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2. Conferences and Lecture Series
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CONF.- Tenth European Society for Central Asian Studies, Ankara, 12-15 Sept. 2007

Posted by: ESCAS 2007 Organizing Committee <escas(a)metu.edu.tr>
Posted: 11 Sep 2007


CONF.- Tenth European Society for Central Asian Studies, Ankara, 12-15 Sept.

European Society for Central Asian Studies Tenth Conference on 

Central Asia: Sharing Experiences and Prospects

12-15 September 2007
The Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey

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.

Modalities:

Venue: Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of the Middle 
East Technical University
Language: English. No translation facilities will be provided.

Key-note speakers of the conference are Süleyman Demirel, John 
Schoeberlein and Cengiz Aytmatov (to be confirmed). 

Our participants are from United Kingdom, Türkiye, the USA, 
Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Germany 
France, Poland, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Australia, Denmark, Canada, 
Russia, Italy, India, China, Greece, Bulgaria, 
Sweden, Japan, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Portugal, 
Israel and Iran 

The preliminary program is available online at:
http://www.kora.metu.edu.tr/escas/ESCASConferenceProgram.pdf

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 Binas 
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

PANEL- Central Asian Art at the Istanbul Biennale, Sept. 9, 2007

Posted by: Leeza Ahmady <ahmadyarts(a)earthlink.net>
Posted: 5 Sep 2007


PANEL- Central Asian Art at the Istanbul Biennale, Sept. 9, 2007

10th International Istanbul Biennale

09/09/2007, 17:00-19:00
santralistanbul

Panel Program: International Discourse vs. Local Vibrancy: Challenges
and Opportunities in the Practice of Art in Central Asia

Speakers: Gulnara Kasmalieva (Artist, Kyrgyzstan), Shaarbek Amankul
(Artist, Kyrgyzstan), Yulia Sorokina (Independent curator and critic,
Kazakhstan), Saken Narynov (Architect and artist, Kazakhstan), Surayo
Tuichieva (Artist, Activist), Jamshed Kholikov (Designer, Activist, Tajikistan)

Participants: Artur Boljurov (Artist, Kyrgyzstan), Ilyos Mamadzhanov
(Artist, Tajikistan)

Moderator: Leeza Ahmady (Independent curator)

The contemporary art world has expanded, advancing ever forward by the
efforts of artist-collectives from regions that were once considered
remote. In the past few decades, many localities have launched artists
who are formulating new aesthetics and who are bringing to the fore
issues that in the past were simply repressed. Much like many other
regions of the world, the art communities in Central Asian countries
are very small. Thus when its best artists who also act as curators,
critics, and administrators become engaged and occupied in projects
abroad, what happens to the local art scene? Can it maintain local
activity and local vibrancy? If so, how? The symposium gathers a
number of artists, critics, and educators from the region and attempts
to explore the above-mentioned issues, and other specific challenges
and opportunities in the practice of art inside the countries of
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts would like to thank the
Christensen Fund for its contribution towards the realisation of the
"International Discourse vs. Local Vibrancy: Challenges and
Opportunities in the Practice of Art in Central Asia" panel discussion.

LECTURE- Labor Migrants from Kyrgyzstan, Susan Thieme, Sept. 12, 2007, Bishkek

Posted by: Alexander I. Pugachev <pugachev_a(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 5 Sep 2007


LECTURE- Labor Migrants from Kyrgyzstan, Susan Thieme, Sept. 12, 2007, Bishkek

The Social Research Center at American University of Central Asia
(www.src.auca.kg) presents:

Lecture: Osh-Bishkek-Almaty-Moscow and return? How Different Generations
Sustain Their Livelihoods in Multilocal Settings

Presenter: Susan Thieme (PhD in Geography), University of Zurich,
Switzerland

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: September 12th

Place: Room 315, AUCA

Synopsis: Bishkek and cities in Russia and Kazakhstan are major
destinations for labour migrants from rural South Kyrgyzstan. Next to
search for a better income, younger men and women also migrate for
education and to escape traditions like early marriage. Children and
elderly people are left behind. In Kazakhstan and Russia the majority
of migrants work de facto illegal on territory, where they would have
had the same citizenship and rights only some years ago, including all
stigma and risks for their livelihoods illegality implies. However,
the way in which migrants appropriate their working and living spaces
strongly depends on gender, age and the cities they have been migrated
to. While elderly often feel that this separation of the traditional
family is only temporary, younger people start placing their lives at
other places than where they originally come from. This lecture will
look into the multilocal setting of families and at the different and
sometimes controversial perceptions and experiences of migration and
their consequences for different generations involved.

Bio: Susan Thieme holds PhD in Geography from University of Zurich,
Switzerland. Her doctoral research focused on labor migration from
Nepal to India and selected aspects of migrants' daily lives, such as
working and living conditions, management of loans and savings, and
remittance transfer. Since 2006 she is leading a project, "Sustaining
Livelihoods in Multilocal Settings", looking at risks and potential of
migration for people's livelihoods in Central Asia and South Asia.
Susan Thieme works at the Geography Department, University of Zurich.
In the past, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Sussex Center for
Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK.

How to register: Please send e-mail to pss(a)mail.auca.kg with your name.

CONF./CFP- The Law of Waqf II, Harvard Law School, May 16-18, 2008

Posted by: Peri Bearman <pbearman(a)law.harvard.edu>
Posted: 5 Sep 2007


CONF./CFP- The Law of Waqf II, Harvard Law School, May 16-18, 2008

A conference in three parts

I. Origins to Ottoman-Era Maturity (convened 2006)
II. Modern State Control and Nationalization
III. Contemporary Regeneration

May 16-18, 2008
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.

The institution of waqf, the Islamic charitable foundation, has been
the topic of intensified research since 1970. Increasingly, its
historical, economic, and social implications have been highlighted
and explored. Legal aspects of waqf-the rules, procedures, and
institutions that govern its establishment and operation-have been
relatively neglected, however.

In response to this situation the Islamic Legal Studies Program of
Harvard Law School and Randi Deguilhem of the Institut de Recherches
et d'Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM) in Aix-en-Provence
are organizing a conference on "The Law of Waqf." The conference is
divided into three stages, organized chronologically, which capture
three distinct eras of waqf up to modern times. The first stage
"Origins to Ottoman-Era Maturity" was held in May 2006. The next stage
"Modern State Control and Nationalization" is now being planned for May 2008.

For the second stage, the organizers are soliciting presentations that
explore colonial law vis-à-vis the waqf both as an institution and as
physical property in the Muslim world before the independence of the
colonized countries. In theory and in practice, colonial law wrestled
with the reality of waqf as the colonial powers sought to introduce
reforms for other than legal reasons. In the interests of discovering
the law that adapted and was adapted in relation to the waqf, papers
focusing on the political, social, or economic agenda of the colonial

powers are not solicited; rather, innovative legal mechanisms or
discussions that were presented to deal with the waqf status quo found
or established by the colonizing countries upon intervention in the
late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are requested.

The conference language will be English. Previously presented or
published work will not be accepted. Abstracts of up to 500 words,
clearly stating the legal dimension of the topic, should be e-mailed,
either in the body of the e-mail or as an attachment in Word or as
PDF, to Peri Bearman at pbearman(a)law.harvard.edu, with as subject
heading "The Law of Waqf II". If sending a Word attachment, please
avoid using diacriticals in transliteration. The abstract should
include the complete name, occupation, and work or university
affiliation of the author, as well as a short bio. The deadline for
the submission of abstracts is September 30, 2007; notification of
acceptance will be sent out by October 31, 2007.

CONF./CFP- Morphological Variation and Change in Languages of the Caucasus, Fe.b 2008

Posted by: Nino Amiridze <nino.amiridze(a)let.uu.nl>
Posted: 5 Sep 2007


CONF./CFP- Morphological Variation and Change in Languages of the Caucasus, 2/08

Morphological Variation and Change in Languages of the Caucasus
Workshop at the 13th International Morphology Meeting
February 3rd-6th, 2008, Vienna, Austria

http://www.let.uu.nl/~nino.amiridze/personal/organization/mvclc.html


Second Call for Abstracts

A great diversity of languages is spoken in the Caucasus, most of
which have rich inflectional systems, on the noun (e.g., North-East
Caucasian), on the verb (e.g. North-West Caucasian), or both (e.g.,
South Caucasian).

The Caucasus offers rich material for studying genetically diverse
languages being in close contact for centuries, e.g. Georgian (South
Caucasian) with Abkhaz (North-West Caucasian); Ossetian
(Indo-European) and Batsbi (North-East Caucasian); Armenian
(Indo-European) with Azeri (Turkic); or Kumyk (Turkic) with major
North-East Caucasian languages of Daghestan; or, for a much shorter
period, the languages indigenous to the region being in contact with
the unrelated Russian and Turkish. While much is known about the
contemporary grammar of individual languages of the Caucasus, much
less can be said with regard to the various contact situations and
their impact on the morphosyntax of individual languages. Our workshop
aims to broaden the knowledge on this subject.

We invite researchers working on morphological variation and change in
the languages spoken in the Caucasus to submit abstracts for
participation in the workshop, planned to be held at the 13th
International Morphology Meeting. We would like to invite
contributions dealing with contact-induced morphological changes in
any language of the Caucasus region. This includes investigations of
changes driven by influence from any other language of the region,
irrespective of the genetic affiliation of the languages in contact.
Of great interest are not only inter-family, but also somewhat more
subtle intra-family contacts, such as contacts between various
North-East Caucasian languages spoken in adjacent areas or neighboring
villages. Contributions exploring morphological variation and
language-internal morphological changes are also welcome.

Invited Speakers

  * Alice C. Harris. SUNY Stony Brook.
  * Johanna Nichols. University of California, Berkeley.
  * Vladimir Plungian. Russian Academy of Sciences.

Important Dates

Abstract submission:                  September 17, 2007
Notification:                           October 31, 2007
Workshop:                         February 3rd-6th, 2008
                 (The exact date will be announced later)

Organizers

  * Nino Amiridze, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
  * Michael Daniel, Moscow State University (Russia)
  * Silvia Kutscher, University of Cologne (Germany)

Publication

If after the workshop there will be interest in publishing either a
proceedings or a special journal issue, then the organizers will take
responsibility of finding a suitable forum and will act as editors.

Submission

Abstracts (in English, maximum 3 pages, including data and references)
have to be submitted electronically as portable document format (.pdf)
or Microsoft Word (.doc) files via the EasyChair conference management
system: http://www.easychair.org/MVCLC2008/.

If you do not have an EasyChair account, click on the button "I have
no EasyChair Account" on that page and follow the instructions. When
you receive a password, you can enter the site and upload your abstract.

Workshop Web Page
http://www.let.uu.nl/~nino.amiridze/personal/organization/mvclc.html

LECTURE- Jewish and Christian Traditions among Nomads of Central Asia, Santa Monica, Aug. 29

Posted by: Richard Hewitt <manasepic(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 24 Aug 2007


LECTURE- Jewish and Christian Traditions among Nomads of Central Asia, Sta Monica

Jewish and Christian Traditions among Nomads of Central Asia: "Beyond Archetypes"

Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica Main Branch Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium

7:00-8:30 pm, Aug. 29, 2007

By author Richard Hewitt

The traditions in question are taken primarily from the Kyrgyz of
Northern Kyrgyzstan and their epic "Manas."

CONF./CFP- Oriental Studies under Socialism, Amsterdam or Bonn, 2008

Posted by: Michael Kemper <M.Kemper(a)uva.nl>
Posted: 23 Aug 2007


CONF./CFP- Oriental Studies under Socialism, Amsterdam or Bonn, 2008


The Department for Oriental Studies of Bonn University (Germany) and
the Department of European Studies at Amsterdam University
(Netherlands) are jointly preparing a colloquium on the History of
Oriental Studies in Socialist Europe, which is scheduled to take place
in Amsterdam or Bonn in March or April of 2008. At present, we are
looking for scholars who would be interested in participating.

We are especially interested in the following aspects:

1) How was Islam interpreted under Communism?

2) What restrictions and what opportunities did scholars of Oriental
    and Islamic studies face in Socialist Central/Eastern Europe? (In the
    case of the Soviet Union, this topic is clearly linked to the
    repression of scholars in the 1920s and 1930s.). Did some fields of
    Oriental Studies enjoy more "liberties" than others?

3) How were institutes, journals and associations for Oriental Studies
    established and reformed during the Socialist period, what were their
    aims and tasks in teaching, research, and politics? How were
    departments of Oriental Studies related to other faculties?

4) How does the "Socialist image of the Orient" fit in with Edward
    Said's concept of "Orientalism"?

5) What was the legacy of Socialist Oriental studies after 1989/1991,
    and how is its history interpreted now? Did Orientalists play a role
    in the transformation of their respective societies?

The conference will thus be comparative in perspective, using
biographical, institutional and discursive approaches to the general topic.

Currently we are preparing the list of participants, which shall
include scholars from Russia, Hungary, former Yugoslavia, the Czech
Republic, and Poland, as well colleagues from Germany, the
Netherlands, Switzerland, France, and the USA. The colloquium language
will be English and German; the results of our meeting will be
published in English. The colloquium will be open to the public.


Scholars who are interested in participating at our meeting are
welcome to send us a message containing their topic for their
presentation and article, and are also kindly asked to provide their
CV. The decision whether participation can be funded depends (1) on
the approval of our general application by a German foundation, and
(2) on the quality of the proposed individual contribution.  We also
encourage the participants to apply to their home institutions for support.

In any case we would be very pleased to make the acquaintance of
scholars - especially of the younger generation - who have an interest
in the history of Oriental studies in Central/Eastern Europe.

Thank you for disseminating this information among your colleagues!

Michael Kemper
Stephan Conermann

Prof. Dr. Michael Kemper
Chair of Eastern European Studies
Universiteit van Amsterdam
P.C. Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134
NL-1012 VB Amsterdam
Tel. 0031-20-525 4370
m.kemper(a)uva.nl
http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/m.kemper/

Prof. Dr. Stephan Conermann
Universität Bonn
Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften (IOA
Abt. für Islamwissenschaft
Regina-Pacis-Weg 7
D- 53113 Bonn
Tel. 0049-228-737462
stephan.conermann(a)uni-bonn.de

CFP/PRECONF.- American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT), Seattle, Oct. 19, 2007

Posted by: Uli Schamiloglu <uschamil(a)wisc.edu>
Posted: 23 Aug 2007


CFP/PRECONF.- American Assoc. of Teachers of Turkic Languages, Seattle, Oct. 19

Second Circular

The American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) is
pleased to announce the third annual "Graduate Student Pre-Conference
in Turkish and Turkic Studies". This conference was established to
mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of AATT. The third
Pre-Conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Turkish Studies
and the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

The third annual Pre-Conference will meet on Thursday evening, October
18, and Friday morning, October 19. This year it will take the form of
a special panel held in conjunction with the 2007 meeting of the
Central Eurasian Studies Society to be held October 18-21, 2007 at the
University of Washington-Seattle. (Previous meetings were held prior
to the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. We hope
to continue to meet in conjunction with both MESA and CESS on some
kind of alternating basis in the future.) Because of scheduling
issues, unfortunately the meeting will consist of fewer papers than in
previous years.

The Pre-Conference is designed to encourage research making
significant use of sources in Turkish and Turkic languages by graduate
students in Turkish and Turkic Studies in North America. It will
promote contact between students at various institutions and allow for
feedback from faculty discussants participating in the pre-conference.
Another goal is to help students progress towards more formal
presentations at national conferences such as those of MESA, CESS, and
organizations devoted to specific disciplines.

AATT will award a limited number of travel awards to help subvent the
cost of student participation. Students are also encouraged to seek
funding from their home institutions.

Students should submit a 250 word proposal for a paper together with
the following information:

1. Name
2. Current institutional affiliation (department/university)
3. Adviser's name
4. Educational background (undergraduate and graduate degree programs)
5. Current status (taking courses, preparing for exams, researching
    dissertation, writing dissertation, defended/deposited dissertation)
6. Title of dissertation (if applicable)
7. Contact information (email, telephone number, preferred mailing
    address)

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, August 31, 2007.

Proposals should be submitted by email to:

Professor Uli Schamiloglu
Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
University of Wisconsin-Madison
uschamil(a)wisc.edu

OR

Professor Erika H. Gilson
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University
ehgilson(a)princeton.edu

Applicants will be informed of the selection committee's decision by
September 15, 2007.


Uli Schamiloglu
Professor of Turkic and Central Eurasian Studies
Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
1254 Van Hise, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI  53706 USA
tel. 1-608-262-7141 (office), 1-608-262-3012 (department), 1-608-265-3538 (fax)
Email: uschamil(a)wisc.edu
LCA website:  lca.wisc.edu

LECTURE- Islam's Role in Central Asia, John Schoeberlein, Almaty, Aug. 3

Posted by: Harvard Club of Central Asia <harvard.club.kz(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 28 Jul 2007


LECTURE- Islam's Role in Central Asia, John Schoeberlein, Almaty, Aug. 3

The Harvard Club of Central Asia invites you to the first lecture in
the Distinguished Speakers Series featuring Dr. Schoeberlein, Director
of the Central Asia and Caucasus Program at Harvard University. Dr.
Schoeberlein will give a talk on "Central Asia's Future: Radical
Islamism or Apolitical Islam?"

The event organized in partnership with the Kazakhstan Press Club,
will take place on Monday, August 6, 2007 at "Jambyl" Conference Room,
Hyatt Regency Almaty, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The registration will
start on 5:45 pm, refreshments will be provided.  During the lecture,
simultaneous translation into English will be provided.

If you are interested in attending the event, please register at
harvard.club.kz(a)gmail.com by Friday, August 3, 2007. Please note that
the space is limited.

Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact
the Harvard Club of Central Asia either via aforementioned email or
phone: 261-9090 (ext. 5231).

Speaker's Bio:

John Schoeberlein is Director of the Program on Central Asia and the
Caucasus at Harvard University. His main area of research is on
political, social and cultural aspects of identity, ethnicity,
nationality, Islam, and community organization in Uzbekistan,
Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. He received his Ph.D. in
Social Anthropology from Harvard University. He has conducted a total
of over five years of anthropological field research in various parts
of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

His current research topics include the rise of radical Islam in
Central Asia, the impact of national state formation on identity in
Central Asia, the factors affecting the potential for violent
inter-communal conflict, and means of promoting community-level
participation in economic reform.

 From 2000 to 2003, he held the position of the first President of the
Central Eurasian Studies Society, an international scholarly
association supporting the enhancement of research in the social
sciences and humanities focused on the region from the Black Sea to
Mongolia.

CFP- International Conference on "Epic Poetry and Its Safeguarding", Bishkek, Oct. 2007

Posted by: UNESCO National Commission-Kyrgyzstan <natcomunesco(a)intranet.kg>
Posted: 28 Jul 2007


CFP- Int'l Conference on "Epic Poetry and Its Safeguarding", Bishkek, Oct. 2007

Call for Papers and Participation

International conference on

"Epic poetry and its safeguarding"
11-12 October 2007
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Organizers of the conference:

National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO

International Association "World People's eposes"

Deadline for submission of applications and abstracts: September 15, 2007

Most of the world's cultures have evolved and transmitted their
knowledge, traditions, and values to succeeding generations by word of
mouth and relying solely on human memory. With the advent of
handwriting and other modern techniques such as an audio and video
recording, much of the oral heritage has been recorded in a material

form. The oral traditions and values are still important vectors of
cultural transmission in all countries. Epics, rituals, customs, and
techniques still rely on oral transmission. They are rooted in
cultural tradition and history of countries.

However, due to different changes of the last decades such as an
impact of globalization on economies of countries, as a result, the
lack of financial resources, widespread ignorance about the origins of
cultures a little attention was paid to safeguard ancient cultural
values. Despite, different efforts taken by countries to revive and
safeguard the oral heritage as time goes by there are still threats
that can lead to the disappearance of an age-old traditions and values.

In order to maintain both the richness and diversity of cultures
safeguarding and development of these values is one of the purposes of
modern societies, as a part of their commitment to create a humanistic
culture and broadening of international cultural cooperation.

It is within this context, the Kyrgyz National Commission for UNESCO
in cooperation with the International Association "World people's
eposes" and within the framework of UNESCO/Japan Fund in Trust project
on "Safeguarding the art of Akyns, Kyrgyz epic tellers" is organizing
an international conference on epic heritage, which will be held in
Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on 11 and 12 October, 2007.

The conference will comprise of a scholarly programme and a
performance programme, during which distinguished and young akyns will
present their art to the conference participants and the public.

The main focus of the conference will be developing measures aimed at
promoting the oral heritage and enhancing it throughout the world.
Conference will also be a major promotional opportunity for the art of
the akyns, the Kyrgyz epic tellers and will examine practices of epic
preservation in other countries.

