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PROG. INFO.- Dissertation Development Workshop: Violence in Eurasia from Past to Present, Apr. 4-6, 2008, SSRC Eurasia Program

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 18 Nov 2007

PROG. INFO.- Dissertation Development Workshop: Violence in Eurasia, Apr. 4-6

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

Times of Trouble: Violence in Eurasia from Past to Present 
Dissertation Development Workshop

New York City
April 4-6, 2008

Application Submission Deadline: December 17, 2007

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

Tsarist-era pogroms, the brutalities of the Stalinist period, the fame
of the Russian mafia, contemporary human rights abuses in Central Asia,
and ongoing conflicts across the Caucasus suggest only some of the best
known concerns of the past 100 years. What kind of norms or values have
governed the use of violence in the territory once covered by the
Russian empire and the Soviet Union, now by the Russian Federation and
other successor states?  To what extent have scholars focused
appropriately, or at times excessively, on these most sensational
aspects of former Soviet space? What have been the responses from
individuals, groups, and states from within and outside the region to
violence and repression, or to ongoing scholarly and popular renderings
of themselves as violent? Does the region deserve such reputation
relative to other world areas?

These and related questions will shape the discussions of the Eurasia
Program dissertation development workshop, with participants invited
from, but not limited to the fields of anthropology, archaeology,
economics, environmental studies, film and media studies, history, law,
literature, politics, psychology, and sociology.

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

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

PROG. INFO.- MA in REECAS at University of Wisconsin

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 30 Oct 2007

PROG. INFO.- MA in REECAS at University of Wisconsin

Posted by: Jennifer Tishler <jtishler(a)creeca.wisc.edu>

Dear Colleagues:

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) invites
applications for its Master of Arts program in Russian, East European,
and Central Asian Studies for fall 2008. Our two-year program provides
interdisciplinary area studies training for students interested in the
cultural, economic, social, and historical factors that have shaped the
development of societies in Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia.
Combining language study, broad interdisciplinary training, and
knowledge of the methodological approaches in a given academic social
science or humanities discipline, our program is ideal for students
interested in pursuing professional careers in business, journalism, and
law and for students planning further graduate study. Our students
benefit from a varied program of lectures, conferences, and seminars
with national and international experts. The members of our faculty are
outstanding teachers and scholars. Every year applicants to our program
are competitive for U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and
Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships; more information about the application
may be found here:
http://www.intl-institute.wisc.edu/fellow/

While US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for the
FLAS, we regret that funding opportunities for international students
are extremely limited in our program. Non-US citizens are encouraged to
consult the Graduate School Web site for information on costs and
funding information for international students:
http://info.gradsch.wisc.edu/admin/admissions/financialinfo.html

Please share this information with students who might be interested in
our Master of Arts program. Prospective students should visit our Web
site to learn more about the program and to see the application
requirements. The application is available as a fillable form, in
Portable Document Format (PDF). The deadline to apply is January 1, 2008
(postmarked):
http://www.creeca.wisc.edu/students/grad/ma.html

I will be happy to answer any questions you or your students might have
about our program. Please address questions to assocdir(a)creeca.wisc.edu.

Best regards,
Jennifer


Jennifer Ryan Tishler
Associate Director
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)
210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
tel. 608-262-3379
fax. 608-890-0267
http://www.creeca.wisc.edu

PROG. INFO.- Training Workshop on Statistical Methods, Baku, Oct. 26-27

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 18 Oct 2007

PROG. INFO.- Training Workshop on Statistical Methods, Baku, Oct. 26-27

Posted by: Rena Rzayeva <rena(a)crrc.az>

[Unfortunately, this announcement was delayed due to problems with 
Central-Eurasia-L; the published deadline has already passed.  --CEL]

Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC)&#8211;Azerbaijan, a Program of the 
Eurasia Foundation invites applications to participate in a training 
workshop "Foundations of quantitative analysis: Basic Descriptive 
Statistical Methods" conducted by Mr. Gursel Aliyev, a lecturer at 
Khazar University and Economic and Social Policy Specialist at 
UNICEF-Azerbaijan.

The format of the training is: intensive online preparation and 
readings followed by two 3-hour live interactive sessions on October 
26-27 followed by online forum and tests.  Participants are going to 
learn by doing exercises.  The data used in the exercises will be 
taken from an actual survey database (CRRC Household Survey 2006).

Mr. Gursel Aliyev teaches Business Statistics at Khazar University and 
Economic and Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF-Azerbaijan. He holds 
an MA in Economics from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.  He 
has previously worked on several World Bank, ADB, USAID projects which 
involved a great deal of statistical and econometric analysis.

The workshop is open for policy researchers, policy practitioners and 
academics who are interested in acquiring practical skills in 
quantitative analysis; have academic background in economics, 
sociology, political science or closely related discipline; possess 
good knowledge of English and are able to demonstrate internet literacy.

Time and place of event:

October 26-27, 2007, 15:00 &#8211; 18:00 at CRRC-Azerbaijan, Caspian Plaza, 
44 J. Jabbarly Street, 7th Floor. The workshop will be conducted in 
English.  Interested individuals should send their CV and a motivation 
letter of no more than 150 words to Ms. Rena Rzayeva at rena(a)crrc.az 
until 17:00 on October 15, 2007.

PROG. INFO.- Deadline Extension, Human Rights Training Program, Kyrgyzstan

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 27 Sep 2007

PROG. INFO.- Deadline Extension, Human Rights Training Program, Kyrgyzstan

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

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and OSCE
Academy announce EXTENSION OF DEADLINE for applications for the Human Rights
Training Programme, which aims to improve Central Asian NGO capacity to
provide training, education, advocacy, etc. in human rights issues.

Deadline is extended till 15 October 2007.

Selected participants will receive a Sida scholarship covering all costs for
participation, including economy class travel, accommodation and meals.

Program structure:

Phase 1: Training of trainers (ToT), scheduled for 12 - 25 November 2007 in
   Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Phase 2: Follow-up seminar, scheduled for 7 - 12 April 2008 at Issyk Kul
   Lake, Kyrgyzstan.

Program is intensive and challenging, and consists of lectures, group work 
and individual assignments.

Only citizens and permanent residents of Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of
Kazakhstan, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
are eligible to apply.

Target group:

25 human rights NGO representatives.

 - Applicants should be representatives of human rights NGOs with an 
   at least 2 year relevant working experience in the sphere of human rights;
 - Applicants should demonstrate strong willingness and ability to 
   disseminate the knowledge and skills acquired during the program via 
   further training and teaching;
 - Applicants should have excellent command of the Russian language;
 - Applicants should be aged preferably between 25 and 50, have a 
   first level university degree and/or extensive professional experience;
 - Applicants should be able and willing to work in a team and within 
   a multicultural environment;
 - Applicants should be available for the whole period of the course 
   with no other commitments.

Application Procedure:

Applications should be filled out in Russian.  The form can be 
downloaded from the website of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek at 
www.osce-academy.org/training.

Following documents are obligatory to accompany the application form:
 - Draft of individual assignment, clearly stating nature, scope, 
   dates, purposes and expected outcomes of the proposed activity
(please consult
   course brochure available at: www.osce-academy.org/training for 
   explanations), and;
 - Recommendation letter from the participant's organization, signed 
   and stamped, and stating full contact details of the signing person.  
   The letter should also clearly indicate that the nominating 
   organization will provide the support necessary (financial and 
   otherwise) for the participant to achieve the objectives formulated in 
   the project.

The application should be submitted to the OSCE Academy by email as a single
scanned file, ref: "HR TCB" to: training(a)osce-academy.net or in a single
envelope by post to: 1 A, Botanichesky per., 720044 Bishkek, Kyrgyz
Republic.

All questions should be addressed to: training(a)osce-academy.net. Further
information can be downloaded from a brochure available in Russian and
English at www.osce-academy.org

PROG. INFO.- Opportunity to Host International Scholars

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 21 Sep 2007

PROG. INFO.- Opportunity to Host International Scholars

Posted by: Junior Faculty Development Program <JFDP(a)americancouncils.org>

To: U.S. Universities
From: Junior Faculty Development Program
Re: Opportunity to Host International Scholars

American Councils is pleased to announce opportunities for U.S.
institutions to host participants of the Junior Faculty Development
Program (JFDP) for the 2008 spring semester. The JFDP is a non-degree,
professional development program intended to provide opportunities for
university faculty from Eurasia and Southeastern Europe to expand their
knowledge in their field of study and develop new ideas and educational
programs through exposure to U.S. academic life.

JFDP Fellows help internationalize their U.S. host institutions by
bringing cultural diversity and new perspectives in their academic
disciplines. During the program, JFDP Fellows may make presentations,
give special lectures, co-teach courses or participate in departmental
projects, if such opportunities exist. U.S. hosts are asked to provide a
faculty advisor who is willing to guide a fellow with academic pursuits
related to their field of study, professional networking, and research.

JFDP fully funds participants' travel, living, insurance, and
professional development expenses.

To apply to host JFDP fellows, please complete the online application
form found here: http://www.jfdp.org/h_apply.php 
The application deadline is October 12, 2007.  American Councils will
send notification concerning application status by the end of October.

The JFDP is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the American
Councils for International Education.

For more information on the program, please visit our website or
contact the JFDP office at American Councils.


Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC  20036
Voice: (202) 833-7522
Fax :  (202) 293-0037
Email: JFDP(a)americancouncils.org 
Web: www.jfdp.org

PROG. INFO.- INTRAC's Training Course "Managing People", Oct. 29-31, 2007, Bishkek

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 18 Sep 2007

PROG. INFO.- INTRAC's Training Course "Managing People", Oct. 29-31, Bishkek

Posted by: Kazbek Abraliev <kazbek.abraliev(a)gmail.com>

INTRAC Training Course "Managing People," October 29-31, 2007
(3 days, non-residential, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan )

Dear Friends and Colleagues in Development:

We have pleasure in sending you information about 3-day course 
"Managing People" which will be held in Bishkek on 29-31 October, 
2007.  Please note that the dates of this course have been changed.

The aim of the course is to help organisations achieve their strategic 
aims through good human resource (HR) management.

This is the first time we have run this course in Central Asia.  We 
believe it will provide valuable assistance to local / regional 
offices, managers of international programs and major local NGOs.  
Often HR issues come low down on the management agenda - below project 
management and reporting.  Therefore this course will encourage 
managers to consider what aspects of HR management need to be improved 
locally.  And how to encourage other managers plus local partner 
organisations to take up this challenge.

The emphasis of the course will be on people and performance 
management.  This includes leading teams and working with people from 
other cultures.  It will be a practical approach, as usual for INTRAC, 
with case studies and role plays.  How to address poor performance, 
conflict resolution, gender and diversity in the work environment: all 
these difficult issues will be touched upon and placed in the HR 
framework.  All questions will be related back to participants' own 
work and managerial responsibilities.

The course programme will be available soon.  If you would like to see 
it, please contact us at our Bishkek email.

To apply for this course or to find out more about INTRAC Open 
Training Programme in Central Asia, please contact: Burma Baitokoeva, 
Programme Officer

Email: icap(a)intrac.kg

INTRAC Central Asia Programme,
Regional Office, 107 Kievskaya (3rd Floor)
Bishkek 720001, Kyrgyz Republic
Tel: +996 312 611402, 612360


INTRAC is a non-profit organisation working in the international
development and relief sector. We support non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) around the
world by helping to explore policy issues, and by strengthening
management and organisational effectiveness.
http:// www.intrac.org

PROG. INFO.- American Councils Intensive Language-Study Programs in Eurasia, Oct. 15 Deadline

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 17 Sep 2007

Posted by: Sheila Dawes <sdawes(a)americancouncils.org>

PROG. INFO.- American Councils Intensive Language-Study Programs in Eurasia

October 15 Deadline

American Councils is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for
U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Spring
2008 Eurasian Regional Language Program for language study in Central
Asia, the Southern Caucasus, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova. 

Applications for the Spring 2008 program are due October 15.
Applications are now available for download from the American Councils
website: http://www.americancouncils.org.  

Full and partial fellowships are available through American Councils
from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) and U.S. Department of
Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Recent program participants
have also received substantial fellowship support from the Institute of
International Education (IIE), the Benjamin A. Gilman International
Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI (FLAS).

Recent Eurasian Regional Language Program participants have studied:

Azeri in Baku;
Buryat in Ulan Ude;
Georgian and Chechen in Tbilisi;
Kazakh in Almaty;
Romanian/Moldovan in Chisinau;
Tajik, Persian, and Uzbek in Dushanbe; and
Ukrainian in Kyiv

Programs also available for the study of: Armenian, Kyrgyz, Pashto,
Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvan, and Yakut.  [Students seeking to study languages
not listed here should contact the American Councils Outbound Office
(202) 833-7522.] Please note that some languages are offered in more
than one country.

The Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students,
advanced undergraduates, scholars, and professionals intensive
individualized instruction in the languages of Eurasia.  Participants
may in enroll in semester, academic year, or summer programs.  All
courses are conducted by expert faculty from leading local universities
and educational institutions. Students with at least two years of
college-level instruction in Russian or the host-country language are
eligible to apply to the program. 

Academic programs are tailored to the individual student's language
level and provide approximately fifteen hours per week of in-class
instruction in the target language.  Courses in history, literature, and
politics are also available for advanced speakers. Other program
features include peer tutoring, housing with local host families, and
graduate- or undergraduate-level academic credit through Bryn Mawr
College.

Application deadlines: 
Spring Semester: October 15
Summer Program: March 1
Fall Semester/Academic Year Program: April 1 

Applications for the Spring 2008 semester program are due October 15.
Additional program information and applications are available on the
American Councils website,
http://www.americancouncils.org/programs.php?program_id=NTA. 

Fellowships are also available for U.S. graduate students, faculty and
scholars for advanced language training and field research in Eurasia.
Funding for these programs is made available through American Councils
from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) grant support. 

For more information, please contact:

Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522
Email: outbound(a)americancouncils.org 
Website: www.americancouncils.org 


Sheila Dawes
Eurasia Study Coordinator
Russia and Eurasia Outbound Office
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
phone: 202-833-7522
fax: 202-833-7523
www.acrussiaabroad.org
www.americancouncils.org

PROG. INFO.- Intensive Language Study Programs in Central Asia, Spring Semester 2008

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 23 Aug 2007

PROG. INFO.- Intensive Language Study Programs in Central Asia, 
Spring Semester 2008

Posted by: Sheila Dawes <sdawes(a)americancouncils.org>

Fellowships available for spring semester language study in Central Asia:

U.S. graduate students and advanced undergraduates are eligible for
full and partial fellowships to study on the American Councils for
International Education: ACTR/ACCELS Eurasian Regional Language Program.
The program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates,
scholars, and professionals intensive individualized instruction in
the languages of Eurasia.  Participants may in enroll in semester,
academic year, or summer programs.  All courses are conducted by
expert faculty from leading local universities and educational
institutions. Students with at least two years of college-level
instruction in Russian or the host-country language are eligible to
apply to the program.

Academic programs are tailored to the individual student's language
level, and provide approximately fifteen hours per week of in-class
instruction in the target language.  Courses in history, literature,
and politics are also available for advanced speakers. Other program
features include peer tutoring, housing with local host families, and
graduate- or undergraduate-level academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

Applications for the spring 2008 semester program are due October 15;
applications are now available for download on the American Councils
website, www.americancouncils.org.

Recent program participants have studied:
Azeri in Baku;
Buryat in Ulan Ude;
Georgian and Chechen in Tbilisi;
Kazakh in Almaty;
Romanian/Moldovan in Chisinau;
Tajik, Persian, and Uzbek in Dushanbe; and
Ukrainian in Kiev

Programs also available for the study of: Armenian, Kyrgyz, Pashto,
Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvan, and Yakut.  (Students seeking to study languages
not listed here should contact the American Councils Outbound Office
(202) 833-7522.) Please note that some languages are offered in more
than one country.

Full and partial fellowships are available through American Councils
from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) and U.S. Department of
Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Recent participants have also
received substantial fellowship support from the Institute of
International Education (IIE), the Benjamin A. Gilman International
Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI (FLAS).

Application deadlines:
Spring Semester: October 15
Summer Program: March 1
Fall Semester/Academic Year Program: April 1

For more information and an application, please contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522
Email: outbound(a)americancouncils.org
Website: www.americancouncils.org


Sheila Dawes
Eurasia Study Coordinator
Russia and Eurasia Outbound Office
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
phone: 202-833-7522
fax: 202-833-7523
www.acrussiaabroad.org
www.americancouncils.org

PROG. INFO.- Launch of E-discussions on the "Central Asian Gateway" Portal

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 14 Aug 2007

PROG. INFO.- Launch of E-discussions on the "Central Asian Gateway" Portal

Posted by: Diana Bayzakova <diana.bayzakova(a)cer.uz>

The Central Asian Gateway (www.cagateway.org) portal initiates three
e-discussions on the issues of regional cooperation and development in
Central Asia.

The aim of these discussions is to expand and deepen the collective
knowledge base in the field through the sharing of experience and the
exchange of ideas and insights. Namely, the e-discussions are to
identify opportunities and challenges that are being and will be faced
by the business community of the Central Asian states in the next five
years in developing their entrepreneurial activity within the region
and how to counteract them, to discuss key regional transport issues,
to identify its main inadequacies and to explore possible options to
address them and to discuss impact of differences in economic policies
of the Central Asian countries on development of trade relations
within the region.

CAG portal invites all to share ideas and benefit from these
e-discussions.

Besides, the www.cagateway.org web-portal announces competition for
the job positions of National Consultants for e-forums' moderation.
The announcements are available at Vacancies Section of the CAG portal
(http://www.cagateway.org/en/vacancies/).

"Central Asian Gateway" Project aims to facilitate the experience and
knowledge exchange in the field of development and integration of
Central Asia. The project is implemented by the Center for Economic
Research (Uzbekistan), Information Agency AKIpress (Kyrgyzstan) and
Information Agency Asia Plus (Tajikistan) with support of the UNDP
Regional Center (Slovakia) and UNDP COs in Central Asia.

PROG. INFO.- Course in Tajik Language for Foreigners

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 28 Jul 2007

PROG. INFO.- Course in Tajik Language for Foreigners

Posted by: Peter Sinnott <pjs7(a)columbia.edu>

The Tajik language courses are taught by a graduate of Dushanbe's
Pedagogical Institute with many years teaching experience of Tajik
language.  A textbook for English speakers is available as are
dictionaries and supplemental cassette tapes. The emphasis is on
helping foreigners to use Tajik accurately and fluently with a
comprehensive language teaching program from beginner to advanced level.

Persian is taught by a specialist in literary Persian with a Ph.D.
related to the study of Rumi, the classic poet and philosopher.

Course Materials: a textbook with photocopiable materials, Cassette
tapes, Workbooks

Tajik language for foreigners
1. Beginner's Course
2. The Continuing Course

Persian  language for foreigners
1. The Beginner's Course
2. The Continuing Course

We also provide instruction in the Pamir Languages and Yaghnob language
Yaghnob Beginner's  Course/ Pamiri Languages Courses

For further information and details about the costs, please contact
Muhiba Mahmadjanova <muhiba(a)bk.ru>.

PROG. INFO.- Summer School on Human Rights, August, Moscow

Posted by: Central-Eurasia-L(a)fas.harvard.edu
Posted: 11 Jul 2007

PROG. INFO.- Summer School on Human Rights, August, Moscow

Posted by: Anatoly Azarov <azarov3(a)yandex.ru>

The Moscow School of Human Rights carry out August 6-17, 2007 in 
Moscow VII International Summer School on Human Rights. Charges due 
to organizers and participants.  Details are available on 
http://www.mshr-ngo.ru/ss2007.  The application deadline is on July 30, 2007.

