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EVENT- Walking the Gobi Event, Globe Corner Bookstore, Harvard Square, Jan. 31

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EVENT- Walking the Gobi Event, Globe Corner Bookstore, Harvard Square, Jan. 31

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The Globe Corner Bookstores
Adventure Travel Lecture Series

Event Summary:

Thursday, January 31st

Helen Thayer - "Walking the Gobi"

Helen Thayer will read from "Walking the Gobi". Thayer has been named
"One of the Great Explorers of the 20th Century" by National Geographic.

Information for the Above Event:

Location: First Parish Church, Mass. Ave at Church Street, Harvard Square
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Reservations: 617-649-5700 x21 or
Addit. Info:

Detailed Event Description:

Helen Thayer will read from "Walking the Gobi:" She'll talk about her
and her husband Bill's adventures as the first man and woman to walk
the entire length (almost 1,500 miles), east to west, of the Mongolian
Gobi Desert. They persevered as they faced Siberian winds,
accompanying sand storms, heat reaching 126 degrees, scarcity of water
and plenty of scorpions. The Thayers' time spent with the Gobi
Desert's nomads is one of many remarkable experiences described in her book.

Named "One of the Great Explorers of the 20th Century" by National
Geographic, Thayer noted that she"first heard of the Gobi as a 13 year
old growing up in New Zealand. Then the Gobi was as far away as the
moon; now at 63 the dream has come full circle."

Her previous feats are impressive. In 1988, she became the first woman
to walk and ski to either pole when she trekked solo to the Magnetic
North Pole without dog sled or snowmobile. She was the first woman and
first American to circumnavigate the Magnetic North Pole. Her amazing
adventure with her beloved companion Charlie (her Canadian Eskimo
Husky) was the basis for her first book, "Polar Dreams."

For further information, please email/call me or access our web Events
page at:

Harriet Carrier
The Globe Corner Bookstores, 617-649-5700 x27t

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

SPRING COURSE- The Meanings of Islam in Central Asia

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SPRING COURSE- The Meanings of Islam in Central Asia

Posted by: John Schoeberlein <>

Spring Term Course:

The Meanings of Islam in Central Asia
Islamic Civilizations 160
John Schoeberlein

Spring term, Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 (First meeting: Wed., Jan. 30)
Room: CGIS South S-354

The course examines the changing role of Islam in Central Asia through
history from a multidisciplinary perspective. It considers the
diversity and multi-dimensionality of Islam as it influences social,
cultural, political and religious life. Themes include: Islam and
social order; Islam under Russian and Communist rule; Sufism,
modernist Islam, "fundamentalism" and other forms of belief and
practice; and the dynamic new role of Islam in the region following
independence in 1991.

The following are some of the major topics to be addressed:

1) The historical development and diversity of Islamic civilization in
Central Asia.
2) Islam under the rule of the Russian empire, the Soviet Union, and
independent states.
3) Islam and its relations to other traditions: Issues of conversion,
syncretism, and confrontation with other religious traditions and
belief systems.
4) Islam as religion and belief system: Central Asia's role in the
broader traditions, schools, orders and reform movements.
5) Islamic principles of social order: Hereditary roles, teachers,
judges, healers, Islamic principles of authority, of community, of
family relations, and of government and participation.
6) Islam as way of life: Ritual practice, other Muslim cultural
practices, principles of daily behavior, and the mixture of Muslim
ways of being with Soviet and post-Soviet ways.
7) Islam as a principle and structure of political mobilization:
Islamic opposition, state legitimacy, reform, and "fundamentalism";
Roles of Islamic movements in relation to secular, non-Islamic, or
anti-Islamic regimes.

The realm of Islam in Central Asia is currently undergoing tremendous
change with far-reaching implications for the future of the region and
beyond -- making it a fascinating topic to explore.

Please pass this information on to other who you think might be
interested in joining the course.

For more information, contact:

Dr. John Schoeberlein \ Director
Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus
Davis Center \ Harvard University
1730 Cambridge St., Room S-320 \ Cambridge, MA 02138 \ USA
tel.: +1/617-495-4338
Central Asia Program website:

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EVENT- Armenian Music of Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939), Jan. 17, Ann Arbor

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EVENT- Armenian Music of Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939), Jan. 17, Ann Arbor

Thursday, January 17, 2008
Please save this date and time 7:30 pm
for a very special, unique Armenian Event, sponsored by
the Tekeyan Cultural Association, at The Armenian Congregational Church,
26210 West 12 Mile Rd. (at Franklin Road, near Northwestern Highway,
between Northwestern and Telegraph), Southfield, Michigan 48034-1772
Church T: 248.352.0680

Our Concert of Armenian music of
Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939)
Performed by singers
Maro Partamian, mezzo-soprano and Rubik Mailian, lyric tenor
and pianist Armena Marderosian,
(wife of Grikor Suni's grandson U. Michigan Professor Ronald Grigor Suny)
with great granddaughters of the composer Grikor Mirzaian Suni
Violinist sisters Sevan Siranoush Suni, 25 and Anoush Tamar Suni, 20
Anoush Suni will also play oud

