted Callahan will be 
speaking about this and other issues related to the past and current 
life of the Pamir's Kyrgyz.

Bio: Ted Callahan is a PhD candidate in Anthropology and a 
Presidential Fellow at Boston University. He is currently conducting a 
two-year research project among the Kyrgyz of the Afghan Pamirs as 
part of his doctoral dissertation. Ted holds MA in East Asian Studies 
(China Program) from Stanford University and is currently a Visiting 
Research Fellow at AUCA's Social Research Center.

How to register:

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

This lecture is arranged by Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg)
through funding provided by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.


CONF./CFP- First IAFFE Conference, Southeast Asia, June 29-July 1, 2007

Posted by: Serguei Alex Oushakine <oushakin(a)Princeton.EDU>
Posted: 17 Nov 2006


CONF./CFP- First IAFFE Conference, Southeast Asia, June 29-July 1, 2007


http://www.iaffe.org/conferences/annual/index.php 
 
When: June 29 - July 1, 2007

Where: Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand

Themes:
Panel proposals and individual paper submissions are invited on any 
aspect of feminist inquiry into economic issues. As this is the first 
IAFFE conference to be held in Southeast Asia, we particularly 
encourage participation of researchers, policy makers and activists 
from this region. Important themes include migration and migrant 
workers, trade and its impact on women, sex work and the sex trade, 
informal work, women and politics in Asia, and aging. 
Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

Submissions:
Proposals must be submitted on-line via the IAFFE website 
(www.iaffe.org) unless you do not have internet access (mail to Martha 
MacDonald, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS Canada B3H 3C3). 
Submissions can be made for panels or individual papers. Titles and 
abstracts for all papers (including those that are part of panels) are 
required. Check the IAFFE website, 
http://www.iaffe.org/conferences/annual/index.php, for detailed 
submission guidelines.

Deadline:
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2007. Acceptances will be 
announced by early March. If you need a decision earlier for funding 
purposes please e-mail bangkok(a)iaffe.org.

Travel Funds:
IAFFE works to raise funds to provide some financial assistance with 
travel and other expenses associated with attending our Annual 
Conferences for people from developing and transition economies, 
including Eastern Europe and the former U.S.S.R. Our goal is to foster 
the diversity of the geographical representation and perspectives at 
IAFFE conferences. People who plan to present a paper at the 
conference, and who come from countries with developing and transition 
economies, are eligible to apply for this funding.  
 
The deadline is January 31, 2007.  
 
You must also submit a paper proposal by the January 31st deadline.  
 
Please check the IAFFE website for Travel Grant application 
information or write to iaffe(a)iaffe.org.

LECTURE- Roger Kangas, Dec. 4, & Adeeb Khalid, Nov. 15, George Mason Univ.

Posted by: Eric Max Mcglinchey <emcglinc(a)gmu.edu>
Posted: 14 Nov 2006


LECTURE- Roger Kangas, Dec. 4, & Adeeb Khalid, Nov. 15, George Mason Univ.


George Mason's Focus on Central Asia Program is pleased to announce a 
public lecture by Roger Kangas:

December 4, 2006, 4:30-6:00 PM, Johnson Center 3rd Floor Meeting Rm B

"The United States in Central Asia: Re-Assessing Strategic Relationships"

Perceptions of the US have soured in Central Asia. Washington's 
flagging stature in the region is the result of changing US policies 
in post-Andijon Central Asia as well as the fact that other states 
have pursued active engagement strategies in the region which are now 
showing signs of success. Dr. Kangas examines relations between the US 
and Central Asian states and explores the relative importance of these 
relations to broader US and Central Asian strategic interests.  Roger 
Kangas is Marshall Center professor of Central Asian Studies.

A full listing of George Mason's fall 2006 Central Asia events, 
including Adeeb Khalid's previously announced November 15 talk, 
"Understanding Soviet Islam: Religion, Nationality and Citizenship in 
Soviet Central Asia," can be found at: 

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

CONF./CFP- 2007 Central Eurasian Studies Conference 31 March-1 April 2007

Posted by: Kris Rees <kris.rees(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 13 Nov 2006


CONF./CFP- 2007 Central Eurasian Studies Conference 31 March-1 April 2007


The Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES) of Indiana University

Call For Papers

14th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference

Saturday 31 March - Sunday 01 April 2007 

ACES invites panel and individual paper proposals for the Fourteenth 
Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference to be held Saturday 31 
March and Sunday 01 April 2007 at Indiana University in Bloomington, 
Indiana.  Graduate students, professors, and independent scholars are 
cordially invited to submit abstracts of papers covering all topics 
pertaining to Central Eurasian Studies.

Central Eurasian Studies is defined for the purposes of this 
conference as the study of the historical and contemporary Afghan, 
Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Mongolic, Persian, Tibetan, Tungusic, and 
Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states.

In conjunction with the Student Association of Indiana University's 
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Graduate Student 
Association(NELCGSA), ACES is pleased to announce a Special Panel 
Series on topics in Turkish and Persian Studies at the conference.  
Submissions are warmly welcomed.

In order to accommodate increasing submissions and attendance, ACES 
has expanded the 2007 conference to a two-day program.  Scholars 
addressing Balto-Finnic and Hungarian Studies are particularly 
encouraged to submit proposals.

An extensive, but by no means comprehensive, list topics addressed by 
this conference may be found at the end of this announcement.

Submission Instructions

Submission of pre-organized panels is strongly encouraged.  Individual 
papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the Conference 
Committee to a suitable panel.  An honorable distinction of best paper 
will be awarded.

Please include the following information on all submissions: 

1) Names of all authors (note name of the person presenting the paper);
2) Institutional affiliation and title/position;
3) Contact information, including e-mail address, postal address, and
telephone/fax numbers;
4) Curriculum Vitae (1 page);
5) Paper title;
6) An abstract of no more than 300 words, to be included in the
Conference Program;
7) Geographic location and thematic panel preference. Thematic panel 
preferences include, but are not limited to: socio-economic issues,
nationalism and identity, natural resources management, music and
culture, politics, history, education, and archaeology; and
8) Any audio-visual equipment needs (overhead, slide projector, 
PowerPoint, etc.)

Due to space constraints, abstracts exceeding 300 words cannot be accepted.

ACES regrets that it cannot provide any funding to participants.

International submissions (especially those scholars requiring visas):
Submission deadline: 08 December 2006
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 1 January 2007.

Domestic submissions (from scholars based in the USA): 
Submission deadline: 09 February 2007
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 16 February 2007.

Submit this information:

Via e-mail as an attachment (.doc or .rtf formats preferred) to:
aces(a)indiana.edu

Or via hard copy sent to:
The Fourteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference
The Association of Central Eurasian Students ( ACES)
Goodbody Hall 157
Indiana University
1011 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
USA
Fax: (812) 855-7500

Some covered topics:
Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Finland, Karelia, Estonia, Buryatia, 
Turkmenistan, Uyghur, Kazakh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Kyrgyz Republic,
Xinjiang, Tibet, Mongolia, Manchuria, Hungary, Tatarstan, Volga,
Siberia, Tungusic, Tajikistan, Persia, Iran, Evenki, Afghanistan,
Ferghana Valley, Caspian Sea, Aral Sea, Central Eurasian steppe, oases, 
Sufism, Chaghatay, Mari, "Silk Road", Ottoman Empire, Orkhon, politics,
nationalism, religion, Islam, Nestorian Christianity, Buddhism,
Lamaism, Qing Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty, cinema, film, literature,
linguistics, anthropology, musicology, folklore, archaeology, 
architecture, art, law -- in short, the historical and contemporary
Afghan, Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Mongolic, Persian, Tibetan, Tungusic,
and Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states.

CONF./CFP- Women of the Mountains, March, 2007, Orem, Utah

Posted by: Baktybek Abdrisaev <abdrisaev05(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 13 Nov 2006


CONF./CFP- Women of the Mountains, March, 2007, Orem, Utah


Call for Papers

March 8-10, 2007 - International Conference "Women of the Mountains" 
of the universities and colleges of the Rocky Mountains of the 
Northern America invites scholars from Eurasia to present their papers 
on issues related to such six major topics of life of women in the 
mountain areas as: 
-Transmission of family values, heritage and culture.
-Health of women and children.
-Education of women and children.
-Economic, family and gender issues.
-Human trafficking and exploitation for sexual and economic purposes.
-Women as leaders and leadership development.

Information on-line at www.WomenoftheMountains.org

Distinguished feature of this Conference would be strengthening of the 
involvement of the mountain communities of Northern America to the 
activities of the Mountain Partnership (MP), directed to the promotion 
of sustainable mountain development worldwide and in the mountainous 
areas of Eurasia in particular. MP was established as a result of the 
First Global Mountain Summit in Bishkek in 2002, gathered under the 
umbrella of the United Nations sponsored Year of the Mountains. 
Conference sponsored by Utah Valley State College, the Kyrgyz National 
Center for Development of Mountain Regions with support from the 
United Nations, the World Bank, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the 
Utah-Russia Institute, etc. 

The Conference will publish the final versions of papers in an edited 
volume. To be considered for the Conference, submit an abstract of 
approximately 250 words and a short CV electronically by December 15, 
2006. After confirmation of acceptance the full version of the paper 
should be submitted by February 15, 2007. 

The Conference is unable to provide for participants travel and 
lodging expenses. Participants are expected to seek funding from their 
own institutions. 

For more information, contact Conference Executive Secretary, Dr. 
Baktybek Abdrisaev Abdrisba(a)uvsc.edu at 1-801-863-8351.

SEMINAR- Kyrgyzstan's New Constitution, November 14, IFES, Washington, D.C.

Posted by: Elena Kim <EKim(a)ifes.org>
Posted: 13 Nov 2006


SEMINAR- Kyrgyzstan's New Constitution, November 14, IFES, Washington, D.C.


IFES kindly invites you to the panel discussion
 
Crisis Averted? Kyrgyzstan's New Constitution and
Prospects for Governmental Harmony

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
2:30-3:30 PM
 
IFES
1101 15th Street, N.W.
Third Floor Conference Room
Washington, DC 20005
 
Featured Panelists
 
Saltanat Berdikeeva
Independent Analyst
Dan Malinovich
Elections-Constitutional Law Expert
IFES-Kyrgyzstan

Moderated By
 
Anthony Bowyer
IFES Program Manager, Central Asian Republics
 
Please RSVP by November 13 by email to Elena Kim at 202-350-6834 or 
EKim(a)ifes.org 
 
Saltanat Berdikeeva, a Kyrgyz scholar, has been actively researching 
and publishing on contemporary issues in her country.  Ms. Berdikeeva 
has written a number of analytical papers on political, economic and 
security problems in post-Soviet Republics. She previously worked as a 
researcher at the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for 
Strategic and International Studies, where she wrote "Transnational 
Threats Update" on terrorism, organized crime, money laundering, and 
trafficking. Ms. Berdikeeva's research contributed to recent book 
published by Dr. Martha Brill Olcott, Central Asia's Second Chance. 
She received her Masters in Security Studies at Georgetown University, 
Washington DC. 
 
Dan Malinovich has been in charge of implementing IFES' election and 
constitutional reform programs in the Kyrgyz Republic since December 
2004.  Under a grant provided by the U.S. Agency for International 
Development, Malinovich is currently providing technical assistance on 
electoral and constitutional reform on behalf of IFES to the Kyrgyz 
government, political parties, NGOs and other stakeholders. In 2005, 
with the grant from U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human 
Rights and Labor, he developed and managed the first-ever nationwide 
training of all Precinct Election Commissions (PECs) for parliamentary 
elections in February-March, and extraordinary presidential elections 
in July, overseeing the training of a total of 40,000 PEC members.  
Prior to joining IFES, Mr. Malinovich worked on various election 
observation and implementation projects for OSCE-ODIHR, IOM and UN in 
Macedonia, Georgia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 
Anthony C. Bowyer has managed all of IFES' Central Asia project 
activities since 1995. He has been a guest lecturer at American 
University, the George C. Marshall Center, the Foreign Service 
Institute, and the National Defense University. He has designed and 
overseen four public opinion surveys conducted in Kyrgyzstan, and 
conducted training for NGOs, governmental officials, and media on how 
to use survey results to build consensus. He designed the first IFES 
voter education project for the Kyrgyz presidential elections in 2005 
that helped raise voter awareness and expectations. Bowyer has 
provided oversight for IFES' elections technical assistance activities 
to the Kyrgyz Central Election Commission since the project's 
commencement in 1995. 

CONF.- PREECA Fall Conference, Georgetown, November 13, 2006

Posted by: Zamir Chargynov <chargynov(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 13 Nov 2006


CONF.- PREECA Fall Conference, Georgetown, November 13, 2006


Georgetown University 

Professionals in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Affairs 

www.preea.org 
 
Fall Conference
 
Multilateral Institutions in Eurasia:
Competing Security and Economic Interests 
 
Copley Formal Lounge
Georgetown University 
Monday November 13, 2006
1 pm - 5 pm
Reception will follow
 
Our Partners and Sponsors: 
Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies ( CERES)
Security Studies Program (SSP)
BMW Center for German and European Studies 
Master of Science in Foreign Service Program (MSFS )
NATO Public Diplomacy Division
Graduate Student Organization (GSO)
Emerging Markets Network (EMN) 
 
Fifteen years ago the USSR broke up into fifteen new states. A few, 
like the new Baltic States, have made swift progress toward Europe and 
joined both the EU and NATO. Meanwhile, the other former Soviet 
Republics remain unsure of their relationships to each other and the 
larger global community. In recent years, traditional mechanisms of 
integration have withered while new ones have emerged. Some 
organizations, like the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are 
perceived as increasingly dysfunctional. At the same time, new 
organizations, like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), have 
gained political and economic weight. Numerous international 
organizations, financial institutions, and businesses are also 
actively engaged in the post-Soviet space. Their security and economic 
interests often overlap and compete as the number of stakeholders 
grows and the political and economic environment becomes more complex. 
 
Professionals in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Affairs (PREEA), 
a Georgetown University-based organization, invites you to take part 
in the PREEA Fall Conference, which will address the role of 
multilateral institutions in the changing Eurasian environment. 
Renowned experts will discuss the interests of multilateral 
organizations and their role in Eurasian affairs. Two panels will 
focus on the role of multilateral organizations in the resolution of 
frozen conflicts in Armenia, Azerbaijan , Georgia , and Moldova , and 
in mitigating business risks and opening new avenues for partnership 
and cooperation in Eurasia.  Future prosperity of the region depends 
on how peacefully these conflicts are resolved. 
 
We look forward to your participation in the PREEA Fall Conference, 
which will take place at the Georgetown University Copley Formal 
Lounge on Monday, November 13, 2006 1-5 pm. Reception will follow. To 
register, please send your name and affiliation to rsvp(a)preea.org by 
November 10, 2006. Please note that space may be limited. 