Director MSHR

Anatoly Azarov

PROG. INFO.- Exploring Postmodern Immediacy of Mass Media, OSI

Posted by: Serguei Alex. Oushakine <oushakin(a)Princeton.EDU>
Posted: 13 Jun 2007

PROG. INFO.- Exploring Postmodern Immediacy of Mass Media, OSI


Challenge Seminar Visual Studies of Immedia: Exploring Postmodern 
Immediacy of Mass Media

http://www.ehu.lt/news/notice/0007080/

Project description:

European Humanities University invites young university faculty from 
NIS countries and Eastern Europe, to take part in the new 
interdisciplinary project Visual Studies of Immedia: exploring 
postmodern immediacy of mass media, funded by OSI Higher Education 
Support Program <http://www.soros.org/>  (Budapest).

The seminar aims at the collaborative analysis of how contemporary 
media (cinema, TV, Internet) re-configure the correlation of form and 
content of the message (formats of communicative mediation as an 
"immediate" content), the narrative and the visual, the global and the 
local, the private and the public experience of individuals in the new 
space of global communications. Participants' team-work in the course 
of the seminar will be focused on the elaboration of the model for the 
renewal of education in visual media, journalism and Communication 
Studies in post-Soviet countries.

Project duration 2 years (September 2007 - September 2009).

The first year of the project will be organized along the lines of 
theoretical and methodological inquiry of contemporary approaches to 
visual media, while the second year will be more focused on the 
didactic issues (how to incorporate new approaches to studying media 
culture into University curriculum, how to implement media formats 
into the practices of teaching) and the forms of interaction between 
academia and mass media which has to do with the role of intellectuals 
in public sphere and the social relevance of University knowledge. The 
format and profile of Challenge Seminar presupposes a variety of forms 
and ways of cooperation and interaction between resource faculty, 
participants and invited media practitioners. We envisage lectures, 
seminars, master-classes, the workshops of digital video production; 
round-table discussions; the collective production of multimedia 
didactic materials and so on.

The project builds upon previous work in HESP Regional Seminar for 
Excellence in Teaching Rethinking Visual and Cultural Studies: new 
subjects, methods and teaching strategies (EHU, 2003 - 2006).

The first contact session will take place in the second half of 
September 2007, in Vilnius.

Resource faculty of the project:

Well-known experts and scholars from various Western and post-Soviet 
universities will be engaged in the project as visiting lecturers and 
as tutors. Among them there are:

Mark Poster - Professor of History and Film & Media Studies, 
University of California, Irvine (USA) 

Francois Jost - Professor of University Paris-3, Department of 
Audiovisual Communications and Cinema (France) 

Andrei Gornykh - Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences, European 
Humanities University (Belarus - Lithuania) 

Nerijus Milerius - Associate Professor of the Department of 
Philosophy, Vilnius University (Lithuania) 

Benjamin Cope - Director of academic program at Zacheta National 
Gallery of Art (Poland - UK) 

Almira Ousmanova - Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences, 
European Humanities University (Belarus - Lithuania) 

Project directors - Almira Ousmanova and Andrei Gornykh.

Application procedure and eligibility:

The potential candidates should qualify the following criteria:
 - to be junior university faculty, teaching in subjects related to 
   Media and Visual Culture (and affiliated with the Depts. of Media 
   Studies, Information and Communication, Culturology, Design of Visual 
   Media, Film Studies, Sociology)
 - to have proficiency in English and Russian (the two working 
   languages of the project).

Preference will be given to those who combine teaching with creative 
activities (film production, work in mass media or advertising, etc.).

The application package should include the following documents:

 - Application (to be written in English, please include your name, 
   surname, year of birth, country of residence, name of the affiliated 
   institution and position, courses taught, highest academic degree, 
   degree-granting institution and year, your research interest, language 
   ability, contact information)  
 - Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications (in English)  

 - Statement of Purpose (a brief description of the applicants' 
   current professional interests and goals, of how the theme of the 
   project corresponds to their academic background and current 
   professional activities, how they see the participation in the project 
   would enhance their academic and professional development, how they 
   can effectively contribute to the program (optional - English or Russian)  
 - Writing sample on the theme of the project or a Syllabus of an 
   academic course developed or taught by the applicant in the subject of 
   the project (optional - English or Russian) 

Deadline for applications is July 10, 2007. Applications are to be 
submitted in electronic format via e-mail.


Contact information for applicants:
Elena Khloptseva, project coordinator
Postal address: Kraziu str., 25, LT 01108, Lithuania
e-mail: e.khloptseva(a)gmail.com

PROG. INFO.- Intensive Modern Uyghur Language Course at ILCAA (Tokyo,JAPAN)

Posted by: Jun Sugawara <sugawara(a)uighur.jp>
Posted: 25 May 2007


PROG. INFO.- Intensive Modern Uyghur Language Course at ILCAA (Tokyo,JAPAN)

Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and 
Africa(ILCAA*),offers an intensive Modern Uyghur language course on 
August-September:

The Summer course will be all-day long, Monday through Friday, from 
August 6 through September 7, 2007.

Instructors:
Jun Sugawara, IAGC research fellow, ILCAA
Aysima Mirsultan, Ph.D. student, Georg August University(GERMANY)

Fee
90,000 JPY(textbooks and the other materials are included)
CAUTION: Instructors uses Japanese and Modern Uyghur languages only.

Deadline for Application: June 22
The application form is available at:
http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/project/language/application-form.doc
(It should be filled in Japanese language)

Website(in Japanese)
http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/aa03_gengo_j.html

For more information contact:
Ms.Kaori Takasaka,
Research Promotion Devision,
ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
3-11-1 Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo 183-8534 JAPAN
telephone: +81-42-330-5603
e-Mail: <takasaka_kaori(a)tufs.ac.jp>

The Research Institute for the Languages and Cultures of Asia and 
Africa (ILCAA) is the first institution to be designated as an 
Inter-University Institution in humanities and social sciences in 
Japan. The mission of Inter-University Institutions is to promote 
multi-disciplinary research by means of providing research materials 
and facilities for scholars who belong to various universities and 
institutions of the country.

PROG. INFO- 12th Annual Central Asian Dance Camp, June 14-17, DC

Posted by: Laurel Victoria Gray (Graykhanum(a)aol.com)
Posted: 23 May 2007


PROG. INFO- 12th Annual Central Asian Dance Camp, June 14-17, DC


12th Annual Central Asian Dance Camp
"Babur's Legacy: Exploring Uzbek-Indian Connections" 
June 14 - 17, 2007

Under the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan and 
co-sponsored by

the Uzbek Dance and Culture Society, World Arts Focus, and the Indian 
Dance Educators Association (IDEA)

www.uzbekdance.org
www.silkroaddance.com
www.worldartsfocus.org

Dance Camp to Explore Uzbek-Indian Connections

Washington, DC "The Moghul Empire's impact on dance will be the focus 
of the 12th Annual Central Asian Dance Camp, Babur's Legacy: Exploring 
Uzbek-Indian Connections Classes with international instructors are 
scheduled to take place in the Metro DC area from June 14 -17,  at the 
new  Joe's Movement Emporium facility in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

Although Uzbek classical dance comes from an Islamic culture and North 
Indian court dance springs from Hindu roots, these diverse forms 
interacted and evolved under the Moghul dynasty founded by Babur. For 
Uzbeks, Babur is a much-admired hero and poet; for Indians, he is 
remembered as a cruel conqueror. But from either perspective, Babur is 
recognized as the founder of the Moghul dynasty that blended Central 
Asian Islamic culture with North Indian Hindu traditions. The cross 
pollination of these Central Asian and Indian traditions flowered in a 
court culture remarkable for music, dance, and poetry. Its 
architectural signature is the Taj Mahal. One of the most vibrant 
results of this cultural interaction remains today in the classical 
dance genre known as Kathak which developed into its contemporary form 

at the Moghul courts.

Central Asian Dance Camp (CADC) participants will have the opportunity 
to explore the historical, cultural and artistic links between 
Uzbekistan and India with international guest instructors. Traditional 
Uzbek dance will be taught by Qizlarhon Dustmuhamedova, who has earned 
the title of People's Artist of Uzbekistan; she lives in Tashkent. 
Jayantee Payne, Asha Vattakutti, and Christel Stevens and " all 
members of the Indian Dance Educators Association (IDEA)" will present 
classes on various aspects of North Indian dance. 

Daily sessions on history, culture and costuming will augment dance 
training. Indian food will be served at the lunch breaks. A special 
bazaar featuring costumes, traditional crafts and jewelry will be open 
for campers and the public before and after the dance sessions.

The sumptuous beauty of the Moghul court will come alive at an evening 
concert featuring the guest instructors and DC's award-winning Silk 
Road Dance Company at the Gunston Theater One in Arlington, VA on 
Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 PM. The performance -- titled Gul Bahaar or 
"spring flower" -- celebrates Uzbek, Indian, and Persian dance forms 
that interacted and influenced each other. Classical pieces and 
folkloric dances will be presented in lavish, colorful costumes and 
selections from Babur's famous literary work, the Babur Nama, will 
help set the scene. Appearances by guest Uzbek musicians are also planned.

In 1995, the Uzbek Dance and Culture Society instituted the Central 
Asian Dance Camp to encourage the study of these rare forms in the US. 
 The CADC has been presented at many venues in the Metro DC area, 
including the Embassy of Uzbekistan in 2000.

12th Annual Central Asian Dance Camp Schedule
Babur's Legacy: Exploring Uzbek-Indian Connections

Thursday, June
7:00 - 9:30 pm Introduction to Uzbek Dance  with Qizlarhon Dustmuhamedova 

Friday, June 15
10:00 - 12:30 pm Classical Persian Dance with Laurel Victoria Gray
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch Break catered by Indian restaurant
1:30 -2:00pm Video Viewing: Moghul dance depicted in Indian movies
2:00 - 4:30 pm Bukharan and Khorezm dance with Qizlarhon Dustmuhamedova
7:00 - 9:30 pm Introduction to Indian Gestures & Dance Steps with 
Christel Stevens

Saturday, June 16
10:00 - 12:30 pm Uzbek Dance with Qizlarhon Dustmuhamedova
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch Break catered by Indian restaurant
1:30 -2:00 pm Historical Overview; Babur and the Moghuls 
2:00 - 4:30 pm Introduction to the Basics of Kathak Dance with Jayantee Payne
7:30 pm "Gul Bahaar" concert  at Gunston Theater One in Arlington, VA

Sunday, June 17
10:30 - 1:00 pm Uzbek Ferghana choreography with  Qizlarhon Dustmuhamedova
1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch Break catered by Indian restaurant
2:00 -2:30 pm Uzbek and Moghul costuming
2:30 - 5:00 pm Introduction to Qawwali Dance with Asha Vattakutti

Class Fees:
$45 advance/$50 at door per single daytime or evening workshop
$90 advance/$100 at door per day session, vegetarian Indian lunch included
$340 package for all camp sessions, 3 lunches, Saturday concert

PROG. INFO- Managing Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation, June 5-9, INTRAC

Posted by: Kazbek Abraliev <kazbek.abraliev(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 23 May 2007


PROG. INFO- Managing Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation, June 5-9, INTRAC


INTRAC's Training Course "Managing Participatory Monitoring and 
Evaluation" June 5-9, 2007 (5 days, residential, in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan) 

We have pleasure in sending you information about INTRACs Open 
Training workshop - "Managing Participatory Monitoring and 
Evaluation".  This workshop will be run on June 5-9, 2007 (5 days, 
residential, in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan ).

Description: 

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is essential in providing greater 
accountability, together with our organization's need to learn from 
and build on its experiences.  You will understand the purposes, the 
stakeholder perspectives, and expected outcomes, build skills to 
manage and use different methods, and become successful at designing 

and implementing M&E systems. 

Objectives: 
 - Examine the purposes of monitoring and evaluation
 - Discuss the evolution of approaches to monitoring and evaluation 
   and the reasons for the emergence of participatory methods
 - Look at the different information requirements of a range of 
   stakeholders and how to involve them 
 - Explore the contributions of other stakeholder perceptions and realities
 - Identify which participatory tools to use in different circumstances
 - Identify issues around impact assessment and the monitoring and 
   evaluation of intangibles 
 - Examine issues around managing the process
 - Explore ways of ensuring institutional learning

Residential course, which includes course materials, accommodation, 
refreshments and meals during the course. 

To apply for this course or to find out more about INTRAC Open 
Training Programme in Central Asia, please contact: Burma Baitokoeva, 
Programme Officer 

Email: icap(a)intrac.kg 

INTRAC Central Asia Programme, 
Regional Office, 107 Kievskaya (3rd Floor)
Bishkek 720001, Kyrgyz Republic
Tel: + 996 312 611402
Fax: + 996 312 611277 

INTRAC is a non-profit organisation working in the international  
development and relief sector. We support non-governmental 
organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) around the 
world by helping to explore policy issues, and by strengthening 
management and organisational effectiveness.  http:// www.intrac.org

PROG. INFO- Community Connections Program for Disease Prevention Specialists in Tajikistan

Posted by: Nisso Rahmonova <rahmonova(a)americancouncils.tj>
Posted: 14 May 2007


PROG. INFO- Community Connections Program for Disease Prevention Specialists

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has the 
honor of announcing a Community Connections Program for Communicable 
Diseases Prevention specialists in Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast.

A total of ten experts will be selected in an open competition to go 
on a three-week training in the U.S. Successful candidates will be 
active leaders in this field and be residing in towns and districts of 
GBAO.  Candidates are not required to know English.

Application Deadline - June 1, 2007, 17:00

Applications are available at www.cc-car.org , by email request from 
rahmonova(a)americancouncils.tj , and from the location below.  Program 
presentations and application consultation are also scheduled:

Khorog:
Secondary School #2, Internet Learning Center 
(35222)  2-28-26, 2-24-95
Presentation/Consultations:
Wednesday - Thursday 
May 16 - 17, 2007
10:00 to 16:00

Dushanbe:
American Councils Office
86 Tolstoy Street (behind Pedagogical University)
(992 37) 2212103/2211795
Consultations:
Monday - Friday, 
12:00 to 13:00

For more information call American Councils at (992 37) 2212103 / 2211795

PROG. INFO- Masters in Political Science (Central Asia), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Posted by: Dinara Asanbaeva <d.asanbaeva(a)osce-academy.net>
Posted: 2 May 2007


PROG. INFO- Masters in Political Science (Central Asia), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

OSCE Academy

Call for Applications (non-Central Asia applicants only)
Master Program in Political Science (Central Asia) 2007/2008

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek invites applications for the Master 
Program in Political Science (Central Asia). The program starts in 
September 2007.
Objective

The Master Program in Political Science (Central Asia) is designed for 
junior experts who have successfully completed their undergraduate 
studies or are in their final year of studies at an accredited higher 
education institution within or outside Central Asia. The aim of the 
program is to give students an opportunity to study political science 
and international relations in depth; to strengthen analytical and 
critical abilities; to meet and be taught by leading academics, 
experts and representatives of international organizations. 


Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must meet the following admission criteria:
1. Academic degree of higher education (BA, MA, MSc, Diploma) in a 
   related field from a Central Asian or foreign institution of
higher education;
2. Excellent knowledge of Russian and English;
3. Applicants should not be older than 32 years on 1 September 2007;
4. Applicants should be residents/citizens of any country out of Central Asia. 

Financing
The OSCE Academy in Bishkek covers travel expenses inside Central Asia 
to and from Bishkek and health insurance, and provides monthly grants 
of 150 Euros plus additional housing allowance. Child allowance is 
available upon request. 

Applications documents:
Application Form; 
Two (2) Reference Letters; 
The English Language Knowledge Form or a copy of TOEFL or IELTS 
official score report; 
Copies of secondary education certificate (attestat); 
Copies of diplomas, degree certificates, and transcripts; 

All application documents are available online under: www.osce-academy.net

Complete applications must be received by May 25, 2007.

For further information, please also contact Ms. Dinara Asanbaeva by 
phone: +996 (312) 54-12-00, or email: master(a)osce-academy.net.

PROG. INFO- Community Connections Program for Women in Khatlon Oblast, TJ

Posted by: Nisso Rahmonova <rahmonova(a)americancouncils.tj>
Posted: 25 Apr 2007


PROG. INFO- Community Connections Program for Women in Khatlon Oblast, TJ

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has the 
honor of announcing a Community Connections Program for Young Women 
Leaders in Khatlon Oblast.

A total of ten women will be selected in an open 
competition.Applicants must be 40 years old or younger, and be 
residing in Khatlon Oblast. Successful candidates will be active 
leaders in their community and/or professional field.  Candidates are 
not required to know English.

Application Deadline - May 25, 2007
Applications are available at www.cc-car.org , by email request from 
zmuhiddinova(a)americancouncils.tj , and from the locations below.  
Program presentations and application consultation are also scheduled:

Kurgan-Tube:
"Payom" Office
Apt. 15, 1 Borbad Street
(8 3222) 2-53-25

Presentation/Consultations:
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
9:00 to 15:00
Kulyab:
"Khatlon-Press" Office
7 Tomina Street (office is located on the 3rd floor of old hotel 
Kulob) (8 3322) 3-03-43

Presentation/Consultations:
Thursday, May 3, 2007
9:00 to 15:00
Dushanbe:
American Councils Office
86 Tolstoy Street (behind Pedagogical University)
(992 37) 2212103/2211795

For more information call American Councils at (992 37) 2212103 / 2211795
or email Nisso Rahmonova at rahmonova(a)americancouncils.tj  

Nisso Rahmonova
Program Manager
Community Connections Program/USAID
86 Tolstoy Street
Dushanbe, Tajikistan 734003
Phone/Fax: (992 37) 2212103; 2211795

Mob: (992 917) 713178
Website: www.cc-car.org 

PROG. INFO.- National Historiographies in Post-Soviet Central Asia, Almaty

Posted by: Ablet Kamalov <akamalov(a)bilim.kz>/<abletk(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 19 Apr 2007


PROG. INFO.- National Historiographies in Post-Soviet Central Asia, Almaty

Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (ReSET) project
"National Historiographies in post-Soviet Central Asia",
Central Asian Resource Center, Educational Center 'Bilim-Central
Asia', Almaty, Kazakhstan

Central Asian Resource Center, Educational Center 'Bilim-Central
Asia', Almaty, Kazakhstan is delighted to announce the beginning of
the project "National Historiographies in post-Soviet Central Asia"
supported by HESP OSI program of Regional Seminar for Excellence in
Teaching (ReSET).  This is 3-year project aiming at improvement of

teaching History disciplines at higher educational institutions in
Central Asia.  The project is designed for young faculty from Central
Asian and other former Soviet republics and aims at improvement of
teaching History at higher educational institutions.

Activities planned within the frame of the project will be devoted to
a wide range of problems and topics related to the formation of
National histories in Central Asia with a special focus on development
of national historiographies in the Post-Soviet period.  The History
writing process in the region will be examined from various
perspectives based on theories and concepts existing in social
sciences.  Discussions will address new trends in contemporary
Historical studies, among which will be existence of national
histories in the era of globalization and new approaches reflecting
new visions on a global history of human society.  Targeting primarily
young university teachers from Central Asia the program will provide
them with an opportunity to incorporate research into teaching
curricula and develop innovative courses in National historiographies
of Central Asia and improve their teaching excellence in the
discipline.

The first summer session "From Muslim Historiography to National
Histories: History writing process at the nation building stage" will
be held on 1- 22 July 2007 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  This session will
focus on revealing the role of History in political, social and
historical life of Central Asia from historical and contemporary
perspectives. It will give an insight to the early forms of
historiography in Central Asia and the role of historians in the
region during different periods with the special focus on Muslim
historiography and its distinguishing features.  It will examine how
transition from Muslim historiography to national historiography
occurred in the course of new enlightenment and nationalist movements
of the turn of the XIX-XX cc. and particularities of the History
writing process in the Soviet and post Soviet periods.