Armenian composer, musicologist, conductor, and teacher Grikor
Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939) is one of the founders of modern Armenian
music. Born east of Lake Sevan in Getabek village, he was raised in
the eastern reaches of Historic Armenia, in Shushi (now part of
Azerbaijan). Suni's music is beautiful, soulful, lively classical art
music based in Armenian folk music of his own collecting, and includes
vocal solos and duets, 4-part choral works, orchestral suites, and
instrumental pieces. His music is unique and at the same time
"Armenian", and like the music of Bach is polyphonic, contrapuntal,
and versatile, wonderful on any instruments. From a long line of
Armenian ashough singers, Mirzaian (Suni) worked with all the Armenian
masters of his time, and then at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of
Music, Mirzaian Suni studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov. Suni
collected the songs of Armenians during his wide travels in the
Caucasus, Anatolia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Iran, and India. World war,
revolution, and the genocide of the Ottoman Armenians caused Suni to
flee to the US in 1923, where he conducted church choirs, created
Armenian folk choruses, soloists and orchestras, in New York, Boston,
Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia (where he settled in 1925), and
supported Armenia from afar. His son Gourgen (George) Suny picked up
his father's baton in 1939.

contact: See our website to
hear 4 hours of his music, see photos, read about him, see a 2 minute
video of old Armenian men from the Armenian city of Van dancing in New
York in 1946 "Dancing Vanetsi's", and more!
The Suni Project: Music Preservation is nonprofit 501(c)3 based in Ann
Arbor, MI

Please put this concert date onto your calendars: Thursday, January
17, 2008 at 7:30 pm.

A small admission charge benefits the Tekeyan Cultural Association:
$20, $10 for students. Audience youngest is age 12.

To go to Armenian Congregational Church from Ann Arbor: Take 23 North
to 14 East to 275 North to 696 East to Telegraph Rd = 24 North (OR
take 23 North to 14 East to 96 East to Telegraph Road = 24 North) to
exit Telegraph Rd = 24 at 12 Mile Rd, go LEFT on 12 Mile Rd, almost to
Northwestern Highway to the Armenian Congregational Church.. The
church is on your right at Franklin Rd. before a bank (north side of
12 Mile Road), set back from the road, parallel to the road, with no
visible outside cross: Armenian Congregational Church 26210 West
12Mile Rd, Southfield, MI.

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PUBL.- Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies,, Issue 6/7

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PUBL.- Journal of Power Inst. in Post-Soviet Societies,, Issue 6/7

Posted by: Journal of Power Inst in Post-Soviet Soc <>

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to inform you that a new issue (6/7) of the Journal of
Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies ( on "The
Social and Political Role of War Veterans" is now available on-line.

You will find below the table of contents.


Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
Chief Editor

Issue 6/7 - 2007 – The Social and Political Role of War Veterans

Introduction by Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski (6/7 issue editor)

The Social and Political Role of War Veterans - Articles

Pavel Petrovich Shcherbinin
The Peculiarities of Social Welfare for Military Service Veterans in
the Russian Empire, 18th through early 20th Centuries (in Russian)

Natalia Danilova
Veterans' Policy in Russia: a Puzzle of Creation

Amandine Regamey
La 6e compagnie : les interprétations d'une défaite russe en
Tchétchénie [The 6th Company: debates around a Russian military defeat
in Chechnya]

The Social and Political Role of War Veterans – Conversation

Interview of Tanya Lokshina, President of the Demos center, conducted
by Olga Filippova, Moscow, 11 May 2007

Defence Reform in Central Asia

Erica Marat
State-Propagated Narratives about a National Defender in Central Asian States

Document on Power Ministries

Julian Cooper
The Funding of the Power Agencies of the Russian State

Book Reviews (7 titles)

Zhanna Kormina, Rituals of Departure to the Military Service in Late
Imperial Russia, Moscow: NLO publishing house, 2005, 376 pages.
(reviewed by: Konstantin Vannikov)

Olga Litvak, Conscription and the Search for Modern Russian Jewry,
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006, 273 pages.
(reviewed by: Theodore R. Weeks)

Roger R. Reese, Red Commanders: A Social History of the Soviet Army
Officer Corps, 1918-1991, Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2005,
315 pages.
(reviewed by: Dale Herspring)

Valerii Anisimkov, Russia in the mirror of prison criminal traditions,
Sankt-Petersburg: Iuridicheskii Center Press, 2003, 204 pages.
(reviewed by: Anton Oleynik)

John B. Dunlop, The 2002 Dubrovka and 2004 Beslan Hostage Crises. A
Critique of Russian Counter-Terrorism. With a foreword by Donald N.
Jensen. Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2006, 166 pages.
(reviewed by: Amandine Regamey)

Hana Cervinkova, Playing Soldiers in Bohemia: An Ethnography of NATO
Membership. Prague Studies in Sociocultural Anthropology 4, 2006, 161 pages.
(reviewed by: Marybeth Peterson Ulrich)

Helena Carreiras, Gender and the Military. Women in the Armed Forces
of Western Democracies, London: Routledge (Cass Military Studies),
2006, 262 pages.
(reviewed by: Vincent Porteret)

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JOB- IWGIA Russia Project Coordinator on Indigenous Affairs

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JOB- IWGIA Russia Project Coordinator on Indigenous Affairs

Posted by: Lola García-Alix <>

Russia Project Coordinator

The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) is seeking
a Russia Project Coordinator to take up appointment as soon as
possible, and invites applications from suitably qualified persons.
This is a two-years contract position with the possibility of an
extension. The project coordinator will be employed for a minimum of
30 hours a week.

Duties and responsibilities:
The Russia Project Coordinator will have the following duties and
* Implementation of projects in Russia
* Monitoring, evaluation and project support
* Analysis and project development
* Reporting on the Russia project to IWGIA's committees and board
* Fund raising

The Russia Project Coordinator position is based in IWGIA's secretariat
in Copenhagen but regular travel to the project areas is required.