WELCOME ADDRESS 
1:00-1:15 pm 
 
Robert Gallucci , Dean, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
 
PANEL I: Security: Role of Multilateral Organizations in Frozen Conflicts 
1:15-3:00 pm 
 
Moderator: Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Speakers:
 - Ronald McNamara , International Policy Director, Commission on 
   Security and Cooperation in Europe, U.S. Helsinki Commission
 - Cory Welt, Deputy Director, PONARS Program, Center for Strategic 
   and International Studies (CSIS) 
 - Celeste Wallander , Professor of International Relations, 
   Georgetown University
 - Stephen Blank, Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College
 - James MacDougal , Assistant Secretary of Defense for Eurasia, US 
   Department of Defense (invited)
 
COFFEE BREAK
3:00-3:30 pm 
 
PANEL II: Economic Interests in Competitive Multilateral Environment 
3:30-5:30 pm 
 
Moderator: Clifford Gaddy, Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution 
Speakers:
 - Lisa Kaestner , Senior Economist, Strategy and Coordination Unit, 
   Central and Eastern Europe Department, International Finance
Corporation (IFC) 
 - Johannes Linn , Executive Director, Wolfensohn Center, the 
   Brookings Institution 
 - Jackie Coolidge , Lead Investment Policy Officer, Foreign 
   Investment Advisory Service (FIAS), the World Bank Group 
 - Randi Levinas , Director of Policy and Programs, US-Russia Business Council 
 - Mamuka Tsereteli, Executive Director, America-Georgia Business Council 

FINAL REMARKS
5:30-5:40 pm 
 
RECEPTION
5:40 to 8:00 pm

CONF.- Islamic Civilization in Central Asia, Sept. 4-7, 2007, Kazakhstan

Posted by: Ibrahim Keles <qelesh(a)iaau.edu.kg>
Posted: 7 Nov 2006


CONF.- Islamic Civilization in Central Asia, Sept. 4-7, 2007, Kazakhstan


International Symposium on Islamic Civilization in Central Asia
Almaty, Kazakhstan 4-7 September 2007

An International Symposium on "Islamic Civilisation in Central Asia" 
will be jointly organised by the Research Center for Islamic History, 
Art and Culture (IRCICA), Istanbul, Turkey, and the Institute of 
Oriental Studies, Ministry of Education and Sciences, Republic of 
Kazakhstan, on 4-7 September 2007, in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The symposium will focus on "Islamic Civilisation in Central Asia" 
with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. It will examine 
the history of Islamic civilisation in Central Asia under its diverse 
aspects, including developments in the intellectual, scientific, 
literary, artistic and other cultural fields, its interactions with 
other civilisations in and around the region, the main stages and 
trends of the development of Islamic culture and civilisation in the 
region, the formation and present state of the Islamic cultural 
heritage in terms of the material culture (written, architectural and 
other tangible assets) and the spiritual culture (beliefs, oral 
traditions, performing arts and other intangible expressions of 
culture). The symposium is expected to highlight the role and place of 
Islamic civilisation in the region, its relations and interactions 
with other cultures and civilisations, its participation in 
inter-cultural exchanges. At the same time, it will be an opportunity 
for the presentation of new studies, assessment of the state of 
scholarly research and publication in this field, and discussion on 
the problems and prospects of studies on Islamic civilisation in 
Central Asia and the neighbouring regions as a field of academic research.

The working languages of the symposium will be Kazak language, English, and
Russian.

The symposium themes shall be covered under the following broad titles:

 - Islam in Central Asia: problems and prospects
 - Historical and philosophical aspects of Islamic Heritage in Central Asia
 - History of Islam and its interactions with national cultures in Central Asia
 - Islamic Art in Central Asia
 - Islamic Culture in Central Asia: common, particular and integrating
   tendencies
 - Development of natural and exact sciences in Muslim Central Asia

The symposium will be accompanied by cultural events including visits to
museums, exhibitions, and Almaty sightseeing tour on the third day of the
symposium.

No registration fee is required and accommodation in Almaty will be provided
to all the paper presenters.

The participants will be allowed a maximum of 20 minutes to present their
papers. Selected papers will be published after a double-blind peer review
process. Those interested in having their papers considered for publication
will have to submit their final drafts no later than one month after the
conference. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

We would like to kindly invite you to send the abstract of your proposed
paper until 28 February 2007 to the following address:

Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA),

Yildiz Sarayi, Seyir Kosku,
Barbaros Bulvari, 80700 Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey
E-mail: congress(a)ircica.org
Fax: +90 212 2584365

With best regards,

Halit Eren
Director General
Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA)

Meruert Abusseitova
Director General
Institute of Oriental Studies
Ministry of Education and Sciences
Republic of Kazakhstan
<macfil(a)unet.com.mk>

CONF.- Central Asia and the Caucasus: Explorations from the Field, 10-11th November, University of St. Andrew's, Scotland

Posted by: Madeleine Reeves <madeleinereeves(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 7 Nov 2006


CONF.- Central Asia & the Caucasus: Explorations from the Field, Nov. 10-11


Central Asia and the Caucasus: Explorations from the Field

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 
graduate student conference, "Central Asia and the Caucasus - 
Explorations from the Field". 

Date and time: 9.00 am, Friday November 10th - 7.00 pm, Saturday 11th 
2006 Venue: Arts Building, School of International Relations, 
University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK.
 
Please note that the new Arts Building is not yet featured on the 
University map, but is located between the University library and St. 
Katharine's West, with access from The Scores.  
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/map/map.pdf
 
Chair: Alexander Kupatadze (MECACS) 
 
For further details, please email the organising committee on: 
caac2006(a)st-andrews.ac.uk
 
DAY 1: 10 November 

9.00 - 10.00 Registration (Arts Building, School of International Relations)

10:00 - 10:30 Welcoming of participants (Arts Lecture room 003)

10.30 - 12.30 Parallel sessions 1A and 1B 
Session 1A:  
Coping with insecurity - socio-economic strategies in post-socialist 
societies (Arts Lecture room 003)
 
Rano Turaeva 
Internal migrants in Tashkent: first insights from fieldwork during 
2005-6 in Uzbekistan.

Anna Portisch
Yurt furnishing and tea cosies in an age of great calamities: 
livelihood and development in the Mongolian ' Kazakh Province', Baygan-Oelgii. 

Session 1B:
Democratization processes and foreign assistance (Arts seminar room 7)

Kathryn Roman & Vanja Mladineo
Survey of the foreign democratization assistance in the Kyrgyz 
Republic and its effects on domestic policy making. 

Deniz Tura
A line with responsibilities: "Analysis of the Regional Sustainability 
Development Program of British Petroleum in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline".

John Westerman
Actor-Network Theory, governmentality, and the development project: a 
review of Mercy Corps 5 year Peaceful Community initiative in the 
Ferghana Valley. 

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15. 30   Session 2: 
Constructing nations: the making of "national" memory, symbols and 
identities (Arts seminar room 7)

Rebecca Beardmore
The role of archaeology in the development of the concept of the 
nation in Kazakhstan. A case study on the engagement of archaeological 
objects in Semirechie, south-east Kazakhstan. 

Yulia Guzhvenko 
Creating national identity in frontier areas (the case of eastern Kazakhstan). 

Ablimit Baki 
Language attitudes of Uyghur university students in Xinjiang. 

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee 

16.00 - 18.00 Session 3:   
Local politics and international connections - on weakness and 
empowerment (Arts seminar room 7)

Fredrik M. Sjoberg
Informal networks and electoral politics in Kyrgyzstan - a research outline. 

Wojtek Ostrowski 
The politics of oil in post-Soviet Kazakhstan: the case of the Atyrau region.

Kyle Rearick
Activism in transition: exploring the impact of donor support on the 
Kyrgyz youth movement. 
DAY II: 11 November 2006 

09.00 - 11.00 Parallel sessions 4A and 4B

Session 4A:
The practice and politics of research of research in Central Asia(Arts 
seminar room 4)

Paul D. Wordsworth 
Discovering the perception of archaeology in Northern Afghanistan: 
challenges and considerations. 

Claire Wilkinson
Positioning "security" and securing one's position: the researcher's 
role in investigating "security" in Kyrgyzstan. 

Caleb Wall 
Working in fields as fieldwork. Kahshar, participant observation and 
the Tamorka as ways to access indigenous knowledge in rural Uzbekistan.  

Sultonbek Aksakalov 
Challenges of field research: post-Soviet studies on Pamiris/Ismailis 
of Central Asia. 

9:00-11:00 - Session 4B
Searching for political identity? Governance & state-policies in the 
Caucasus (Arts seminar room 7) 

Donatas Vainalavicius
The geopolitical sketch of the South Caucasus States. 

Murad Ismayilov
Searching for a new political identity for the South Caucasus. 

Jeremy Tash
East and/or West? Azerbaijan's position at the crossroads. 

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee

11.30 - 13.30 Session 5   
Between "tradition" and "modernity" - the question of religion and 
identity in post-soviet Central Asia (Arts seminar room 4)

Konstantin S. Vasiltsov 
Ismailis of Badakhshan: making a new nationality? 

Eloisa Concettti 
Sufism and popular Islam in Xinjiang: the struggle for the 
preservation of the tradition and its transmission. 

Stefan Kirmse
Central Asian youth in a globalising world: the students of Osh 
between different cultural messages.  

Nikolay S. Terletsky 
Shrine pilgrimage and the pre-Islamic traditions in modern Central Asia. 

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 16.00 Session 6 (part 1)  
International policies and the question of "traditional" and 
"non-traditional threats" (Arts seminar room 4) 

Oybek Makhmudov
Geopolitical factors of non-traditional threats impacts on Central Asia. 

Bek-Myrza Tokotegin 
A comparative analysis of Russian & American approaches to Central 
Asian security in the context of the Eurasian geopolitical mainland 
(post 9/11 era). 

David Garcia
The Caucasus and Central Asia in the Greater Middle East and US 
strategic policy: an assessment. 

16.00 - 16.15 Coffee
 
16.15- 17.45 Session 6 (part II)  
International policies and the question of "traditional" and 
"non-traditional threats" (Arts seminar room 4)

Natividad Fernandez
The EU policy towards the Caucasus and Central Asia.  

Gracia Abad 
Energy security, Chinese nationalism and PRC's interests in Central Asia. 

Alberto Priego 
The Russian security policy in Central Asia: between cooperation and 
national interest. 

18.00- 19.00 Plenary and close  (Arts seminar room 4)

LECTURE- Anglo-Russian Relations In Iran, Nov. 13, 2007, University of London

Posted by: Babak Rezvani <B.Rezvani(a)uva.nl>
Posted: 6 Nov 2006


LECTURE- Anglo-Russian Relations In Iran, Nov. 13, 2007, University of London


Anglo-Russian Relations In Iran - Personal Relationships Between 
British And Russian Consuls In Early 20th Century

Lecture

13 November 2006, 7pm

Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, 
University of London, Russell Square, London

A lecture by Antony Wynn which looks at the personal interactions of 
the British and Russian consults in their lonely outposts in Iran 
during the early 20th century. 

Organised by

Iran Heritage Foundation & London Middle East Institute at SOAS.

Introduction

Antony Wynn

The history of the late 19th and early 20th century in Iran is 
coloured by the rivalry between Britain and Russia. Russia established 
a chain of consulates across northern Iran and turned the country 
between Tabriz and Mashhad into a virtual Russian colony, even going 
so far as to collect taxes from the local population. The British, 
much further from home, tried to counter this influence by 
establishing their own consulates, of which the most splendid was at 
Mashhad. To keep an eye on each other's doings in the border regions, 
they both established a string of vice-consulates in the remotest 
parts of Khorasan. With no other Europeans, or even educated Iranians, 
to entertain them, the lonely consuls from these rival nations were 
thrown into each other's company, creating a sometimes surreal 
reflection of the greater political game that was being played in the 
chanceries. Drink and insanity was often the end of them. Those who 
retained their sanity had some entertaining stories to tell.

Antony Wynn is the author of Persia in the Great Game, the biography 
of Sir Percy Sykes, who was the most famous of all the British consuls 
in Iran. He himself has lived and worked in Iran and has visited many 
of the far-flung consulates established by the British in eastern Iran 
in the course of his research, and is thus able to give a good feel 
for these places in his lectures and writing.

This lecture is organised in conjunction with the Images from the 
Endgame: Persia through a Russian Lens 1901-1914 exhibition which is 
on view at the Brunei Gallery of the School of Oriental and African 
Studies, University of London from 10 October to 9 December 2006.

Admission free

Enquiries

The Iran Heritage Foundation, 5 Stanhope Gate, London W1K 1AH. T +44 
(20) 74934766, F +44 (20) 74999293, info(a)iranheritage.org.

Additional information

For additional information about the lecture series, go to

www.iranheritage.org/Wynnlecture/

CONF./CFP- Portugal, the Persian Gulf and Safavid Persia, Sept. 8-9, 2007

Posted by: Babak Rezvani <B.Rezvani(a)uva.nl>
Posted: 6 Nov 2006


CONF./CFP- Portugal, the Persian Gulf and Safavid Persia, Sept. 8-9, 2007


Portugal, the Persian Gulf and Safavid Persia

Conference - Call for Papers - Introduction

8-9 September 2007

Freer & Sackler Galleries, Independence Avenue, Washington DC

On the 500th anniversary of Afonso de Albuquerque's attempts tot take 
Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, we invite presentations for a conference 
that will focus on the contacts of the Portuguese with Safavid Persia 
and various aspects of their activities in the Persian Gulf basin.

Call For Papers

We are now approaching the 500th anniversary of Portuguese contacts 
and relations with the Persian Gulf region and Safavid Persia, around 
the first attempts by Albuquerque to take Hormuz in 1507. As part of 
an exploration of the wider contacts of Portugal with Asia, Africa and 
South America, the Freer and Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian 
Institution) in Washington DC will commemorate this important 
historical moment with a series of exhibitions in the summer of 2007 
entitled 'Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World from the 
Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries.'

This quincentennial is also the occasion for a conference on 
Portuguese relations with the Persian Gulf and Safavid Persia between 
1500 and 1700, that will be held under the auspices of the Iran 
Heritage Foundation and the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The meeting 
is scheduled to take place on 8-9 September 2007 at the Freer and 
Sackler Galleries, coinciding with the last week of the exhibitions.

The meeting aims to examine various aspects of the activities of the 
Portuguese in the Persian Gulf basin and their interaction with other 
forces in the region, Safavid Persia, the Ottoman Empire, Arab 
principalities around the Gulf's littoral, India, and rival European 
merchants active in the area. Topics to be discussed include sources 
and historiography, mutual perceptions, trade, diplomacy and politics, 
missionary activities, and cross-cultural exchange.

The members of the conference committee, Rudi Matthee, Jorge Flores, 
Farhad Hakimzadeh and Ann Gunter have the pleasure of inviting you to 
submit a proposal for a presentation at this scholarly gathering, 
which is designed to bring some twenty of the most well-know 
specialists in the field together.

Prospective participants should send an abstract of 300 words by 15 
December 2006 to Farhad Hakimzadeh at farhad(a)iranheritage.org. Please 
submit abstracts in digital form using Microsoft Word. A CV should 
accompany each abstract. The conference language is English.

The papers presented in the conference will be published in a volume 
of proceedings, edited by Rudi Matthee and Jorge Flores. All papers 
submitted should therefore be of publishable quality, constitute new 
work, and reserved to be exclusively published as part of the 
conference proceedings. No previously published work should be submitted.

We are very enthusiastic about this meeting and hope and expect that 
it will generate a great deal of intellectual excitement.

For enquiries contact Farhad Hakimzadeh, Iran Heritage Foundation, 5 
Stanhope Gate, London W1K 1AH, United Kingdom, T 44 20 74934766, F 44 
20 74999293, E farhad(a)iranheritage.org.