Organizers of the project and its first summer session are delighted
to invite young faculty to apply for participation in the project.
Applicants must be pursing a career in teaching history of Central
Asia at the undergraduate university level/doing research on Central
Asian history.  Working language is Russian, but knowledge of English
will be a plus.  Target participants will be drawn from the Central
Asian region, though participants from other former Soviet countries
are also welcome to apply.

Applicants are required to submit CV, writing sample and statement of
purpose (not more than 500 words) to akamalov(a)bilim.kz not later than
20 May 2007.

For further information, please contact Ablet Kamalov at
akamalov(a)bilim.kz and abletk(a)yahoo.com 

PROG. INFO- Deadline Extended, Baga Chuluu Gazaryn Archeological Project

Posted by: Jeannine Davis-Kimball <jkimball(a)csen.org>
Posted: 13 Apr 2007


PROG. INFO- Deadline Extended, Baga Chuluu Gazaryn Archeological Project

Notice to students and others interested in archaeology
Extended deadline: May 15, 2007

Deadline for applications for the Baga Chuluu Gazaryn archaeological 
project in south central Mongolia, Middle Gobi province, approximately 
50 km north of the city of Mandalgov' (N 46°01' E 106°12'), which 
includes excavation of Hsiung-nu burials, has been extended to May 15. 
All information, including application forms, is on the CSEN website 
at http://csen.org. Address questions to Jeannine Davis-Kimball at 
jkimball.csen.org

PROG. INFO- Intensive Summer Persian Language Course at CSUF

Posted by: Nader Rastegar <ispahan1900(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 12 Apr 2007


PROG. INFO- Intensive Summer Persian Language Course at CSUF

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) to offer an intensive 
Persian Studies Program beginning this Summer:

For more information contact:
Professor Touraj Daryaee, Associate Prof. of History & Chair of the 
History Dept. CSUF
P.O. Box 6846
Fullerton, CA 92834-6846
Telephone Number:  714-278-3673
e-Mail: <tdaryaee(a)Exchange.FULLERTON.EDU>

As part of a California State University Strategic Language 
Initiative*, California State University, Fullerton, is initiating an 
intensive immersion Persian language program.

The program begins with an intensive, six-week Summer course followed 
by additional courses in the Fall.

Deadline for Application:  April 20, 2007.  Those admitted will 
receive scholarship support that will cover virtually all expenses 
including free campus housing.

The Summer course will be all-day long, Monday through Friday, from 
June 25 through August 3, 2007.

The successful course students will earn college credits.  And will be 
introduced to Persian meals, cultural activities, and entertainment.

Starting from Fall, the students will be offered more Persian Studies 
classes.  The program will culminate in the Summer of 2008 with a 
study abroad project.  All related expenses - including books, travel, 
field trips, and room & board - will be paid for through scholarships.

CSUF has been offering classes in Persian for past several years.  
Persian is now considered to be a "strategic language" by the U.S. 
Department of Defense and State Department.  It is chosen to be 
critical for national security, diplomacy, intelligence-gathering, 
international business, and developing deeper levels of cross-cultural 
understanding.

Students may also contact Ghazzal Dabiri, the Director of CSUF's 
Persian Studies Program, at 714-278-3534 or at 
<http://hss.fullerton.edu/hss/persian>.
<http://campusapps.fullerton.edu/news/inside/2007/persian.html>

The California State University Strategic Language Initiative was 
designed to teach Persian, Arabic, Korean, and Chinese so Americans 
can work more effectively with the citizens of countries where those 
languages are spoken.  Other campuses participating in the Strategic 
Language Initiative are California State University, Long Beach 
(Chinese); California State University, San Bernardino (Arabic); 
California State University, Los Angeles (Korean); and California 
State University, Northridge (Russian).

PROG. INFO.- Summer Workshop, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, July 16 - August 5, 2007

Posted by: Humanities Education - Central Asian Partnership <estegul(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 9 Apr 2007


PROG. INFO.- Summer Workshop, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, July 16 - August 5, 2007

Workshop on Research Skills Development and Place-Based Writing within 
the project "Introduction of place-based education to Central Asian 
university instructors, teachers, and students" will be held by Public 
Fund "Humanities Education - Central Asian Partnership" with the 
financial support of the Christensen Fund. 

Instructors: Gary J. Martin, Director, Global Diversity Foundation 
(GDF) Anthony Sattin, Writer, Critic and Broadcaster

Language: English - Russian. Translation will be provided. 

Synopsis: 

The given workshop is the beginning of the long-term project on 
development of ethno-ecological studies, which is especially relevant 
from the point of view of preservation natural and cultural heritage 
of the different people of Central Asia. The workshop is called upon 
to assist teachers and students interested to work at the joint of 
ecology and culture investigating interrelations of a human with the 
environment. T he workshop is directed to educating university 
instructors/school teachers and students with techniques and materials 
of place-based writing emphasizing developing abilities of visual and 
sensor perception of landscape and environment in writings and 
research; to teach anthropological research skills on collecting 
traditional knowledge of local people related to nature management; 
how to work with row data in order to interpret it in scholarly 
product. During the workshop the field trips will be organized, during 
which participants will be observing cultural connection to the land 
and practicing themselves in place-based writings. During workshop 
participants will obtain practical skills in using digital cameras and 
audio tape recorders. There will be awards for the best works of 
participants; piloting small projects for conducting field research 
with application of received skills aimed at collecting and describing 
materials on traditional knowledge in rural places. 

Teachers, researchers, graduate and post-graduate students from 
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are welcomed to apply for the workshop.  

Deadline: April 25, 2007

Terms of competition: Only selected applicants will be notified and 
invited to interview. The expenses connected with participation in the 
workshop will be covered by organizers. English language skills are 
preferable. 

To receive the application and essay forms, please, contact Estegul 
Eshimova, Project Coordinator at hecap(a)jet.kg  or estegul(a)gmail.com

The application forms and essays should be sent to: hecap(a)jet.kg   or 
estegul(a)gmail.com

PROG. INFO.- Master's Degree in Int'l Relations & Russian Studies, Bilkent U.

Posted by: Hasan Ali Karasar <karasar(a)bilkent.edu.tr>
Posted: 3 Apr 2007

PROG. INFO.- Master's Degree in Int'l Relations & Russian Studies, Bilkent U.


PROGRAM INFO.- Master's Degree in Int'l Relations & Russian Studies, Bilkent U.

Call for Applications

Master's Degree in International Relations and Russian Studies

Center for Russian Studies of the International Relations Department 
of Bilkent University presents Call for Applications for 2007/2008 
Master's  Degree Program in International Relations-Russian Studies track.

Master of International Relations and Russian Studies at Bilkent is an 
intensive two-year program focusing not only on Russia proper but the 
greater "Eurasian" landmass where the Russian Empire, at the beginning 
of the 20th century, ruled over. The program starts with a 
12-hours-a-week intensive Russian language training and the 
fundamentals of Russian history, politics, economics, demography, and 
international relations. Students at the program are also encouraged 
to focus their research on the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Black Sea regions.

The teaching activities involve renowned scholars coming from Russia, 
the US, and Europe. The students are able to take elective courses 
from a very wide range of Bilkent offerings. 

Bilkent is also the center of attraction for many heads of states, 
leaders and politicians visiting Ankara for delivering lectures, 
seminars and conferences.

The Russian Studies Program is able to offer a limited number of full 
and half tuition waivers and research assistantships based on the 

merit of each candidate.

The application form and additional information are available at the 
webpages of the Department of International Relations at: 
http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/~ir/ 
and the Center for Russian Studies at Bilkent at: 

http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/~crs/

The deadline for submitting the full application package is May 31, 2007.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Hasan Ali Karasar,
Center for Russian Studies, Bilkent University
Bilkent, Ankara
Turkey
Tel: +90 312 290 2177
Fax: +90 312 266 4326
E-mail: karasar(a)bilkent.edu.tr

PROG. INFO- 2007 Summer Research Lab, U Illinois, deadlines: April 1 & 15

Posted by: Lynda Park <lypark(a)uiuc.edu>
Posted: 3 Apr 2007

PROG. INFO- 2007 Summer Research Lab, U Illinois, deadlines: April 1 & 15


2007 Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia
June 11 - August 3
University of Illinois

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the Slavic and 
East European Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 
are pleased to announce its 2007 Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, 
Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, June 11 - August 3.  Please check the 
website for the full list of programs, eligibility, and application 
information: http://www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/srl.html

The SRL enables scholars to conduct advanced research in Russian, East 
European and Eurasian Studies.  Lab associates are given full access 
to the collection and resources of the University of Illinois Library, 
the largest Slavic collection west of Washington, DC, and are able to 
seek assistance from the Slavic Reference Service staff.  The SRL 
provides an opportunity for specialists to keep current on knowledge 
and research in the field, to access newly available and archival 
materials, and disseminate knowledge to other scholars, professionals, 
government officials, and the public.  The Summer Lab is an ideal 
program for doctoral students conducting pre-dissertation/dissertation 
research.

The following persons are eligible to apply to the Summer Lab:
 - Faculty or graduate students at a university or college who are 
   teaching and/or doing research on the region.
 - Individuals who have a PhD and are doing research on the region, 
   even if this expertise is not being used in current employment.
 - Individuals working in an area of government, NGOs or business 
   related to the region, regardless of academic training.
 - Librarians specializing in the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian field.

Application Deadlines:
Housing Grants: for non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents  1 April
for U.S. citizens and permanent residents  15 April
Graduate Student Travel Grants: for U.S. citizens and permanent 
residents only  15 April
Lab Only (no housing grant): for guaranteed housing availability 15 
April, or at least 2 weeks prior to arrival (housing not guaranteed)

2007 SUMMER RESEARCH LAB PROGRAMS
http://www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/SRL2007/programs.html

Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum
"Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as Writer, Myth-Maker and Public Figure in the 
21st Century"
June 14-16, 314 Illini Union
Faculty Organizer: Richard Tempest (Associate Professor of Slavic 
Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois)

Central Asia-Caucasus Studies Training Workshop for Junior Scholars
"From Chechnya to Kabul: New Directions in Central Asian and Caucasus Studies"
June 26-28
Moderator: Douglas Northrop (Associate Professor of History and Near 
Eastern Studies, University of Michigan)

Balkan Studies Training Workshop for Junior Scholar
"Building Balkan Studies: Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives"
June 27-29
Moderator: Victor Friedman (Andrew Mellon Professor in Slavic 
Languages and Literatures and Linguistics, University of Chicago)

SRS Individualized Research Practicum
Duration of the Lab
The Slavic Reference Service offers Individualized Research Practicum 
to select Summer Lab associates. Associates can apply using the SRL 
application.

Voluntary Discussion Groups and Workshops
Questions about specific groups should be addressed directly to the 
group coordinator.

Early Russian History, June 11-15
Coordinator:  Ann Kleimola, Department of History, University of 
Nebraska, kleimola(a)unlinfo.unl.edu

Slavic Digital Text Workshop: From Medieval Texts to Geo-Cultural Data 
(GIS), June 9-12
Coordinator: Miranda Remnek, Slavic and East European Library, 
University of Illinois, mremnek(a)uiuc.edu
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/spx/slw-dtw/DTW2007.htm

For more information contact the Russian, East European and Eurasian 
Center at the University of Illinois at reec(a)uiuc.edu, 217.333.1244.

The Summer Research Lab is funded in part by the U.S. State Department 
Title VIII grant, the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, and 
generous contributions from private donors.

PROG. INFO.- Lake Baikal Ecotour and Volunteer Summer Camps

Posted by: Elena Agarkova <eagarkova(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 3 Apr 2007


PROG. INFO.- Lake Baikal Ecotour and Volunteer Summer Camps


This summer presents a chance to visit Lake Baikal, one of the most 
spectacular World Heritage Sites, while helping support local 
conservation efforts.  The Great Baikal Trail Association, together 
with its American partners Tahoe-Baikal Institute and Earth Island 
Institute, are offering another eco-tour of Baikal's nature reserves 
and cultural attractions.  Boyd Norton, a famous nature photographer 
who is also an author of a book about Baikal, will lead the tour.  All 
profits will go to benefit local conservation organizations, national 
parks, and local residents.

For additional details please take a look at the full description of 
the ecotour:

http://www.earthisland.org/ecotours/ecotours/eurasia/baikal/summer.html

Another unique way to see this incredible region of Siberia is by 
participating in one of the Great Baikal Trail's camps this summer.  

Volunteers from all over the world live on the shores of Lake Baikal 
for two weeks, contribute to developing eco-tourism by building a 
1,300 mile-long recreational trail, immerse themselves in indigenous 
culture, and make a meaningful contribution to the needs of local communities. 

For more information please visit the GBT website:

www.greatbaikaltrail.org

PROG. INFO.- Master Program in Political Science (Central Asia), Bishkek, KG

Posted by: Dinara Asanbaeva <d.asanbaeva(a)osce-academy.net>
Posted: 14 Mar 2007


PROG. INFO.- Master Program in Political Science (Central Asia), Bishkek, KG

OSCE Academy

Call for Applications
Master Program in Political Science (Central Asia) 2007/2008

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek invites applications for the Master 
Program in Political Science (Central Asia). The program starts in 
September 2007.
Objective

The Master Program in Political Science (Central Asia) is designed for 
junior experts who have successfully completed their undergraduate 
studies or are in their final year of studies at an accredited higher 
education institution within or outside Central Asia. The aim of the 
program is to give students an opportunity to study political science 
and international relations in depth; to strengthen analytical and 
critical abilities; to meet and be taught by leading academics, 
experts and representatives of international organizations. 

Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must meet the following admission criteria:
1. Successful completion of an academic degree of higher education 
   (BA, MA, MSc, Diploma) in a related field from a Central Asian or 
   foreign institution of higher education;
2. Excellent knowledge of Russian and English;
3. The applicants should not be older than 32 years on 1 September 2007;
4. Citizenship preferably of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, 
   Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. Students from other OSCE participating and 
   partner States can be accepted for the program on a limited basis. 

Financing

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek covers travel expenses inside Central Asia 
to and from Bishkek and health insurance, and provides monthly grants 
of 150 Euros plus additional housing allowance. Child allowance is 
available upon request. 

Applications documents:
Application Form; 
Two (2) Reference Letters; 
The English Language Knowledge Form or a copy of TOEFL or IELTS 
official score report; 
Copies of secondary education certificate (attestat); 
Copies of diplomas, degree certificates, and transcripts; 

All application documents are available online under: www.osce-academy.net

Complete applications must be received by April 15, 2007.

For further information, please also contact the OSCE Academy in 
Bishkek by phone: +996 (312) 54-12-00, or email under: master(a)osce-academy.net.

PROG. INFO.- 3rd Int'l Summer School in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Email Change

Posted by: Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University <summerschool.manas(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 13 Mar 2007


PROG. INFO.- 3rd Int'l Summer School in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Email Change

Please note that there is some trouble with Internet connections with 
previous e-mail address that is why we have opened another one. You 
can write, send information and ask questions to 
<summerschool.manas(a)gmail.com> 

Let me remind you that Kyrgyz-Turkish University "MANAS" is organizing 
the International Summer School in the Kyrgyz Republic that provide 
the participants with traditional and modern art, archeology, 
folklore, literature, music, history, performing arts and Central 
Asian and Kyrgyz social and political life. 

More detailed information is accessible on our site www.summerschool.manas.kg
Deadline for accepting applications is 1 May 2007

Third International Summer School in Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan Global Cornerstone

History, culture, language, literature, anthropology, sociology, 
geography, economics, current affairs, art, drama, folk music 

Program dates: July 13-31, 2007

Venue: Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The 2007 Manas University International Summer School explores aspects 
of traditional Central Asian life, nomadic Kyrgyz culture and history 
together with the distinguished scholars and artists of Central Asian region.

The Summer School program establishes the ground for substantial 
debate on the development of modern Kyrgyzstan and it's place within the world.

The International Summer School provides the participants with 
opportunities for examining all walks of life, such as traditional and 
modern art, archeology, folklore, literature, music, history, 
performing arts and Central Asian and Kyrgyz social and political 
life. Lectures and seminars are coupled with visits, tourism, 
mountaineering, feeling the nature of Central Asia and enjoying 
nomadic lifestyle and a capital town life in Central Asia. Lectures 
will be given by members of internationally well-known scholars and artists.  

The overall participation cost of the International Summer School is 
1,300 USD per participant. This covers tuition and accommodation 
expenses, all meals and evening programs, field tours and sightseeing travels. 

Online application: http://www.summerschool.manas.kg/form/index.php 

Find out more at: 
www.summerschool.manas.kg

International Summer School Office
Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University
56, Mira Avenue, Bishkek
Kyrgyzstan
Phone: +996 (312) 55 27 52 ext. 11 09
Fax: +996 (312) 54 39 65
Email: summerschool.manas(a)gmail.com
Webpage: www.summerschool.manas.kg

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS- "Building Anthropology in Eurasia" Seminar in Kyrgyzstan

Posted by: Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus <centasia(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 8 Mar 2007


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS- "Building Anthropology in Eurasia" Seminar in Kyrgyzstan

Program on "Building Anthropology in Eurasia" - ReSET

  - Three-year program
  - First year summer session at Isiq Qol (Issyk Kul), Kyrgyzstan,
    July 15 - August 3
  - Supported by: Open Society Institute, Higher Education Support Program
    under the Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (ReSET) program


"Building Anthropology in Eurasia"

Discipline:     Social and Cultural Anthropology
Project Period: June 2007 - May 2010
Target Region:  "Eurasia": Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan,
                 Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Armenia,
                 Azerbaijan, Georgia, Mongolia, Southern Russia, and
                 Western China (Xinijang and Inner Mongolia); those
                 from outside this region may be able to participate
                 on certain terms (see below)
Host:           Aigine Cultural Research Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
                 (in cooperation with the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology
                 and Archaeology at American University-Central Asia,
                 Bishkek, and the Program on Central Asia and the
                 Caucasus at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA)
Working Lang.:  English (required)
Co-directors:   Aida A. Alymbaeva (AUCA), John Schoeberlein (Harvard
                 Univ.), Mukaram Toktogulova (AUCA)
Contact:        Aida A. Alymbaeva <mailto:aaly(at)mail.auca.kg>
Appl. Deadline: April 15, 2007

We invite you to become a participant in something new and exciting.
Anthropology, as known elsewhere in the world, did not exist in the
Soviet Union, and has been very slow to develop in the post-Soviet
space.  The Regional Seminar on "Building Anthropology in Eurasia"
will undertake to provide a substantial beginning for anthropology to
scholars in this new space.

If you are an aspiring anthropologist, or if you are a scholar of
culture, society, politics, history, etc. and would like to learn more
about anthropological approaches, we encourage you to join us.  This
will be an extraordinary gathering in its way:  We will begin with
three weeks on the shores of the "pearl of Central Asia" -- Isiq Qol
(Issyk Kul), "the hot lake" nestled in the spectacular mountains of
the Alatau.  We will bring together world-prominent faculty -- notably
three professors from Harvard University -- and an aspiring younger
generation of scholars to explore anthropology and its potential to
inspire and give grounding to scholarship in and of the region.  We
will challenge many common assumptions, explore innovative approaches
to research and teaching, and create a small community of the
"anthropologically inspired."