Qualification and skills required:
* A degree in social science
* Working experience from Russia and knowledge of Russian conditions
* Knowledge of indigenous peoples' issues in Russia
* Experience of project administration, coordination and reporting
* Experience in fund raising
* Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written Russian
and English
* Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
* Analytical ability

The Project Coordinator must be able to take part in IWGIA's other
activities, in cooperation with IWGIA's director, the other
coordinators and the administrative staff.

Submission of Applications:
Applications for this position will only be accepted in electronic
format. The letter of application and CV must be in English.
Applications should be sent to IWGIA's director, Lola García-Alix at

Further information about IWGIA, can be found at For
informal inquiries, please contact Lola García-Alix at (+45) 35 27 05 10
or Kathrin Wessendorf at (+45) 35 27 05 02

Application Deadline: 28 January at 12 noon.

Lola García-Alix
Classensgade 11 E
2100 København Ø
Tel.: +45 35 27 05 00 Fax: +45 35 27 05 07

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CONCERTS- Alash Ensemble, Tuvan Throat Singers, Cambridge and Boston

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CONCERTS- Alash Ensemble, Tuvan Throat Singers, Cambridge and Boston

Posted by: Johanna Kovitz <>

ALASH, throat singers from the Central Asian Republic of Tuva, will
present a triple offering to Bostonians in January: a concert at Lily
Pad, a free lecture/performance at New England Conservatory, and for
the first time a workshop at the HeARTbeat Collective, where would-be
throat singers will have a rare opportunity to study with the masters.

Friday, January 18
Alash Concert
Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge St.
(Inman Square)
Cambridge MA 02139
8:00 p.m.

Monday, January 21
Workshop in Throat Singing, taught by members of Alash
HeARTbeat Collective
35 Wyman St.
Jamaica Plain MA 02130
12:00-2:30 pm for beginners
3:30-6:00 pm for those with some experience
$30 one session, $50 two sessions
Enrollment limited; advance registration required:

Wednesday, January 23
Alash, Music from Tuva
New England Conservatory
(performance-lecture sponsored by NEC Intercultural Institute)
Williams Hall
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston MA 02115
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Free & open to the public

Information about Alash, Tuvan throat singing, and Alash events
outside of Boston can be found at

Johanna Kovitz
Boston organizer for Alash

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JOB- ACDI/VOCA Kyrgyzstan, Deputy Chief of Party/Association Specialist

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JOB- ACDI/VOCA Kyrgyzstan, Deputy Chief of Party/Association Specialist

Posted by: Almazbek Aldayarov <>

For 43 years and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in
developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy.
Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international
development consultancy firm that delivers technical and management
assistance in agribusiness systems, financial services, enterprise
development and community development in order to promote broad-based
economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has
approximately 90 projects in 40 countries and revenues of
approximately $90 million.

We are currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party / Senior Association
Specialist based in Kyrgyzstan for immediate placement. The DCOP will
support the management of an on-going four-year project in Central
Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan). The project
focuses on expanding rural and agricultural lending services by
strengthening national microfinance associations, credit unions, and
other lenders that are willing to undertake innovative approaches to
serving agricultural and rural areas. We are looking to fill this
position as soon as possible.

* provide overall management responsibility for Component I -
Financial Sector Growth
* overall technical direction for the four Central Asian Microfinance
Associations (MFAs)
* support to MFAs to develop business plans and financial projections
* provide hands-on training and technical assistance to MFAs
* assist in various trainings, study tours and conferences.
* develop and monitor MFAs budgets
* supervise and ensure all grants management practices strictly
adhere to all conditions and requirements with USAID
* participate in all MFA assessment activities and the Action Plans

* minimum of 3 years experience in the association development,
microfinance, and training activities is required
* regional experience is required
* demonstrated proficiency in the field of people and project
management, strategic planning and monitoring & evaluation is preferred
* familiarity with USAID procedures and policies is highly preferred
* proven track record of building relationships with associations,
governmental organizations as well as private organizations is required
* established track record of achieving results within difficult
working environments is preferred
* fluency in both English and Russian languages is required

How to Apply:

Please apply by e-mailing to Ms. Bermet Imankulova,

Almazbek Aldayarov
IT Specialist
55 Suyumbaev str., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Tel. 681608, 681557
Fax 681721

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PUBL.- Marco Buttino, Revoliutsiia naoborot [An Upside Down Revolution - in Russian]

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PUBL.- M. Buttino, Revoliutsiia naoborot [An Upside Down Revolution-in Russian]

Posted by: Marco Buttino <>

The Italian Association for the Study of Central Asia and the Caucasus (ASIAC)
is glad to announce the publication of:

Revoliutsiia naoborot, Sredniaia Aziia mezhdu padeniem tsarskoi imperii i
obrazovaniem SSSR
(An Upside Down Revolution, Central Asia between the Collapse of the Tsarist
Empire and the Formation of the USSR)

Translation from Italian: Nikolaj Okhotin
Afterword: Alberto Masoero
Translation of the revised edition of: "La rivoluzione capovolta", Napoli 2003
Author: Marco Buttino
Editor: Zven'ya, Moskva 2007, 447 pp.
Price: $30 (20 Euro)

The book deals with the history of Turkestan (the region of Central Asia
which is currently made up of the Republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,
Tajikistan and Kirghizia) in the first quarter of the twentieth century. The
main focus is on the complex social and political dynamics which were set
off by the collapse of the Tsarist empire and the rise of the Soviet regime.
The study is heavily based on still unused primary sources, gathered in
Moscow, Tashkent and Ferghana. They range from the reports of the tsarist
administration on the state of the colony to the newspapers of Tashkent and
Vernyi, from the papers in the military, state and party archives to the
documents produced by the various levels of the local administration.