CONF.- ARCA-Net Iran Conference 2006

Posted by: Babak Rezvani <B.Rezvani(a)uva.nl>
Posted: 6 Nov 2006


CONF.- ARCA-Net Iran Conference 2006


Presented by the ARCA-Net - Alumni Raising Conflict Awareness 

Conflicts, Conflict Resolution and Natural Resources in the Middle East 

Venue: University of Tehran

Qom Campus, Faculty of Law

Km 5 Tehran old Road, Qom, Iran

Fax: 0098-251-6644081 

December 3 - 8, 2006 

The Qom Campus of Tehran University (Iran) together with the Arca-Net 
Consortium have the great pleasure of holding an International 
Symposium to raise awareness in research, higher education and 
institutional extension for peacemaking and sustainable development 
within the Middle East countries. This event will take place in cities 
of Tehran and Qom from 3th until the 8th December 2006. The title of 
this symposium is "Conflicts, Conflict Resolution and Natural 
Resources in the Middle East". The aim of the Qom Symposium is to 
bring together professionals and scholars from all over the Middle 
East region and raise discussion on relevant violent conflict areas 
particularly with a view to natural resources and the way that 
regional and local actors can act on solving these conflicts. During 
the Qom Symposium different realities on conflict situations in the 
region we will be addressed. In addition, different ways of conflict 
prevention and resolution will be discussed. Moreover, the potential 
for research and the possibilities of higher education in the 
interrelated fields of conflict and conflicts resolution will be explored. 

Overview 

Conference Program 

Call for Papers 

Abstract and Paper Submission 

Presenters, Abstracts, and Papers 

Registration, Accommodation and Travel 

Conference Organizers and Key Partners 

Conference Schedule 

Related Links 

This conference has been generously sponsored by German Academic 
Exchange Service - DAAD , German Federal Ministry for Economic 
Cooperation and Development - BMZ and University of Tehran.

LECTURE- Frank Emmert: Democracy, Market Economy, or Rule of Law? Nov. 9, AUCA

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 3 Nov 2006


LECTURE- Frank Emmert: Democracy, Market Economy, or Rule of Law? Nov. 9, AUCA


LECTURE: Democracy, Market Economy, or Rule of Law - What Would You 
Choose If You Could Have Only One?, Professor Frank Emmert, American 
University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, 9 Nov. 2006

The Social Research Center (www.src.auca.kg) and Law Department of 
AUCA present:

Lecture: "Democracy, Market Economy, or Rule of Law - What Would You Choose
If You Could Have Only One?"
Presenter: Professor Frank Emmert (PhD in Law), Director of the Center 
for International and Comparative Law, University of Indiana School of 
Law,Indianapolis (USA)

Date and time: 17:00-18:30, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA
Language: English.

Bio: Professor of International, Comparative and European Union Law 
Frank Emmert is the Tenured Professor of Law and Director of the 
Center for International and Comparative Law, University of Indiana 
School of Law - Indianapolis (USA). He is also John S. Grimes 
Professor of Law at Indiana University/Purdue University at 
Indianapolis (USA). He is the Founder and Managing Editor of European 
Journal of Law Reform. He has been Visiting Professor at many 
universities, including Stanford Law School (USA), Amsterdam Law 
School at University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Charles 
University in Prague (Czech Republic), Europainstitut der Universitat 
Basel,(Switzerland), the Institut d'Etudes Politiques at Robert Shuman 
University in Strasbourg (France). Professor Emmert is an author and 
co-author of several books largely devoted to European Union Law and 
Human Rights, and numerous articles published in international journals.

He holds PhD from University of Maastricht (the Netherlands), Diploma 
in European Community Law and the Law of Human Rights in Europe from 
Academy of European Law in Florence (Italy), and Master of Laws 
(LL.M.) from University of Michigan Law School (USA).

How to register:

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

This lecture is arranged by Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg)
through funding provided by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

LECTURE- Nora Armani, Soviet Armenian Cinema & National Identity, Nov. 9

Posted by: Nora Armani <N.Armani(a)lse.ac.uk>
Posted: 3 Nov 2006


LECTURE- Nora Armani, Soviet Armenian Cinema & National Identity, Nov. 9

 
Soviet Armenian Cinema and National Identity, a talk by Nora Armani
 
at Columbia University
Thursday November 9th at 7.30 pm.
Room 517 Hamilton
116th Street and Broadway,
NY, NY 10027
 
for more information contact: 
Shaunte Baboumian
sb2508(a)columbia.edu 
The Armenian Students Club of Columbia University
 
Nora Armani
actor/ playwirght/ author/ film specialist
Ph.D. candidate at LSE
Sociology Department
Soviet Armenian Cinema and National Identity
www.noraarmani.com

LECTURE- Art Under the Mongols, Yuan Dynasty by James C.Y. Watt, Nov.16

Posted by: Lyle Krahl <mongcult(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 3 Nov 2006


LECTURE- Art Under the Mongols, Yuan Dynasty by James C.Y. Watt, Nov.16

 
'Art Under the Mongols, Yuan Dynasty'
 
Speaker - James C. Y. Watt,The Brooke Russell Astor Chairman, 
Department of Asian Art ,The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 
The Indo-Mongolian Society and the India China Institute at Parsons 
The New School For Design would like to invite you to a lecture by Mr. 
James C.Y. Watt, the Brooke Russell Astor Chairman, Department of 
Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Watts's lecture is 
titled, "Art Under the Mongols, Yuan Dynasty".  Mr. Watt will 
illuminate the new artistic developments brought about by the Mongol 
rulers patronage of the arts in the Yuan Dynasty period in China. This 
lecture will help the audience learn about the flowering of the arts 
caused by the Mongol Empire's cultural exchanges between Central Asia, 
Persia and India along the historic Silk Road. 
 
Date/Time: 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 16th, 2006 
 
Place:  The New School's Wollman Hall  66 West 12th Street, 9th Floor.
 
Admission is free. 
 
The Indo-Mongolian Society
Website: www.MongolianCulture.com
Contact: mongcult(a)yahoo.com
 
This lecture is co-sponsored by the India China Institute at the New 
School. The India China Institute (ICI)is  based at The New School, a 
university in the heart of New York City, fosters study, research and 
connections among India, China and the United States. Website:  
http://www.indiachina.newschool.edu/default.aspx
 
For additional information, email IndiaChina(a)newschool.edu or call 
212.229.6812

CONF.- Youth of Kazakhstan, Berlin, Nov. 6, 2006

Posted by: Deutsch-Kasachische Gesellschaft <info(a)dekasges.de>
Posted: 30 Oct 2006


CONF.- Int'l Conference: Youth Of Kazakhstan: Transformation of the 
Kazakh Society and New Chances for the Young Generation, German-Kazakh 
Society, Berlin

Youth Of Kazakhstan: Transformation of the Kazakh Society and New 
Chances for the Young Generation

The German-Kazakh Society invites all interested persons to 
participate in its conference, to be held November 6, 2006, in Berlin, 
11.00-17.30, Vertretung des Freistaats Sachsen beim Bund, Brüderstr. 
11-12, 10178 Berlin, Germany.

Aim & Topics:

This international conference aims to bring politicians, young 
leaders, practitioners and academics together to discuss the various 
issues concerning the position and the role of young people in 
contemporary Kazakhstan as well as to show the opportunities of the 
German-Kazakh youth exchange and cooperation in this sphere.

The following main topics are determined to serve as a guideline to 
participants:
 - Youth Policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
 - Optimists, pragmatics, skeptics? Youth and Policy, Youth in the 
   policy in Kazakhstan 
 - About what the youths are dreaming? The youth in German and Kazakh 
   mass media 
 - Education - Profession - Carrier: Chances of young people under the 
   conditions of market economy 
 - Tolerant, communicative, open: Experiences of German-Kazakh youth exchange 

During the conference the 'Third German-Kazakh School of Young 
Democracy' will be opened.

The conference will be finished with a concert of musicians from 
Kazakhsztan and dinner reception.

The admission is free, but limited, please register as soon as possible.

For further information please feel free to contact 

Ms. Galina Nurtasinowa
Managing Director of the German-Kazakh Society

Deutsch-Kasachische Gesellschaft e. V.
Colditzstr. 34-36, D-12099 Berlin 
Tel: +4930 / 70 02 34 78
Mobile: +49 - 177 572 33 00
Fax: +4930 / 70 02 48 80
E-mail: info(a)dekasges.de
www.dekasges.de 

CONF./CFP- ASN 2007 Call for Papers Reminder

Posted by: Dominique Arel <darel(a)uottawa.ca>
Posted: 26 Oct 2006


CONF./CFP- ASN 2007 Call for Papers Reminder

ASN 2007 Convention Call For Papers, "Nation, Community, And The State"

12th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of 
Nationalities (ASN)

International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
12-14 April 2007

***Proposal deadline: 2 November 2006***

Contact information:
proposal submission: darel(a)uottawa.ca
[backup address: darelasn(a)gmail.com]
exhibitors, advertisers: gnb12(a)columbia.edu

100 panels on the Balkans, the Baltics, Central Europe, Russia, 
Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey, Greece, 
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kurdistan, China, and Mongolia

**Including a Special Section on Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism**

Thematic panels on
Islam and Politics, Genocide and Ethnic Violence, Anthropology of 
Identity, Citizenship and Nationality, Conflict Resolution, Autonomy, 
Gender, EU Integration, and many more

Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers

AND the screening and discussion
of new ** Films/Documentaries**

The ASN Convention, the most attended international and 
inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals 
on a wide range of topics related to national identity, nationalism, 
ethnic conflict, state-building and the study of empires in 
Central/Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Eurasia, and adjacent 
areas. Disciplines represented include political science, history, 
anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, socio-linguistics, 
psychology, and related fields.

For a fifth consecutive year, the 2007 Convention will feature a 
section devoted to theoretical approaches to nationalism, from any of 
the disciplines listed above. The papers in this section need not be 
grounded in an area of the former Communist bloc usually covered by 
ASN, provided that the issues examined are relevant to a truly 
comparative understanding of nationalism-related issues. In this vein, 
we are welcoming theory-focused and comparative proposals, rather than 
specific case studies from outside Central/Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Since 2005, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate 
studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers 
in five sections: Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus, Central Asia/Eurasia, 
Central Europe, Balkans, and Nationalism Studies. The winners at the 
2005 Convention were Kelly O'Neill (Harvard U, History, 
Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus), Yuriy Malikov (History, U of California, 
Santa Barbara, Central Asia/Eurasia), Andrew Demshuk (U of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign, History, Central Europe), and Tamara Pavasovic 
(Harvard U, Sociology, Balkans). Doctoral student applicants whose 
proposals will be accepted for the 2007 Convention, who have not 
defended their dissertation by 1 November 2006, and whose paper is 
delivered by the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards.

The 2007 Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries or 
feature films made within the past year and available in VHS or DVD 
format. Most videos selected for the convention will be screened 
during regular panel slots and will be followed by a discussion 
moderated by an academic expert.

The 2007 Convention invites proposals for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS or PANELS. 
A panel includes a chair, three presentations based on written papers, 
and a discussant. Proposals using an INNOVATIVE format are also 
particularly encouraged. Examples of new formats include a roundtable 
on a new book, in which the author is being engaged by three 
discussants; a debate between two panelists over a critical research 
or policy question, following rules of public debating; or special 
presentations based on original papers where the number of discussants 
is equal or greater than the number of presenters. Other innovative 
formats are also welcome.

The 2007 Convention is also welcoming offers to serve as DISCUSSANT on 
a panel to be created by the program committee from individual paper 
proposals. The application to be considered as discussant can be 
self-standing, or accompanied by an individual paper proposal.

There is no application form to fill out in order to send proposals to 
the convention. All proposals must be sent by email to Dominique Arel 
at darel(a)uottawa.ca (backup address: darelasn(a)gmail.com).

Individual paper proposals must include the name, email and 
affiliation of the author, a postal address for paper mail, the title 
of the paper, a 500-word abstract and a 100-word biographical 
statement that includes full bibliographic references of your last or 
forthcoming publication, if applicable (graduate students must 
indicate the title of their dissertation and year of projected 
defense. They can also submit the full bibliographic references of a 
recent or forthcoming publication).

Panel proposals must include the title of the panel, a chair, three 
paper-givers with the title of their papers, and a discussant; the 
name, affiliation, email, postal address and 100-word biographical 
statements of each participant and include full bibliographic 
references of their last or forthcoming publication, if applicable 
(graduate students can indicate the title of their dissertation and 
year of projected defense).

Proposals for films or videos must include the name, email and 
affiliation of the author, a postal address for paper mail, the title, 
a 500-word abstract of the film/video and a 100-word biographical statement.

Proposals using an innovative format must include the title of the 
panel, the names, emails, affiliations, postal addresses, 100-word 
biographical statements of each participant (same specifications as 
above) and a discussion on the proposed format.

Individual proposals to serve as discussant must include the name, 
email, affiliation, postal address, and areas of expertise of the 
applicant, and a 100-word biographical statement (same specifications 
as above).

All proposals must be included in the body of a single email. 
Attachments will be accepted only if they repeat the content of an 
email message/proposal, and if all the information is contained in a 
single attachment.

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

An international Program Committee will be entrusted with the 
selection of proposals. Applicants will be notified in December 2006 
or early January 2007. Information regarding registration costs and 
other logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.

The full list of panels from last year's convention, for the 
geographical and thematic sections, and the section on Theories of 
Nationalism, can be accessed at 
http://www.nationalities.org/ASN_2006_final_Program.pdf. The 
film/video lineup can be accessed at 
http://www.nationalities.org/ASN_2006_final_film_lineup.pdf. The 
programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also online.

Several dozen publishers and companies have had exhibits and/or 
advertised in the Convention Program in past years. Due to 
considerations of space, advertisers and exhibitors are encouraged to 
place their order early. For information, please contact Convention 
Executive Director Gordon N. Bardos (gnb12(a)columbia.edu).

Participants are invited to join ASN by logging in to 
http://www.nationalities.org/member_Info.asp. A yearly membership to 
ASN is $65 ($35 for students). Members receive the journal 
Nationalities Papers quarterly, a subscription discount to ASN's new 
journal, Ethnopolitics, a registration discount at the ASN Annual 
World Convention, and other perks.

We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

The Convention organizing committee:
Dominique Arel, ASN President
Gordon N. Bardos, Executive Director
David Crowe, ASN Chair of Advisory Board
Sherrill Stroschein, Program Chair

Deadline for proposals: 2 November 2006 (darel(a)uottawa.ca, backup 
address: darelasn(a)gmail.com)

The ASN convention's headquarters are located at the:

Harriman Institute
Columbia University
1216 IAB
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
212 854 8487 tel
212 666 3481 fax
gnb12(a)columbia.edu

LECTURE- Henry Hale, Nov. 6, & Adeeb Khalid, Nov. 15, George Mason University

Posted by: Eric Max Mcglinchey <emcglinc(a)gmu.edu>
Posted: 24 Oct 2006


LECTURE- Henry Hale, Nov. 6, & Adeeb Khalid, Nov. 15, George Mason University

George Mason's Focus on Central Asia Program is pleased to announce 
public lectures by Henry Hale (November 6) and Adeeb Khalid (November 15).

1. November 6, 2006, 4:30-6:00 PM, George Mason University, Fairfax 
Campus, Mason Hall, Mason D1

Henry Hale, "Revolution and Repression in Central Asia: Implications 
of Eurasia's Recent Experience" 

While Eurasia's colored revolutions of 2003-05 are frequently 
interpreted as democratic breakthroughs, they are better interpreted 
as "ordinary" dynamics that are typical of post-Soviet systems and 
that do not usually produce much lasting change. This logic implies 
that the potential for new revolutions in Central Asia has not passed, 
though such events are likely only under certain conditions. The logic 
also suggests that future Central Asian revolutions are likely to be 
more violent than the original colored revolutions. Implications for 
Tajikistan's presidential election will be discussed.

