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Contents

Please note: Some of the links on this page are temporarily broken as the corresponding pages are pending updating. We apologize for the inconvenience.

I.   Introduction to «Central Eurasian Studies World Wide»

 º Conception

 º Definition of Central Eurasia

 º Community-Building

 º Technical Design

 º Acknowledgements

II.  Entrees into Central Eurasian Studies

 º What's Current in Central Eurasian Studies (the Central-Eurasia-L announcement archive)

 º Suggested Readings

 º New Scholarship: Dissertations in Central Eurasian Studies

 º Reference Materials

 º The Main Periodicals in the Field

 º Book Sources

 º Central Eurasian Studies on the World Wide Web

III.  The Institutional Dimensions of Central Eurasian Studies

 º Universities

 º Language Study

 º Other Research Institutions

 º Archives

 º Libraries, On-Line Catalogues

 º Scholarly Associations

 º Conferences

 º Grant Organizations

IV.  Making Contact: Scholars in the Field

 º Guide to Scholars of Central Asia

 º Internet-based Information Exchange (E-mail Lists, Web, etc.)

 º For Journalists and Others Seeking Expert Guidance

 º Employment and Internship Opportunities

 º Governments

V.  Some Key Reference Tools

 º Transliteration of Central Eurasian Alphabets *

 º The English Spelling of Central Eurasian Terms *

 º Use of Central Eurasian Scripts on Your Computer *

 º Conversion of Calendar Dates, etc. *

VI.  Collaboration in Building This Website

 º Your Input

 º If you Want to Add or Correct Some Information

 º Areas Where Contributions Are Particularly Needed at Present

VII.  Getting Around «CESWW» 

 º How «CESWW» is Organized

 º Site Map of «CESWW»

 º Keyword Indexes

VIII. Synergies

 º Some Projects of the Harvard Program on Central Asia Which Are Contributing to This Website
   º Central-Eurasia-L Announcement List for Central Asian Studies
   º Guide to Scholars of Central Asia
   º Guide to Scholarly Resources for the Study of Central Asia

 º Partnerships
 

* Sections marked with asterisk are still in draft.

NOTE:  This site is currently in development.  Development of this site will entail a process of feedback and growth which will continue as long as it exists.  We hope that you will forgive any shortcomings and join in the effort to improve it. 


I.  Introduction to «Central Eurasian Studies World Wide»

Conception: A Focus on Central Eurasia with a Global Reach

«Central Eurasian Studies World Wide» is meant to provide a global perspective on Central Asia studies, and to provide a key point of access to highly dispersed resources in this field.  It seeks to provide basic information which is useful to both "beginners" and "experts", encompassing all fields of the social sciences and humanities wherever in the world people engage in such study.  This site is sponsored by the Harvard Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus, but it is not oriented toward Harvard in particular.  Rather, it is meant to be inclusive, and we hope it to grow as a collaborative effort among individuals and institutions as widely as possible.

 


Definition: Diversity and Coherence

"Central Eurasia" -- for the purposes of «Central Eurasian Studies World Wide» -- is a not-too-neatly circumscribed domain on the interior of the Asian continent.  Much ink has been spilled trying to come up with definitive definitions.  Though the domain encompasses great diversity, there is also cultural continuity across the broad region, as well as shared history and contemporary problems.  In rough terms, "Central Eurasia" encompasses the region from Iranian Azerbaijan and Turkic/Muslim regions of southern Russia in the west, through northern Afghanistan and southern Siberia, to Tibet and Mongolia in the east.

The rationale for this broad definition is that much of the region shares one or many of the following characteristics:

  1. Linguistic and cultural roots associated with Iranian and Turkic culture from prehistoric times;
  2. In-migration of Turkic population for over well over a millenium, with Turkic dynasties and Turkic language predominating in many regions and periods, while Persian remained a lingua franca over much of the domain;
  3. Economic life characterized historically by a mixture of pastoral nomadism, settled agriculture, crafts production and trade;
  4. Islam as a predominant religion, as well as, in places, Tibetan Buddhism and local forms of Christianity;
  5. At some historical moments, a position at the center of expansive empires and cultural domains, through much of history occupying a marginal position amidst more powerful states on all sides;
  6. Current problems of autonomous statehood and economic reform.