Purposes of the conference:

 - Safeguarding of epics and the art of epic telling as an unique and
   traditional genre of the oral heritage;

 - Popularization of eposes and sagas (stories) in the context of
   national and world cultures;

 - Exchange of experience and ideas on reviving and safeguarding of
   epic heritage.

 - Broadening of international cultural cooperation and participation
   in intellectual dialogue;

 - Promotion of the UNESCO Convention for safeguarding of the
   intangible heritage.

Proposed themes of conference:
(Themes may fall within, but are not necessarily limited to, the following)

1. Epic heritage in the context of intangible heritage and world cultures.

2. Role of the UNESCO Convention for the safeguarding of the
   intangible heritage.

3. The Oral Art of Akyns among nomads:

a. The art of improvisation and its uniqueness.

b. Main repertoire of akïns: sanat-nasïyat and terme
   philosophical-didactic poetry as tools to reinforce social, moral, and
   democratic values.

c. Socio-political role of Akyns: past and present.

4. Epic tellers and their professional development;

5. The role of epics in preservation of the language;

6. Distinctive features of the Kyrgyz epics and the commonalities it
   shares with other epic traditions (Epic and history, Geography of the
   Epic Manas, Religious World of Manas, Gender and Equality in Manas,
   Epic Heroes and their horses, the language of heroic epic, Epics and
   their Collectors/Recorders, the role of Manas epic and other smaller
   epics in modern Kyrgyz culture;

7. Preservation and transmission of the epics to future generations;

8. The role of innovative presentations (books, films, theatre
   performances, cartoons, etc.) in popularization of intangible heritage
   among youth and children.

Preliminary program of the conference:
(Final program will be circulated by 1 October 2007)

 - Arrival of participants (October 10, 2007)
 - Registration of participants (October 11, 2007)
 - Opening ceremony (October 11, 2007)
 - Presentations and reports (October 11-12, 2007)
 - Performance of epic tellers and folk musicians (October 11-12, 2007)
 - Screening of narrative and documentaries on the subject of the
   conference (October 11-12, 2007)
 - Exhibition of traditional arts and crafts (October 11-12, 2007)
 - Closing ceremony (October 12, 2007)
 - Departure of participants (October 13, 2007)

Conditions for participation:

If interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel in the
conference, please submit:

 - Your full name
 - Institutional affiliation
 - E-mail, postal address, and tel.
 - Paper Title (and Panel theme and paper titles if applicable)
 - 300-word paper abstract
 - One-page-max academic resume
 - Please, indicate willingness to serve as a session Moderator and/or
   Discussant
 - Whether, if accepted, you will need a visa to attend the conference.

Kindly save the above in NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES TOTAL in A WORD FILE and
name your file as: Your last name in capital letters, a hyphen,
followed by your first name (e.g. your 2-page Word application should
be named: LASTNAME-Name.doc). As the 'Subject' of your email type:
'Conference participant.' Abstract format: MS Word, Times New Roman,
12 (the total number pages of your presentation paper should not
exceed 8-10 pages).

Participants of the conference are required to provide their papers in
Russian or English languages. All papers should be submitted
preferably until September 15, 2007 to the following email addresses:
natcomunesco(a)intranet.kg, elnkorch(a)yahoo.com, sabiras(a)mail.ru

Conference enjoys financial support from UNESCO/Japan Fund in Trust
for participants. As a result, limited number of participants will be
provided with the following:

 - round-trip travel tickets from home country to Bishkek/ Kyrgyzstan
 - accommodation
 - meals and refreshment
 - if required, visa processing to enter into Kyrgyzstan

Working languages of the conference are Kyrgyz, Russian, and English
(simultaneous translation will be provided during the conference).

While we anticipate your response at your earliest convenience, please
do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Updates also will be posted soon on: http://www.unesco-kg.org

CONF.- Economics of Social Insurance, Bishkek, Aug. 22-23, 2007

Posted by: Elvira Mamytova <elvira_mamytova(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 29 Jun 2007


CONF.- Economics of Social Insurance, Bishkek, Aug. 22-23, 2007

Lectures and the training seminar to be held 
within the frameworks of the "EU-NIS Infrastructure Partnership."

On 22-23 August 2007 at 14.00-17.00 in the 
Research Centre "EuroAsia", Hans Telerud 
(economist in social insurance in Sweden) will 
hold a lecture and training seminar on the following topics:

1) The use of databases for reports of results in 
Swedish Social Insurance agency including 
demonstration of models in Microsoft Excel and 
Access for comparative studies between social insurance regions.

2) The use of balanced score cards for 
comparative studies of social insurance regions in Sweden.

Free entry.

Lectures and the training seminar will be 
organized within the frameworks of the "EU-NIS 
Infrastructure Partnership" 2005-2007 
project.  Experts from Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, 
Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Sweden participate in the 
project.  Aim of the project is to make it 
possible to include Central Asian and Russian 
border regions into a common scientific-educating 
space with EU countries via creation and 
development of scientific-technical infrastructure.

With all questions contact Project Coordinator:

Dr. Mamytova Elvira
Research Centre "Eurasia"
Bishkek 720001, Kyrgyzstan, m/b 624
Tel 996 312 652408
e-mail:elvira(a)netkey.bishkek.su

LECTURE- Russian Minorities in Central Asia, Michelle Commercio, Jun 29, Dushanbe

Posted by: Payam Foroughi <payamforoughi(a)aol.com>
Posted: 28 Jun 2007


LECTURE- Russian Minorities in Central Asia, M. Commercio, Jun 29, Dushanbe

"Divergence and Convergence: Trajectories of Russian Minorities in
Post-Communist Central Asia"

By: Dr. Michele Commercio (University of Vermont, USA)
When: Friday, 29 June 2007  4:15 PM
Where: OSCE Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
(Refreshments will be served.)

This lecture will address problems the ethnic Russian minority
populations in Central Asia have confronted after the collapse of the
Soviet Union and fall of Communism, and how those populations have
adjusted during the first fifteen years of the post-Soviet era. The
lecture will adopt a historical and comparative perspective as a basis
for understanding contemporary political phenomena in the region, such
as various degrees of nationalization and responses to it. Though the
lecture will focus on Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan because these are
where Commercio conducted her field work, it will also touch on
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, comparing and contrasting
the experiences of the Russian minorities across the region.

Michele Commercio is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at
the University of Vermont. A recent project of hers has focused on
ethnic Russian minority populations in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Latvia,
and Estonia. Commercio's manuscript addressing this issue is currently
under review with a university press in the U.S. She has also
published two shorter scientific works addressing the topic.
Commercio's second research project, which she has just begun, focuses
on the relationship of the state to Islamic education in Kyrgyzstan
and likely Tajikistan. Commercio is currently traveling in Central
Asia courtesy of a grant by the National Council for East European and
Eurasian Research.

CONF./CFP- Int'l Congress of Caucasiology, 22-25 Oct 2007, Tbilisi

Posted by: Ketevan Khutsishvili <ketevan_kchutsishvili(a)posta.ge>
Posted: 23 Jun 2007


CONF./CFP- Int'l Congress of Caucasiology, 22-25 Oct 2007, Tbilisi

Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Caucasiology
and
A. Chicobava Institute of Linguistics

International  Congress of Caucasiology
22-25 October 2007

The Faculty of Humanities of Tbilisi State University's Institute of 
Caucasiology will hold the International Congress of Caucasiology, 
"Caucasian Civilizations in the Linguo-Cultural Context of the Near 
East," on October 22-25, 2007. Those wanting to participate in the 
Congress must provide the abstract of a paper for 15 minute 
presentation plus 10 minutes of discussion. The Congress is devoted 
to the problem Iberian-Caucasian languages, other languages of 
Caucasus, areal linguistic, history and culture of the Caucasian 
Peoples (cultural anthropology).

The working languages of the Congress are Georgian, Russian and 
English. The abstract should be sent electronically in pdf format, 
with any special characters coded with Unicode. One may also send the 
forms by mail. The abstract, together with bibliography and materials 
must not exceed 2 printed pages. The title of the report, 
author/authors, and e-mail address should be sent  electronically, by 
fax or to the postal address.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 20, 2007. The 
decision of organizing committee will be announced to the authors on 
Sept. 5, 2007.
Website: http://www.tsu.ge

Tsira Baramidze, Teimuraz Gvantseladze, Vaja Shengelia
TSU Institute of Caucasiology
Tbilisi, Georgia, Chavchavadze Ave. No. 1
e-mail: caucasinst(a)tsu.ge
    tsu.cauc(a)avoe.ge

ROUNDTABLE- Urban and Rural Land Reform in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, 6/29, DC

Posted by: Scott Frederick <SFrederick(a)chemonics.com>
Posted: 19 Jun 2007

ROUNDTABLE- Urban and Rural Land Reform in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, 6/29, DC


Please join Kathrine Kelm (Chief of Party) and Chynara Arapova (Deputy 
Chief of Party) of the USAID-funded Land Reform and Market Development 
Program (CAR Land), for a discussion on the project's working with 
government counterparts and civil society on urban and rural land 
reform issues in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Since September 2005, the CAR Land project has been creating economic 
opportunities for the citizens of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan by 
facilitating the development of vibrant, modern urban and rural land 
markets.  The project works at the high-level policy development level 
to help adopt more progressive land policies and legal frameworks, as 
well as at the civil society level to increase local involvement in 
land management and to provide greater access to land market 
information and services. 

In Kyrgyzstan, the project recently collaborated with the World Bank 
to develop an analytical report on the management of pasturelands. The 
report examined the legal, institutional and social aspects of 
pastureland management and will be used to inform future Government 
policy on the issue. The program is also working on pilot programs 
with local governments and citizens' groups to develop land 
use/management plans for Land Redistribution Fund (LRF) plots in their 
districts. Questions or disputes on land use were addressed by the 
project's group of Demilgechi (rural land activists) who are in the 
process of reorganizing into an independent and self-sustainable NGO. 

In Tajikistan, the project recently enjoyed a hard-won success 
facilitating the Government of Tajikistan's approval of Amendments to 
Land Code.  Private ownership of land has not yet been legalized in 
Tajikistan, and the approval of these amendments represents a 
significant step in the reform process. In addition, COP Kathrine Kelm 
also led a team (including consultants from ILS) to complete an 
institutional and legal assessment for creating a Unified System of 
Registration (USR). In May, we also held our first national conference 
of Tashabuskor (Tajik rural land activists), building on best 
practices and lessons learned from our Kyrgyz experience.

CAR Land is a dynamic program whose technical areas touch on economic 
growth, democracy and governance and gender practice areas.

The 30 minute presentation will be followed by open time for questions 
or discussion.

Date and Time: 6/29/2007   10:00-11:00
Location: Chemonics International Inc., 1717 H St., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Teele Auditorium B and C
RSVP: Scott Frederick, sfrederick(a)chemonics.com
From: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 09:51:25 -0400

Subject: EVENT- The Wildeness of Asia, Nomads Festival, Poland 
EVENT- The Wildeness of Asia, Nomads Festival, Poland 

Posted by Janyl Jusubjan <janyl_j(a)hotmail.com>

Dates: June 19-24, Wroclaw 

Press Conference -  June 12. at 14:00 
Official Opening - June 19, 15:00 

The "Wilderness of Asia" is a five day long event with focus on 
nomadic culture of wider Central Asia. The festival hosted by the City 
of Wroclaw will include a photo exhibition, concerts, workshops and 
presentations, a handicraft bazaar, film screenings, the fire 
celebration of the shortest night of the year, competition in archery, 
wrestling and horse riding. Many events will be held in yurts - the 
nomadic felt tents - made in Kyrgyzstan. 

The organizers strive to involve members of Central Asian Diaspora in 
Central Europe. They will play for you native music, teach dances and 
throat singing, cook lagman - an Ujgur hand-made noodles with spicy 
source. You also can learn firsthand to play dombra and stitch felt shoes. 

Main Events: 

Photo exhibition by Jerzy Trawinski 

Concerts of Central Asian Prague Ensemble and its friends 


Presentations: "Dungur - Shaman horse", "Instruments of Asia" by 
Tereze Wierzbowska, "The Magic of Epic Telling" by Janyl Jusubjan. 
LECTURES: "Shamanism in Ethnologic Research", by Konrad Gorny, "The 
History of Kazakhstan" by Adilzhan Ibraiuly, "The Music of Kazakhstan" 
by Alexiej Vasiliev, "The Steppe Life" by Jerzy Trawinski. 

Workshops: "Sound of Asia" - throat singing, dombra (possibility of 
private lessons), "An Uzbek Dance", by Gulsara Toktosun, "With Felt 
Shoes Against Poverty" by Aizada Sulaimanova. 

FILMS And DOCUMENTARIES: Dersu Urzala, Belyi Parakhod, Beyond 
Samarkand - an Uzbek Love Story, On the Back of the Horse, Tabu - 
poslednij shaman, Tengir-too - Mountain Music from Kyrgyzstan, 
Invisible Face of Beloved, and others. 
NAADAM Open International Championship in archery, wrestling and horse riding. 

The "Wilderness of Asia" is a project by: 
The Millennium Society(http://www.grod.wroclaw.pl/), Poland; 
The Municipal Museum of Wroslaw(www.muzeum.miejskie.wroclaw.pl), 
AKT Kultura i Turystyka (www.akt.art.pl), Poland; 
kultur-multur.org, Czech Republic (www.kultur-multur.org) 
Society HAYIRAKAN Kultura Jutra, Poland. 

with support by 
MOFFOM - Music on Film, Film on Music Festival, Prague; 
Dialogue of Cultures - United World, Prague 

Contact: 

Macek Trsinski: 
tel:  +48605830425 
email: trzcinka2(a)gazeta.pl 

Grzegorz Gumula 
tel: +48602303374 +48757551971 
email:  akt(a)akt.art.pl 

EVENT- Reading from "Danser sur les ruines, une jeunesse tchetchene," June 24

Posted by: Almut Rochowanski <almut(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org>
Posted: 15 Jun 2007


EVENT- Reading from "Danser sur les ruines, une jeunesse tchetchene," June 24


June 24, 2007:

Reading from "Danser sur les ruines, une jeunesse tchetchene" (Dancing 
on ruins. A Chechen youth) by Chechen author Milana Terloeva

The Tank (a) C:U
279 Church Street
New York
6:30pm
Please join us for a reading from "Danser sur les ruines, une jeunesse 
tchetchene" (Dancing on ruins. A Chechen youth), by 27 year-old 
journalist and author Milana Terloeva from Chechnya. Since the book 
has only been published in France to date, the reading will be from 
excerpts translated into English. 

Milana was 14 when war broke out in her native Chechnya. During the 
following years she experienced bombings, flight and displacement, the 
destruction of her home town and the deaths of people around her. 
Milana was studying French in Chechnya's bombed-out capital Grozny 
when the second war started in 1999 and she became a refugee. Unlike 
most of her generation, Milana was fortunate: in 2003, she was given 
the chance to go to Paris and embark on a graduate education in 
journalism at the elite Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, by a 
new grass-roots initiative of French students, Etudes Sans Frontieres 
(Studies Without Borders), who wanted to help their peers in Chechnya. 
After writing for French and Italian newspapers, Milana was approached 
to write her book, which was published in 2006, the same year she 
graduated second in her class. Milana has since returned to Chechnya, 
where she is working to establish a European cultural center and 
writing her next book. Milana is visiting New York with three of her 
colleagues from Etudes Sans Frontieres.


The excerpts of the book will be read by New York-based journalist 
Marisa Robertson-Textor, who spent seven years living and working in 
Russia. Marisa holds a graduate degree in International Affairs from 
Columbia University and has previously worked with human rights 
organizations in Russia and written about Chechnya.

Since seating is limited, please RSVP to can(a)chechnyaadvocacy.org. 
There will be a suggested contribution of $5 to cover expenses of the venue.

ROUNDTABLE- Transpersonal Psychology in Kyrgyzstan, Aigine CRC, Bishkek, 6/12

Posted by: Zemfira Inogamova <inogamova(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 11 Jun 2007

ROUNDTABLE- Transpersonal Psychology in Kyrgyzstan, Aigine CRC, Bishkek, 6/12


Aigine Cultural Research Centre in Bishkek presents:

Roundtable:
"Developing Transpersonal Psychology in Kyrgyzstan"

Aigine CRC, Bishkek, June 12, 2007.

Roundtable agenda:
 - Problem definition and short description of the round table objectives
 - Why transpersonal psychology is important: information about ASC, 
   connections between health and spirituality, recurring stages of 
   personal history; 
 - Coffee-break;
 - Group discussion;
 - Concluding the roundtable;

Participants: Psychologists and Researchers on Religion and Culture in 
Kyrgyzstan.

Date and time: 10:00-14:00, Tue., June 12, 2007
Venue: Aigine CRC, Toktogula 93, Bishkek
Language: Russian. 

Synopsis: There is a strong folk belief in the Kyrgyz traditional 
society that certain people are chosen for spiritual missions such as 
healing, reciting epics, guarding sacred sites, mediating between this 
world and other worlds; and that their health is directly affected by 
their acceptance or rejection of these missions. Research in 
transpersonal psychology can provide scientific paradigms to explain 
related phenomena that Aigine CRC has been observing in Talas and 
Issyk-Kul. Some important theoretical approaches include Stanislaw 
Groff's ideas about "holistic states" which could be applied to 
aspects of Kyrgyz culture such as Manas epic recitation, "zhaichylyk" 
(methods of affecting the weather) and "zhaichy" (people who can 
change weather), healing and others. 

Aigine Cultural Research Center (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) was founded in 
2004 and takes as its mission: study and preservation of the natural 
and cultural legacy and diversity of Kyrgyzstan; investigation of 
unknown aspects of cultural and natural phenomena; seeking points of 
rapprochement and interconnection among esoteric knowledge and 
science, nature and culture, tradition and innovation, West and East, 
and other experiences often felt to be in opposition. 

Aigine Research Center
str. Toktogula # 93
Tel.: +996 (312) 666966 / 667673
Fax: +996 (312) 667674
E-mail: aigine.bishkek(a)gmail.com 
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

EVENT- Annual Georgian Studies Day 2007, London

Posted by: Tamara Dragadze <DRAGADZEUK(a)aol.com>
Posted: 11 Jun 2007

EVENT- Annual Georgian Studies Day 2007, London


Georgian Studies Day 2007 - advance warning 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Georgian Studies Day and it 
will take place on Wednesday 14th November
at the University of Westminster, 
46, Cleveland Street
London W1T 4JF
London 
from 9:30 am and ending 5:30 pm  
followed by a reception

Please put this date in your diaries for now if you are interested. 
More information will be available in the autumn.
Convenor: Dr. Tamara Dragadze
Co-convenor: Professor Peter Lydyard

Professor Peter Lydyard's email:
p.lydyard(a)ucl.ac.uk

CONF./CFP- Cleanliness in Turkic Culture / Istanbul 21-22 Nov 2007

Posted by: Salih Mehmet Arçin <saliharcin(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 11 Jun 2007


CONF./CFP- Cleanliness in Turkic Culture / Istanbul 21-22 Nov 2007


Call for Papers:

The Department of Turkish Language and Literature of Marmara 
University (Istanbul) is organising a symposium on 

Cleanliness In Turkic Culture

on 21-22 November 2007. 

The purpose of the symposium is to discuss and document the forms and 
means of cleanliness - both abstract and concrete - in Turkic culture. 
Types of brooms, laundry cauldrons, pegs, songs related to washing, 
rituals and beliefs which have evolved around cleanliness and washing, 
as well as the antithesis of cleanliness come under the interest of 
the symposium. You may approach the subject as a historian, 
anthropologist, philologist, folklorist, art historian...  

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

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

Prof. Emine Gursoy Naskali
eminenaskali(a)gmail.com

Salih Mehmet Arcin
Secretary to the Symposium
saliharcin(a)gmail.com

CONF./CFP- Association for Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, April 2008, LSE

Posted by: Abel Polese <abelpolese(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 7 Jun 2007


CONF./CFP- Association for Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, April 2008, LSE

Call For Papers

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is 
holding its 18th Annual Conference, entitled "Nationalism, East and 
West: Civic and Ethnic Conceptions of Nationhood", Tuesday, Wednesday 
and Thursday, April 15-16, 2008, at the London School of Economics.

It has long been standard in the field of nationalism studies to 
classify nations according to which principle serves to unify the 
nation. The distinction between the Western, political type of 
nationalism, and Eastern, genealogical nationalism as systematised by 
Hans Kohn in 1945 has been used, extended and adjusted by scholars of 
nationalism to conceptualise a framework of "inclusive" nationalism 
based on citizenship and territory and "exclusive" nationalism based 
on common ethnic ties and descent. This conference seeks to assess the 
continuing relevance of this dichotomy in its various forms: its 
contribution to theoretical work on nationalism, its usefulness for 
historical interpretation and its value for contemporary policy-making.