Anthropology, in international scholarship, occupies a special
position.  It overlaps with essentially all social science fields and
many fields of the humanities.  What distinguishes anthropology is its
theoretical frameworks, its fine-grained field methodology, and its
holistic approach, which seeks to understand all social and cultural
phenomena in their rich and complex context.  In international
scholarship, there has been a tremendous flow of ideas and approaches
from anthropology to other fields, for example, with anthropological
qualitative methods (e.g., participant observation, life history)
assuming an important role in fields such as sociology or social
history, and theoretical approaches borrowed widely, for example, by
political scientists studying "clans" or patronage networks, and
historians studying religion.  Because non-anthropologists in Eurasia
are largely unfamiliar with anthropology, they are also unfamiliar
with the ways that other fields internationally have benefited from
inputs from anthropology, and there are many new approaches to be
explored.

ReSET on "Building Anthropology in Eurasia"

This Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (ReSET), like others,
involves a group of about 25 younger faculty from the region -- in
this case, the region of Eurasia (see definition below) -- and a group
of resource faculty who work together over three years: We will meet
for about three weeks each summer and interact in other ways through
the rest of the three-year period.  The goal is to pursue activities
which will strengthen university-level teaching of anthropology,
whether it be in courses on anthropology or in university departments
teaching related fields while employing anthropological approaches.
Important components of this ReSET include building an understanding
of how anthropology is pursued in research, and how research is
integrated with the undergraduate teaching process.

The Seminar will explore seven key dimensions relevant to building
anthropology in this region, looking at: 1) how anthropologists are
trained, 2) how theory and thematic issues serve to inspire
anthropological research, 3) how research is conducted, 4) how one
participates in the international network of anthropological
scholarship to obtain grants, break through in publications, etc.,
5) how anthropology is written for various purposes, 6) the ethical
considerations which guide anthropologists, and 7) the ways that
anthropology can contribute to the analysis of Eurasian cultures
and societies.

At the end of the first three-week session of the Seminar,
participants will have: 1) had the opportunity to gain a close
acquaintance with internationally prominent anthropologists and
anthropologists studying Eurasian societies, 2) gained an in-depth
exposure to anthropology as it is relevant today, especially for the
purposes of teaching and doing research in this region, 3) had the
opportunity to interact substantively and establish friendships with
colleagues with similar interests, and 4) begun work on research and
teaching projects which will build a grounding in anthropology in
their own careers.  Furthermore, while the program will be intensive
and demanding, and it will aim to challenge you and provoke you to
assimilate new approaches, we will do all of this in the beautiful and
relaxing environment of the shores of the Isiq Qol, with time also to
enjoy nature's beauty, the pristine waters, and the company of colleagues.

This ReSET is organized by co-directors Aida Alymbaeva (American
University-Central Asia=AUCA), John Schoeberlein (Harvard University),
and Mukaram Toktogulova (AUCA).  The institutional host is the Aigine
Cultural Research Center in Bishkek (where Alymbaeva is also
affiliated), in cooperation with the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology
and Archaeology at AUCA and the Program on Central Asia and the
Caucasus at Harvard University.  The Core Resource Faculty of the
ReSET, in addition to the three co-directors, include Gulnara Aitpaeva
(Aigine), Theodore Bestor (Harvard), and Michael Herzfeld (Harvard).
See the full list of resource faculty below.

Project Activities

During the first summer session, there will be a variety of
activities, including seminars and workshops on anthropological
theories, field methods, ethics, teaching strategies, grant seeking,
academic writing and publishing, and much more.  In the course of 19
program days (not including arrival and departure days), there will be
16 work days and 3 days for cultural program or individual
exploration.  Most work days will consist of four meetings of varied
character -- each 1.5 hours -- including seminars, roundtables,
practicums and project work, interspersed with organized meals and
coffee breaks, as well as a three-hour period in the afternoon for
reading, socializing and relaxation.

Both during the summer session, and in the remainder of the year
following the summer session, participants will be expected to carry
out a number of projects of varying dimensions, including projects in
research, teaching, and curriculum development.  The ReSET -- both
faculty and participants -- will provide intensive inputs and feedback
on the projects, and the outcomes will be aimed at practical
implementation.  For example, we expect the research projects to yield
contributions to your field and publications; the pedagogical projects
will yield plans that can be implemented as new courses and curricula.

More information about the program may be obtained by contacting the
organizers.

Resource Faculty

Gulnara Aitpaeva, Doktor filologicheskikh nauk (Academy of Sciences of
    the Kyrgyz Republic), Director of Aigine Cultural Research Center,
    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Aida A. Alymbaeva, Instructor, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and
    Archaeology, AUCA, Bishkek; Researcher, Aigine Cultural Research
    Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Theodore C. Bestor, PhD in Anthropology (Stanford Univ.); Professor of
    Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, Harvard University, USA
Arienne Dwyer, PhD in Chinese and Altaic Linguistics (Univ. of
    Washington, Seattle), Asst. Professor of Linguistic Anthropology,
    Univ. of Kansas, USA
Michael Herzfeld, D. Phil. in Anthropology (University of Oxford), Professor of
    Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, Harvard University, USA
Nathan Light, PhD in Folklore and Anthropology (Indiana Univ.),
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Miami University of Ohio, USA
Morgan Liu, PhD in Anthropology (Univ. of Michigan), Asst. Professor,
    Ohio State University, USA
John Schoeberlein, PhD in Anthropology (Harvard Univ.), Director,
    Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus, and Lecturer on
    Anthropology, Harvard University, USA
Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, PhD in Anthropology (Univ. of California-
    Berkeley); Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Univ. of Cambridge,
    United Kingdom
Mukaram Toktogulova, Kandidat filologicheskikh nauk (Academy of
    Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic), Associate Professor, Dept. of
    Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology, AUCA, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Note: The summer session of another ReSET (on "Nationhood and
Narrative") will run concurrently with our ReSET on Anthropology,
which will offer participants in our ReSET some opportunity to get to
know colleagues in the other project.  In addition, we expect to
involve some of the faculty of that project in contact sessions of the
Anthropology ReSET, including, for example, round tables on
anthropology's relationship to social history and to sociology.  These
faculty members will include: Sergei Abashin (Russian Academy of
Sciences), Sarah Amsler (Kingston Univ., UK), Gulnara Ibraeva (AUCA,
Bishkek), Adeeb Khalid (Carleton College, USA), Madeleine Reeves (Univ.
of Cambridge, UK), and Jeff Sahadeo (Carleton Univ., Canada).

Eligibility

  * Applicants must be pursuing a career to teach at the undergraduate
    university level.  Most participants will be those who currently teach
    courses for students pursuing "diplom" (i.e., post-secondary, or BA
    equivalent) at institutions of higher education in the region.  Some
    participants may be those with advanced training in their field who
    anticipate teaching undergraduate courses within two years.
  * Target participants are drawn from the "Eurasian region" - defined,
    for the purposes of this ReSET, to include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
    Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Armenia,
    Azerbaijan, Georgia, Mongolia, Southern Russia, and Western China.
    "Southern Russia" and "Western China" do not have clearly defined
    boundaries, but are understood as those which are closely linked
    geographically, culturally and historically with the mentioned
    countries.  In Russia, these include places like the Northern
    Caucasus, the Volga Basin, the Altay region, Tuva and Buryatia.  In
    China, these include Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, and adjacent regions.
    (Those from outside of "Eurasia" as defined here who are interested
    in participating may be able to; see note under "Provisions for
    Participants" below.)
  * No prior training in anthropology is required.  However, prior
    background in anthropology -- independent reading, participation in
    seminars, advanced training, etc. -- will be considered a sign that
    the applicant is more committed to the goals of the ReSET and will
    have more to bring to it.  Those with advanced degrees in
    sociocultural anthropology are encouraged to apply, as the program
    will be geared toward the needs of those with both greater and lesser
    knowledge of anthropology.
  * Applicants may be those whose major focus is anthropology itself.
    Equally, they may be those who expect to use anthropological methods,
    theories and approaches in their scholarship and teaching in another
    related field (sociology, history, political science, cultural
    studies, etc.).
  * A strong knowledge of both spoken and written English is a very
    important requirement for participants.  The ReSET will be conducted
    in English, and will involve participants who have no other common
    language.  In order to develop an in-depth understanding of
    anthropology, to read the essential literature, and to contribute to
    international scholarly discourse and publication, English is vital.
  * For those who may already be involved in (or considering applying
    to) another ReSET project, please note that the ReSET program does
    not allow ReSET funding to go toward any individual in more than one
    ReSET project in a given year.  (Participation in a second ReSET is
    allowed only if funding to cover that individual is obtained from
    another source.)
  * All participants are expected to participate in all three years of
    the project, and all applicants must be able to commit to this.
  * There are no age limitations, but applicants who have some maturity
    as teachers and scholars, as well as showing the flexibility to take

    on new approaches typical of younger scholars, are expected to be
    better able to benefit from and contribute to the project.

Provisions for Participants

Costs related to the ReSET project, including travel expenses,
accommodation, meals and reading materials will be covered by the
ReSET by means of a grant from the Open Society Institute's Higher
Education Support Program.

With the OSI grant, we are able to support full costs of participation
only in the case of participants from the target region.  However,
participation may be possible for a small number of non-"Eurasian"
participants with support from other sources (especially if you can
find your own support for transportation to Kyrgyzstan).  Those
interested should enquire with A. Alymbaeva.

Application Process

Deadline: April 15, 2007 at 17:00 Bishkek time (i.e., GMT +6:00).
Applications received after the deadline cannot be assured
consideration.

Applications should be sent via email to both addresses:
aaly(at)mail.auca.kg (Aida Alymbaeva) and schoeber(at)fas.harvard.edu
(John Schoeberlein's address is provided as a backup in case of
communications failures; most correspondence will be with Aida
Alymbaeva and her assistants during this period).

Important Note: Once the first-round selection is completed, the
organizers will contact all of the top candidates by telephone to make
an assessment of their English ability.  In a brief interview,
candidates will be asked to discuss questions related to their
scholarly interests.  For this purpose, it is essential that
applicants make sure they can be reached by telephone.  We will
contact you by email to schedule the interview, so please make sure
that, during the period April 25-May 6, you are checking the email
address(es) you provide, so that we can communicate about scheduling.

We expect that the selection process will be completed by about May
11, and the applicants will be notified of the results shortly
thereafter.  We will immediately begin the process to make travel
arrangements and inform you of preparations required in advance of the
Seminar (readings, and teaching and research project preparation).

Applications:

To download the application, see:
http://centasia.fas.harvard.edu/AnthReSET.html
To request it via email, write to: aaly(at)mail.auca.kg (Aida Alymbaeva)

All applications and accompanying documents must be sent in electronic
format.  The application itself is a MS Word file that we will send
you upon request (write to: aaly(at)mail.auca.kg), or you can download
from the following webpage:
http://centasia.fas.harvard.edu/AnthReSET.html.  Supplementary
materials (listed on the application form) should be in MS Word
format, or scanned and sent as JPEG (*.jpg) or Acrobat (*.pdf) files.

Contacts:

With questions about the project, please contact:

Aida A. Alymbaeva
     email: aaly  mail.auca.kg
     tel.: +996-502-62-69-96 (mobile)
     [alternative tel.: +996-312-66-69-69, 66-76-74 NOTE: Use these numbers only 
     if you are unable to connect with the mobile number above.]
     fax: +996-312-66-76-73
Backup contact: John Schoeberlein <schoeber  fas.harvard.edu>

PROG. INFO- Study Abroad Course in China and Kazakhstan, May 12-June 2, 2007

Posted by: Marianne R Kamp <MKamp(a)uwyo.edu>
Posted: 20 Feb 2007


PROG. INFO- Study Abroad Course in China and Kazakhstan, May 12-June 2, 2007

China and Kazakhstan 
Modern Silk Roads: China and Central Asia Reconnect 
Study Abroad course, May 12 -June 2, 2007 

University of Wyoming, History 4990, 3 credits 

In this three week study abroad course, travel to China and to 
Kazakhstan to explore historic and present day international trade on 
the Silk Route. We will see ruins of ancient trade cities, mummies, 
oil pipelines, and bazaars, and experience Chinese and Central Asian cultures.

Instructors: Prof. Michael Brose and Prof. Marianne Kamp 

Itinerary: We will spend time in residence at universities in Beijing, 
Lanzhou, and Urumqi, China, and in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where local 
experts will lecture on history, culture, and current economic 
development, with special attention to oil in Central Asia. We will 
travel by air, rail, and bus, to visit historic and present-day 
trade-related sites in Beijing, Lanzhou, Urumqi, Turfan, and Yining 
(China) and Jarkent, Almaty, Turkestan and Shymkent (Kazakhstan), and 
we will observe trade at the China/Kazakhstan border.

Cost (approximate) $4500 + tuition and visas 
For more information contact Marianne Kamp (mkamp(a)uwyo.edu) or Michael 
Brose (mbrose(a)uwyo.edu). To sign up for the course, contact the 
University of Wyoming's Summer Study Abroad coordinator at 
studyabd(a)uwyo.edu; $800 deposit due by March 7, 2007

PROG. INFO- Summer School In Samarkand, Uzbekistan, June 18-July 13, 2007

Posted by: Serguei Alex. Oushakine <oushakin(a)Princeton.EDU>
Posted: 15 Feb 2007


PROG. INFO- Summer School In Samarkand, Uzbekistan, June 18-July 13, 2007


Summer School In Samarkand, Uzbekistan

June 18 - July 13, 2007
Deadline for registration: March 30, 2007

The 2006 Samarkand Summer School is jointly organised by the Italian 
Association for the Study of Central Asia and the Caucasus (asiac) in 
the context of a collaboration project between the University of Turin 
and the Samarkand Institute of Foreign Languages (SIFL).

The classes will take in its central compound building of the 
Samarkand Institute of Foreign Languages. 

Duration: four weeks.

The 2007 session is structured as follows:

1. Language training. Languages offered: Uzbek, Russian, Tajik. Daily 
classes are structured in individual and group sessions (of up to five 
students) according to need.

2. Daily sessions dedicated to introduction to field research in 
Uzbekistan. Some of the topics covered include:

 - State- and nation-building in Central Asia 
 - Russian  culture in urban context
 - Cultural traditions, folklore and religion 
 - Sociolinguistic situation in Uzbekistan
 - Archival research work in Uzbekistan
 - Social and historical research in urban centres 
 - The Samarkand countryside and rural studies
 - Community development projects

Participants: The School is open to up to 15 PhD and Master students 

Accommodation options in Samarkand:
 - Homestay: the student would be accommodated with a family whose 
   language of communication is the one in which he or she undertakes training;
 - Bed and Breakfast.


Registration fees for 2007: 1,150 Euro with homestay accomodation;
 - 1,350 Euro with single room accommodation in Bed and Breakfast 
   (Breakfast and dinner included)

NB: Travel fares to and from Uzbekistan are not included

Directors: 	

prof. Marco Buttino, University of Turin, Italy, President of ASIAC
dott. Niccolò Pianciola, University of Trento, Italy 
dott. Piera Viale, SIFL, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Advisory Board:
Prof. Catherine Poujol, INALCO, Paris, France, President of the 
European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS)
Prof. Shahriyor S. Safarov, Rector of the Samarkand Institute of 
Foreign Languages, Uzbekistan
Prof. Maurizio Tosi, University of Bologna, Italy

Teaching Staff:

Lyudmila Abdullaeva, SIFL, Samarkand 
Marco Buttino, University of Turin
Matteo Fumagalli, University College Dublin 
Tatyana Niyazova, SIFL, Samarkand
Isabelle Ohayon, CNRS, Paris
Niccolo Pianciola, University of Trento
Catherine Poujol, INALCO, Paris
Nodir Rahmatullaev, SIFL, Samarkand
Paolo Sartori, University of Palermo
Julien Thorez, CNRS, Paris
Tommaso Trevisani, Freie Universitet Berlin
Piera Viale, SIFL, Samarkand
Svetlana Zhukova, Historical Museum of Samarkand

More local and international experts will be included according to the 
specific requirements of the individual projects presented by the applicants.
	
To obtain further details and to apply please write to:  
samarkandsummerschool(a)googlemail.com 

If you wish to apply please let us know: 
 - your university affiliation  
 - the topic you are researching or you are interested in   
 - the language you would like to study (Uzbek, Russian or Tajik) and 
   your current level of knowledge 
 - preferred type of accomodation (homestay or Bed and Brekfast)

PROG. INFO.- INTRAC Central Asia Open Training Programme - 2007

Posted by: Kazbek Abraliev <kazbek.abraliev(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 15 Feb 2007


PROG. INFO.- INTRAC Central Asia Open Training Programme - 2007

Welcome to INTRAC's training programme! 

Training is one of our main strategies towards supporting civil 
society performance. A belief in the values of social justice, 
empowerment, and the participation of poor people in their own 
development is reflected in our approach to train and learning. All 
our courses are grouped under the four INTRAC themes: strengthening 
civil society, capacity building participatory development, and aid 
architecture. 

Methods of learning 

Our training is participatory. We use a variety of methods based on 
action learning principles such as case studies, group work , role 
play and pear   support. This is complemented by presentations on 
relevant theoretical frameworks and emergent thinking and trends, 
which provide the participants with   a reference point for their 
learning and an  opportunity to locate their experiences within  the 
wider body of   thought .
Central Asia Course Calendar 2007 

1. Creative and Strategic Thinking, April, 16-18, Bishkek , Kyrgyzstan

2. Managing Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, June 5-9, Issyk 
Kul, Kyrgyzstan

3. Managing People, September 25-27, Bishkek , Kyrgyzstan

4. Impact Assessment, November 12-14, Almaty, Kazakhstan

General course information 

Fees 

Five-day courses (residential in Issyk-Kul ): US$ 850. Cover four 
nights accommodation, course fees and materials, plus all meals and 
refreshments. 

Three-day courses (non-residential in Bishkek, Almaty): US$ 570. 
Include course fees and materials, plus meals and refreshments during 
working hours.  Both type of courses exclude the cost of travel.

Accommodation and venue 

Full details are sent out two weeks before the start of the course 
along with any course preparation. 

Registration and payment 

To apply for a course, you need to complete an application form.  You 
can request it using our contact information below. 

Upon acceptance, we send you an invoice.  Early booking is recommended. 
Training is delivered in both English and Russian.

For more detailed information please contact INTRAC Central Asia 
Program Administrator, Burma Baitokoeva: 
E: icap(a)intrac.kg, T: (+ 996 312) 611402, F: (+ 996 312) 611277
107 Kievskaya Str, Bishkek, 720001, Kyrgyzstan, 
http://www.intrac.org/pages/regionaltraining.html  

INTRAC is a non-profit organisation working in the international 
development and relief sector. We support non-governmental 
organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) around the 
world by helping to explore policy issues, and by strengthening 
management and organisational effectiveness. 
www.intrac.org 

PROG. INFO- ASU Critical Languages Institute, Summer 2007

Posted by: Ariann Stern <arianns(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 14 Feb 2007


PROG. INFO- ASU Critical Languages Institute, Summer 2007

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute (CLI) will 
be held this summer from June 4 to July 27, 2007 on the Tempe campus 
of Arizona State University.  

In 2007, the CLI offers eight-week, eight-credit intensive language courses in:

Albanian (introductory and intermediate)
Armenian (introductory and intermediate)
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (introductory and intermediate)
Macedonian (introductory and intermediate)
Navajo (introductory)
Polish (introductory)
Russian (introductory)
Tatar (introductory and intermediate)
Uzbek (introductory).

Tuition is waived for all students for the eight credits. The only fee 
for the course is a $400 non-refundable registration processing fee. 

Following the eight-week courses held at Arizona State University, the 
CLI offers two-credit, three-week intensive practicum programs to: 

Tirana (Albania)
Yerevan (Armenia)
Sarajevo (Bosnia Herzegovina)
Ohrid (Macedonia)
Poznan (Poland)

The practicum programs expand language skills and introduce students 
to the culture of the regions where the languages are spoken. 

