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CFA- ASIAC Samarkand Summer School, Aug. 17-Sept. 11

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CFA- ASIAC Samarkand Summer School, Aug. 17-Sept. 11

Posted by: Beatrice Penati <>

ASIAC Samarkand Summer School
4th edition
August 17th ­ September 11th, 2009
Application deadline: April 20th, 2009

The Italian Society for Central Asian and Caucasian Studies (ASIAC, is pleased to announce the fourth edition of its
Summer School, to be held in Samarkand in cooperation with the local
State Institute for Foreign Languages (SamSIFL,, and the support of the
University of Turin ( The School's syllabus
includes intensive courses in Uzbek, Tajik or Russian, as well as
afternoon seminars and excursions to places of historical,
archaeological and/or anthropological interest in Samarkand city and
in the region. The Samarkand Summer School can rely on solid links
with local and international scholars and research institutions.

Language courses and seminars will take place in the central building
of the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages. The duration of
the school is four weeks.

Participation is limited to 15 MA or PhD students, selected on the
basis of their CV and motivation (see Application procedure).


The 2009 edition comprises:

1. Language training in Uzbek, Russian, Tajik (literary and/or sheva-i
Samarqandi). Daily classes are structured in group sessions for up to
five students according to language level. Lessons are held by
qualified teaching staff from the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign
Languages and the Samarkand State University. Each language course has
the duration of 80 hours and includes grammar lessons, exercises and

2. Our seminar programme aims at offering a wide-range insight of
ongoing research projects, both by confirmed and younger scholars,
including some Uzbek colleagues. Invited speakers are asked to share
their own research experience (fieldwork, methods, sources) with the
participants, as well as to present their results as case-studies. All
the seminars will be held in English, or a translation into English
will be provided. Topics covered by the seminar series will include:

- archival research in Uzbekistan and historical methods
- topics in the history of Tsarist and Soviet Central Asia
- rural and development studies
- long-term landscape history of the Zeravshan region
- borders and minorities issues in contemporary Central Asia
- diasporas and emigration from Central Asia

More topics will be added or adapted according to the specific
interests of this year's participants.

Participants to the Summer School will have the opportunity, if they
wish, to present and discuss their own ongoing researches or projects
during additional seminar sessions.


Home-stay in selected families where the language of communication
will be the one chosen by the student
Bed and Breakfast

Registration fees

The basic fee is 1000 euro. Selected participants will be asked to
transfer 100 euro by May 2009 to confirm their registration. The
remaining 900 euro will be paid once in Samarkand.
This includes the School's pedagogical offer, registration (OVIR)
fees, travel costs from Tashkent to Samarkand and return. Our partner,
SamSIFL, is providing visa assistance (LOI) for the duration of the

- Travel fares to and from Uzbekistan, visa expenses and food expenses
are not included. Staying in Tashkent before or after the School is
not included either, but we offer assistance to book a room in a hotel
or hostel, and assistance at the airport.
- Accommodation (including all breakfasts) will be paid separately.
Home-stay costs 200 euro, whereas staying in a B&B will cost approx.
20-25 USD/night. Once the number of those wishing to stay in a B&B
will be known, the School's organisers will negotiate the best
possible deal.

More about us:

About the Italian Society for Central Asian and Caucasian Studies (ASIAC): [for information about past editions, feedback,
and some photos]

Advisory Board

Dr. Bayram Balci, French Institute for Central Asian Studies (IFEAC), Tashkent
Prof. Marco Buttino, University of Turin, Italy [President of ASIAC]
Prof. Adeeb Khalid, Carleton College, Minneapolis
Prof. Shahriyor Safarov, Rector of the Samarkand State Institute of
Foreign Languages (SamSIFL)

Summer School Director

Dr. Beatrice Penati
Independent post-doc,
associated to Cercec/EHESS, Paris
Intern at IFEAC (Tashkent).
Mobile +998 93 546 21 33
Home +998 71 252 27 67

Local Coordinator

Piera Viale, Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages (SamSIFL)

Teaching Staff

Prof. Marco Buttino, University of Turin
Dr. Aftandil Erkinov, Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbek Academy of Science
Dr. Azim Malikov, Samarkand State University
Dr. Alexander S. Morrison, University of Liverpool
Dr. Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester
Dr. Bernardo Rondelli, University of Milano Bicocca / Italian
Archaeological Mission

Other teachers will be invited according to the interests and
background of this year's participants.

Do no hesitate to contact us for inquiries about the syllabus or any
other question!

Application Procedure

Applications should be sent by April 20th to our e-mail address:

- Your application must include a motivation letter, your CV (max 3
sheets) and a short outline of your research topic and/or scientific
interests (max 1000 words).
- Please mention the language you wish to learn (Uzbek, Russian, or
Tajik), your level of knowledge, your knowledge of Russian and your
special interests (if any). In particular, if you wish to study Tajik,
please mention if you would prefer literary Tajik or Samarqandi
dialect. If you have already studied Uzbek, please mention if you are
better familiar with the Latin or Cyrillic script.
- Please send all files in .doc format (avoid .pdf or .rtf) and
without photos: otherwise we might not be able to download or open

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