The conference will include keynote addresses from leading scholars in 
the field, along with opportunities for scholars from various 
disciplines to examine the relevance of ethnic and civic conceptions 
of nationhood in a series of panel sessions. Suggested themes include:

Civic and Ethnic Aspects of Nation Formation
Is Nationalism a European Phenomenon?
Alternatives to Civic and Ethnic Nationalism
Experiences of Historical Migrant Nations
Citizenship and Immigration
Multiculturalism

The first day will explore the use of the classical dichotomy in 
theoretical works on nationalism, national identity and nation 
formation. By considering historical case studies, the development, 
interaction and conflict of ethnic and civic types of nationalism will 
be analyzed on the second day. Historical critiques of and 
alternatives to dichotomous types like the civic/ethnic and East/West 
will also be considered. On the third day, the framework of civic and 
ethnic nationalism will be explored by focussing on contemporary 
nationalism and approaches to citizenship and immigration.

The 2008 Conference Committee is now calling for papers to be 
presented on the conference. The application is open to any researcher 
who is interested in the study of nationalism and/or ethnicity, and 
PhD students and young scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. 
The abstracts of the proposed papers should not exceed 500 words and 
are expected by November 1, 2007. The Committee will notify applicants 
by November 30, 2007. Please see the ASEN website 
(www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/) for more information and to submit 
your proposal.

Suggestions for panels and additional themes are also welcome. Papers 
submitted to the conference will be considered for publication in a 
special issue of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN).

Please note that ASEN cannot cover travel and accommodation costs. 
Presenters are expected to register for the conference. Further 
enquiries are welcome at asen(a)lse.ac.uk.

LECTURE- TOSCCA Lecture, Visualising the Oriental: Soviet and Post-Soviet Views, June 12

Posted by: Alexander Morrison <alexander.morrison(a)all-souls.oxford.ac.uk>
Posted: 6 Jun 2007


LECTURE- TOSCCA: Visualising the Oriental: Soviet and Post-Soviet Views, June 12


The Oxford Society for the Caspian and Central Asia

Visualising the Oriental: Soviet and Post-Soviet Views (Double Presentation)

1. "A Daughter of the Soviet East: One Gaze Too Far [Semion Chuikov's 
prize winning painting and other re-presentations of the Soviet East 
in 1930s-50s]" Aliya Abykayeva-Tiesenhausen, Courtauld Institute of Art

2. "Glamorous and Disoriented: The Oriental Theme in Khamdamov's Vocal 
Parallels (2003)" Nariman Skakov, University College, Oxford

Convener: Jane Hiddleston, Exeter College, Oxford

Hovenden Room

All Souls College

5.00pm, Tuesday, Week 8 (12th June)

N.B. Vocal Parallels (65 mins.) will be screened before the seminar at 
3.30pm for those who are interested. The film is in Kazakh with 
Russian voice-over.


Semion Chuikov is arguably the most celebrated Central Asian painter 
of the Stalinist period. Russian by descent, Chuikov was born in 
Pishpek (Kyrgyzia) in 1902; he studied at various periods of time in 
Verny, Tashkent and Moscow. The artist's works were exhibited at 
several All-Union Art Exhibitions, and he additionally served as 
Chairman of the Kyrgyz Artist's Union (1934-37). Chuikov received the 
prestigious Stalin Prize (1948-9) for his painting A Daughter of 
Soviet Kyrgyzia. The painting is currently in the collection of the 
State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), although there were other variants 
made later. Chuikov remains one of the most famous artists of the 
period: depicting the smallest of the Central Asian nations made him 
the greatest of Soviet 'Orientalists'.

Rustam Khamdamov is one of the most enigmatic and extravagant 
filmmakers to emerge from Central Asia. Championed by Fellini and 
Visconti, he has made only three films over his lifetime. His latest 
venture revives a genre highly popular in Stalin's time - the 
'film-concert'. Vocal Parallels casts three Kazakh opera stars (one of 
them a trans-gendered counter-tenor) and an Armenian singer. They 
perform celebrated opera arias by Puccini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, et al. 
in unexpected locations ranging from an abandoned factory to a nomad's 
yurt. The concert is mediated by one of the most glamorous actresses 
in the contemporary Russian cinema - Renata Litvinova.

Alexander Morrison
All Souls College
Oxford
OX1 4AL
U.K.

CONF.- Extended Deadline, Revisiting Perestroika

Posted by: 7th Annual Conference Aleksanteri Institute <aleksanteri7(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 5 Jun 2007


CONF.- Extended Deadline, Revisiting Perestroika


Extended Deadline for Abstracts: 18 June


Revisiting Perestroika - Processes And Alternatives
http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2007

The response to our CfP has been substantial and of high quality. We 
have also received a large number of late submissions - including an 
especially WELCOME and growing response from departments of Economics, 
Law and the Social Sciences. We also have several new and, dare we 
say, prestigious components in our series of Aleksanteri Cultural Fora 
to announce!

http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2007/cultural_fora.htm

Adding to this the delay with which our CfP reached scholars worldwide 
(some e-lists have been ponderously slow to act), we have decided to 
EXTEND THE DEADLINE for papers to the 18th of June. For those who have 
put up the poster or other notices, please be so kind as to mark this 
change on your bulletin boards accordingly!

The news from the Cultural Fora include:

1. Confirmation of a substantial EXHIBITION at one of Northern 
Europe's most prestigious art institutions - The Museum Of 
Contemporary Art, Kiasma:

"Raw Materials - The Archive Of Art And The Art Of Archives" The "Raw 
Materials" exhibition excavates the choices and power mechanisms 
involved in 'making history' by manifesting this process as lived 
(installation), mediatized (archival and audio-visual documents), made 
'scientific' (archival categorization) and reflexively absorbed into 

society (socio-cognitive maps). This is all connected through a 
process of language -game and memory construction made physically 
tangible in the exhibition in such a way, that the audience itself 
steps into the (art-) historical process of choosing from the massive 
archive of archives accumulated outside of hitherto 'approved 
history'. The viewer is given insight and a personal experience in 
separating this archive into categories (Greek kategoria, 
'accusation', 'assertion', 'predication'), applying concepts, and thus 
"writing history".

(Reception at Kiasma Museum on the final day of the 7th Annual Conference)

2. Dmitri PRIGOV: confirmation of the attendance of the renowned 
perestroika-era poet.

LITERARY PLATFORM with Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov
A reading, discussions and panels with this "66-year-old avant-gardist 
and hooligan", perhaps the best-known poet of the perestroika era, 
will be held in parallel to the conference. The poet is hosted by the 
Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures, Helsinki University.

We encourage you to use the extra time to inform your colleagues, form 
panels or potentially inform us of your willingness to chair a panel 
or act as a discussant for this unusual series of events.

Ivor Stodolsky
Conference Organiser
Conference e-mails: fcree-aleksconf(a)helsinki.fi // aleksanteri7(a)gmail.com

CONF./CFP- Identities in a Changing World, July 2007, Yerevan, Armenia

Posted by: Anna Harutyunyan <harutyunyan_anna(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 5 Jun 2007


CONF./CFP- Identities in a Changing World, July 2007, Yerevan, Armenia


Please note, the initial deadline (June 1) for submission of abstracts 
have been extended until June 15.

"Identities in a changing world" Conference
July 10-12, 2007 

Organized by: Center for Research on Democracy and Civic Society, 
Brusov Yerevan State Linguistic University, Yerevan, Armenia

Contact persons: 
Mikael Zolyan, V. Brusov Yerevan State Linguistic University, Yerevan, 
Armenia, democracy(a)brusov.am

Anna Harutyunyan, Free University Berlin, Institute of Ethnology, 
Berlin, Germany, haruta(a)zedat.fu-berlin.de

Venue: V. Brusov Yerevan State Linguistic University, Yerevan, Armenia
42 Tumanyan Street, Yerevan 375002, Armenia, www.brusov.am 


The Idea of the Conference 
For a long time the organizers of this Conference have had an idea to 
organize an academic debate forum for their fellow scholars, a place 
which would gather young academics and provide them with a possibility 
to meet and to have scholarly dialogues. 

The Conference organizers wish that the Conference will enable opening 
a space for an intellectual expression, (inter)disciplinary exchange 
of innovative thoughts and practices among young scholars working in 
different spheres of the social science. The format of the Conference 
is quite broad: it allows and, moreover, welcomes a diversity of 
approaches in presentation of scholarly interests, knowledge and 
experiences. The Conference is supposed to encompass debates varying 
from the global and the speculative to local and concrete case studies.

The conference will examine issues of identity transformations in a 
rapidly changing contemporary world. The discussions will focus on 
cultural, political, social, ethnic, religious, gender and other 
identities. In this spirit we welcome submission of papers, which 
engage with the following fields:

Anthropology
Cultural Studies
History
Sociology 
Gender
Political Science
International Relations 
Psychology

The working languages of the conference are Armenian and English.

Participants
The Participants are supposed to be a) PhD candidates in the above 
mentioned fields who are in the process of doing research and writing 
doctoral dissertation and b) scholars who have recently defended their 
doctoral degree. Exceptions to include MA students and BA students in 
final year of their studies may be possible. Unfortunately the 
organizers do not have the financial resources to provide financial 
support to participants from outside of Yerevan. Participants from 
abroad and other regions of Armenia are themselves responsible for 
arranging their travel. 

Abstract Submission
The Conference welcomes submission of 300-word paper, accompanied with 
a short CV, abstract by June 15, 2007. Presentations should be no 
longer than 20 minutes. Full papers of proposed abstracts are due by 
June 30, 2007. 

Abstracts, as well as other conference related inquiries should be 
sent to Anna Harutyunyan, haruta(a)zedat.fu-berlin.de and/or Mikayel 
Zolyan democracy(a)brusov.am

LECTURE- John Schoeberlein, Study of Central Asia in the West, Tashkent

Posted by: Bayram Balci <balci_bayram(a)yahoo.fr>
Posted: 4 Jun 2007


LECTURE- John Schoeberlein, Study of Central Asia in the West, Tashkent


Invitation to a lecture

Institut Français d'Etudes sur l'Asie Centrale
IFEAC

The growth and development of the study of Central Asia in the West

John Schoeberlein,
Université de Harvard (Harvard University)

Monday, June 11, 2007, at 6:15 PM, (IFEAC, 18a, Rakatboshi str.) Tashkent
Free entrance, languages: English and Russian

For more information, please contact:
139.47.03
mailto: administration(a)ifeac.org - www.ifeac.org

LECTURE- Alexander Kupatadze, Politics and Crime in Georgia and KG, AUCA, 6/6

Posted by: Social Research Center <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 1 Jun 2007


LECTURE- Alexander Kupatadze, Politics and Crime in Georgia and KG, AUCA, 6/6


LECTURE: "Political-Criminal-Business Nexus in Post-Revolutionary 
Georgia and Kyrgyzstan: Comparative Analysis", Alexander Kupatadze, 
Social Research Center, AUCA, Bishkek, June 6, 2007

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

Lecture: "Political-Criminal-Business Nexus in Post-Revolutionary 
Georgia and Kyrgyzstan: Comparative Analysis"

Presenter: Alexander Kupatadze, PhD Candidate, School of International 
Relations, University of St. Andrews, UK, Visiting Research Fellow, 
Social Research Center, AUCA, Bishkek

Date and time: 17:00, Wed., June 6, 2007
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA
Language: English. If requested, translation into Russian will be provided

The nature and ramifications of 'colored revolutions' in post-Soviet 
Eurasia has raised many debates in international society, and they 
have been called 'democratic processes' or 'fourth wave of 
democratization'. However, the "democraticness" of these events, as 
well as the usage of the term 'revolution' still needs to be explored. 
For instance, Georgia has witnessed unprecedented pressure on free 
media and deterioration in human rights after the 'Rose Revolution' of 
2003, while rise in corruption and organized crime is evident in 
Kyrgyzstan since 'Tulip Revolution' in 2005. Furthermore, it is still 
not clear whether there is A radical break with the past in 
'post-revolutionary' era, especially in Kyrgyzstan.

This lecture is an attempt to explain the variations between the two 
cases. The crucial questions are why organized crime has skyrocketed 
in "post-revolutionary" Kyrgyzstan and why the reverse process has 
developed in Georgia? Why the re-distribution of spoils has been a 
violent process in Kyrgyzstan and why not in Georgia? The lecture will 
focus on political-criminal-business nexus in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan 
and discuss the impact of the 'revolutions' on this nexus. It is 
argued that strength/weakness of political opposition to 
'pre-revolutionary' elites, instability of political scene and 
involvement of organized criminals in 'revolutionary processes' among 
others, are the main factors explaining "post-revolutionary" 
developments in the two countries.

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

CONF.- Morphological Variation and Change in Caucasus, Vienna, February 2008

Posted by: Nino Amiridze <Nino.Amiridze(a)let.uu.nl>
Posted: 29 May 2007


CONF.- Morphological Variation and Change in Caucasus, Vienna, February 2008


Morphological Variation and Change in Languages of the Caucasus

Workshop at the 13th International Morphology Meeting
February 2008, Vienna, Austria

http://www.let.uu.nl/~nino.amiridze/personal/organization/mvclc.html

Call for Abstracts

A great diversity of languages is spoken in the Caucasus, most of 
which have rich inflectional systems, on the noun (e.g. North-East 
Caucasian), on the verb (e.g. North-West Caucasian), or both (e.g. 
South Caucasian).


The Caucasus offers rich material for studying genetically diverse 
languages being in close contact for centuries, e.g. Georgian (South 
Caucasian) with Abkhaz (North-West Caucasian); Ossetian 
(Indo-European) and Batsbi (North-East Caucasian); Armenian 
(Indo-European) with Azeri (Turkic); or Kumyk (Turkic) with major 
North-East Caucasian languages of Daghestan; or, for a much shorter 
period, the languages indigenous to the region being in contact with 
the unrelated Russian and Turkish. While much is known about the 
contemporary grammar of individual languages of the Caucasus, much 
less can be said with regard to the various contact situations and 
their impact on the morphosyntax of individual languages. Our workshop 
aims to broaden the knowledge on this subject.

We invite researchers working on morphological variation and change in 
the languages spoken in the Caucasus to submit abstracts for 
participation in the workshop, planned to be held at the 13th 
International Morphology Meeting. We would like to invite 
contributions dealing with contact-induced morphological changes in 
any language of the Caucasus region. This includes investigations of 
changes driven by influence from any other language of the region, 
irrespective of the genetic affiliation of the languages in contact. 

Of great interest are not only inter-family, but also somewhat more 
subtle intra-family contacts, such as contacts between various 
North-East Caucasian languages spoken in adjacent areas or neighboring 
villages. Contributions exploring morphological variation and 
language-internal morphological changes are also welcome.

Important Dates

Abstract submission:                  September 17, 2007
Notification:                           October 31, 2007
Workshop:            In the first week of February, 2008
                (The exact date will be announced later)

Organizers
Nino Amiridze, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
Michael Daniel, Moscow State University (Russia)
Silvia Kutscher, University of Cologne (Germany)

Publication
If after the workshop there will be interest in publishing either a 
proceedings or a special journal issue, then the organizers will take 
responsibility of finding a suitable forum and will act as editors.

Submission
Abstracts (maximum 3 pages, including data and references) have to be 
submitted electronically as portable document format (.pdf) or 

Microsoft Word (.doc) files via the EasyChair conference management 
system: http://www.easychair.org/MVCLC2008/.

If you do not have an EasyChair account, click on the button "I have 
no EasyChair Account" on that page and follow the instructions. When 
you receive a password, you can enter the site and upload your abstract.

Workshop Web Page
http://www.let.uu.nl/~nino.amiridze/personal/organization/mvclc.html

CONF./CFP- Labor Migration in Post-Soviet States, Vienna, December 2007

Posted by: Dinora Azimova <dazimova(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 29 May 2007


CONF./CFP- Labor Migration in Post-Soviet States, Vienna, December 2007


Mentioned Session is part of the conference "KCTOS: Knowledge, Creativity and 
Transformations of Societies" to be held in Vienna, 6 to 9 December 2007 

Conference patron: President of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer

Information may be found at: 
http://www.inst.at/kctos/sektionen_a-f/azimova.htm#f1

Paper abstract should be send to Dinora Azimova, email: <dazimova(a)yahoo.com>
Deadline for abstract submission: August 1, 2007 

New economic, political and demographic trends show that the entire 
world enters an epoch of growing migratory pressure: it is estimated 
that there are more than 80 million migrant workers around the 
world.[1] Therefore, labor migration becoming a top question in 
elaboration of strategy for many governments in the world. 

Transformations of the last 15 years made labor migration driven force 
for economic development. At the same time, this is social therapy for 
less developed and over-populated places with low infrastructure and 
limited chances such as rural areas and small cities in East Europe. 

Due to its demographic and socio-economic features, Central Asia is 
related to a category of so-called "labor exceeding" regions. It is 
caused by all traditional views towards having many children, by 
national mentality, and also constantly increasing surplus of 
agricultural population. 

Active demographic development of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and 
Tajikistan has stipulated the fact that nowadays the population of the 
countries has exceeded 34 million people, 50 percent of which are of 
labor age. Nearly half million young people enter here the labor 
market annually. Although the rates of an increase in population were 
steadily reducing during the last decade (in 2004 it reached 1, 1%), 
according to the forecasts of experts in the year 2060 Central Asia 
population might be doubled.

There are a lot of dilemmas around the migration phenomenon, 
especially concerning the labor migrants, their security and human 
rights, contribution to GDP and GNP of receiving countries, 
remittances back home, etc. 
This is very sensitive issue for those small countries, who have no 
enough domestic market to survive, and who experience difficulties in 
both: creating contingent policy towards own labor migrants and 
collaborating with governments of accepting stated in elaboration of 
better policy towards migrants whom they host. 

Migration is both: natural absorber of the socio-economic shocks of 
the globalizing world and human response to the imperfect markets of 
globalizing economy. 

Economic reasons for migration are stipulated by low standards of 
living, and contrasting situation in the neighboring or remote 
countries. The most complicated type of labor migration is 

1. Illegal labor migration. 
It has few forms: 
a) Legal exit from EE/CA state to another country as a tourist, or for 
studies/short business trip, and the subsequent illegal employment 
taken up voluntarily in small "unnoticeable" businesses, in order to 
"legalize" eventually residence in the given country (work permit, 
residence permit, or citizenship). 
Different sources of statistics indicate the significant scale of 
illegal migration from CA for the entire period of 1991-2005. The 
experts' estimations show that this form of migration has not lost its 
intensive nature in the 21st century. 
b) Legal exit to another country through various channels, and forced 
employment in illegal types of activities, such as prostitution, 
slavery, narco-trafficking, etc. 
c) Illegal exit from country of origin and illegal penetration to 
another country (using huge refrigerators,  boats, and so on) 
d) Illegal exit from the country and participation in "mafia" 
structures activities abroad; 

2. Seasonal (short term) labor migration 
One of the most common forms of migration from Central Asia is the so 
called "job-hunting". It is particularly widespread in the country's 
agricultural regions, as well as small towns, with poor 
infrastructure, where unemployment is a quite serious problem. In some 
regions, every third able-bodied man regularly leaves the country for 
seasonal work abroad.
In case of Eastern Europe, this stream is going towards Central and 
Western Europe, in case of CA; trend is mainly towards Russia (around 
75 percent of them) and other CIS countries (25 percent). 
Seasonal work starts in spring and ends well into autumn and is mainly 
comprised of work on large constructions or in house repair companies. 
This particular group of workers has general and all-purpose skills, 
with the exception of a small group of specialists with skills in 
uncommon construction-repair works.
Peculiarities of 21 century migration is participation of woman in the 
process, those who left their families back home to create condition 
for children education, health insurance and so on.
This section welcomed those researchers who are interested in 
collecting new statistics and developing theoretical basis of 
research, practitioners, who is dealing with labor migrants as lawyers 
or officials, NGOs and human right activists. 

Case -studies related to the topic is highly appreciated.  
Especially important for us is concentration on issues of migrant woman.

LECTURE- Kyrgyz-Kazakh Relations, AUCA, Bishkek, May 29, 2007

Posted by: Social Research Center <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 24 May 2007


LECTURE- Kyrgyz-Kazakh Relations, AUCA, Bishkek, May 29, 2007

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

Lecture: "Kyrgyz-Kazakh Relationship: Economy, Trade and Labor Migration"

Presenter: His Excellency Umurzak Uzbekov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to 
Kyrgyzstan

Date and time: 16:00-17:30, Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Venue: 315, Main Building, AUCA
Language: Russian. If required, translation into English will be provided.

His Excellency Ambassador Uzbekov will speak about Kyrgyz-Kazakh 
relations with particular emphasis on three major areas of bilateral 
cooperation: economy, trade and labor migration. Ambassador Uzbekov 
will also highlight the last political reforms in Kazakhstan.