Henry Hale is Assistant Professor of Political Science and 
International Affairs at George Washington University.

2. November 15, 2006, 4:30-6:00 PM, George Mason University, Fairfax 
Campus, Johnson Center 3rd Floor Meeting Rm A

Adeeb Khalid, "Understanding Soviet Islam: Religion, Nationality and 
Citizenship in Soviet Central Asia"

The 'Islamic threat' has occupied a prominent place in analyses of 
Central Asian politics ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union. 
But what is post-Soviet Islam and what place does it occupy in 
society? Seventy years of Soviet rule left a deep imprint of local 
conceptions of Islam. Adeeb Khalid argues that post-Soviet Islam 
cannot be understood without taking into account the transformations 
of the Soviet period. This lecture will discuss the place of Islam in 
Central Asian society during the Soviet period, exploring the various 
connections between religion, national identity, and Soviet patriotism.

Adeeb Khalid is Professor of History at Carleton College, and the 
author of Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia 
(Forthcoming, University of California Press).

A full listing of George Mason's fall 2006 Central Asia events can be 
found at: http://mason.gmu.edu/~cenasia/events.htm 

CONF./CFP- 8th Australasian Assoc. for Communist & Post-Communist Studies Conf.

Posted by: Serguei Alex. Oushakine <oushakin(a)Princeton.EDU>
Posted: 19 Oct 2006


CONF./CFP- 8th Australasian Assoc. for Communist & Post-Communist Studies Conf.

Email: Millicent.Vladivglover(a)arts.monash.edu.au

Australasian Association For Communist And Post-Communist Studies

8th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for Communist and
Post-Communist Studies will be held at the University of Melbourne   
29-30 January 2007.  

Call for papers for Literature and Culture Section

Proposal for papers on any aspect of post-communist culture - literature,
film, art, popular culture, sport - may be submitted to: 
Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover
Convenor of Slavic Studies
School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics
MONASH UNIVERSITY 
PO Box 11A Victoria 3800 Australia
Email: 
Millicent.Vladivglover(a)arts.monash.edu.au

A title and abstract of up to 200 words should be received by 15 November.

The Association's primary interests are in history, the social sciences and
economics, as applied to any country of the communist and post-communist
world.  Those with other approaches to studying such countries are invited
to participate in the literature and culture section.

For all general inquiries, please write to 
Professor Leslie Holmes, 
Department of Political Science, 
University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, 
Australia, e-mail: lth(a)politics.unimelb.edu.au.  

There will be a small registration fee charged for the conference.

CONF./CFP- ESCAS 2007 10th Conference on Central Asia

Posted by: ESCAS 2007 <escas(a)metu.edu.tr>
Posted: 18 Oct 2006


CONF./CFP- ESCAS 2007 10th Conference on Central Asia

European Society for Central Asian Studies Tenth Conference on

Central Asia: Sharing Experiences and Prospects

13-15 September 2007
The Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey

The European Society for Central Asian Studies invites panel and paper
proposals for its Tenth Conference, to be held in Ankara, Turkey. The
event will be organized by the Center for Black Sea and Central Asia,
the Middle East Technical University.

The ESCAS 10th Conference provides Central Asian and European
researchers with a golden opportunity to study and to exchange views
on Central Asia; its past, present and future. Ever since it was
founded in 1985, ESCAS has always striven to promote Central Asian
studies among Western scholars as well as colleagues from the region.
The creation of the newly independent Central Asian Republics after
1991 accompanied by the opening of this region to the world, marked
the new era for Central Asian studies. Current developments in Central
Asia are reflected in all academic disciplines, dealing with
geopolitics, energy and economics, urbanism, society and communities
and religious beliefs, ethnography, history, archaeology and
linguistics.

Conflicts can be triggered off between neighbours and great powers
over the issues of water or oil, since Central Asia, rich in natural
resources, is closely connected with the neighbouring great powers in
competition for hydrocarbon, water and other resources. Nowadays
Central Asia attracts lots of attention from the states of other
regions and continents and serves as a new field for numerous NGOs,
Muslim, Christian and other missionaries.

The geographic domain of Central Asia, according to the ESCAS
definition, covers contemporary Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Northern Iran, Northern
Afghanistan, North-Western China, Trans-Caspian and South Siberia.

What are the different concepts used by scholars today, when dealing
with such a wide range of topics? Central Asia, being a special area
due to its unique history, societies and religions, cannot be studied
solely through the prism of such concepts as "developed and
developing countries" or "modern and traditional societies".

For the first time the conference will be held in Turkey at the Middle
East Technical University, who has been a pioneer in the Eurasian
Studies by establishing a research centre on the region for the first
time in Turkey.

Panels and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and
social sciences on Central Asia are welcome, including:

1. Geopolitics of Central Asia: Interdisciplinary Approach
2. Central Asian History at Crossroads
3. Forms of Cultural Expression, Language, Linguistic, Arts, Music
4. Confronting Experiences: Spaces and Society
5. Cross-Regional Issues
6. Peoples and Their Identities
7. Aspect of Sustainability: Market, Natural Resources and Energy
8. Re-thinking Central Asian Research: New Concepts, New Approaches

1. Modalities:

Venue: Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of the Middle
East Technical University

Language: English. No translation facilities will be provided.

2. Submission of Proposals

Program limitations: Each participant may present only one paper at
the conference. Each paper presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.
The presenters are encouraged to prepare and bring with them handouts
or any other materials for distribution, as the organizers will not be
able to provide photocopying or computer services.

To ensure a broad and active participation, any individual should
appear at maximum at two panels as a chair or a discussant.

Commitment to participate: When receiving a proposal, the organizers
assume a serious intention to participate from the applicant. Once the
proposal has been accepted, the participation must be confirmed. If
needed, the organizing committee will provide invitation/acceptance
letters for visa purposes.

Submission format:

 * An abstract and a brief CV for individual papers, including
   contact details, in particular e-mail address/fax number.

Guideline on Abstract Format

An abstract is a very brief summary of your paper (200 to 500 words).
Your abstract should include the following information:
 * The topic of your paper.
 * Your research method and/or sources.
 * Your specific argument and/or central findings so that anyone who
   reads the abstract will know what the results of your research are.
 * The relevance of your argument or findings to a larger body of
   scholarly literature.

Please note that abstracts longer than 500 words may be rejected by
the selection committee with no further consideration.

 * A panel programme includes abstracts and brief CVs of
   contributors.

Only English language electronic submissions in the MS Word format
will be accepted.

Further information on how to prepare an abstract could be obtained
from the following web-sites:

http://www.escas.pz.nl or http://cess.fas.harvard.edu/

Ensuring quality proposals: Since the selection process may be
competitive, the presenters and panel organizers are expected to
ensure the proper quality of papers, including submission formats for
abstracts and final papers according to academic standards and
publishable quality. The organizers plan to produce a book of
abstracts and subsequently a publication of conference proceedings

Equipment: Together with the proposals, the author is asked to
indicate the need for audio-visual equipment and the technical
specifications/requirements. This is an important notification as the
organizers may not be able to accommodate all requests. Should the
equipment request be changed or abandoned, please inform immediately
the organizers.

Panels:

Pre-organized panels should be thematically coherent and should
include:
 * a title
 * a programme/abstracts
 * details of panel chair and discussant(s) as well as participants.

Pre-organized panels should include not more than five presentations,
should identify a chair and discussants. Panel organizers are also
very much encouraged to ensure funding for participants from the
region.

Roundtables:

Organized as open discussions, the proposals can refer to
presentations made by/on organizations, research initiatives, network
groups, curricula etc.

Publication of conference papers:

The organizers plan to publish conference proceedings/papers, pending
availability of funds. The presenters are requested to indicate
preliminarily if they wish their papers to be included into the
conference proceedings.

NOTE: Proposals must be submitted online to this e-mail address:
escas(a)metu.edu.tr

For further information, see to the following web-sites:
www.escas.pz.nl
www.kora.metu.edu.tr


3. Schedule of Key Dates:

Deadline for Panel Proposal:  31 December 2006

Individual Papers-Deadline for Abstract:  15 February 2007

Notification of Acceptance:  15 March 2007

Pre-registration:  1 May 2007

Submission of Papers to the Panel Chair and Discussants:  15 August 2007

4. Registration

Pre-registration is necessary for accommodation needs at the
conference facilities for participants on campus. Conference fee is
Euro 50 for regular participants, Euro 25 for students. It is payable
to this bank account:  KORA, Account Number: 4229 3392807.

Alternatively conference fee is payable upon your arrival.

5. Travel and Accommodation

Travel

Ankara can be reached by air directly from various cities across the
world. With the development of low-cost airlines it is worthwhile to
explore those airline, which provide such services. The Ankara
Esenboga airport is about 15 km outside the city center. You can take
the shuttle service (HAVAS buses, costing approximately US$ 7) to
various locations in Ankara, the closest to METU being the "ASTI
Bus Station." You can also get a cab ("taksi," costing
approximately US$ 50 from the airport to the METU campus). You can
also reach Ankara by bus from Istanbul in about 6 or 7 hours (costs
ranging usually between US$ 20 to US$ 50). If you would like take a
bus, you can search through these web-sites:

http://www.niluferturizm.com.tr
http://www.kamilkoc.com.tr/
http://www.varan.com.tr
https://secure.ulusoy.com.tr/main.asp
http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/tcdding/index.htm

For air travellers, here is the web site of Turkish Airlines:

http://www.thy.com/tr-TR/

Accommodation

These are the alternative accommodation facilities on METU Campus:

1. METU Guest House

Very limited availability. Prices as of September 2006, without
including breakfast, are as follows:

Single Room - Euro 12
Double Room - Euro 14

2. METU Student Guest House

Prices as of September 2006, without including breakfast, are as
follows:

Single Room - Euro 17
Double Room - Euro 14
Rooms for 4 people - Euro 9

For more information: http://www.metu.edu.tr/clife/accomodate.php

Hotels

Ankara has several hotels in different price categories and standards
(ranging from Euro 53 to Euro 200 including breakfast for single
room). Reservations in those hotels can be made individually by
visiting the following web-page address:

http://www.bilkentotel.com.tr/
http://www.midihotel.com/
http://www.hotelmidas.com/index1.php
http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/stay/index.html
www.gtahotels.com.

These reservations, however, should be made on an individual basis and
the organizers will not be responsible for any inconveniences or
financial issues.

NOTE: The organizers do not have sufficient funds to cover all costs
of the conference. Participants are strongly advised to seek their own
funding. As a special incentive for participants from the region,
however, the organizers will try to seek funds to cover the
accommodation costs and registration fee, depending on availability of
their financial sources.

Special facilities for handicapped are unfortunately not available in
any of the conference venues.

Should you have more questions, please, do not hesitate to contact us
at:

The Center for Black Sea and Central Asia
Iktisadi Idari Bilimler Fakultesi B Binasi
Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi
Kat: 2, Oda no: I204
Assoc. Prof. Pinar Akcali (Chair of Organizing Committee):
akcali(a)metu.edu.tr

Research Assistant Aslihan Anlar doganlar(a)metu.edu.tr

ESCAS 2007 Organizing Committee: escas(a)metu.edu.tr

www.kora.metu.edu.tr
www.escas.pz.nl


Organizing Committee Members:

Assoc. Prof. Pinar Akcali
Assist. Prof. Oktay F. Tanrisever
Assist. Prof. Ayca Ergun Ozbolat
Dr. Erdogan Yildirim

LECTURE- Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus, Seminar Schedule

Posted by: Jane Savory <js64(a)soas.ac.uk>
Posted: 18 Oct 2006


LECTURE- Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus, Seminar Schedule

Please find below details of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia
and the Caucasus, SOAS seminars this term.

Title: From the Chaotic Mode of Domination to a New Authoritarianism:
   A Comparison between Russia and Kazakhstan
Speaker: Jacob Rigi (Cornell University, New York)
Date: Thursday, 2 November 2006
Time: 17.30-19.00
Room: G52, Main Building, SOAS
For further information please contact Bhavna Dave (bd4(a)soas.ac.uk) or
Jane Savory (js64(a)soas.ac.uk)

Title: States of Improvisation: Ethnographic Reflections on
   Sovereignty in a Central Asian Border Zone
Speaker: Madeleine Reeves (University of Cambridge)
Date: Thursday, 16 November 2006
Time: 17.30-19.00
Room: G52, Main Building, SOAS
Further Information: Justin Watkins (jw2(a)soas.ac.uk) or Jane Savory
(js64(a)soas.ac.uk)

Title: Aid effectiveness for governance and sustainability in Afghanistan
Speaker: Hamish Nixon (Researcher, Subnational Governance Afghanistan
Research and Evaluation Unit)
Date: Thursday, 23 November 2006
Time: 17.30-19.00
Room: G52, Main Building, SOAS
For further information please contact Bhavna Dave (bd4(a)soas.ac.uk) or
Jane Savory (js64(a)soas.ac.uk)

Title: Bukharan Jewish Identities and Transmigration: Locating the
   Promised Land
Speaker: Nick Megoran (Newcastle University)
Date: Thursday, 7 December 2006
Time: 17.00-19.00
Room: G52, Main Building, SOAS
For further information please contact Bhavna Dave (bd4(a)soas.ac.uk) or
Jane Savory (js64(a)soas.ac.uk)

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

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/

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in
this email is as accurate as possible at the time it is sent. We
cannot guarantee, however, that subsequent changes have not been made.
Readers are advised to check information relating to scheduled events
on the SOAS website or by using the contact information provided.

Jane Savory
Office Manager, Centres & Programmes Office
School of Oriental & 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.- Governance, Market Reforms & Security in C. Asia & Caucasus, SOAS Nov 10

Posted by: Jane Savory <js64(a)soas.ac.uk>
Posted: 18 Oct 2006


CONF.- Governance, Market Reforms & Security in C. Asia & Caucasus, SOAS Nov 10

You are invited to attend the following conference:

Governance, Market Reforms, and Security in Central Asia and the 
Caucasus: Perspectives, Predicaments and Impasses
Date: 10th November 2006
Time: 9.30am - 8pm

Venue: G3, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

A programme of the conference is detailed below and attached.