Tuition is also waived for the practicum program. The programs range 
in price from $750 to $1,400 (excluding airfare and personal expenses). 

For more information, please contact us at cli(a)asu.edu or 
(480)965-7705 or see our web site www.asu.edu/cli .

PROG. INFO- 2007 U of Illinois Summer Research Lab

Posted by: Lynda Park <lypark(a)uiuc.edu>
Posted: 13 Feb 2007


PROG. INFO- 2007 U of Illinois Summer Research Lab 

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the Slavic and 
East European Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 
are pleased to announce its 2007 Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, 
Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, June 11 - August 3.  Please check the 
website for the full list of programs, eligibility, and application 
information: http://www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/srl.html

The SRL enables scholars to conduct advanced research in Russian, East 
European and Eurasian Studies.  Lab associates are given full access 
to the collection and resources of the University of Illinois Library, 
the largest Slavic collection west of Washington, DC, and are able to 
seek assistance from the Slavic Reference Service staff.  The SRL 
provides an opportunity for specialists to keep current on knowledge 
and research in the field, to access newly available and archival 
materials, and disseminate knowledge to other scholars, professionals, 
government officials, and the public.  The Summer Lab is an ideal 
program for doctoral students conducting pre-dissertation/dissertation 
research.

The following persons are eligible to apply to the Summer Lab: 
Faculty or graduate students at a university or college who are 
teaching and/or doing research on the region. 

Individuals who have a PhD and are doing research on the region, even 
if this expertise is not being used in current employment. 

Individuals working in an area of government, NGOs or business related 
to the region, regardless of academic training. 

Librarians specializing in the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian field. 

Application Deadlines: 
Housing Grants: 
for non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents  1 April
for U.S. citizens and permanent residents  15 April

Graduate Student Travel Grants: for U.S. citizens and permanent 
residents only 15 April
Lab Only (no housing grant): for guaranteed housing availability 15 
April, or at least 2 weeks prior to arrival (housing not guaranteed) 

2007 SUMMER RESEARCH LAB PROGRAMS
http://www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/SRL2007/programs.html
  
Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum
"Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as Writer, Myth-Maker and Public Figure in the 
21st Century"
June 14-16, 314 Illini Union 
Faculty Organizer: Richard Tempest (Associate Professor of Slavic 
Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois) 

Central Asia-Caucasus Studies Training Workshop for Junior Scholars
"From Chechnya to Kabul: New Directions in Central Asian and Caucasus Studies"
June 26-28
Moderator: Douglas Northrop (Associate Professor of History and Near 
Eastern Studies, University of Michigan)

Balkan Studies Training Workshop for Junior Scholar
"Building Balkan Studies: Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives"
June 27-29
Moderator: Victor Friedman (Andrew Mellon Professor in Slavic 
Languages and Literatures and Linguistics, University of Chicago)

SRS Individualized Research Practicum
Duration of the Lab
The Slavic Reference Service offers Individualized Research Practicum 
to select Summer Lab associates. Associates can apply using the SRL 
application. 
  
Voluntary Discussion Groups and Workshops
Questions about specific groups should be addressed directly to the 
group coordinator. 

Early Russian History, June 11-15
Coordinator:  Ann Kleimola, Department of History, University of 
Nebraska, kleimola(a)unlinfo.unl.edu 

Slavic Digital Text Workshop, June 9-12
Coordinator: Miranda Remnek, Slavic and East European Library, 
University of Illinois, mremnek(a)uiuc.edu 
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/spx/slw-dtw/DTW2007.htm

For more information contact the Russian, East European and Eurasian 
Center at the University of Illinois at reec(a)uiuc.edu, 217.333.1244.

The Summer Research Lab is funded in part by the U.S. State Department 
Title VIII grant, the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, and 
generous contributions from private donors.

PROG. INFO- CELA Leadership Workshop, Istanbul, July 2007

Posted by: CELA2007 <CELA2007(a)celaprogram.org>
Posted: 12 Feb 2007


PROG. INFO- CELA Leadership Workshop, Istanbul, July 2007

Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA)
Summer Workshop, Istanbul, 15-24 July 2007

The CentralEurasiaLeadershipAcademy is pleased to invite applications 
for its 2007 Leadership Workshop. The development of future leaders 
with character, initiative, and strategic vision is one of the keys to 
enhancing cooperation, security, and prosperity in the Central Eurasia 
region. To this end, CELA will invite 45 high-potential, mid-career 
professionals from Central Eurasia to a ten-day leadership workshop in 
Istanbul that will be intensive, challenging, and fun. The dates are 
Sunday 15 - Tuesday 24 July 2007. The opening dinner is on 15 July 
Sunday evening. The venue is Koç University, Istanbul.

Applicants must be between the ages of 28 and 42. They must be 
citizens of one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, 
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, 
and Uzbekistan. The professional sectors targeted in 2007 are 
government, business, NGOs/ civil society and media. Candidates 
working in the spheres of business and government are particularly 
encouraged to apply. Women also are strongly encouraged to apply. 

All costs associated with the CELA 2007 Leadership Workshop for those 
invited to attend (including tuition, food and accommodation in 
Istanbul, and economy-class transport from the participant's home 
country) are borne by CELA.  

English is the language of instruction during the CELA workshop. For 
more information, a course description, and an application form, see 
the CELA website: 

http://www.celaprogram.org

The deadline for applications is Monday 9 April 2007.

PROG. INFO- Master of Peace & Security, Hamburg, Scholarships for Central Asian Applicants Available

Posted by: Anna Kreikemeyer <AnnaKreikemeyer(a)gmx.de>
Posted: 1 Feb 2007


PROG. INFO- Master of Peace & Security, Hamburg, Scholarships Available

Master of Peace and Security Studies in Hamburg: applications to be 
received until March, 15, 2007; (limited number of scholarships for 
Central Asian students available) 

General information on MPS:
http://www.ifsh.de/IFSH_english/studium/mps.htm> 

Call for Applications: 
http://www.ifsh.de/pdf/studium/Ausschreibung_engl.pdf>

FAQs (engl.): http://www.ifsh.de/pdf/studium/FAQ-MPSengl.pdf>

Invitation for Tender for the Postgraduate Master's Course "Peace and 
Security Studies" (limited number of fellowships for students from 
Central Asia provided)

We offer you

 - The possibility to obtain a "Master of Peace and Security Studies" 
   in just one year. The postgraduate course "Master of Peace and 
   Security Policy Studies" (M.P.S.) is conducted by the University of 
   Hamburg in cooperation with the Institut für Friedensforschung und 
   Sicherheitspolitik (IFSH) and other scientific institutions and 
   partners of the network "Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik" 
   (KoFrieS). 

 - A trans- and interdisciplinary orientated course. The M. P. 
   S.-course is meant as a combination of "hands on" and classroom-based 
   learning. The course aims at introducing highly qualified humanities 
   and sciences graduates from German or foreign universities as well as 
   academically qualified, experienced practitioners to problems of 
   peace- and security-policy and to fundamental issues relating their 
   practical application. 

 - A profound preparation in order to work in peace-studies research 
   and teaching or in practical work for national and international 
   organisations, administrations, associations, and businesses (e. g. in 
   the fields of peace-keeping, monitoring, verification, development 
   aid, mediation, arbitration, conversion, administration). 

 - The chance to get one of seven scholarships from the Deutsche 
   Stiftung Friedensforschung (DSF) for this course. 

We expect from you

 - Interest in the fields of peace studies or peace- and security-policy. 

 - 240 points ECTS (usually a four-year course in no matter what 
   discipline) and you must have achieved an honours degree at a German 
   or foreign university. 

 - Preferred professional interest and scientific or practical 
   experience in fields related to problems of peace and international 
   security. 

 - Sufficient knowledge of English and German. Students may choose 
   whether to complete coursework and examinations, including their 
   master's thesis, in English or German. Concerning German language 
   skills, the German Language Examination for Foreign Students' 
   Admission to University (Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang 
   ausländischer Studierender) (DSH), the examination German as a Foreign 
   Language, or any examination of equal value are accepted.Concerning 
   English language skills, the TOEFL (230 points/ 570 paper-based) 
   (http://www.toefl.org/>), the IELTS (5.5), the Advanced C, or any 
   examination of equal value are accepted. Only applicants who are 
   German or English native speakers are not required to prove their 
   skills in their native language. 

More information about the studies 

 - The DSF grants a total of 7 scholarships of € 1000,- each per 
   month. (applications from Central Asia especially welcome) The 
   Admissions Committee decides about who will receive a scholarship. 
   There will be no distinctions between German and foreign applicants. 
   Interest in a scholarship should be mentioned in the letter of 
   application. Additionally, applicants already holding a scholarship 
   (e. g. a GAES scholarship, see http://www.daad.de/> may apply.

 - Detailed information about the course are found at: 
   http://www.ifsh.de/IFSH/studium/mps.htm>
   http://www.ifsh.de/IFSH_english/studium/mps.htm (see also our FAQs) 

Required documents

1. application form (available online for download) with photo 
2. curriculum vitae 
3. school-leaver's certificate qualifying for university (German 
   "Abitur" or equivalent) 
4. certifications of academic degrees and, if at hand, references from 
   previous employers 
5. certificates of language skills 
6. written acknowledgement of willingness to pay on time, assuming 
   one's application is successful, the one-time fee of € 500,- in 
   accordance with paragraph 27 of the Postgraduate Course Statutes 
7. if wanted, statement of interest in applying for a 
   scholarship(informally in covering letter) 

Certificates and other documentary evidence must be provided in German 
or English. Translations must be officially certified. Only complete 
documents received on time will be accepted. The covering letter 
should be handed in with the complete post address, e-mail address, 
home number and cell phone number.

Applications for the academic year 2007/08 must be received between 
December 15th, 2006 and March 15th, 2007. 

Written applications to:

Kooperationsverband Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik
Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der 
Univeäsität Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans J. Giessmann 
z. Hd. Frau Heinke Peters
Falkenstein 1
D-22587 Hamburg

Please direct any inquiries to:
Dr. Patricia Schneider from the Institute for Peace Research and 
Security Policy (IFSH)
Falkenstein 1, D-22587 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0)40-866077-20, Telefax: +49 (0)40-866 36 15 
E-mail: schneider(a)ifsh.de

PROG. INFO- Indiana Univ. Summer Language Workshops

Posted by: Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center <iaau(a)indiana.edu>
Posted: 2 Feb 2007


PROG. INFO- Indiana University Summer Language Workshops (SWSEEL)

Indiana University Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and 
Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL)

Announces summer study in

Introductory and Intermediate
Azeri, Kazakh, Tajik, Turkmen, Uyghur & Uzbek

Introductory
Mongolian

Other Languages
Pashto (for more information contact CeLCAR at celcar(a)indiana.edu)

Session dates: June 15 - August 10, 2007

Application and fellowship deadline: March 23, 2007
Fellowships available for US citizens and permanent residents

For applications or more information, contact
Tricia Wall
telephone: (812) 855-2608 fax: (812) 855-2107
email: swseel(a)indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel/
SWSEEL, Ballantine Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405

PROG. INFO- Master's Program in Political Science, Central Asia, OSCE Academy

Posted by: Dinara Asanbaeva <d.asanbaeva(a)osce-academy.net>
Posted: 30 Jan 2007


PROG. INFO- Master's Program in Political Science, Central Asia, OSCE Academy

OSCE Academy

Call for Applications
Master Program in Political Science (Central Asia) 2007/2008

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek invites applications for the Master 
Program in Political Science (Central Asia). The program starts in 
September 2007.

Objective
The Master Program in Political Science (Central Asia) is designed for 
junior experts who have successfully completed their undergraduate 
studies or are in their final year of studies at an accredited higher 
education institution within or outside Central Asia. The aim of the 
program is to give students an opportunity to study political science 
and international relations in depth; to strengthen analytical and 
critical abilities; to meet and be taught by leading academics, 
experts and representatives of international organizations. 

Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must meet the following admission criteria:
1. Successful completion of an academic degree of higher education 
   (BA, MA, MSc, Diploma) in a related field from a Central Asian or 
   foreign institution of higher education;
2. Excellent knowledge of Russian and English;
3. The applicants should not be older than 32 years on 1 September 2007;
4. Citizenship preferably of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, 
   Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. Students from other OSCE participating and 
   partner States can be accepted for the program on a limited basis. 

Financing
The OSCE Academy in Bishkek covers travel expenses inside Central Asia 
to and from Bishkek and health insurance, and provides monthly grants 
of 150 Euros plus additional housing allowance. Child allowance is 
available upon request. 
Applications documents:
 - Application Form; 
 - Two (2) Reference Letters; 
 - The English Language Knowledge Form or a copy of TOEFL or IELTS 
   official score report; 
 - Copies of secondary education certificate (attestat); 
 - Copies of diplomas, degree certificates, and transcripts; 

All application documents are available online under: www.osce-academy.net

Complete applications must be received by April 15, 2007.

For further information, please also contact the OSCE Academy in 
Bishkek by phone: +996 (312) 54-12-00, or email under: master(a)osce-academy.net.

PROG. INFO- Regional Competence-Building for Think Tanks Workshop, April 2007

Posted by: Elana Wilson <thinktanks(a)nupi.no>
Posted: 24 Jan 2007


PROG. INFO- Regional Competence-Building for Think Tanks Workshop, April 2007


Call for Applications 

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs is pleased to 
announce a new project supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs: Regional Competence-Building for Think Tanks in the South 
Caucasus and Central Asia.

The aim of the project is to further strengthen the capacity of 
Central Asian and South Caucasian think tanks to operate as arenas for 
rigorous and independent analysis and to participate in political 
debate (both domestically and internationally). The project will 
sponsor selected researchers' participation in two training/networking 
events held in the region and will award research grants (25,000 NOK/ 
approximately 3,750 USD depending on exchange rate) to selected researchers. 

The project events include an advanced training workshop in Almaty 
(23-27 April, to be confirmed) and a concluding 2-day seminar in late 
October 2007. The research grant is to be used to carry out 
conceptually and methodologically rigorous research on a proposed 
topic related to policy challenges facing participants' home countries 
(including but not limited to: governance, poverty, effects of 
globalization on countries in the region, energy issues, regional 
cooperation, European Neighborhood Policy, multilateralism, foreign 
policy). Projects dealing with domestic issues are strongly encouraged 
although topics relating to international politics may also be 
considered. We encourage applicants to design research projects that 
will provide new empirical data and policy-relevant insights.

Selected applicants must submit the results of this research in a 
15-20-page report (English or Russian) to the project organizers by 30 
July 2007 for peer-review. Revised reports must be publicized in 
individual countries by participating think tanks in early October 2007.

More than one researcher can apply from each research organization and 
the project will involve up to 28 project participants from Armenia, 
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan 
and Uzbekistan. We strongly encourage that female researchers apply. 
Selection will be based purely on the scholarly quality and merit of 
the proposed research and the academic credentials of the applicants.

Please feel free to forward this letter and application form to 
potentially interested colleagues or relevant email distribution 
lists. To apply for the project, individual researchers should fill 
out an application form in either English or Russian.  Application 
forms are available at www.nupi.no/thinktanks.

All applications submitted by 9 February 2007 will be considered. 

Applications and any queries can be sent to NUPI at thinktanks(a)nupi.no

PROG. INFO- Central Asia-Caucasus Studies Training Workshop, U of Illinois

Posted by: Lynda Park <lypark(a)uiuc.edu>
Posted: 17 Jan 2007


PROG. INFO- Central Asia-Caucasus Studies Training Workshop, U of Illinois


Call for Applications

Central Asia-Caucasus Studies Training Workshop for Junior Scholars
"From Chechnya to Kabul: New Directions in Central Asian and Caucasus Studies"

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

June 26-28, 2007
http://www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/srl.html

This workshop is part of the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, 
Eastern Europe, and Eurasia; organized by the Russian, East European, 
and Eurasian Center and the Slavic and East European Library at the 
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and funded in part by the 
U.S. Department of State Title VIII program. 

Workshop Moderator
Douglas Northrop, Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern 
Studies, University of Michigan 

Workshop Goals
The central aim of this three-day workshop is to bring together 
advanced graduate students, junior faculty and other professionals who 
focus on modern Central Asia and the Caucasus in various disciplines 
to discuss their work and issues in the field. The workshop's 
objectives are to foster a supportive network of colleagues involved 
in this field and to explore recent research paradigms and resources. 
The workshop will provide a superb forum in which to investigate a 
variety of pressing issues, including, but not limited to, the following:

 - State formation and democratization
 - Shifting geopolitical positions vis-à-vis the EU, the U.S., Russia, 
   and the Middle East
 - Post-Soviet economic conditions; political economy; oil-gas politics
 - Ethnopolitics and the civil rights of minorities
 - The role of language (identity and citizenship; maintenance, shift, 
   and endangerment)
 - Law reform, the writing of new legal codes
 - The place of Islam and other religions
 - Human security (terrorism, trafficking of women and children, 
   organized crime syndicates)
 - Demographic movement (displaced peoples, diasporic formations, 
   populations on the move, nomads)
 - Environmental politics--the implications of ecology
 - Gender, especially changing roles and images of women in society
 - The culture of socialism and postsocialism
 - Education (rewriting of curricula; establishment of new 
   institutions for higher learning)
 - Popular culture and contemporary society (the entertainment 
   industry, especially music)
 - The arts, social change, and postsocialist identity (literature, 
   fine arts, architecture)
 - Rethinking historiography

Workshop Eligibility
The workshop is open to advanced graduate students and junior faculty 
in any discipline and professionals who specialize in modern Central 
Asia and the Caucasus. To be eligible for the workshop housing and 
travel grants, which are funded by a U.S. State Department Title VIII 
grant, applicants must be U.S. citizens/permanent residents and must 
state the policy relevance (broadly defined) of their research in the 
application. Depending on space availability, those who do not qualify 
for financial support may participate in the workshop at their own 
expense. Please see the Summer Lab website (url below) for more information. 

Housing and Travel Grants 
Participants who are eligible for workshop housing and travel grants 
(see eligibility) may also apply for additional research housing 
grants-a total of up to 14 days for graduate students; 8 for all 
others. Graduate students may also apply for travel grants of up to $200. 

Deadline 
15 April 2007 for US citizen/permanent resident applications
1 April 2007 for international applications (limited housing grant only)

Application
All participants are considered Summer Lab associates and must submit 
a Summer Research Lab application and application fee. To apply for 
financial assistance, applicants must also submit a one- to two-page 
research proposal that includes a statement clearly indicating the 
policy relevance of the proposed research.  Workshop space is limited.

To download an application form go to www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/srl.html 
and click on "how to apply" in the navigation bar. To request a paper 
application form contact:

Summer Research Lab
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
104 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-1244; fax (217) 333-1582
reec(a)uiuc.edu
www.reec.uiuc.edu

PROG. INFO.- Third International Summer School in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Posted by: International Summer School <summerschool(a)manas.kg>
Posted: 12 Jan 2007


PROG. INFO.- Third International Summer School in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan


Third International Summer School in Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan Global Cornerstone

History, culture, language, literature, anthropology, sociology, 
geography, economics, current affairs, art, drama, folk music 

Program dates: July 13-31, 2007
Venue: Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The 2007 Manas University International Summer School explores aspects 
of traditional Central Asian life, nomadic Kyrgyz culture and history 
together with the distinguished scholars and artists of Central Asian region.

The Summer School program establishes the ground for substantial 
debate on the development of modern Kyrgyzstan and it's place within the world.