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

CONF./CFP- Revisiting Perestroika, November 29-December 1, Helsinki

Posted by: 7th Annual Conference Aleksanteri Institute <aleksanteri7(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 21 May 2007


CONF./CFP- Revisiting Perestroika, November 29-December 1, Helsinki

2nd Call for Papers: Revisiting Perestroika - Processes And Alternatives
November 29 - December 1, 2007
http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2007

News

The Aleksanteri CULTURAL FORA: Parallel to the academic conference, 
participants and guests will enjoy a new international series of 
cultural events - artistic, documentary, archival, literary and 
cinematic. See the website for the 6 fora already confirmed: 
http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2007/cultural_fora.htm

Poster: A new pdf poster may be found at the below link from our 
website. It is designed for A3 printing, although A4 is also possible. 
Please send your postal address to aleksanteri7(a)gmail.com to receive a 
hard-copy colour print:
http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2007/files/poster_alexconf.pdf

Deadline
It is less than two weeks to our first deadline for submissions: June 1, 2007.

2nd Call for Papers for the 7th Annual Aleksanteri Conference
http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2007

Revisiting Perestroika - Processes And Alternatives
November 29 - December 1, 2007
The Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Marietta Chudakova - Professor at the World Literature Institute, 
Moscow; member of Boris Yeltsin's Presidential Council; member, 
European Academy. http://www.ecsocman.edu.ru/db/msg/203701.html

Boris Groys - Professor of Philosophy and Media Theory, Hochschule für 
Gestaltung, Karlsruhe; Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and 
Slavic Studies, NYU 
http://as.nyu.edu/object/aboutas.globalprofessor.BorisGroys

Boris Kagarlitsky - Director, Institute of Globalization Studies, 
Moscow; former Deputy, Moscow City Soviet; dissident and former 
political prisoner.
http://www.tni-archives.org/detail_page.phtml?page=fellows_kagarlitsky

Jutta Scherrer - Directeur d'études, EHESS, Paris, Centre d'études du 
monde russe, soviétique et post-soviétique; Centre d'études 
Interdisciplinaires des Faits Religieux.
http://cercec.ehess.fr/document.php?id=511

Alexei Yurchak - Associate Professor, University of California at 
Berkeley, author of "Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More".
http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/anth/yurchak.html

Elena Zdravomyslova - Co-director of the Gender Studies Program, 
Associate Professor, The European University at St. Petersburg.
http://www.eu.spb.ru/en/imars/faculty.htm

A Wide Scope For Debate

The political foundation for the reforms of Perestroika, whose outcome 
was to seal the fate of the USSR, was laid in Mikhail Gorbachev's 
"basic theses" of 1987. Twenty years down that road which led to the 
demise of an entire way of life and the re-constellation of the 
international system, Helsinki's Aleksanteri Institute is hosting an 
intellectual forum to revisit this era of dramatic changes, 
reassessing causes and effects, while considering alternative 
perspectives and paths not taken.

This call for papers is an open invitation for panels, papers and 
suggestions for innovative formats (such as debates on new key 
publications, round-tables or film presentations). It is addressed to 
scholars and advanced graduate students from a wide range of 
disciplinary backgrounds, including the social and political sciences, 
cultural studies, the arts and humanities, law and economics. The 
direct relation of the perestroika-process to the collapse of the 
Soviet bloc, leading to the end of the Cold War means that 
contributions concerning Eastern Europe as well as global 
repercussions are also very much welcome.

To stimulate topics for debate and the formation of panels, please 
find below some questions indicating the wide, multi-disciplinary 
scope aimed at:

 - Revolutions and Processes - Was the collapse of the Soviet bloc a 
   result of a series of contingencies, or deliberate political 
   decisions? Was economic collapse avoidable, and if so, for how long? 
   Was the restoration of capitalism inevitable, or were there 
   alternative paths of development? What role did ideas and cultural 
   movements play in perestroika, its pre-history and aftermath?
 - Actors and Institutions - Which groups or traditions emerged, which 
   survived and which were neglected or "written out of history" during 
   the perestroika era? Did practices and customs genuinely see a 
   transformation in all fields of life - from the Kremlin to the kitchen 
   table? How was the role of women transformed? Did "parallel" and 
   "underground" cultures cease to exist?
 - Generations, Retrospectives and Perspectives - How did different 
   age groups evaluate the changes, and how did people of different 
   "mind-sets" see each other? How do contemporary social formations 
   assess the perestroika era and how does this inflect the future?

Conference Schedule And Deadlines:

Panel Proposals / Innovative Formats Submissions: June 1, 2007
Individual Paper Submissions (circa 300 words): June 1, 2007
Notification of acceptance: July 2, 2007
Online Registration by November 1, 2007
Conference: November 29 - December 1, 2007

All proposals should be sent via the conference website
<http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2007>, where an Extended 
Call for Papers as well as a Conference Discussion Forum for 
establishing panels is available. For Inquiries Concerning Submissions 
contact: fcree-aleksconf(a)helsinki.fi


The Aleksanteri Cultural Fora

Running parallel to the academic conference, participants and guests 
will enjoy the opportunity to attend a new international series of 
cultural events - artistic, documentary, archival, literary and 
cinematic. See the website for the 6 fora already confirmed: 
http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2007/cultural_fora.htm

The Annual Aleksanteri Conference is an international, 
multidisciplinary conference organized by the Aleksanteri Institute, 
the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies affiliated 
with the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Conferences have 
attracted broad interest among scholars as well as policy and 
opinion-makers from a wide variety of fields.

Organising Committee

Dr. Markku Kangaspuro (Head of Research), Suvi Kansikas (Conference 
Coordinator), Senior Researcher Vesa Oittinen, Professor Pekka 
Pesonen, Senior Researcher Aino Saarinen, Ivor Stodolsky (Conference 
Coordinator)

LECTURE- Dr. Victoria Clement on Turkmenistan, June 7, 2007, London

Posted by: <B.V.Babajanian(a)lse.ac.uk>
Posted: 21 May 2007


LECTURE- Dr. Victoria Clement on Turkmenistan, June 7, 2007, London


LSE Centre for Civil Society seminar

Can Stability Coexist with Reform?  Turkmenistan's New Challenges

Dr Victoria Clement, Assistant Professor of History, Western Carolina 
University

Date: Thursday, 7 June 2007
Time: 12:30-1:45 pm
Venue: LSE Old Building, Room A283

Dr Victoria Clement has a PhD from the Ohio State University. Her 
dissertation was entitled "Rewriting the Turkmen "Nation": Literacy, 
Education, and Power in Central Asia, 1904-2004." Her major research 
interests concern the Islamic World History, especially Central Asia 
and Russia. She has lived in Turkmenistan, Turkey and Russia. Her 
article, "Alphabet Changes in Turkmenistan: State, Society, and the 
Everyday" in Daily Life in Central Asia, Jeff Sahadeo and Russell 

Zanca, eds. ( Bloomington: Indiana University Press) will appear in 
publication in spring 2007.

Please access the attached hyperlink for an important electronic 
communications disclaimer: 
http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/secretariat/legal/disclaimer.htm

CONF.- The Circassians: Past, Present and Future, May 21, 2007, Washington, DC

Posted by: Circassian World <info(a)circassianworld.com>
Posted: 21 May 2007


CONF.- The Circassians: Past, Present and Future, May 21, 2007, Washington, DC


The Circassians: Past, Present and Future 
In Cooperation with: The Circassian Cultural Institute 

Monday, May 21, 2007 (Official Circassian Memorial Day) 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM 

Location: 
The Jamestown Foundation 
1111 16th St. NW 
Washington, DC 20036 

Reservations are required. Please e-mail your name and affiliation to: 
rsvp-may21(a)jamestown.org

Agenda

Registration: 8:30 AM 

Introduction: 9:00 AM 
Glen E. Howard 
President, The Jamestown Foundation 

Opening Remarks 
Zack Barsik 
President, the Circassian Cultural Institute 

Morning Panel 

The Circassians: 9:10-10:45 AM 

Paul Henze 
Rand Corporation (Retired)
"Who are the Circassians? A Historical Perspective on the Circassians 
and Imperial Russia" 

Dr. Kemal Karpat 
Director of the Center of Turkish Studies, Department of History, 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
"The Circassian Migration to Turkey" 

Fatima Tlisova 
Former North Caucasus Correspondent, Regnum News Agency 
"The Circassians Today and the Resurgence of Circassian Nationalism in 
the North Caucasus"

Glen E. Howard 
Moderator 

Coffee Break: 10:45-11:00 AM 

Russia's Circassian Frontier: 11:00-12:30 PM 

Dr. John Colarusso 
McMaster University 
Moderator 

Ali Berzeg
Executive Director, Circassian Congress Movement, Maikop, Adygeia, Russia 
"The Democratic NGO Movement in Adygeia"

Haci Bayram 
Human Rights Activist 
"NGOs in the North Caucasus and Their Impact on Civil Society and the War 
in Chechnya" 

Dr. Matthew Light 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, 
University of Massachusetts Amherst 
"The Proposed Merger of Adygeia and Krasnodarskii Krai: Why, Why Now, 
and What Next?" 

Mairbek Vachagaev 
Doctoral Candidate Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales 
(EHESS), Paris, France 
"The Military Jammats in Karachai-Cherkess"

Luncheon: 12:30-1:15 PM 

Keynote Address: 1:15-1:45 Pm 

Paul Goble 
Professor, Institute of World Politics 
"Are the Circassians Again Looking Beyond Their Borders?"

Afternoon Panel 

The Circassian Diaspora: 2:00-4:00 PM 

Dr. Kemal Karpat 
Director of the Center of Turkish Studies, Department of History, 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Moderator 

Dr. Alexandre Toumarkine 
Vice Director, The French Research Institute, Istanbul, Turkey 
"Where Are the Circassians Today? The Circassian Diaspora in Turkey and 
the Middle East"

Ziad Hajjo 
Circassian-American 
"The Circassian Diaspora in America"

Close Of Conference: 4:00 PM 

Reservations are required. Please e-mail your name and affiliation to: 
rsvp-may21(a)jamestown.org

The Jamestown Foundation
1111 16th St. NW
7th Floor Conference Room
Washington, DC 20036 

http://www.jamestown.org 
http://jamestown.org/events_details.php?event_id=33

CONF.- Globalization and Youth, Int'l Ataturk Alatoo Univ., Bishkek, May 19, 2007

Posted by: Ibrahim Keles <qelesh(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 18 May 2007


CONF.- Globalization and Youth, Int'l Ataturk Alatoo Univ., Bishkek, May 2007


The 2nd IAAU International Student 
Conference
Globalization And Youth
`Where Does It Lead Us?'

International Ataturk Alatoo University
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

"Conference Programme"

19th of May, Saturday 10.00-1730
9.00-10.00 Registration
10.00-11.00 Welcome speech (Konya Conference Hall) 
Prof. Dr. EROL ORAL, Rector of International Ataturk Alatoo University

I. PART 11.00-12.30 

1. Session Konya Conference Hall 
Topic: Process of Globalization in every aspect of our life, including 
Youth and Technology.

Head of session: Bazarbaeva Nazgul, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
1. Marat kyzy Ayzada, KNU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Globalization and education"(English)
2. Rakhmankulov Feruz, AUCA, Kyrgyzstan.
"History of nations and globalization" (English)
3. Bazarbaeva Nazgul, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Future of World Politics through Samuel P. Huntington's "Clash of 
civilizations" and Mohammad Khatami's "Dialogue among Civilizations" (English)
4. Yusupova Akbermet, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Youth phenomena in globalizing world" (Russian)
5. Muhammed Musa, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Globalization and Technology" (English)
6. Rahimdinova Aycan, Manas, Kyrgyzstan.
"Media, technology and privatization in the process of globalization" (Turkish)
7. Guneshan Ozlem, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Human trade in Globalizing World" (Turkish)

12.45-13.30 Lunch Time

II. PART 13.30-15.00 
1. Session 3rd floor Seminar saloon 
Topic: The Role of Educational and Financial Institutions and importance 
of culture, language and religion in globalizing World.

Head of Session: Zahidullah Jalali, AUCA, Kyrgyzstan.

1. Zahidullah Jalali, AUCA, Kyrgyzstan.
"Fair globalization benefits every one, including youth" (English)
2. Jeenbekova Anara, AUCA, Kyrgyzstan.
"Culture, Language and religion(English)
3. Hommayev Muhommet, AUCA, Kyrgyzstan.
"Role of Global Institutions in Globalization Process post World War 2 
Era" (English)
4. Nuralieva Asel, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"China's path towards Globalization" (English
5. Abakirova Nurjamal, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"History of Globalization" (English)
6. Balykchy Zehra, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Globalization and education" (Turkish)
7. Esenbek Dilbara, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"7 reasons why young business people say "YES" to globalization" (English)
8. Bulut Hulya, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"SEBAT schools in Kyrgyzstan in the period of globalization" (Turkish)
9. Kulichik Ksenya, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Some issues of education development within the problems of 
globalization".(English)

Coffee - Break  15.00-15.30    

 II. PART 15.30-17.00

2-Session 3rd floor Seminar saloon 

Topic: Emerging problems and solutions in society, economics and 
politics in the process of Globalization. 

Head of Session: Andakulov Daniyar, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
1. Sultanova Nargiza, AUCA, Kyrgyzstan.
   "Financial Crisis in 1990s" (English)
2. Djaparova Ayzada, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
   "Global Problems in ecology arising from Energy Sector, and as the 
solution- Renewable Sources of Energy" (English)
   4. Andakulov Daniyar, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
   "Impacts of Globalization on Kyrgyzstan via Drug-Trafficking(English)
5. Akysbekova Elnura, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
   "Globalization opens the door to NGOs and international student 
   organization V- FUND(English)
6. Topkaya Mehmet, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
   "Importance of Education in Developing countries and inequalities in 
   Education in Globalizing world" (Turkish)
7. Kargaev Akylbek, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
   "RFID and Voice Directed Technologies in Supply chain and Global 
   competition" (Kyrgyz)
8. Joldoshbekova Keremet, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan.
   "The problem occurs not when the computers start thinking as a 
   human beings, but when the human beings start thinking as a computers"(English)
9. Nikitenko Natalya, IAAU, Kyrgyzstan 

II. PART 13.30-15.00 

1. Session Social Science Faculty  
1st floor Seminar saloon

Topic: Solutions offered by young people involved in narcotic business 
and children related issues.

Head of Session: Uturova Meerim, BGU, Kyrgyzstan.
1. Raimbekova Feruza, BGU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Youth phenomena in globalizing world" (Russian)
2. Nisharapova Jyldyz, KNU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Globalization... narcotics... youth..." (Russian)
3. Kambaraliev Mirbek, JANU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Children related issues in Kyrgyzstan and their preservation" (Kyrgyz)
4. Raimbekova Feruza, BGU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Media, technology and privatization" (Russian)
5. Dalbaeva Ayjan, MAPKR, Kyrgyzstan.
"Education in Globalizing World" (Russian)
6. Jeenbekova Kiyal, Manas, Kyrgyzstan. 
"Life security training starts at secondary schools"(Kyrgyz)
7. Uturova Meerim, BGU, Kyrgyzstan.
"The study of Merchandise and Marketing "(Russian)

Coffee - Break  15.00-15.30

II.PART 15.30 - 17

2.Session Social Science Faculty
1st  floor Seminar saloon 

Topic: Developments in higher education and influence of globalization 
on Kyrgyzstan.

Head of Session: Kerimalieva RAUSHAN, KNU, Kyrgyzstan.

1. Joldosheva A., KNU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Development tendency of Higher Education in Kyrgyzstan on Globalizing 
World" (Russian)
2. Kenenbaeva Umsunai, BGU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Why the cultural identification is so important?" (Russian)
3. Kerimalieva Raushan, KNU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Globalization in the spheres of culture and health: Damage or 
Benefit?" (Russian)
4. Djabaev Rinat, KNU,Kyrgyzstan.
"War and terror are gaining global characters" (Russian)
5. Kupsuldaeve Ayzada, KNU, Kyrgyzstan.
"Globalization and its influence on Kyrgyz Republic" (Russian)
6. Kambaraliev Mirbek, JANU, Kyrgyzstan.
"A clear defining the purpose of education as the way out from the 
crisis " (Kyrgyz)

Closing Part 17.00-17.30
3rd floor Seminar saloon 

LECTURE- Major Barriers for Economic Growth in KG, Rafkat Hasanov, May 16, KG

Posted by: Social Research Center <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 17 May 2007


LECTURE- Major Barriers for Economic Growth in KG, Rafkat Hasanov, May 16, KG


LECTURE "What are the Major Barriers for the Economic Growth in 
Kyrgyzstan?", Rafkat Hasanov, Social Research Center, AUCA, Bishkek, May 16

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

Lecture: "What are the Major Barriers for the Economic Growth in Kyrgyzstan?"

Presenter: Rafkat Hasanov, Executive Director, Investment Roundtable Foundation

Date and time: 17:00-18:30, Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Venue: 315, Main Building, AUCA
Language: Russian. If required, translation into English will be provided.

Bio: Mr. Hasanov is the Executive Director of Investment Roundtable 
Foundation, a leading economic research and policy analysis center in 
Kyrgyzstan. He currently works an advisor to the Minister of Economy 
and Finance of Kyrgyzstan on pro bono basis. He is also Economic and 
Financial Expert at Investment Council under the Kyrgyz President. In 
the past, he worked as the Deputy Finance Minister and Head of 
Economic Policy Department under the President's Office in Kyrgyzstan. 
Mr. Hasanov has an extensive work experience with local and 
international research projects related to fiscal policies, foreign 
investment, small and medium business development. Mr. Hasanov holds 
MA in Development Economics, Center for Development Economics, 
Williams College, USÀ and Master's degree in Economics from 
Novosibirsk State University, Russia.

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

The project is funded, in part, through the grant provided by the US 
Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

CONF- EU Strategy for Central Asia, Berlin, May 29, 2007, 6 pm

Posted by: Sebastian Schiek <schiek(a)zedat.fu-berlin.de>
Posted: 17 May 2007



CONF- EU Strategy for Central Asia, Berlin, May 29, 2007, 6 pm


CONF.- The European Union Strategy for Central Asia. Is the EU on the 
right track?, German-Kazakh Society, Berlin

The German-Kazakh Society invites all interested persons to 
participate in its conference, to be held May 29, 2007, 6 pm, in 
Berlin: Office of the European Commission in Germany, Unter den Linden 
78, 10117 Berlin.

The European Union is currently developing its own strategy for the 
five Central Asian Countries. We will discuss the strategy's 
background, the actual state of affairs, the role of Germany and the 
future of an EU democratisation policy together with

Dr. Beate Eschment, University of Halle

Mirko Kruppa, Desk Officer, Central Asia and Southern Caucasus, 
Federal Foreign Office

Dr. Tolganay Umbetalijewa, The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic 
Studies, Almaty

Sebastian Schiek,  PhD Candidate at the Institute for Peace Research 
and Security Policy (IFSH), University of Hamburg

The admission is free. Please register at info(a)dekasges.de.

For further information please feel free to contact

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- U.S.-Soviet Relations, October 22-23, 2007, Washington, D.C.

Posted by: Evan N. Dawley <dawleyen(a)state.gov>
Posted: 17 May 2007


CONF./CFP- U.S.-Soviet Relations, October 22-23, 2007, Washington, D.C. 

Call For Papers

U.S. Department of State Announces a
Conference on U.S.-Soviet Relations in the Era of Détente, 1969-1976

Washington, D.C., October 22-23, 2007

The U.S. Department of State will hold a scholarly conference on 
October 22-23, 2007, on U.S. Relations with the Soviet Union in the 
Era of Détente, 1969-1976.  The conference will be hosted by the 
Office of the Historian in the Bureau of Public Affairs, and will take 
place in the new George C. Marshall Conference Center at the U.S. 
Department of State in Washington, D.C.  The conference will feature 
keynote presentations on U.S.-Russian relations by Department of State 
principals and comments from former diplomats and senior scholars from 
both the United States and Russia.  The conference will also include 
scholarly sessions that complement the forthcoming release of 
Soviet-American Relations: The Détente Years, 1969-1972, a joint 
documentary publication undertaken by the Office of the Historian of 
the U.S. Department of State and the Historical-Records Department of 
the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Program Committee invites proposals for original papers dealing 
with the geopolitical and strategic implications of détente from 1969 
to 1976.  We particularly encourage submissions that draw on recently 
opened archival collections.  Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

 - The development of the concept of "linkage" and its implementation 
 - The U.S.-Soviet dialogue relating to the war in Vietnam
 - U.S.-Soviet relations and international security, including the 
   Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War and the Strategic Arms 
   Limitation Talks (SALT)
 - U.S.-Soviet relations and the Middle East, including the 1973 October War
 - Détente and Europe, including Germany and Berlin, Mutual Balanced 
   Force Reductions (MBFR), and the Conference on Security and 
   Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and the Helsinki Accords 
 - The development of triangular diplomacy among the United States, 
   the Soviet Union, and the People's Republic of China
 - U.S.-Soviet relations and the Third World, including southern Africa
 - Economic, cultural, ecological, and scientific issues in 
   U.S.-Soviet bilateral relations
 - Détente and U.S. domestic politics, including the critics of détente

The Program Committee may form panels loosely by historical period 
(1969-1973; 1974-1976) or by theme, and potential contributors may 
wish to focus their topics accordingly.  Paper proposals (abstract and 
c.v.; proposals must be in English, which is the language of the 
conference) should be sent, via e-mail or fax, before June 1, 2007 to:

Dr. Amy Garrett, Program Committee Chair, Office of the Historian
e-mail:  garrettac(a)state.gov; fax:  202-663-1289

CONF.- Post-Soviet Transition in Southern Caucasus, May 18-19, 2007, Ankara

Posted by: <kora(a)metu.edu.tr>
Posted: 16 May 2007


CONF.- Post-Soviet Transition in Southern Caucasus, May 18-19, 2007, Ankara


"Post-Soviet Transition in the Southern Caucasus: Security, Democracy, 
Market Economy and International Politics" Conference organized by 
Center for Black Sea and Central Asian Studies (KORA)-METU and 
International Relations Department of TOBB  University of Economics and 
Technology, will be held on 18-19th of May, 2007.