If you would like to attend please contact Sara Hamza on 0207-898-4893 
or email: sh87(a)soas.ac.uk

(Website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/centres/centreinfo.cfm?navid=1070)

09.30 - 10.00  Registration, Tea & Coffee

Session One
10.00 - 12.30  Changing Geopolitics and the Scramble for Security

Chair: Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS)
Discussant: Margot Light (LSE)

Roy Allison (LSE)
The Changing International Context and Security Challenges in Central 
Asia and the Caucasus

Alexander Cooley (Barnard College, NY)
Evolving Politics of US Bases in Central Asia

Ed Schatz (University of Toronto)
Understanding Anti-Americanism in Central Asia

12.30 - 14.00  Lunch (Brunei Gallery Suite)

Session Two
14.00 - 15.30  Governance Battlegrounds: States, Elites and Civil Society

Chair: Edmund Herzig (University of Manchester)

Discussant: Sally Cummings (University of St. Andrews)

Alisher Ilkhamov (SOAS)
State Elites, Interest Groups and Patronage Networks: The Governance 
Deadlock in Uzbekistan

Bhavna Dave (SOAS)
Trajectories of Civic Participation and Political Mobilization in 
Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Babken Babajanian (LSE)
Promoting Community Participation in the Caucasus and Central Asia: 
Donor Projects and Local Realities

15.30 - 16.00  Tea & Coffee

Session Three
16.00 - 17.30  Popular Unrest and State Repression

Chair: Bhavna Dave (SOAS)
Discussant: Ruth Mandel (University College London)

Laurence Broers (Amnesty International/Conciliation Resources)
Revolution and Resilience: Comparing Trajectories of Transition in 
Georgia and Azerbaijan

Andrea Berg (Human Rights Watch)
In the Name of Combating Terrorism: Human Rights and Security in Uzbekistan

Sergei Abashin (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian 
Academy of Science)
The Uprisings Destined to Fail: Andijan/Nalchik 2005

18.00 - 20.00  Routledge Reception for Central Asian Survey Brunei 
Gallery Suite

Sara Hamza
Centres & Programmes Office
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London, WCIH 0XG.
Tel: ++ 44 (0) 20 7898 4893
Fax: ++ 44 (0) 20 7898 4489
Email: sh87(a)soas.ac.uk
Web: www.soas.ac.uk/centres

CONF.- Iranian-Speaking Nomads of Eurasian Steppe, May 7-11, 2007, Barcelona

Posted by: Judith Lerner <judith.lerner(a)earthlink.net>
Posted: 16 Oct 2006


CONF.- Iranian-Speaking Nomads of Eurasian Steppe, May 7-11, 2007, Barcelona

With apologies for cross-posting, Agusti Alemany of the Department of 
Sciences of Antiquity and Middle Ages, Autonomous University of 
Barcelona, has asked me to inform List members of the following: 

Scythians, Sarmatians, Alans: Iranian-Speaking Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes

Autonomous University of Barcelona, 7-11 May 2007

We are pleased to announce the upcoming International Conference 
"Scythians, Sarmatians, Alans - Iranian-Speaking Nomads of the 
Eurasian Steppes", which will be held at the Autonomous University of 
Barcelona from Monday 7th to Friday 11th May 2007, in close 
collaboration with the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology RAN 
(Moscow). The main objectives of this conference are [1] to act as a 
forum for discussion and to promote scholarly exchange between Eastern 
and Western academics dealing with this subject, and [2] to bring 
together leading authorities in the field, in order to provide a 
state-of-the-art overview of the archaeology, art, history, language 
and culture of the Iranian nomads of the Eurasian steppes, to be 
published as proceedings in both English and Russian. However, so as 
to facilitate scientific exchange, participants are strongly 
encouraged to submit their papers in English (or, eventually, French). 
Applicants should initially register their interest in attending the 
conference by filling in the application (click on "Paper Submission 
Download") and returning a copy of this document to the E-Mail address 
cg.iranian.steppe.nomads(a)uab.es by 1 December 2006. For more 
information, please refer to the website: 
http://seneca.uab.es/antiguitat/SCYTHIANS/CONGRESS.htm 

CONF.- Governance, Market Reforms, & Security, Nov. 10, 2006, London

Posted by: Jane Savory <js64(a)soas.ac.uk>
Posted: 11 Oct 2006


CONF.- Governance, Market Reforms, & Security, Nov. 10, 2006, London

Conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

You are invited to attend the following conference:

Governance, Market Reforms, and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus: 
Perspectives, Predicaments and Impasses
Date: 10th November 2006
Time: 9.30am - 8pm

Venue: G3, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

A programme of the conference is detailed below and attached.

If you would like to attend please contact Sara Hamza on 0207-898-4893 or 
email: sh87(a)soas.ac.uk

(Website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/centres/centreinfo.cfm?navid=1070)

09.30 - 10.00  Registration, Tea & Coffee

Session One
10.00 - 12.30  Changing Geopolitics and the Scramble for Security

Chair: Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS)
Discussant: Margot Light (LSE)

Roy Allison (LSE)
The Changing International Context and Security Challenges in Central Asia 
and the Caucasus

Alexander Cooley (Barnard College, NY)
Evolving Politics of US Bases in Central Asia

Ed Schatz (University of Toronto)
Understanding Anti-Americanism in Central Asia

12.30 - 14.00  Lunch (Brunei Gallery Suite)

Session Two
14.00 - 15.30  Governance Battlegrounds: States, Elites and Civil Society

Chair: Edmund Herzig (University of Manchester)

Discussant: Sally Cummings (University of St. Andrews)

Alisher Ilkhamov (SOAS)
State Elites, Interest Groups and Patronage Networks: The Governance Deadlock 
in Uzbekistan

Bhavna Dave (SOAS)
Trajectories of Civic Participation and Political Mobilization in Kazakhstan 
and Kyrgyzstan

Babken Babajanian (LSE)
Promoting Community Participation in the Caucasus and Central Asia: Donor 
Projects and Local Realities

15.30 - 16.00  Tea & Coffee

Session Three
16.00 - 17.30  Popular Unrest and State Repression

Chair: Bhavna Dave (SOAS)
Discussant: Ruth Mandel (University College London)

Laurence Broers (Amnesty International/Conciliation Resources)
Revolution and Resilience: Comparing Trajectories of Transition in Georgia 
and Azerbaijan

Andrea Berg (Human Rights Watch)
In the Name of Combating Terrorism: Human Rights and Security in Uzbekistan

Sergei Abashin (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian 
Academy of Science)
The Uprisings Destined to Fail: Andijan/Nalchik 2005

18.00 - 20.00  Routledge Reception for Central Asian Survey Brunei Gallery Suite

Sara Hamza
Centres & Programmes Office
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London, WCIH 0XG.
Tel: ++ 44 (0) 20 7898 4893
Fax: ++ 44 (0) 20 7898 4489
Email: sh87(a)soas.ac.uk
Web: www.soas.ac.uk/centres

LECTURE- Carolyn Rapkievian, AUCA, Bishkek, Oct. 11, 2006

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 11 Oct 2006


LECTURE- Carolyn Rapkievian, AUCA, Bishkek, Oct. 11, 2006

The Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg) presents:

Lecture: "A Song Made Visible"

Speaker: Carolyn Okoomian Rapkievian, Assistant Director for Education
and Museum Programs, Smithsonian Institution of National Museum of the
American Indians, Washington, DC.

Date and time: 17:00-18:00, Wed., Oct. 11, 2006
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA

Ms. Rapkievian will discuss the philosophy and mission of the National
Museum of the American Indian and will present cultural and artistic
achievements of native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to explore
similarities with Kyrgyz art and culture.

Bio: Ms. Rapkievian is currently working as Assistant Director for
Education And Museum Programs at Smithsonian Institution of National
Museum of the American Indians, Washington, DC. She previously worked
as a Head of Life and Social Science Department of Cumberland Science
Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. One of her previous research
areas was Armenian and American kinship terminology.

How to register:

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

This lecture is arranged by Social Research Center at AUCA
(www.src.auca.kg) through funding provided by the US Embassy in the
Kyrgyz Republic.

CONF./CFP- "Slavic Peoples in the Caucasus," Dec. 1, 2006, Rostov University

Posted by: Barbashin Maxim <barbm(a)yandex.ru>
Posted: 6 Oct 2006


CONF./CFP- "Slavic Peoples in the Caucasus," Dec. 1, 2006, Rostov University

Center for System and Regional Studies and Prognosis
Rostov State University
Call for Papers

4th Annual Regional Conference "Slavic Peoples in the Caucasus"

December 1, 2006

Individual papers are welcome and will be assigned by the conference
committee to a suitable panel.

The following information is required for submissions: name, title,
position, institutional affiliation, title and abstract of the paper
(no more than 1000 words).

All abstract will be published in Russian.

Deadline for proposals: 20 November 2006

Center for System and Regional Studies and Prognosis regrets that it
cannot provide any funding to participants

Center for System and Regional Studies and Prognosis
Rostov State University
344006 ul. Pushkinskaya 160, apt. 208.
Rostov-on-Don
Russia

E-mail: center(a)ippk.rsu.ru
Web: www.ippk.rsu.ru

CONF./CFP- 2nd International Congress, May 2-5, 2007

Posted by: Ibrahim Keles <qelesh(a)iaau.edu.kg>
Posted: 5 Oct 2006


CONF./CFP- 2nd International Congress, May 2-5, 2007

Qafqaz University
Caucasus Research Centre
Ii International Congress On "Caucasus And Central Asia In The Globalisation
Process"

Call for papers

Last year an international congress on the "Caucasus and Central Asia in
the Globalization Process" was organized by Qafqaz University in order to
research the economy, international relations, literature, history and
culture of the Caucasus and Central Asia, and to improve the relationship
among concerned academic institutions and professionals.

This the second such international congress on the "Caucasus and Central
Asia in the Globalization Process" will be organized to take place during
the 02-05 May 2007, and will centre on the economic and international
relations of the region.

Those who wish to participate or present papers to the Congress are required
to send the abstract of their independent academic work related to the
resolution of the current problems of the region to the Secretariat of the
Congress by email on 31st December 2006 at the latest. Later a full text
will be requested from the successful applicants. The abstracts of these
papers will be translated into Azerbaijani, Turkish, English, and Russian
and published by the university as a separate book.

The languages of the Congress are Azerbaijani, Turkish, English and Russian
(simultaneous translation will be provided). Only papers submitted in the
conference languages will be accepted.

Organising Committee:
President
Prof.Dr. Ahmet Sanic (Rector of Qafqaz University)

President of the Congress
Dr. Mehmet Rihtim (President of the Caucasus Research Centre)

Secretary of the Congress
Hashim Qafarov

Organising Board of the Congress
Dr. Cihan Bulut
Dr. Rovshan Ibrahimov
Dr. Hakan Acar
Dr. Osman Nuri Aras

Congress Editorial Board
Contact Address :
Hashim Qafarov
congress(a)qafqaz.edu.az
Qafqaz University
Caucasus Research Centre
AZ0101 Xirdalan-Baku
Azerbaijan
Tel.:0099 4124482862/66
Fax: 0099412 4482861/67

The following topics will be discussed during the Congress:

Subtitles on Economic Issues:
 - Financial Globalisation, Capital Movement, Economic Crisis and
   their Impacts on the Caucasus and Central Asia
 - Globalisation, Regional Integration and the Importance of the
   Caucasus and Central Asia
 - The role of the Caucasian and Central Asian Oil in the World Economy
 - The Transition Period of the Caucasus and Central Asia to the Free
   Market Economy: Successes and Problems
 - The Impact of the Non-economic Factors on the Globalisation and
   Economic Development

Subtitles on International Relations:
 - Integration Processes in the Eurasian Region and the South Caucasus
   (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) and Central Asia
 - The Development Processes in the Caucasus and Central Asia Regions
   during the Post-Soviet period
 - New World Order and Its Impact on the Caucasus and Central Asia
 - The Relations of the Caucasian and Central Asian States with Other States
 - The Place of the Caucasian and Central Asian States in the Globalising
   World
 - The Political and Economic Impact of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
   on the Regional States

For further information, contact:
Rovshan Ibrahimov
Head of Department of International Relations
Qafqaz University

Murad Ismayilov
Phone: (994 12) 4 484 825
Mobile: (994 50) 327 3393
Fax: (994 12) 4 957 897

Address: Azerbaijan
AZ5000 Sumgayit,
Narimanov Str., 6A/8, 42

CONF./CFP- 2007 Annual Soyuz Symposium, Princeton, April 27-29, 2007

Posted by: Serguei Alex. Oushakine <oushakin(a)Princeton.EDU>
Posted: 5 Oct 2006


CONF./CFP- 2007 Annual Soyuz Symposium, Princeton, April 27-29, 2007

2007 Annual Soyuz Symposium

Call for Papers

Locating "Eurasia" In Postsocialist Studies: The Geopolitics Of Naming

April 27-29, 2007

Princeton University

The geographical and symbolic fragmentation of the "Soviet bloc" was
one of the main outcomes of the collapse of state socialism in the
late 1980s. A seemingly neutral and natural geographical collage of
"Eastern Europe," "the Balkans," "the Baltics," "the Caucasus,"
"Eurasia," and "the Central Asia" has replaced the politically
enforced unity of the "Second World."  Yet, as some scholars of the
region have pointed out, the new mapping of postsocialist space
exhibits one persistent tendency: the "westernization" of eastern
Europe is accompanied by a simultaneous "easternization" of its margins.

For its 2007 meeting, SOYUZ invites submissions for presentations on
the emergence of "Eurasia" as a geocultural space, distinct from and
even opposing to "Europe." How does the reclaimed notion of "Eurasia"
help to construct and symbolically uphold eastern borders of new
Europe?  To what extent this notion was instrumental in shaping new
alliances, practices, and identities outside European borders?  As at
previous SOYUZ meetings, priority is given to rich ethnographic work
while entertaining a broad range of topical and ideological terrains.

Presentations may be from any discipline (anthropology, sociology,
geography, folklore, political science, history, cultural studies,
law, economics, literary scholarship, etc.).  We are looking for
papers that combine solid archival and/or ethnographic material with
theory. We are especially interested in submissions from scholars
examining the role of "Eurasia" in the Far East. We will be able to
make travel subsidies available for several foreign presenters (from
the region).

The symposium has been held annually since 1992, and is at once an
intimate forum where scholars can exchange ideas and engage in
dialogue and also the site of cutting edge presentations from some of
the most exciting thinkers within the growing field of postsocialist research.

(http://www.uvm.edu/%7Esoyuz/conferences.html)

The 2007 SOYUZ Program committee includes:

Judith B. Farquhar,
Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences (University of Chicago)

Kristen Ghodsee,
Assistant Professor of Women's Studies (Bowdoin College); program
coordinator for SOYUZ

Sergey Glebov,
Assistant Professor of History (Smith College); co-editor of Ab Imperio.

Bruce Grant,
Associate Professor of Anthropology (New York University)

Mark von Hagen,
Boris Bakhmeteff Professor of Russian and East European Studies and
Chair, Department of History (Columbia University)

Krista Hegburg,
Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology (Columbia University)

Serguei Alex. Oushakine,
Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures (Princeton
University)

Please send an abstract (no longer than 500 words) and a brief CV to
Serguei Oushakine (oushakin(a)princeton.edu) by January 15, 2007.

Applicants will be notified of the program committee's decision in
February 2007.

WORKSHOP/CFA- Violence in Eurasia, Yale Univ., March 23-25, 2007

Posted by: Holly Danzeisen <danzeisen(a)ssrc.org>
Posted: 4 Oct 2006


WORKSHOP/CFA- Violence in Eurasia, Yale Univ., March 23-25, 2007

Violence in Eurasia: Historical and Contemporary Approaches
Yale University
March 23-25, 2007

Application Submission Deadline: November 30, 2006

The Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
invites proposals for a dissertation development workshop, focusing on
issues of violence in Eurasia.  Graduate students at any stage of
their dissertation process (from proposal to write-up) and from any
disciplinary or interdisciplinary program in the humanities or social
sciences are eligible to apply. Proposals may elaborate upon one or
more of the following issues, or applicants may propose their own
topics. We particularly encourage applicants who propose new
theoretical perspectives and methodologies and whose work speaks to a
wide scholarly audience.

Violence - the use or threat of physical/psychological force - has
played a role in the exercise of power and the shaping of social
relations throughout history.  The forms and meaning of violence have
varied, however, with time, location, cultural tradition, and
political context.  In all eras, in any given situation, some types of
violence are accepted as legitimate, even necessary, while others are
condemned as extreme.  How is violence interpreted in the Eurasian context?

One has only to mention the tsarist-era anti-Jewish pogroms, the
self-inflicted brutalities of the Stalinist regime, the present
government of Uzbekistan, the Russian Mafia, or the conduct of both
parties to the war in Chechnya to evoke stereotypes of a Eurasian
propensity for violence.

