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PROGRAM INFORMATION- CEU Summer University Courses 2003

Posted by: CEU Summer University <summeru(a)ceu.hu>
Posted: 19 Nov 2002


Brief Description

1. Anthropology, Cultural Studies and Visual Culture
   Violence and Culture: Rethinking Ethnic, Religious and Nationalist 
Conflict in the Post Cold War Context
June 30 - July 11

2. Anthropology and History
   The Roma: Bringing Together Historical, Anthropological and Linguistic 
Approaches
July 7 - July 25

3. Anthropology, Religious Studies and Political Science
   Religion, Globalisation, and the State
June 30 - July 11

4. Art and Cultural Studies
   Crossing the Boundaries: Music as the Expression of Social and Political 
Ideas in Modern East-Europe (with extension to the Middle East
July 7 - July 18

5. Visual Studies Today
July 7 - July 25

6. Economics (Agricultural and Rural Economics)
   Agrarian Institutions Analysis
July 14 - July 25

7. International Relations
   The UN, EU and Governance in a Globalizing World
June 30 - July 18

(Distance Learning Segment: June 15-29)

8. Globalizations, Anti-globalizations and IGO - Civil Society
   Partnerships in a Multi-ethnic World
July 14 - July 25

(Distance Learning Segment: Jul 1-13)

9. Legal Studies
   Managing Conflict and Fostering Democratic Dialogue
(In co-operation with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York and 
Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota)
July 7 - July 25

10. Medieval Studies and History
    Uses and Abuses of the Middle Ages in Central and Eastern Europe: From 
Heritage to Politics (In co- cooperation with the Max-Planck-Institut für 
Geschichte, Göttingen and the Open Society Archives, Budapest)
June 30 - July 11

11. Nationalism Studies
    Ethnic Relations and Democratization in Eastern Europe (Secession, 
Federalism and Minority Rights)
June 30 - July 18

12. Philosophy
    Philosophy and Science in the Greco-Roman World
July 7 - July 18

13. Political Science
    The Politics of Market Making and Industrial Relations in Europe
June 30 - July 11

14. Toleration and Multiculturalism: Western and Eastern Perspectives
July 7 - July 18

15. Political Science and Religious Studies
    Islam and the West
July 14 - July 25

16. Public Policy
    Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Financial Management
(sponsored by the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative of 
the Open Society Institute, Budapest and the Word Bank Institute, Washington)
June 29 - July 5

(Distance Learning Segment: April 20 - June 28)

17. Sociology, Cultural Studies, Political Theory
    Catastrophes and Globalization
July 14 - July 25

ELIGIBILITY AND FUNDING
Applications are invited from all countries on a fully funded, partially 
funded or a fee-paying basis.

General Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have a university degree and hold a teaching job at a 
university or college in their home country, or work as a researcher, an 
administrator or a professional. Doctoral students may also apply. 
Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

The language of instruction is English; thus all applicants have to 
demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to 
participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. In some 
instances you may be contacted for a telephone interview. Accepted 
applicants may receive pre-course reading and/or writing assignments, the 
completion of which is a pre- requisite for course participation.

Individuals are not eligible to apply to a SUN course if they attended 
either a CRC (Curriculum Resource Center) session or Popper Workshop in the 
same calendar or academic year (i.e., they must wait one year after their 
participation in one of the above programs before applying to SUN). 
Additionally, applicants are not eligible to apply to SUN if they have 
participated in two CEU faculty initiative activities (i.e., CRC, SUN, 
Popper Workshop) within a four-year period. Preference will be given to new 
applicants over former participants in Summer University courses.

Currently enrolled CEU students are not eligible. Former CEU students may 
only apply if they are currently employed in their home country.

Program Costs

The program costs below include tuition, accommodation, health insurance, 
local transportation, meals and social events:

Two-week course: $1,250

Three-week course: $1,800

Scholarship participants

Full funding is available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe 
and the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, as well as for those coming from 
emerging democracies worldwide. The maximum travel grant awarded is $1,400, 
participants will have to cover the amount exceeding $1,400. However, 
participants from Budapest will only receive free tuition, and a reduced 
stipend.

Partially funded participants

If you or your institution is willing to cover the program expenses, whether 
fully or partially, please indicate it in the Financial Information section 
of the application form.

Non-scholarship (fee-paying) participants

Those who are not eligible for funding are also welcome and encouraged to 
apply. If they are accepted into the program, they will have to pay for 
tuition ($300/week of instruction equaling 1,200 classroom minutes), 
accommodation, health insurance, travel and meals. However, there are a 
limited number of tuition waivers available which may be applied for on a 
competitive basis. If you wish to apply for a tuition waiver, please attach 
a cover letter to your application specifying your reasons.

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Website: http://www.ceu.hu/sun/sunindx.html 


CEU
Summer University Office
1051 Budapest
Zrínyi u. 14.
Hungary
Tel.: (36-1) 327-3811
Fax: (36-1) 327-3124
E-mail: summeru(a)ceu.hu (for information and general correspondence)
   sunreq(a)ceu.hu (for requesting application forms)

PROGRAM INFORMATION- American Center for Mongolian Studies Membership Information

Posted by: Charles Krusekopf <ckrusekopf(a)austincollege.edu>
Posted: 29 Oct 2002


The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) is now seeking Charter
Members for the organization. The ACMS was chartered in spring 2002 to
promote the development of Mongolian studies through scholarship and
exchange. The Steering Committee for the ACMS is introduced at the bottom of
this message.

The ACMS will facilitate academic programs and exchange by creating a
permanent office and research library in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and by
sponsoring graduate and post-graduate fellowships in Mongolian Studies. The
field office will offer logistical support to visiting scholars and students
and will host academic presentations and conferences. The ACMS will help
develop ties between the Mongolian and international academic communities
and will provide a meeting place for Mongolian and international scholars
and students. The ACMS plans to open a permanent office in Ulaanbaatar by
late-2003, and in the interim will appoint a part-time resident director to
develop programs and provide member services. It will work closely with
existing organizations such as the Mongolia Society, and will soon offer a
web site, newsletter and listserv that highlight academic research and
programs related to Mongolia.

The ACMS is being developed along the lines of 16 existing American Overseas
Research Centers that are members of the CAORC consortium. Funding to
establish an office and support fellowship programs is being sought from
several sources, including the US Government, which has funds available to
support the development of overseas research centers. More information on
CAORC is available at <www.caorc.org>.

The ACMS represents a multi-disciplinary approach to scholarship and
learning, with a diverse set of constituents in the Humanities, Social
Sciences and Field Sciences. Researchers and students have been drawn to
Mongolia because of its impact on world history, its unique and enduring
culture, its undisturbed natural landscapes and archeological sites, and its
ongoing transition from Communism to democracy and a market economy.
Numerous research and exchange projects have been undertaken in recent
years, but many of these projects have experienced difficulties and
frustrations due to a lack of support and coordination on the ground in
Mongolia and in the field of Mongolian Studies.

The ACMS is currently seeking institutions and individuals who are
interested in becoming Charter Members of the ACMS. It is crucial for the
development of the ACMS that interested parties join the organization during
this formative stage. All institutional members are eligible to nominate a
person for the steering committee, and both individual and institutional
members can play an active role in the development of the Center and its
programs. A membership application is included with this letter, so please
fill out this form and return it to the ACMS office as soon as possible.
Institutions that join by November 8, 2002 are eligible for special discount.

Additional information on the ACMS is available from Charles Krusekopf, the
ACMS Director. He can be reached via e-mail at: <ckrusekopf(a)austincollege.edu>

The American Center for Mongolian Studies is now in its inaugural membership
drive, and is seeking institutions and individuals interested in becoming
members of the organization. All institutions that join by November 8, 2002
are eligible for a special discounted rate, and all individuals and
institutions that join during the academic year 2002-2003 will be classified
as Charter Members of the organization.

Charter Members will receive:
 * The ability to utilize ACMS facilities and services
 * A copy of the ACMS newsletter
 * A subscription to the ACMS listserv
 * Institutional members may nominate one member of the Steering Committee.

ACMS Membership Rates for the 2002-2003 Academic Year:

 * Student - $10
 * Individual - $20
 * Institutional - $200

Special Offer Institutions can join for the discounted rate of $100 if their
membership application is received by November 8, 2002

 * Please pay by US$ check or money order to the American Center for
   Mongolian Studies.
 * Members outside the US should add $5 for additional postage to the above
   rates.
 * Corporations or Patrons are invited to join at the Institutional rate.
 * Students should submit a current copy of their student ID

Please complete the information form below and return with the correct fee to:

American Center for Mongolian Studies
900 N. Grand Ave. Suite 61596
Sherman, TX  75090-4440  USA

E-mail: <ckrusekopf(a)austincollege.edu>

Membership Type:

Student ____
Individual ____
Institutional ____

Contact Name:

Institution:

Title:

Department:

Address:

E-mail:

Telephone:

Fax:

Fields or Topics of Research and Interest related to Mongolia:


ACMS Steering Committee:

Christopher Atwood, Indiana University
Elizabeth Endicott, Middlebury College
Amanda Fine, Michigan State University
William Fitzhugh, Smithsonian Institution
Clyde Goulden, Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences
William Honeychurch, University of Michigan
Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, University of Oregon
Charles Krusekopf, ACMS Director, Austin College
Amb. Joseph Lake, US Dept of State, Retired
Stephen Noerper, Asia Foundation, Mongolia
Dennis Ojima, Colorado State University
Morris Rossabi, Columbia University
Robert Scalapino, University of California, Berkeley
Henry Schwarz, Western Washington University
Alec Stewart, University of Pittsburgh
Scott Weinhold, US Embassy, Ulaanbaatar

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Dari Classes, New York City, Oct. 2002

Posted by: Rameen Moshref <RameenM(a)aol.com>
Posted: 4 Oct 2002

 
Dari classes start mid. Oct. 2002 at Hunter College in NY.  This course will cover basic grammar and construction of words and sentences.  The course will 
start from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm on Thurs.  The class will end Dec. 26, 2002. 
Materials for the class cost $120.

Another class will be held in Main Street, Queens. This class will be held 
on Saturdays from 10 am - 12 pm. The cost and duration of both classes will 
be the same. The location is 3 minutes from bus and subway (#7 train).

Please remember the only cost for the class are the materials. Classes are 
offered by Afghan Communicator.  Interested individuals should e-mail 
<acmojala(a)aol.com> to reserve a spot.

For more information go to:
<www.AfghanCommunicator.com> 

PROGRAM INFORMATION Uyghur American Association

Posted by: Alim Seytoff <alim(a)uyghuramerican.org>
Posted: 8 Sep 2002


Forwarded from the Asian Studies WWW Monitor:
early Sep 2002, Vol. 9, No. 16 (176)

04 Sep 2002

Uyghur American Association

Uyghur American Association (UAA), Hamilton, NJ, USA

Self-description: "The Uyghur American Association was established on May 
23, 1998 in Washington D.C. at the First Uyghur American Congress. The 
growing Uyghur community in the United States created a need for a unified 
Uyghur organization to serve the needs of the community here and to 
represent the collective voice of the Uyghurs in East Turkistan."

Site contents: * About UAA; * About East Turkistan (Geography, People, 
History, Culture, Music, Religion, Economy); * Recent Events; * Activities 
(Demonstrations, Conferences [incl. 'Uyghurs in 21st Century Conference' [26 
May 2001, J.W. Marriot Hotel, Washington DC. - ed.] papers: 'To Change or 
Not to Change' - Turdi Ghoja, 'Family Planning in East Turkistan' - Rajab 
Rahmatullah, 'Uyghurs and Media' - A. A. Seytoff) - ed.], Campaigns, 
Letters, Testimonies, Ms Rebiya Kadeer, Discussions); * UAA Statements; * 
Human Rights in ET; * Documents; * Research & Analysis (Uyghur sources, 
Western sources, Chinese sources, Other sources); * Media Reports (1997 - 
present: East Turkistan [incl. reports on the fate of Ms. Rebiya Kadeer], 
Central Asia, Turkey, Pakistan); * Study in US [under construction - ed.]; * 
Uyghur Organizations (in Germany, Turkey, Sweden, Belgium, UK, The 
Netherlands, Russia USA, Canada, Australia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan); * 
Useful Links; * Contact Us; * Useful Addresses; * Sign Guestbook; * Message 
Board/ Munazire Meydani

URL http://uyghuramerican.org/

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/uyghuramerican.org/

Link reported by: Alim Seytoff (alim(a)uyghuramerican.org), forwarded by
centralasia-l(a)fas.harvard.edu

* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
  Corporate Info./Online Guide/Documents/News
* Publisher [academic - business - government - library - NGO - other]:
  NGO
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - 
  marginal]:
  Essential
* External links to the resource [over 3,000 - under 3,000 - under 1,000 -
 under 300 - under 100 - under 30]: under 100


Src: The Asian Studies WWW Monitor ISSN 1329-9778
URL http://coombs.anu.edu.au/asia-www-monitor.html

The e-journal [est. Apr 1994], a pioneering and the only publication of this 
kind in the world, provides daily abstracts and reviews of new/updated 
online resources of significance to research, teaching and communications 
dealing with Asian Studies. The email edition of this Journal has now over 
2030 subscribers. Announce new/improved Asian Studies' Web sites via 
http://coombs.anu.edu.au/regasia.html

PROGRAM INFORMATION Training For Journalists, Center for Economic Research, Tashkent

Posted by: Center for Economic Research <pr-assistant(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 4 Sep 2002

 


The Center for Economic Research (CER, Tashkent, Uzbekistan) is a non-profit
research institution (think tank) established in April 1999 with an
assistance of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The Center aims
at providing policy advice to the Government of Uzbekistan, conducting
research for other development institutions on key issues of economic and
social policy; contributing to the national capacity building and public
awareness-raising on socio-economic issues.

Various projects implemented with the financial support from different
international financial and development institutions are aimed at the
improvement of socio-economic policy, to contribute to the national capacity
building through formal and informal training, to raise public awareness on
economic issues, including all development aspects, as well as politics,
mass media, society, etc. As formal training is an important mean in
transfer of knowledge in economic analysis, such workshops are unique, since
they are designed to be utilized in practical and applied orientation and
include real-world examples and case studies.

Upon the request of the Government of Uzbekistan, the Center plans to
organize a training programme for journalists and other media professionals,
which aims at promoting democratic transformations through mass media
development and enhancing the nationwide dialogue on socioeconomic issues.
Democracies, particularly, young ones of which Uzbekistan is a case, urges
democratization and the furtherance of mass media. Given the fact that mass
media activities in a democratic society challenge media professionals to
obtain more knowledge and experience as to a variety of issue-arenas (e.g.,
economics, law, etc.) which they highlight in the press and the other media
and to become aware and more skillful in media management methods and
practices. The ultimate goal of this training project is to provide media
professionals with coherent knowledge of a relevant thematic scope and media
management practices.

The proposed topics of the training include:

 * foundations of economics for media professionals;

 * foundations ofentrepreneurship, market research;

 * basic rights of media professionals (legal aspects of their activity);

 * governance, civil society and participation: key principles, approaches
   and practices in the media context;

 * basic course of mass media economics and management.

The Center is seeking support from development partners as to organizing and
financing efforts of this training course, their further improvement,
selection and involvement of qualified professional trainers (it is
advisable to conduct this training in the Uzbek language), and collecting
training materials.

We would be appreciated to receive your feedback in a form of comments,
opinions and proposals regarding any aspect of the training, particularly
its thematic agenda and organizational forms.

Should you have additional questions and inquiries please contact

Mr. Nodirbek Ibragimov, PR Coordinator
Center for Economic Research, Tashkent,
Uzbekistan
Tel.: (998712) 67-71-05, 67-06-41, 67-05-26, 67-06-05
Fax:  (998712) 67-05-64.
E-mail: <nodirbek(a)cer.uz>

You can find more information on the activities of the Center for Economic
research on the internet at <www.cer.uz>.

PROGRAM INFO./WEB RESOURCE- Russian Translation of IWPR Site

Posted by: Natasha Chernyshova <natasha(a)iwpr.net>
Posted: 3 Sep 2002

 
Dear colleagues,

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) launched its first
fully-in-Russian site at www.iwpr.net/rus.html. The new Russian-language
site contains news reports and analyses from Central Asia (including news
from Afghanistan) as well as information on the regional project activities
and events. It also contains additional materials that did not appear on the
English site. Russian native speakers translate all of the materials. Just
as the English site, the Russian one is updated regularly. The site might be
useful both for the language purposes and the local news.

IWPR is a UK-based independent educational charity that maintains media and
human right projects in the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia and Afghanistan.
On its web site www.iwpr.net IWPR has weekly news reports from these regions
done by local journalists and translated into five languages.


Sincerely,

Natasha Chernyshova

PROGRAM INFORMATION Tajik Media Centers and Training Program

Posted by: Parvona Firuz <fp(a)vlast.khj.tajik.net>
Posted: 3 Sep 2002

 
Tajik media group launches new training and support programs

The Fourth Power, a non-governmental and non-commercial media assistance
organization located in the Sughd province of northern Tajikistan, is
organizing several new projects, including the development of two new media
centers and a training program for women journalists.

The group has already launched a new Media Resource Center for journalists,
teachers, and students in the Sughd province, with the support of the Dutch
government and the mission in Tajikistan of the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The new center offers educational and
training programs for Tajik journalists, all facilitated by international
media experts and specialists. The center also publishes a monthly bulletin,
and informational video clips for both urban and rural electronic mass media
in Tajikistan.

The U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan is lending support for a second Mass Media
Support Center, organized by the Fourth Power. This center aims to provide
easy access to modern alternative information from various international
information agencies. At present, the center receives international news
from foreign channels such as the BBC, CNN, IRRINN, which it then translates
into the Tajik-language, and distributes to electronic media outlets
throughout the region.

The Fourth Power is also organizing a new project to raise the professional
level of female journalists in Tajikistan by training them in modern
production techniques. The program, supported by the Canadian International
Development Agency through the Canadian Embassy in Tajikistan, includes a
number of computer courses to familiarize women journalists with basic
computer skills, such as the use of e-mail and the Internet.

The Fourth Power was created to facilitate sustainable development, while
upgrading the socio-political status of the media in the Sughd province.
Organizers hope to increase the possibilities for Tajik media outlets to
participate effectively and influence the process of creating and developing
a secular, democratic, and legal society in Tajikistan. The group hopes to
establish contacts with similar organizations in neighboring countries,
mainly in the Ferghana Valley, to eventually create a cross-border
cooperation network, while expanding its activities to other parts of the
country.

For more information on the activities of the Fourth Power, contact Parvona
Firuz at str. Kamoly Khujand 108, apt 9, Khujand/Tajikistan 735700.
Telephone/fax (10-992-3422)60362/67382. E-mail fp(a)vlast.khj.tajik.net.

PROGRAM INFORMATION Intensive Uzbek, Tajik, Humboldt University, Berlin

Posted by: Lutz Rzehak <lutz.rzehak(a)rz.hu-berlin.de>
Posted: 10 Aug 2002


Intensive Language Courses Uzbek and Tajik
September/October 2002

The Central Asian Department of the Humboldt University Berlin will be 
running 3 week crash courses in Uzbek and Tajik, from the 28 of September to 
the 19 of October 2002.

The courses are aimed at absolute beginners who want to gain a good 
grounding in the basics of Uzbek or Tajik grammar, practice in reading and 
writing comprehension.

The courses will open to students from other disciplines, departments, or 
universities, who fulfill the normal entry requirements.

Classes will be taught by German speaking lecturers as well as by a native 
speaker, weekdays (Monday to Friday), in the morning and afternoon for a 
total of 120 hours, i.e. the equivalent of a four hour week for two terms.

A certificate of attendance will be given to all those who attend the 
classes, whilst students wishing to have the course accredited as part of 
their general university studies, will have the option of taking a test on 
completion of the course.