Prof. Dr. Ayse Ayata
KORA Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aydin
Chairmen of Department of International Relations

Date: 18 May 2007
Time: 09:30
Venue: Cultural and Convention Center,  METU Campus, Ankara, Turkey

The Center for Black Sea and Central Asia
Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey
Tel/Faks: +90 312 210 3051

Day 1 (18.05.07)

9.30-9.45 Welcome Speeches

09:45-11:00 Keynotes
Amb. Ünal Çeviköz (Deputy Undersecretary, MFA, Turkey)
Peter Semneby, (EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus)

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 Panel I: Security and regional Cooperation in the Southern Caucasus
Chair: Mustafa Ayd?n (TOBB- University of Economics and Technology)

Unresolved Conflicts as Security Challenges in the Southern Caucasus
Jonathan Cohen (Conciliation Resources, UK)

The OSCE's Policies in the Southern Caucasus
Dov Lynch (OSCE)

The Role of BSEC in the Wider Black Sea Area
Murat Sungar (First Deputy Secretary General, BSEC PERMIS)

13.00-14.00 Lunch 

14.00-16.00 Panel II: Intersection of Foreign Interests and Security 
Challenges in the Southern Caucasus
Chair: Ay?e Ayata (METU, KORA)

EU and The Southern Caucasus
Borut Grgic (Institute for Strategic Studies, Slovenia)

The US' Policies in the Southern Caucasus
Neil MacFarlane (University of Oxford, UK)

Russia and the Southern Caucasus
Oktay Tanr?sever (Department of International Relations, METU)

Turkey and the Southern Caucasus
Mitat Çelikpala (Department of International Relations, ETU)

16.00-16.30 Coffee Break

16.30-18.00 Panel III: Economic Transition in the Southern Caucasus
Chair: Ayça Ergun (METU)

Privatization Policies in the Southern Caucasus
Naz?m Imanov (Kavkaz & Globalizatsia, Azerbaijan)

Natural Resources in the Economic Development of the South Caucasian 
Countries: Options, Incentives and Obstacles for Regional Cooperation
Mert Bilgin (Do?u? University, Turkey)

Economic Transition in the Southern Caucasian Countries; A Comparative Analysis
Eldar M. Ismailov (Institute of Strategic Studies of the Caucasus, Azerbaijan)

Day 2 (19.05.07)

10.00-12.00 Panel IV: Political Transition in the Southern Caucasus
Chair: Mustafa Ayd?n (TOBB- University of Economics and Technology)

Political Transition in the Southern Caucasus
Dennis Sammut (LINKS, UK)

The Role International Organizations and INGOs in the South Caucasian 
Democracy Promotion
Leyla Alieva (Center for National and International Studies, Azerbaijan)

Civil Society and Democratization in the Southern Caucasus
Ayça Ergun (Department of Sociology, METU)

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Panel V: Looking to the Future of the South Caucasus
Chair: Dennis Sammut (LINKS)

Security-Building in the Southern Caucasus
Tedo Japaridze (Former Adviser to the President, Georgia)

"Solving Unsolvable? Future of Frozen Conflicts in the South Caucasus
Levon Zourabian (International Crises Group-Yerevan Office, Armenia)

Potentials for Regional Cooperation and Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts
Erkin Qadirli (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)

CONF.- Cooperation and Integration for Central Asia, June 2007, Tajikistan

Posted by: Boyko <boyko(a)uni-altai.ru>
Posted: 15 May 2007


CONF.- Cooperation and Integration for Central Asia, June 2007, Tajikistan


The international conference "Cooperation and Integration Projects for 
Central Asia: Comparative Analysis, Opportunities and Prospects" will 
be held in Khudjand (Tajikistan) 26-28 June 2007. It is organized by 
the Center of Geopolitical Studies at Russian-Tajik Slavonic 
University (Dushanbe), Alexander Knyazev Public Foundation (Bishkek), 
Central Asia and Caucasus Institute (Moscow), Center for Regional 
Studies "Russia and the East" (Barnaul) in  partnership with the  
Information Agency "Ferghana.ru", newspaper "Business and politics"
(Dushanbe), and the Center for media assistance (Dushanbe).

Central Asia is the region, historically and civilizationally emerging 
and developing as ethno-cultural and confessional coherency and the 
receptacle of political entities in geographic space between 
Slavonic-Christian, South Asian, East Asian and Arab worlds.  In late 
XX the concept of Central Asia has been interpreted in accordance to 
geopolitical considerations - in most narrow notion it is reduced to 
formula of five post-soviet republics, whereas the extended view 
frames this region as including the territories of some other states, 
which are "interfered" or similar with each other on ethnical and 
other dimensions. Some new cooperative/integrative schemes are 
elaborated - these are different by space and political format and 
suggest the solution of certain objectives, corresponding to the 
interests of out-of-region power centers. The developing of analytical 
projects is followed by practical activities, which are causing 
competitive situation, feeding natural intra-regional contradictions 
as well the whole set of new threats for regional security.   

The assessment of the given situation by expert circles, including the 
representatives of different academic schools and think-tanks from the 
countries of region and outside might get the answers for the long 
list of questions arising in this context. 

The preliminary list of problems to be discussed at the conference:

1. Central Asia: general framework, definitions and criteria of 
political geography

2. Objective pre-requisites for cooperation and integration in region 
and factors preventing it

3.The main external players and motivation of their interests in 
cooperation and integration with Central Asian countries

 - Russia;
 - USA and their trustworthy partners (Turkey, Pakistan); 
 - China; 
 - EU;
 - islamist integrists  (the establishment of caliphate, etc);

The main cooperation and integration projects:

 - post-soviet unities, in which the core component is Russia (OACS 
   and EurAsEC);
 - SCO as cooperative project of RF and PRC;
 - US project of GCA;
 - projects based on ethnical criteria: Turkish initiatives for 
   Turkophone countries of region, concept of Arian unity (Iran, 
   Afghanistan, Tajikistan);
 - the making of caliphate and other integrist schemes of islamist radicals 

4. The main factors of cooperation/integration (pro and contra):
 - economical and resource-rooted:
 - communicational;
 - cultural-civilizational;
 - geopolitical;
 - Afghanistan (state, society, military-political reality) in Central 
   Asian context

It is expected that conference will be attended by many noted experts 
from Central Asia, Russia, China, USA, Great Britain, Ukraine, India, 
Pakistan, Iran and other countries.  

The conference venue is sanatorium "Shifo" at picturesque storage lake 
Qairakkum (Khudjand, Tajikistan). The organizers will provide visa 
support for conference participants. Working languages of conference 
are Russian and English, the simultaneous translation of presentations 
will be provided.

Interested scholars and practitioners should contact the organizers 
asap, providing personal details, the title of presentation, etc) and 
submit an abstract/paper up to 20000 symbols in Russian or English 
(preferably with the relate translation) in World format with 
footnotes and references at the end of text by the date of conference. 
Maps, schemes, etc should be sent as separate files in jpeg, gif, tif, 
psd format.

All requests and mails should be directed to the organizing committee: 
conference_2007(a)inbox.ru

CONF.- Int'l Conf on Inter-Asian Connections, Dubai, February 2008

Posted by: Social Science Research Council <shahabuddin(a)ssrc.org>
Posted: 14 May 2007


CONF.- Int'l Conf on Inter-Asian Connections, Dubai, February 2008


Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Call For Workshop Proposals

Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2007

International Conference on Inter-Asian Connections (Dubai, UAE: 
February 21-24, 2008)

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce an 
open call for proposals from faculty members at accredited 
universities and colleges in any world region, to organize and direct 
a 4-day thematic workshop at an international conference on 
"Inter-Asian Connections." Workshop directors selected by the SSRC 
will be expected to help recruit and select 8 international workshop 
participants from across relevant disciplines in the social sciences 
and related fields.

To be held in Dubai, February 21-24, 2008, the conference will host 
multiple workshops showcasing innovative research from across the 
social sciences and related disciplines, on themes of particular 
relevance to Asia, reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected 
historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the 
Middle East through Eurasia and South Asia, to East Asia. This 
expanded understanding should bring to the fore new and unanticipated 
research themes and cross-regional/trans-regional connections and 
formations. The conference theme of "Inter-Asian Connections" is 
flexible enough to encompass a wide range of projects, from 
explorations of inter-regional historical and material connections 
(for instance, trade and migration flows; Asian international 
relations; the diffusion and exchange of ideas and ideologies), to 
cross-national and comparative investigations of contemporary 
political, socio-cultural, and economic processes.

We invite researchers to apply to organize a workshop on a theme of 
their choice. Each workshop may have one or two directors and will 
include 8 participants (graduate students, junior faculty, other 
researchers and scholars) chosen competitively. Workshop directors 
should have sufficient research experience on the region and themes of 
their proposals. The deadline for application submissions is Friday, 
June 1, 2007.

The full text of the call for proposals, along with information on the 
application process and selection criteria, is available at: 
http://www.ssrc.org/program_areas/global/papers/ .

For additional inquiries, please contact the SSRC at 
intl_collaboration(a)ssrc.org .

LECTURE- Prof Aleksandr Naymark, May 16, 2007, Oxford

Posted by: Alexander Morrison <alexander.morrison(a)all-souls.oxford.ac.uk>
Posted: 14 May 2007


LECTURE- Prof Aleksandr Naymark, May 16, 2007, Oxford


Special Lecture

Joseph the Beautiful of Ravenna as the Calendar Deity of Soghdiana 
(with an epilogue on Mamluk painting, Islamic saints, folk festivals 
and Soviet agrarian officialdom)
Prof. Aleksandr Naymark, Hofstra University
Week 4: Wednesday 16th May
15.30: Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre, 3 St John St, Oxford.

CONF.- Conference on Peaceful Coexistence and Fethullah Gulen, 11/2007

Posted by: Dialogue International <info(a)dialogue-international.org>
Posted: 14 May 2007


CONF.- Conference on Peaceful Coexistence and Fethullah Gulen, 11/2007


International Conference on Peaceful Coexistence 
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
23-24 November 2007 
Fethullah Gulen's initiatives for peace in the contemporary world 

Call for Papers

Deadline for receipt of Abstracts: 31 May 2007

The need for peaceful co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims 
within and between nations has long been recognized. The much 
publicized failures in relations in recent years, which are both a 
cause and effect of the situation in many parts of the world - not 
just the Middle East - should spur all right-minded people to 
re-double their efforts to sustain the hope for peaceful co-existence.  

Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar and peace activist, and the 
mentor of a dynamic faith-based movement that has inspired a 
generation of Muslims in Turkey and abroad to undertake charitable 
works, especially in education. After thirty years of activism in the 
field they now constitute one of the most effective and influential 
Muslim faith-based movements of the 21st century. They work to raise 
moral and religious awareness by founding non-denominational schools 
and universities and so encourage intercultural dialogue and 
understanding. Their work makes a practical contribution to 
constructive, positive relations between the West and the Muslim 
world, with special focus on issues such as democracy, 
multiculturalism, globalization, and intercultural dialogue in the 
context of secular modernity. 

By focusing on Gulen's ideas and practice, this Conference aims to 
explore the appeal and impact of the Gulen's movement worldwide 
initiatives to help people respond creatively to the profound social 
changes that are taking root everywhere. These changes make the world 
an increasingly integrated place, while its people juggle different, 
often divided identities. A particular focus will be the movement's 
long-established and ongoing projects dedicated to improving 
North-South and East-West relations, and to building trust and 
cooperativeness among people of different faith traditions. 

Major themes:
 - Peaceful Muslim-non-Muslim co-existence in a secular context 
 - Inclusiveness and integration 
 - The necessity and importance of dialogue 
 - The positive role of non-denominational education 
 - The state of East-West, North-South relations 
 - Reconciling and balancing reason and faith 
 - Understanding the benefits of democracy 
 - The role of shared values  in building civility and citizenship 

Abstract & CV deadline: Abstracts (max. 500 words) with a brief CV 
(max. 200 words) of the author(s) should be submitted by 31 May 2007 
to submissions(a)gulenconference.nl.  

Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts. 

Paper submission deadline: Abstracts will be evaluated by the 
Conference's editorial board. The authors of accepted abstracts will 
then be asked to submit papers (3000-7000) words before 30 September 2007.  

Conference book: Following editorial review, some of the accepted 
papers will be published in the form of a book of the Conference proceedings. 

Honorarium: 500 euro for papers presented at the conference 

Free resource CD: A free resource CD on Gulen and his works is 
available from the organizing committee. Please apply to:  
cd(a)gulenconference.nl  

Hotel and travel/flight: The cost of hotel accommodation and flights 
will be subsidised for all participants who present papers at the Conference  

For further information please e-mail: 
info(a)gulenconference.nl 
or visit: 
www.gulenconference.nl

CONF./CFP- Cultures of Georgia and Armenia Session, May 8-11, 2006, Kalamazoo

Posted by: Gijsbertus Beynen <BeynenG(a)library.phila.gov>
Posted: 11 May 2007


CONF./CFP- Cultures of Georgia and Armenia Session, May 8-11, 2006, Kalamazoo

 
Papers are invited for the Cultures of Georgia and Armenia session at 
the 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 8-11, 2008, 
at the Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.  Please send one 
page double-spaced abstracts by August 31 2007 to Bert Beynen, Free 
Library of Philadelphia, BeynenG(a)library.phila.gov.

LECTURE- CASG Spring Program, University of Washington

Posted by: Ilse Cirtautas <icirt(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 9 May 2007


LECTURE- CASG Spring Program, University of Washington


University of Washington
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization

Central Asian Studies Group
(Subgroups: Kazakh & Kyrgyz Studies, Uzbek Circle)
Founded In 1987

Program For Spring Quarter 2007

President: Brenda Schuster, e-mail: bschus(a)u.washington.edu
(Faculty Advisor: Ilse D. Cirtautas, e-mail: icirt(a)u.washington.edu)

April 3 Silk Road Lecture Series 2006-2007:
"The Monks of Kublai Khan: Christianity under the Mongols"
Joel Walker, History, University of Washington
Kane Hall 110, 7:00 pm

April 13 Social Gathering for all students and faculty interested in 
Central Asia:
Welcoming of six scholars from our Partner Institutions in Tashkent:
Kasimjon Sadiqov, Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies,
Nodira Mahkomova, Institute of History, Uzbek Academy of Sciences,
Dilorom Gulomova, Institute of History, Uzbek Academy of Sciences,
Gulchehra Zununova, Institute of History, Uzbek Academy of Sciences,
Saidakbar Agzamkhodjaev, Tashkent Islamic University.
Vegetarian Pizza Lunch served
Denny Hall 215, 12:30-2:30 pm

April 14 The Thirteenth Annual Russian, East European and Central 
Asian Studies Northwest Conference:
"From the Cold War to Post-Communism: Sixty Years of REECAS 
(1947-2007)" Communications Building, 8:15 am-5:15 pm
For further information please call The Ellison Center at (206) 
543-4852 or email reecas(a)u.washington.edu


April 15 "Second International Conference on Issues of Comparative 
Religious Studies in Central Asia":
Communications Building, 202 (Simpson Center for the Humanities)
9:00 am-5:30 pm
The Conference has been sponsored by a U.S. State Department 
Uzbekistan Educational Partnership Grant and organized in co-operation 
with five Uzbek academic institutions, located in Tashkent, Seattle's 
Sister City since 1972.
Note: the First Conference under the same title took place in Tashkent 
in September 2006.
For further information please contact Professor Ilse Cirtautas 
(206-543-9963 or icirt(a)u.washington.edu) or Professor Florian Schwarz 
(206-685-2246 or schwarz(a)u.washington.edu)

May 4 Showing of the Kazakh Movie "Nomad"
Denny 123, 12:30-2:30 pm

May 8 "Childhood and Youth Culture in Central Asia"
Charles Carlson, National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent
Communication 120, 7:00 pm

May 10 Silk Road Lecture Series 2006-2007:
"Secrets of Tamerlane's Tomb"
Robert McChesney, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
Kane 110, 7:00 pm

May 11 Seminar: "Writing Central Asian Social History: Documentary 
Sources for the 16th and 17th Centuries"
Robert McChesney, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
Communication 202 (Simpson Center)
10:30-12:30 am

May 12 "19 th Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium on Central/Inner 
Saturday Asian Studies"
Denny Hall 215 A, 8:30 am-5:30 pm"
For further information please contact Professor Ilse Cirtautas 
(206-543-9963 or icirt(a)u.washington.edu)

May 17 "Reflections on the Kazakh Movie: 'Nomad' "
Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

May 18 "Second Showing of the Kazakh Movie: 'Nomad'"
Denny Hall 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

May 24 "Recent Publications in Kyrgyzstan: Qirgiz Adabiyatinin Tarixi 
(History of Kyrgyz Literature), 3 vols. Bishkek, 2004"
Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny Hall 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

May 25 "Recent Publications in Uzbekistan: "Amir Temur in Uzbek 
Literature: Muhammad Ali, Amir Temur Chamani [The 
Flower mGardens (=accomplishments) of Amir Temur], Tashkent, 2006"
Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Denny 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

CONF.- 4th International Felt Symposium in Kyrgyzstan, July, 2007

Posted by: Svetlana Balalaeva <cacsa(a)infotel.kg>
Posted: 8 May 2007


CONF.- 4th International Felt Symposium in Kyrgyzstan, July, 2007

We are pleased to announce the Fourth International Felt Symposium in 
Kyrgyzstan, to be held this summer from July 18 - 31, 2007.  

Call for participants: Deadline May 30 

The Central Asia Crafts Support Association (CACSA) invites you to 
discover the secrets of Kyrgyzstan's Felts and its ornaments through 
an artistic exchange around the magnificent Issyk-Kul Lake during the 
Fourth International Felt Symposium in Kyrgyzstan in summer, 2007.  
The First (2001), Second (2003) and Third (2005) International Felt 
Symposiums in Kyrgyzstan were a tremendous success.  The Fourth 
International Felt Symposium promises to be an extraordinary, didactic 
and cross-cultural experience. A major theme of the Fourth 
International Felt Symposium is the artistic dialogue and exchange. As 
symposium participants, you will discover the secrets of Kyrgyz felt 
traditions and will have the opportunity to exchange yours in return.  

The programme of the Symposium includes International Conference "The 
Use of Ornamental Motives in Traditional and Modern Felting" and 
Exhibition "Ornaments in Felting", which will take place at the Museum 
of Fine Arts in Bishkek, and workshops on felting to be held in Naryn 
area and in the villages of the Issyk-Kul shore.

The itinerary will be full of opportunities for creative expression, 
sightseeing, cultural exchanges, camaraderie, and entertainment. About 
ten days, CACSA will take you via coach bus from the capital city 
Bishkek into the magnificent Tien Shan Mountains and the marvelous 
Issyk-Kul Lake to discover the ancestral home of the Kyrgyz felt 
making tradition. You will enjoy famous Kyrgyz hospitality by living 
and working with local artisans who inhabit these picturesque 
villages.  They will teach you their ancient felt making and 
embroidery techniques, which are the most important products that make 
up the traditional home of the Kyrgyz people: the yurt.  Together, you 
will let your imaginations run wild and create new and exciting works. 

We will visit the mountainous town Naryn, the International Yurt Camp 
at the Issyk-Kul shore, the Jety-Oguz Gorge near Karakol city, 
Petroglyph sites around the Issyk-Kul Lake, the ancient site of Burana 
Tower, and participate in the Central Asian Festival of Intercultural 
Dialogue "OIMO-2007" at the Issyk-Kul.   Our travels will offer the 
scenic views, traditional meals and music, discussions on Kyrgyz 
culture and history, and plenty of time to shop the various craft markets. 