What kind of norms or values have governed the use of violence in the
territory once covered by the Russian empire and the Soviet Union, and
now by the Russian Federation and other successor states?  To what
extent have attitudes and practices converged with or departed from
patterns elsewhere?  To what extent do local patterns vary within the
region?  What has been the impact of political, social, and economic
change on interpersonal and social relations?  How has violence been
represented through literary and cultural productions, and what impact
has this had on the further propagation of violent behavior in
society?  What have been the responses from individuals, groups, and
states from within and outside the region to violence and repression?
And does the region deserve its reputation in the West as lawless and
violence-prone?

For detailed information on application procedures and eligibility
requirements, please visit the Eurasia Program online at
www.ssrc.org/programs/eurasia or contact program staff at eurasia(a)ssrc.org.

Eurasia Program
Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 377-2700
Fax: (212) 377-2727

LECTURE- "Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan: Reality and Mythology"

Posted by: Gulnara Aitpaeva <aitgul(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 2 Oct 2006


LECTURE- "Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan: Reality and Mythology"

The University of Toledo, Department of History and the Public History
Institute will co-sponsor a colloquium by Dr. Gulnara Aitpaeva, Founder and
Director of the Non-Governmental Research Center Aigine on the topic
"Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan: Reality and Mythology".

Dr.Aitpaeva will discuss the results of field research on Kyrgyzstan's
sacred sites that has been carried out by the Aigine Research Center,
with the financial support of The Christensen Fund California, USA).

Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 12 noon in Ticker Hall Seminar Room
1122. Luncheon and beverages will be provided.

Aigine was founded as an independent applied research center with the
mission of doing participatory research on lesser known aspects of the diverse
cultural and natural heritage of Kyrgyzstan; contributing to the
development of cultural heritage management in Kyrgyzstan; seeking
ways to reconcile and integrate esoteric and scientific knowledge,
nature and culture, tradition and innovation, history and modernity,
and west and east.

CONF./CFP- ASN 2007 Call for Papers

Posted by: Dominique Arel <darel(a)uottawa.ca>
Posted: 28 Sep 2006


CONF./CFP- ASN 2007 Call for Papers

Asn 2007 Convention Call For Papers, "Nation, Community, and the State"

12th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of
Nationalities (ASN)

International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
12-14 April 2007

***Proposal deadline: 2 November 2006***

Contact information:
proposal submission: darel(a)uottawa.ca
[backup address: darelasn(a)gmail.com]
exhibitors, advertisers: gnb12(a)columbia.edu

100 panels on the Balkans, the Baltics, Central Europe, Russia,
Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey, Greece,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kurdistan, China, and Mongolia

**Including a Special Section on Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism**

Thematic panels on
Islam and Politics, Genocide and Ethnic Violence, Anthropology of
Identity, Citizenship and Nationality, Conflict Resolution, Autonomy,
Gender, EU Integration, and many more

Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers

AND the screening and discussion
of new ** Films/Documentaries**

The ASN Convention, the most attended international and
inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals
on a wide range of topics related to national identity, nationalism,
ethnic conflict, state-building and the study of empires in
Central/Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Eurasia, and adjacent
areas. Disciplines represented include political science, history,
anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, socio-linguistics,
psychology, and related fields.

For a fifth consecutive year, the 2007 Convention will feature a
section devoted to theoretical approaches to nationalism, from any of
the disciplines listed above. The papers in this section need not be
grounded in an area of the former Communist bloc usually covered by
ASN, provided that the issues examined are relevant to a truly
comparative understanding of nationalism-related issues. In this vein,
we are welcoming theory-focused and comparative proposals, rather than
specific case studies from outside Central/Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Since 2005, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate
studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers
in five sections: Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus, Central Asia/Eurasia,
Central Europe, Balkans, and Nationalism Studies. The winners at the
2005 Convention were Kelly O'Neill (Harvard U, History,
Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus), Yuriy Malikov (History, U of California,
Santa Barbara, Central Asia/Eurasia), Andrew Demshuk (U of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, History, Central Europe), and Tamara Pavasovic
(Harvard U, Sociology, Balkans). Doctoral student applicants whose
proposals will be accepted for the 2007 Convention, who have not
defended their dissertation by 1 November 2006, and whose paper is
delivered by the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards.

The 2007 Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries or
feature films made within the past year and available in VHS or DVD
format. Most videos selected for the convention will be screened
during regular panel slots and will be followed by a discussion
moderated by an academic expert.

The 2007 Convention invites proposals for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS or PANELS.
A panel includes a chair, three presentations based on written papers,
and a discussant. Proposals using an INNOVATIVE format are also
particularly encouraged. Examples of new formats include a roundtable
on a new book, in which the author is being engaged by three
discussants; a debate between two panelists over a critical research
or policy question, following rules of public debating; or special
presentations based on original papers where the number of discussants
is equal or greater than the number of presenters. Other innovative
formats are also welcome.

The 2007 Convention is also welcoming offers to serve as DISCUSSANT on
a panel to be created by the program committee from individual paper
proposals. The application to be considered as discussant can be
self-standing, or accompanied by an individual paper proposal.

There is no application form to fill out in order to send proposals to
the convention. All proposals must be sent by email to Dominique Arel
at darel(a)uottawa.ca (backup address: darelasn(a)gmail.com).

Individual paper proposals must include the name, email and
affiliation of the author, a postal address for paper mail, the title
of the paper, a 500-word abstract and a 100-word biographical
statement that includes full bibliographic references of your last or
forthcoming publication, if applicable (graduate students must
indicate the title of their dissertation and year of projected
defense. They can also submit the full bibliographic references of a
recent or forthcoming publication).

Panel proposals must include the title of the panel, a chair, three
paper-givers with the title of their papers, and a discussant; the
name, affiliation, email, postal address and 100-word biographical
statements of each participant and include full bibliographic
references of their last or forthcoming publication, if applicable
(graduate students can indicate the title of their dissertation and
year of projected defense).

Proposals for films or videos must include the name, email and
affiliation of the author, a postal address for paper mail, the title,
a 500-word abstract of the film/video and a 100-word biographical statement.

Proposals using an innovative format must include the title of the
panel, the names, emails, affiliations, postal addresses, 100-word
biographical statements of each participant (same specifications as
above) and a discussion on the proposed format.

Individual proposals to serve as discussant must include the name,
email, affiliation, postal address, and areas of expertise of the
applicant, and a 100-word biographical statement (same specifications
as above).

All proposals must be included in the body of a single email.
Attachments will be accepted only if they repeat the content of an
email message/proposal, and if all the information is contained in a
single attachment.

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

An international Program Committee will be entrusted with the
selection of proposals. Applicants will be notified in December 2006
or early January 2007. Information regarding registration costs and
other logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.

The full list of panels from last year's convention, for the
geographical and thematic sections, and the section on Theories of
Nationalism, can be accessed at
http://www.nationalities.org/ASN_2006_final_Program.pdf. The
film/video lineup can be accessed at
http://www.nationalities.org/ASN_2006_final_film_lineup.pdf. The
programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also online.

Several dozen publishers and companies have had exhibits and/or
advertised in the Convention Program in past years. Due to
considerations of space, advertisers and exhibitors are encouraged to
place their order early. For information, please contact Convention
Executive Director Gordon N. Bardos (gnb12(a)columbia.edu).

Participants are invited to join ASN by logging in to
http://www.nationalities.org/member_Info.asp. A yearly membership to
ASN is $65 ($35 for students). Members receive the journal
Nationalities Papers quarterly, a subscription discount to ASN's new
journal, Ethnopolitics, a registration discount at the ASN Annual
World Convention, and other perks.

We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

The Convention organizing committee:
Dominique Arel, ASN President
Gordon N. Bardos, Executive Director
David Crowe, ASN Chair of Advisory Board
Sherrill Stroschein, Program Chair

Deadline for proposals: 2 November 2006 (darel(a)uottawa.ca, backup
address: darelasn(a)gmail.com)

The ASN convention's headquarters are located at the:

Harriman Institute
Columbia University
1216 IAB
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
212 854 8487 tel
212 666 3481 fax
gnb12(a)columbia.edu

 

LECTURE- Strengthening Capital Markets in KG, Sept. 27, 2006, Bishkek, KG

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 21 Sep 2006


LECTURE- Strengthening Capital Markets in KG, Sept. 27, 2006, Bishkek, KG

Strengthening the Capital Markets in Kyrgyzstan: Policy, Legal and
Institutional Reforms. American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek,
27 Sept. 2006

The Social Research Center of AUCA (www.src.auca.kg) presents:

Lecture: Strengthening the Capital Markets in Kyrgyzstan: Policy, Legal and
Institutional Reforms.

Presenter: Terry M. Chuppe, Team Leader and Consultant to the Asian
Development Bank.

Date and time: 17:00-18:30, Wed., Sept. 27, 2006
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA
Language: English. If requested, translation will be provided.

The lecture will cover efforts underway to foster the further development of
the capital market in Kyrgyzstan in order to improve financial
intermediation and foster economic development. Capital markets are an
important source of savings mobilization in both developed countries and
emerging market economies. From and economic viewpoint, capital markets can
provide funding for both private sector development and government financing
and they can contribute to the efficient allocation of scarce capital
resources to their most productive resources through an efficient secondary
trading market in securities (i.e., a stock exchange).  Mr. Chuppe will
present his views on the policy, legal, and institutional reforms needed to
strengthen and promote the orderly development of the capital market of
Kyrgyz Republic.

Bio: Mr. Chuppe is currently  a Team Leader and Consultant to the Asian
Development Bank. He  has served as Consultant to international
organizations such as ADB and the World Bank in more than 40 developing
countries and transition economies.  Prior to joining the private sector,
Mr. Chuppe was formerly financial economist, senior manager, and policy
advisor at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the government
agency responsible for supervising the securities markets of the United
States.

This lecture is arranged by Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg)
through funding provided by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

CONF./CFP- "Body in Turkic Culture," Marmara Univ., Istanbul, April 4-5, 2007

Posted by: Emine Naskali <eminenaskali(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 20 Sep 2006


CONF./CFP- "Body in Turkic Culture," Marmara Univ., Istanbul, April 4-5, 2007

Call for Papers:

The Center for Turkic Studies of Marmara University (Istanbul) is
organising a sypmosium on 

"BODY IN TURKIC CULTURE" 

on 04-05 April 2007. 

All forms of application which aims to change or mutilate the natural 
appearance or form of the body, such as, make up, tatooing, piercing, 
male and female circumcision, castration, torture in history, 
mumification; etymology of all related vocabulary, human and animal 
rights, come under the interest of this symposium. One section of the 
symposium will be allocated to the castration of animals. 

If you would like to participate in this symposium, please send us the
title and a very brief summary of your paper by 02 February 2007.

Travel, board and lodging expenses must be met by the participants.

Prof. Dr. Emine Gursoy-Naskali
Director of the Center for Turkic Studies
E-mail: eminenaskali(a)gmail.com

Aylin Koc
Secretary to the symposium

Marmara University
Faculty of Science and Arts
Goztepe Kampusu 34722 Kuyubasi,
Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: (216) 347 96 41/ 1166
Fax: (0216) 347 87 83
E-mail: kocayl(a)gmail.com

LECTURE- Marriage Strategies in KG, Gulnara Ibraeva, AUCA, 9/20/06, Bishkek

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg
Posted: 18 Sep 2006


LECTURE- Marriage Strategies in KG, Gulnara Ibraeva, AUCA, 9/20/06, Bishkek

Presentation & Booksigning: Marriage Strategies in Kyrgyzstan: Older and
Younger Generation, Gulnara Ibraeva, American University of Central Asia
(AUCA), Bishkek, 20 Sep. 2006

The Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg) presents:

Presentation of research results "Marriage Strategies in Kyrgyzstan: Older
and Younger Generation".

Researcher: Gulnara Ibraeva, Kandidat Nauk in Sociology, Assistant
Professor, Chair, Sociology Department, AUCA

Date and time: 16:00-17:30, Wed., Sep. 20, 2006
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA
Language: Russian. If requested, translation will be provided.

This research was conducted in 2005 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The aim of this
research is to explain the similarities and differences in marriage 
strategies adopted by both female and male residents in the Bishkek 
urban area. Specifically the study includes the older and younger 
generations. This research is anchored by qualitative and quantitative 
research methods and based on a number of theories including  
conceptual theory of fields, distribution and habits by Pierre 
Bourdieu, econometric model by Bekker, theory of gender regime by 
Connell as well as concept of "urban tribe" by Herbert Gans. This 
research pictures marriage strategies of the transition society and 
focuses on intergenerational dynamics of marriage strategies.

The research results are reflected in a book and are available in CD & DVD
that contain photos, artworks, and other lectures as well as 
presentations devoted to the marriage strategy.

Bio:
Gulnara Ibraeva holds Kandidat Nauk in Sociology from Saint-Petersburg
University, Russia. She is a graduate of Journalism Department from Kyrgyz
State University. Gulnara Ibraeva is Chair of Sociology Department in AUCA.
She is an author of numerous research reports on gender, social poverty,
sociology of political communications, and family & marriage sociology. She
is now working on her post-doctoral thesis.

How to register:

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

This lecture is arranged by Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg)
through funding provided by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

LECTURE- Dr. Mikhail Roshchin, "Russia and Chechnya", San Francisco, 9/26/06

Posted by: Almut Rochowanski <almut(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org>
Posted: 13 Sep 2006


LECTURE- Dr. Mikhail Roshchin, "Russia and Chechnya", San Francisco, 9/26/06 

September 26, 2006: 

Dr. Mikhail Roshchin: Russia and Chechnya

American Friends Service Committee
San Francisco Friends Meeting
65 9th St.
San Francisco
7 pm 

Dr. Mikhail Roshchin, writer, scholar and peace activist, will speak 
Tuesday, September 26th at the San Francisco Friends Meeting at 7 pm. 
Dr. Roshchin has written extensively on the nexus of religion, 
ethnicity and power in the North Caucasus. He is a Senior Research 
Analyst at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of 
Sciences and the clerk of the Moscow Friends Meeting. He has also 
coordinated the publication of "The Power of Goodness", a peace 
education resource book in Russian, Chechen and English for Chechen 
children and youth. Dr. Roshchin will speak about the wars of the past 
decade in Chechnya, the current situation in the North Caucasus and 
how this troubled region has affected all of Russia. 

San Francisco Friends Meeting is located at 65 9th St. between Market 
and Mission in San Francisco. It is near the Civic Center BART and 
MUNI stop. For more information, please contact Sandra Schwartz at 
sschwartz(a)afsc.org or by phone at 415 565 0201, ext. 24.

Additional background information about Dr. Roshchin can be found at:
http://www.jamestown.org/authors_details.php?author_id=258

LECTURE- Time Change: Gammer/Reynolds North Caucasus Panel Moved to 2:30pm

Posted by: Almut Rochowanski <almut(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org>
Posted: 13 Sep 2006


LECTURE- Time Change: Gammer/Reynolds North Caucasus Panel Moved to 2:30pm

"Building Islamic States on the Edge of Empire: Historical Reflections 
on the North Caucasus" (see below) moved to 2:30pm. Same date and location.
 
To help us gauge interest and prepare seating, please RSVP to 
can(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org. 
 