The study provides a fresh account of the events of this turbulent period by
highlighting the diversity of situations that characterised the various
parts of the region and the different contexts of Turkestan society. A
large part of the book is therefore devoted to an in-depth analysis of three
particularly illuminating cases: Tashkent, the headquarters of the Russian
political and military power; the Ferghana valley, a region where the armed
resistance against the Soviets (basmachestvo) was particularly strong; and
the Semirech'e, a nomads' region in which famine and the ensuing social
conflict assume catastrophic dimensions.

The book is distributed world-wide by Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga, (the Russian books exporter from 1923, with a good
selection of leading humanities publishers from Russia)

For further information contact:

Marco Buttino
University of Torino, Dipartimento di Storia
via S.Ottavio 20
10124 Torino

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PROG. INFO.- MA Program, Univ. of Toronto, European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

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PROG. INFO.- MA Program, Univ. of Toronto, European, Russian & Eurasian Studies

Posted by: Ed Schatz <>

MA Program in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
University of Toronto

The MA Program at the University of Toronto's Centre for European,
Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) offers students the opportunity
to engage in a comprehensive, rigorous and hands-on study program.
CERES has some of the top faculty in their fields and provides
generous funding to MA candidates through fellowships or financial
support for internships, language training and study abroad
opportunities. Our students typically are engaged in research or
training internationally, with advisory and logistical support from
CERES. This field component sets us apart from other MA programs.

In addition to a diverse array of courses, the MA program has an
important practical dimension; we host two or more workshops per year
with key practitioners from the region. This is over and above our
busy agenda of seminars and conferences. Every week, top specialists
from around the world take part in an engaging series of debates at
the Munk Centre. Students are encouraged as well to develop their own
projects and initiatives, and every year CERES students host their own
graduate student conference.

CERES is an excellent place to deepen one's understanding of Central
Asian states and societies, as well as their vibrant external links to
the broader region, however defined. Toronto is a truly multicultural
city of over 2.5 million residents, and it is a major transportation
hub, with myriad nonstop flights to major cities across the US,
Europe, and beyond.

Applications received by February 15, 2008, will be considered for
funding. For more information on the CERES MA program and for
application materials, please consult:

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GRANTS- IREX Grant Opportunity for US Scholars and Professionals

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GRANTS- IREX Grant Opportunity for US Scholars and Professionals

Posted by: Nicole Mechem <>

2008-2009 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program

Application Deadline: February 1, 2008

IREX's STG Program seeks to attract, select, and support in-depth
field research by US scholars and experts in policy-relevant subject
areas related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia, as well as to
disseminate knowledge about these regions to a wide network of
constituents in the United States and abroad. The STG Program provides
fellows with the means to conduct in-country research on contemporary
political, economic, historical, and cultural developments relevant to
US foreign policy. The STG Program plays a vital role in supporting
the emergence of a dedicated and knowledgeable cadre of US scholars
and experts who can enrich the US understanding of developments in
Southeast Europe and Eurasia.

STG provides fellowships for up to eight weeks to US postdoctoral
scholars and holders of other graduate degrees (MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA,
MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) for independent or collaborative research projects
in Europe and Eurasia.

Eligible Countries of Research Focus

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia,
Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Grant Provisions
* International coach class round-trip transportation from the US to
the host country/countries for the period of grant awarded;
* A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses, based on
IREX's pre-established country-specific rates (IREX will determine
your housing amount at the time of your grant award, based on your
city/cities of placement);
* Travel visas: IREX will pay for and assist with fellows' visas for
travel related to the fellowship; and
* Emergency evacuation insurance. Please note that IREX does not
provide health insurance, only emergency evacuation insurance.

Note that this fellowship is only available to applicants that are US
citizens or have permanent residency in the United States.

Application materials are available on the STG website at

For more information about the program and application details, visit or contact

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JOBS- Dept. of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, Univ. of Athens

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JOBS- Dept. of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, Univ. of Athens

Posted by: Ioannis Grigoriadis <>

Call for Declaration of Interest

The Department of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, University of Athens is
intending to hire in the near future a number of scholars whose expertise
overlaps with the Department's current curriculum. For more information,
please consult the Department's website at

Interested scholars are kindly requested to submit until 31 January 2008
their curriculum vitae (including publications), either by post (Department
of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, University of Athens Kaplanon 6, Athens
GR-106 80, Greece), or by email to the attention of Ms. Aekaterini
Pavlopoulou (

The Acting President of the Department
Prof. Athanassios Markopoulos

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CONF./CFP- Transformations: Researching Asia, York University, Canada, Sept. 26-28, 2008

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CONF./CFP- Transformations: Researching Asia, York Univ., Canada, Sept. 26-28

Posted by: Alicia Filipowich <>

Call for Papers

Transformations: Researching Asia
York Centre for Asian Research Graduate Student Conference
York University, Toronto, Canada
September 26-28, 2008

Call for Papers deadline: April 1, 2008

What does it mean to "research Asia?"