Although the organizers cannot offer any accommodation to participants, help 
will be given to anybody needing to find somewhere to stay in Berlin.

The closing date for registration applications is the 15th of September, and 
applicants or anyone who would like more information about the courses, 
should get in touch with us at the address below.

Beate Kleinmichel
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Zentralasien-Seminar
Unter den Linden 6
D 10099 Berlin
Germany
Tel.: (+49-30) 20936667
Fax:  (+49-30) 20936666
e-mail: beate.kleinmichel(a)rz.hu-berlin.de

PROGRAM INFORMATION Trainings for Higher Education Administration and Faculty

Posted by: Maxat Salpynov <msalpynov(a)career.kz>
Posted: 25 Jun 2002


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you on round table meetings and trainings for HEI 
administration and faculty on corruption and ethics, which are to be held in 
autumn 2002. Round table for HEI middle-level administration will take place 
on 15-16 October 2002 in Ashgabad, Turkmenistan. Training for faculty will 
take place on 28, 29, 30, 31 October 2002 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

All HEI faculty and administration members, having work experience and doing 
research in the field of corruption and ethics are kindly asked to send CV 
and completed application letters for participation in the trainings.

Deadline for applications is June 30, 2002. Prompt sending of application 
and valid demonstration of interest in corruption and ethics will give you 
the opportunity to participate in the trainings.

You are kindly asked to send completed applications and CV to Liliana 
Berdimuratova, e-mail: lberdimuratova(a)career.kz, and Maxat Salpynov 
-msalpynov(a)career.kz

Download application forms (in Russian) here:

1) Application forms for potential participants in the round table for 
administrators
   <http://www.career.kz/events/ethics/Application_round_table_adm_ethics.doc>
   (Word format)
   <http://www.career.kz/events/ethics/ethics_adm.pdf>
   (PDF format)

2) Application forms for potential participants in the seminar for faculty
   <http://www.career.kz/events/ethics/Application_seminar_faculty_ethics.doc>
   (Word format)
   <http://www.career.kz/events/ethics/ethics_faculty.pdf>
   (PDF format)

Regards,

Maxat Salpynov
ICT Trainer
Education Network (EdNet)
CARANA Corporation
54a, Luganskogo str., Cottage #2,
Almaty, Kazakhstan
tel: + (7 3272) 93 49 95, 93 49 96, 93 49 97
fax: + (7 3272) 93 49 98
http://www.career.kz

PROGRAM INFORMATION Regional Women's Leadership Institute, Oct. 21-Nov. 1, Warsaw

Posted by: Basia Godlewska <bgodlewska(a)oska.org.pl>
Posted: 20 Jun 2002


THE REGIONAL WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE

October 21 - November 1, 2002

Major changes are taking place in Central and Eastern Europe very rapidly. 
The social, economic and political position of women is worsening, and the
level of their political representation is decreasing. The development of a
feminist constituency among the next generation of
CEE women leaders is essential to the future of the women's movement in the
region. Strategies are needed to lobby governments to implement policy
shifts, along with networking and strategizing across national
lines to ensure that governments, international organizations and other
global actors fulfill their commitments to women's rights. To do this
effectively, women need to continue developing leadership skills and gain a
better understanding of the various mechanisms from the local, regional and
global level that can be utilized to advance of women's human rights.

Specific training for women's activists from the CEE is critical to their
continued development and to their role in the future of the region. The
vision of this initiatives is to develop an ongoing institutional response
to this need: annual women's leadership institute. The graduates
of the Institute will be in a unique position to encourage and develop
regional cooperation, as well as to involve the countries of the region in
international lobbying and advocacy for women's rights.

The First Regional Women's Leadership Institute will explore the concepts,
strategies and practices by which the understanding of human rights has
been expanded to more comprehensively incorporate women's lives and gender
differences. It will analyze and build upon the methods by which women have
taken leadership to increase awareness of the promises made by governments
to end human rights abuses of women and will explore ways to utilize a
women's human rights framework in diverse communities. The Institute will
strategize about critical areas of action for the decades ahead.

This first Institute will bring together women who have been working on
issues of women's human rights including local and national organizers,
public officials, policy makers, researchers, and activists working on
varying aspects of the topic. We welcome women from all countries of the
Region of Central and Eastern Europe and Newly Independent States who have
taken leadership in various fields to make the abuse of female human rights
visible and unacceptable.

The Regional Women's Leadership Institute is a two-week intensive working
session of approximately 25 women representing diverse countries, and
interests. Participants will spend time sharing their reflections on the
fundamental feminist values that inform the movement and strengthening the
skills needed to carry out the work of women's human rights. They will work
on collaboration and plans for influencing local, national, regional and
international community approaches to these issues. They
will also learn and exchange leadership skills and organizing techniques.

Participants will meet with resource people from the UN and European Union,
non-governmental organizations, and foundations operating in Eastern
Europe. Some of the Central and Eastern European Countries are applying for
membership in European Union and we will try to show that the Regional
perspective is still needed and actual by working out new strategies.

Participants must stay for the entire two week period. No exceptions will
be accepted. They should bring materials, resources, and documents from
their region. They should have worked on these issues or related concerns
for at least two years in either professional or volunteer capacities. 
Applicants should have clear plans to take the skills and contacts gained
at the Institute back to their own projects, networks, governments or
regions. The sessions will be conducted in English only, and fluency is a
must for effective participation.

The three project organizers: OSKa - The National Women's Information
Center from Warsaw, CRCEES - Center for Central and East European Studies
from Rutgers University and the Center for Women's Global Leadership have
been actively involved in leadership development and women's human rights
advocacy. The Global Center has held eight women's global leadership
institutes for almost women from all regions of the world. The program of
the Institute and the selection of the participants is done jointly with
women's organizations from the region: KARAT Coalition, B.a.b.e. from
Zagreb, Gender Studies Center from Prague, Center for Gender Studies at
European Humanities University in Minsk, Women's Information Network from
Moscow, and Women's Alliance for Development from Sofia.

Due to the high volume of applications anticipated, early application is
encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to submit letters of endorsement from
their organization and/or networks if their participation is on behalf of
the groups. For more information or to request an application,
please contact: Barbara Godlewska, Institute coordinator, The National
Women's Information Center - OSKA, 02-534 Warsaw, Falata 2/48, Poland,
phone: 48-22 849 79 43, fax 48-22 849 51 79, e-mail: bgodlewska(a)oska.org.pl

Application Deadline: June 30th, 2002

Anticipated Notification of Selection: end of July, 2002

[Forwarded from: women-east-west(a)neww.org>

PROGRAM INFORMATION Dari Class in New York, Afghan Communicator

Posted by: Rameen Moshref <rameenM(a)aol.com>
Posted: 9 Jun 2002


Afghan Communicator is offering its second semester of Dari (Afghan Persian) 
class in Manhattan.

Beginner Dari classes starts June 20, 2002 at Hunter College in NY.  This 
course starts with alphabet and would move on to words and sentences. The 
course will start from 6:00 pm - 9 pm on Thurs.  Semester ends September 5, 
2002 and costs $150 per semester.  Successful students will receive a 
certificate of completion. Reading materials are free.

Interested individuals should e-mail <acmojala(a)aol.com> or call 718-445-6438 
to reserve a spot.

PROGRAM INFORMATION Uyghur Human Rights Coalition, Washington, DC

Posted by: Kathy Polias <freeuyghurs(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 8 Jun 2002


GENERAL MEETINGS OF THE UYGHUR HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION (UHRC) ON THE SECOND
AND FOURTH TUESDAYS OF EVERY MONTH IN WASHINGTON, DC

The Uyghurs are the indigenous Turkic Muslim people of the Xinjiang Uyghur 
Autonomous Region of China (known to the Uyghurs as East Turkistan).  For 
decades, they have protested the Chinese government's policies of political 
repression, religious and cultural persecution, racial discrimination, and 
colonization.  Since September 11, the crackdown on the Uyghurs has 
intensified, as the Chinese government tries to falsely portray the Uyghurs' 
political dissent as terrorism and as it tries to use America's war on 
terrorism to justify its oppressive policies against the Uyghurs.

Join the effort to end the Chinese government's human rights violations 
against the Uyghur people.  The Uyghurs really need your help.

UHRC Meetings on the SECOND and FOURTH Tuesdays of every month, 7:00-8:30 
PM.  THE NEXT ONE IS ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11.

LOCATION: the Starbuck's at 1301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC (at 
the intersection of N St., NW, and Connecticut Ave., NW; across the street 
from California Pizza Kitchen; two blocks from the Dupont Circle South Metro 
Exit)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Kathy Polias, Co-Director, Uyghur Human 
Rights Coalition, kpolias(a)uyghurs.org, (202)548-6084, http://www.uyghurs.org.

PROGRAM INFORMATION Summer Program at UWED, Tashkent

Posted by: Elvira Giniyatova <sonya(a)uwed.FreeNet.uz>
Posted: 21 May 2002


Program Information

University of World Economy and Diplomacy,
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
International Summer School, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Dear Colleagues,

The University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan is
offering short-term intensive program of language training, and courses on
the economics, politics, and culture of Central Asia that will be held
during July of the year 2002.

The International Summer School will offer courses in Russian and Uzbek
languages as well as courses on the Economics, Politics, and culture of
Central Asia. The program is directed at teaching these courses for foreign
participants. Non language classes are taught in English or simultaneous
translations provided.

Applications from professional faculty and staff, graduate and upper-class
undergraduate students are accepted for summer school enrolment.

University of World Economy and Diplomacy is the leading educational
institution in International Economics, Politics and Law in Uzbekistan and
in Central Asia. Language studies are integral part of the university
program offerings.

The University has some of Uzbekistan's best-qualified faculty, excellent
instructional resources and the best physical plant among universities in
Central Asia. The University has small classes and modern technical
facilities.

The participants will be provided with excellent special on-campus
full-service lodging accommodations, food facilities that offer Asian
cuisine and superior oriental hospitality.

Tashkent is the largest and most modern city in Central Asia. It has
world-class centres of culture and entertainment. It has some of the best
public transportation systems in the world that includes the world famous
cleanest, safest, fastest and most reliable under-ground public transport
system in the world.
The summer program offers participants interesting cultural activities,
visits to museums and famous landmarks, and travel programs that include
visits to world-famous historical Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva.
The program offers opportunities for field study, and consultations with
leading scholars in Central Asian studies.

The Program

The summer educational program includes courses in Uzbek and Russian
languages and courses on the economics, politics, and culture of Central
Asia. The language courses are designed to develop language skills with
special emphasis is placed on conversational skills. Participants will be
given handouts to guide them through relevant dialogues, reading
comprehension and building up vocabulary in the language. Grammar is taught
through simple exercises of items as presented in real situations. Audio
tapes provide students practical exercises for listening comprehension and
proper pronunciation.
Courses on the economics, politics, and culture of Central Asia include a
comprehensive coverage of the topics. The courses will be taught by teams of
distinguished faculty who will cover different areas in each of the
disciplines.

The program is designed for a limited number of participants so individual
attention will be given to each participant. An individualised special
program may be appropriate for some participants in order to obtain the
maximum benefits out of the study program.

The program will be held during a 4-week session of classes from July 1 to
July 27, 2002. There will be 16 hours per week devoted to class meetings.
Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09:00 am
till 13:00 p.m. with 1 coffee break included. Fridays will be reserved for
visiting sites and museums in Tashkent and the surrounding areas. Weekends
provide opportunity for organised travel to some historical places and
summer resorts. Longer stays can be arranged for those who may want to spend
more time in Uzbekistan.

Language courses will be offered at three levels:
  * Beginners
  * Intermediate
  * Advanced

The program offers flexibility in choosing the desired courses. The program
will include 50 hours of Language classes and 12 hours of lectures on the
economics, politics, and culture of Central Asia.

Tours and Cultural Activities

The program includes a variety of  cultural and leisure activities that
include tours to an Uzbek village, mountains, historical Samarkand, Bukhara
and Khiva and visits to theatres, museums, Uzbek famous bazaars and other
Uzbek landmarks.

Admission

Applications from professional faculty and staff, graduate and upper-class
undergraduate students are accepted for summer school enrolment. No beginner
knowledge of targeted language is required. A placement test will be
administered for placement at the proper language level.

All courses are non-credit but the University of World economy and Diplomacy
will issue a certificate of enrolment and successful completion of the
appropriate summer program.

The University will assist in obtaining visa into the country and in other
matters of registration.

The closing date for applications is 10 June 2002.

Lodging
  * Accommodation is at the University lodging facilities and can begin as
    early as June 30, 2002.
  * Lodging ends day after last day of class. Total number of days 31 days.
  * Children: There is no children's program or lodging facility for children
    at the university.

Certificate
  * A certificate of attendance and successful completion of the program will
    be issued by the University to participants upon completion of the program.

Program Cost Includes tuition, course materials, lodging, and breakfast
daily, and admission to museums in Tashkent.

Program period: July 1-27, 2002
Program Fee: $2,000

Entertainment, travel and tour programs are extra and are estimated at less
than $500.

A deposit of $1,000 is necessary at the time of application. The deposit is
non-refundable for cancellations after June 10, 2002.

For more information contact:

Ms. Elvira Giniyatova
International Affairs Office
sonya(a)uwed.freenet.uz
Urgench22(a)yahoo.com

Telephone (998712) 690913, 676769
Fax (998712) 670900

University of World Economy and Diplomacy
54 Buyuk Ipak Yuli Street
Tashkent 700077
The Republic of Uzbekistan

PROGRAM INFO.- Summer School in Georgian Studies, Tbilisi, 6-11 August

Posted by: Stephen Rapp <hisshr(a)langate.gsu.edu>
Posted: 2001


ANNOUNCEMENT


We are happy to announce the Summer School in Kartvelian Studies for
non-Georgians to be held from 6 July to 11 August, 2002.

In a broad sense Kartvelian (Georgian) Studies (Kartvelology) embraces
Georgian culture, history and all fields of the humanities: linguistics,
literary criticism, art, archaeology, folklore, ethnography, source study.
Georgia, Sakartvelo, successor to ancient Colchis and Iberia, lies at the
boundary of Europe and Asia, east of the Black Sea, in the south-western
part of the Caucasus. Today too it continues to serve as a geographical,
economic and cultural bridge between East and West.

The Summer School in Kartvelian Studies is organized by the Centre for
Kartvelian Studies and sponsored by the Government of Georgia, Tbilisi State
University and by the Fund for Kartvelian Studies.

The School will offer intensive instruction in Modern Georgian, with account
of the level of the mastery of the language by the participants. They can
also attend lectures on Georgian history, literature, language and art and
become acquainted with Georgia's cultural and historical past and her
present achievements.

The five-week course at the summer school costs $1500 per student. This
includes accommodation (in a student's dormitory or at a private apartment),
board, lectures and seminars, and cultural program (excursions to the
countryside, visiting museums, seeing Georgian films, etc.). The Center
ensures meeting the attendants of Summer School at the airport and seeing
them to their place of stay. The attendants pay the travel costs (arrival in

Tbilisi and departure from Tbilisi), and medical aid, if needed.

This year the costs of instruction and board of foreign students who cannot
pay the whole cost will be met by the Fund for Kartvelian Studies. However,
in all cases the attendants of the Summer School, including the students,
are expected to contribute not less than one third of the above-mentioned
course cost as a charity to the Fund of Kartvelian Studies, for the Summer
School in Kartvelian Studies is financed in the main by this Charity Fund.

Those who wish to attend the Summer School should communicate with the
Centre for Kartvelian Studies by 1 May, 2002 and await further information
from us.

Address:

Centre for Kartvelian Studies, TSU
1, Chavchavadze Ave.
380028 Tbilisi
Georgia
Tel.: +(995 32) 290833, Fax: +(995 32) 252501,
E-mails: kartvcentre(a)hotmail.com; khintibidze(a)access.sanet.ge

Sincerely,

Prof. Elguja Khintibidze
Director of the Centre for Kartvelian Studies

P.S. In the words of a participant of the Kartvelological Summer School: "I
learnt about the Summer School at my university and I decided to arrive. My
decision stunned everyone - my parents, friends, my professors. The view of
Georgia is hazy in my country. We know almost nothing about Georgia and the
only thing we have heard is that one must not go there because it is a zone
of ethnic conflicts, unrest, instability and dire economic hardship. Imagine
my surprise, elation and joy to find that none of the above points came
true. Furthermore, great warmth and love, selfless kindness and boundless
hospitality - occasionally quite unexpected and curious, exceptional people,
beautiful city and country". (Sachiko Iokoi, Osaka University of Foreign
Languages, Japan. August, 2000).

PROGRAM INFO.- Summer Schools Sponsored by HESP - OSI in Central Eurasia

Posted by: Resource Center <centralasia(a)mail.com>
Posted: 2001


The Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open Society Institute
(OSI) is pleased to invite the junior faculty teaching at the social
sciences and humanities departments at the institutions of higher education
in the countries of Central, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia to
participate in the 2002 sessions of its Summer Schools Program.

Please visit the following link for details of available summer programs and
how to apply:
http://www.osi.hu/hesp/download/summer2002.doc

There are many programs across the region for which participants from
Central Eurasia are eligible.  The following programs are conducted in the
Central Eurasian region:

MACROECONOMIC MODELING AND FORECASTING

Dates:  28 July-11 August 2002
Host Institutions: New Economic School, Moscow, Russia and Institute for
   Economics and Finance, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Location: Institute for Economics and Finance, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Eligibility:
   Discipline: Economics
   Region/Countries: Central Asia
Language(s): Russian
Course Director: Dr. Oleg Zamulin, New Economic School, Moscow, Russia
Contact Information for Applicants:
   E-Mail: akhmelev(a)nes.ru

GENDER STUDIES: FROM WEST TO EAST

Dates: 14-29 July 2002
Host Institution/Location: Center for Gender Studies, Al-Farabi Kazakh State
   National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Eligibility:
   Disciplines: Gender Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science,
   History, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Linguistics
   Region/Countries: Central Asia
Language(s): Russian
Course Director: Dr. Svetlana Shakirova, Director, Almaty Center for Gender
   Studies
Contact Information for Applicants:
   E-mail: gender(a)academset.kz

YEREVAN SUMMER SCHOOL ON GENDER AND CULTURE - DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMS IN
GENDER EDUCATION

Dates:  4-25 August 2002
Host Institution/Location: Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and
   Cinematography, Yerevan, Armenia
Eligibility:
   Disciplines: Gender Studies and related disciplines
   Region/Countries: Transcaucasus (priority), also Eastern Europe, NIS,
   Mongolia.
Language(s): Russian
Course Director: Mariam Ohanyan, Director, Yerevan Center for Gender Studies
Contact Information for Applicants:
   E-mail: mariam(a)arminco.com

METHODOLOGY AND STRATEGY OF NATIONAL SECURITY IN CENTRAL ASIA

Dates: 5-23 August 2002
Host Institution: Central Asian Resource Center, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Eligibility:
   Disciplines: International Relations, other related fields of social
   sciences
   Region/Countries: Central Asia
Language(s): Russian, English (with translation)
Course Director: Dr. Irina Chernykh, Central Asian Resource Center
Contact Information for Applicants:
   E-mail: ichernykh(a)carc.soros.kz

TEACHING WRITING AND REPORTING FOR THE MEDIA - ADVANCED TRAINING FOR
JOURNALISM INSTRUCTORS

Dates: 12-22 August 2002
Host Institution/Location: Department of Journalism, American University of
   Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Eligibility:
   Disciplines: Journalism, Media Studies, other related fields of social
   sciences
   Region/Countries: Central Asia
Language(s): English, Russian
Course Director: Dr. Richard Shafer, School of Communication, University of
   North Dakota, USA
Contact Information for Applicants:
   E-mail: jour(a)mail.auk.kg

POLITICAL THEORY AND PHILOSOPHY

Dates: 5-23 August 2002
Host Institution: Central Asian Resource Center, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Eligibility:
   Disciplines: Political Science, other related fields of social sciences
   Region/Countries: Central Asia
Language(s): Russian, English (with translation)
Course Director: Dr. Galina Bityukova, Central Asian Resource Center
Contact Information for Applicants:
   E-mail: gbityukova(a)carc.soros.kz

SOCIOLOGY OF ETHNO-NATIONALISM

Dates: 5-17 August 2002
Host Institution: Technological University of Tajikistan
Location: Department of Humanities, Isfara Branch of Technological
   University of Tajikistan, Isfara, Tajikistan
Eligibility:
   Disciplines: Sociology, Political Science, Ethnology, History, Cultural
   Studies, Regional Studies, Public Administration, Philosophy, Psychology,
   Conflict Studies, Linguistics
   Region/Countries: Central Asia (priority), junior faculty from other NIS
   countries teaching related courses
Language(s): Russian
Course Director: Hofiz Boboyorov, Tajik Academy of Sciences, Agency for
   Social Studies TAMISS
Contact Information for Applicants:
   E-mail: hafiz278(a)hotmail.com, hofiz(a)ac.tajik.net
   Web Site: http://www.idealist.org/en/orgs/84916

SOCIETY IN TRANSITION: SOCIAL ISSUES IN SOCIOLOGICAL FOCUS

Dates: 9-23 September 2002
Host Institution: School of Sociology, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National
   University, East Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Location: The Crimea, Ukraine
Eligibility:
   Disciplines: Sociology and related disciplines
   Region/Countries: NIS, Baltic States, Poland
Language(s): Russian, Ukrainian, English
Course Directors: Dr. Vil Bakirov, Rector, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National
   University, President, East Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research and 
Dr.
   Valeriy Nikolayevskiy, Dean, School of Sociology, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv
   National University, Head of the Board, East Ukrainian Foundation for 
Social
   Research
Contact Information for Applicants:
   E-mail: sociology(a)univer.kharkov.ua
   Web Site: www.sociology.kharkov.ua


With further questions, contact:

Oleksandr Shtokvych
E-mail: oshtokvych(a)osi.hu
Tel.: +36 1 235 6153

Marianna Jó
E-mail: mjo(a)osi.hu
Tel.: + 36 1 235 6152


Open Society Institute
Higher Education Support Program
P.O. Box 519, H-1397
Budapest, Hungary

Telephone: +36 1 327 3850
Fax: +36 1 327 3864
E-mail: hesp(a)osi.hu
Internet: http://www.osi.hu/hesp

PROGRAM INFO.- Tuvan Music Camp in California

Posted by: Stacey Doljack Borsody <hjernespiser(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 25 Apr 2002


Baratsag Hungarian Dance & Music Camp has teamed up with Tuvan musicians
Igor Koshkendey & Alexander Bapa to host California's first Tuvan music camp.

