Thursday, May 7, 2009

CONF.- 21st Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium, Univ. of Washington, May 9

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CONF.- 21st Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium, Univ. of Washington, May 9

Posted by: Ilse D Cirtautas <>

University of Washington, Seattle

21st Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium on Central/Inner Asian Studies:
"The Impact of Globalization on the Turkic and Mongolian Culture
and Society"

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Denny Hall 215A-217
9:00 am - 5:30pm

Coffee, Tea and refreshments

Welcome Address: Ilse Cirtautas

"Remembering Nicholas Poppe"

Prof. Emeritus Jerry Norman, Department
of Asian Languages and Literature, University
of Washington

"Aspects of Globalization"
(tentative title)
Prof. Stephen Hanson, Vice-Provost of Global Affairs
University of Washington


10:40- 10:50
Coffee/Tea Break

"Uzbekistan's Encounter with Globalization"

Prof. Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages
and Civilization,
University of Washington

[After the almost complete isolation from western influences
for more than seventy years during Soviet colonialism all the
Central Asian republics experienced, since independence in 1991,
a constant flow of western ideas, attitudes and material goods.
This paper attempts to show the influence of globalization,
experienced as a process of westernization, and the reaction
to it in Uzbekistan. Similar developments can be observed also
in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.


"Chingis's Posse Or Why Mongolia Loves Hip Hop"

Simon Wickham-Smith, Russian, East European and
Central Asian Studies, Jackson School of International
Studies, University of Washington

[The music and culture of hip hop is most readily associated
with urbanized youth culture in the United States and Europe,
so how has it become the most influential and popular youth
culture in contemporary Mongolia? Where in this society, which
so celebrates its ancient culture and history, does the linguistic
subtlety of rap and the electronic beat box find its place and how
do the artists merge such influences with their own culture?
This presentation will use video to address these questions in the
light of globalization and show what of western hip hop has been
retained and what was transformed by Mongolian performers]


Lunch (215 A Denny)

"Aspects of Globalization in Xinjiang (East Turkestan):
The Political Geography of the Uighurs"

Prof. Stanley Toops, Miami University, Ohio

[The Uighur, a Turkic ethnic group in northwest China, are the
titular ethnicity of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
After discussing their situation in Xinjiang, this paper will analyze
political components of Uighur society. What is the political
geography of the Uighurs? The paper will be looking at several
components, including the history, and demonstrate how locality
and places matter to Uighurs and their political identity. Political
power, however, is in the hands of the party and the Xinjiang
Production Construction Corps. The paper will also discuss
human rights issues in the context of global influences]


"How to Preserve Traditions in a Global World:
The Case of the Council of Elders in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan"

David Merrell, School of Law, University of Washington

[Traditional dispute resolution councils of village elders have
existed for centuries in Central Asia. In Kyrgyzstan such
councils are known as aksakal (lit: white beard) councils. In
Afghanistan they are mostly referred to as jirga or shura. After
the collapse of the Soviet Union and the onset of globalization,
aksakal councils were incorporated into the Kyrgyz judicial
system as Aksakal Courts. Because the Jirga and Shura are
economically efficient, respected by the people, and seek
reconciliation rather than retribution, many in the international
community are calling for their institutionalization by the
Afghan government. Others claim that institutionalization
would change their traditional character and eliminate their
inherent qualities. This paper argues that before any decision
is made on the matter, Afghanistan should look to the experience
of integration in the Kyrgyz Republic]


Coffee Break and Awarding of the combined Nicholas
Poppe/Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association Prize
for the best student in first-year Uzbek.