Asian Studies is a growing field within and, we hope, beyond Area
Studies. Recent developments in Asian research reflect modern and
contemporary events across a wide range of disciplines. As the body of
research on Asia grows, questions concerning the production and
mediation of "Asia" become more pressing. The critical and fundamental
questions "What is Asia?" and "How to study Asia?" remain unresolved
and contested. As a field, moreover, Asian Studies remains driven by
disciplinary divides; interdisciplinary intersections remain
disappointingly rare.

With this conference we seek to address the epistemology and
methodology of researching Asia within and beyond the geographical and
disciplinary constraints traditionally associated with Area Studies.
We invite papers from graduate students engaged in interdisciplinary
research in Asian Studies focusing on the modern and contemporary periods.

Possible paper topics could address (but are not limited to) these
* Epistemology of Asian Studies
* Orientalism & Re-Orientalism
* Time and Temporality
* North/South Divide
* Race and Ethnicity
* Race, Gender, and Class
* Body and Representation
* Media and Technology
* Art and Visual Culture
* Methodology and Practices in Asian Studies
* Knowledge/Power
* Modernity
* Globalization
* Migration and Diaspora
* Positioning and Subjectivity
* Sexuality
* Environmental Challenges
* Music and Performing Arts

Interested participants should submit a paper title, abstract (250
words maximum) and brief biographical information by April 1, 2008.
Selected participants must submit completed papers by August 1, 2008.
Inquiries and email submissions can be sent to the conference
organizers at: More
information about the conference can be found on the conference

This Conference is hosted by the York Centre for Asian Research at
York University. York University has a proud history as a leader in
innovative and creative learning approaches with an emphasis on
multidisciplinary research that covers wide geographical areas. This
Conference reflects the strengths of York faculty and students in
interdisciplinary approaches to research and learning. For more
information about the Centre: please visit:

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FELLOWSHIPS- American Institute of Afghanistan Studies

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FELLOWSHIPS- American Institute of Afghanistan Studies

Posted by: Michael Carroll <>

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies

2008 John F. Richards Fellowship Program

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) invites
applications for support of short term research or other scholarly
projects that will advance the knowledge of Afghanistan. Applicants
should be at the post-doctoral level or have equivalent professional
experience. The Fellowship will support work focusing on any aspect
of Afghanistan studies, but cannot currently be used within, or for
travel to, Afghanistan. The maximum award for each fellowship will be
$6500. The application deadline is April 1, 2008 with an anticipated
award date of May 1, 2008. The project or research must be completed
by October 1, 2008. Eligibility is limited to US citizens and
permanent residents.

For application and additional information, please go to or contact AIAS at

2008 Getty Research Exchange Fellowship Program for the Mediterranean
Basin and Middle East

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies and the Council of
American Overseas Research Centers announce a new fellowship program
open to scholars who are Afghan citizens and who have already obtained
a Ph.D. or have professional experience in the study or preservation
of cultural heritage and who wish to undertake a specific research
project at an overseas research centers in another country. Funded by
the Getty Foundation, the fellowships require scholars to affiliate
with one of the following overseas research centers: American Academy
in Rome; American Center of Oriental Research (Amman); American
Institute for Maghrib Studies (Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria);
American Institute for Yemeni Studies (Sana'a); American Research
Center in Egypt (Cairo); American Research Institute in Turkey
(Istanbul and Ankara); American School of Classical Studies at Athens;
Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (Nicosia); and the
W.F Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Jerusalem). The
deadline for this application is February 15, 2008.

For application and additional information, please go to or contact AIAS at

Michael Carroll
Center Administrator
American Institute of Afghanistan Studies
745 Commonwealth Ave. Rm. 639
Boston, MA 02215

Fax: 617-358-4650

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LECTURE- Rise of the SCO in Central Asia: Western Foreign Policy Reactions, Alexander Cooley, SRC-AUCA, Jan. 16

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LECTURE- Rise of the SCO in Central Asia: Western Reactions, SRC-AUCA, Jan. 16

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Social Research Center at American University of Central Asia
( presents:

Lecture: "The Rise of the SCO in Central Asia: Western Foreign Policy

Speaker: Alexander Cooley, Ph.D, Columbia University, USA

Time: 17.00, January 16th, 2008

Venue: 315, AUCA (Main Building)

Language: English (Interpretation into Russian will be arranged, if

Abstract: The rise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a main
regional organization in Central Asia is drawing increasing concern and
criticism in Western foreign policy establishments. Since its 2005 summit
declarations, when the organization declared that US military bases in
Central Asia should be removed now that their original mission in
Afghanistan has been completed, Western analysts have viewed the SCO as a
threat to Western interests in Central Asia. Specifically, the SCO is viewed
as a regional organization through which Russia and China can exert pressure
on the smaller Central Asian states to promote their regional interests and
check the influence of the United States. Western observers are also
concerned about the group's potential as an Energy Club and Iran's potential
membership in the organization. This lecture argues against this prevailing
view that sees the SCO as an anti-American military alliance. Rather, I will
argue that the true role of the SCO lies in providing necessary regional
public goods for the Central Asian states, but doing so in a way that does
not involve itself in the internal decision-making or domestic politics of
member countries. Unlike Western organizations operating in the region such
as the OSCE, the World Bank or the EU, the SCO is fostering cooperative
initiatives without placing political or economic conditions on member
states. Accordingly, the author concludes that the SCO, from the Western
perspective, does challenge Western interests in the region, but not as a
military alliance. Rather, the SCO undermines the influence and authority of
Western international organizations that traditionally have performed
regional functions such as monitoring elections, promoting human rights,
funding large developmental projects and providing humanitarian assistance.