For a more comprehensive description of the meaning of "Central Eurasia" in our use of the term, see:

º "What's Included in Central Eurasia"


Community-Building

Critical Mass: Basic Information and Facilitating Exchange

The site is meant to make a contribution to the strengthening of Central Eurasian studies.  It will assist students and others newly entering the field to orient themselves, and to develop basic skills and knowledge.  It will hopefully also help the field of Central Eurasian studies to become more integrated, building the community of scholarship which is crucial for fostering greater exchange of information and higher scholarly standards.  One of the greatest problems that this field faces is the fact that it is dispersed and divided.  In most universities and countries, there is an absence of a substantial critical mass of scholars.  Furthermore, those studying Central Eurasia typically find themselves on the periphery of other scholarly communities which focus on other regions -- the Islamic world, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, East Asia, or South Asia.  The field of scholarship will inevitably remain fragmented in many ways, but this site will perhaps provide one of the key places where scholars focusing on the disparate dimensions of Central Eurasia can come together to find and share information.

Participation

«Central Eurasian Studies World Wide» is meant to be a tool for sharing information, and we will all benefit from the active participation of as many people as possible.  We invite anyone who is interested to take an active part in the development of this resource.  There is much work to be done and this will require input from distant corners of the world.  Please assist in ensuring that your own particular part of the world and scholarly interests are well-represented.  In its early development, the site will inevitably be more suggestive than comprehensive in many of its dimensions, and visitors will find sections that are currently unavailable as they are still in draft.  Please forgive its shortcomings and oversights -- we shall try to err on the side of being embarrassingly rough and incomplete so as to make information available as much and as early as possible.

All who find the site useful are encouraged to play an active role in improving it, both in its conception and its coverage.  If you can contribute a chunk of information, your contribution will be credited to you.  If you can provide smaller pieces of information or corrections, this will also be tremendously appreciated.  To make this resource truly global, it will be necessary to seek to overcome imbalances resulting from "where we sit", what languages we use, and differential access to technology.  To do this requires input different perspectives and parts of the world.  How this process will proceed remains to be seen, and it will be something of an adventure to watch how the new technology of computer communication makes possible new kinds of collaboration and new ways of building and sharing information.  So we need both your information and your imagination....

 


Technical Design: Quick Access to Rich Information for All Parts of the World

In its design, this website is above all meant to be simple and comprehensible, so that access to it from all corners of the world and with all types of technology will be as quick and easy as possible.  It is also meant to be comprehensive and even-handed; resources are included inasmuch as they contribute something to the field, without any assessment or endorsement of the view-points they may represent.  The site provides:

  1. Orientation: Basic information about the field of Central Eurasian studies: Where to go to find what has been done in the field.
  2. Scholarly Network: Information about and links to the places where one can pursue Central Eurasian studies: research and training institutions, libraries, etc.
  3. Key Reference Tools: Access to some key tools for scholarship in the region, such as transliteration tables and calendar conversions.

This web site is not primarily oriented toward providing access to Internet-based resources.  Though wherever possible we seek to provide weblinks to information sources, much of the relevant information is only accessible by other means, and we are dedicated to providing this information equally.

In order to make access to the site easier for users in all parts of the world, we have avoided using graphics, complex functions and programming code and complicated tables.  We initially avoided using frames, as some users may have older browsers, but they have been adopted because they greatly enhance functionality for a multi-lingual and richly interlinked site.  If you encounter problems in using the site, we would be grateful if you bring this to our attention (CESWW(a)fas.harvard.edu).


Acknowledgements

Funding and assistance for this project have come from more sources than we can mention, but here are the main ones.


II.  Entrees into Central Eurasian Studies

What's Current in Central Eurasian Studies 

º One of the best ways to see what is current in Central Eurasian studies world-wide is to subscribe to the Central-Eurasia-L Announcement List, or to visit the archive of earlier announcements (updated once every couple of weeks).  The archive has the following departments:

º Conferences and Lectures

º Program Information

º Publications and Publication Opportunities

º Job Opportunities

º Internships

º Fellowship and Grants

º Commercial

º Miscellaneous 


Suggested Readings 

While the days have not yet come when you can do all your reading -- or even your best scholarly reading -- on the Internet, what we offer here includes:

º Some reading lists that people have compiled and posted to the web, linked here (* now being drafted)

º A short list of recent books aimed at orienting you in literature in the field (suggestions of additions are welcome)

º The Central-Eurasia-L Archive of announcements of new publications

º Some sources of reviews of new literature: So far, just one link to H-Net Reviews

In Future: We will provide here listings of recent literature on particular topics and in particular languages.  If you send us such topical bibliographies, we will credit you for their inclusion here.


Dissertations in Central Eurasian Studies

º The Dissertations in Central Eurasian Studies pages provide a listing of recent disserations from throughout the world. This is a way to find out the newest work from innovative young scholars. 


Reference Materials

This section is in draft.  It will consist of a bibliography of the reference sources, such as encyclopedias and bibliographies.


The Main Periodicals in the Field 

º Periodicals Published in English, French & German

º Periodicals Published in the Soviet Union and Its Successor States

º Periodicals in Persian (* now being drafted)

º Periodicals in Turkish (* now being drafted)

º Periodicals in Chinese (* now being drafted)

º Others: If you wish to submit listings of periodicals in a specific category, this is most welcome.