The International Summer School provides the participants with 
opportunities for examining all walks of life, such as traditional and 
modern art, archeology, folklore, literature, music, history, 
performing arts and Central Asian and Kyrgyz social and political 
life. Lectures and seminars are coupled with visits, tourism, 
mountaineering, feeling the nature of Central Asia and enjoying 
nomadic lifestyle and a capital town life in Central Asia. Lectures 
will be given by members of internationally well-known scholars and artists.  


The overall participation cost of the International Summer School is 
1,300 USD per participant. This covers tuition and accommodation 
expenses, all meals and evening programs, field tours and sightseeing travels. 

Online application: http://www.summerschool.manas.kg/form/index.php 

Find out more at: 
www.summerschool.manas.kg

International Summer School Office
Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University
56, Mira Avenue, Bishkek
Kyrgyzstan
Phone: +996 (312) 55 27 52 ext. 11 09
Fax: +996 (312) 54 39 65
Email: summerschool(a)manas.kg
Webpage: www.summerschool.manas.kg

PROG. INFO.- Mongol-American Khovd Archaeology Project, July 14-August 18 2007

Posted by: Bryan Miller <millerbk(a)sas.upenn.edu>
Posted: 2 Jan 2007


PROG. INFO.- Mongol-American Khovd Archaeology Project, July 14-August 18 2007


Announcement:
Mongol-American Khovd Archaeology Project (July 14 - August 18 2007)

For the summer of 2007, the Silkroad Foundation, in conjunction with 
the National Museum of Mongolian History and the University of 
Pennsylvania, will be sponsoring excavations and survey in the Altai 
Mountians of Khovd aimag, Mongolia.

The Mongol-American Khovd Archaeology Project aims to advance material 
investigations of the peoples and cultures of the Altai Mountains, a 
crucial region between the nomads of the Mongolian steppes and the 
Silk Roads area within present-day northwest China. Excavations in 
2007 will focus on elite tomb complexes of the Xiongnu (3rd BC - 2nd 
AD) at the site of Takhilt (in Khovd province) to analyze the 
relationship between local and intrusive groups as well as the degree 
of variation between the greater material culture throughout Mongolia 
attributed to the Xiongnu and sites of the western periphery in the 
Altai Mountians. The project offers a variety of excavation activities 
with focuses on the analysis of human remains and processes of in 
field conservation. In addition, a series of lectures will be provided 
on-site and a tour of monuments at the end of the expedition (from the 
Altai back to the capital city) will allow participants to see a large 
collection of sites within varied geographic zones and relating to 
different periods of Mongolian history and culture, from the 
Paleolithic to the Mongol Hordes.

This program provides an exciting opportunity for participants with a 
wide range of interests. Volunteers need no special training, but 
should be prepared for physical activity and wilderness camping (no 
electricity and living on the steppes in Mongolian tents) for extended 
periods of time.

For further information, please visit the Silkroad Foundation webpage at:
http://www.silkroadfoundation.org/toc/index.html

PROG. INFO.- Ph.D. Program in Social Sciences, University of Turan, Almaty, KZ

Posted by: Gulzhahan Khajieva <khajieva(a)mail.ru>
Posted: 18 Dec 2006


PROG. INFO.- Ph.D. Program in Social Sciences, University of Turan, Almaty, KZ


Call for cooperation 
Ph.D. program in Social Sciences, University of Turan, Almaty, Kazakhstan 

The University Turan located in Almaty, Kazakhstan, opens the 
Doctorate Program (Ph.D) in Social Sciences, including International 
Relations and Area Studies, and invites scholars and University 
professors to cooperation in supervision of Ph.D. dissertations. The 
supervision will be paid in accordance with the contracts. Interested 
scholars can contact the University administration at 
gulzhakhan17(a)mail.ru, khajieva(a)mail.ru or at the address and phone 
numbers provided below. 

Akimzhan Arupov , 
Vice-rector, 
University Turan, 
12 Liza Chaikina St., 
Almaty, Kazakhstan 
tel (7-3272)-65-14-04; 65-03-94;
91-58-47; 22-26-67

PROG. INFO.- LLM Program, Democratic Governance & Rule of Law, Ohio Northern U

Posted by: Dilrabo Djurakulova <ddjurakulova(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 12 Dec 2006


PROG. INFO.- LLM Program, Democratic Governance & Rule of Law, Ohio Northern U


Application Materials Now Being Accepted

The Ohio Northern University LL.M. program in Democratic Governance 
and Rule of Law is now accepting applications for the class of 2007. 
This program is open to lawyers from countries with transitional 
democracies who are working in the public sector. The program is fully 
funded, including a monthly living stipend for the students.   

Additional information about the program and all application materials 
can be found at the program website (www.llm.edu.onu). Please note 
that all application materials are due by March 31st, 2007.

To help facilitate the application process and pre-screen candidate's 
credentials, the program encourages all interested applicants to send 
their CV to the Assistant Director of the program at 
s-larrabee(a)onu.edu. He will immediately review your submission and get 
back to you with more information.

Ohio Northern University 
College of Law 
Democratic Governance and Rule of Law LL.M. 
525 South Main Street 
Ada , OH 45810

PROG. INFO.- Central European University, Summer 2007 Program

Posted by: SUN <Sunweb(a)ceu.hu>
Posted: 11 Dec 2006


PROG. INFO.- Central European University, Summer 2007 Program


CEU Summer University (SUN) is glad to announce its 2007 Summer Program.

The SUN program hosts high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary 
and innovative academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues 
for professional development in the social sciences and the humanities.

The one- or two-week long courses involve distinguished international 
faculty (including CEU professors), and advanced doctoral students, 
junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals as 
participants. 

We offer one-, two- and three-week long courses for graduate students, 
junior faculty, researchers and professionals in social sciences and 
humanities between June 11 - July 27 in the summer of 2007.

The language of instruction is English. Financial aid is available.

Applications should be received no later than February 14, 2007,
unless
stated otherwise in the announcement of a particular course.

Course-specific information about different deadlines, fees, etc. can 
be found at http://www.sun.ceu.hu/3Courses/courses.php 

Contact information:
E-mail: summeru(a)ceu.hu 
Phone:+36-1 327-3811
Fax:+36-1 327-3124
+36-1 328-3698
Skype name:  ceu-sun
Online application: https://online.ceu.hu/osun/

PROG. INFO.- MA in REECAS at University of Wisconsin

Posted by: Jennifer Tishler <jtishler(a)creeca.wisc.edu>
Posted: 7 Dec 2006


PROG. INFO.- MA in REECAS at University of Wisconsin


The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) invites 
applications for its Master of Arts program in Russian, East European, 
and Central Asian Studies for fall 2007. Our two-year program provides 
interdisciplinary area studies training for students interested in the 
cultural, economic, social, and historical factors that have shaped 
the development of societies in Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia. 
Combining language study, broad interdisciplinary training, and 
knowledge of the methodological approaches in a given academic social 
science or humanities discipline, our program is ideal for students 
interested in pursuing professional careers in business, journalism, 
and law and for students planning further graduate study. Our students 
benefit from a varied program of lectures, conferences, and seminars 
with national and international experts. The members of our faculty 
are outstanding teachers and scholars. Every year applicants to our 
program are competitive for U.S. Department of Education Foreign 
Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. US citizens and 
permanent residents are eligible to apply for the FLAS; more 
information about the application may be found here:
http://www.intl-institute.wisc.edu/fellow/

Please share this information with students who might be interested in 
our Master of Arts program. Prospective students should visit our 
website to learn more about the program and to see the application 
requirements. The deadline to apply is January 1, 2007 (postmarked): 
http://www.creeca.wisc.edu/students/grad/ma.html

CALL FOR PAPERS- Int'l Dev. Assistance in Post-Soviet Space, Kennan Institute

Posted by: Markian Dobczansky <Markian.Dobczansky(a)wilsoncenter.org>
Posted: 27 Nov 2006


CALL FOR PAPERS- Int'l Dev. Assistance in Post-Soviet Space, Kennan Institute

Call for Papers: International Development Assistance in the Post-Soviet Space 

Application Deadline: January 1, 2007 

The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce a new series of research 
workshops on "International Development Assistance in the Post-Soviet 
Space." International development assistance is one of the new global 
forces in the post-Soviet space, where both public and private sector 
donors have invested billions of dollars into the region over the past 
15 years. The experience has raised many questions about its overall 
impact, such as: has development assistance alleviated poverty? How 
does foreign assistance affect the power and prestige of post-Soviet 
states? How do people in these states understand and talk about the 
concepts of privatization and democratization? What constitutes a 
"successful" aid program and how does success vary within the region? 
The answers to these questions can provide lessons to apply to future 
development aid policy in the region.

When Western governments, multi-lateral institutions, private 
foundations, and NGOs entered the region with international 
assistance, they presumed that they had the tools needed to accelerate 
the "inevitable transition" of authoritarian socialist regimes into 
liberal democracies and market economies. Development assistance 
oriented itself towards an agenda of democratization, with a 
heightened focus on institutions, and the development of new aid 
technology. Important questions remain as to what went right and what 
went wrong with these approaches, and as to what lessons have been 
learned that can be applied to future endeavors, both in this region 
and globally.

The Workshop Series is designed to serve as a forum in which scholars 
from a variety of disciplines discuss different aspects of development 
assistance programs, share research findings, and provide policy 
recommendations. Participants in the series will explore the ways in 
which policymakers and practitioners can find mutually beneficial 
dialogue with academics. The workshops will be directed by Ruth Mandel 
(University College London), and will consist of two or three 
meetings, targeting specialists with recent field experience. The 
first meeting will be held in spring 2007. Participants will be 
expected to contribute an original submission to a collection of 
papers on common themes. Key policy actors such as World Bank and 
USAID officials will be brought into dialogue with the scholars at the 
second meeting.

Selection for the workshop series will be based on an open national 
competition. Participation in the series is limited to U.S. citizens 
and permanent residents only. Applicants should be at the 
post-doctoral level (pre-tenure) or Ph.D. candidates who have 
completed field research for their dissertations. For non-academics, 
an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. The 
workshop series is interdisciplinary. Any area of social science or 
humanities research that focuses on issues of development in the 
post-Soviet space is welcome. The Kennan Institute will provide per 
diem costs and travel support for workshop participants. Interested 
applicants should submit an abstract (fewer than 1000 words) of their 
current research, a current CV, and two letters of recommendation to: 
International Development Aid Workshop, Kennan Institute/Woodrow 
Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 
Washington, DC 20004-3027. Abstracts and resumes may be sent by email 
to: Renata Kosc-Harmatiy. Recommendation letters must be sent by mail. 
All application materials must be in English and must be received by 
January 1, 2007.

When writing your proposal, please keep in mind that the objective of 
these workshops is to seek compelling narratives of development 
assistance. You may also consider prescriptive issues such as what 
should or could have been done differently? Can you offer practical 
hindsight or suggest how it could have been better managed? Can new 
paradigms of aid be identified, based on the post-Soviet experience? 

***The "International Development Aid in the Post-Soviet Space" 
Workshop Series is supported by the Program of Research and Training 
on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet 
Union (Title VIII). For further information, please contact Renata 
Harmatiy at 202-691-4132 or Renata.Kosc-Harmatiy(a)wilsoncenter.org.

 

PROG. INFO.- Joint Training Course in Crisis Management

Posted by: Janyl Bokonbaeva <j.bokonbaeva(a)osce-academy.net>
Posted: 17 Oct 2006


PROG. INFO.- Joint Training Course in Crisis Management 

The OSCE Academy and the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict 
Resolution (ASPR) reiterate call for applications for the Joint 
Training Course in Crisis Management.

Period: 13-24 November, 2006
Venue: OSCE Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Number of participants: 25 
Working language: English
Closing date for applications: 1 November 2006

Certificates shall be issued to successful participants

Course will provide the participants with basic knowledge and skills 
required on a mission. Course focuses on complex issues of civilian 
crisis prevention and management. In addition, the Course will 
contribute to the creation of a similar management culture among 
future mission members, and a sense of common identity and purpose for 
mission-support by Central Asian countries. 

Applicants should be:

 - Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the 
   Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. 
   Please note that there are a total of two places available for 
   candidates from out-of-region countries. Out-of-region candidates 
   cover their own travel costs;
 - Be mid-level officials in public service, but also representatives 
   (e.g. lecturers and researchers) of academic institutions and 
   mission-oriented NGOs
 - Be aged preferably between 25 and 60
 - Have expertise and relevant working experience in their respective 
   areas of professional competence 
 - Have a first level university degree or equivalent professional experience 
 - Be motivated, willing and available to serve in a mission
 - Be able and willing to work in a team and within a multicultural environment
 - Be able to work under pressure and enduring conditions 
 - Be in good physical and mental health. 
 - Have an excellent command of English
 - Have a valid driving licence
 - Be computer literate
 - Be available for the whole period of the course with no other commitments.

Prospective applicants should bear in mind that selection process is 
highly competitive. Due to the extremely rigorous selection, 
we encourage applicants to self-check their 
eligibility and to submit only full and accurate applications. Only 
successful candidates shall be notified well in advance to the 
beginning of the courses.

Financial support:

Organizers will provide all participants with travel support (except 
out-of-region candidates), hotel accommodation, meals and local 
transportation. Out-of-region participants are strongly encouraged to 
search for travel funds.

Applicants must submit all documents in English to the address 
training(a)osce-academy.net, ref: "Crisis Management" until 1 November 2006:

 - Detailed CV with references 
 - Motivation letter (not more than 300 words) stating reasons for applying

For a draft course agenda in PDF format, please consult our web-site: 
http://www.osce-academy.org

In case of problems with downloading, please write to 
training(a)osce-academy.net with a request for information.

PROG. INFO.- Perceptions & Security in the Near Abroad, Oct. 26-27, Madrid

Posted by: Alberto Priego <albertopriego(a)yahoo.es>
Posted: 5 Oct 2006


PROG. INFO.- Perceptions & Security in the Near Abroad, Oct. 26-27, Madrid

UNISCI-ESCAS Seminar "Perceptions and Security in the Near Abroad" 
Madrid, 26th-27th October 2006.

UNISCI www.ucm.es/info/unisci and ESCAS are organizing a Seminar 
focused on the area of the Near Abroad. We will try to explain the 
different foreign influences in Central Asia an the Caucasus.  The 
Seminar will have the following three sessions:

1. Session I: (Near Abroad I) Stephen J. BLANK (US War College), Jean 
Radvaniyi (INALCO), Ruben Herrero (UCM-UNISCI), Alberto Priego 
(UCM-UNISCI), Javier Morales (UCM-UNISCI) 
Topics: Perceptions of Security, Israel Foreign Policy towards the 
Near Abroad, Russian foreign Policy, Iran regional approach

2. Session II (Near Abroad II) David García (UCM-UNISCI), Catherine 
Poujol (INALCO), Tierry Kellner, Françoise Rollan (Université de Bordeaux)
Topics: US foreign Policy, War on Terror in Central Asia, Terrorism, 
Turkish regional approach. Turkic World.

3. Session III (International Organization) Natividad Fernández 
(Universidad de Zaragoza), Nico Popescu (CEU-Budapest), Gracia Abad 
(UCM-UNISCI), Natalie Vogel (Innsbruck University)
Topics: SCO, UE, OTAN-Russia, GUUAM, BSEC.

Contact Person Alberto Priego albertopriego(a)yahoo.es or unisci(a)cps.ucm.es 

You can download the program from www.ucm.es/info/unisci

PROG. INFO.- "Strategic Relations, Coalition Building & Networking" Postponed

Posted by: Kazbek Abraliev <kazbek.abraliev(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 27 Sep 2006


PROG. INFO.- "Strategic Relations, Coalition Building & Networking" Postponed

INTRAC Open Training Course "Strategic Relations, Coalition Building and 
Networking" November 6-8, 2006 Bishkek

We have pleasure in sending you information about our Open Training 
workshop - "Strategic Relations, Coalition Building and Networking".  
This workshop is postponed on Monday 6 - Wednesday 8 November, in Bishkek.

This is a new course - it is the first time it will run in Central 
Asia.  As the course outline which is attached explains, the workshop 
is designed to help international and national agencies develop a 
strategic approach to relationship development.  Building effective 
partnerships, "managing across boundaries", ensuring that joint 
activities are effective and responsive to the needs of those involved 
- these are among the biggest challenges facing civil society leaders 
today.  Recently INTRAC carried out a study of civil society networks 
in Central Asia region  - the results will be used in the workshop. 

This is a non-residential course.  The cost is USD 570 per 
participant.  As usual, we will be offering at 10% discount to those 
who apply early.  The deadline for receipt of early applications at 
the discounted price is Friday 6th October. Looking forward to 
receiving your applications! 

To apply for this course or to find out more about INTRAC Open 
Training Programme in Central Asia, please contact: Burma Baitokoeva,
Programme Assistant

Email: icap(a)intrac.kg 

INTRAC Central Asia Programme,
Regional Office, 107 Kievskaya (3rd Floor)
Bishkek 720001, Kyrgyz Republic
Tel: + 996 312 611402
Fax: + 996 312 611277

INTRAC is a non-profit organisation working in the international 
development and relief sector. We support non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) around the
world by helping to explore policy issues, and by strengthening
management and organisational effectiveness. 
http:// www.intrac.org 

SCHOLARSHIP/PROG. INFO.- New Session for MBA and MPA scholarship - MIC Canada

Posted by: MIC - Montreal <info(a)micanada.org>
Posted: 18 Sep 2006


SCHOLARSHIP/PROG. INFO.- New Session for MBA and MPA scholarship - MIC Canada

New Session for MBA and MPA scholarship - MIC Canada

Management Institute of Canada (MIC)

Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Public 
Administration (MPA). 

Scholarship: 

Management Institute of Canada (MIC) offers MBA and MPA Programs with 
scholarships to candidates from Central Asia, Central and Eastern 
Europe, Russia and the Middle East, to cover a part of students' 
regular tuition fees.

The program is online, but MIC School in Almaty, Kazakhstan offers the 
same program on-Campus (Classroom).

Language of the program is English. Duration is 16 months. 

The MIC Distance Learning MBA and MPA are taught by experts and 
professors from Canadian and European universities. It is based on 
North American standard university online and On Campus Programs. 

Professors teach Online Live Audio and Video Courses. And students can 
receive courses in any country, any region, any time, at work or at home. 

Students from indicated regions can also apply to study in Paris 
(France) or in Deventer (the Netherlands), at the MIC European Campuses.

Deadline for the new Session is: October 10, 2006

Starting: November 6, 2006

To apply for an MBA or an MPA and for a scholarship, please contact 
the MIC administration at:

E-mail: info(a)micanada.org, and visit our web site at: www.micanada.org 

To obtain more information, please visit this link: 
http://www.micanada.org/Scholarship.htm

Eric Clark, Ph.D.
MIC Program director
Management Institute of Canada (MIC)   
Institut Canadien de Management
Mailing address: 1250 Rue Université, PO Box 71, Succ Maison de la Poste,
Montreal, Quebec, H3B 3J5, CANADA
Admissions: 383 Villeneuve West,  Montreal, Quebec,  H2V 2R3 Canada 
Tel : 1 - 514 - 569 53 80,  Fax: 1 - 514 - 272 21 41

www.micanada.org     info(a)micanada.org 

PROG. INFO.- Regional Workshop, "Revising History of Central Asia"

Posted by: Ablet Kamalov <akamalov(a)bilim.kz>
Posted: 20 Sep 2006


PROG. INFO.- "Revising History of Central Asia" Workshop

Regional Workshop "Revising History of Central Asia"

The Central Asian Resource Center, Corporate Educational Foundation 
Educational Center 'Bilim-Central Asia", Almaty, with the Support of 
Higher Education Support Program and Special Extension Projects Office 
of the Central European University 

announces call for participation in the Regional Workshop 

Revising History of Central Asia 

The Workshop will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on October 20-22, 2006

The Workshop aims at examining main trends in History Studies in 
Central Asia and teaching History disciplines at higher education 
institutions in the region. It will introduce the multifaceted debate 
on the process of revision of History in Central Asia in the 
post-Soviet periods with an attempt to characterize it from various 
perspectives. Discussions will raise problems relating to the 
formation of National History in Central Asia including such as the 
interplay between History and Nation/Nationalism, History and State, 
History and Identity. The workshop will also discuss one of the main 
trends in the present History writing process in the region which is a 
mythologization of the history. The roots of this phenomenon will be 
examined on the analysis and discussion of the old and new myths in 
Historiography of Central Asia. It will discuss if this phenomenon 
should be considered as an inevitable element of Historiography in the 
transition period that Central Asian nations go through. Along with 
these issues the workshop will look at the problem of integration of 
academic research in History in the teaching process in the region 
with the special focus on new courses on Central Asian History such as 
Intellectual History of the region.  