Bio: Alexander Cooley is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard
College and Columbia University's School of International and Public
Affairs. He earned both his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (1999) from Columbia
University. Cooley is the author of several books and scholarly articles
that examine the international relations of the post-Soviet states, with a
focus on Central Asia. His first book, Logics of Hierarchy (Cornell
University Press 2005), examined Soviet legacies in Central Asia and was
awarded the 2006 Marshall Shulman Prize by the American Association for the
Advancement for Slavic Studies (AASS) for outstanding book on the
international relations of the post-Communist states. His new book - Base
Politics: Democratic Change and the U.S. Military Overseas (Cornell
University Press, 2008)- examines the domestic politics surrounding U.S.
overseas military bases in East Asia, Southern Europe and the post-Communist
states (including Kyrgyzstan).

In addition to his academic work, Professor Cooley has published articles in
Foreign Affairs magazine and has contributed opinion pieces to the New York
Times and International Herald Tribune. He has been a Transatlantic Fellow
with the German Marshall Fund in Brussels (2005) and an International
Security Fellow with the Smith Richardson Foundation (2007). Cooley also
taught a class at the American University in Kyrgyzstan in 1998.

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FELLOWSHIP- Project on Local Self-Government in Rural Russia, Frankfurt Univ.

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FELLOWSHIP- Project on Local Self-Government in Rural Russia, Frankfurt Univ.

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Prof. Dr. Peter Lindner

The Department of Human Geography at Frankfurt University invites
applications for a Research and Teaching Assistant
(wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) BAT IIa 50%, three year term

to work on a World Bank co-funded project on local government reform
in rural Russia. The contract is based on the regulations of the
"Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz" and the "Hessische Hochschulgesetz".

The project will examine the implications of the ongoing reforms of
local self government in rural Russia for the quality of communal
services and the establishment of a property right regime in the
former collective farms. The successful candidate will be responsible
for the primary and secondary
data collection, participant observation and document analysis.

This post will involve extensive travel to the Russian Federation and
the USA and offers the opportunity to work on a PhD thesis.
It can be upgraded to BAT IIa equivalent depending on the approval of
a respective project proposal.

The successful candidate will have to teach at the Department of Human
Geography at Frankfurt University and participate in academic

Candidates should have a Master degree, Magister Artium or University
Diploma in Human Geography or a related discipline and have experience
of conducting interviews and analyzing data, preferably in a
transition or developing economy setting. English, German and Russian language
skills are required.

Further information about the Department of Human Geography at
Frankfurt University can be
found at

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Prof. Dr.
Peter Lindner on Tel.: +49 (0)69
79822663 or e-mail:

Please send your application in English as a pdf-file to:
Prof. Dr. Peter Lindner
Department of Human Geography, J.W. Goethe-University Frankfurt,
Robert-Mayer-Str. 8
60325 Frankfurt a.M., Germany
Closing date for applications: 19 January 2008

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PUBL.- SSRC Dissertation Development Workshop: Violence in Eurasia, New York, Apr. 4-6

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PUBL.- SSRC Dissertation Devel. Workshop: Violence in Eurasia, NYC, Apr. 4-6

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Times of Trouble: Violence in Eurasia from Past to Present New York City
April 4-6, 2008

Application Submission Deadline: January 16, 2008

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 or contact program staff at

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

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EVENT- Joint Holocaust-Armenian Genocide Exhibit on Sunday, Jan. 20, ALMA, Watertown

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EVENT- Joint Holocaust-Armenian Genocide Exhibit on Sunday, Jan. 20, ALMA

Posted by: Armenian Library and Museum <>

The Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) will be hosting a
joint Holocaust - Armenian Genocide exhibit on Sunday, January 20,
2008 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ALMA is located in the heart of the Watertown
Square (65 Main Street, Watertown MA.) The goal of the event is to
further enhance the bond between two peoples who have each suffered
horrific crimes against humanity, as they continue to recognize common
ground and share a hope for a better future.

The Holocaust exhibit will include photos, video, and valuables
formerly belonging to inmates at Auschwitz that have been recently
unveiled by 92-year-old Holocaust survivor and Brighton resident Meyer
Hack. As a laundry worker, Hack retrieved these pieces from inmates'
clothing when the latter were removed from them. Miraculously, he hid
them from the Nazis throughout his years in the camps. These artifacts
have not been publicly displayed yet, and after this event, they will
be installed at the Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in a
special ceremony.

The Armenian Genocide exhibit, "In Memoriam" the only permanent
exhibit on Armenian Genocide in the United States, is a memorial to
the most tragic of all events in Armenia's 3,000 year-old history. The
exhibit pays tribute to more than 1.5 million victims of the first
Genocide of the 20th century. ALMA's exhibit is intended to help the
visitor "feel" the Genocide as well as "learn" about it by conveying
the horror of those deaths along with statistics and other accounts in
text and photographs. The Armenian Genocide exhibit will be
accompanied by additional photographs from Project SAVE Armenian
Photograph Archives. Among these will be photographs of concentration
camps taken by an Armenian WWII photographer from Belmont.