"A Look at the Past: Reflections of Social Changes in Osmanaly
Sydykov's Tarikh-i Shadmaniya (1914)"

Jipar Duishembieva, Ph.D. Student, Interdisciplinary
Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies,
University of Washington

[Central Asia at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the twentieth
century was a fast changing place where traditional ways of life were
challenged by Russian and later Soviet colonialism. The mostly enforced
social changes on the territory of Central Asia produced local intellectuals
with a distinct position and with different responses to the events around
them. The paper explores how these changes are reflected in a historical
work written by a Kyrgyz intellectual who comes from the nomadic
culture: Osmonaly Sydykov's Tarikh Qyrgyz Shadmaniya published
in 1914 in Ufa. After a brief discussion of Sydykov's life, the paper
explores Sydikov's treatment in the Tarikh of the concepts of history,
education, progress. and technology, concepts so closely related to
current issues of globalization]


"Globalization, Oil and the Environment in the Caspian
Sea Region of Kazakhstan"

Arman Ikhsanov, Exchange Graduate Student from Atyrau
University, Atyrau, Kazakhstan

[The paper will discuss the ecological and environmental
impact of oil and gas pumping by foreign companies in the
Caspian Sea region, particularly in the vicinity of Atyrau. The
discussion will also include the pollution caused by refineries
and other factories built and maintained by foreign companies
and their frequent clash with Kazakh environmental laws]

4:10- 4:20

"Globalization and its Challenges for the Youth in
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: A Forum
of students from Central Asia currently studying at the
University of Washington:"
Saodat Khakhimova (Uzbekistan),
Shyngys Nurlanov (Kazakhstan) Arman Ikhsanov (Kazakhstan),
Iskender Suleimenov (Kyrgyzstan)


Summary and Closing Remarks

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

PUBL.- Les Cahiers d'Asie Centrale, Available Online

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PUBL.- Les Cahiers d'Asie Centrale, Available Online

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Dear Colleagues:

We are happy to announce that Les Cahiers d'Asie centrale, review of
the French Institute for Central Asian Studies (IFEAC) is online now,
at the portal, and the address is the following

The issues 13-14 (Gestion de l'indépendance et legs soviétique en Asie
centrale [Managemen of independence and soviet heritage in Central
Asia] directed by S.Peyrouse) and 15-16 (Les islamistes d'Asie
centrale : un défi aux États indépendants ? [Islamists of Central
Asia: a challenge to the independent States] directed by H.Fathi) are
already available on the abovementioned website.

Earlier issues will be added progressively.

Also, two new issues will be published in 2009 at editing house "Complexe":

No. 17-18. Le Turkestan russe. Une colonie pas comme les autres ? [The
Russian Turkestan. A colony unlike the others?] directed by Svetlana
Gorshenina and Sergey Abashin.

No. 19-20 Asie centrale : La définition des identités [Central Asia:
Definition of identities], directed by Carole Ferret and Arnaud Ruffier.

Your remarks are the most welcome.

Wishing you a pleasant reading,

Carole Ferret, Chief Editor
Bayram Balci, Director of Publication

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

IAAS LECTURE- Johan Elverskog, Portraits of Muhammad from Ghazan Khan to Kurt Westergaard, May 6

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IAAS LECTURE- Johan Elverskog, Portraits of Muhammad, May 6

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The Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies
invites you to a Lunchtime Lecture

Johan Elverskog
Southern Methodist University

will speak on

Portraits of Muhammad from
Ghazan Khan to Kurt Westergaard


The CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
On the Concourse Level, in Seminar Room S050


Wednesday, May 6, 2009
from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

You may bring your own lunch to the Seminar Room.
Snacks will be provided.
Room opens at 12:30, Presentation begins at 1 p.m.

If you have any questions you may contact us at or 617-495-3777

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CONF.- Central Asian Visions of the Other: Views from Inside and Out, Leeds, June 8

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CONF.- Central Asian Visions of the Other: Views from Inside & Out, Leeds, 6/8

Posted by: Geoffrey Humble <>

All interested parties are invited to:

Central Asian Visions of the Other: Views from Inside and Out

A one-day postgraduate symposium at the Leeds Humanities Research
Institute, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Monday 8th June 2009

We are very fortunate to have Dr Nick Megoran (Newcastle University)
as our keynote speaker.