July 7 -13, 2002
6 days of focused study in the beautiful redwoods of Mendocino Woodlands in
Northern California.

The Tuvan Camp will occur simultaneously with the Baratsag Hungarian Dance
and Music Camp. Some "cross-over" participation is encouraged!  Because
Baratsag's camp facilities are large, and we have seen a growing interest by
the Hungarian community in the music of Central Asia, we have decided to
broaden our scope and support traditional Tuvan music alongside our regular
camp activities.

Camp Fee: $525 (includes tuition, food, lodging)
Discounts available for families and groups

Deposit: $100/person, postmarked by May 20, with SASE.
Include Name, Address, Phone, email (if applicable)
Please indicate your intention to study singing, instrumental music or both.

Please make all checks payable to Baratsag and send to:
Baratsag Registration
45221 Mar Vista Drive
Mendocino, CA 95460

Please call Ferenc and Mary Tobak at 1-707-937-3554 for more information.

PROGRAM INFO.- Intensive Arabic Workshop in May, Boston

Posted by: W. Salmun <wafaams(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 13 Apr 2002


Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2002
At George Sherman Union/Boston University  Room 320/21
Registration deadline: April 30 (with food), May 2 (w/o food)
No registration is allowed at the door
Minimum: 7 students; Maximum: 20

Goal: Participants will leave the workshop with the ability to read and
write along with some vocabulary knowledge and introductory grammar (plus 2
books & 2 cassettes)

PROGRAM

Saturday

9:00 AM introduction, Light Breakfast
9:30 -11:00  Lesson 1
11:00-11:15  Break
11:15-12:45  Lesson 2
12:45- 1:30  Lunch & Arabic game
1:30 - 2:30  Lesson 3 (includes exercises)
2:30 - 3:30  Activity: Al-Jazari's Medieval Ingenious Mechanical Devices
3:30 - 3:45  Break
3:45 - 5:00  Lesson 4
5:00 - 5:30  Exercises and Questions

Sunday

11:30-12:30  Review
12:30- 1:55  Lesson 5
2:00 - 2:30  Lunch
2:35 - 4:00  Topic: Qur'an & Islam
4:00 - 4:30  Questions/Answers, Evaluation/Survey

Registration Fees
1. Without food, with handouts: $95
2. Without food, with package (2 books & 2 cassettes): $140
    Both w/o-food registration includes water, tea and coffee.

3. With lunch/breakfast & handouts: $170
4. With lunch/breakfast & package (2 books & 2 cassettes): $200

Contact the organizers for a registration form:

Inst. of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
P.O. Box 425125
Cambridge, MA 02142  USA
Tel: (617) 864-6327
Fax: (617) 323-5950
Website: http://www.INEAS.org

"Whether Arabic possesses all those merits which are being so bountifully
bestowed upon it by its zealous defenders is a matter of personal bias and,
to a certain degree, even an academic topic.  What remains certain is that,
in a way, it is a privileged language.  It has lived for one millennium and
a half essentially unchanged, usually gaining, never completely losing.
Venus-like, it was born in a perfect state of beauty, and it has preserved
that beauty is spite of all the hazards of history and all the corrosive
forces of time.  It is true that there was not always that Praxitelean
limpidity of line about it.  Figuratively speaking, it has known its Gothic,
its Renaissance and its Baroque periods.  It has known austerity, holy
ecstasy and voluptuousness, bloom and decadence.  It exuberated in times of
splendor and persisted through times of adversity in a state of
near-hibernation.  But when it awoke again, it was the same language.  The
fact that Arabic long survived and still had the vitality to burgeon a new
might be due to religious and social factors, but the quantitative ability
to expand and the qualitative capacity to attain perfection and to maintain
its essential characteristics are merits of the language exclusively."

Jaroslav Stetkevych

PROGRAM INFO./WEB RESOURCE- Center for Economic Research, Tashkent

Posted by: Nodirbek Ibragimov <nodirbek(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 11 Apr 2002


Center for Economic Research (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) is proudly announcing
the launch of new version of CER website. Please visit our newly updated and
redesigned website at http://www.cer.uz/. This is a unique web resource
providing comprehensive and objective information on current economic
situation in Uzbekistan. This website is one of the most important means for
securing involvement of a wider audience into a national policy dialogue and
early warnings. It is designed to enlarge the audience who could get access
to the most updated information on Uzbekistan and enable a wider audience to
participate in the dialogue on current problems of economic and social
transformation and human development in Uzbekistan.

Center for Economic Research (CER) is a non-profit research institution
established in April 1999 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan). Structural components of
the Center have been created and developed with assistance of international
development institutions. The Center aims at providing policy advice to the
Government of Uzbekistan and conducting research for other development
institutions on key issues of economic and social policy; contributing to
the national capacity building and raising public awareness on
socio-economic issues.

The primary objectives of the CER for the current period are as follows:
development and piloting on the basis of the CER a rational modality for
management and financing of independent research institutions and
development of a relevant legislative package; improvement of quality of
research and policy advice by means of elaborating a new scheme for
preparing reports based on wide dialogue and participatory approach; and
achievement of sustainability in CER's activities.

Center conducts research and provides policy recommendations and analysis on
a variety of supra-national economic and social policy problems, including
corporate governance and finance, financial markets, labor market
development, restructuring of natural monopolies, legal and regulatory
reform, trade policies, economic aspects of civil service reform, reform of
public sector, public finance, and social safety nets, poverty and
inequality under transition, economic restructuring and growth etc. All
those issues coincide with thematic scope and the professional agenda of a
possible partnership, supported by the Program.

Center has a wide range of projects implemented with the financial support
from different international financial and development institutions,
including WB, DFID, TACIS, Open Society Institute and other international
foundations; the main goals of these projects are improvement of
socio-economic policy, to contribute to the national capacity building
through formal and informal training, to raise public awareness on economic
development issues, as well as other aspects of development strategies and
policies including all development aspects - politics, mass media, society,
ICT development strategy formulation etc.

The website contains up-to-date information on social-economic reforms in
Uzbekistan, statistical data, research papers prepared by CER and other
publications including most of the reports and publications both in Russian
and in English.

At the First Republican Internet-Festival in 2001, the website of the Center
for Economic Research was awarded the Prize as the Best science related web
site.

April 8, 2002
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
http://www.cer.uz/

PROGRAM INFO.- Fulbright Association of Kazakhstan Established in Almaty, 01/2002

Posted by: Elena Sadovskaya <elenasadovskaya(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 10 Apr 2002


The Fulbright Association of Kazakhstan is pleased to announce about its
official registration in January, 2002.  The Fulbright Association is a
non-governmental, non-profit organization created by the scholars of the
Republic of Kazakhstan, awarded with the scholarship of Senator William
Fulbright (USA).

The goal of Fulbright Association is to promote mutual understanding and
cooperation between epistemic communities and peoples of different nations
by strengthening international collaboration, supporting and developing
scientific, educational and cultural exchange programs, participating in the
international network of associations, universities and other research and
educational institutions.

Among the future activities of the Association are international conferences
and seminars, workshops and lectures; consultations and information
services; initiation of the public events on various social, scientific,
educational and cultural issues; assistance to Fulbrighters coming to
Kazakhstan to implement a research and to read lectures; exchange of
delegations, professionals and internships in different areas; development
of the social Fulbright movement, etc.

The Fulbright Association in Kazakhstan will be pleased to cooperate with
other scholars, universities and other governmental and independent
institutions, associations, networks, etc.

Dr Elena Sadovskaya
Fulbright Scholar, 1994
RSEP Scholar, 2001

The postal address of the Fulbright Association in Kazakhstan:
1. Apt.62, 92, Taugul-1
    480042 Almaty
    Republic of Kazakhstan
2. US Embassy Information Service/Almaty
    531 Seifullin Prospect, 6th floor
    480091 Almaty
    Republic of Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 (3272) 58-79-71, -72, -73; Fax: +7 (3272) 58-79-45
Email: <usembassy(a)freenet.kz> (attn: For Fulbright Association Coordinator);
    <za(a)imbb.almaty.kz>;
    <z2001a(a)freenet.kz> (for Zaure Aytasheva);
    <aabilov(a)mail.ru> for (Alexey Abilov);
    <ccm(a)online.ru> (attn: For Elena Sadovskaya).
Website: www.usembassy-kazakhstan.freenet.kz

PROGRAM INFO.- Fulbright Association of Kazakhstan Established in Almaty, 01/2002

Posted by: Elena Sadovskaya <elenasadovskaya(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 10 Apr 2002


The Fulbright Association of Kazakhstan is pleased to announce about its
official registration in January, 2002.  The Fulbright Association is a
non-governmental, non-profit organization created by the scholars of the
Republic of Kazakhstan, awarded with the scholarship of Senator William
Fulbright (USA).

The goal of Fulbright Association is to promote mutual understanding and
cooperation between epistemic communities and peoples of different nations
by strengthening international collaboration, supporting and developing
scientific, educational and cultural exchange programs, participating in the
international network of associations, universities and other research and
educational institutions.

Among the future activities of the Association are international conferences
and seminars, workshops and lectures; consultations and information
services; initiation of the public events on various social, scientific,
educational and cultural issues; assistance to Fulbrighters coming to
Kazakhstan to implement a research and to read lectures; exchange of
delegations, professionals and internships in different areas; development
of the social Fulbright movement, etc.

The Fulbright Association in Kazakhstan will be pleased to cooperate with
other scholars, universities and other governmental and independent
institutions, associations, networks, etc.

Dr Elena Sadovskaya
Fulbright Scholar, 1994
RSEP Scholar, 2001

The postal address of the Fulbright Association in Kazakhstan:
1. Apt.62, 92, Taugul-1
    480042 Almaty
    Republic of Kazakhstan
2. US Embassy Information Service/Almaty
    531 Seifullin Prospect, 6th floor
    480091 Almaty
    Republic of Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 (3272) 58-79-71, -72, -73; Fax: +7 (3272) 58-79-45
Email: <usembassy(a)freenet.kz> (attn: For Fulbright Association Coordinator);
    <za(a)imbb.almaty.kz>;
    <z2001a(a)freenet.kz> (for Zaure Aytasheva);
    <aabilov(a)mail.ru> for (Alexey Abilov);
    <ccm(a)online.ru> (attn: For Elena Sadovskaya).
Website: www.usembassy-kazakhstan.freenet.kz

PROGRAM INFO.- Summer Language Funding Still Available, Indiana Univ.

Posted by: IAUNRC <iaunrc(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 9 Apr 2002


First and Second Year Summer Central Asian Language Classes at Indiana
University.


Indiana University's Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central
Asian Languages (SWSEEL) is proud to offer 1st and 2nd year language courses
in Azeri, Kazakh, Turkmen and Uzbek during summer 2002.  Indiana University
has one of the top Central Asian programs in the nation, and SWSEEL is the
only summer program in America to offer intermediate levels of all these
Turkic languages.

The first and second year language classes will meet four hours a day, five
days a week for two months.  There will be equal emphasis on studying the
four skills of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking.  The
majority of Indiana University language instructors are native speakers of
the language they teach and use interactive methods of teaching.  In
addition to studying language, students will also learn about the culture,
literature and other important aspects of life in Central Asia and in their
specific countries.  The Summer Workshop also offers numerous
extracurricular activities, including lectures, films, outdoor activities,
concerts and cooking demonstrations pertaining to the cultures of the target
languages.

The 2002 Summer Workshop will be held from June 14 to August 9.  Each
Central Asian class is worth 6 graduate or 8 undergraduate credits for 1st
year students and 6 credits to both graduates and undergraduates for 2nd
year students.  Tuition is $180.40 per credit hour for all participants,
(except for Indiana resident undergraduates who pay $130.95 per credit hour)
plus fees.  Funding opportunities are still available for 1st and 2nd year

Turkmen and 2nd year Azeri.  As well, students who have studied 1st year
Turkish can apply for 2nd year Azeri.  For further information about the
scholarship and the program, please see
http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel.shtml.

PROGRAM INFO.- University of Sydney Central Asian Programme

Posted by: Alison Betts <alison.betts(a)archaeology.usyd.edu.au>
Posted: 12 Mar 2002


The new University of Sydney Central Asian Programme (USCAP) is now on-line at:
http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/archaeology/Central%20Asia/homepage.htm.

The site includes details of our Archaeology Volunteer scheme for 2002.  We
are offering non-specialists the opportunity to join our excavations at the
spectacular sites of Kazakl'i-yatkan and Tash-k'irman-tepe in western
Uzbekistan, followed by a tour of the Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and
Samarkand.

PROGRAM INFO.- Civil Society Campaigns for Afghanistan

Posted by: Tim Symonds <tim.symonds(a)shevolution.com>
Posted: 11 Mar 2002


Building civil society - Campaigns on a shoe-string (or clothesline)?

Not all campaigns need to be on the scale of the tremendous Oxfam campaign a
few years ago where the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse rode across Westminster
Bridge to Downing Street to protest at the then-Government's proposed cuts
in overseas' aid.

My colleague Lesley Abdela of Project Parity (training future women leaders
worldwide) and I are compiling a listing of perhaps 50 inexpensive
eyecatching campaigns that NGOs and pressure groups have used successfully
to attract Press and Media attention, to bring their own causes to public
and political attention.  The listing will be made available to any campaign
groups, particularly new ones, to help them plan their own campaigns.  It
would, for example, be valuable as a resource for Afghanistan in rebuilding
civil society We would appreciate it if you could send us your suggestions
for inclusion in the list - campaigns on any subject (environment, health,
education, peace-making, equality, reconciliation, violence against women,
etc) you have heard about.  For example, only last week, Argentineans
outraged at politicians' corruption took to the streets with broomsticks 'to
sweep the nation clear of corrupt politicos', gaining worldwide Media and
press attention.  In Italy people took to the streets with long cones on
their noses to state their belief the government had been lying, a photo of
this appearing in Britain's Daily Telegraph.

Below is another very inexpensive campaign - the cost of a clothesline
-being run by women against violence in Sri Lanka.

With kindest regards.

Tim Symonds
Executive Director
Project Parity
United Kingdom

Tel. +44 (0) 1892 891 106
tim.symonds(a)shevolution.com
http://www.shevolution.com

The Clothesline Project - Sri Lanka  March 8

The Clothesline Project Sri Lanka invites women from all walks of life to
come forward and speak out against all forms of violence against women.  If
you are or have been a victim of violence of any kind, including battery,
rape, assault, emotional and psychological blackmail from families, if you
have been targeted because of your sexual orientation, survived incest or
childhood abuse, or any other such abuse, we invite you to share your story
with hundreds of other women, many of whom are in similar situations,
through the clothesline project.

The clothesline project is a visual display that bears witness to violence
against women. During the display, a clothesline is hung with clothes such
as a t-shirt, a skirt, a kurta, hatte etc. Each garment is decorated to
represent a particular women's experience of violence and should, be made by
the survivor herself, or by someone who cares about her. (we prefer you use
any piece of your own clothing to write out your story) it can tell an
individual woman's story, it can bear her whole story, or just parts of it,
or even simply contain a short powerful statement opposing such violence and
celebrating the spirit of womankind. Displayed together they are a powerful
testimony about the war being raged against women. It is a way of airing our
society's dirty laundry.

The Project will be launched at International Women's Day on the 8th March.

We invite as many women as possible to come forward and join this project.
You many choose to remain anonymous and confidentiality is assured. In case
you need supplies, such as a t-shirt or writing material or if you have any
concerns, please contact the undersigned.

Revati Chawla

PROGRAM INFO.- Language Study in the Former Soviet Union, Deadline Apr. 1

Posted by: Gabriel Coleman <Coleman(a)actr.org>
Posted: 28 Feb 2002


The American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is currently
accepting applications for the NIS Regional Language Program.  Program
participants study on site the languages of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Georgia, Kazakstan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan.

Students with at least two years of study in either the host country
language or Russian are eligible.

Program costs include:

 * Full Tuition at Leading NIS Universities
 * Round Trip International Airfare from Washington, D.C.
 * Housing with a Host Family or in University Dormitories
 * Health Insurance and Visa Processing
 * Pre-departure Orientation
 * Logistical Support by ACTR/ACCELS Regional Offices
 * 16 Undergraduate or 15 Graduate Hours of Credit Per Semester (8 per
   summer) through Bryn Mawr College
 * Financial Aid Available from the U.S. Department of State

Application deadline for the Summer 2002 program is March 1, 2002; for the
Fall 2002/Academic Year 2002-03 program, April 1, 2002.

For more information and an application, please contact:

Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Ste. 700
Washington, DC 20036

(202) 833-7522
outbound(a)actr.org

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS- NEH Institute on Eurasia, Harvard, Jul.-Aug.

Posted by: Marshall Poe <mpoe(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 22 Feb 2002


Dear Colleagues:

"Towards an Integrated History of Eurasian Civilization, 1000-1800"

is an NEH Summer Institute that will take place at the Davis Center for
Russian Studies, Harvard University from approximately July 1 to August 2 (5
weeks). The Institute will bring experts in inner Asian history together
with college teachers from a variety of disciplines in an effort to the
create of a new trans-national framework for the study and teaching of
"Eurasian Civilization." The framework will augment the study of particular
Eurasian "national" cultures (Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Persia, India, China,
etc.) by placing them in their greater civilizational context, much in the
same way "European Studies" (or similar Area Studies fields) aid in the
understanding of particular nations.