Mr. Meyer Hack, Holocaust survivor and resident of Brighton and Mr.
Kevork Norian, an Armenian Genocide survivor and resident of
Arlington, will be the keynote speakers of the event. Introductions
will be done by WBZ radio talk host Jordan Rich. In addition to the
exhibit and Mr. Hack's and Mr. Norian's personal stories, the event
will include ethnic music by Armenian and Jewish performers Martin
Haroutunian, Ara Sarkissian, Cantor Robbie Solomon, Glenn Dickson and
Grant Smith, poetry recitals, as well as religious invocations by
Armenian clergy and Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, from Temple Beth Zion in

Honored guests of the event include State Senator Edward M. Augustus
Jr., State Rep. Ruth B. Balser, State Rep. William N. Brownsberger,
State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, State Senator Anthony D. Galluccio,
State Rep. Peter J. Koutoujian, State Rep. Alice H. Peisch, State Rep.
Frank I. Smizik, State Rep. Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., State Senator
Marian Walsh, State Rep. Alice K. Wolf, WWII veteran and Dachau
liberator Cranston "Chan" Rogers.

The event is sponsored by the following organizations:
* The Armenian Library and Museum of America
* The Armenian National Committee of America
* The Armenian Assembly of America
* Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives
* The Holocaust Center, Boston North
* Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark
University, Worcester
* Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline

Armenian and Kosher refreshments will be served at the event which is
free and open to the public. It will be alcohol-free, all ages, and
handicapped-accessible. There is on-street parking as well as a large
municipal parking lot behind the building. ALMA is very close to the
Mass. Turnpike Exit 17 and is on the route of many MBTA buses
( For more information please contact Christie Hardiman
at ALMA (617.926.2562 ext. 4) or Susie Davidson (617-566-7557) or

Armenian Genocide Exhibit and event questions:
Christie Hardiman, Public Relations Coordinator
Armenian Library and Museum of America
Phone: 617-926-2562, ext. 4
Fax: 617-926-0175

Holocaust exhibit questions:
Susie Davidson, Journalist and Author
Phone: 617-566-7557

About the Organizers

Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA)

Founded in 1971, ALMA's mission is to present and preserve the
culture, history, art and contributions of the Armenian people to
Americans and Armenians alike. Since its inception, ALMA's collection
has grown to over 26,000 books and 20,000 artifacts, making it perhaps
the largest and most diverse holding of Armenian cultural artifacts
outside of Armenia. As a repository for heirlooms, the collection now
represents a major resource not only for Armenian studies research,
but as well as for preservation and illustration of the Armenian
heritage. In 1988, ALMA acquired a 30,000 square foot facility in
Watertown, MA – one of North America's oldest and most active Armenian
communities. The facility includes exhibition galleries, Library,
administrative offices, function hall, climate-controlled vaults and
conservation lab.

ALMA is the only independent Armenian Museum in the Diaspora funded
solely through contributions of individual supporters. An active Board
of Trustees and volunteer base augments the museum's staff. Museum's
active schedule of changing exhibits includes the use of the library
primarily by researchers and interested general public seeking
research materials on Armenians. In addition, the museum sponsors
lecture and presentation program on related topics.

Hours: Friday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: Free admission
for ALMA Members; $2 for students; $5 for non-members; Children 12 and
under are free. Driving Directions: Take route 95 to 128 to 90 (Mass
Pike East) towards Watertown. Take exit 17-Watertown/Newton. Go
North 1 mile towards Watertown Square. As you cross the small bridge,
get into the 2 left lanes. Turn left onto Main Street. Turn right
onto Church Street, and then turn right into the municipal parking
lot. MBTA Buses: 71, 70/70A, 57, 52, 59, 502, 504. Please visit for schedules and maps.

Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives
Founded in 1975 by Ruth Thomasian, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph
Archives is dedicated to saving the photographic heritage of the
worldwide Armenian community. The Archives collects, documents, and
preserves photographs of all subjects and time periods relating to
Armenian people, their culture, and their country. Documenting the
work of Armenian photographers is of special interest. With
collections of more than 25,000 images, Project SAVE Archives promotes
Armenian culture and history by making its photographs available for
public use. Learn more about the archives at or
call 617-923-4542.

Armenian National Committee of America
The Armenian National Committee is a grassroots Armenian American
grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a
network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United
States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANC actively
advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad
range of issues

Armenian Assembly of America
The Armenian Assembly, established in 1972, is a Washington-based
nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness
of Armenian issues. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership

Armenian Library and Museum of America, Inc.
65 Main Street
Watertown MA 02472

Tel: 617 926 2562
Fax: 617 926 0175

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PUBL.- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 6, 2007

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Posted by: Murad Esenov <>

PUBL.- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 6, 2007

Please find the contents of no. 6(48), 2007 of the "Central Asia and the
Caucasus" journal (in English and Russian) below. The issue will be
published in early January.