The Workshop is designed for young university teachers and researchers 
studying History of Central Asia throughout the region. 

Those willing to participate in the Workshop are requested to send 
their CV, paper abstracts related to the topic of the Workshop of no 
more than 500 words (in English or Russian) to akamalov(a)bilim.kz, no 
later than September 25, 2006. 

Some funding for local travel, accommodation and fees will be 
available for selected Central Asian participants. 

Time: October 20-22, 2006

Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan 

Contact: Ablet Kamalov, akamalov(a)bilim.kz, tel: 7-3272-59-76-18

PROG. INFO.- Joint Training Course in Crisis Management

Posted by: Janyl Bokonbaeva <j.bokonbaeva(a)osce-academy.net>
Posted: 13 Sep 2006


PROG. INFO.- Joint Training Course in Crisis Management

The OSCE Academy and the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict 
Resolution (ASPR) with the support from the Austrian Government 
reiterate call for applications for the Joint Training Course in 
Crisis Management.

Period: 13-24 November, 2006
Venue: OSCE Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Number of participants: 25 
Working language: English
Closing date for applications: 1 October 2006

Certificates shall be issued to successful participants

Course will provide the participants with basic knowledge and skills 
required on a mission. Course focuses on complex issues of civilian 
crisis prevention and management. In addition, the Course will 
contribute to the creation of a similar management culture among 
future mission members, and a sense of common identity and purpose for 
mission-support by Central Asian countries. 

Applicants should be:

 - Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the 
   Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. 
   Please note that there are a total of three places available for 
   candidates from out-of-region countries. Out-of-region candidates 
   cover their own travel costs;
 - Be mid-level officials in public service, but also representatives 
   (e.g. lecturers and researchers) of academic institutions and 
   mission-oriented NGOs
 - Be aged preferably between 25 and 60
 - Have expertise and relevant working experience in their respective 
   areas of professional competence 
 - Have a first level university degree or equivalent professional experience 
 - Be motivated, willing and available to serve in a mission
 - Be able and willing to work in a team and within a multicultural environment
 - Be able to work under pressure and enduring conditions 
 - Be in good physical and mental health. 
 - Have an excellent command of English
 - Have a valid driving licence
 - Be computer literate
 - Be available for the whole period of the course with no other commitments.

Prospective applicants should bear in mind that selection process is 
highly competitive; an average quota of 5 places per country is 
available. Due to the extremely rigorous selection and a great 
quantity of applications, we encourage applicants to self-check their 
eligibility and to submit only full and accurate applications. Only 
successful candidates shall be notified well in advance to the 
beginning of the courses.

Financial support:

Organizers will provide all participants with travel support (except 
out-of-region candidates), hotel accommodation, meals and local 
transportation. Out-of-region participants are strongly encouraged to 
search for travel funds.

Applicants must submit all documents in English to the address 
training(a)osce-academy.net, ref: "Crisis Management" until 1 October 2006:

 - Detailed CV with references 
 - Motivation letter (not more than 300 words) stating reasons for applying

For a draft course agenda in PDF format, please consult our web-site: 
http://www.osce-academy.org

In case of problems with downloading, please write to 
training(a)osce-academy.net with a request for information.

PROG. INFO.- Reg. Workshop Teaching Political Science in Post-Soviet States: 15 Years After Collapse of Communism

Posted by: Galina Bityukova <gbityukova(a)bilim.kz>
Posted: 11 Sep 2006


PROG. INFO.- Workshop Teaching Political Science in Post-Soviet States

Corporate Educational Foundation "Bilim-Central Asia"

Central Asian Resource Center

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

Invites scholars who are teaching political science at post- soviet 
universities to take part in Regional Workshop

Teaching Political Science in Post - Soviet States: 15 Years After 
Collapse of Communism

This workshop will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and will be held 
on October 20-22, 2006 

The Workshop is aimed to engage scholars who are teaching political 
science at post-Soviet universities into examining these disciplines 
in last 15 years: programs, curriculum, syllabi, textbooks, teaching 
methods and research. Special attention will be given to discussion of 
advantages and disadvantages of political science at Central Asian 
Universities and proposed ways for further academic improvement. 

The Workshop will be devoted to the following issues: What is the 
quality of teaching political science at local Universities? What kind 
of core and elective courses we are teaching? Political theory: what 
theories are in curriculum, why and how we teach them? Comparative 
politics and regional politics: why still are not developed? Do we 
integrate research into teaching process? How political science in 
post-soviet states and in Central Asia differs from political science 
at European and American Universities? Are we still teaching 
"Politilogy" or Political Science? What are the ways for academic 
development of these disciplines?

To apply, please, send your CV and paper abstract, related to the 
theme of workshop and proposed questions of no more than 500 words, in 
English or Russian, by e-mail gbityukova(a)bilim.kz  no later than 
September 15, 2006.

Some funding for local travel, accommodation and fees will be 
available for selected Central Asian participants.

Time: October 20-22, 2006

Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan

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

PROG. INFO.- Master's Degree, Transformation in the South Caucasus

Posted by: George Khelashvili <gkhelashvili(a)ucss.ge
Posted: 11 Sep 2006


PROG. INFO.- Master's Degree, Transformation in the South Caucasus

Center for Social Sciences at Tbilisi State University

Masters Degree in the Social Sciences
Transformation in the South Caucasus

Call for Applications
In Partnership with OSI and Tbilisi State University, the Centre for 
Social Sciences requests applications for their cross-regional English 
language masters degree Transformation in the South Caucasus.
 - Study regional and international politics and the social sciences 
   in an international and cross-disciplinary setting.
 - Obtain a Masters degree from one of the most progressive teaching 
   centres in the region affiliated to Tbilisi State University.
 - Gain knowledge and professional skills vital for work in 
   government, the NGO sector and research.
 - Students from Armenia and Azerbaijan are provided with finances to 
   cover accommodation, living expenses and travel.

Degree Offered
The degree requires 120 ECTS credits and will take one and half 
calendar years (Sept 2006 to January 2007). The first year will be 
spent studying taught courses of regional relevance intended to 
develop the analytical, evaluative and presentational skills necessary 
for working in the government, the NGO sector or in the research community. 

Classes will be small (less than 20 students) and will include 

lectures and seminars given by international staff who have 
considerable academic and practical experience working in the 
University, in NGOs, think tanks and Government. Teaching will be 
collaborative, student-centred and skill-based. 


The program involves a mandatory course in Academic Writing and 
Research Methods. In addition the students can choose from courses on 
International Relations, Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies, 
Nationalism, Foreign Policy Analysis, Transitional Economics, Public 
Policy, International Political Economy and Post-Soviet History.

Following the summer exams the students will have six months to 
complete a dissertation and a two month internship.

The Centre for Social Sciences
The first year of the course will be taught at the Centre of Social 
Sciences, Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. This is one of 
the key focal points of higher educational reform in Georgia. Based in 
the centre of the city it has state-of-the-art facilities available to 
students including:
 - A lecture theatre equipped with computer projector and electronic 
   white board
 - A library with over five thousand volumes of academic literature in 
   the social sciences, history and philosophy
 - A computer room with 10 DSL networked computers (one for every six students)
 - Photocopy and printing facilities

Costs and Financial Support Available
Students from Georgia no fees
Students from Armenia, Azerbaijan and the other regions of the 
Caucasus will be charged no fees and will receive the following funds 
for 10 months study in Tbilisi
 - Accommodation $150 per month
 - Living stipend $200 per month
 - Travel to/from Tbilisi $80 per person per year
International Students other than from the Caucasus must pay 4500 Lari, 
approx $2500

Requirements for Applicants
 - All nationalities will be considered, particularly those from 
   Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as those in the disputed 
   territories of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
 - A minimum of a bachelor's degree in the social sciences or 
   humanities. This would include applied subjects like law, journalism, 
   business or economics as well as the obvious categories of sociology, 
   political science, international relations, public policy, history, 
   cultural studies etc.
 - A very good understanding of English, both written and spoken. 

Personal Qualities

Given the makeup of the student body possibly the most important 
characteristic of potential applicants is a willingness to consider 
points of view that are different to their own.

We would encourage applicants to seriously reflect upon whether they 
would be happy to calmly discuss highly sensitive political issues 
with students from states and ethnic groups with whom they may 
consider themselves opposed. 

Application Materials
1. Applicant's Curriculum Vitae
2. A personal statement of not more than 400 words detailing
 - Your reasons for wanting to take part in this course what you feel 
   you would get from the course personally and professionally
 - What the course will allow you to contribute to your country's development
3. Copies of applicant's academic degree documents (copies of diplomas 
   and transcripts). If application is sent electronically, these 
   documents can be provided at Interview.

Timetable for Applications
The deadline for this first round of applications is the 15th 
September 2006 with an expectation that applicants will be examined 
between 18-22 September.

Further Information
On the Centre for Social Sciences and the program can be found at www.ucss.ge
Initial queries can also be made directly to the Director of Academic 
Programmes Giorgi Khelashvili at gkhelashvili(a)ucss.ge Tel: (995 32) 252781

Applications can be sent to: George Khelashvili, Director of Academic 
Programmes, Centre for Social Sciences, 10, Chovelidze St, Tbilisi 0108, Georgia. Or electronically to gkhelashvili(a)ucss.ge

PROG. INFO.- 5th Community Connections Program For Textbook Authors, Tajikistan

Posted by: Nisso Rahmonova <rahmonova(a)americancouncils.tj>
Posted: 17 Aug 2006


PROG. INFO.- 5th Community Connections Program For Textbook Authors, Tajikistan

The United States and Tajikistan's Community Connections Program

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and 
American Councils for International Education (ACCELS) have the honor 
to announce the launch of the fifth Community Connections Program in 
Tajikistan - Secondary School Textbook Authors for Tajikistan. 

The USAID-funded Community Connections Program provides an important 
opportunity for American people and people from Tajikistan to work 
together to address common professional challenges while expanding 
their social and cultural understanding.  As business and professional 
communities of both countries rapidly become integrated, opportunities 
for positive relations between American people and the people of 
Tajikistan are increasingly important.

This program offers home-stay, community based, three-to-five week 
practical trainings in the United States for business and professional 
organization leaders from Tajikistan.

Secondary School Textbook Authors program participants will travel to 
the U.S. in October 2006. Candidates should have previous, 
demonstrable experience producing textbooks, as well as teaching 
experience. The program will focus on textbook specialists, including 
authors, designers, artists, publishers, textbook evaluators, and 
curriculum developers.

Deadline for application submission is August 26, 2006. 

You can receive applications from:

105 Rudaki Ave., Office 13-14 or download it from the Community 
Connections website www.cc-car.org 

For additional information, please contact Nisso Rahmonova at: 

(992 37) 2212103; 2211795 or by email: rahmonova(a)americancouncils.tj

Nisso Rahmonova
Program Manager

Community Connections Program/USAID
105 Rudaki Ave, Of 13-14
Dushanbe, Tajikistan 734001
Phone/Fax: (992 37) 2212103; 2211795
Mob: (992 917) 713178
Website: www.cc-car.org 

PROGRAM INFO.- Masters in International Business and Management at Westminster International University in Tashkent

Posted by: Daniel Stevens <dstevens(a)wiut.uz>
Posted: 15 Aug 2006


PROGRAM INFO.- MA in Int'l Business & Management at WIUT, Tashkent

>From September 2006 Westminster International University in Tashkent 
(WIUT) will be running a Master of Arts (MA) in International Business 

and Management. The degree is awarded by the University of Westminster 
(London) and delivered in Tashkent.

The MA can be studied full time over 12 months or part time (evenings 
and weekends) over 24 months. 

The course provides an intensive overview of all the main functional 
areas of business, with a focus on the challenges of management in an 
international context and is designed not only for those pursuing a 
career in business, but also in management in international or public 
sector organisations. 

Entry requirements:
 - A first (bachelors) degree in any subject at the level of a Lower 
   Second Class Honours (UK) or overseas equivalent;
 - If your first degree was not taught and assessed in English, you 
   will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or TOEFL Paper 600 / 
   Computer 250/ Internet Based 100);
 - Applicants must be at least 22 years of age on the day of enrollment.


All applicants fulfilling the minimum requirements will be invited to 
an interview.

Tuition fee: $9,800

For more information contact: 
Website: http://www.wiut.uz/masters for an overview of the course

Marketing department: advice(a)wiut.uz for enquires about entrance 
requirements and the application process

Course leader (Daniel Stevens): dstevens(a)wiut.uz for enquiries about 
course content

PROGRAM INFO.- INTRAC's Open Training Course: Strategic Relations, Coalition Building and Networking, 20-22 September 2006, Bishkek

Posted by: Kazbek Abraliev <kazbek.abraliev(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 15 Aug 2006


PROGRAM INFO.- Intrac Open Training Course, 20-22 Sept. 2006, Bishkek

INTRAC's Open Training Course: 
Strategic Relations, Coalition Building and Networking
20-22 September 2006, Bishkek 

This is a new course - it is the first time it will run in Central 
Asia.  The workshop is designed to help international and national 
agencies develop a strategic approach to relationship development.  
Building effective partnerships, "managing across boundaries", 
ensuring that joint activities are effective and responsive to the 
needs of those involved - these are among the biggest challenges 
facing civil society leaders today.  Recently INTRAC carried out a 
study of civil society networks in Central Asia region - the results 
will be used in the September workshop. 

This is a non-residential course.  The cost is USD 570 per 
participant.  As usual, we will be offering a 10% discount to those 
who apply early.  The deadline for receipt of early applications at 
the discounted price is Monday, August 21st.  

To apply for this course or to find out more about INTRAC Open 
Training Programme in Central Asia, please contact: Burma Baitokoeva, 
Programme Assistant 

Email: icap(a)intrac.kg 

INTRAC Central Asia Programme,

Regional Office, 107 Kievskaya (3rd Floor)

Bishkek 720001, Kyrgyz Republic 

Tel: + 996 312 611402 

Fax: + 996 312 611277

INTRAC is a non-profit organisation working in the international 
development and relief sector. We support non-governmental 
organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) around the 
world by helping to explore policy issues, and by strengthening 
management and organisational effectiveness. 
http://www.intrac.org/

PROG. INFO.- Caucasus Media Institute Accepting Applications for 2006-07

Posted by: Anna Karagulyan <anna(a)caucasusmedia.org>
Posted: 25 Jul 2006


PROG. INFO.- Caucasus Media Institute Accepting Applications for 2006-07

Students from various countries are taught by internationally 
acclaimed experts from Armenia and abroad. Classes start on September 
15, 2006. Students must pay tuition; several scholarships are available.

 - Master's course in Journalism. Duration: 2 years. Modern 
   journalistic techniques with emphasis on practical skills. Successful 
   graduates are awarded official MA Degrees. 

 - Postgraduate course in Journalism. Duration: 1 year. Classes are 
   taught in the mornings to enable students to work in the afternoons. 
   Successful graduates are awarded CMI certificates.

 - Postgraduate course in Caucasus Studies. This interdisciplinary 
   course is unique in Armenia; it includes the history and geography of 
   the region, political science, religious and ethnic studies, Diaspora 
   and transition studies, South Caucasus languages and a number of 
   selective courses. Duration: 1 year. Successful graduates are awarded 
   CMI certificates.


Deadline For International Applicants: September 1, 2006

Deadline For Armenian Applicants: September 8, 2006 

39 Yeznik Koghbatsi, Yerevan 0010, tel. + 37410 54 06 31 or 32
www.caucasusmedia.org
info(a)caucasusmedia.org

PROG. INFO.- Regional Training Courses for Central Asia on Equal Status & Human Rights of Women

Posted by: Janyl Bokonbaeva <j.bokonbaeva(a)osce-academy.net>
Posted: 19 Jul 2006


PROG. INFO.- Regional Training Courses for Central Asia on Rights of Women

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law 
(RWI) and the OSCE Academy with generous support from SIDA announce a 
call for applications for the Regional Training Courses for Central 
Asia on Equal Status and Human Rights of Women.

Period: 9 - 20 October, 2006
Venue: OSCE Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Number of participants: 25
Working language: Russian
Closing date for applications: Monday, 28 August 2006

The overall objective of the courses is to contribute to the 
strengthening of human rights of women in the region, by promoting 
awareness of applicable international human rights standards among 
NGOs, governmental officials and academics working with gender and 
equality issues.

Prospective applicants should bear in mind that selection process is 
highly competitive; an average quota of 5 places per country is 
available. Due to the extremely rigorous selection demands and a great 
quantity of applications, we encourage applicants to self-check their 
eligibility and to submit only full and accurate applications. Only 
successful candidates shall be notified well in advance to the 
beginning of the courses.

Applicant Eligibility/Qualifications:

 - Only citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, 
Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan 
are eligible to apply;

 - Participants should be mid-level officials in public service (e.g. 
in government, the judiciary, police and prison authorities), but also 
representatives (e.g. lecturers and researchers) of academic 
institutions and human rights NGOs.

 - Participants should demonstrate strong willingness and ability to 
disseminate the knowledge and skills acquired during the course via 
further training, teaching and/or publishing activities.

 - Participants should have excellent command of the Russian language.

For full information in PDF format in Russian and English and a 
downloadable application form, please consult our web-site: 
http://www.osce-academy.org/en/ , section: Training/Call for Applications.

In case of problems with downloading, please write to 
training(a)osce-academy.net with a request for information.

PROG. INFO.- Training Series for Central Asian Journalists, OSCE Academy, Bishkek

Posted by: Janyl Bokonbaeva <j.bokonbaeva(a)osce-academy.net>
Posted: 17 Jul 2006


PROG. INFO.- Training for Central Asian Journalists, OSCE Academy, Bishkek

"Media and Democracy"

First seminar: September 2006 (exact dates to be announced in advance)
Organizing side: OSCE Academy
Number of participants: 25
Working language: Russian

This training series consists of 4 (four) seminars, tentatively planned for
September, December 2006 and Spring - Summer 2007. Aim of this program is
to contribute to enhancing professionalism and to accrue knowledge and
skills of practicing Central Asian journalists in the field of democratic
development of Media. Leading the training is Mr. Andre Loersch, trainer of
independent consultancy network Media4Democracy. The program's content will
be elaborated upon consideration of the participant's professional needs
and interests.

Certificate shall be issued on conditions of successful completion of the
entire training series.

Classes are held the whole working day.

Participants must attend all lectures and classes and shall actively
participate in the workings.

Successful participants must: 1) engage in regular correspondence with the
trainer in-between the seminars to check knowledge; 2) fill out and submit
electronically to the trainer thematic questionnaires once in a month.

Participants who do not fulfill those obligations will not be allowed to
continue their participation.