At the end of the Symposium with its fascinating events we will have a 
return trip to Bishkek, where we will have a final shopping tour in 
Bishkek to purchase any remaining souvenirs.  

The Fourth International Felt Symposium in Kyrgyzstan (2 weeks, 18 - 
31 July, 2007): from US$ 1,145 to $1,395 depending on personal 
accommodation selections in Bishkek. 

The price includes:

 - Registration fee 
 - Transportation to and from Manas International Airport
 - Transportation by coach bus for the entire symposium
 - Three meals a day
 - All accommodations
 - All day-trips and excursions
 - Cultural program
 - All workshop and artisan fees
 - All workshop raw materials
 - English language interpreter 

The price does not include airfare to and from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan or 
the cost of a Kyrgyz visa. Citizens of the United States, the CIS, 
many European countries, and Korea can purchase a Kyrgyz visa upon 
arrival at Manas Airport in Kyrgyzstan.  

All symposium events will take place at altitudes ranging from 700 to 
3,000 meters above sea level. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Kyrgyz Republic. If you have 
any questions regarding the Fourth International Felt Symposium, 
please contact:

The Central Asia Crafts Support Association
162-A Manaschy Sagynbai Street
Bishkek, 720017, Kyrgyz Republic
Tel/fax: (+996 312) 662445
Tel: (+996 312) 620385
E-mail: cacsa(a)infotel.kg
Website: www.cacsa.kg

CONF.- Nicholas Poppe Symposium, University of Washington, May 12, 2007

Posted by: Ilse Cirtautas <icirt(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 8 May 2007


CONF.- Nicholas Poppe Symposium, University of Washington, May 12, 2007

University of Washington
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
19th Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium on Central/Inner Asian Studies

Saturday, May 12, 2007
8:30 am-5:30 pm
Denny Hall 215

Program

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

9:00-9:10 Welcome Address: Ilse Cirtautas "Remembering Nicholas Poppe"

9:10-9:35 "Environmental Issues in the Altai Region" Kathleen Braden, 
Seattle Pacific University

9:35-9:45 Discussion

9:45:10:10 "Endangered Animals and other Environmental Issues in 
Kyrgyzstan" Yevgeniy Kashkarov, Altai State University. Visiting 
Scholar, University of Washington (2006-2007)

10:10-10:20 Discussion

10:20-10:45 "Political Situation in Kyrgyzstan: From Bad to Worse" 
Vitaly Nishanov, University of Washington

10:45-10:55 Discussion

10:55-11:20 "Conceiving Anthropomorphism in Eurasian Image 
Stones:Okunev, Early Nomadic, Early Pontic and Scythian Stelae" 
Katrina Swendseid-Ang, Independent Scholar, Eugene, Oregon

11:20-11:30 Discussion

11:30-11:55 "Alisher Nava'i (1441-1501) in Contemporary Uzbek 
Literature" Ilse Cirtautas, University of Washington

11:55-12:05 Discussion

12:05 -1:25 Lunch

1:25-1:50 "Such Classic Ground: Remembering Alexander the Great in 
19th Century Afghanistan" Stefan Kamola, University of Washington

1:50-2:00 Discussion

2:00-2:25 "Traditional Medicine in Central Asia: Contributions, 
Interactions, and Contemporary Practice in Chinjiang" Brenda Schuster, 
University of Washington

2:25-2:35 Discussion

2:35-3:00 "Observance of Everyday Customs and Traditions Among 
Uighurs" Hamit Zakir, University of Washington

3:00-3:10 Discussion

3:10-3:25 Coffee/Tea Break

3:25-3:50 "Roles and Realities for a Bride in a Kyrgyz Household" 
Maureen Pritchard, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

3:50-4:00 Discussion

4:00-4:25 "The American University of Central Asia in Bishkek: 
1993-2007" Ludmila Konstants, Fulbright Scholar, American University 
of Central Asia, Bishkek

4:25-4:35 Discussion

4:35-5:00 "Teaching Experiences in Uzbekistan" Charles Carlson, 
National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent

5:00-5:10 Discussion

5:10-5:30 Closing Remarks

CONF./CFP- 3rd Univ. of Chicago Conference on Eurasian Archaeology, May 2008

Posted by: Charles Hartley <chartley(a)uchicago.edu>
Posted: 3 May 2007


CONF./CFP- 3rd Univ. of Chicago Conference on Eurasian Archaeology, May 2008

Call For Papers

The 3rd University Of Chicago Conference On Eurasian Archaeology

Regimes and Revolutions: 
Power, Violence, and Labor in Eurasia 
Between the Ancient and the Modern

May 1-3, 2008
University Of Chicago

Recent decades have witnessed a turn in anthropological archaeology 
away from totalizing, top-down accounts of elite power.  In their 
stead, society and politics have come to be theorized within community 
organizations and more diffuse locations of authority. But the 
contemporary politics of Eurasia's independent states cautions against 
an archaeological about-face.  Grassroots claims to power can be 
restricted and communities can be both incapable of, and disillusioned 
by, engagement in political struggles.  Rulers can indeed hold a firm 
grasp on political order, exerting tremendous power, deploying the 
weapons of coercive violence, and marshalling the forces of labor.    

The authoritarian politics of the present remind us of the need to 
consider power and violence in the past.  The modern politics of 
Eurasia challenge us to disentangle social and economic 
transformations from political ones and to probe not only the 
archaeology of social lives within communities but also the 
politics-egalitarian, despotic, charismatic, bureaucratic, 
traditional-that ordered these lives.  What does political authority 
over the longue durée look like across Eurasia?  What is the role of 
material culture in preserving regimes and producing revolution?  How 
can we explore the work of power without subsuming it to the domain of 
governmental institutions?  The 3rd University of Chicago Conference 
on Eurasian Archaeology will examine the instruments of power, the 
semiotics of legitimation, and the mobilization of labor in the 
constitution of politics from prehistory to today. 

The University of Chicago Conferences on Eurasian Archaeology bring 
together graduate students and senior researchers from institutions 
across North America, Europe, and Asia.  Organized and run by the 
graduate students of the University of Chicago, each conference 
centers on a theme that is intended to encapsulate a broad set of 
pressing issues in the field.  But the conferences also provide a 
forum for sharing new data, testing original ideas, and developing 
cross-cultural conversations that will forward the next decade of 
research in Eurasia.

Individuals interested in presenting should send an abstract of no 
more than 200 words along with a completed submission form to Charles 
Hartley at <chartley(a)uchicago.edu> by December 1, 2007.  Please 
include the full name of the presenter and all co-authors, with their 
institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses. 

Scholars interested in organizing thematic sessions should contact 
Charles Hartley no later than November 1, 2007.  

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to participate.  Papers will 
be selected for presentation based on how closely they fit to the 
overall theme of the conference. There is no registration fee for the 
conference.

LECTURE- James Millward, Present and Past in Xinjiang, May 10, 2007, London

Posted by: James A. Millward <millwarj(a)georgetown.edu>
Posted: 2 May 2007


LECTURE- James Millward, History and Present in Xinjiang, May 10, 2007, London

Seminar 
 
Date: Thursday, 10 May 2007 
Time: 5:30pm
 
Title: "Eurasian Crossroads:  History and the present in Xinjiang, 
Chinese Central Asia"
Speaker: James A. Millward
 
Venue: Room B111, Brunei Gallery, SOAS  
 
Enquiries: Bhavna Dave (Centre Chair) bd4(a)soas.ac.uk (Tel: 020 7898 
4734) or Jane Savory js64(a)soas.ac.uk (Tel: 020 7898 4892)
 
All Welcome
 
Seminar Abstract: 
The western Chinese region known today as Xinjiang lies at the center 
of the Eurasian continent, and has always been the hub of the silk 
roads network. In his lecture, Prof. James Millward will discuss the 
broad pattern of Xinjiang's past, including  environmental and 
political factors that have shaped relationships between north China, 
the Tarim Basin oases, the steppes north of the Tianshan over two 
millennia.  Changes in the strategic balance of steppe and sown and in 
the relationship between man and the environment in Xinjiang since the 
18th century have revised this pattern, and underlie many aspects of 
the situation in Xinjiang today.
 
Speaker:  
James A. Millward (BA. Harvard 1982, MA School of Oriental and African 
Studies, University of London 1986; Ph.D. Stanford 1993) is Associate 
Professor of Intersocietal History in the Edmund Walsh School of 
Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  He specializes on the modern 
history of China and Central Asia, including Mongolia, Tibet and 
especially Xinjiang.  His publications include Crossroads of Eurasia:  
A History of Xinjiang (Columbia, 2007), New Qing Imperial History: the 
Making of Inner Asian Empire at Qing Chengde (RoutledgeCurzon 2004), 
and Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity and Empire in Qing Central 
Asia, 1759-1864 (Stanford, 1998).

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/

LECTURE- Robert McChesney, Secrets of Tamerlane's Tomb, Seattle, May 10, 2007

Posted by: <dwaugh(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 1 May 2007


LECTURE- Robert McChesney, Secrets of Tamerlane's Tomb, Seattle, May 10, 2007


The Silkroad Foundation, Simpson Center for the Humanities (University of 
Washington) and other University of Washington sponsors are pleased to 
announce the final lecture in this year's Seattle Silk Road series:

"Secrets of Tamerlane's Tomb"
by 
Robert D. McChesney
New York University

Thursday, May 10, 2007
7 pm
Kane Hall 110
University of Washington Seattle campus
The lecture is free and open to the public.

About the lecture:

Tamerlane's tomb, the Gur-i Amir in Samarkand, has been a subject of 
fascination and speculation since its initial construction in 1404. 
The great domed tomb complex has undergone numerous changes in the 
past half millennium and those changes have helped spark legends and 
stories of its secrets and mysteries. Based on long extant as well as 
recently discovered evidence, this illustrated talk will trace the 
evolution of the tomb and the stories about it from its founding until 
its emergence in the late 20th century as an iconic symbol of the 
modern Uzbek government.

About the speaker:

R. D. McChesney is Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and 
History at New York University. He is the author of Waqf in Central 
Asia (1991), Central Asia: Foundations of Change (1996) and Kabul 
Under Siege (1999) as well as numerous articles on the social and 
economic history of the eastern Persianate world.

The lectures are made possible with funding from the Silkroad 
Foundation and the following University of Washington sponsors: the 
Simpson Center for the Humanities; the Ellison Center for Russian, 
East European and Central Asian Studies; the Department of Near 
Eastern Languages and Civilization; the Division of Art History, 
School of Art; the Department of History; and the Department of Asian 
Languages and Literature.

For more information, visit 
http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/projects_silkroad0607.htm, or contact Florian 
Schwarz at fschwarz(a)u.washington.edu

LECTURE- Political Islam in Central Asia and Turkey, April 30, Dushanbe

Posted by: <PayamForoughi(a)aol.com>
Posted: 30 Apr 2007


LECTURE- Political Islam in Central Asia and Turkey, April 30, Dushanbe


The OSCE Centre in Dushanbe is commencing the first in what is 
expected to become a series of thought-provoking presentations related 
to Tajikistan and Central Asia. 

All interested are invited to:

"Political Islam in Central Asia and Turkey: A Comparative Look at 
Tajikistan's IRP and Turkey's AKP" 
Professor Edward Schatz (U. of Toronto)
Monday, 30 April 2007
4:15 PM
OSCE Centre in Dushanbe
12 Zikrullo Khajoev St.
RSVP (992) 918-614-250

LECTURE- Kyrgyz-Russian Relations, Ambassador Vlasov, May 3, Bishkek

Posted by: Social Research Center <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 27 Apr 2007


LECTURE- Kyrgyz-Russian Relations, Ambassador Vlasov, May 3, Bishkek

LECTURE: "Kyrgyz-Russian Relations: 16 Years of Experience in 
Economic, Trade and Security Cooperation", Vlasov Valentin, Ambassador 
of the Russian Federation to Kyrgyzstan, Social Research Center, AUCA, 
Bishkek, May 3, 2007

Social Research Center at AUCA (www.src.auca.kg) in cooperation with 
Diplomatic Academy under the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry present:

Lecture: "Kyrgyz-Russian Relations: 16 Years of Experience in 
Economic, Trade and Security Cooperation"

Presenter: His Excellency Vlasov Valentin, Ambassador of the Russian 
Federation to Kyrgyzstan

Date and time: 16:00-17:30, Thursday, May 3, 2007
Venue: 315, Main Building, AUCA
Language: Russian. If required, translation into English will be provided

Synopsis: Since gaining independence Kyrgyzstan's foreign policy has 
put great emphasis on cooperation with Russia in several fields 
ranging from trade to military cooperation. The establishment of a 
strategic partnership between these two countries has demonstrated the 
important position of Russia in Kyrgyzstan's foreign policy. 

His Excellency Ambassador Vlasov will speak about Kyrgyz-Russian 
relations with particular emphasis on three major areas of bilateral 
cooperation: economy, trade and security. Ambassador Vlasov will 
deliver this lecture under the SRC's Ambassadorial Talk Project. 

This lecture is organized by Social Research Center in cooperation 
with the Diplomatic Academy under the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry.   

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

CONF./CFP- Warsaw East European Conference, July 15-18, 2007

Posted by: Warsaw East European Conference <conf.stadium(a)uw.edu.pl>
Posted: 26 Apr 2007


CONF./CFP- Warsaw East European Conference, July 15-18, 2007

Warsaw East European Conference
Warsaw, July 15-18, 2007

Studium Europy Wschodniej UW (The Centre for East European Studies of 
Warsaw University) is organizing the Warsaw East European Conference, 
Fourth Annual Session, to be held in Warsaw, July 15-18, 2007.

The main subjects of the Warsaw East European Conference, Fourth 
Annual Session, are democratic and authoritarian tendencies in East 
Central, South Eastern and Eastern Europe since 18th century. The 
Conference will focus on history of 19th and 20th centuries as well as 
current political, social, economic, national and cultural issues 
related to the main subject. Special attention will be given to the 
problems of the communist and post-communist world. Therefore, the 
Caucasus and Central Asian issues will be also relevant for the WEEC, 
Fourth Annual Session.

The WEEC, Fourth Annual Session is dedicated to the issue of 
democratic and authoritarian rules in the region. One of the 
traditions of modern democracy in East Central Europe has its roots in 
the so called 'noble democracy' of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 
of 16th - 18th centuries. The issues of federalist and centralist 
systems, interethnic peace and conflict, religious tolerance and 
discrimination in multinational states of the region such as Polish- 
Lithuanian state, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires will 
be examined during several of the Conference panels. Another topic of 
the WEEC, Fourth Annual Session will be national question in the 19th 
century, often called the century of the revival of the nations or, 
according to other theories, the century of the birth of the nations. 
The 2007 Conference will be also focused on ideologies like 
nationalism, Marxism, socialism and their relationships with 
democratic, authoritarian and totalitarian political systems.

Next section of the WEEC, Fourth Annual Session, will be related to 
communism and developments, which took place in Central and Eastern 
Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia after the Bolshevik Revolution of 
1917. Special issues of the WEEC concerning the communist period are: 
opposition and dissidents in Soviet Union and communist bloc, 
relations between state and confessional groups in communist countries 
and cultural changes in totalitarian countries.

Another part of the WEEC problems are current political, social, 
economic and cultural developments in the region. Particular attention 
will be given to the EU Eastern policy, its relations with Russia, and 
energy security problems. One of the Conference panels will be 
dedicated to Putin's domestic and foreign policy as well as imperial 
tendencies in modern Russia. EU's enlargement, its experience with new 
member states Bulgaria and Romania, as well as the chances for 
accession of Croatia, Ukraine or Turkey will be also examined during 
the WEEC, Fourth Annual Session. Another important topics will be EU's 
policy towards the Black Sea region and chances for democracy in Transcaucasia.

Finally, general condition of democracy and civil society in 
post-communist area and specific topics like changing notion of 
citizenship, local democracies and civil society construction, NGOs 
activities, state and individual freedom will be discussed during the 
WEEC, Fourth Annual Session.

Deadline for sending application forms and paper proposals: April 30, 2007 

Forms must be sent by e-mail at conf.studium(a)uw.edu.pl 

Further details concerning Warsaw East European Conference, Fourth 
Annual Session, find in attachment "Call for papers" at: 
http://www.uw.edu.pl/en/page.php/news/conf_07/inf_en.html

CONF.- Iranian-Speaking Nomads of Eurasia, 7-10 May, 2007, Barcelona

Posted by: Nader Rastegar <ispahan1900(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 26 Apr 2007


CONF.- Iranian-Speaking Nomads of Eurasia, 7-10 May, 2007, Barcelona

International Conference:
Scythians, Sarmatians, Alans: Iranian-Speaking Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes
Autonomous University of Barcelona, 7-10 May 2007

For more information please contact either Professor Evangelos Venetis 
<e.venetis(a)yahoo.com> or
Matthew Canepa <CanepaM(a)cofc.edu>

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 
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona - UAB) from Monday 7th to Thursday 
10th May 2007, in close collaboration with the Institute of Ethnology 
and Anthropology RAN (Moscow).
 
The main objectives of this conference are:
 - to act as a forum for discussion and to promote scholarly exchange 
   between Eastern and Western academics dealing with this subject, and 
 - to bring together leading authorities in the field, in order to 
   provide a state-of-the-art overview of the archaeology, history, 
   language and culture of the Iranophone 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 enclosed application and 
returning a copy of this document to the E-Mail address 
<cg.iranian.steppe.nomads(a)uab.es>
(or by fax to +34 93 5813114). 

[The deadline for submitting a paper had been extended until 1st 
December 2006.]

The congress will be composed of different working sessions, arranged 
in chronological order and combining papers devoted to archaeological, 
historical and philological problems related to three main historical 
periods (Scythian, Sarmatian & Alanic).

For more information and a provisional schedule, please visit: 
<http://seneca.uab.es/antiguitat/SCYTHIANS/CONGRESS.htm>

WORKSHOP- Conflict and Cooperation in Eurasian Cities, Napoli, May 29, 2007

Posted by: Abel Polese <abelpolese(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 26 Apr 2007


WORKSHOP- Conflict and Cooperation in Eurasian Cities, Napoli, May 29, 2007

(Informal) Call for contributions

On the 29th of May we are holding, at the University of Napoli Federico II, 
a workshop on multicultural cities.

Synergies of the cities: conflict, cooperation and use of spaces in 
multicultural Eurasian cities.

Consolidation and reshaping of borders, together with the urbanization 
processes and the forced migrations of the 20th centuries have shaken 
and altered the social, economic, ethnic and linguistic composition of 
most Eurasian cities. Many cities of Central and Eastern Europe have 
lost their 19th century plurilingual substratum. Still, new forms of 
multicultural interactions have developed in these cities, as in the 
overall European urban areas, between old settlers and new comers, in 
the different phases of the 20th century.

Ethnic and national identifications are multilayered, and social, 
regional, generational and gender forms of identifications, also play 
a big role in the identity of people, and of groups either. The 
apparent mono-national paradigm of the post WWII cities of Central and 
Eastern Europe, at a closer look, has to be challenged. The cities of 
the socialist societies, and of the post-socialist societies, reveal 
various forms of adjustments, choices, and peculiarities of the fast 
and slow nationalization processes. In general, the process of 
urbanization has continuously reshaped the cultural and social 
settings and interactions in the cities of Central and Eastern Europe, 
not to speak of Central Asia, where the nation building processes have 
only partially being successful, and western Europe, whose urban areas 
have been exposed to massive global migrations in the last decades.

The demographic modifications and the reshaping of borders, along with 
the changes in the institutional and social setting during the "long" 
20th century, have led to a transformation of the role and sense of 
the urban space, in the different European urban areas. The new 
relationships between town and countryside, and/or between the central 
urban area and the highly urbanized or industrialized peripheries, 
reflect the modifications in the identity and social structures of the 
urban centers. We have witnessed escalation of violence in a number of 
cities and pacific cooperation of locals in an apparently random 
pattern, which motivates us in the investigation of the reasons, 
causes, mechanisms and timing of ethnic and economic conflicts.

Starting out from some case studies of Eurasian cities (Mostar, 
Samarqand, Odessa and Jerusalem), the project intend to use first 
source material, gathered during fieldwork, to reach some theoretical 
conclusions. In the course of the project it is envisaged to integrate 
other cities into the case studies sample so to be able to extend 
theoretical conclusions to a broader area and compare different cities 
in Europe, as in the Mediterranean and Central Asian areas.