Other speakers include

David Tobin (Manchester University)
Baktygul Tulebaeva (University of Edinburgh)
Mohira Suyarkulova (University of St. Andrews)
Dr. Zekiye Çagimlar, Dr Oya Sen (Cukurova University, Turkey)
Jeanne Féaux de la Croix (University of St. Andrews)
Adrian Zenz (MIASU, University of Cambridge)
Rebecca Reynolds (University of Glasgow)
Franck Billé (MIASU, University of Cambridge)

For further details, see

This symposium is supported by the Department of East Asian Studies,
the Lifelong Learning Centre, and the Leeds Humanities Research
Institute at the University of Leeds

To register (free) please contact Geoff Humble
- I'd really appreciate it if you could fill in this form and return
it, so I can get an idea of numbers:



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Also, if you have any ideas, useful links, or other things you'd like
to share, let me know.

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Geoffrey Humble
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Lifelong Learning Centre
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tel: 0113 343 4851

The Lifelong Learning Centre has moved to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff
Building. All staff contact details remain the same.

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PUBL.- Ab Imperio 1-2009: Narrating the Multiple Self: New Biographies for the Empire

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PUBL.- Ab Imperio 1-09: Narrating the Multiple Self: New Biographies for Empire

Posted by: Sergey Glebov <>

Dear colleagues,

The editors of Ab Imperio would like to draw your attention to the new
thematic issue of the journal. Ab Imperio 1-2009 focuses on writing
and understanding biographies in the culturally divided and
heterogeneous space of empire. Ab Imperio will continue to explore the
biographic, emotional, and cultural turn in the history of the Russian
Empire for the whole year of 2009.

Information about manuscript submission, annual subscriptions,
purchase of individual issues or articles can be found at
You can also direct your inquiries to the journal editors at

Sergey Glebov

Ab Imperio 1/2009: Narrating the Multiple Self: New Biographies for the Empire

I. Methodology and Theory

>From the Editors Homo Imperii Revisits the "Biographic Turn" Rus/Eng

Yaroslav Hrystak Nationalizing a Multiethnic Space: The Case(s) of
Ivan Franko and Galicia (Rus)

Ronald Grigor Suny Making Sense of Stalin (Rus)

II. History

Olga Minkina Jews in the "Greater Political Space." Jewish Deputies in
the Late 18th-early 19th c. Russian Empire (Rus)

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern Moshko the Imperial (Rus)

Michael Khodarkovsky The Return of Lieutenant Atarshchikov: Empire and
Identity in Asiatic Russia (Eng)

Scott C. Matsushita Bailey A Biography in Motion: Chokan Valikhanov
and His Travels in Central Eurasia (Eng)

Pavel Tereshkovich Borderland as Destiny: Identity Metamorphoses in
the Borderlands of Eastern Europe (Rus)

Boris Kornienko Ataman F. F. Taube: An Icon of Cossack Nationalism (Rus)

III. Archive

Sergei Kan An Evolutionist-Ethnologist Confronts Post-Revolutionary
Russia: Lev Shternberg's "Anthropological Suggestions and Perspectives
during the Revolutionary Years in Russia" (Eng)
Lev Shternberg Anthropological Suggestions and Perspectives during the
Revolutionary Years in Russia (Rus)

IV. Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science

Victor Shnirelman Presidents and Archeology, or What Do Politicians
Seek in Ancient Times: Distant Past and Its Political Role in the USSR
and during the Post-Soviet Period (Rus)

V. ABC: Empire and Nationalism Studies

In Memory of Marc Raeff
>From the Editors Marc Raeff. 1923-2008 (Eng/Rus)
Richard Wortman Marc Raeff (Eng)
Samuel C. Ramer Remarks at the Memorial for Marc Raeff (Eng)

Wladimir Berelowitch Marc Raeff: Russia in European Historical Studies (Rus)
Catherine Raeff Memorial Speech, February 7, 2009 (Eng)
Anne Raeff Excerpt from Winter Kept Us Warm (Eng)