New York, September 15, 2006: 
 
"Building Islamic States on the Edge of Empire: Historical Reflections 
on the North Caucasus" 
 
Harriman Institute/Columbia University, Room 1219
420 West 118th Street
New York 
2:30 pm
 
Panelists:
Moshe Gammer, Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University 
"Shamil's Imamate: its Role and Significance"
 
Michael Reynolds, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University "Islam 
and Politics in Post-Imperial Space: the North Caucasus, 1917-1918"
 
The panel will be moderated by Professor Mark von Hagen, Harriman 
Institute/Columbia University
 
The nuances of the North Caucasian past are often ignored, while the 
current conflicts in this region are read in terms of historical 
determinism, as though the ways things are now is the way they always 
were and always will be. New readings of this neglected history stand 
to tell different stories about a region which is often discussed but 
rarely understood.
 
The speakers will examine familiar issues in North Caucasian history 
from fresh perspectives. Moshe Gammer will explore the influence and 
legacy of Imam Shamil, who created and maintained a state for 
twenty-five years which united Chechnya and Dagestan.Michael Reynolds 
will look at the relationship between Islam and politics as the 
Russian Empire disintegrated and revolution swept through the North 
Caucasus one the eve of the formation of the Soviet Union. They will 
consider the many ways in which the North Caucasian mountaineers 
negotiated the task of creating indigenous forms of government, 
responding both to the exigencies of imperial power and to realities 
which predated contact with Russia.
 
A discussion will follow the presentations. Anyone else interested in 
the less understood aspects of a region on Russia's periphery are 
welcome to attend.
 
Moshe Gammer's books Muslim Resistance to the Tsar: Shamil and the 
Conquest of Chechnia and Daghestan (1994; Russian translation 1998) 
and The Lone Wolf and the Bear. Three Centuries Chechen Defiance of 
Russian Power (2006) together provide the most comprehensive account 
of Northeast Caucasian history available in English. He is a Senior 
Lecturer of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University.
 
Michael Reynolds is currently working on a book project tentatively 
titled "Shattering Empires: the Ottoman-Russian Struggle for the 
Caucasus and Anatolia." His article "Myths and Mysticism: A 
Longitudinal Perspective on Islam and Conflict in the North Caucasus" 
was recently published in the journal Middle Eastern Studies. He is an 
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.
 
To help us gauge interest and prepare seating, please RSVP to 
can(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org.

LECTURE- "Political Conditionality," AUCA, Bishkek, 13 Sept., 2006

Posted by: Aida Alymbaeva <alymbaeva_ai(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 12 Sep 2006


LECTURE: Political Conditionality: Experience of Kyrgyzstan, Sureyya Yigit,
American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, 13 Sep. 2006

The Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg) presents:

Lecture on Political Conditionality: Experience of Kyrgyzstan

Speaker: Sureyya Yigit, Lecturer, International and Comparative Politics
Department, AUCA

Date and time: 17:00-18:00, Wed., Sep. 13, 2006
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA

Political Conditionality has become increasingly evident in the approach and
strategies of international organizations as well as states. There was great
enthusiasm when the then newly elected labor government in the United
Kingdom introduced its own "Ethical" Foreign Policy. The ending of the Cold
War has been the increased use of political conditionality towards for the
want of better expression poorer dependent states. The central interest of
this research is to focus on the Kyrgyz experience with regard to
conditionality when dealing with international organizations. Furthermore,
the development of the policy of political conditionality is also focused
on.

Bio:

Sureyya Yigit is a lecturer at the International and Comparative Politics
Department in AUCA. He is Ph.D. Candidate at the Center of International
Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK. He holds an M.Phil. in
International Relations from the University of Cambridge as well as a B.Sc.
Econ degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He
also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Pedagogical Science from the Samarkand
State Institute of Foreign Languages. He worked as a full time lecturer at
Aalborg University, Denmark lecturing at postgraduate level at European
Research University. He was also a Visiting Faculty Fellow for the Civic
Education Project in Samarkand, Uzbekistan lecturing at both the Samarkand
State University as well as at the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign
Languages. His research interests have included Foreign Policies of various
Central Asian states, the external relations of the European Union, Turkish
Foreign Policy, Globalization, Political Culture and Civil Societal
relations. He has several publications concerning the aforementioned topics.

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)
through funding provided by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

LECTURE- "Islam in the United States and Muslims," AUCA, 12 Sept., Bishkek

Posted by: cew(a)mail.auca.kg
Posted: 12 Sep 2006


LECTURE- "Islam in the United States and Muslims," AUCA, 12 Sept., Bishkek

Lecture by the Citizen Dialogue Group, USA on Islam in the United
States and Muslims, American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, 12
Sept., 2006

Presenters: Imam Muhammad Musri, Islamic Society of Central Florida, Ms.
Noorain Khan, the Rhodes Scholar, and Ms. Kareema Dauod, PhD Candidate.

Date and time: 16:00-17:00, Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2006
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA

Three speakers from the Citizen Dialogue Group, USA will talk about Islam in
the United States and Muslims. The discussion will touch on issues of the
role of Islam in the United States, role of female Muslims in America,
Islamic teachings and Koran interpretations, Muslim students in the United
States and abroad, and current remarks of the United States President,
George W. Bush, on Islam. There will be a brief presentation by the speakers
on the topic for 15-20 minutes to be followed by a Q&A session. No limits on
questions.

Bios:
Imam Muhammad Musri, Islamic Society of Central Florida.  Born in Lebanon,
Imam Musri moved first to Syria, and then to the United States. He arrived
in Orlando, Florida in 1993 to serve as the Imam and President of the
Islamic Society of Central Florida, after serving as Imam and President of
the Islamic Society of Wichita, Kansas.  In addition to his religious
education, he has a degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Central
Florida.

Ms. Noorain Khan, graduate of Rice University in Houston and a Rhodes
Scholar (starting in October).  Speaks Urdu.  She founded the Islamic Youth
Group of Grand Rapids, Michigan and served as its first president.

Ms. Kareema Dauod, graduate student at Georgetown University working on
Ph.D. in Arabic Language and Literature.  Served on delegation to UN
Commission on the Status of Women.  Served as Citizen Ambassador and
traveled with Under Secretary Karen Hughes to Middle Eastern countries.

How to register:

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

LECTURE- Moshe Gammer and Mike Reynolds "Historical Reflections on the North Caucasus", Columbia University, September 15

Posted by: Almut Rochowanski <almut(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org>
Posted: 12 Sep 2006


LECTURE- Moshe Gammer and Mike Reynolds, Columbia University, September 15

To help us gauge interest and prepare seating, please RSVP to 
can(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org. 
 
New York, September 15, 2006: 
 
"Building Islamic States on the Edge of Empire: Historical Reflections 
on the North Caucasus" 
 
Harriman Institute/Columbia University, Room 1219
420 West 118th Street
New York 
2 pm
 
Panelists:
Moshe Gammer, Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University 
"Shamil's Imamate: its Role and Significance"
 
Michael Reynolds, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University "Islam 
and Politics in Post-Imperial Space: the North Caucasus, 1917-1918"
 
The panel will be moderated by Professor Mark von Hagen, Harriman 
Institute/Columbia University
 
The nuances of the North Caucasian past are often ignored, while the 
current conflicts in this region are read in terms of historical 
determinism, as though the ways things are now is the way they always 
were and always will be. New readings of this neglected history stand 
to tell different stories about a region which is often discussed but 
rarely understood.
 
The speakers will examine familiar issues in North Caucasian history 
from fresh perspectives. Moshe Gammer will explore the influence and 
legacy of Imam Shamil, who created and maintained a state for 
twenty-five years which united Chechnya and Dagestan.Michael Reynolds 
will look at the relationship between Islam and politics as the 
Russian Empire disintegrated and revolution swept through the North 
Caucasus one the eve of the formation of the Soviet Union. They will 
consider the many ways in which the North Caucasian mountaineers 
negotiated the task of creating indigenous forms of government, 
responding both to the exigencies of imperial power and to realities 
which predated contact with Russia.
 
A discussion will follow the presentations. Anyone else interested in 
the less understood aspects of a region on Russia's periphery are 
welcome to attend.
 
Moshe Gammer's books Muslim Resistance to the Tsar: Shamil and the 
Conquest of Chechnia and Daghestan (1994; Russian translation 1998) 
and The Lone Wolf and the Bear. Three Centuries Chechen Defiance of 
Russian Power (2006) together provide the most comprehensive account 
of Northeast Caucasian history available in English. He is a Senior 
Lecturer of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University.
 
Michael Reynolds is currently working on a book project tentatively 
titled "Shattering Empires: the Ottoman-Russian Struggle for the 
Caucasus and Anatolia." His article "Myths and Mysticism: A 
Longitudinal Perspective on Islam and Conflict in the North Caucasus" 
was recently published in the journal Middle Eastern Studies. He is an 
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.
 
To help us gauge interest and prepare seating, please RSVP to 
can(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org.

CONF./CFP- Third International Congress on Turkic Civilization, Kyrgyzstan

Posted by: Turk Uygarligi <turkuygar(a)manas.kg>
Posted: 11 Sep 2006


CONF./CFP- Third International Congress on Turkic Civilization, Kyrgyzstan

Call for Papers

Third International Congress On Turkic Civilization
"Globalization and Turkic Civilization"
May 28-31, 2007, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic  

Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University
Center For Turkic Civilization Studies

First Circular

The Third International Congress on Turkic Civilization will take 
place in Bishkek on May 28-31, 2007 at the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University.

The Congress will focus on "Globalization and Turkic Civilization". It 
aims at gathering scholars conducting research in this field in order 
to evaluate the past studies and to determine future goals. The 
Congress will be held at the main campus of the Manas University. It 
is possible for the participants to present their papers in the 
Kyrgyz, Turkish, English and Russian languages.

Travel and lodging expenses are to be met by the participants. 
Excursions and guided visits to the historical places in Kyrgyzstan 
will be organized during the Congress.

The congress fee (non refundable) of 60 USD should be sent to the 
following account: Demir Kyrgyz International Bank, Bishkek, Kyrgyz 
Republic, account number: 1181000300000748 by January 31, 2007.

The participants are cordially asked to inform us about their 
participation by January 1, 2007. They are also kindly requested to 
send titles, abstracts of the papers to be presented to the Congress 
with valid communication addresses, quoting their full names and 
titles by January 31, 2007.

Sincerely yours,
Organizing Committee

Address:
Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University
Center for Turkic Civilization Studies
Prospect Mira 56, Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan
Phone/ Fax: (+996 312) 55 27 82 
or better 
e-mail: ilsahin40(a)gmail.com; 
guljanatke(a)gmail.com;
turkuygar(a)manas.kg  

Subtitles Of The Third International Congress On Turkic Civilization
"Globalization and Turkic Civilization"
I.
1. Will the introduction of globalization destroy different 
   civilizations or help developing them?
2. Dialectics of interaction between globalization and civilizations.
3. The place and role of civilizations in contemporary politics.
4. Globalization and Human Values.
II.
1. Is the Renaissance of the Turkic Civilization possible within the 
   globalization process?
2. Role and place of the regional integration in the Renaissance of 
   the Turkic Civilization.
3. Will the Turkic Civilization protect its own identity within the 
   globalization process?
4. Will the features of the mentality of the Turkic people be in 
   harmony with their adaptation process to the globalization?

CONF.- Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference - September 2006

Posted by: Central Eurasian Studies Society <cess(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 30 Aug 2006


CONF.- Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference - September 2006

The Seventh CESS Annual Conference will take place September 28-October 
1, 2006, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The event will be held at the 
University of Michigan, hosted by the Center for Russian and East 
European Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African 
Studies, and the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

The preliminary program is available on the University of Michigan 
website, as well as information on lodging: 
http://www.umich.edu/%7eiinet/crees/events/CESS2006.htm

Important deadlines:

* ROOM RESERVATIONS - CESS has asked hotels in Ann Arbor to reserve 
rooms for CESS participants, but after September 1, some of those rooms 
are no longer guaranteed. If you plan on attending the conference and 
have not made a room reservation, please do so immediately.

* REGISTRATION - September 1 is also the deadline for pre-registration. 
If you would like to attend the conference at the reduced 
pre-registration rate, please make sure your payment is postmarked on 
or before September 1. For more information on registration, fees, 
methods of payment, etc. please see the CESS website: 
http://cess.fas.harvard.edu/ If you have questions about payment and 
registration, please be patient - the CESS secretariat is very 
understaffed at the moment.

* DISCUSSANTS, DINNER and AV RESERVATIONS - If you are presenting a 
paper at the conference, please send your paper to your discussant by 
Friday, September 8. Please check the preliminary program (see URL 
above) to find out the name and email address of your discussant. If 
your panel has no discussant yet, you will be notified later if we find 
a discussant for your panel. If you have any requests for audio-visual 
technology, you may also fill out the form on the Michigan webpage. If 
you are a registered participant, please also make your dinner 
reservation here, if you have not yet done so: 
http://www.umich.edu/%7eiinet/crees/events/CESS2006.htm

CONF./CFP- Bishkek Management Conference, Second Call for Papers

Posted by: Bishkek Management Conference <mancon(a)iaau.edu.kg>
Posted: 23 Aug 2006


CONF./CFP- Bishkek Management Conference, Second Call for Paper 

CALL FOR PAPERS 

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 & 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 
qelesh(a)hotmail.com

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 qelesh(a)hotmail.com , 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.

CONF./CFP- European Society for Central Asian Studies 10th Conference on Central Asia

Posted by: Center for Black Sea and Central Asia <kora(a)metu.edu.tr>
Posted: 10 Aug 2006


CONF./CFP- European Society for Central Asian Studies 10th Conference

European Society for Central Asian Studies Tenth Conference on Central 
Asia: Sharing Experiences and Prospects

13-15 September 2007
The Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey

The European Society for Central Asian Studies invites panel and paper
proposals for its Tenth Conference, to be held in Ankara, Turkey. The
event will be organized by the Center for Black Sea and Central Asia,
the Middle East Technical University. 

The ESCAS Xth Conference provides Central Asian and European
researchers  with a golden opportunity to study and to exchange views
on Central Asia; its past, present and future. Ever since it was
founded in 1985, ESCAS has always striven to promote Central Asian
studies among Western scholars as well as colleagues from the region.
The creation of the newly independent Central Asian Republics after
1991 accompanied by the opening of this region to the world, marked
the new era for Central Asian studies. Current developments in Central
Asia are reflected in all academic disciplines, dealing with
geopolitics, energy and economics, urbanism, society and communities
and religious beliefs, ethnography, history, archaeology and
linguistics. 

Conflicts can be triggered off between neighbours and great powers
over the issues of water or oil, since Central Asia, rich in natural
resources, is closely connected with the neighbouring great powers in
competition for hydrocarbon, water and other resources. Nowadays
Central Asia attracts lots of attention from the states from other
regions and continents and serves as a new field for numerous NGOs,
Muslim, Christian and other missionaries. 

The geographic domain of Central Asia, according to the ESCAS
definition, covers contemporary Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Northern Iran, Northern
Afghanistan, North-Western China, Trans-Caspia and South Siberia.

What are the different concepts used by scholars today, when dealing
with such a wide range of topics? Central Asia, being a special area
due to its unique history, societies and religions, cannot be studied
solely through the prism of such concepts as "developed and
developing countries" or "modern and traditional 
societies." 

For the first time the conference will be held in Turkey at the Middle
East Technical University, who has been a pioneer in the Eurasian
Studies by establishing a research centre on the region for the first
time in Turkey.

Panels and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and
social sciences on Central Asia are welcome, including: 
 - Geopolitics of Central Asia: Interdisciplinary Approach
 - Central Asian History at Crossroads 
 - Forms of Cultural Expression, Language, Linguistic, Arts, Music
 - Confronting Experiences: Spaces and Society 
 - Cross-Regional Issues 
 - Peoples and their Identities 
 - Aspect of Sustainability: Market, Natural Resources and Energy
 - Re-thinking Central Asian Research: New Concepts, New Approaches

1. Modalities: 

Venue: Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of the Middle
East Technical University

Language: English. No translation facilities will be provided.