In particular the project tries to answer questions such as:
 - The impact of the processes of mixing and un-mixing of the population.
 - The different experiences and forms of concrete multiculturalism
 - The elements bringing to an escalation of conflicts and those 
   bringing to pacific coexistence or even
cooperation between different groups.
 - The role of economic and other factors in the nature, and extent, 
   of ethnic conflicts.
 - The management of urban space in the promotion of ethnic and 
   political competition and of cooperation and integration.
 - The border between public and private space; the self-organization 
   and the self-management of the public space by the local community vs. 
   the action of the state.
 - The international and local actors in the development of the trends 
   towards cooperation and conflict in crises conjunctures.
 - Examples of successful cooperation and the possibility to draw some 
   theoretical conclusions

In the course of the project it is envisaged to integrate such 
findings with those from other cities.

The idea is to meet up to discuss our research findings and possibly 
come up with some ideas for a large scale research project or at least 
building up of a network. We would invite researchers who might be 
interested in such project to either submit a short abstract or 
contact us and inform on their availability. The reason why we call 
this an informal call -apart from the fact that the call is launched 
quite late- are two:

1. Since it is an informal (and pilot) event we have no funding at all 
for this event, those coming should cover their costs. We can assist 
in finding a cheap place to sleep 'chez l'habitant' (around 30 euros 
per night) or try to arrange something for free at somebody's place 
(depending upon availability) and a lunch with pizza and drink cost 
around 5 euros and for cheap flights one can check www.whichbudget.com

2. Language, most of the paper givers are native Italian speakers and 
I reckon there will be one or two researchers with low English level 
and some presentations might be in Italian. You are welcome to present 
in English, French or Spanish (and, of course, Italian) but must be 
aware that Italian will have a major role in the event

If you can get along with those conditions, are interested, and have a 
solid research project ongoing or about to be, please contact us at 
<abel(a)ehess.fr> (Abel)
<gidaless(a)unina.it> (Vanni)

LECTURE- Dr. Andrew Fagan on Human Rights, Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 3, 2007

Posted by: Galina Bityukova <gbityukova(a)bilim.kz>
Posted: 24 Apr 2007


LECTURE- Dr. Andrew Fagan on Human Rights, Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 3, 2007

Lecture & Discussion Series - Next meeting: "Who Owns Human Rights, 
Citizens or the State?". Lecturer - Dr. Andrew Fagan, University of 
Essex, May 3, 2007, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Corporate Educational Foundation "Bilim-Central Asia"

Central Asian Resource Center

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

Invites scholars who are teaching political science and international 
relations as well as all interested persons and researchers to take 
part in Lecture& Discussion Series. Our next lecture is as follows:

Who Owns Human Rights, Citizens or the State?

Lecturer:
Dr. Andrew Fagan,
Deputy Director: Human Rights Center
University of Essex 

Time: May 3, 17.30 - 18.30

Location: 65 Abylai Khan ave., of.12, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Contact person: Nurzhana Imasheva, carcadmin(a)bilim.kz,  tel.: 7 (3272) 
59 76 18.

ROUNDTABLE- Role of Moldo in Kyrgyz Society, Aigine CRC, Bishkek, Apr 25, 2007

Posted by: Zemfira Inogamova <inogamova(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 23 Apr 2007


ROUNDTABLE- Role of Moldo in Kyrgyz Society, Aigine CRC, Bishkek, Apr 25, 2007


The Aigine Cultural Research Center in Bishkek presents:

ROUNDTABLE:

"The Role of Moldo (mullah) in Kyrgyz Contemporary Society"

Aigine Cultural Research Center, Bishkek, April 25, 2007.

Roundtable agenda:

 - Contradictions between traditional beliefs and Fundamental Islam in 
   contemporary Kyrgyz society

 - Collision of "musulmanchylyk" (muslimness) and "kyrgyzchylyk" (kyrgyzness);

Participants: Moldos (mullahs) & Researchers on Religion and Culture.

Date and time: 10:00-13:00, Wed., April 25, 2007
Venue: Aigine Research Center, Toktogula 93, Bishkek
Language: Kyrgyz/Russian. If requested, translation will be provided

Synopsis:
The question of religion and religious orientation is important in any 
society. The official religion in Kyrgyzstan is Islam. However, what 
Islam the country inhabitants should practice? Speaking based on 
experience of Aigine, that Islam, which:

 - Includes worshipping of the sacred sites or excludes it;

 - Includes a big variety of rituals or limited to certain rituals 
   permitted somewhere and by someone;

 - Allows traditional healing or forbids it;

 - Includes various kinds of spiritual practices or limited to 
   practices described and approved somewhere and by someone.

The overwhelming majority of pilgrims of Kyrgyzstan considers 
themselves as Muslims and do not agree with the opposition of their 
"impure" and "distorted" Islam to another "pure" and "normative". 
Currently, Aigine cooperates mainly with people practicing cultural 
Islam, which conflict-freely combines the ancient values with Islamic 
norms. And the Islamic norms are as traditional to them as the 
pre-Islamic ones. The differentiation of "Islamic" "pre-Islamic" 
itself was erased for people practicing popular Islam.

There are other types of the religious representatives for whom 
differentiation of "Islamic" and "pre-Islamic" is an essential one. In 
general they conditionally could be named "moldos" (mullah). Aigine 
started working with moldos in order to look for ways to consolidate 
different types of Muslims in the country.

Aigine Cultural Research was founded in 2004 as a nongovernmental 
public fund, dedicated to the research of the cultural heritage and 
traditional knowledge of Kyrgyzstan. Aigine mission is to promulgate 
little known aspects of the diverse cultural and natural heritage of 
Kyrgyzstan, to contribute to the development of cultural heritage 
management in Kyrgyzstan and to search for ways to reconcile and 
integrate esoteric and scientific approaches to understanding, nature 
and culture, tradition and innovation, history and modernity, and west 
and east.  Aigine emphasize and utilize inter-ethnic, inter-cultural, 
inter-religious, and inter-age phenomena to promote tolerance and 
mutual understanding among the ethnicities, cultures, religious 
groups, and generations of Kyrgyzstan.

Aigine Research Center
str. Toktogula # 93
Tel.: +996 (312) 666966 / 667673
Fax: +996 (312) 667674
E-mail: aigine(a)yahoogroups.com
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

LECTURE- Maria Elizabeth Louw, SRC, AUCA, April 25, 2007

Posted by: Social Research Center <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 23 Apr 2007


LECTURE- Maria Elizabeth Louw, SRC, AUCA, April 25, 2007


LECTURE: "When the Divine Takes Place: Experiences of the Divine in 
Bukhara and Bishkek", Maria Elizabeth Louw, SRC, AUCA, Bishkek, April 25, 2007

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

LECTURE: "When the Divine Takes Place: Experiences of the Divine in 
Bukhara and Bishkek" 

Presenter:  Maria Elisabeth Louw, PhD in Anthropology and Ethnography, 
Aarhus University, Denmark, SRC Visiting Research Fellow, AUCA 

Date and time: 17:00-18:00, Wed., April 25, 2007
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA
Language: English. If requested, translation will be provided

Synopsis: The veneration of sacred places has often been identified as 
the most important aspect of popular Islam in Central Asia. Even more 
importantly, however, may be those points in time and space where the 
Divine breaks through in people's life worlds. In other words, where 
the Divine takes place. People frequently experience glimpses of the 
Divine in what might appear to the spectator as insignificant 
phenomena and occurrences and strive to make them socially significant.

Maria Louw will talk about her research on sacred places and 
experiences of the Divine in Central Asia, drawing in particular on 
her former research in Bukhara, while also including reflections on 
her current fieldwork in Bishkek.

Bio: Maria Elisabeth Louw holds a PhD from the Department of 
Anthropology and Ethnography, Aarhus University, Denmark, and is 
currently postdoctoral fellow in the same University. She is also a 
Visiting Research Fellow at Social Research Center, AUCA. Maria Louw 
has done extensive fieldwork in Central Asia, focusing in particular 
on everyday religion, morality and politics in the context of 
post-Soviet social change. Her current project, which is based on 
anthropological fieldwork in Bishkek, focuses on the relationship 
between the religious, the secular and the esoteric in everyday life 
in modern Kyrgyzstan. This project is being supported by the Danish 
Research Council for the Humanities, the Danish Council for Strategic 
Research and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik's Foundation.

This lecture is arranged by Social Research Center at AUCA through 
funding provided by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

CONF.- Locating "Eurasia" in Postsocialist Studies, Princeton Univ., April 27-29, 2007

Posted by: Serguei Alex. Oushakine <oushakin(a)Princeton.EDU>
Posted: 23 Apr 2007


CONF.- Locating "Eurasia" in Postsocialist Studies, Princeton Univ.

http://www.princeton.edu/~restudy/soyuz.html 

2007 Annual Soyuz Symposium, Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219

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

April 27, Friday

3:00 - 5:00 Round Table: "Eurasia": Old Themes And New Approaches 

5:30 - 6:30 Keynote Address: Stephen Kotkin (Princeton University)
Eurasia: Disease Masquerading As The Cure?

April 28, Saturday

9:00 - 11:00 Panel 1. Names And Spaces In Eurasia
11:30 - 1:30 Panel 2. Traveling Ideas: Religious Fusion?
2:30 - 4:30 Panel 3. Economies Of Backwardness And Modernization
4:45 - 6:45 Panel 4. Marketing Postsocialist Ideas

April 29, Sunday   

9:00 - 11:00 Panel 5. Eurasian Spectacles: Identities In Performance
11:15 - 1:15 Panel 6. New Borders And Peripheries: Politics In Between

The Symposium Is Sponsored By:

Princeton Institute For International And Regional Studies

The Program In Russian & Eurasian Studies
The Department Of Anthropology
The Council Of The Humanities
The University Center For Human Values
The Department Of Slavic Languages & Literatures

http://www.princeton.edu/~restudy/soyuz.html

LECTURE- D. Northrop and S. Kotkin, 4/24 and 5/2, GMU

Posted by: Eric Max Mcglinchey <emcglinc(a)gmu.edu>
Posted: 23 Apr 2007


LECTURE- D. Northrop and S. Kotkin, 4/24 and 5/2, GMU


George Mason's Focus on Central Asia Program is pleased to announce 
public lectures by Douglas Northrop (April 24) and Stephen Kotkin (May 
2).  All are welcome.

Douglas Northrop, "Earthquakes and Empire: Remembering Disaster in 
Central Asia"

Tuesday, April 24, 3:00-4:30 pm, SUB I, Room C

Over the last two centuries, Russian and Soviet governments have 
repeatedly attempted to build a new political and social world in 
Central Asia.  What happens, though, when that world collapses? 
Cultural encounters in Central Asia took many forms -- but efforts to 
establish Moscow's authority faced particular challenges in extreme 
climactic conditions and "natural" hazards.

This talk considers the impact of one such hazard, earthquakes, in 
shaping the actions and outlook of Russian officials and local 
populations, and it asks how the recurrent experience of seismic 
calamity shaped efforts to remember and commemorate disasters in the 
imperial periphery.

Douglas Northrop is Associate Professor of Modern Central Asian 
Studies at the University of Michigan and author of Veiled Empire:  
Gender and Power in
Stalinist Central Asia.

Stephen Kotkin, "Empire without Nostalgia"

Wednesday, May 2, 4:30-6:00 pm, Research I, Room 163

"Eurasia" as a term has suddenly become ubiquitous from scholarly 
journals and foundation programs to journalism and everyday speech. 
But is the idea
of "Eurasia" the disease masquerading as the cure?  How are we to 
understand the history and possible future of the vast space that lies 
between Germany
and Japan?  Could it be that we have it all wrong?  This talk will 
examine practices of exchange and governance, from the imperial 
Mongols to Vladimir
Putin and Nursultan Nazarbaev.

Stephen Kotkin is Professor of Russian History and Director of the 
Program in Russian Studies at Princeton University.  His books include Magnetic
Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization and Armageddon Averted: The 
Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000.

Eric M. McGlinchey   
Assistant Professor of Government and Politics     

Department of Public and International Affairs   
George Mason University
Robinson A201 - MSN 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

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

EVENT- Caravansarai Dumplings from the Ancient Silk Road, 5/25, San Francisco

Posted by: Helen Faller <helen(a)mosaiqa.com>
Posted: 23 Apr 2007


EVENT- Caravansarai Dumplings from the Ancient Silk Road, 5/25, San Francisco


Caravansarai Dumplings from the Ancient Silk Road

Hosted by Lori Shantzis / Christina LaSala / Helen Faller

Friday, May 25, 7:00pm

Muse Gallery
614 Alabama (a) 18th, San Francisco, CA
415.279.6281

Please RSVP to helen.faller(a)gmail.com 

This event includes food prepared by Christina La Sala, artist and 
caterer,  using exotic recipes from Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and 
South East Asia.  There will also be a presentation by Dr. Helen 
Faller, a cultural anthropologist  specializing in Turkic peoples of 
the former Soviet Union, that will give a  glimpse of the amazing 
cultural diversity that lies along the ancient Silk Road. 

Tickets: $30.00 

All proceeds support continuing research for Merchant's Repast: 
Caravansarai Dumplings from the Ancient Silk Road, 

an ethnographic and culinary documentation project.

CONF.- 5th Annual Central Asia Conference, April 19-21, Univ. of Montana

Posted by: Jeffrey Renz <Jeff.Renz(a)umontana.edu>
Posted: 17 Apr 2007


CONF.- 5th Annual Central Asia Conference, April 19-21, Univ. of Montana


The Fifth Annual Central Asia Conference: April 19 - 21, 2007
Central Asia and Its Geopolitical Impact on South Asia, the Caucasus 
and the Middle East

Thursday, April 19

3:30 - 5:00 PM Georgia At The Crossroads, Uc Theater   
Chair and discussant: Thomas Goltz, Visiting Scholar, Central and 
Southwest Asia Program, The University of Montana
Presenters: His Excellency Irakli Asenaia, Ambassador of Georgia to 
the United Nations, Dr. Giorgio Rota, Institute of Iranic Studies of 
the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna; Maia Sukhiashvili, 
Lecturer in Persian Language and Literature at Kutaisi State 
University and Visiting Lecturer at The University of Montana; and 
Milena Oganesyan, a native Georgian and Graduate Student, Department 
of History, The University of Montana

6:30-7:30 PM Musical Performance And Presentation, Uc Theater
The mugham ensemble Ghadim Sharqe performs the classical heritage of 
Azerbaijani musical culture. 

7:30-9:30 PM Central Asia And Its Geopolitical Impact On The Caucasus 
And The Middle East, UC Theater
Chair and discussant: Dr. Nancy Lubin, President of JNA Associates, 
Washington D.C.
Panelists: His Excellency Abdujabbor Shirinov, Ambassador of 
Tajikistan to the United States; Her Excellency Zamira Sydykova, 
Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States; His Excellency 
Irakli Asenaia, Ambassador of Georgia to the United Nations; His 
Excellency Kanybek Osmonaliev Elin Suleymanov, Consul General of 
Azerbaijan to the United States; Minister of Education of the Kyrgyz 
Republic and John G. Fox, Director of the Office for Afghanistan at 
the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 20

10:00 - 11:30 AM  The Interpretation Of Nature, Space, And Time In 
Kazakh Culture, UC 326 
Chair: Dr. Ardi Kia, Associate Director, Central and Southwest Asia 
Program, The University of Montana 
Discussant: Dr. Mehrdad Kia, Director, Office of International 
Programs and Central and Southwest Asia Program at The University of Montana.
Presenter: Dr. Aigul Bokayeva, Professor of Kazakh Culture and 
Society, Faculty of Philosophy, Karaganda State University, Kazakhstan

12:00-1:00 PM Historical Relations Between The Caucasus And Central 
Asia, UC 326
Presenter: Dr. Giorgio Rota, Institute of Iranic Studies at the 
Austrian Academy of Sciences
 
1:00-3:00 PM Kyrgyzstan In Transition, UC Ballroom
Chair: James Carney, University of Montana Liaison, Bishkek
Discussant: Dr. Ardi Kia, Associate Director, Central and Southwest 
Asia Program, The University of Montana
Panelists: His Excellency Kanybek Osmonaliev, Minister of Education 
for the Kyrgyz Republic; His Excellency Baktybek Abdrisaev, Ambassador 
of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States (1996-2005); Kubanychbek 
Tabaldiev, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, The University of Montana 
School of Journalism; Mr. Asan Ormushev, Rector of M. Kashari-Barskani 
Eastern University; Jarkyn Ryskulova, Student Assessment Coordinator, 
Kyrgyz Ministry of Education; Primberdi Dyikanov, Head of the 
Karakuldga Rayon Education Administration; and Meder Kochorov

3:00-5:00 PM Whither Azerbaijan: Kuwait On The Caspian, UC Ballroom
Chair and discussant: Thomas Goltz, Visiting Scholar, Central and 
Southwest Asian Studies Program, The University of Montana
Panelists: Taleh Ziyadov, Deputy Executive Director of the 
US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC; Elin Suleymanov, 
Consul General of Azerbaijan to the United States, Los Angeles; and 
Adil Baguirov, Baku State University.

6:30-7:30 PM Musical Performance And Presentation, UC Ballroom
Jeffrey Werbock, a noted authority on Azerbaijani culture and 
president of the U.S.-based Mugham Society, will speak about the music 
and artistic culture of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus region and play 
music from the mugham tradition that until recently was virtually 
unknown outside the Caucasus.

7:30-9:30 PM Central Asia, South Asia And The Middle East: Policy 
Challenges For The United States, UC Ballroom
Presenter:  Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of 
South and Central Asian Affairs, United States Department of State.

Saturday, April 21

10:00-12:00 PM Roundtable Discussion, UC Theater
Chair and moderator: Nancy Lubin, President of JNA Associates, Inc., 
and Senior Fellow for Eurasia at the American Foreign Policy Council.
Panelists: His Excellency Abdujabbor Shirinov, Ambassador of 
Tajikistan to the United States; Her Excellency Zamira Sydykova, 
Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States; His Excellency 
Irakli Asenaia, Ambassador of Georgia to the United Nations; Elin 
Suleymanov, Consul General of Azerbaijan to the United States, Los 
Angeles; and John G. Fox, Director of the Office for Afghanistan at 
the United States Department of State.

LECTURE- Preservation of Music in Western Mongolia, April 27, Vienna

Posted by: Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar <zakhchinmusic(a)yahoo.de>
Posted: 17 Apr 2007


LECTURE- Preservation of Music in Western Mongolia, April 27, Vienna


LECTURE - Preservation of the Traditional Music of the Western 
Mongolian Zakhchin Tribe, Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar MA, April 27, 2007

3rd Days of the "Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology"
in cooperation with the "Committee for Social Anthropology of the 
Austrian Academy of the Sciences" and the "Museum for Ethnology"
http://www.univie.ac.at/ksa/html/inh/aktu/tksa07.htm

Workshop 2: Central Asia in Movement
NIG, University of Vienna
Universitätsstraße 7
1010 Vienna
Austria

"Preservation of the Traditional Music of the Western Mongolian Zakhchin Tribe"

Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar, MA

Friday, April 27, 2007, 14:00 - 16:00, Room SE-D

Abstract:
The ethnonym Zakhchin refers to a group of semi-nomadic Oirat Mongols, 
who live in the Altai mountain range in the southwestern part of 
Mongolia. Thanks to their geographical isolation they were able to 
preserve their language, traditions and musical heritage. Despite 
assimilation policies, language and ancient songs were preserved even 
in the socialist era.

Yet, in the past years the introduction of the capitalistic system led 
to significant changes, which caused internal out-migration among the 
youths. Furthermore, due to the impact of new media, over the past ten 
years the musical preferences of the younger generation shifted 
towards Western and Mongolian pop music.

The traditional songs can be divided into different categories 
according to their rhythm, tonality, lyrics and usage. Instrumental 
accompaniment is rarely used. 

The author has been studying traditional Zakhchin songs for several 
years now. Her research is based on either the study of secondary 
literature and fieldwork among the old singers on the high pastures. 
She here presents the development and results of her work. Her goals 
are the creation of a private archive of Zakhchin songs in digital and 
written form and the production of music CDs.

The lecture is free and open to the public.
The lecture will be held in german language.

For more information, contact: zakhchinmusic(a)yahoo.de

EVENT CANCELLED- Samarqand 2750 and Great Silk Road Conf. at Columbia, 4/26

Posted by: Farkhod S. Muradov <fsm2103(a)columbia.edu>
Posted: 16 Apr 2007


EVENT CANCELED- Samarqand 2750 and Great Silk Road Conf. at Columbia, 4/26


We regret to announce that "Samarqand 2750 and The Great Silk Road" 
Conference at Columbia University, April 26 is CANCELLED.

Thank you for your interest in events on Central Asia at Columbia 
University and we promise to keep you informed about our events in near future.