VI. Newest Mythologies

Polina Barskova The Corpse, the Corpulent, and the Other: A Study in
the Tropology of Siege Body Representation (Eng)

VII. Book Reviews

Nasledie imperii i budushchee Rossii / Pod red. A. I. Millera. Moscow:
Fond "Liberal'naia missiia", Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2008. 528
s. ISBN: 978-5-86793-631-0.
Andrei Portnov

Mark von Hagen, War in a European Borderland: Occupations and
Occupation Plans in Galicia and Ukraine, 1914-1918 (Seattle: The
Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central
Asian Studies, University of Washington, 2007). xii+122 pp. (Donald W.
Treadgold Studies on Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia). ISBN:
Serhy Yekelchyk

Jörg Gebhard, Lublin: Eine polnische Stadt im Hinterhof der Moderne
(1815-1914) (Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, 2006). 394 S. ISBN: 978-341-207-606-1.
Malte Rolf

S. V. Liubichankovskii. Gubernskaia administratsiia I problema krizisa
vlasti v pozdneimperskoi Rossii (na materialakh Urala, 1892-1914 gg.)
Samara-Orenburg: IPK GOU OGU, 2007. 750 s. Prilozheniia. Ukazatel'
imen. ISBN: 978-5-7410-0749-5.
Mikhail Rodnov

Robert Romanchuk, Byzantine Hermeneutics and Pedagogy in the Russian
North. Monks and Masters at the Kirillo-Belozerskii Monastery,
1397-1501 (Toronto, Buffalo, and London: University of Toronto Press,
2007). xv+452 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8020-9063-8.
Vitalii Ananiev

Elena V. Aniskina, Galina A. Kouznetsova, Oganes V. Marinine,
Vsevolode Gousseff (Dir.), Retours d'URSS: Les prisonniers de guerre
et les internés français dans les archives soviétiques 1945-1951 /
Coordonné par Catherine Klein-Gousseff (Paris: CNRS Editions, 2001).
428 pp. (= Mondes Russes. Etats, Sociétés, Nations. No 1).
Bibliographie, Index des noms. ISBN: 2-271-05884-8.
Dmitrii Ursu

Valerie A. Kivelson and Joan Neuberger (Eds.), Picturing Russia:
Explorations in Visual Culture (New Haven: Yale University Press,
2008). xv+284 pp., ill., maps. ISBN: 978-0300-119-619.
Galina Iankovskaia

Valerie A. Kivelson, Cartographies of Tsardom: The Land and Its
Meanings in Seventeenth-Century Russia (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University
Press, 2006). xiv+263 pp., ill., maps. ISBN: 978-080-144-409-8.
Viktor Borisov

Marlies Bilz, Tatarstan in der Transformation: Nationaler Diskurs und
Politische Praxis 1988-1994 (Stuttgart: "Ibidem-Verlag", 2005). 456 S.
Index. ISBN: 978-3-89821-722-4.
Andrei Makarychev

Charles King, The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus (Oxford
and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008). xviii + 320 pp., ills.
ISBN: 978-019-517-775-6.
Michael Kemper

A. A. Safonov. Svoboda sovesti I modernizatsiia veroispovednogo
zakonodatel'stva Rossiiskoi imperii v nachale XX v. Tambov:
Izdatel'stvo Pershina R. V., 2007. 367 s. Ukazatel' imen. Ukazatel'
religioznykh veroispovedanii i sekt. ISBN: 978-5-91253-077-7.
Nadieszda Kizenko

Dan Khili. Gomoseksual'noe vlechenie v revoliutsionnoi Rossii:
regulirovanie seksual'no-gendernogo dissidentstva/Podgot. L. V.
Bessmertnykh. Moskva: Ladomir, 2008. 714 s., il. ISBN: 978-5-86218-470-9.
Marianna Muravieva

Anna Shternshis, Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the
Soviet Union, 1923-1939 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006).
xxi+252 pp., ill. ISBN: 978-025-334-726-8.
Olga Gershenson