º Some web links to Periodicals available on-line, and the websites of other periodicals (usually providing the contents of recent issues)


Book Sources

º Websites of Bookshops and On-Line Bookshops which are of particular interest to Central Eurasian studies

º Listings of Bookshops related to this field in various parts of the world (* now being drafted)


Central Eurasian Studies on the World Wide Web

Throughout this website there are links to various institutions and resources in Central Eurasian studies, but we are not attempting to provide a comprehensive listing of links to related websites.  This task is being pursued by a great many individuals and institutions out there, and there is no point in repeating their effort.  (We can only revere their efforts, since keeping up on the very changeable world of the web is a very difficult task).  Meanwhile, we offer here a few good starting points out onto the web of sites relevant to Central Eurasian studies.


III.  The Institutional Dimensions of Central Eurasian Studies

Universities

º A comprehensive list of web links to University-based programs which cover Central Eurasia (or parts of it)

º A comprehensive list of contact information for all University Programs in the Former Soviet Union and in other countries (mostly not having websites).  This is part of the work-in-progress of the Guide to Scholarly Resources for the Study of Central AsiaPlease help to ensure that this list is complete, as we in the process of sending out questionnaires to all institutions to gather information on their activities.  We offer a form for you to send us contact information about your institution or other institutions that you think shouldn't be missed, as well as a comprehensive questionnaire to submit full information if you can do this (we'll be very grateful, as will those who use this reference source).


Language Study

º A listing of programs where one may study the languages of the region -- Turkic, Iranian, Caucasian, Tibetan, Mongolian, etc.

º Some information on language study materials (* now being drafted)


Research Institutions (other than universities)

º A comprehensive list of web links to Research Institutions which support the study of Central Eurasia.

º A comprehensive list of contact information for all Research Institutions in the Former Soviet Union and in other countries (mostly not having websites).  This is part of the work-in-progress of the Guide to Scholarly Resources for the Study of Central AsiaPlease help to ensure that this list is complete, as we in the process of sending out questionnaires to all institutions to gather information on their activities.  We offer a form for you to send us contact information about your institution or other institutions that you think shouldn't be missed, as well as a comprehensive questionnaire to submit full information if you can do this (we'll be very grateful, as will those who use this reference source).


Archives

A comprehensive list of contact information for Archives (* now being drafted).


Libraries, On-Line Catalogues

º A comprehensive list of web links to Libraries which support the study of Central Eurasia.

º A comprehensive list of contact information for all Archives in the Former Soviet Union and in other countries (mostly not having websites).  This is part of the work-in-progress of the Guide to Scholarly Resources for the Study of Central AsiaPlease help to ensure that this list is complete, as we in the process of sending out questionnaires to all institutions to gather information on their activities.  We offer a form for you to send us contact information about your institution or other institutions that you think shouldn't be missed, as well as a comprehensive questionnaire to submit full information if you can do this (we'll be very grateful, as will those who use this reference source).


Scholarly Associations

º A comprehensive list of web links to Scholarly Associations which support the study of Central Eurasia.

º A comprehensive list of contact information for all Scholarly Associations in the Former Soviet Union and in other countries (mostly not having websites).  This is part of the work-in-progress of the Guide to Scholarly Resources for the Study of Central AsiaPlease help to ensure that this list is complete, as we in the process of sending out questionnaires to all institutions to gather information on their activities.  We offer a form for you to send us contact information about your institution or other institutions that you think shouldn't be missed, as well as a comprehensive questionnaire to submit full information if you can do this (we'll be very grateful, as will those who use this reference source).


Conferences

º A list of the main conferences relevant for the field, which meet regularly on a yearly or less frequent basis.

º The archive of conferences posted to the Central-Eurasia-L Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies


Grant Organizations

º A comprehensive list of web links to Grant Organizations which support the study of Central Eurasia

º The archive of Grant Opportunities posted to the Central-Eurasia-L Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies.


IV.  Making Contact

Guide to Scholars of Central Asia

The Guide to Scholars of Central Asia provides key information on the majority of scholars in Central Eurasian studies.

º Ordering the Guide (1995 edition)

º Submitting your data for the new edition of the Guide (publication due in Spring 2000)

º The Guide database on-line at the IREX website (coming soon *) 


Internet-based Information Exchange

º Thematic Websites

º List Servers

º Newsgroups (* now being drafted)


For Journalists and Others Seeking Expert Guidance

º Search the Experts Directory for people who can provide information, analysis and guidance on topics related to Central Eurasia. NOTE: Currently, we are gathering information on people to include.  Submit your information if you should be included.  Come back soon as the increasing data will be made available.