Eligibility criteria:
  - Citizenship of one of the following countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
    Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan;
  - Full-time employment as a journalist;
  - Good knowledge of Russian language (ability to write analytical articles in
    Russian);
  - Ability to attend the classes the entire working day

Documents for application must include:
  - CV
  - Motivation letter (not more than 1 page)
  - Most important works published - not more than 3 (three). Articles are to
    be submitted electronically, audio and video materials are to be submitted
    by mail.
  - A recommendation letter from editor or owner of the media outlet is an
    advantage.

Documents are to be submitted in ONE electronic file to the address:
training(a)osce-academy.net or in a sealed package ref: "Media 2006 - 2007"
to the address below no later than 17:00, 15 August 2006.

Documents by fax are not accepted. Applications that come after the
deadline will not be considered. While we appreciate all applications, only
short-listed candidates shall be notified at the earliest convenience by
electronic mail or by telephone.

For detailed information, write: training(a)osce-academy.net.

1A, Botanichesky pereulok, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Tel.: +996 (312) 54-12-00
Fax: +996 (312) 54-23-13

E-mail: training(a)osce-academy.net, Web site:  www.osce-academy.net

COURSE- Geopolitical History of Central and South Asia, AUCA, Bishkek

Posted by: Aftab Kazi <aftabkazi(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 22 Jun 2006


COURSE- Geopolitical History of Central and South Asia, AUCA, Bishkek

American University-Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

The 20th century witnessed an almost complete sociopolitical and economic
break between the two culturally similar regions of Central and South Asia
that have influenced each other from historical times.  The renewed
intercultural and international relationships since early 1990s have yet to
help overcome the persisting knowledge gaps that have generated at various
cross-generational levels.  The 19th century Great Game between Czarist
Russia and British India and consequent geographical reshaping and
re-naming of regions further isolated the normally operating historical
processes and handicapped the relevant historical memories in addition to
the newly created stereotypes.  Moreover, such an information gaps have
also led various think tanks and policy-makers to often miscalculate the
existing levels of regional political culture and ongoing sociopolitical
developmental trends.  Most students from Central and South Asia, as well
as in the West, studying these regions find it difficult to overcome this
knowledge gap.  This specially designed course aims to help students
overcome the regional knowledge gaps from an historical and political
geography perspectives in order to understand the nature and origins of
contemporary influences in Central and South Asia, particularly Southwest
Asia.  The recent organizational change at the U.S. Department of State that
merged Central Asia with the Bureau of South Asian Affairs highlights the
importance of this course.

Topics of the course include historical geography of Central and South
Asia, geopolitics of history, politico-historic developments from Alexander
of Macedonia and Persians to the Kushan and Sassanid Empires, from Muhammad
bin Qasim, Sammanids and Mahmud Ghaznavi to the Mughul rule on the Indian
and Bharatan heartlands.  Socioeconomic and political history include the
evolution of various religions and doctrines, cross-continental trade
through a combination of land and sea-bound Silk routes, medieval
terrorism, law and order under Seljuks, Mongol invasions, science and
mysticism, the legacy of Omar (Umar) Khayyam: science and mysticism,
Sufism, educational and cultural developments in various learning/power
centers (Bukhara, Merv, Bulkh, Multan,Nishapur, Samarkand, etc.) in both
regions, and cross-regional migrations.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Aftab Kazi is professor of International and Comparative
Politics at the American University-Central Asia and a senior fellow of
the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at SAIS.  He received his doctorate
from the University of Pittsburgh with an interdisciplinary specialization
in history, politics, international relations and development education
with a focus on Central and Southwest Asia.

Interested students from overseas, please contact the Department of
International and Comparative Politics, American University-Central Asia at
icp(a)mail.auca.kg. Fall semester at AUCA starts by August 20.

Aftab Kazi, PhD (Pittsburgh)
Professor of International & Comparative Politics
American University-Central Asia, and
Senior Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
E-mail: info(a)aftabkazi.com
Poetry Page URL: www.aftabkazi.com

 

COURSE- INTRAC's Open Training Course: Supporting Local Advocacy, 18-20 July 2006

Posted by: Kazbek Abraliev <kazbek.abraliev(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 18 Jun 2006


COURSE- INTRAC's Open Training: Supporting Local Advocacy, 18-20 July 2006

Supporting Local Advocacy 18-20 July 2006

Dear Friends,

I am writing to send you the latest information on INTRAC's Open
Training course "Supporting Local Advocacy" to be held in Bishkek on
18-20 July 2006, led by INTRAC associate and international trainer
Ms Hilary Coulby.

The Advocacy course was introduced in our Open Training program by
Hilary Coulby last year.  It had excellent evaluations and this year
we want to improve it still further, tailoring it to local needs in
Central Asia.

Thus, this year's course will be a little more practical in emphasis -
offering detailed sessions on tools and strategies for advocacy,
lobbying and negotiation.  A key aspect will be a discussion of how to
link advocacy campaigns at local level (e.g., for infrastructure
improvements, basic social services) to higher policy levels more
effectively.

INTRAC works with many organizations engaged in advocacy in the
Central Asia region.  We are sure that among the participants there
will be many people with valuable experience to contribute in the
discussions.  We will also invite a Guest Speaker who can report on
the results and lessons from our new research project - how to link
Central Asia NGOs to global civil society networks.

The 3-day course will be held in Bishkek and we are offering a 10%
discount for organisations which send back completed application forms
by Tuesday 20 June.  So make it a priority to apply now!  With best
wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Charles Buxton
INTRAC Representative, Bishkek


Please contact us by e-mail at:  icap(a)intrac.kg
Tel: +996 312 611402
Burma Baitokoeva
INTRAC
Administrative Assistant

PROG. INFO.- Summer School in Samarkand, Language, Culture and History

Posted by: Niccolo Pianciola <npianc(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 9 Jun 2006


PROG. INFO.- Summer School in Samarkand, Language, Culture and History

August 28 - September 24, 2006
Deadline for applications: June 30, 2006

The 2006 Samarkand Summer School is jointly organised by the Italian
Association for the Study of Central Asia and the Caucasus (ASIAC) and
the Centre for the Study of Territory in Samarkand in the context of a
collaboration project between the University of Turin, the University
of Bologna, the State University of Samarkand (SamSU) and the
Institute of Foreign Languages of Samarkand (SamSIFL).

The Summer School is sponsored by the Institute of Foreign Languages
of Samarkand and classes will take place in its central compound building.

Duration: four weeks.

The 2006 session is structured as follows:

1. Language training. Languages offered: Uzbek, Russian, Tajik. Daily
   classes are structured in individual and group sessions (of up to five
   students) according to need.

2. Daily sessions dedicated to 'introduction to field research' in
   Uzbekistan. Some of the topics covered include:

 - State- and nation-building in Central Asia
 - Russian culture in urban context
 - Cultural traditions, folklore and religion
 - Archival research work in Uzbekistan
 - Social and historical research in urban centres
 - Labour resources management and education
 - Sociolinguistic situation in Central Asia
 - Environment, agriculture and the history of irrigation
 - The Samarkand countryside and rural studies
 - Community development projects
 - Archaeology and history of human settlement in the Zeravshan region
 - The Sogdian civilization
 - The city of Timur, its architectural heritage, arts and crafts

Participants: The School is open to up to 15 PhD and Masters students
from any country.

Accommodation options in Samarkand:

 - Homestay: with families where the language of communication will be
   the one chosen by the student;
 - Bed and Breakfast.

Registration fees for 2006:
1,050 € with homestay accommodation;
1,300 € with single room accommodation in Bed and Breakfast
   (Breakfast and dinner included)
NB: Travel fares to and from Uzbekistan are not included

Directors:

Prof. Marco Buttino, University of Turin, Italy
Dr Matteo Fumagalli, University of Edinburgh, UK

Advisory Board:

Prof. Marco Buttino, University of Turin, Italy
Prof. Shahriyor S. Safarov, Rector of the Institute of Foreign
Languages of Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Prof. Timur Shirinov, Rector of the Samarkand State University, Uzbekistan
Prof. Maurizio Tosi, University of Bologna, Italy

Teaching Staff:

Lyudmila Abdullaeva, SamSiFL, Samarkand
Hafiz Ahrorov, SamSIFL, Samarkand
Naufal Alimov, SamSIFL, Samarkand
Marco Buttino, University of Turin
Francesca Franceschini, University of Bologna
Matteo Fumagalli, University of Edinburgh
Muhammadjanov Izamiddinov, Institute of Archaeology, Academy of
Sciences, Samarkand
Ciro Lo Muzio, University of Rome, La Sapienza
Simone Mantellini, University of Bologna
Jamal Mirzahamedov, Institute of Archaeology, Academy of Sciences, Samarkand
Tatyana Niyazova, SamSiFL, Samarkand
Niccolò Pianciola, Harvard University
Nodir Rahmatullaev, SamSIFL, Samarkand
Claude Rapin, CNRS, École normale supérieure, Paris
Bernardo Rondelli, University of Bologna
Shahriyor Safarov, SamSIFL, Samarkand
Paolo Sartori, University Ca' Foscari, Venice
Maurizio Tosi, University of Bologna
Tommaso Trevisani, Zef-Bonn
Piera Viale, SamSIFL, Samarkand
Svetlana Zhukova, Historical Museum of Samarkand

More local and international experts will be included according to the
specific requirements of the individual projects presented by the applicants.

To obtain further details and to apply please write to:
samarkandsummerschool(a)googlemail.com

If you wish to apply please let us know:
 - your university affiliation
 - the topic you are researching or you are interested in
 - the language you would like to study (Uzbek, Russian or Tajik) and
   your level of knowledge
 - preferred type of accommodation (homestay or Bed and Breakfast)

COURSES- New Courses on Modern Armenia, Boston University

Posted by: Armenian Library and Museum <armenianlma(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 7 Jun 2006


COURSES- New Courses on Modern Armenia, Boston University

Lessons in Modern Armenia
BU Alumnus's Bequest Will Fund New Courses

He may have had a Ph.D. in English from Boston University, and have taught
English for some fifty years, but Charles Kenosian's early days as a scholar
weren't promising: he failed kindergarten. That really wasn't his fault - when
he started school, he spoke only Armenian. After being held back, and clearly
learning a second language very quickly, he got a double promotion. "He was a
smart guy," says his sister, Elisabeth Kenosian.

Kenosian had an abiding interest in his heritage, and it bothered him that many
Americans knew so little about Armenia's history and heritage. Kenosian, who
died in January 2005, was upset that many of his students and even some
professors at Salem (Massachusetts) State College were so ignorant about the
country. "He heard an awful lot of students who thought Armenians are Muslims,"
Elisabeth reports, especially ironic because Armenia was the first country to
adopt Christianity as its state religion, in the year 301, and has been the
bastion of Christianity in that region for over 1700 years.

Kenosian's desire that Americans -- especially young people -- gain a greater
understanding of Armenia will be taking the form of new courses in modern
Armenian history and literature at the College and Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences, thanks to a generous bequest from Kenosian through the Charles and
Elisabeth Kenosian Endowment Fund. Armenia's ancient history is the subject of
programs at other universities, but the new courses are intended to focus on
events since the 1800s, when Armenia was part of the Ottoman empire, through to
its current status as a republic.

"Among the special relationships that the deanship opened for me was to have
known Charles Kenosian, a dedicated teacher and man of dignity and
distinction," says Jeffrey Henderson, dean of Arts and Sciences. "He was a
regular supporter of arts and sciences at BU, and his generous bequest will
make a special addition to the College and Graduate School's course offerings
directed toward an important culture in an increasingly important part of the
world."

Kenosian wanted his legacy to "go to an academic source," says Elisabeth, "and
BU was where his close ties were, and where he began his teaching career."


Taylor McNeil
Editor
Bostonia
Boston University
10 Lenox Street
Brookline, MA 02446
617-353-7350 (v)
617-353-6488 (f)
tmcneil(a)bu.edu


Armenian Library and Museum of America, Inc.
65 Main Street
Watertown MA 02472
Tel: 617 926 2562
Fax: 617 926 0175
www.almainc.org

PROG. INFO./SCHOLARSHIP- MBA and MPA Scholarship, MIC Canada

Posted by: Eric Clark <eric(a)micanada.org>
Posted: 6 Jun 2006


PROG. INFO./SCHOLARSHIP- MBA and MPA Scholarship &#8211; MIC Canada

Management Institute of Canada (MIC)

Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Public
Administration (MPA).

Scholarship:

Management Institute of Canada (MIC) offers MBA and MPA Programs with
scholarships to candidates from Central Asia, Central and Eastern
Europe, Russia and the Middle East, to cover a part of students'
regular tuition fees.

The program is online, but MIC School in Almaty, Kazakhstan offers the
same program on-campus (classroom).

Language of the program is English. Duration is 16 months.  The MIC
Distance Learning MBA and MPA are taught by experts and professors
from Canadian and European universities. It is based on North American
standard university online and On Campus Programs.  Professors teach
Online Live Audio and Video Courses. And students can receive courses
in any country, any region, any time, at work or at home.

Students from indicated regions can also apply to study in Paris
(France) or in Deventer (the Netherlands), at the MIC European Campuses.

Deadline to apply is: June 30, 2006
Starting: July 5, 2006
To apply for an MBA or an MPA and for a scholarship, please contact
the MIC administration at:
E-mail: info(a)micanada.org, and visit our web site at: www.micanada.org


Eric Clark, Ph.D.
MIC Program director
Management Institute of Canada (MIC)
Institut Canadien de Management
Mailing address:
1250 Rue Universit&#1081;, PO Box 71, Succ Maison de la Poste,
Montreal, Quebec, H3B 3J5, CANADA
Admissions: 383 Villeneuve West, Montreal, Quebec, H2V 2R3, Canada
Tel : 1 - 514 - 569 53 80,  Fax: 1 - 514 - 272 21 41
Paris Campus: Tel.: 33 1 44 83 00 99, Fax: 01 44 83 00 53
www.micanada.org
info(a)micanada.org

SCHOLARS GROUP- Central Asia and South Caucasus Social Development Network, LSE

Posted by: Babken V. Babajanian <B.V.Babajanian(a)lse.ac.uk>
Posted: 29 May 2006


SCHOLARS GROUP- Central Asia and South Caucasus Social Development Network, LSE

CASC-Social Network
Central Asia and South Caucasus Social Development Network

Centre for Civil Society
London School of Economics and Political Science

The LSE Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce the
establishment of CASC-Social - a network of researchers and
practitioners interested in social development issues in Central Asia
and the South Caucasus (CASC).

On 20 October 2005, CCS hosted a one-day specialist workshop on Civil
Society in the South Caucasus and Central Asia: Bridging Research and
Practice. The workshop highlighted the need to strengthen the bridge
between empirical research and policy design and implementation in the
region. One of the practical outcomes of the CCS workshop has been a
decision to establish a network of professionals and scholars involved
in the CASC region. There are currently several networks dedicated to
the CASC region, as for example, the Central Eurasian Studies society.
Many participants of the CCS workshop felt that there is a niche for a
smaller, specialised network that would connect researchers and
practitioners involved in the region.

CASC-Social is devoted to social development matters in Central Asia and
the South Caucasus. These include civil society and community-driven
development; various areas of social policy, including health,
education, social protection, and social care; gender; poverty and
anti-poverty strategies (e.g., PRSPs), and social impact of development
projects and policies. A key objective of the network is to help in
bridging research and practice. The network will present a forum for the
international academic community and development professionals to share
their latest research and thinking on social development issues in the
region.

The network is based on an e-mail announcement list moderated by CCS.
Members are welcome to submit short articles documenting their research
findings and ideas, which will be published in the CASC-Social
newsletter. This will allow other members of the network to get in touch
directly with the author of the article and pursue further discussion
outside the announcement list. Selected articles will be posted on the
CCS website. The list will also provide announcements to connect people,
and inform members of events, opportunities, resources, publications and
programmes in the region. CASC-Social members can publicise
non-commercial events, publication announcements and other news through
this list. The membership is free of charge.

The list is moderated and is not for discussion. Postings should not
contain comments and responses on other messages. Members are requested
not to solicit information of primary relevance to their personal
research, travel plans, recruitment, etc. The moderator may reject
postings that do not fit the criteria of the list. For quality
assurance, all submitted articles will be reviewed and selected for
posting in the newsletter by an advisory panel at CCS.

Guidelines for Submitting Short Articles

1. Region/location
2. Information source (e.g., academic research; project evaluation;
   observations from your personal involvement in a project
   design/implementation or NGO activity; etc.)
3. Short summary of research methods
4. Research question/objective
5. Main findings
6. Implications for theory and practice

The articles should not exceed 800 words, and should be written in good
English. Articles that require substantial editing and formatting may
not be posted.

Please indicate your name, position and institutional affiliation and
specify in which capacity you were involved in the research/development
initiative (e.g., academic researcher, development consultant,
project/NGO staff, etc.). By submitting an article for the CASC-Social
newsletter you agree that other CASC-Social members may get in touch
with you to discuss your article. Please include your contact details
(email preferable) at which you would like to be contacted by other
members.

To subscribe to CASC-Social, please send an email to
CASC-SOCIAL-ANNOUNCE-L(a)LISTSERV.LSE.AC.UK with you full name,
institutional affiliation and email address. Please use the same email
address for submitting your articles. Please note that you will need to
subscribe to the list in order to be able to submit articles and receive
the newsletter.

Welcome to CASC-Social!


Dr Babken V. Babajanian
Department of Social Policy
Centre for Civil Society
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2 2AE
Tel: 0207 955 7364
Fax: 0207 955 7415

PROG. INFO- Undergraduate Study Abroad in the Kyrgyz Republic, Anthropology

Posted by: Nathan Light <light_n(a)mail.auca.kg>
Reply to: Aigerim Dyikanbaeva <dyikanbaeva_a(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 24 May 2006


PROG. INFO- Undergraduate Study Abroad in the Kyrgyz Republic, Anthropology

The Department of Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology at American
University-Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic would like to
invite students pursuing degrees in Anthropology, Folklore, or
Linguistics to consider spending a semester or year studying in
Bishkek.  The department and the university have excellent permanent
and visiting faculty offering courses in ethnography, archaeology,
cultural anthropology theory, Central Asian cultures and history,
applied anthropology, Russian and Kyrgyz languages.  There are annual
ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork trips each summer.  The
program has strong connections with local and international scholars,
and there are many opportunities to work on research and applied
anthropology projects in the region.

Bishkek is a cosmopolitan city with a wide range of international
organizations pursuing development work and supporting social
programs.  The students of AUCA come from throughout Asia and create a
uniquely supportive, friendly environment.  Every year, numerous
international students also come to AUCA from Europe, North American
and East Asia to take advantage of this special cultural and
educational environment.

The academic year at AUCA begins in late August and ends in mid-May.
One of the best universities in the Central Asian region, AUCA has
over 1100 students on a campus in the city center, with a library,
computer laboratories, and cafes.  The campus is surrounded by parks,
museums, and theatres.  The small size of the university and small
class-size means students get personal attention and professors are
readily available for consultation.  The university combines the best
of Central Asian hospitality and warmth with the serious research and
creative thinking of the American educational tradition.  Academic
standards are extremely high, and graduates of AUCA hold important
positions throughout the Central Asian Region.

Faculty, staff and students in the university use English and Russian
equally, and in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and
Archaeology and the Department of Kyrgyz Language courses are also
taught in Kyrgyz.  Campus life revolves around the many performances,
outings, and cafes on and off campus.  Tuition at AUCA is extremely
affordable, and living expenses in Bishkek are much lower than in
North America or Europe.  More information is available at the
university website: http://www.auca.kg/

Interested applicants should address their queries directly to Dr.
Aigerim Dyikanbaeva, Chair of the Department of Cultural Anthropology
and Archaeology. Email: dyikanbaeva_a(a)mail.auca.kg.  Phone (996-312)
66-11-18 ext. 299.

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