Yael Chaver, What Must Be Forgotten. The Survival of Yiddish in
Zionist Palestine (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2004).
xxiv+238 pp., ill. Bibliography, Index. ISBN: 0-815-630-50-6
(hardcover edition).
Aleksandr Lokshin

Leonid Smilovitskii. Evrei v Turove: Istoriia mestechka Mozyrskogo
Poles'ia. Ierusalim: Tsurot, 2008. 846 s., ill. ISBN: 978-965-555-352-9.
Al'bert Kaganovich

Andrzej Poppe, Christian Russia in the Making (London: Ashgate
Publishing, 2007). xiv+362 pp. (=Variorum Collected Studies Series).
ISBN: 978-075-465-911-2 (hardcover edition).
Aleksandr Maiorov, Vitalii Ananiev, Nikolai Miliutenko

Henryk Jankowski, A Historical-Etymological Dictionary of Pre-Russian
Habitation Names of the Crimea (Leiden; Boston: "Brill," 2006).
vi+1298 pp., 60 ills. ISBN-13: 978-90-04-15433-9. ISBN-10: 90-04-15433-7).
Nikita Khrapunov

Nauchnye tetradi Instituta Vostochnoi Evropy. Vyp. I. Nepriznannye
gosudarstva. / Pod red. A. L. Podgorel'skogo. Moskva: Territoriia
budushchego, 2006. 192 s., ill. ISBN: 5-91129-017-0.
Kimitaka Matsuzato

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PROG. INFO.- American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), Baku Center Now Open

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PROG. INFO.- American Research Inst. of the South Caucasus (ARISC), Baku Center

Posted by: Talin Lindsay <>

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) is an
American Overseas Research Center being established in Armenia,
Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Initial funding through the Council of
American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC -- see
supports an ARISC representative in Baku, Leyla Rustamli, who will be
available to meet and greet US scholars as of May 4, 2009
( For more information about ARISC, visit our
website or send e-mail to

Talin Lindsay
Executive Director, ARISC

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JOB- IWMI Researcher/Senior Researcher and Head of Office, Central Asia

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JOB- IWMI Researcher/Senior Researcher and Head of Office, Central Asia

Posted by: Ulugbek Akhmedov <>

Position Announcement

Researcher/Senior Researcher and Head of Office, Central Asia

We are seeking a highly competent, motivated and dynamic individual
for the position of Researcher/Senior Researcher and Head of Office,
Central Asia to actively lead and contribute to IWMI's research in the
Central Asia. The successful candidate will be based at IWMI Central
Asia Office in Tashkent and will report to the Regional Director,
Southeast and Central Asia.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit,
scientific organization engaged in research and capacity building
activities for developing countries. Our mission is to overcome
poverty through the better management of land and water resources.
Working with diverse partners and supported by the Consultative Group
on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), IWMI seeks to
translate its research findings into actionable recommendations for
policymakers, resource managers and poor rural communities. IWMI is
based in Colombo, Sri Lanka and has regional offices located in 12
countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Job Purpose:

The main purpose of the job is to lead and undertake research to
achieve IWMI's goals. In addition, the Head will ensure the smooth
running of the office including human resources, financial and other
administrative and technical support functions and, when appropriate,
act as IWMI's local representative in the Central Asian region.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The key responsibility will include the following:
* Take overall responsibility for the management of the Tashkent
office and the professional and support staff;
* Manage project implementation i.e. developing annual plans of
operations, hiring consultants and field executors, organization of
field activities, field activity planning, monitoring and guidance,
regular progress reviews with partners and field visits;
* Provide research leadership and guidance in areas of expertise;
provide strategic thinking to guide the direction of the Central Asia
portfolio whilst contributing to research oversight and quality control;
* Develop and sustain relationship with project partners (current and
potential), other water related organizations, universities, research
organizations, local and international NGOs and water ministries and
liaise on IWMI research initiatives, projects and/or themes within
IWMI with partner institutes, governments and donors;
* Represent IWMI in the region, maintaining strong working
relationships with research partners, donors, protocol authorities (in
conjunction with the Regional Director and Director General) and other
* Contribute to IWMI's fund-raising efforts by providing intellectual
inputs to the preparation of proposals, and through direct donor contact;
* Prepare journal articles and other scientific manuscripts and
presentations to disseminate research results. In addition contribute
to the formulation of general information for the public e.g. news
papers radio; TV; web based, etc;
* Work within a multi-disciplinary teams, develop a personal research
agenda resulting in significant publishable output;
* Contribute to capacity building efforts; mentoring, guidance to
staff, assist in their professional development and welfare;
* Recruitment and management of office support staff (as per ICARDA
and IWMI requirements), lead the planning of budget and financial
resources and manage the same for the sub-regional office; staff welfare.
* Attend local/regional meetings, make presentations and other
intellectual contributions; manage requests for financial and other
resource input requests, etc;
* Review project reports, training materials, and all other project
publications of IWMI staff.

Selection Criteria:

The following outlines the attributes required and the criteria
against which applications will be assessed.



* A PhD or equivalent experience in an area relevant to the research
program (e.g. hydrology, irrigation, environmental science, social
* Management experience relevant to being part of the IWMI team.

Experience and Knowledge


* At least 5 years experience working with research institutions and
key stakeholders
* Track record of representing an organization at a senior level, and
working closely with senior colleagues
* Experience of managing teams of people that have delivered high
quality outputs on time and budget.
* Ability to design and conduct research projects related to water
and poverty in Central Asia
* Demonstrated understanding of the role of research for development
and how to achieve impact
* Ability to grasp key issues of importance to IWMI.
* A solid record of publications.


* Experience in managing finances and planning work from both
scientific and financial/human resources perspectives.
* Experience in working and living in developing countries.

Skills and Abilities:


* Strong verbal communication skills, both written and oral,
including the capacity to write proposals, reports, and academic
papers and to communicate research results to stakeholders at
different management levels in multiple countries;
* Ability to manage a small office, work as a member of a team and
work closely with researchers of other disciplines
* Evidence of strategic planning skills and conceptual thinking.
* Ability to form partnerships with local institutions and
stakeholders to facilitate delivery of outcomes.
* Ability to be a strong advocate for the area of responsibility via
written and oral presentations.
* Ability to liaise with key donor agencies.


* Ability to operate in Russian and/or other local languages

Salary and Benefits:

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff position with a competitive
salary and benefits package. This includes a housing allowance,
transport, education, shipping assistance, annual home leave,
retirement, and health insurance package. IWMI's policy is to appoint
staff initially on two year contracts which are subject to renewal,
depending on performance and institute's needs.

How to Apply:

To apply for this post:
* Complete application form
* Attach your résumé.
* Attach a letter of application, which specifically addresses the
selection criteria outlined previously; include the names and
addresses of 3 referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted.
* Submit online.

If you do not receive an automatic acknowledgement email within 24
hours of sending your application, then contact: The Human Resources
Office, IWMI, P.O. Box 2075, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Email:

Application deadline: 15 May 2009 - or until the position is filled.

Schedule for Selection Process:
There may be telephone interviews for short-listed candidates during
the week beginning 25 May 2009 and selection interviews in Colombo,
Sri Lanka in the week of 15 June 2009. Although these dates may be
subject to change, it would be useful if candidates could be available
around these dates.

For further information visit IWMI -

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JOBS- PAE Government Services Positions for the OSCE, Tajikistan, etc.

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JOBS- PAE Government Services Positions for the OSCE, Tajikistan, etc.