Employment and Internship Opportunities

º The Jobs Archive of the Central-Eurasia-L Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies

º The Internships Archive of the Central-Eurasia-L Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies

º The Academic Jobs posting site at Indiana University, Russian & East European Studies

º The Non-Academic Jobs posting site at Indiana University, Russian & East European Studies


Governments

º Contacting embassies for visa and related information

º Official information sources 


V.  Some Key Reference Tools

Transliteration of Central Eurasian Alphabets

Transliteration systems for Central Eurasian languages; the spellings of Central Eurasian names in English; developing standards for transliteration of Central Eurasian language, etc.


The English Spelling of Central Eurasian Terms

º (* now being drafted)


Use of Central Eurasian Scripts on Your Computer

º (* now being drafted)


Conversion of Calendar Dates, etc.

º Calendar Conversion

º Additional resources to be added as «CESWW» is further developed. 


VI.  Collaboration in Building This Website

Your Input

º If you would like to contact us for any reason, please write to: <CESWW(a)fas.harvard.edu>.  We would be particularly grateful for notes on any problems or shortcomings you may find.

º We want to form an international and multi-disciplinary editorial board to ensure that «Central Eurasian Studies World Wide» has broad coverage.  The commitment will entail simply providing input to extent that you are able.  Participants need have not specific credentials -- only a willingness and ability to provide useful input.  If you are interested in participating in this, please let us know, at: <CESWW(a)fas.harvard.edu>


If You Want to Add or Correct Some Information

We welcome information sent by e-mail to <CESWW(a)fas.harvard.edu>, or by regular mail to: Harvard Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus, 625 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, U.S.A.

You may also submit information via on-line forms:

º Scholars (for inclusion in the Guide to Scholars of Central Asia, revised edition)

º Join our general mailing list

º Join our e-mail announcement list - Central-Eurasia-L (for announcements on Central Eurasian studies world-wide)

º Submit information on Archives (coming soon *)

º Submit information on Libraries

º Submit information on Research/Scholarly Institutions

º Submit Contact Information on Scholars -- help ensure that your colleagues are included -- or Full Information on Yourself (for the Guide to Scholars of Central Asia


Areas Where Contributions Are Particularly Needed at Present

We are currently involved in the following projects for which all possible assistance will be appreciated:

º Guide to Scholars of Central Asia

º Guide to Scholarly Resources for the Study of Central Asia

º Language Program Listings -- Gathering information on available programs for study of languages of this region

º Suggested Readings -- Putting together reading lists for coverage of specific countries and fields of study

In general, your contributions which further the following goals are requested:

º International Coverage: Assistance in filling gaps in coverage Central Eurasian studies in particular countries or regions.

º Inter-Disciplinary Coverage: Better representing all field of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

º Regional Coverage: Better representing the study of all the various regions of Central Eurasia.

º Effectiveness of Presentation: Any suggestions on how «Central Eurasian Studies World Wide» may better gather and convey the information.

All suggestions are welcome: <CESWW(a)fas.harvard.edu>


VII.  Getting Around «CESWW» 

How «CESWW» is Organized

The «Central Eurasian Studies World Wide» website consists of:

º A menu system, with major headings at the top and sub-menus on the left of your screen

º The "Front Page" (this page), summarizes the main resources on one page, with links other pages

º Many discrete units, including, for example, the Central Eurasia Experts Directory

º Many ways to become involved, including participation in listservers and building this site

º Site map, and a search function to help you find what you are looking for 

Map of This Website

º See a Site Map for a overview of the site.

Key Indexes of This Website

º Search «CESWW»

º Index to scholarly institutions by country

º Index of Experts

º Index of Dissertations

º Index of Members of the Central Eurasian Studies Society

º Other indexes will be available as the site is further developed.


VIII.  Synergies

Some Projects of the Harvard Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus which Are Related to This Website

** Central-Eurasia-L - Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies

Subscribing to Central-Eurasia-L

Central-Eurasia-L Archive

** Guide to Scholars of Central Asia

Obtaining copies of the 1st edition of the Guide.

Submitting information for the revised edition of the Guide.

** Guide to Scholarly Resources for the Study of Central Asia

We make available here much of the preliminary information which we are using in compiling the Guide to Scholarly Resources.  We also appeal for assistance in gathering key information so that the Guide will be as complete as possible.  Eventually much of the Guide's key reference information will be available through «Central Eurasian Studies World Wide».

Partnerships

We highlight and link key partners who together form a key network of resources and information sources for the study of Central Eurasia.  See a list of our partners (to be supplemented soon).

 

 

«Central Eurasian Studies World Wide» is a project of the
Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University