Faculty: Thomas Barfield, David Christian, Devin DeWeese, Nicola Di Cosmo,
Elizabeth Endicott, Richard Foltz, Moshe Gammer, Peter Golden, Sasha
Halenko, Beatrice Manz, David Morgan, Donald Ostrowski, Uli Schamiloglu,
Dmitry Schlapentokh, John Schoeberlein

Approximately 30 college and university teachers will be invited to attend
the Institute as participants.  ALL INTERESTED COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY
TEACHERS ARE URGED TO APPLY.  Successful applicants will receive a generous
stipend from NEH to cover the cost of travel, room and board.

For application information, email:

mpoe(a)fas.harvard.edu

All the Best,

Marshall Poe, Director
"Towards an Integrated History of Eurasian Civilization, 1000-1800"
Davis Center for Russian Studies
Harvard University

PROGRAM INFO./GRANTS- Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia

Posted by: Elena Yerzakovich <lyerzakovich(a)carec.kz>
Posted: 18 Feb 2002


Information about the Grant Program

Some of the major activities of the Regional Environmental Center for
Central Asia (CAREC), established by the resolution of the governments of
the five Central Asian countries with the assistance of the European
Commission, are to provide support to the non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) in the Central Asian region, to promote cooperation between the
governments, local authorities, NGOs and businesses, to develop and deliver
training and grant programs.

In accordance with its objectives, the CAREC has developed its Grant Program
2002 designed to support environmental projects and initiatives of public
organizations and individuals interested in improving the environment. The
CAREC is hopeful that this support will increase the number and the capacity
of environmental NGOs and provide a better opportunity for the community to
be actively involved in decision-making.  The Grant Program 2002 includes
three types of grants:

Transborder grants are to promote cooperation between NGOs of the CA region
in addressing the regional priorities of environmental protection and
sustainable development. An obligatory requirement of this category is joint
project implementation by several NGOs from at least two countries of the
region.  The grant size is up to 10,000 US dollars.

Special grants are designed to fund the priority environmental and SD
problems in the CA region. Both registered NGOs and initiative groups with
project implementation experience can apply for the program.

Themes of competitions for 2002:
 - "Agenda 21. Community input into the dissemination of ideas of
   sustainable development in the region"
 - "Water saving and energy efficiency"

The grant size is up to 5,000 US dollars.

Applications for the competitions for the transborder (one call) and special
grants (two calls) will be considered on a competitive basis by the members
of the CAREC's Grant Committee which will be formed on a competitive basis.

Small grants are designed to fund urgent or one-time projects (e.g.
dissemination of information, publications, participation in activities and
trainings, assistance with registration). Both registered NGOs and
unregistered initiative groups and individuals can apply for the program.
This will be an ongoing program.  The maximum grant will be 500 USD. Small
grants will be awarded by the CAREC.

The CAREC will support the projects focused upon inter-sector interaction
and improvement of environmental decision-making. It can co-operates the
public organizations in the region, affects the actions of the local
community related to the efficient use of natural resources, etc.

It is expected that the CAREC's Grant Program 2002 will be financed by the
funding allocated under the bilateral Agreement between the US Environmental
Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Ministry of National Resources and
Environmental protection (MNREP) of the RK.

The CAREC is planning to conduct a poll of the Central Asian NGOs in 2002 in
order to analyze their needs and to select the prospective directions of
activities with public organizations on next year.

In 2002 the CAREC is also planning to conduct a joint roundtable with other
donors providing funding for the environmental projects in the Central Asian
region in order to discuss the priorities of funding of public initiatives,
monitoring and dissemination of success projects.
The CAREC's grant program makes it possible for all interested donor
organizations to get more actively involved in the process of supporting
community initiatives focused upon the improvement of the ecological
situation in the CA region.

The complete language of the CAREC's GP Guidelines will be posted on the web
site: http://www.carec.kz. Detailed information about the call for proposals
and the application deadlines will be provided additionally.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Grant Program
Manager, Ms. Yelena Yerzakovich.

Contact information: 8 (3272) 292619, 296646
e-mail: lyerzakovich(a)carec.kz

PROGRAM INFO.- Hindu Kush Environmental Watch

Posted by: Daud Saba <daudsaba(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 6 Feb 2002


Dear Friends,

It is a pleasure to inform you of the launch of a website for the Hindu Kush
Environmental Watch (HEW).  I cordially invite you to visit this site:

http://www.afghanmagazine.com/hew/index.html

Hindu Kush Environmental Watch (HEW) is an independent nonprofit NGO.  HEW
focuses on raising environmental awareness and education, environmental
research, promoting the protection and rehabilitation of ecosystems and
conservation in Afghanistan.

I look forward to your support, comments and suggestions in this regard.
Please pass this info to other friends of Afghanistan, so we can join more
hands in this noble cause.

Sincerely Yours,

Daud Saba

PROGRAM INFO.- International Summer Language School, Almaty

Posted by: Shayakhmetova <lshayakhmetova(a)uib.kz>
Posted: 24 Jan 2002


International Summer Language School, University of International Business,
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Second Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

University of International Business, Almaty, Kazakhstan presents more
detailed information on the short-term intensive language training that will
be held in July this year.

International Summer Language School is ideal for postgraduate who wishes to
make good progress in his knowledge of Central Asian or Russian Language.
We specialise in teaching Kazakh, Uighur and Russian for foreigners.
University of International Business is the leading educational institution
in Central Asia.

International Summer Language School attracts Kazakhstan's best-qualified
specialists-linguists, offering the most updated teaching methodology and
instructional materials according to the level of trainee's language
proficiency.

UIB has comfortable small classes, modern technical facilities, and
excellent conditions for studying. Trainees will be offered interesting
cultural and tourists programs, Asian cuisine & hospitality, opportunities
for field research, as well as consultations with the leading specialists in
the area of Central Asian studies.

International Advisory Board will supervise all training activity.

The Program

The educational program is designed to develop all language skills, although
priority is placed on conversational ability.  Handout materials guide the
students through vivid dialogues to reading comprehension and vocabulary
acquaintance. Simple exercises give the opportunity to practice the
grammatical items as presented in real situations. Audio activities enable
the students to practice listening comprehension and correct pronunciation.

Teachers have special experience in teaching Central Asian Languages and
Russian as a foreign language. Individual attention to each trainee is of
great importance to ensure maximum understanding. Both teachers and staff
are more than happy to provide support and any assistance students may need.

Group Course

30 hours per week. Course schedules are designed as four-week session and
the maximum class size is 5 students. Classes are held from 8:40 am till
1:30 pm with 2 coffee breaks included, Monday - Friday. Class duration is 90
minutes.

There are three course levels offered:
 * Elementary
 * Intermediate
 * Advanced

Additional to language courses, 10 lectures on history, traditions, politics
and other topics are included as a part of educational program.

Classes
 * Foreign language classes are taught entirely in the foreign language
   (immersion method).
 * All levels are welcome (beginner to advanced).
 * Levels: placement tests are used. If there is no full group, no classes
   will be held at this particular level.
 * Students/class is maximum 5 people per class, which may be exceeded by
   1-2 persons due to level placement.
 * Texts and materials are included in cost.

Cultural Program & Activities

ISLS organizes a large variety of cultural and leisure activities.
Introductory 4-hour tour round Almaty and mountains, theatres and museums
visiting, tours to Kazakh village, the Issyk Lake, Tamgaly, the Dzhambyl
museum, the Charyn Canyons are examples of various extra-curricula activities.

Admission

No beginner knowledge of targeted language is required. ISLS does not grant
credit or confer degrees.  The closing date for applications is 15 May 2002.

Lodging
 * Accommodation address sent 7-14 days prior to start of session.
 * Lodging ends day after last day of class.  Totally 30 days.
 * Children: No children's program or lodging assistance.

Certificates & Exams
 * A certificate of attendance and assessment is issued upon completion of
   the course level.
 * Examinations of evaluation take place for trainees having reached levels
   of Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced, and certificates are issued
   accordingly.

Program Cost Includes. Tuition, handout materials, insurance, hotel, single
   room, breakfast daily.
Program Start Date. July 1.
Fee:  $1,900

For more information see:

http://www.uib.kz/isls/fr800.htm

or contact:

Leila Shayakhmetova
Director for International Development
lshayakhmetova(a)uib.kz

University of International Business
8-a Abai Ave., Almaty, 480100
The Republic of Kazakhstan
http:\\www.uib.kz
uib(a)uib.kz

PROGRAM INFO.- Scaliger Institute, Leiden University's Oriental Collections

Posted by: Jan Just Witkam <J_J_Witkam(a)library.leidenuniv.nl>
Posted: 8 Jan 2002


Dear colleagues,

May I draw your attention to the Scaliger Institute, a new institute within
Leiden University, which focuses its attention on the University's special
collections, including the Oriental collections. Look at the website:
http://bc.leidenuniv.nl/scaligerinstitute/default.htm

With best wishes,

Jan Just Witkam


Prof. Jan Just Witkam
Professor of Paleography and Codicology of the Islamic World,
Curator of Oriental Collections in Leiden University Library
P.O. Box 9501
NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
tel. : +31 71 527 2868
fax: +31 71 527 2836
e-mail: witkam(a)library.leidenuniv.nl
Visit also the Oriental collections website:
http://bc.leidenuniv.nl/olg/default.htm
The Leiden catalogue of printed books can be accessed at:
http://lbs.leidenuniv.nl

PROGRAM INFO.- Summer Central Asian Language Study, Indiana University

Posted by: Inner Asian and Uralic NRC <iaunrc(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 8 Jan 2002


Indiana University's Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central
Asian Languages (SWSEEL) is proud to offer 1st and 2nd year language courses
in Azeri, Kazakh, Turkmen and Uzbek during summer 2002.  Indiana University
has one of the top Central Asian programs in the nation, and SWSEEL is the
only summer program in America to offer intermediate levels of all these
Turkic languages.

The first and second year language classes will meet four hours a day, five
days a week for two months.  There will be equal emphasis on studying the
four skills of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking.  The
majority of Indiana University language instructors are native speakers of
the language they teach and use interactive methods of teaching.  In
addition to studying language, students will also learn about the culture,
literature and other important aspects of life in Central Asia and in their
specific countries.  The Summer Workshop also offers numerous
extracurricular activities, including lectures, films, outdoor activities,
concerts and cooking demonstrations pertaining to the cultures of the target
languages.

The 2002 Summer Workshop will be held from June 14 to August 9.  Each
Central Asian class is worth 6 graduate or 8 undergraduate credits for 1st
year students and 6 credits to both graduates and undergraduates for 2nd
year students.  Tuition is $180.40 per credit hour for all participants,
(except for Indiana resident undergraduates who pay $130.95 per credit hour)
plus fees.  Every year, the university offers a number of scholarships to
both graduate and undergraduate students.  For further information about the
scholarship and the program, please see
http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel.shtml

PROGRAM INFO.- Silk Road Seattle update

Posted by: Daniel Waugh <dwaugh(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 2 Jan 2002


Since there has been substantial progress in the last month on Silk Road
Seattle projects, I thought an update would be in order, especially given
the availability on the internet of significant parts of our project. As a
reminder, our website may be accessed at http://www.uwch.org/silkroad/,
where you need to remember the final slash to have it connect.  What I
highlight below is only a part of the project; other information can be
obtained from the website. Silk Road Seattle is a project of the Walter
Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.

I apologize in advance for cross-postings to those subscribed both to
silkroad-l and CentralAsia-L.

Events:
 * For those who can make it to Seattle, I would draw attention to: "Along
   the Silk Road: Rugs and Textiles from Syria to China," an exhibit from the
   renowned collection of James Burns. which will be mounted in the Henry Art
   Gallery on the University of Washington campus, Feb. 7-May 15, 2002.  We
   plan to have an on-line catalogue of this exhibit, which will be posted in
   the weeks after the opening date.
 * The exhibit of the photographs of Wu Jian (of the Dunhuang Research
   Institute) and Gary Tepfer will be on the UW campus March 12-April 7 and
   then the Wu Jian photographs will be exhibited at Northwestern University
   in Evanston, Ill. beginning around April 10. Both photographers will be
   doing slide presentations on their work shortly after the opening of
   the UW exhibit; Wu Jian will also present at Northwestern.  This event is
   co-sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.
 * Much of the lecture series "Art and Religion on the Silk Road," also
   co-sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation, will be offered in the Bay
   Area as well as in Seattle.  Details of the Seattle schedule are currently
   on our website; information on the lectures at Stanford will be posted soon.

Website additions:

Please note that the process of adding to the website is ongoing; we do have
a "New Additions" button that will let you check to see what is new.  We
have posted recently the following:
 * several pages under "Cities and Architecture," including Sultanate and
   Mughal architecture in India, Bursa, and, in the next few days (the pages
   are written), Xi'an/Chang'an and Samarkand.  The feature of these pages is
   extensive photo files, including details of architectural decoration, but
   we are also trying to provide at least an overview of the history to which
   the architecture relates.  The Bursa page has a section on the silk trade.
 * several pages under "Traditional Culture," where the focus is the nomadic
   cultures of Central Asia.  To date, pages on dwellings and religion,
   with a page on food in the process of final formatting.
 * a fairly generous installment of "teaching/learning guides," including a
   review of curriculum units and of videos.  The latter provides
   information, in some cases quite detailed, on the contents of the "Silk
   Road" (NTK, CCTV) series which was discussed on this list some time ago.
   It numbers 30 (!) installments.

One noteworthy forthcoming addition to the web page is John Hill's new
translation and annotation of the "The Western Regions According to the Hou
Han Shu."  We hope to have this posted by the end of next week.  Our
intention is to post many additional primary source translations (a sampling
of some of the "first edition" variants--needing revision--is currently
linked to SR Seattle).

Another noteworthy forthcoming addition will be photo archives (and related
web pages) based on a rich private collection pertaining to the Middle East.

Lastly, I would note progress on our virtual Silk Road art exhibit, which
will be hosted by the Seattle Art Museum.  We have secured the cooperation
of several major museums, whose objects will become part of this permanent
exhibit on the internet.  The target for opening is mid- to late March.

Contributions to any aspect of Silk Road Seattle (and
suggestions/criticisms) are always welcome.

Best wishes for the New Year,
Dan Waugh

PROGRAM INFO.- Financial Aid for Language Study in the NIS, ACTR/ACCELS

Posted by: Gabriel Coleman <Coleman(a)actr.org>
Posted: 7 Dec 2001


The American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is currently
accepting applications for the NIS Regional Language Program.  Program
participants study on site the languages of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Georgia, Kazakstan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan.

Students with at least two years of study in either the host country
language or Russian are eligible.

Program costs include:

 * Full Tuition at Leading NIS Universities
 * Round Trip International Airfare from Washington, D.C.
 * Housing with a Host Family or in University Dormitories
 * Health Insurance and Visa Processing
 * Pre-departure Orientation
 * Logistical Support by ACTR/ACCELS Regional Offices
 * 16 Undergraduate or 15 Graduate Hours of Credit Per Semester (8 per
   summer) through Bryn Mawr College
 * Financial Aid Available from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S.
   Department of Education

Application deadline for the Summer 2002 program is March 1, 2002; for the
Fall 2002/Academic Year 2002-03 program, April 1, 2002.

For more information and an application, please contact:

Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Ste. 700
Washington, DC 20036

(202) 833-7522
outbound(a)actr.org

PROGRAM INFO.- Summer Language School, Almaty

Posted by: Leila Shayakhmetova <lshayakhmetova(a)uib.kz>
Posted: 6 Dec 2001


University of International Business, Almaty, Kazakhstan, invites all
interested to participate in the summer language-training program in
July-August 2002.

The program is designed to improve and advance language abilities of the
trainees.  We offer a range of quality programs in the Central Asian
languages of Kazakh, Uyghur, and Russian.  Training program includes also
cultural events.  Round tables, guest lectures and group meetings with
leading scholars in Central Asian studies will be conducted as part of them.

All Summer School instructors at UIB are qualified specialists-linguists and
experienced teachers offering effective and intensive teaching methods
according to the level of students language proficiency.  Instructors offer
the most advanced methods of intensive teaching using functional
communication and computer based methods.  The program is designed to
advance language abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Training courses focus on the daily practice in small groups.

Initiated in 1992, the UIB has established itself as leader among higher
educational institutions in Kazakhstan.  Being an independent, leading
business school, UIB has extensive experience in preparing high skilled
experts with BA degrees able to conduct sound business and become leaders in
different facets of national economy.

Contact:

Leila Shayakhmetova
Director for International Development
lshayakhmetova(a)uib.kz

University of International Business
8-a Abai Ave., Almaty, 480100
Republic of Kazakhstan
http:\\www.uib.kz
uib(a)uib.kz

PROGRAM INFO.- Fieldwork Opportunities in Mongolia and Don Region, 2002

Posted by: Jeannine Davis-Kimball <jkimball(a)csen.org>
Posted: 4 Dec 2001


Fieldwork Opportunities

The Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads is offering two exciting
Fieldwork Opportunities for Summer 2002 in Mongolia and Southern Russia:

2002 Desert-Steppe Zone of the Middle Gobi Province, Mongolia
http://csen.org/Baga_Gazaryn_Chuluu_Survey_2002/2002_BGC_Index.html

and

2002 Chastiye Kurgany Excavations in the southern Don Region, north of the
Black Sea, Russia
http://csen.org/Chastiye_Kurgany_(all_files)/2002_Chastiye_FWO/2002_Chastiye
_Kurgan_Index.html

For questions contact: jkimball(a)csen.org

The 2001 Chastiye Kurgany Excavations Report, with illustrations and map, is
also posted on the CSEN Website at

http://csen.org/Chastiye_Kurgany_(all_files)/2001_Chastiye_Report/2001_Chast
iye_Report.html


Dr. Jeannine Davis-Kimball
Director
Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads
577 San Clemente St.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
Tele & FAX +805 653-2607
email: jkimball(a)csen.org
http://csen.org

PROGRAM INFO.- UN International Day for Disabled Persons (Dec. 3)

Posted by: David Mikosz <david(a)iatp.uz>
Posted: 3 Dec 2001


Hello Everyone,

In commemoration of the UN International Day for Disabled Persons, I wanted
to pass along some of letters from some of our partners in Central Asia:

------

Hello from the Almaty School for the Deaf. We would like to congratulate
everyone on International Disabled Persons Day. The Almaty School for the
deaf was founded in 1931 and soon we will celebrate our 70th anniversary.
But despite our old age we are still very modern. We have received trainings
on how to use the Internet and soon will begin teaching deaf people in other
cities of Kazakhstan these skills. We look  forward to helping other
disabled people in the world make contact with us. We have even developed
our own webpage:   http://www.shuh.freenet.kz/

Almaty Regional School for the Deaf, Toraygyrova  street, 1, Almaty,
Kazakhstan, Yelena Mastayeva.  (mastyaeva(a)freenet.kz)  People can send this
information to this e-mail.

------

Hello everybody.  We are Schoola Internat Invalidov of Petropavlovsk, North
Kazakhstan.  We want to congratulate everyone on the U.N. International Day
for Disabled Persons observed Monday, December 3rd and to remind everyone
that disability reform issues are not just disability issues, they are human
rights issues as well.  This is a day set aside to draw attention to that
fact.  Pleas tell someone about it.

We are new to the Internet, so I would like to tell you all a little bit
about us. We are a boarding school for physically challenged children.  Our
main objective is the integration of our students into society and the
public school sector.  We are working towards tearing down all barriers so
as to make education available for everyone.  We have been working at
organizing a community-based rehabilitation program since May of this year.
We are very interested in hearing from other organizations and individuals
who are doing similar work.  We would like to work with you.  We are new, so
right now the only contact information we have for you is my e-mail address,
which is: briantodd2001(a)yahoo.com.
Telephone:  8-3152-46-66-78.
We would love to hear from you.  Also keep in mind that U.N. International
Human Rights Day is December 7th.  Take care all.