2. Submission of Proposals
Program limitations: Each participant may present only one paper at
the conference. Each paper presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.
The presenters are encouraged to prepare and bring with them handouts
or any other materials for distribution, as the organizers will not be
able to provide photocopying or computer services.  To ensure a broad 
and active participation, any individual should
appear at maximum at two panels as a chair or a discussant.

Commitment to participate: When receiving a proposal, the organizers
assume a serious intention to participate from the applicant. Once the
proposal has been accepted, the participation must be confirmed. If
needed, the organizing committee will provide invitation/acceptance
letters for visa purposes.

Submission format:  
An abstract and a brief CV for individual papers, including
contact details, in particular e-mail address/fax number. A panel 
programme includes abstracts and brief CVs of
contributors. Only English language electronic submissions will be 
accepted in the
MS Word format.

Ensuring quality proposals: Since the selection process may be
competitive, the presenters and panel organizers are expected to
ensure the proper quality of papers, including submission formats for
abstracts and final papers according to academic standards and
publishable quality. The organizers plan to produce a book of
abstracts and subsequently a publication of conference proceedings 
Equipment: Together with the proposals, the author is asked to
indicate the need for audio-visual equipment and the technical
specifications/requirements. This is an important notification as the
organizers may not be able to accommodate all requests. Should the
equipment request be changed or abandoned, please inform immediately
the organizers. 

Panels: 
Pre-organized panels should be thematically coherent and should
include:
 - Title
 - Programme/abstracts 
 - Details of panel chair and discussant(s) as well as participants. 
 - Pre-organized panels should include not more than five presentations,
   should identify a chair and discussants. Panel organizers are also
   very much encouraged to ensure funding for participants from the
   region. 

Roundtables: 
Organized as open discussions, the proposals can refer to
presentations made by/on organizations, research initiatives, network
groups, curricula etc.

Publication of conference papers: 
The organizers plan to publish conference proceedings/papers, pending
availability of funds. The presenters are requested to indicate
preliminarily if they wish their papers to be included into the
conference proceedings.

Funding: There will be limited funding for the some expenses of the
scholars coming from the region.

3. Schedule of Key dates: 

Submission of proposals

Deadline for Panel Proposal: 31 December 2006

Individual Papers-Deadline for Abstract: 15 February 2007

Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2007

Pre-registration: 1 May 2005 

Submission of papers to the panel chair and discussants: 15 August
2006

Details of accommodation, registration fee etc. will be available in
the second call in September 2006.

GUIDELINES ON ABSTRACT FORMAT AND PAPER FORMAT:

Abstract format guidelines
An abstract is a very brief summary of your paper.  An abstract is not
a description of the paper or an introduction to the paper.  Your
abstract should be 200 to 500 words (abstracts longer than 500 words
may be rejected by the selection committee with no further
consideration) and should include the following information:
 - The topic of your paper. 
 - Your research method and/or sources. 
 - Your specific argument and/or central findings so that anyone
   who reads the abstract will know what the results of your research are. 
 - The relevance of your argument or findings to a larger body of
   scholarly literature. 

Below is an example of a very good abstract from the 2001 CESS Annual
Conference (submitted by Steven Duke; word count: 173 -- note that, at
that time, the maximum word limit was 200):

This paper focuses on the development of schools for Tatars,
Mordvinians, Ukrainians, and Germans in Saratov Province (Guberniia)
from 1865 to 1895.   These schools included two and three-class
schools run by the Ministry of Education, confessional schools
(Muslim, Orthodox, Catholic, and Lutheran), and locally supported
public schools.  I argue that this section of the Middle Volga region
experienced a significant expansion in the number of schools available
and the number of pupils attending those schools in the last few
decades of the nineteenth century, although significant challenges
remained to the expansion of literacy and educational opportunities
for the non-Russian population.  In contrast to standard
interpretations, I argue that many communities were successful in
exercising local initiative in their educational affairs; as a result,
they experienced much more local autonomy than the Ministry of
Education preferred.  This paper is based on published materials,
including a four-volume study by the Saratov Provincial Academic
Archeographical Commission, and on archival materials from the Saratov
State Historical Archive.

Paper format guidelines

Theological Sources of the Taliban's Principles of Governance 
Paper presented at the:
CESS 5th Annual Conference
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
14 October 2004
Ahmed Rashidov
Visiting Scholar
University of Westminster
Dept. of Religious Studies
127 Main Street
Westminster, MA 02173   U.S.A.
tel. +1 (718) 765-4321
e-mail: arashidov(a)univwest.edu

WORKING PAPER: Not for citation or distribution without permission of
the author. 
Abstract
[A summary of the paper of 500 words or less.  See the Glossary above
for a definition of the abstract.]

Introduction
[Presentation of the main argument of the paper and a description of
how this argument will be developed in the course of the paper.]

[Body of the Paper]

[Elaboration of the argument with supporting evidence.]

Conclusion
[Concise re-statement of the paper's main contributions to
scholarship.]

References [or Bibliography]
Listing of the sources and scholarly literature which are cited in the
paper, with complete bibliographical information on each item.

CONF./CFP- UPDATE- E/Im/Migration & Culture, Sept. 2007, Istanbul, Turkey

Posted by: gpultar(a)kulturad.org
Posted: 8 Aug 2006


CONF./CFP- UPDATE- E/Im/Migration & Culture, Sept. 2007, Istanbul, Turkey

Call for Papers

E/Im/Migration and Culture
15-17 September 2007
Isik University, Sile (Istanbul, Turkey)

Fourth Cultural Studies Conference

Co-organized by the Cultural Studies Association (Turkey) and the 
Department of International Relations of Isik University

The Cultural Studies Association of Turkey and Isik University invite
proposals for an international cultural studies conference entitled
"E/Im/Migration and Culture" they are co-organizing on 15-17 September 
2007 in Sile (Istanbul, Turkey). Seeking to explore the topic from a 
wide range of scholarly viewpoints by focusing on issues of migration 
in its multiple relationships with various facets of culture, the 
inter/multidisciplinary conference aims to interrogate established 
notions of migration both in Turkey and outside of Turkey. We welcome 
proposals for papers that break new ground in generating theory, or 
constitute innovative critical or comparative work that would lead to 
theoretical formulations and methodology, as well as for papers on 
specific cases. The conference intends to examine issues of migration 
in Turkey, among the peoples in the lands of the former Ottoman 
empire, among the Euro-Turks (and Turkish-Americans, Australasian 
Turks, etc.), among the Turcophone peoples in countries and regions in 
Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (in Central Asia, the 
Caucasus, and the Russian Federation) and those Turcophone minorities 
in such countries as Iran and China.

The story of migration is as old as the history of humankind. Factors 
such as geographic conditions, economic necessities, socio-political 
developments and wars have led to population movements for centuries. 
Whether for refuge or as exile, whether voluntary or forced, migration 
has always affected both society and the individual; and altered both 
the land that was left behind and the land that was reached. A 
phenomenon of modern times, the nation-state as hegemonic entity 
contributed to these migration flows through bordering and 
re-bordering processes that put visible and invisible boundaries on 
people's movements. Additional factors leading to current population 
flows are observed to be primarily the challenge(s) of globalization 
and transnationalism.

Migration within and out of countries continue in great numbers as 
more and more people in our global village look to either temporary or 
permanent migration as a path to freedom, the right to live, security, 
employment, health and education--while sometimes also encountering 
drama and tragedy along the way. E/im/migration has generated its own 
art, fiction and cinema. Thus, it has continued to be a force in 
culture, demography, economy and politics in the contemporary era, and 
constitutes, in its various aspects, a matter of paramount importance 
for the cultures of Turks and Turkey. This reflection has led us to 
select the topic of migration as the theme of the fourth cultural 
studies conference to take place in Turkey.

We welcome submissions related to e/im/migration including, but not 
limited to, the following:

 - E/im/migration and culture: Theoretical approaches
 - Art /Literature /Cinema generated by e/im/migration
 - E/im/migration and urban space
 - E/im/migration during the Republican era
 - E/im/migration during the Ottoman era
 - E/im/migration and the (former) Soviet Union territories
 - Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political 
   developments: The cases of Western Thrace and the Balkans
 - Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political 
   developments: The case of Cyprus
 - Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political 
   developments: The case of Irak
 - Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political
   developments: The case of Jews and Palestinians

As the conference takes place in Turkey and takes up the cultures of 
Turks and Turkey, the working language of the conference is first of 
all Turkish. However, since experience has shown that non-Turkish 
speaking colleagues doing studies related to the cultures of Turks and 
Turkey also wish to contribute, there will be English-language 
sessions as well. Abstracts of 100-200 words, containing five key 
words, should be sent along a brief curriculum vita. Panel proposals 
with three to five papers should include, besides the panel proposal 
and five key words, abstracts of the papers in the panel, and brief 
curriculum vitae of the chair, presenters, and discussant(s) if any. 
Poster presentation proposals containing noteworthy visual material 
are also welcome.

Send no later than 1 October 2006, by e-mail to 
programgoc(a)kulturad.org, by fax to +90 212 292 2229 (Attn.: IV.  
Cultural Studies Conference). For more information, write to the same 
addresses or look at www.kulturad.org.

The results will be announced on 1 February 2007.

The registration fee will be 60 Euro for Cultural Studies Association
(Turkey) members and students, and 100 Euro for all other participants 
until 1 May 2007; and, after that date, 100 Euro for Cultural Studies 
Association (Turkey) members and students, and 160 Euro for all other 
participants.

The conference organizing committee regrets that it cannot assist in 
travel or accomodation fares in any way, but will provide low-cost 
accommodation for all participants on the Isik University campus (in 
Sile, a popular sea resort on the Black Sea coast). Further details 
will be sent later. For information on Isik University, please look at 
www.isikun.edu.tr

On behalf of the organizers

Gonul Pultar, gpultar(a)kulturad.org
Sule Toktas, sule(a)isikun.edu.tr

 

CFP.- Sociology Conference, 20-21 October 2006, Bishkek

Posted by: Tatyana Yarkova <tyarkova(a)bilim.kz>
Posted: 17 Jul 2006


CFP- Sociology Conference, 20-21 October 2006, Bishkek

Call for Papers: Bishkek 2nd International Sociology Conference

Theorizing Social Change in Central Asia: New Perspectives

To be held at the American University-Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

20-21 October 2006

Central Asian Resource Center of Educational Development Center
"Bilim-Central Asia", and American University-Central Asia, with the
support of Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open
Society Institute (OSI) and Special and Extension Programs Office of
the Central European University.

Invite proposals for the conference from sociology and related fields
on topics of social change in Central Asia. It welcomes papers from
both Central Asian and international researchers that seek to explain
contemporary social, cultural and political issues and processes in
Central Asia through theoretical and empirical analysis.  Papers
addressing issues of development of social sciences in Central Asia,
interaction of power and knowledge and research philosophies are
especially welcome.

The conference will be followed by a round table on teaching social
sciences in Central Asia on 22 October. The conference and the round
table are a part of the project "Building Academic and Teaching
Excellence in the Discipline of Sociology in Central Asia", funded by
OSI HESP in the framework of the Regional Seminar for Excellence in
Teaching (ReSET).  In some panels, project participants will present
their original research on Central Asian societies, examining topics
such as migration, the media, ethnic minorities, rural communities
and household coping strategies.

The round table will discuss the challenges of teaching social
sciences in Central Asia, addressing issues like political and
structural constraints, conservative teaching practices and methods,
the role of higher education in economic and political development,
and the relationship between research and teaching in Central Asian
academia.

To apply, please send your CV and a paper abstract of no more than
500 words, in either English or Russian, by email at
bishkekconf(a)yahoo.com no later than 31 August 2006. Please also
indicate whether you are interested in participation in the round
table. Some funding for local travel, accommodation and fees will be
available for selected Central Asian participants. Details of
conference program, accommodation options, and conference fees will
be available at a later date.

Tatiana Yarkova
Academic Leader in Sociology
Central Asian Resource Center
Abylai-khana 65-12, 050004,
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Tel/fax: +7-3272-597618

CFP- Panel on Cultures of Georgia and Armenia at Medieval Studies Congress

Posted by: Gijsbertus Beynen <beyneng(a)library.phila.gov>
Posted: 1 Jul 2006


CFP- Panel on Cultures of Georgia and Armenia at Medieval Studies Congress

Papers are invited for the Cultures of Georgia and Armenia session at
the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2007
at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Please send one
page, double-spaced abstracts by August 31, 2006, to Bert Beynen,
BeynenG(a)library.phila.gov.

CONF./CFP- Translating Islam in the Multicultural World, Bandung, Indonesia

Posted by: Ibrahim KELES <qelesh(a)iaau.edu.kg>
Posted: 1 Jul 2006


CONF./CFP- Translating Islam in the Multicultural World, Bandung, Indonesia

Call for Papers

November 7-10, 2006 -- The annual conference of graduate schools of
Indonesia's Islamic universities and institutes for Islamic studies
invites scholars from around the globe to present their papers on
"Translating Islam in the Multicultural World for Peace, Justice and
Welfare."  This year's conference -- to be held at Universitas Islam
Negeri (State Islamic University) Sunan Gunung Djati, Bandung,
Indonesia -- will address the interplay between Islamic values and
their various applications in the contemporary context.

The committee invites papers on, but not limited to: religion and
human rights; religion and democracy; religion and gender issues;
religion and science; religion, environment and health; and religion
and pluralism.  The committee will provide lodging and local
transportation for those who wish to participate in the conference.

Proposals should be electronically submitted by August 1, 2006.  The
full version of the paper should be submitted by October 1, 2006.
Registration fee: $60 and accommodation: $250.  A limited support for
accommodation and local travel in Indonesia are available.  You should
indicate your accommodation and local travel needs along with your
proposal.

For more information, contact Dr. Shalahudin Kafrawi
<skafrawi(a)gmail.com> at +1-610-997-0554 or Dr. Gustiana Isya Marjani
<gustiana_im(a)yahoo.com> at +62-818-0963-3799.

CONF.- Workshop on Human Rights: Call for Participants from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

Posted by: Janyl Bokonbaeva <j.bokonbaeva(a)osce-academy.net>
Posted: 22 Jun 2006


CONF.- Workshop on Human Rights: Call for Partic from Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan

The OSCE Academy in co-operation with the Public Foundation "Centre of
Law" will conduct a specialised workshop on human rights for students
of law, 4-8 September 2006, Bishkek.

This is a second workshop which follows the Spring Human Rights School
for young lawyers in Central Asia, conducted by the Academy in March 2006.

While the core group of the upcoming workshop is the same as of the
previous one, we are glad to announce that additionally 3 places for
Uzbekistan applicants and 3 places for Turkmen applicants are
available for the September workshop.

To apply, one must correspond to the following criteria:

1. Be a citizen and a resident of either Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan;
2. Be in the 4th of 5th year of LAW faculty in an accredited
    institution of higher education;
3. Either have a working experience of dealing with human rights OR
    have passed training courses on human rights. (Note: this is an
    essential criteria)

Applications that do not correspond to the above-listed criteria will
NOT be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a competition
basis. Only successful candidates will be notified.

For an application form, please write to training(a)osce-academy.net .
NO telephone calls will be accepted. All inqueries and questions are
to be sent electronically to training(a)osce-academy.net

The deadline for submitting applications is 10 July 2006 (extension
possible in special circumstances).

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