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CFA- International Summer School on Cultural Ecology and Nomadic Life, 2009, Bishkek

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CFA- Int'l Summer School on Cultural Ecology and Nomadic Life, 2009, Bishkek

Posted by: Aigoul Abdoubaetova <>

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL - Cultural Ecology and Nomadic Life in
Central Asia, July 15 - August 4, 2009

COURSE TITLE: Cultural Ecology and Nomadic Life in Central Asia

LOCATION: Issyk Kol & Naryn Oblasts, Kyrgyzstan

DURATION: July 15- August 4, 2009

The Anthropology Department of American University in Central Asia,
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and the Anthropology Research Center (ARC) "Jorgo"
are pleased to announce the launch of a pilot International Summer
School program "Cultural Ecology and Nomadic Life in Central Asia".
This is a three week intensive course, which will take place from July
15 to August 4, 2009 in Kyrgyzstan. The Summer School is designed to
be mobile and will take place in locations nearby famous Issyk Kol and
Song Kol lakes, and mountainous region of Naryn.

The Program Description

The goal of the Summer School is to acquaint international and local
students with the cultural landscape of Central Asia, and provide
in-depth insight to the history and continuing relevance of nomadism
in Kyrgyzstan. It provides a unique opportunity for participants to
learn about and experience nomadic lifestyles.

The program consists of three interrelated parts: lectures, field work
and master class activities. Lectures will be accompanied with various
activities, such as screening Kyrgyz films, performance of folk
singers, visiting archaeological and other sites of cultural
significance. Students are expected to conduct field work activities
and present their results to the other students. The culminating
experience of the Summer School will be our master class activities,
in which students and participants will live in Kyrgyz pasturelands,
helping to make felt, construct yurts, milk cows, prepare traditional
meals, and herd sheep, in addition to observing traditional games,
etc. By living in the pasturelands and participating in diverse
activities, the course will stimulate intimate familiarity with the
social and cultural life of nomads and enhance their knowledge of this
part of the world.


All university students (undergraduate as well as graduate), as well
as other interested parties, can apply for the program. The working
language of the Summer School will be English, so it is important that
prospective participants have sufficient knowledge of English.

The organizing committee strives to balance the number of
international and national students to facilitate communication with
the local population and enhance intercultural learning. The course is
limited to 20 international and 10 national students.

Program Costs

The program fee is US$ 1135 per student, which covers fees for classes
and seminars, study materials, excursions, accommodation, meals and
local transportation. Air travel expenses from the participant's
country to Kyrgyzstan and medical insurance need to be arranged by
students or his/her university.

To apply, please send a CV and a letter of interest to the Program
Coordinator, Aigoul Abdoubaetova via All interested
applicants should contact her no later than January 15, 2009.

For more detailed program description and other inquiries, please contact:

Aigoul Abdoubaetova
Program Coordinator
Anthropology Department
American University of Central Asia
Anthropology Research Center "Jorgo"
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Phone: +996 312 663 309 (extension 299)
+996 312 661 113 (extension 299)
Cell phone: +0 555 24 28 32
Fax: + 996 312 663 201

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