------

Hello from the Samarkand School for the Deaf # 61. We are very new to the
Internet. We will be learning more. Right now we have one email address and
a connection to the Internet through the IATP Samarkand Center. Please write
to us in Russian! We will have a webpage soon.

email: school61(a)samarkand.freenet.uz
Samarkand, Poselok Khimikov, Turkeston Str., Apr.1

------

Hello from two related organizations in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the NGO Skidiv
(Sports Klub for Adult and Children Disabled Persons) and Sokol-Skidiw (the
Sport Shooting Club for the Disabled). We are starting to become involved
with the Internet. About 20 kids have already received training on the
Internet, and one from Skidiv, Timur Ashierev
(http://children.freenet.uz/deti/timur/index.html) is qualified as a
trainer. From Sokol, Alexsander Soldatkin, has already conducted several
courses for other disabled persons. We are planning on conducting a contest
for the best drawings on computers for the disabled. We planned it to be for
Uzbekistan but if we receive other entries we will consider them.

We are working on updating our webpages. But for now, you can see an early
version at: http://www.sokol-skidiw.narod.ru/

Our Contact information (please write to us in Russian or care of the IATP
in Uzbekistan):
Skidiv: 700043, Tashkent, Chilinzar, Kvartal E, Dom. 7, number 2.
Telephone: (3712) 78 - 96 - 40. Email: skidov(a)freenet.uz

Sokol:
700115, Rumit-inval, Tashkent, Yl. Y. Agzamova, 66a.
Telephone: (3712)
Email: sokol-skidiw(a)narod.ru

------

The IATP in Central Asia is developing a resource page for disabled Internet
users at our Central Asian site:  http://www.iatp.centralasia.net/

If you have any suggestions, we would be very happy to receive them.

with best wishes,

David

Dr. David J. Mikosz
Central Asian Coordinator (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)

Internet Access and Training Program (IATP)
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
Telephone:  (998)  71 181 - 4947
E-mail: david(a)freenet.uz

Main IATP page: www.iatp.net
Central Asian IATP main page: www.iatp.centralasia.net
Central Asian IATP pages: www.iatp.uz / www.iatp.kg / www.iatp.kz /
iatp.irex-tj.org / www.iatp.edu.tm
Central Asia Freenets: www.freenet.uz / www.freenet.kg / www.freenet.kz

The Internet Access and Training Program (IATP) is a program of the Bureau
of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA), US Department of State, funded
under the Freedom Support Act (FSA).

PROGRAM INFO.- Advanced Asian Research and Language Institute: Tibet, China

Posted by: Jeff Cobb - Raven Group <kuntor144(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 3 Nov 2001


The Advanced Asian Research and Language Institute (www.aarli.com) was
established to provide dedicated scholars, students and business
professionals an opportunity for high-level learning in Asia at an
affordable cost.  Our programs are carefully crafted to meet individual
goals and requirements.  At AARLI we understand the unique opportunity of
scholarship in a foreign country.  Our goal is to facilitate your immersion
into Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese culture at the intellectual, spiritual
and cultural levels.

Who should apply?

AARLI is an equal opportunity program, requiring serious dedication to study
and research.  Scholars, graduate students working on an MA or PhD thesis,
business professionals seeking advanced training, and serious students with
foreign language skills will be admitted on a case by case basis.  While
AARLI will assist students to fluency in a foreign language, the majority of
the curriculum is taught in the native language.  Therefore, the program is
more suited to those with a minimum language background.

Courses and Special Training

AARLI carefully crafts our program to meet the goals of the individual. Each
person's level is assessed to determine their appropriate course work. Our
basic course work includes:  intensive language classes, weekly seminars,
private tutoring, and planned excursions.  Additional offerings include:
business internships, fine arts and martial arts, pilgrimages to historic
and cultural sites, minority language instruction, field research, access to
research libraries and relevant scholars.

Costs

AARLI strives to provide the lowest possible costs while maintaining the
highest educational standards.  Our years of experience in Asia enable us to
offer you affordable instruction and housing from established universities
and affiliated organizations.  Our fees cover tuition, housing and expenses
for designated field trips.  You will be responsible for roundtrip airfare,
meals, textbooks, insurance and personal expenses.

Study in China

AARLI is currently offering a 100 day (one semester) program based in
Beijing starting in the Spring of 2002.  Students may earn 16 upper division
or graduate credits.  Students will study and live at the Science and
Technology University, Beijing.

Basic course work includes 15 hours a week of intensive language study and
two seminars a week led by Chinese scholars from Beijing's leading
universities.

Additional course work is available through AARLI.

Beijing Program Costs:  The tuition and room fee for the 100 day Fall, 2001
semester is $3599.  This is includes 15 hours per week of intensive language
classes and two seminars or directed study periods per week.  For this
course work, the student may earn up to 16 upper division or graduate
credits through Cal State University, Monterey Bay.  The cost of excursions
included in the basic course work are included in this fee.  Students who
require advanced language study only without college credit or directed
study are charged $600 less or a total of $2999.  Additional program
offerings can be arranged for a nominal fee.  Students are responsible for
roundtrip airfare, meals, textbooks, insurance, personal and miscellaneous
expenses.

Affiliations:  AARLI is affiliated with Cal State University, Monterey Bay,
Monterey, California, USA.  Science and Technology University, Beijing,
China.  University of Tibet, Lhasa; The Tendai Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii,
USA.  Rinkoji Temple, Mount Hiei, Kyoto, Japan.

Contact us:  By mail, AARLI c/o The New Life Center, 135 Hacienda Carmel,
Carmel, CA 93923.  Email, information(a)aarli.com.

PROGRAM INFO.- Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Policy Analysis from CESTRAD

Posted by: CESTRAD <CESTRAD(a)iss.nl>
Posted: 28 Oct 2001


CESTRAD Postgraduate Diploma Programme

"Policy Analysis Skills for Transition Economies"

15 May - 28 June 2002

at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands

Intended Participants:

The course will contribute to human resource development in the transitional
countries (CEE, FSU, China, Vietnam, Mongolia) and in developing countries
that are experiencing a similar transition from plan to market economies.
The specific target groups are: staff from policy development departments,
analysis and implementation departments of central, regional and local
governments; researchers from universities, research institutes, independent
"think tanks", and NGOs; consultants and development assistance specialists
from OECD countries in transitional economies.

Academic Requirements:

Applicants are required to have Bachelor's degree in one of the social
sciences (consisting of a minimum of three years university study), with at
least class 2.2, B or equivalent, as determined by the Netherlands
Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC)

English Language Requirements:

The ISS does not require a language certificate from native
English-speakers. All other applicants must provide a certificate from one
of the
following bodies:

TOEFL: The certificate must include the Test of Written English (TWE).
Please note that the TWE is held only four times per year (September,
October, March and May) and plan accordingly.

The minimum acceptable score is 500 for the TOEFL and 4.0 for the TWE.  For
those taking the computer-based TOEFL test, the minimum acceptable score is
173, with an Essay Rating of at least 4.0.

IELTS/British Council: The minimum acceptable score is 5.5 with a minimum
score of 5.0 for writing.

Certain other tests, such as ALIGU and Michigan, are recognized and should
show equivalent results.

Selection and Admission Procedures:

An application should be submitted using forms supplied by the Institute11
This form canalso be downloaded from our website http://www.iss.nl ->
Studying -> How to apply -> Application form and Reference form. or, where
financial support is required from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme,
using the RFP forms through the Netherlands Embassy or any other body
representing the Netherlands abroad.

The application should be accompanied by:
  * academic transcripts and certified photocopies of degrees and diplomas;
  * a certified statement of proficiency in English from one of the
    recognized authorities mentioned above; and
  * three letters of reference from persons able to judge the applicant's
    professional and/or academic abilities.

If the applicant is to be on leave, a letter of recommendation from the
employer would be appreciated. All letters and documents must be submitted
in English.

Application Dates:

For those who seek a fellowship from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme
the application closing date is: 15 December 2001. For other applicants the
applications must be submitted by 1 March 2002.

Fees:

Registration Fee (for all programmes)   Euro 115
Tuition Fee 6.5 weeks Diploma Programme Euro 2200
Study visits                            to be announced
Living expenses (estimated)             Euro 750 per month

How to Apply:

For information on and/or admission to an ISS teaching programme write to:

Student Office
Institute of Social Studies
P.O. Box 29776 2502 LT The Hague
The Netherlands
E-mail: student.office(a)iss.nl


The Application form and Reference form can also be downloaded from our
website: http://www.iss.nl

For further information on CESTRAD, check:
http://www.iss.nl/cestrad

Please contact CESTRAD for the course outline of the PASTE course.


Dr. Max Spoor
Associate Professor &
Co-ordinator of the Centre
for the Study of Transition and Development [CESTRAD]
Institute of Social Studies
P.O. Box 29766, 2502 LT, The Hague, The Netherlands
Tel.00 31 70 4260 545 Fax: 00 31 4260799
E-Mail: cestrad(a)iss.nl Website: www.iss.nl/cestrad

PROGRAM INFO.- Summer Study Abroad in Tibet, Univ. of Michigan

Posted by: Donald Lopez <dlopez(a)umich.edu>
Posted: 28 Oct 2001


SUMMER STUDY IN TIBET

The University of Michigan announces its Summer Study Abroad program for
Tibetan Studies, now in its second year.

This unique opportunity offers undergraduate students a comprehensive nine
week, six credit program for the study of Tibetan language, history, and
culture, situated in Tibet. It combines two weeks in Tibet's capital Lhasa
and neighboring urban areas, three weeks in various rural areas on the
high plateau of Central Tibet (the Tibetan Autonomous Region), and four
weeks across the Eastern Tibetan region of Kham (Sichuan Province).
Course topics range from Tibetan language, Buddhism, and traditional
religious history to contemporary social, cultural, and political issues.
The program makes use of leading Tibetan and Western experts residing in
Lhasa, extended visits to central Tibetan religious and historical sites,
and field-work projects in various settings. The first of its kind to be
offered by any academic institution in the United States, the program
traverses the breadth of the Tibet's variegated landscapes and diverse
cultures.

The Summer 2002 course will run from May 9 to July 9.  The program fee for
non-University of Michigan students is $6,000 (includes all international
and in-country flights, all land travel costs, room & board, and
administrative fees). Students will also need to pay University of
Michigan tuition ($1900 for Michigan residents, $6000 for out-of-state
students) or choose the not-for-credit option ($2000 fee).  Some financial
aid is available.  Applications submitted before November 12, 2001 will be
given first consideration.

For additional information and applications, please contact the program's
Administrative Director Cornelius Wright at cornw(a)umich.edu, its Academic
Director Andrew Quintman at quintman(a)umich.edu, or visit the program
website (active late October)
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/travel/tibet.html

The University of Michigan's Summer Study Abroad program for Tibetan
Studies is administered by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures,
3070 Frieze Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Social Development Research Capacity (SDRC) Project, Uzbekistan

Posted by: Matluba Mukhamedova <matluba(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 8 Aug 2001


Dear Colleagues:

Despite significant achievements in reducing the incidence of poverty over
the longer term, poverty is still one of the most serious problems
confronting many developing countries. Countries in transition from planned
to market economies have also been experiencing new problems which have an
impact on living standards.

In order to prevent the falling of living standards and to eradicate
poverty, social protection strategies and assistance programmes have to be
elaborated and implemented by Governments. In order to develop appropriate
policies, it is necessary to achieve an in-depth understanding the nature
and scope of poverty. This necessitates the development of adequate
methodologies for the assessment and measurement of poverty.

The Family Budget Survey (FBS), developed by the Soviet statistical system,
contains limited information related to overall living standards. Population
samples tend to be unrepresentative, resulting in unreliable results.  The
survey also excludes valuations of own-produced food, provides inadequate
coverage of private sector output, and excludes the unemployed. Under these
circumstances, the FBS is being revised and new methodologies for the
assessment of poverty are being developed and piloted. This has been a major
area of concern for both donors and the government.

In this context, the SDRC (Social Development Research Capacity) Project was
launched by the Center for Economic Research in June 2000. The objectives of
the SDRC project in Uzbekistan are: a) to develop and pilot new living
standards assessment methodology utilizing quantitative (on the basis of
LSMS indicators) and qualitative methods; b) to create a network of
researchers involved in social development research; c) to disseminate the
results to policy makers in relevant Ministries and other public bodies.

The Center for Economic Research is the local implementing agency that
manages the SDRC project. It coordinates a Project Team consisting of
national consultants drawn from Tashkent-based social research groups (Sharh
and Expert) linking them up with their counterparts from Ferghana State
University. The executing agency for the SDRC project as a whole (which also
includes India, Tanzania and Bolivia) is the Center for Development Studies,
University of Wales Swansea (UK) in collaboration with the School of
Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with funding from the
Department for International Development (DFID, UK). Information on the
project may be obtained from www.swan.ac.uk

The pilot project in Uzbekistan includes training and fieldwork activities
in Ferghana oblast. The results are disseminated through regular meetings
with policy makers and through the SDRC web site: www.sdrc.uz.

We are pleased to inform you that the report on the results of the
quantitative phase of the project is available on SDRC project web site. We
welcome comments and recommendations.

We would be pleased to provide any additional information on SDRC activities
and initiatives. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Azizkhan
Khankhodjaev, SDRC Project Coordinator, at: azizkhan(a)cer.uz.

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Observatory of Tibet and Central Asia (OTAC)

Posted by: Josep Lluis Alay <alay(a)giga.sct.ub.es>
Posted: 30 Jul 2001


Barcelona University, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)

The Observatory of Tibet and Central Asia is a new Research Center recently
established by Barcelona University to study the Civilizations of Tibet,
Mongolia and Turkic Republics in Central Asia through research and teaching.
  We have focused on two main research lines: Nomad traditions, Tibetan
Literature, and the biography and works of the 15th c. Catalan traveler,
Antoni de Montserrat (author of the first map of the Himalayas).

The OTAC website, in Catalan and English, lists unannotated links to
resources on: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Burma, Buryatia, China,
Eastern Turkestan, India [planned page], Inner Mongolia, Kalmykia, Kashmir,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal [planned page], Pakistan, Russia
[planned page], Tajikistan, Tibet, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uzbekistan, Yellow
Uighurs.

Web address: http://www.otac.ub.es

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Eldis Resource Centre on Pastoralism

Posted by: Marc Theuss <M.Theuss(a)ids.ac.uk>
Posted: 29 Jun 2001


I would like to announce a new initiative to those of you with an interest
in pastoralism. The  Eldis team at the Institute of Development Studies are
starting up an electronic resource for policy-makers, practitioners in the
field, NGOs, Social Scientists interested in pastoralism. I felt that as a
group of people reflecting on issues relating to Central Asia, the issue of
pastoralism might be one you would want to have your attention drawn to.
Much of our work focuses on pastoralism in Central Asia.

If you are interested to gain some idea of the kind of look and feel,
contents and structure of our proposed Pastoralism Resource Centre, please
check out <http://www.ids.ac.uk/eldis/rc/pastoralism.htm>.  N.B. This is a
prototype resource.

Below is a description of the Eldis 'Pastoralism Resource Centre':

Eldis (the gateway to development information on the internet), is
collaborating with members of the Institute of Development Studies' (Sussex)
Environment Group, to produce a unique internet resource ('Resource Centre')
focusing on pastoralism. Although we will aim to inclusively incorporate
material relating to pastoralism generally, an important element in the
Resource Centre will be a focus on pastoralism and education; pastoralism
and conflict.

What will this resource consist of?  The resource will:

1. Feature important articles pitched at, (and emerging from),
    policy-makers, grassroots NGOs, academics and researchers interested in
    pastoralism

2. Incorporate news items relevant to a diverse audience interested in
    pastoralism (i.e. conferences, new project initiatives etc)

3. Highlight specially commissioned resources. These resources will for
    example:

  * Focus on contemporary and on-going projects concerning pastoralists and
    pastoralism
  * Contain comprehensive bibliographies and reference lists, for electronic
    and paper-based materials, concerning pastoralism
  * Maintain large and comprehensive databases of researchers, organisations,
    NGOs, academics working, or interested in, the arena of pastoralism

4. Allow organisations to contribute research work and relevant materials to
    a website which has a high visibility

5. Offer the researchers/employees working within an organisation the
    functionality to participate in a moderated discussion forum and
    communicate with a large community of people involved in issues
    pertaining to pastoralism

6. Offer the researchers/employees working within your organisation the
    functionality to receive highlights on pastoralism via e-mail

7. Search through our database of pastoralism-related materials, (abstracts,
    articles, organisations), using keywords

8. Incorporate a database of people/organisations interested in this area

We'd be delighted to obtain any feedback you might have on this initiative.

Best regards,

Marc Theuss, Research Assistant (ELDIS Project)

Institute of Development Studies,
University of Sussex,
Brighton BN1 9RE, UK

<http://www.ids.ac.uk/gdn/>
<M.Theuss(a)ids.ac.uk>
+44 (0)1273-877419

PROGRAM INFORMATION- UNIFEM Working Group on Women in Central Asia

Posted by: Craig Zelizer <czelizer(a)osf1.gmu.edu>
Posted: 14 Jun 2001


Electronic Working Group Highlights Challenges Faced by Young Women in
Central Asia.

UNIFEM is working with the Centre for Effective Gender Policy, a youth NGO
in Kazakhstan, to conduct a needs assessment for the advancement of young
women in Central Asia.  Electronic discussions are being carried out among
youth and women's NGOs in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.  The first round of
discussions identified violence and sexual harassment as the most common
problems faced by young women.  Several online discussion participants will
later be invited to attend a workshop in June to develop a strategy for the
advancement of women based on the issues identified through the electronic
consultations.  Workshop participants will draft a petition to present to
parliamentarians and governments in their countries calling for increased
attention to the contributions and interests of young women.

For more information, contact Dina Shukurova, PIO/UNV in Kazakhstan at
dina.shukurova(a)undp.org

PROGRAM INFO./REQUEST- Uzbekistan Development Gateway

Posted by: Izamova Elvira <elvira(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 12 Jun 2001


Dear Colleagues,

Center for Economic Research (CER) is one of the leading economic and social
research organizations of Uzbekistan (CIS). CER supports various initiatives
ranging from publishing of "Economic Review" magazine to policy advise at
the highest state level of Uzbekistan. The most recent activity of CER in
the framework of "Uzbekistan Development Gateway" (www.uzbekgateway.uz), an
InfoDev funded project, is closely related to Internet promotion and
emerging e-government and e-business practices development in Uzbekistan. It
is not a secret that Uzbekistan is only starting to develop its Internet
presence and there are significant challenges that we are facing today. One
of the most serious ones is lack of affordable and feasible connection to
Internet in Uzbekistan. There are significant recent developments in this
field caused by the government decree "On measures for organization of
development of information technologies for years 2001-2005 and securing

high bandwidth access to international information systems through Internet"
dated 25th May 2001.

The Internet connectivity issue is akin for CER because of its Internet
related activity. Most of CER projects require extensive benchmarking
research on-line and hosting of servers, especially in line with the new
Uzbekistan Development Gateway project. Both of these activities sum up in
significant Internet connectivity costs that CER has to bear.

Currently, we are searching for the best Internet connection solution that
will suffice to our needs:

Traffic per month: min. 10 Gigabyte
Bandwidth: incoming: not less that 256 Kbit/sec, outgoing: not less than 56
Kbit/sec

We are aware of several satellite based systems such as DirecPC and ZackNet
which are available in Uzbekistan. Both systems are oriented towards
commercial business and costly to use.