Central Asia and the Caucasus
Journal of Social and Political Studies
No.6 (48), 2007

In this issue:


Nartsiss Shukuralieva. Problems of Constitutionalism in the Republic of

Abdulla Abdukhalilov. States and Special Features of the Administrative
Reforms in the Republic of Uzbekistan

Askar Abdrakhmanov. Tajikistan Today: Economics and Politics at Home and

Energy Policy and Energy Projects in Central Eurasia

Igor Tomberg. Energy Policy and Energy Projects in Central Eurasia

Rustam Makhmudov. The Growing Role of Natural Gas in the Eurasian Energy

Elnur Madinov. Present-Day Titanomachy or the Nature of Energy Geopolitics
in Central Asia

Sergey Smirnov. The Gas Pipelines: a Game of Caspian Patience

Pan Guang. China and Energy Security in Central Asia

Demur Chomakhidze. Georgia: Energy Policy

Valentina Kasymova, Batyrkul Baetov. The Kyrgyz Republic: the Present and
Future of Interstate Cooperation in the Energy Sphere

Regional Politics

Jahangir Kakharov. Regional Cooperation in Central Asia as Seen from

Yitzhak Shichor. Limping on Two Legs: Uyghur Diaspora Organizations and the
Prospects for Eastern Turkestan Independence

Marat Nurgaliev, Timur Shaymergenov. Japanese Diplomacy makes new Headway in
Central Asia: Its Problems, Expectations, and Prospects

Regional Economies

Gulnur Rakhmatullina. Central Asia: Economic Cooperation Potential

Orazaly Sabden, Vyacheslav Dodonov. Kazakhstan's National Competitiveness

For Your Information

The Special Feature section in the next issues will discuss:

* Regional Centers of Power (Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India) and their Policy
in Central Eurasia

* The GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development in Regional
and International Dimensions

* Central Eurasia: Politics Today

If you are interested to go into more details about the content of the
articles you may find all necessary information on our Internet home-page: or

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PUBL.- Aspects of Research into Central Asian Buddhism, Series: Silk Road Studies

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PUBL.- Aspects of Research into Central Asian Buddhism

Posted by: Ludo Grard <>

We are delighted to announce to you the sixteenth volume in the series
"Silk Road Studies" : Aspects of Research into Central Asian Buddhism.
The book is published in honour of Prof. Kogi Kudara. The publication
date is scheduled for February 2008.

Peter Zieme (ed.)
Aspects of Research into Central Asian Buddhism. In Memoriam Kogi Kudara

483 p., 160 x 240 mm, 2008, SRS 16, PB, ISBN 978-2-503-52751-2, EUR 75

Series: Silk Road Studies, vol. 16
Publication date scheduled for March 2008

Table of contents:

Peter Zieme, "Preface"
Peter Zieme et alii, "Kogi Kudara, A Bibliography"
Geng Shimin, "Study on the Uighur Text Abitaki (3)"
Harry Halén, "Mannerheim and the French Expedition of Paul Pelliot"
György Kara, "Uygur Verbs of Compassion"
Yukiyo Kasai, "Die uigurische Überlieferung der Legende von der
Gründung des Tempels Baimasi"
Koichi Kitsudo, "Supplements to Uighur Agama Fragments"
Robert Kritzer, "Dar antika and Sautrantika in the Abhidharmadipa"
Kogi Kudara (edited by Juten Oda), "On an Uigur pustaka Book of the
Buddhist Text Bayangjing from the Grotto 181 of Dunhuang in the Paris
Dai Matsui, "A Mongolian Decree from the Chaghataid Khanate Discovered
at Dunhuang"
Dieter Maue, "The Equanimity of the Tatha Gata"
Takao Moriyasu, "Chronology of West Uighur Buddhism: Re-examination of
the Dating of the Wall-paintings in the Grünwedel Cave No. 8 (New: No.
18), Bezeklik"
Mehmet Ölmez, "Alttürkische Etymologien (2)"
Simone-Christiane Raschmann & Ablet Semet, "Neues zur alttürkischen
'Geschichte von der hungrigen Tigerin'"
Christiane Reck, "Ein Kreuz zum Andenken. Die Katalogisierung der
buddhistischen soghdischen Fragmente der Berliner Turfansammlung"
Klaus Röhrborn, "Über die Genese der deadjektivischen Abstrakta des Türkischen"
Klaus T. Schmidt, T"HT 107 'Die Speisung des Bodhisattva vor der
Erleuchtung'. Die westtocharische Version im Vergleich mit der
Sanskritfassung der Mulasarvasti vadins"
Osman F. Sertkaya & Dai Matsui, "On a 'Silver' Document"
Masahiro Shogaito, "Uighur Abhidharmakosabhaya-ika Tattvartha
preserved in China"
Jonathan Silk, "Forbidden Women"
Werner Sundermann, "Ananda enters into the Buddha's Service. Edition
of a Sogdian Fragment from the Mahayana Mahaparinirvaa-sutra"
Aloïs van Tongerloo, "The Apocalyptic Manichaean Text TM 180"
Jens Wilkens, "Maitrisimit und Maitreyasamitinaaka"
Abdurishid Yakup, "Berlin Fragments of the Block-printed Uyghur
Edition of the Buddhavata saka-sutra in Forty Volumes"
Yutaka Yoshida, "The Brahmajala-sutra in Sogdian"
Peter Zieme, "Some Bilingual Manuscripts of the Xuanzang Biography"

Prof. Dr. Peter Zieme is Leader of the research group
"Turfanforschung" at the Berlin-Brandenburgische
Akademie der Wissenschaften

Brepols Publishers
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2300 Turnhout
Tel +32 14 448030
Fax +32 14 428919

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

My best wishes to you for 2008

Here is the photo that I didn't manage to include in my previous message....


With Best Wishes for 2008

We start our lives with little sense of what prompts the worse things that people do. The clumsy, terribly destructive, and almost senseless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan stick in my mind as low points of our era, for what humanity can achieve. But our one-year-old, Kanat enjoying a peach, shows me what our innate love of life draws us toward instead.

May we approach 2008, like a clean page, ready to make the best of life -- approaching as well as we can the wisdom of the newly born.

May we all fulfill the best and partake of the best in 2008 !

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