EVENT- Concert of Kazakh Music in London, 28 June 2007

Posted by: Saida Daukeyeva <sdaukeyeva(a)mail.ru>
Posted: 16 Apr 2007


EVENT- Concert of Kazakh Music in London, 28 June 2007


Kazakh Music
Songs And Tunes From Across The Steppe

7.30 pm Thursday 28th June 2007
Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London

Featuring:

Qairat Aitbaev - dombra
Aqnar Sharipbaeva - qobyz
Nurjan Janpeisov - vocal, dombra
Maira Sarsenbaeva - vocal, dombra
Serjan Musaiynov - vocal, dombra
Aigul Qosanova - vocal, dombra 
Tilekbergen Musa - sybyzghy 
Ghainijamal Bekniyaz - jetygen
Asylbek Akhatov - dombra

The music of the Kazakhs, a Turkic people of Central Asia, embraces an 
array of vocal and instrumental traditions originating from different 
regions over the vast expanse stretching east to west from the Caspian 
Sea to the Altai Mountains and north to south from the plains of 
Western Siberia to desert and oases of Transoxiana. This concert of 
Kazakh music brings together acclaimed master-musicians from 
Kazakhstan and Mongolia, singers and performers on folk instruments, 
the two-stringed fiddle qobyz, long-necked lute dombra, end-blown 
flute sybyzghy, and zither jetygen. Taking the listeners on a journey 
across the soundscapes of the Kazakh Steppe, they will introduce them 
to the vocal art of Jetisu and Sary-Arqa, qobyz performance of 
Southern and Central Kazakhstan, epic singing from Qyzyl-Orda and 
Manghystau, sybyzghy performance of Altai, and dombra styles of 
Eastern and Western Kazakhstan.

Organised by the British-Kazakh Society and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK

For further information see: http://www.cadoganhall.com/showpage.php?pid=352

SEMINAR- Reforms and Conflict Transformation in Former Soviet States, Almaty

Posted by: Galina Bityukova <gbityukova(a)bilim.kz>
Posted: 13 Apr 2007


SEMINAR- Reforms and Conflict Transformation in Former Soviet States, Almaty


Central Asian Seminar:

Reforms and Conflict Transformation in Former Soviet States
April 21-22, 2007, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Corporate Educational Foundation "Bilim-Central Asia",
Central Asian Resource Center

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

Invites scholars teaching Political Science at University level 
Institutions and interested researchers to take part in the Central 
Asian Seminar: Reforms and Conflict Transformation in Former Soviet States.

This seminar is aimed to analyze contemporary political reforms and 
conflict transformation in former Soviet states with special attention 
to political situations in Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia.  

Those interested in participation in the seminar can contact Galina 
Bityukova in advance and send CV and a letter with identifying their 
scientific and teaching interests to the following e-mail address: 
gbityukova(a)bilim.kz 

Location: 65 Abylai Khan ave., of.12, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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

EVENT- Afghan Communicator Celebrates 10th Anniversary, April 23, NYC

Posted by: <rameenm(a)aol.com>
Posted: 11 Apr 2007


EVENT- Afghan Communicator Celebrates 10th Anniversary, April 23, NYC


Founded in 1997, Afghan Communicator has represented the Afghan 
Community in the United States for  the past 10 years. Joining to 
celebrate this milestone in the Afghan community in New York City are 
Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, New York City 
Councilman, New York State Assembly member and New York City Mayor's 
office. Please join us to celeberate a decade of Afghan art and culture.
 
Afghan Communicator Celebrates Its
10th Anniversary
Ten Years Of Community Service!

Time & Date
Monday April 23, 2007, 6:30PM - 9:00 PM

Venue
CHOICE - 380 3rd Ave. btwn 27 & 28 St. NYC
 
Guest Speakers
His Excellency Dr. Zahir Tanin
Afghanistan Ambassador To The United Nations

Honorable Ellen Young
New York State Assemblymemeber, District 22

Honorable John Liu
New York City Council Member, District 20

Azadeh Khalili, Deputy Commissioner
NYC Mayor's Office For Immigrant Affairs

Entertainment
The Comedy Of Nasry Malak
Exotic Food & Open Bar
Silent Auction Includes Authentic Afghan Art & Handcraft

To Purchase Tickets or Tables Click On The Item

Tickets Are $75 (Tax Deductible Portion is $40)
Table For 5 = $360, Table For 10 = $700
 
http://www.afghancommunicator.com/10thAnniversary.asp

CONF.- 2nd Int'l Conf. on Comparative Religious Studies in Central Asia, 4/15

Posted by: Ilse Cirtautas <icirt(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 10 Apr 2007


CONF.- 2nd Int'l Conf. on Comparative Religious Studies in Central Asia, 4/15

University of Washington

2nd International Conference On Issues Of Comparative Religious 
Studies In Central Asia 

Markaziy Osiyoda qiyosiy dinshunoslik masalalari mavzusidagi ikkinchi xalqora
ilmiy anjuman

Communications 202 (Simpson Center for the Humanities)
University of Washington, Seattle
Sunday, April 15th, 2007, 8:45 am - 5:30 pm

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

8:45-9:00 Coffee, Tea, and Pastries

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Introduction
Ilse Cirtautas, (UW, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization)
Scott Noegel, (UW, Chair, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization)

9:30-11:00 Panel 1: Buddhism and Christianity in the History of Central Asia

Panel chair / respondent: Kyoko Tokuno (UW, Jackson School of 
International Studies)

Kasimjan Sadikov (Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies): On 
the Expansion of Buddhism in Central Asia

Stefan Baums (UW, Asian Languages & Literature): Early Buddhist 
Inscriptions and Manuscripts from Ancient Bactria and Gandhara

Joel Walker (UW, History): "A Race of Women Far Superior to that of 
Men": Christian Women at the Mongol Court

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:45 Panel 2: Islam in the History of Central Asia

Panel chair / respondent: Florian Schwarz (UW, History)

Jonathan Brown (UW, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization): Central 
Asian Contributions to Hadith Scholarship in the Middle and Early 
Modern Periods

Nodira Mahkamova (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences): Islam 
and Power During the 1920s

Odil Qoriev (Al-Beruni Institute of Oriental Studies, Tashkent): The 
Fergana Valley in the 1970-80s: Economic Basis for the Rise of the 
Islamist Movement

12:45-2:15 Lunch break

2:15-3:15 Panel 3: Anthropology and Sociology of Religion in Central Asia

Panel chair / respondent: Cabeiri Robinson (UW, Jackson School of 
International 
Studies)

Dilorom Gulamova  (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences): 
Studying Universal and National (Religious) Values of the Youth 
(Sociological Survey Results)

Gulchehra Zununova (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences): 
Symbols in the Religious-Mythological Worldview of Mahalla Uzbeks

3:15-3:30 Coffee break

3:30-4:30 Panel 4: Teaching Comparative Religious Studies

Panel chair / respondent: Michael Williams (UW. Near Eastern Languages 
and Civilization)

Saidakbar Agzamkhodjaev (Tashkent Islamic University): Interactive 
Teaching Methods in Courses on Comparative Religious Studies

James Wellman (UW, Jackson School of International Studies): Critical 
thinking in Teaching the Study of Religion

4:30-5:15
GENERAL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Florian Schwarz (UW, History)

5:15-5:30
CONCLUDING REMARKS
Ilse Cirtautas (UW, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization) and Scott 
Noegel (UW,  Near Eastern Languages and Civilization)

Partner institutions:
Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of 
Uzbekistan, Tashkent
O'zbekiston Respublikasi Fanlar Akademiyasi Tarix Instituti

Abu Rayhon Beruniy Institute of Oriental Studies, Academy of Sciences 
of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent
O'zbekiston Respublikasi Fanlar Akademiyasi Aby Rayhon Beruniy 
nomidagi Sharqshunoslik Instituti

Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies
Toshkent Davlat Sharqshunoslik Instituti

Tashkent Islamic University
Toshkent Islom Universiteti

Tashkent Al-Bukhariy Institute of Islamic Studies
Al-Buxoriy nomidagi Toshkent Islom Instituti

University of Washington, Seattle
Vashington Universiteti, Sietl

Sponsored by:

United States Department of State
Uzbekistan Airways, Tashkent
International Amir Temur Foundation, Tashkent
Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian 
Studies, University of Washington
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, University of Washington

The 2nd International Conference on Issues of Comparative Religious 
Studies in Central Asia represents the culmination of the U.S. State 
Department grant, The Uzbekistan Educational Partnership Program in 
Cultural and Comparative Religious Studies, a grant awarded to the 
University of Washington from June 2003 - June 2007.  Over the course 
of these years, the grant promoted and funded scholarly exchange 
between the University of Washington and its five partner 
institutions: Tashkent Islamic University; Imam al-Bukhari Islamic 
Institute; Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, Institute of History; 
Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, al-Beruni Institute; and Tashkent 
State University of Oriental Studies. The program had several goals: 
to assist partners in teaching the academic and comparative study of 
religion in Uzbekistan, to offer opportunities for Uzbek scholars to 
learn about Western educational systems, to allow Uzbek scholars 
access to research facilities and libraries at U.S. institutions of 
higher learning, and to offer opportunities for University of 
Washington scholars to learn about Uzbekistan and its educational 
system. Seventeen UW scholars, four UW students, and twenty Uzbek 
scholars participated in the exchange. Six Uzbek scholars from among 
our Tashkent partner institutions and four UW professors are scheduled 
to present papers at the April 15th, 2007 conference.  Paper topics 
include Buddhism, Christianity and Islam in the History of Central 
Asia, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion in Central Asia,and 
Teaching Comparative Religion.

CONF.-Transportation Infrastructure Conference, 7 May, Dushanbe

Posted by: Ellen House <Ellen_House(a)ita.doc.gov>
Posted: 10 Apr 2007


CONF.-Transportation Infrastructure Conference, 7 May, Dushanbe 


Central Asia Transportation Infrastructure Conference 
7 May 2007 
Kohi Vahdat Conference Center, Dushanbe, Tajikistan 

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to learn about 
infrastructure development projects and transportation in Central 
Asia, and to network with representatives from both the private and 
public sectors. Participants have been invited from Kazakhstan, the 
Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. 
Representatives from Central Asian ministries of transportation are 
confirmed, as are high-level public and private representatives from 
civil aviation and road construction organizations. 

Participating organizations include: 
 - Tajikistan Ministry of Transportation; Tajik Air/Dushanbe Airport 
 - Kazdorproyekt; Civil Aviation Committee of Kazakhstan; Arsstroy - 
   M, Ltd. (Kazakhstan); American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan (invited) 
 - Kyrgyz Ministry of Transportation and Communications; American 
   Chamber of Commerce in Kyrgyzstan; Central Asian Aviation Associates 
 - Tashkent International Airport 
 - Kabul International Airport; Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Development 
 - Asian Development Bank; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 
 - Hoffman International (NJ, USA); Caterpillar (invited) 
 - U.S. Departments of Commerce and State; Commercial Service Almaty 

Conference sessions will include the following topics: 
 - Road Construction: Progress and Major Projects 
 - Air Travel and Airport Infrastructure: Major Projects 
 - Public and Private Foreign Investment 
 - Expanding Private Sector Involvement in Transportation 
   Infrastructure Projects 
 - Trade Facilitation and Customs Issues 

The conference will run from 09:30 to 16:30, and will feature a 
networking reception from 18:00 to 20:00. There is no cost to attend 
the conference, but interested parties must pre-register for the 
conference by April 20, 2007. 


For information and registration, please contact: 
Tanner Johnson, SABIT Program, U.S. Department of Commerce 
Tel: 202-482-3807 or email: tanner.johnson(a)mail.doc.gov or 
Ellen House, Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, U.S. Department of Commerce 
Tel: 202-482-0360 or email: ellen.house(a)mail.doc.gov

LECTURE- Rory Stewart in conversation with Dan Harris, ABC News, 4/20, NYC

Posted by: <rameenm(a)aol.com>
Posted: 10 Apr 2007


LECTURE- Rory Stewart in conversation with Dan Harris, ABC News, 4/20, NYC


Rory Stewart in conversation with Dan Harris, ABC News

Friday, April 20, 2007, 6:30 PM
Rebuilding Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage
At Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York City
Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York City
www.AsiaSociety.org

ASIA SOCIETY Presents:
Rory Stewart, Chief Executive of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation 
talks with journalist Dan Harris, anchor of ABC "World News Sunday," 
about how the preservation and regeneration of Afghan culture is 
vitally and urgently linked to the country's much needed economic, 
social and urban reconstruction.

The Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental 
organisation has established Afghanistan's first Centre for 
Traditional Afghan Arts and Architecture, training men and women in 
traditional woodwork, calligraphy and ceramics. The Foundation is also 
working to rebuild and regenerate the historic commercial center of 
Kabul, following the model of successful redevelopments of historic 
city centers throughout the Islamic world.

>From 2000-2002, Rory Stewart walked across Pakistan, Iran, 
Afghanistan, India and Nepal, a journey of 6000 miles which formed the 
basis of his prize-winning book The Places in Between. His second 
book, The Prince of the Marshes and Other Occupational Hazards of a 
Year in Iraq, chronicles his 2003-2004 tenure as coalition Deputy 
Governor of Maysan and Dhi Qar, two provinces in southern Iraq. 
Stewart was a guest Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times throughout 
the month of March. He lives in Kabul.

Dan Harris has covered many of the biggest stories in recent years for 
ABC. He has reported from such diverse datelines as: Ground Zero, 
Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Korea, Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. 
He has also spent many months in Iraq, both before and after the 
US-led invasion. In addition to being anchor of "World News Sunday" 
Harris is a New York-based correspondent for ABC News' broadcasts and 
platforms, including "World News with Charles Gibson," "Good Morning 
America," "Nightline," ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio. Please 
visit: www.turquoisemountain.org

Followed by a book signing.
 
$ 7 students w/ valid ID and Seniors;
$ 10 Asia Society members;
$12 nonmembers
For tickets, call the Asia Society
Box office at (212) 517-ASIA
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CONF./CFP- 2nd Ryskulov Readings, May 21-26, 2007, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Posted by: Agipa Monobayeva <amono001(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 4 Apr 2007


CONF./CFP- 2nd Ryskulov Readings, May 21-26, 2007, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Ministry Of Education And Science Of The Republic Of Kazakhstan
T. Ryskulov Kazakh Economic University
 
The Second Ryskulov Readings
 
Call For Papers
 
Kazakh Economic University named after Turar Ryskulov is pleased to 
announce the convening of the Second Ryskulov Readings to be held on 
21-26 May 2007. Representatives of educational and research 
institutions from Central Asia, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, Turkey, 
China, South Korea, France, U.S., Mongolia, Poland, Bulgaria and some 
other countries, as well as officials of some Ministries of RK, 
representatives of international organizations, embassies, banks and 
companies will participate in this forum.  Program of the Second 
"Ryskulov Readings" includes the following:

1. International conference "National Economy: Forming of Innovative 
and Competitive Model". The conference work is organized into the 
following sessions:

Session 1: National Economy System
Session 2: State Management of National Economy in an age of Globalization
Session 3: Factors of Economy Competitiveness 
Session 4: Innovation Factor of Economic Development
 
2. Round-tables on the issues of sustainable economic development, 
competitiveness and modernization:

"Central-Asian region: economics, politics, cooperation"; 
"Almaty - regional financial center: business, investments, perspectives"; 
"Universities as innovation centers in educational system".
 
3. Presentations of the innovative education and research projects
 
4. Exhibition on Turar Ryskulov
 
5. Trade exhibition of research literature 
 
Papers and research articles will be published in the conference proceedings.
 
Application

To apply for participation in the Second Ryskulov Readings fill out 
the attached Application Form and send it to the Organizing Committee 
before April 15, 2007. Please, indicate your full name, job place 
(name of institution and department), position, degree, title of 
paper, conference session. 
 
Requirements To Paper Submission

Papers or abstracts of up to 5 pages are requested to be submitted in 
electronic format (a file should be sent by e-mail or on diskette with 
a paper version). Papers should be typed in Times New Roman 14, single spaced. 
 
Address of Organizing Committee: 55, Zhandossov Str., 050035, Almaty, 
Kazakhstan. Off. 134/139, Research Coordination Office, T.Ryskulov 
Kazakh Economic University. 
Phone: 7 (327) 220-34-75, 229-78-44
Email: oms(a)kazeu.com, Leila(a)kazeu.com 

Application Form 

First, Middle and Last Name ______________ (Completely) 
Country __________________________________
Job place ________________________________(name of institution and division) 
Position _________________________________
Degree ___________________________________
Title of paper ___________________________
Conference session _______________________
Address, phone, email ____________________
Signature_________________________________

CONF./CFP- U.S.-Soviet Relations in the Era of Détente, Oct. 22-23, 2007, DC

Posted by: Evan Dawley <dawleyen(a)state.gov>
Posted: 4 Apr 2007


CONF./CFP- U.S.-Soviet Relations in the Era of Détente, Oct. 22-23, 2007, DC


CALL FOR PAPERS

U.S. Department of State Announces a
Conference on U.S.-Soviet Relations in the Era of Détente, 1969-1976

Washington, D.C., October 22-23, 2007

The U.S. Department of State will hold a scholarly conference on 
October 22-23, 2007, on U.S. Relations with the Soviet Union in the 
Era of Détente, 1969-1976.  The conference will be hosted by the 
Office of the Historian in the Bureau of Public Affairs, and will take 
place in the new George C. Marshall Conference Center at the U.S. 
Department of State in Washington, D.C.  The conference will feature 
keynote presentations on U.S.-Russian relations by Department of State 
principals and comments from former diplomats and senior scholars from 
both the United States and Russia.  The conference will also include 
scholarly sessions that complement the forthcoming release of 
Soviet-American Relations: The Détente Years, 1969-1972, a joint 
documentary publication undertaken by the Office of the Historian of 
the U.S. Department of State and the Historical-Records Department of 
the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Program Committee invites proposals for original papers dealing 
with the geopolitical and strategic implications of détente from 1969 
to 1976.  We particularly encourage submissions that draw on recently 
opened archival collections.  Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

 - The development of the concept of "linkage" and its implementation 
 - The U.S.-Soviet dialogue relating to the war in Vietnam
 - U.S.-Soviet relations and international security, including the 
   Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War and the Strategic Arms 
   Limitation Talks (SALT)
 - U.S.-Soviet relations and the Middle East, including the 1973 October War
 - Détente and Europe, including Germany and Berlin, Mutual Balanced 
   Force Reductions (MBFR), and the Conference on Security and 
   Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and the Helsinki Accords 
 - The development of triangular diplomacy among the United States, 
   the Soviet Union, and the People's Republic of China
 - U.S.-Soviet relations and the Third World, including southern Africa
 - Economic, cultural, ecological, and scientific issues in 
   U.S.-Soviet bilateral relations
 - Détente and U.S. domestic politics, including the critics of détente

The Program Committee may form panels loosely by historical period  
(1969-1973; 1974-1976) or by theme, and potential contributors may 
wish to  focus their topics accordingly.  Paper proposals (abstract 
and c.v.) should  be sent, via e-mail or fax, before June 1, 2007 to:

Dr. Amy Garrett, Program Committee Chair, Office of the Historian
e-mail:  garrettac(a)state.gov; fax:  202-663-1289

LECTURE- Public Finance Sector Reform in KG, AUCA, Bishkek, April 4, 2007

Posted by: Social Research Center <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 3 Apr 2007


LECTURE- Public Finance Sector Reform in KG, AUCA, Bishkek, April 4, 2007


LECTURE "Public Finance Sector Reform: Can It Make a Difference in
Kyrgyzstan?", Social Research Center, AUCA, Bishkek, April 4, 2007

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

Lecture: "Public Finance Sector Reform: Can It Make a Difference in 
Kyrgyzstan?"

Presenter: Mark Silins, Budget and Audit Task Manager, DFID Public 
Finance Reform Project

Date and time: 17:00-18:30, Wed., April 4, 2007
Venue: Room 232, Main Building, AUCA
Language: English. If requested, translation will be provided

Synopsis: The lecture will explore the trends in public finance sector 
reform in Kyrgyzstan and present the changes that occurred in the 
public sector over a sixteen-year period. It will also identify the 
lessons learnt which may benefit the future reform process in the 
Kyrgyz Republic. The lecture will be based on the lecturer's own 
experiences as the Task Manager in the DFID Public Finance Reform 
Project and a senior public servant both in Australian central 
agencies, such as the Ministry of Finance and Public Service and Merit 
Protection Commission (Civil Service Agency), and in budget 
institutions such as The Department of Family and Community Services 
(Social Protection).

Bio: Mark Silins holds Master of Public Policy and Management from 
University of London. He is the Public Financial Management expert 
with over 22 years experience and specialties in treasury and budget 
reform. In addition to 16 years in the Australian Public Service in a 
range of ministries, including the Ministry of Finance and Public 
Service and Merit Protection Commission - the civil service agency, 
Mark has spent over six years supporting the public finance reform 
initiatives in six transition and post-conflict countries. Apart from 
Central Asia, Mark has worked in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

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

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