We will appreciate any leads and commercial proposals that might help us to
find the best solution for Internet connectivity or any grant funds that
might be available for us. We would especially welcome suggestions on grant
availability for Internet development and digital divide bridging of various
international donor organizations.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Regards,

Akmal Nartaev,
Uzbekistan Development Gateway

mail to:
nartaev(a)cer.uz

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Mongolia Society Essay Competition

Posted by: Susie Drost <monsoc(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 6 Jun 2001


THE MONGOLIA SOCIETY
ESSAY COMPETITION

PURPOSE:  To stimulate and encourage excellence in writing and research in
the field of Mongolian Studies.  Our goal is for students to reach a deeper
understanding and appreciation of matters relating to the Mongols and
Mongolian civilization.

ELIGIBILITY:
Level 1, any student currently in an undergraduate or master's program.
Level 2, any non-student, professional, academic, or student studying in a
Ph.D. program in Mongolian Studies or a relevant discipline.

AWARD:
Level 1, One $100 award per year.
Level 2, One $100 award per year, plus winning paper will be considered for
publication in Mongolian Studies:  Journal of The Mongolia Society.

RULES:
1) The paper must be written in English on any topic relevant to Mongolian
    Studies.
2) It may have been previously submitted in a course, however, a clean copy
    must be submitted for this competition.
3) The paper must be typed, double-spaced, with footnotes wherever
    applicable, and should not exceed 50 pages.
4) Author's name must not appear anywhere on the paper in order to keep the
    author's identity anonymous; papers will be numbered for judging purposes.
5) The author must prepare a coversheet with his/her name, social security
    number, address, and telephone number. This information is to appear
only on
    the cover sheet.
6) Scholarly essays will be analytical and not merely descriptive and be
    properly documented with footnotes and endnotes, in accordance with
general
    academic standards.
7) Among the criteria considered significant will be clarity, focus and
    development of the subject or problem, quality of evidence, use of primary
    sources, and originality.
8) The same person cannot win the award again within a five-year time period.

DEADLINE:  The papers are to be submitted to The Mongolia Society office by
June 30th.  The authors of the winning papers will be acknowledged at The
Mongolia Society Annual Membership Meeting.

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Crimean Tatars Participate in the Internet Global Summit

Posted by: Idil Noyan-Izmirli <IdilP(a)aol.com>
Posted: 28 May 2001



Summit


International Committee for Crimea
P.O. Box 15078
Washington, DC 20003

Crimean Tatars Participate in the Internet Global Summit

INET 2001: The Internet Global Summit, organized by the Internet Society, is
scheduled for June 5-8 in Stockholm, Sweden. The occasion is the 11th annual
meeting of the Internet Society, a group of more than 8,000 individuals
dedicated  to the open development and use of the Internet for the benefit
of all people worldwide. The Stockholm conference includes a section devoted
to the uses of the Internet, focusing on e-commerce, education and
distance-learning environment, and prize winning stories from developing
countries and ethnic groups.

Kemal Altintas of Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, is planning to
participate in a panel discussion with a paper titled "e-Tatars: Virtual
Community of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora."  The paper, co-authored by four
other individuals, explains how Crimean Tatars are utilizing the Internet to
create a unity among the members of the diaspora and to draw international
attention to their cause. The presentation will be made on June 7 in a
session titled "Indigenous and Diaspora Groups and the Internet." The other
authors of the paper "e-Tatars" are Fevzi Alimoglu, Boston University,
Boston, MA; Kursat Cagiltay, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Mubeyyin
Batu Altan, Institute of Oriental Studies, Kiev, Ukraine; and Kemal
Seitveliev, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Kemal Altintas' trip to
Stockholm is partly sponsored by INET 2001.

For additional information on INET 2001: The Internet Global Summit, see:
http://www.isoc.org/inet2001/index.shtml

The abstract of "e-Tatars: Virtual Community of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora"
is included below. The full text will be available on the Web in the near
future.


Abstract

The Crimean Tatars are Turkic people who have inhabited the Crimean
peninsula for more than seven centuries. Beginning in 1783, under oppressive
Tsarist policy, the Crimean Tatars began leaving their homeland and this
continued thru the 19th century. With the 1944 deportation of the entire
Crimean Tatar population by Stalin, it seemed that the Tatar presence in the
Crimea was completely eliminated. After forty years of forbearance and
persistent struggle, Crimean Tatars began returning to their homeland. Today
Crimean Tatar communities are found in Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany,
the United States, and Central Asia, especially Uzbekistan.

In the last decade, with the rise of the Internet, the Crimean Tatar
Diaspora began using the Internet services to bring together the Tatars all
around the world in an electronic environment. They utilize the Internet to
publicize their cause to an international audience and have access to
scholars, human rights activists, and journalists. Several Web sites and
e-mail lists were created for this purpose, and even fundraising activities
were initiated by e-mail. The Internet has changed the way the Crimean
Tatars accomplish their political goals.  We further argue that today there
is a strong virtual Tatar Diaspora on the Net.

In this presentation we will describe in detail how the Internet has
contributed to Crimean Tatar Diaspora's activities, how the situation was
before and how the Net changed it. In addition, the future plans and
projects will also be mentioned.

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Summer Workshop on the Turkic Languages, Indiana, Univ.

Posted by: William Fierman <wfierman(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 25 May 2001


FELLOWSHIP AVAILABLE FOR THE SUMMER WORKSHOP ON THE TURKIC LANGUAGES:

One of the recipients of a summer fellowship from the Social Science
Research Council (SSRC) to study a Turkic language at Indiana University
this summer has just notified us that he does not need the grant.
Therefore, we have one more grant available for another qualified student.
If you are interested in applying for this grant to study at the workshop,
please complete the application as indicated below and in addition contact
Prof. William Fierman (wfierman(a)indiana.edu) to let him know you are applying.


SUMMER WORKSHOP ON THE TURKIC LANGUAGES OF CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS AT
INDIANA UNIVERSITY: June 15-August 10

The 2001 SWSEEL Workshop at Indiana University will offer Azeri (first
year), Kazakh (first year), Turkmen (first year) and Uzbek (first and second
year) as part of its program in Central Asian Languages.

Applications are still being accepted, and a fellowship is  still available.

For more information or application materials, please visit the SWSEEL
website <http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel.shtml> or contact the
SWSEEL Secretariat, Ballantine Hall 502, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
47405.

Courses listed above are offered in the Workshop with the cooperation of the
Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University.

Films and lectures are included as part of this program.

8 hours of credit are granted for first-year courses to undergraduates and 6
hours to graduates. Second-year courses grant 6 hours credit to both
graduates and undergraduates.

Tuition for graduate students in Turkic languages is $1,011.60. For cost of
housing and meals, please visit the SWSEEL website or contact the SWSEEL
secretary at 812-855-2608.

PROGRAM INFORMATION- The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, University of Reading

Posted by: Yelena Kalyuzhnova <y.kaluyzhnova(a)reading.ac.uk>
Posted: 6 May 2001


Dear Colleagues:

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading (UK) invites
applications for admission, for the academic year 2001-2002, for the MA and
MSc programmes in the respective research areas:

MSc in Banking in Transition Economies

MA in Business and Management in Emerging Markets

MSc in Development Beyond Central Planning

MSc in Financial Services in Emerging Economies

MA in Euro-Asian Diplomacy

MA in Euro-Asian Studies

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies is also offering MPhil and PhD degrees in
the above mentioned areas. The CEAS-PhD scholarship for the first year PhD
degree is available. Closing date for competition - May 22, 2001.

All enquires should be addressed to:

Ms Evelyn McDonald
Admission Officer
The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
The University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218,
Reading, RG6 6AA
UK
e-mail: s.smelt(a)reading.ac.uk
tel: 44 (0) 118 931 6205
fax:44(0)  118 931 6274
http://www.rdg.ac.uk/IEAS


Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova
Director

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies
The University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218,
Reading, RG6 6AA
UK
tel:  44 118 9316637
fax:  44 118 9316274
http://www.rdg.ac.uk/IEAS

PROGRAM INFORMATION- HESP Summer Schools in Central Asia (Summer 2001)

Posted by: Higher Education Support Program <hesp(a)osi.hu>
Posted: 5 May 2001


Open Society Institute
Higher Education Support Program
Október 6. u. 12, 1051 Budapest
Tel: (36 1) 327 3862, 235 6152
Fax: (36 1) 327 3864
E-mail: <hesp(a)osi.hu>

[Below are listed a selection of the HESP Summer University Programs which
are located in Central Asia.  There are many others in which people from
Central Asia can participate in Russian and East-Central Europe.  To find
out more, see the HESP website: http://www.osi.hu/hesp/]


SUMMER SCHOOLS

A Program for University Teachers
of Social Sciences and Humanities
in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia

SUMMER 2001

HESP assists faculty development through intensive summer schools for
younger university teachers (junior faculty) from the region of Central and
Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia.  The Program promotes
continuing education, encourages new methods of teaching, and provides a
forum for exchange of ideas on course development and research methods. The
Program aims to facilitate participant interaction within the global and
regional academic communities.

Summer School courses focus on disciplines and topics within the social
sciences and humanities for which there is a need for curriculum development
and new teaching materials.  Scholars from the region and the west who are
experts in their fields teach courses in an interactive fashion, involving
the participants in discussions and debates.  Courses require independent
written work or research projects.

Those interested in participating in a summer school should contact directly
one of the schools listed in the 2001 Program Brochure.  The Summer School
Course Directors will inform participants of the individual application
procedures. Participation is open to those who are actively involved in
teaching at the university level in the same or a similar discipline as the
respective summer school.


For information about a specific summer school, please see below


Demography

*International Summer School On Teaching Demography
5-25 August, 2001
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

Language: Russian

Course Director: Alexander N. Alexeyenko, East-Kazakhstan State University
Tomas Kucera, Charles University, Prague

Contact: Tomas Kucera
Charles University, Faculty of Science, Department of Demography and
Geodemography
Alberton 6.
12843, Prague 2, Czech Republic
Phone: (+420 2) 2195 2170/ 8384 2977
Fax: (+420 2) 2195 2170/ 2492 0657
E-mail: kucera(a)natur.cuni.cz

Description: The School aims to help establish study courses in Demography
within the existing curricula of neighbouring disciplines such as Sociology,
Economics, History, Geography, Statistics and Public Administration and
Management. The School program will relate the acquisition of fundamental
demographic education and knowledge to population development in Central
Asia, particularly taking into account the peculiarities of the populations'
dynamics and patterns, and their interrelationship with the local
environments and cultures. The School participants will include young
faculty and specialists, both with a background in population-related
studies and a professional interest in teaching demography.


* Summer Environmental University
9 - 21 July, 2001
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Language: Russian

Course Director: Murat Istamkulov

Contact: Murat Istamkulov
Almaty Institute of Power Engineering and Telecommunications
Room 411, Baytursynov Str. 126
480013, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Phone: (+ 7 3272) 929 814/ 601 469
Fax: (+7 3272) 929 814
E-mail: enviro(a)ieem.almaty.kz
Web page: www.aipet.kz/dep_ecolog/ecology/openpage.htm

Description: The Summer Environmental University is designed for young
university staff who are actively involved in teaching. The teaching program
will take place over a period of two weeks. The first week will consist of a
general introduction and the second week will offer three options:
Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Economics, or Environmental
Management Systems. Local and foreign specialists will teach the course.


*The Past and Future of the Turkic Cultures of Eurasia
23 July - 6 August, 2001
Uralsk, Kazakhstan

Language: Russian, English

Course Director: Rauza Mukanova

Contact: Rauza Mukanova
Institute of Languages and Management "Eurasia"
Lenin str. 194
417000, Uralsk, Kazakhstan
Phone: (+ 7 3112) 51 09 22
Fax: (+7 3112) 51 04 72
E-mail: mrauza(a)ibc.kz

Description: The lectures and seminars aim at analyzing the past and the
present in the development of modern national cultures among the Turkic
peoples of Central Asia. The lectures will reveal the influence of
pan-Turkism on the revival of contemporary national press, and on the
formation of literary cultures and the self-awareness of Eurasian people.
The School will be taught through lectures, seminars, and round tables.  The
School will use materials from regional sources and compare inter-regional
data. The School will also analyze the influence of pan-Turkism on modern
social processes. The participants will be expected to work on cases on the
given theme and to use the cases in their teaching.


* Summer University "Conflict Studies: Contemporary Situation and Future
Perspectives"
6 - 24 August, 2001
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Language: Russian

Course Director: Tatiana Markina

Contact: Tatiana Markina
Centre for Conflict Management
Timiryazev Str. 57 -V Apt. 23.
480090, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Phone/ Fax: (+7 3272) 539 384
E-mail: ccm(a)online.ru, ccm(a)vitelco.kz
Web page: www.ccm.freenet.kz

Description: The School is a comprehensive three-week course focusing on
conflict theory, and its transfer to wider groups of people. The ultimate
goal of the project is the introduction of conflict theory courses at
universities throughout Central Asia and the Caucasus. 25-30 university
teachers and professors from Kazakhstan, other Central Asian states and the
Caucasus will take part in the School. Leading experts from Central Asia,
Russia, and abroad will deliver lectures, conduct seminars and make
presentations in the course of the Summer University.


*Political Science and the Limits of the State in Central Asia
19 July- 1 August, 2001
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Language: English with Russian translation

Course Director: Chad Thompson

Contact: Chad Thompson
American University in Kyrgyzstan
Department of International and Comparative Politics
Abdumomunov Street 205, room 223
720040, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Phone/ fax: (+ 996 312) 66 3418
e-mail: cep(a)infotel.kg (please include "Uzbekistan Summer School" in the
subject line)
Web page: www.cep.org.hu

Description: This School will include two courses, De-centering the State in
Political Science and The Political Economy of the State.  The School is
aimed exclusively at university-level teachers who wish to develop new
courses in this area, or reform existing courses.  Pedagogical sessions will
run the duration of the School.  These sessions will be closely linked to
the daily lecture material, and are intended to provide participants with
active, practical means of teaching such classes.  At the end of the School,
participants will have developed a syllabus for teaching their own course in
these fields.


Sociology
* Civic Education & Public Orientation
16 June - 1 July, 2001
Khujand, Tajikistan

Language: Russian

Course Director: Abdusabur A. Abdusamadov

Contact: Abdusabur A. Abdusamadov
Institute of Philosophy & Law, Academy of Sciences
Rudaky ave. 33.
734025, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Phone: (+ 992 372) 21 8764/ 21 7796/ 32 9262
Fax: (+ 992 372) 51 0102
E-mail: ozod(a)ac.tajik.net
Web page: www.cornellcaspian.com

Description: Public Orientation is oriented functionally to stimulate and
reformulate methodological and theoretical principles of sociology and
conflictology. The School will collect and distribute the newest relevant
studies, and recommend advanced orientations to teaching and research. The
following courses will be offered:  Transformation Processes and Citizen
Participation, and Conflict Analysis.  Another function of the School is to
favor, in practice, promoting new relations based on democratic values in
public life. For this reason, the goals of the School will not only be
restricted to methodological and theoretical studies of the existing issues,
but also approach their practical aspects.


* Rethinking Science in the Social Sciences
6 - 20 August, 2001
Kyrgyzstan

Language: English, Russian

Course Director: Susan Dodd

Contact: Susan Dodd
University of King's College
Halifax B3H 2A1, Nova Scotia, Canada
Phone: (+1 902) 454 2549
Fax: ( +1 902) 423 3357
E-mail: Susandodd(a)yahoo.com

Description: Rethinking Science in the Social Sciences will bring together
perspectives on social sciences that provide alternatives to both historical
materialism and the positivist adoptions of natural science models for
analyzing social and political life. Four scholars will work together in a
team-teaching environment to present influential re-considerations of "data"
and "data analysis" in light of the fact that its "object of study" is human
knowledge and interaction. The school has three goals:  to bring
participants together to discuss and debate the relative merits of
prevailing models of social analysis, in light of some critical alternatives
currently considered in so-called "Western" universities; to discuss and
analyze potential research projects with such critical approaches in mind;
and to provide the participants with the material and range of techniques
that they might use to teach, either adopting the courses offered, or
modifying them to suit their own institutional requirements.

PROGRAM INFO.- Summer Workshop on the Turkic Languages, Indiana University

Posted by: Josh Abrams <jabrams(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 19 Apr 2001


SUMMER WORKSHOP ON THE TURKIC LANGUAGES OF CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS AT
INDIANA UNIVERSITY: June 15-August 10

The 2001 SWSEEL Workshop at Indiana University will offer Azeri (first
year), Kazakh (first year), Turkmen (first year) and Uzbek (first and second
year) as part of its program in Central Asian Languages.

Applications are still being accepted, and fellowships are still available.

For more information or application materials, please visit the SWSEEL
website <http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel.shtml> or contact the
SWSEEL Secretariat, Ballantine Hall 502, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
47405.

Courses listed above are offered in the Workshop with the cooperation of the
Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University.

Films and lectures are included as part of this program.

8 hours of credit are granted for first-year courses to undergraduates and 6
hours to graduates. Second-year courses grant 6 hours credit to both
graduates and undergraduates.

Tuition for graduate students in Turkic languages is $1,011.60. For cost of
housing and meals, please visit the SWSEEL website or contact the SWSEEL
secretariat.

tive by disseminating this appeal through
your network. We also welcome your any creative ideas or cooperation to
bring peace in Chechnya.

With respect and appreciation,

Rev. Terasawa Junsei, initiator of the
Fast for Peace in Chechnya.

PROGRAM INFO. MA/PhD Program in Central Asian Studies, La Trobe University

Posted by: Shahram Akbarzadeh <S.Akbarzadeh(a)latrobe.edu.au>
Posted: 17 Apr 2001


Master/PhD Research on Central Asia and the Caucasus at La Trobe University
(Australia)

The School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University (Victoria, Australia)
is now accepting Master and PhD research students in the field of Central
Asian and Caucasian Studies. Prospective post-graduate candidates need to
approach Dr Shahram Akbarzadeh with a statement of their research proposal
(500-1000 words) and a copy of their Curriculum Vitae. The School encourages
applications on Islam, nationalism, political culture, regional security,
governance and regional politics in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University has over 70
post-graduate candidates and 40 staff members with a wide range of expertise
and interests. The School has a collection of Central Asian newspapers and
the main library holds relevant books on Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Post-graduate candidates at La Trobe University are eligible for the Faculty
of Arts Research and Travel Grants to facilitate conference participation
and research trips.

Prospective candidates are advised that enrolment at La Trobe University
does not guarantee a scholarship. Those interested in applying for a
scholarship need to check the La Trobe University Research and Graduate
Office web-page which contains the latest information on scholarships. URL:
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/www/rgso/scholarships/index.htm

Successful candidates will be eligible for other subsidiary scholarships,
including the Soros Doctoral Support Program
(http://www.soros.org/netprog.html)

For more information regarding entry requirements into the MA/PhD program in
Central Asian and Caucasian Studies contact

Dr Shahram Akbarzadeh: S.Akbarzadeh(a)latrobe.edu.au.

Lecturer in International Relations &
Editor
Pacifica Review: Peace, Security and Global Change

Department of Politics
La Trobe University
Victoria 3083
Australia

Tel. 61-3- 9479 1671
Fax. 61-3- 9479 1997

PROGRAM INFO.- ADB Project in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Posted by: ADB SSDF Project <piu(a)adbsoc.org.kg>
Posted: 16 Apr 2001


Asian Development Bank Loan Project Social Services Delivery and Finance
running in 3 southern oblasts of Kyrgyzstan is pleased to inform you about
its activities. Please find attached a newsletter with brief information
about the Project.  For further information do not hesitate to contact us
at: piu(a)adbsoc.org.kg, or follow news on our official website: www.adbsoc.org

PIU. ADB SSDF Project. 1645-KGZ (SF)
11, Erkindik str. Jalal-abad, Kyrgyzstan
ph.: +996 3722 54268, 53215
fax:  +996 3722 53129
E-mail: piu(a)adbsoc.org.kg
Web: www.adbsoc.org


Asian Development Bank / Epos Health Consultants

Social Services Delivery and Finance ADB Project in Kyrgyzstan
(Years 2000-2004)

Executive Agency: Ministry of Finance

Steering Committee Members: Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education,
Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Protection, Governors of 3 Oblasts
involved

The Project is co-financed by: ADB (41%), OPEC (35,4%), and Government of
the Kyrgyz Republic (23,6%).  The EPOS health consultants, Germany, runs the
Project.

Oblasts involved: Jalal-Abad, Osh and Batken.

The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) is located in the city of Jalal-Abad,
with Liaison Officers in Bishkek city (MoF) and Osh city.

The project activities are coordinated by the Project Coordination Offices
in each oblast composed of leaders of oblast government departments concerned.

Objectives of the project

Wider Objectives: support Government's Objectives of decentralisation, rural
poverty reduction and health and education reform

Short term objectives: delivery of priority social services to the rural
poor in Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken Oblasts:
  - upgrading local social infrastructure and services
  - improve management capacity of local governments
  - increase community and private sector participation
  - increase technical and management capacity of providers of services

Beneficiaries:

Rural Poor in Jalal-Abad, Osh, Batken
  - physical rehabilitation, equipment

Oblast Administrations
  - managerial skills
  - administrative procedures and management tools (MIS & HIS)

Managers and staff of schools and health facilities
  - technical and management skills

AOs, CBOs, NGOs, Private sector
  - support in launching and contributing to interesting activities
  - rural economy: estimation of an extra 1,135 FT workers over the five year
    of the project

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Summer School in Tajikistan on Civic Education

Posted by: Abdusamadov Abdusabur <ozod(a)ac.tajik.net>
Posted: 14 Apr 2001


International Summer School - Civic Education & Public Orientation
June 16 - July 1, 2001
Tajikistan, Kayrakum

The organizers of Summer School have pleasure to announce Summer School -
Civic Education & Public Orientation which will be held in June 16 - July 1,
2001 in Kayrakum city, Tajikistan. The School invites 30 participants from
any country in the world to attend courses offered by co-teaching from
Tajikistan, the United States, and Russian Federation.

The Summer School will focus on contemporary issues concerning contents and
teaching methods of social sciences in the context of higher education. The
thematic approaches are civil society and conflict analysis instructed by
Associate Professor Dr. Yokubjon Abdukholikov, Professor Dr. Cynthia
Buckley, Dr. John S. Schoeberlein, and Professor Dr. Evgeny Stepanov. The
language of instruction is Russian.

The organizers of Summer School - Civic Education & Public Orientation
highly appreciate financial support and other contributions by such
foundations and institutions as HESP/OSI, Tajik Branch of OSI, and Tajik
Institute for Management. The latter will host the School in Kayrakum city,
which is situated near to one of the most attracting tourist region of
Tajikistan - Bahri Tojik "Sir-daryo".

The School will perform academic and research functions in order to improve
the context of higher education and, consequently, will devote to
development of the specific and thematic aspects of social sciences, i.e.
civil society and conflict analysis. To be distinct, the school will pursue
the following priorities:

1. Curricula development of Sociology and Conflictology for higher education;
2. Revision of academic, research, and practical approaches to contemporary
    issues of transitional societies;
3. Provision with the needed resources for the system of higher education;
4. Promotion to stable and constant informational and contact basis for the
    needs of the participants of the school.

Still we are reforming the system and structure of higher educational
institutions. Therefore, we need to develop new syllabi on social sciences,
at least, to revise existing teaching methods. In both cases, syllabi should
contain scientific knowledge and application to interactive methods in order
to assimilate adequately the contemporary issues of transitional societies,
including Central Asian states.

One major problem colliding with societies in transition is transformation
of new relations, i.e. democratization process, which deal inevitably with
traditionally formed political and social conditions of the region.
Therefore, specialists are called for studying the concrete points of
transformation processes by compared with traditional characteristics of
social institutions. The matter is that social institutions, regardless of
the level of their traditionalism, undergo influences of new relations based
on post-transitional phenomena. Transformation processes are embodied by
tendencies whose states determine an effectiveness of transition to new
relations within the confines and between social institutions.

We can list these tendencies as follows:
  - strengthening civil society;
  - designing a mechanism of conflict resolution and its regulation;

To institutionalize such tendencies in the region as a whole, and in
Tajikistan in part, favors to speed up transitional period and to establish
reliable conditions for reinforcing democratic principles. Namely this
approach on the basis of the advanced experiences may complete societal
vacuums entailed by underdeveloped citizenship and individuality. Thus, this
Summer School with interdisciplinary approach is functionally orientated to

stimulate and to reform methodological and theoretical principles. By
learning new teaching methods and recommending progressive orientations to
teachers and researchers, the school can foster optimum choices for higher
education. The orientations will be promoted by the following courses:
  - Transformation processes and citizen participation;
  - Conflict analysis.

Another task of the School is to consolidate relations based on democratic
values in public life. That's way, the purposes of the school will not be
limited to only methodological and theoretical issues of teaching scientific
problems, but also will approach to their practical sides. For this reason,
participation of persons with teaching and research experiences and
involvement of specialists and experts in the sphere of politics, media, and
public sector in the work of the school not only establish new horizons
connected to development of social sciences in the region, but also
enlighten the perspectives of public relations, especially, in the third
sector.

Post-socialist countries are colliding with specific circumstances where
interrelations between educational system and other sectors are crucially
important. To study contemporary issues in the context of higher education
is potentially mostly appropriate way to achieve post-transitional ends.

We hope you interest in and send us the necessary application documents to
the School.

Eligibilities of participants

1. Applications are welcome from citizens of any country throughout the world.
2. The prospective participants are considered such categories as teachers,
    researchers, post-graduates of higher educational and research
    institutions.  Also other persons with occupational perspectives within
    institutions of higher education, research and enlightening orientations
    are eligible.  Educational and professional statuses should be restricted
    to social sciences and humanities. Age limit for participants is 35.
3. Selection is on competitive basis and, therefore, the Selection Board of
    the Summer School expects that the applicants meet, in addition, the
    following criteria:
a) have a higher education in social sciences and humanities;
b) hold in the home country teaching position at a higher educational
    institution or work as an administrator, researcher, professional, or
    specialist in higher education and other institutions with educational and
    research orientations.
c) Be trainers and other specialists of institutions of public sector with
    educational and research involvement.
d) Post-graduates with teaching and research experiences may also apply but
    undergraduates without educational degree may not.
e) All applicants from the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe,
    and Mongolia need to demonstrate a strong command of Russian language
to be
    able to follow lectures and to participate actively in discussions. The
    participants from countries other than the target region can utilize
    simultaneous Russian - English and English - Russian translations.

Facilities and costs:

In addition to the full grants for travel, visa, insurance, accommodation,
and tuition fee, the participants from the former Soviet Union, Central and
Eastern Europe and Mongolia will be provided with access to library,
computer services including electronic mail and the needed materials on the
topics of the School. The participants from countries other than the target
region have to cover themselves their own costs.

Besides provided facilities, the participants have opportunity to be
involved in various entertainment programs including Parties, Hospitality
Party in a traditional family, and Study Travel to ancient and beautiful
regions of Khujand and Isfara.

Certificate:

Successful participants will get certificates indicating their contribution
to the School.

If you have any question please don't hesitate to contact us.

Required documents:
1. Application form (available by request).
2. CV.
3. Essay on the spheres of interest of the School (no more than 300 words).
4. A Letter of Recommendation from the person who is familiar with
    professional qualities of the applicant, especially with his/her teaching
    and research skills.

The required documents should be typed or printed accurately by the deadline
- May 20, 2001 and send to the following address:

Abdusamadov Abdusabur
Tajikistan, Dushanbe, 734025
Glavpochtampt, Do vostrebovaniya (General Delivery)
Phone: (992 372) 21 87 64
Fax: (992 372) 51 01 02
E-mail: ozod(a)ac.tajik.net
Website: http://www.cornellcaspian.com

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Project 'Turk' on History of the Turks

Posted by: Turkiye Dergisi <turktarihi(a)ttnet.net.tr>
Posted: 13 Apr 2001


Dear Colleagues:

I want only to give a brief information on the current situation of our
project about history of Turks, the greatest historiography project ever
done, about which majority of you know well. We plan to view and publish
history of Turks from prehistory up to the current time within 1 500
articles published in 20 volumes. Interest in participation by researchers
is very satisfactory for us and above the expected level. About 400 scholars
have proposed their topics and some 100 people promised to write. The number
of participants is continuously getting rise. This is enough to make our
publication a properly international and transnational product.

Those hearing about the project first time or wanting to join in this effort
with an article may do it till August 30, 2001, the deadline for submission
of articles. Your new proposals and questions about the project are welcome.

Osman KARATAY
Coordinator of the Project 'Turk'
Yeni Turkiye Publications

Address:
Abdullah Cevdet Sokak 33-7
Cankaya - Ankara - TURKIYE
Tel: +90 (312) 442-62-42
Fax: +90 (312) 442-62-52
http://www.turkish-history.com
http://www.ottoman-research.com
E-mails:
turktarihi(a)ttnet.net.tr
ytder(a)tr.net
osmankaratay(a)yahoo.com

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Summer Institute on Public Spheres and Muslim Identities

Posted by: Michael Becker <becker(a)wiko-berlin.de>
Posted: 27 Mar 2001


European and American Young Scholars' Summer Institute 2001/2002:

"Public Spheres and Muslim Identities"

Berlin (Germany), July 15, 2001 to July 28, 2001 and

Dartmouth College (USA), August 4, 2002 to August 17, 2002

Apply by April 30, 2001 for awards that include travel and accommodation
costs at both workshops.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is sponsoring this two-year Summer
Institute through the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in cooperation with the
Social Science Research Council (New York) and the institutes for advanced
studies in Princeton (USA), Research Triangle Park (USA), Stanford (USA),
Uppsala (S), and Wassenaar (NL). The Summer Institute is designed to support
the development of scholarly networks and collaborative projects between
young scholars in the US and Europe. Twenty Fellows (PhD candidates and
recent PhDs), in addition to invited senior faculty participants, will
present their research and collaborate on new projects at the two workshops
and between the two meetings. The goals of the Institute are (1) to discuss
theoretical, methodological and empirical issues; (2) integrate approaches
and interpretations from various disciplines; (3) review the state of the
research field; and (4) identify promising areas for further research.

Awards cover transportation, food, and lodging for both the German (2001)
and US (2002) workshops, and assume participation in both workshops.

Program Description:

The convenors of the Institute on "Public Spheres and Muslim Identities" are
Dale F. Eickelman (Dartmouth College) and Armando Salvatore (Humboldt
University Berlin).

The focus of the Institute is the emerging sense of public, and the changing
practices and identities associated with it, in Muslim- majority societies
and Muslim communities elsewhere. Religious and political authority is being
fragmented and redefined within emerging public spheres. Increasingly rapid
means of communication and rising levels of education are major factors in
this process. Forms of identity - including family, gender, religious,
ethnic, class, and language - are renegotiated and challenged in the context
of shifting boundaries among the local, national, and global dimensions of
public spheres. Public competition over the interpretation of symbols and
control over the formal and informal institutions and discourses that
produce and sustain them, has become increasingly fluid. The idea of a
public sphere has been mainly associated with Western societies and with
modernity. However, it has counterparts throughout Islamic history. The goal
of the Summer Institute is to explore the combinations of ideas and
practices by which public spheres are constituted and changed in the Muslim
world and among Muslims elsewhere. How have the competing forms of social,
legal, and political thought been expressed at various times throughout
Islamic history and in the present, as well as in language, literature, and
the arts? How are these competing forms expressed and by whom? In what
contexts and conditions do certain ideas become dominant? And which
practices, forms of association, and "habitual" understandings and actions
do Muslims and other social actors use to reconstitute their identities and
reshape the public sphere?

Application procedure:

Applications are invited from PhD candidates and recent PhDs (degree
received after May 1996) in the US or in Europe whose research relates to
the topic of the Institute as described above. The working language of the
Institute is English. A complete application requires submission in English
of the following materials: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of up to
2000 words (not counting cited references) detailing current research
interests and past research and writing related to the topic of the
Institute; (3) the names and addresses of two potential referees familiar
with the applicant's work; (4) a list of not more than 5 background readings
potentially relevant to all participants of the Summer Institute.

Completed applications must be received by April 30, 2001.

Send queries and applications to:

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Michael Becker
Wallotstrasse 19
D-14193 Berlin
Germany
Tel.: +49 30 / 89001 - 267
Fax:  +49 30 / 89001 - 200
E-mail: becker(a)wiko-berlin.de
Web Link: http://www.wiko-berlin.de/Information/eyssi_i.htm#Awards


Michael Becker
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Wallotstrasse 19
D-14193 Berlin
Tel.: (0049-30) 89001-267
Fax: (0049-30) 89001-200
e-mail: becker(a)wiko-berlin.de

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Institute for Central Asia Development (Moscow)

Posted by: Aziz Niyazi <nxrniya(a)cityline.ru>
Posted: 27 Mar 2001


INSTITUTE FOR CENTRAL ASIA DEVELOPMENT (ICAD)

Institute for Central Asia Development (ICAD) was registered as regional
public organisation by the Moscow Head Department of Justice of the Ministry
of Justice of the Russian Federation on 30 September 1999.

The Founders:

Dr. Valentin BUSHKOV
Head of the Central Asia Department of the Institute of Ethnology and
Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Sodiq CHORUBKASHOV
Senior research worker of the Inquiries Department of the All Russia Centre
of the Public Opinion Investigation.

Dr. Aziz NIYAZI
Senior research worker of the Department of Comparative Theoretical Studies
of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

PURPOSES AND PROJECTS

The Institute for Central Asia Development is a non-governmental
organization of scientists, who share a common interest in studying the
multilateral problems of Central Asia and Muslim regions of Russia, first
and foremost the problem of ensuring the sustainable development of the
regions and the facilitating of integration processes within the CIS.  It
was founded on September 1999 in Moscow by specialists from different
institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The main purpose of ICAD is to unite intellectual forces to carry out
theoretical and applied research into conflicts caused by social and
ecological abuses and to encourage their participation in working out
sustainable development models designed to overcome existing and potential
conflict situations at the Muslim regions of the CIS.

The major projects of ICAD are:
1. Central Asia and the Caucasus Peace through Sustainable Development
2. Environment, Society and Tradition in the Muslim World
3. Russia and the Muslim World: Together to Sustainable Development
4. Russia and Central Asia: Integration and Sustainable Development

RESEARCH RELEVANCE OF MAJOR PROJECTS

The Socio-ecological approach has taken pride of place in the Theory of
Development during the last few years. The World Scientific Community has
reached to a common conclusion that the environment, has an equal weight
with social, economic and political relations and plays a system-forming
role in the life of society. The World in this century will be defined by
three global factors: the population growth, the exhausting of non-renewable
natural resources and the degradation of the environment.

The gloomy forecasts of the Club of Rome about socio-ecological catastrophes
are now already becoming a reality, but not at the post-industrial West.
They are becoming a reality within the so called Third World, to which most
of the republics of the former Soviet Union may be reckoned.

By ignoring environmental and climatic conditions, demographic process and
traditional culture in the southern regions of the Soviet Union, above all
in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the industrial development of the last
decades has contributed to the growth of conflict potential. There are
around 100 conflict spots or which have potential unrest, pinpointed by the
experts in this regions. Societies, in which trespassing technological risk
leads to degradation processes in biosphere and after that to changes of
social behavior leading to aggression, begin to erupt from the inside.

Similar processes can be observed at the rest of the Muslim East. As a rule,
the deep-seated reasons of social and ecological disharmony, the outcome of
accelerated modernization, constitute the basis for conflicts both within
the countries and between the countries, which is what is happening in the
Muslim regions of the CIS. The industrialization, often senseless, of mainly
agricultural and traditional societies is accompanied by irrational and
wasteful use of natural resources, namely a violent attitude towards
traditional culture. The Muslim countries of the CIS and outside it are
facing the same problems: overpopulation of towns, cities and fertile
valleys, poverty, forced or involuntary migration, monocultural development
of agriculture, the development of big metallurgical, chemical,
machine-building and electric power generating enterprises ignoring their
possible danger to environment, as well as paying no heed to local natural
and climatic peculiarities. All this is accompanied by accelerated
demographic growth, scarcity of water, land, energy and food resources,
which leads to detrimental impact both on environment and society. The
industrial attack on traditional societies leads to degradation of all
spheres of life.

Tajikistan serves as a vivid example of this. The research carried out by us
shows that the above mentioned processes constitute the inner impetus of the
conflict in this country. The same observation was true to Iran during the

reign of the Shah, Algeria, Egypt, Chechnya, Sudan and some other countries.
A similar threat exists in Kirgizia, Dagestan, Karachaevo - Cherkesiya, some
regions of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.  The threat is universal. It is
characteristic of a system crisis of the "new generation" - a crisis in
social life, in the environment, economics, demography, spiritual and
cultural life, a crisis of intellect, state, politics, in fact of the whole
system of human life. Such deep crisis usually unfolds in semi-industrial /
semi-traditional countries, notwithstanding the models of their political
statute. Different "isms" are of no great importance under these circumstances.

There is a great need of new decisions about overcoming such a crisis. The
experience of many developing countries, especially in Muslim regions,
demonstrates that it is impossible to overcome the crisis simply by
implementing liberal political institutes and economic values of the
developed post-industrial countries. Being laid over the matrix of
well-established local social ties, such ideologies do not bring the
expected result, and sometimes, which is even worse, slow down social
development.

The solution can be found in working out general principles of the
sustainable development model, and adding modifications for different
countries and regions. There is a need for inter-subjects investigations for
working out long-term strategic programmes of simultaneous complex decisions
of problems of demography, settlement policy, economics and state,
harmonization of the business activities with environment. Alongside it, the
stabilizing cultural traditions of the Muslim world, those traditions which
preserve spiritual and physical health of a person and maintain careful
attitude towards nature should be taken into consideration.

"A green alternative" to the destructive impact of consumption society is
gaining strength simultaneously in the West and the East, each choosing its
own way. The East applies to cultural and civilisational foundation, namely
in ethical philosophy. In its search of a way out in state and political
models constituting "the third way". The West relies first of all upon
modern science and technology. But the leading ideas of both the East and
the West are very much similar despite the barely fleeting acquaintance with
each other's theories of development and experience. The materialistic
industrial ideology of the subjugation of nature and unbridled consumption
is now giving way to acquiring the values of harmony with nature and limited
consumption.

The aim of ICAD is to support the green tendency and to contribute to
uniting Eastern and Western experience on the path of sustainable
development and peace.

BULLETIN "RUSSIA AND THE MUSLIM WORLD"

In collaboration with the Institute of Oriental Studies and the Institute of
Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of
Sciences, ICAD is taking part in publishing a monthly bulletin of analytical
reviews and information "Russia and Muslim World". The bulletin covers
spiritual, social and economic, as well as ecological and political
processes in the traditionally Muslim regions of Russia, Central Asia, the
Caucasus and also in "distant foreign countries". The main topic is Russia
and Islam, Russia and the Muslim World.

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Summer Central Asian Language Program, Indiana University

Posted by: Ryan Gliha <rgliha(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 26 Mar 2001


2001 SUMMER WORKSHOP IN SLAVIC, EAST EUROPEAN AND CENTRAL ASIAN LANGUAGES

LANGUAGES OF CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS: June 15-August 10 The 2001
Workshop will offer Azeri (first year), Kazakh (first year), Turkmen (first
year) and Uzbek (first and second year) as part of its program in Central
Asian Languages. Should funding from become available, first-year Georgian
will also be offered.

Courses listed above (except for Georgian) are offered in the Workshop with
the cooperation of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana
University. 8 hours of credit are granted for first-year courses to
undergraduates and 6 hours to graduates. Second-year courses grant 6 hours
credit to both graduates and undergraduates. First-year Georgian will be for
ten hours of credit.

Tuition for graduate students is $1,011.60; for Georgian $1,686.00. For cost
of housing and meals, see above. Films and lectures are included as part of
this program.

Deadline for fellowship applications: April 1, 2001.

Thereafter applications will be accepted on a space available basis.

For more information or printed application materials please contact the
SWSEEL Secretary or Director.

Jerzy Kolodziej, Director, SWSEEL
(812) 855-2608, swseel(a)indiana.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Indiana University
1020 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Ballantine Hall 502
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
USA

Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel.shtml

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Central Asian Regional Contest for Student Economic Research

Posted by: Vladimir Kim <vkim(a)freenet.kg>
Posted: 25 Mar 2001


Dear Friends,

I'm writing on the behalf of the Center for Social and Economic Research in
Kyrgyzstan (CASE-Kyrgyzstan).  Our center announces the regional contest of
student economic research in Central Asia.  Our center invites students from
Central Asia to participate in this contest.  I send you full information.
Please, post and distribute this announcement to all interested persons.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Respectfully,

Vladimir Kim


REGIONAL CONTEST OF STUDENT ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The Center for Social and Economic Research in Kyrgyzstan (CASE-Kyrgyzstan)
announces the Regional Contest of Student Economic Research and Diploma
Projects (RCSER).  The aim of the contest is providing financial and
professional promotion to students majoring in economic and beginning
researchers from Central Asia region.  The RSCER is held to support original
student research in the area of economic theory and policy of Kyrgyzstan,
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Organizer of the Contest

The contest is held by the Center for Social and Economic Research in
Kyrgyzstan (CASE-Kyrgyzstan).  CASE-Kyrgyzstan closely collaborates with the
Center for Social and Economic Research CASE (Warsaw, Poland) and is engaged
in researching the issues of social and economic development of countries in
transition.

Research Topics

Application forms for the contest of student research papers/diploma
projects are accepted on following groups of topics:

Macroeconomic and Social Policy: rates of economic reforms and strategies of
transition; trade policy, foreign exchange rate regulation and balance of
payment; monetary policy and inflation; fiscal and customs policy; banking
sector and financial market development; poverty, income distribution,
savings, consumption and economic growth; human capital development; social
policy and pension reforms.

Microeconomic Analysis: restructuring and financial management in
enterprises during transition; market structure, small business development,
competition and antimonopoly policy; labor market and employment policies of
enterprises; barter and non-monetary payments, tax evasion, corruption;
environmental issues and regulation of externalities; foreign trade and
trade policy.

Winners of the Contest

The winners of the contest will be determined by an independent expert group
consisting of leading specialists of CASE-Kyrgyzstan and CASE-Warsaw.  The
members of the expert group will take direct participation in discussing,
reviewing, evaluating contest papers and appointing the winners.  By July
15, 2001, the contest winners among undergraduate and graduate students
(master student or aspirant) will be named.

  - The winners of the Regional Contest among junior, senior and fifth-year
    students will be awarded prizes:  First Prize - $300, Second Prize - $200,
    Third Prize - $100.
  - A winner among graduate students (master student or aspirant) will be
    awarded a prize at the amount of $500.
  - Winning research papers/diploma projects will be published at the expense
    of CASE-Kyrgyzstan.
  - CASE-Kyrgyzstan and CASE-Warsaw facilitates the academic career of
    winners by giving recommendation letters to internationally recognized
    universities with a reference of victorious participation in the
prestigious
    regional contest.

The contest eliminates any discrimination on the basis of race and ethnic
origin, religion, sex and age.  Nor it establishes country quotas.  Selecting
contest winners will be based exclusively on originality and quality of
student papers.

Terms of Participation

The authors of research papers and diploma projects must:

  - Be studying at one of the universities or research institutions of
    Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and
majoring
    (have a specialization) in economics;
  - Be a third, fourth, fifth-year undergraduate student or graduate student
    (master student or aspirant);
  - Be a citizen of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or
    Uzbekistan.


To participate in the RCSER one needs to submit:
  - RCSER participant application form, out in Russian/English, in paper or
    electronic format; deadline - March 15, 2001.
  - Research paper/diploma project in paper or electronic format; deadline -
    June 1, 2001.

Application forms and contest papers and projects are sent in paper or
electronic format by the address below:

Center for Social and Economic Research in Kyrgyzstan (CASE-Kyrgyzstan)
P.O. Box #696
Bishkek 720017
Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: casekyrgyzstan(a)hotmail.kg

Additional information can be obtained by phone: (+996-312) 217947 (each
Friday from 14-00 till 17-00), or by e-mail: casekyrgyzstan(a)hotmail.kg.

PROGRAM INFO.- Courses in Development Policy, Planning & Management

Posted by: Sanjoy Kumar Nayak <s.k.nayak(a)bham.ac.uk>
Posted: 14 Feb 2001


DEVELOPMENT STUDIES PROGRAMME
School of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham, England, UK
(Very intensive 11-week courses in Development Policy, Planning and Management)

Mail sent by: Sanjoy Kumar Nayak
Director of Development Studies

Course participants:

The Development Studies Courses in Selly Oak was established in 1974.  The
courses are specially designed to meet the needs of people working in many
kinds of non-government and international aid organisations as well as
government departments. There might be a "Postgraduate Certificate in
Development Policy, Planning and Management" option for the course
participants subject to the approval of the Birmingham University.

The courses are unique in terms of their learning and teaching strategies
(please see below) and courses covered (Health and Social Development; Civil
Society; and NGO Management).  The participants come mainly from:

  - The staff of voluntary development associations, religious and secular
    development programmes, and support agencies operating at national and
    international level;
  - Those whose work includes direct management responsibility for
    development programmes run and managed by their national governments;
  - People engaged in administering aid, either in developing countries or in
    donor countries;
  - Expatriates working, or preparing to work, with development programmes in
    other countries;
  - Community action groups and civil society organisations;
  - Those engaged in education and the raising of awareness about development
    and justice.

The programme encourages applications from women, minorities and people with
disabilities.

Course contents:

The Selly Oak Development Studies Course structure is unique because each
course is developed 'flexibly', according to the particular needs and
concerns of participants.  Main themes include the following and are linked
to Course Modules (see below):

  - Understanding poverty, and the processes of underdevelopment and
    development;
  - Reviewing social and human development and social policy issues in
    developing countries;
  - Examining possibilities for social, political and economic changes at all
    levels;
  - Incorporating gender; and environmental issues in development programmes
    and policies;
  - Considering relationships among globalisation, the state and civil society;
  - Improving practical management skills in planning, budgeting,
    implementation, and evaluation;
  - Developing institutions and building capacity of organisations including
    advocacy skills;
  - Analysing the nature, sources, motives and effects of aid, and the role
    of voluntary agencies;
  - Exploring motivation and communication, and becoming more effective in
    working with others, handling conflict, problem-solving and leadership.

Learning and teaching methods:

The course approach is based on parallels between adult learning and the
processes of development itself.  Analysis of experience from within the
class is therefore a rich source of learning, and importance is given to
participatory learning methods throughout the course.  The study methods are
intensive and participatory.  The course also works with a variety of
practical case studies and film materials from developing countries.

These methods include discussion in large and small groups, concept
presentations and formal lectures, recommended reading, case studies,
programmed and structured exercises, role play, simulations, group-work,
video films, external visits, and individual and group assignments.  Methods
are constantly interchanged to provide stimulus, to reinforce learning and
to meet individual needs.

Applications:

Application forms are available on request.  In view of heavy demand for
places, applications should preferably arrive 6 months before the start of
the course.  Urgent enquiries may be sent by fax or e-mail (see below).

Dates for future courses:

28 April to 14 July 2001
29 September to 15 December 2001
20 April to 06 July 2002
28 September to 14 December 2002

Current Fees:

£3500 for tuition and use of facilities of University of Birmingham and
Selly Oak Colleges campus
£1640 (approx.) for accommodation and meals.  There is a limited amount of
self-catering accommodation available on campus at a cost of approximately
£600.  A nominal field visit expense will be charged from 2001.  Details not
yet available.

In addition, it is recommended that participants should be provided with a
personal allowance of at least £55 per week to cover the purchase of warm
clothing, books and items of personal expenditure.

Scholarships:

Many overseas aid agencies in Europe and North America have given financial
support to course participants in the past.  Different donors have varying
application procedures, but almost all of them require that an applicant
should first obtain the firm recommendation of his or her employing
organisation.  The chance of a favourable response is greatly increased if
the applicant's organisation is already collaborating with the donor agency
in existing development programmes.  Requests for scholarship support should
be submitted directly to the donor agencies.  Once funding has been agreed,
the Department will issue an admission certificate in order to facilitate
the application process for a visa to enter the United Kingdom.

We have a very limited number of fully-funded scholarships and
part-bursaries available to us and demand for them is very high.  However,
if you wish to apply for one of these, you should send in a fully completed
application form (page 4 must be filled in by the employing organisation)
together with a covering letter and we will see if you meet the criteria or
offer suggestions for sponsorship elsewhere.

COURSE MODULES

Module 1:
Development Theory, Policy and Practice
International Relations and Trade; Civil Society and NGOs

Module 2:
Planning and Management of Organisations
Development Co-operation, Capacity-Building and Partnership

Module 3:
Participatory Project Planning and Management
Working in the Community; Gender and Development

Module 4:
Specialist Options for Research Projects: Social Development & Policy;
Poverty & Participation; Health & Population

Further details:

Wendy Banner
Course Administrator
The University of Birmingham
Selly Oak Campus
Elmfield House, Bristol Road
Birmingham B29 6LQ
England, U.K.

Telephone: +44 (0)121 415 2295
Telefax:   +44 (0)121 415 2296
E-mails:   w.banner(a)bham.ac.uk
Websites:  http://www.bham.ac.uk/socsci
[Click on Selly Oak Campus Development Studies]

PROGRAM INFO.- Univ. of Sydney Archaeological Excavations in Uzbekistan

Posted by: Katia Davis <katiamdavis(a)gmx.net>
Posted: 13 Feb 2001


To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing on behalf of Dr. Alison Betts, head of the University of Sydney
Central Asia Programme of archaeological excavations in Uzbekistan. She is
currently seeking volunteers for the excavation. We have established a web
site with information concerning this at the following URL:

http://members.spree.com/education/uscap/uscap.htm

Would it be possible for you to link to this web site in order to generate
some interest in her excavations. If so, this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

Katia

PROGRAM INFO.- Uzbek Language and Culture, Univ. of Washington, Summer 2001

Posted by: Ilse Cirtautas <icirt(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 12 Feb 2001


UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization

Uzbek Language and Culture Program
Summer 2001
June 18-August 17

The Department will offer Intensive Intermediate Uzbek during nine weeks of
Summer Session. The intensive language course, taught with the participation
of Muhammad-Ali Akhmedov, Distinguished Writer of Uzbekistan, will provide
four hours of language instruction daily, allowing students to earn 20
credits. The program will also offer an extensive cultural program of
lectures on Uzbek history and culture. It will include Uzbek films and
documentaries. Performances of an Uzbek dance ensemble from Tashkent are
also being planned.

PENDING FUNDING
A LIMITED NUMBER OF FELLOWSHIPS WILL BE AVAILABLE

For information contact:

Ilse D. Cirtautas
Director of the Central Asian Turkic Program
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
229 Denny Hall, DH-20
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195;
tel.: (206) 543-9963
email: icirt(a)u.washington.edu

PROGRAM INFO.- Student Chapters of the Uyghur Human Rights Coalition

Posted by: Kathy Polias <kpolias(a)uyghurs.org>
Posted: 11 Feb 2001


Hi everyone,

Student chapters of the Uyghur Human Rights Coalition (UHRC)
(http://www.uyghurs.org) are starting at George Washington University and
American University, both in Washington, DC.  The Uyghur Human Rights
Coalition is dedicated to building a strong grassroots movement in the
United States to protest the Chinese government's gross human rights
violations against the indigenous Uyghurs of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous
Region of China.  The info for the 2 student chapters' weekly meetings is
below.

If you are a student at either university, please consider getting involved
with the chapters and even taking a leadership position if you are
interested.  We are hoping to build active student movements on both
campuses for the Uyghur human rights cause, and we need as many student
activists as possible, especially since the Uyghurs are not very well-known
at the present time.  To get an idea of the types of actions, events, and
campaigns we are trying to implement on both campuses, check out the "How
You Can Help" and the "UHRC Campaigns" pages on our website,
http://www.uyghurs.org.

Thanks so much, everyone!

Peace and hope,
Kathy


UHRC-GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER

Every Wednesday, 8:15-9:15 PM
3rd Floor Common Room, Marvin Center (800 21st St., NW, Washington, DC) at
George Washington University--Look for the UHRC sign.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Kathy Polias, Organizer of the GW Chapter
and Executive Director of UHRC, (202)548-6084, kpolias(a)uyghurs.org


UHRC-AMERICAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER

Every Tuesday, 8-9 PM
Davenport Lounge, School of International Studies at American University

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Toni Braun, Chair of the American University
Chapter of the Uyghur Human Rights Coalition and UHRC Executive Board
Member, (202)491-4522, tbraun(a)uyghurs.org

PROGRAM INFO.- Turkic Language Intensive Courses at Indiana University

Posted by: William Fierman <wfierman(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 19 Jan 2001


2001 SUMMER WORKSHOP IN SLAVIC, EAST EUROPEAN
AND CENTRAL ASIAN LANGUAGES

SUMMER WORKSHOP ON THE LANGUAGES OF CENTRAL ASIA
AND THE CAUCASUS AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY
June 15-August 10

The 2001 SWSEEL Workshop at Indiana University will offer Azeri (first
year), Kazakh (first year), Turkmen (first year) and Uzbek (first and second
year) as part of its program in Central Asian Languages. Should funding from
become available, first-year Georgian will also be offered.

Courses listed above (except for Georgian) are offered in the Workshop with
the cooperation of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana
University.

Films and lectures are included as part of this program.

8 hours of credit are granted for first-year courses to undergraduates and 6
hours to graduates. Second-year courses grant 6 hours credit to both
graduates and undergraduates. First-year Georgian will be for ten hours of
credit.

Tuition for graduate students in Turkic languages is $1,011.60; for Georgian
$1,686.00. For cost of housing and meals, please visit the SWSEEL website or
contact the SWSEEL secretariat.

Deadline for fellowship applications: April 1, 2001.

Thereafter applications will be accepted on a space available basis.

For more information or printed application materials please contact the
SWSEEL Secretary or Director.

Jerzy Kolodziej, Director, SWSEEL
(812) 855-2608, swseel(a)indiana.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Indiana University
1020 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Ballantine Hall 502
Bloomington IN 47405-7103
USA

URL:http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel.shtml

PROGRAM INFORMATION- Women's Human Rights Advocacy, Network of East-West Women

Posted by: Zhanna Zhanabekova <zhannazh(a)soros.kz>
Posted: 17 Jan 2001


PROGRAM INFORMATION Women's Human Rights Advocacy, Network of East-West Women

NETWORK OF EAST-WEST WOMEN

2001 NEWW LEGAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Overview

The Network of East-West Women (NEWW), an international women's advocacy
organization, announces the 2001 Legal Fellowship Program for recently
graduated women attorneys from Central and Eastern Europe, the Newly
Independent States and the Russian Federation (CEE/NIS/RF) interested in
pursuing a career in women's human rights advocacy in CEE/NIS/RF.  The
Fellowship Program is one component of NEWW's current legal advocacy and
public policy programs aimed at articulating and enforcing laws and policies
that strengthen women's legal status in their respective countries.  The
Legal Fellowship Program is supported by the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur
Foundation, the Jurzykowski Foundation, and other donors.

The goal of the Legal Fellowship Program is to help bridge the gap between
theory and practice by providing selected women attorneys from CEE/NIS/RF
the opportunity to acquire additional skills needed to work effectively on
women's rights in their own countries.  This is the fourth year of the
Program, and NEWW expects to select eight applicants for participation in
the 2001 Program.

The 2001 Program

The Legal Fellowship Program is a sixteen-month program.  The first four
months (mid-August - December 2001), are spent in the U.S. where fellows
complete an intensive training experience with a human rights organization
that undertakes legal challenges and conducts policy analysis on various
women's human rights issues.  During this period fellows also participate in
a law school course on international human rights.  Every effort is made to
match each fellow with an organization that is conducting work related to
the fellows' specific interest areas.  Past U.S. host NGOs include Human
Rights Watch/Women's Rights Division, International Human Rights Law Group,
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, the Battered Women's Justice Project,
Equality Now, Parliamentarians for Global Action, and Women Empowered
Against Violence (WEAVE).

The U.S. portion of the Program will be followed immediately by a one-year
follow-on project to be implemented in the fellows' home country.  Each
fellow designs and fundraises for her project during her time in the U.S.
with the support of NEWW's staff and her host organization.  The project
will be implemented with the on-going support of NEWW's staff as well as
support from the fellows' NGO at home and her U.S. host organization.

Stipend

The fellowship includes travel to and from the fellowship site in the United
States, short-term medical insurance, and a stipend to cover room and board
expenses during the U.S. portion of the program.  Housing is arranged in an
international student house or similar student accommodations.  In some
cases fellows live with families in their host city.  NEWW also provides
small seed grants for fellows' one-year follow-on project.  Additional
funding will be raised for the follow-on project by each fellow in
conjunction with NEWW's staff.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit the following materials in English:

  * CV;

  * Evidence of fluency in English (TOEFL or school records with English
    translation.  Do not send original documents.);

  * Two letters of recommendation in English, or accompanied by English
    translations, including all current contact information for the letter's
    author.  All written recommendations will be verified in-person by local
    NEWW contacts, or via telephone by NEWW's staff;

  * A personal statement that should include:
    - The applicant's particular interests within the field of women's
      rights.  The applicant should discuss in detail her work with women's
      organizations in her home country;
    - A discussion about the applicant's future plans, expectations for this
      experience and/or reasons for applying to the Legal Fellowship Program;

  * A signed declaration that if selected for the Program, the applicant will
    complete the entire sixteen-month Program.  Also, the applicant must
    declare that she will return home to work within her country for one full
    year at the end of the U.S. portion of the program.  No exceptions will be
    granted.

  * A country briefing paper that should provide an overview of the current
    situation of women's human rights in the applicant's country.  The paper
    should discuss the various women's rights issues currently facing women in
    the applicant's country, what efforts/initiatives are presently underway to
    address these issues, and what the applicant believes should be done in the
    future to address these issues.

Selection Criteria

In order to be considered for participation in this Program, the applicant
must have the following qualifications:

  * Attorney from Central and Eastern Europe, the Newly Independent States or
    the Russian Federation.

  * Graduated from law studies within the last five years.

  * Demonstrated commitment to women's human rights advocacy.

  * Currently working with an established women's NGO in the applicant's
    country that is committed to supporting the fellow's follow-on project.

All applicants meeting the above criteria will be given serious
consideration.  The international selection committee consists of NEWW
Executive Director Erin Barclay, an attorney, members of the Board of
Directors, and former NEWW legal fellows.  Applications will be carefully
reviewed by the entire committee.  Following review by the committee,
between fifteen and twenty applicants will be selected for in-person in
March/April 2001.  Final selections will be made by the end of April 2001.

Time Table
  - Application Deadline:  March 15, 2001
  - In-Person Interviews:  to be completed by April 15, 2001
  - Notification:   May 1, 2001
  - Program Starts:  August 1, 2001
  - Program Ends:   December 16, 2001

Completed application packets should be sent by email to ebarclay(a)neww.org.
If email is not possible, please send the complete application packet by
regular mail to Erin Barclay, Executive Director, Network of East-West
Women, 1761 S Street., N.W., Suite LL-12, Washington, D.C. 20009.
Please advise Erin Barclay by email when the application has been posted by
regular mail.

For more information about the Network of East-West Women, see our web page at
    http://www.neww.org <http://www.neww.org>

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