Posted by: Inessa Matova <>

PAE Government Services, under contract for the US Department of
State, is seeking qualified US-citizen applicants for the following positions
within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Deputy Head of Office, Minsk, Belarus

Vacancy # VNBELS00007

Political Affairs, Senior Management
Deadline for applications: 05/28/2009
Link to the job description:

Senior Human Dimension Officer, Tajikistan

Vacancy # VNTAJS00060

Human Rights, Middle Management
Deadline for applications: 05/21/2009
Link to the job description:

Elections Reform Officer, Tajikistan

Vacancy # VNTAJS00061

Elections, Senior Professional
Deadline for applications: 05/21/2009
Link to the job description:

Customs Project Officer, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Vacancy # VNTAJS00059

General Staff / Monitoring Function, Professional
Deadline for applications: 05/21/2009
Link to the job description:

Applicants should pay close attention to the mandatory requirements of
the position and be sure to tailor their applications to the vacancy
notice to improve their chances of consideration. Internships are not
counted by the OSCE as contributing to the total years of experience.

To apply, please fill out an application at using
the Vacancy Number indicated in the vacancy notice. PAE will then
reply to short-listed applicants to discuss the details of the
position. Only finalists will be contacted.

To verify whether your application was received, close your
application and then re-enter it. If the vacancy number still appears
in the vacancy notice slot, your application will be reviewed.
Indications of interest should be received no later than two business
days prior to the closing date.

Citizens of other OSCE participating states wishing to apply should do
so directly with their Foreign Ministry. Green Card holders, asylum
holders and other non-citizens are not eligible to be nominated by the
United States.

Inessa Matova
Recruiting Manager
PAE Government Services, INC
REACT Program
1601 North Kent Street, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22209
Tel: 703.717.6056
Fax: 703.717.6199

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JOB- Program Officer, Persian and Central Asian Turkic Languages, American Councils, Washington, DC

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JOB- Program Officer, Persian & Central Asian Turkic Langs., American Councils

Posted by: Jacob Smith <>

Program Officer
Persian Overseas Flagship Program
Washington, DC

Position Description


Based in Washington, DC, the Program Officer will assist in the
administration and daily operation of the Persian and Central Asian
Turkic Languages Overseas Flagship Programs and the Eurasian Regional
Language Program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and various other locations.
The Persian and Central Asian Turkic Languages Overseas Flagship
Programs are designed to train superior speakers of Persian and
Central Asian Turkic languages. While the Program Officer's first
priority will be to assist in the development and operation of the
Flagship programs, he/she will also regularly assist with daily
administration of the Eurasian Regional Language Program, designed for
students interested in studying a variety of Eurasian languages on
summer, semester and academic-year programs.

The Flagship Program officer will report to the Senior Program
Managers for Flagship and Outbound Programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Assist in the design, development, and implementation of the
programs listed in the summary
* Assist in daily operation of the programs listed in the summary
* Obtain materials, plan seminars, and arrange travel and other
logistics for faculty professional development
* Assist in the development and design entrance exams and applications
* Update and edit program applications
* Update participant handbook and program publications
* Help to organize selection committees
* Help to design and coordinate pre-departure orientations
* Coordinate participant testing and measures for tracking the
progress of participants
* Communicate with overseas staff, US university partners, and
government contractors and funders
* Respond to inquiries from applicants
* Provide ongoing logistical support to resident directors and
students overseas
* Work with overseas staff to arrange visas, travel, housing, and
internships for participants
* Write reports, proposals, and promotional materials
* Maintain and update websites
* Promote fellowship programs though electronic and print media
* Conduct outreach activities
* Assist in development of program budgets and tracking of expenses


* Bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Studies, Central Asian Studies,
or related field; graduate degree preferred
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Experience in international education, study abroad, or federally
funded programs for cultural exchange
* Strong ability to work on multiple tasks and as part of a team
* Outstanding organizational and time-management skills
* Strong spoken and written Persian, Tajiki, Russian and /or a
Central Asian Turkic language
* Familiarity with teaching, testing, or developing course materials preferred

MORE INFORMATION: Please visit our employment section at and read more about Flagship at

To Apply:

Send a cover letter/resume and salary requirements to American
Councils, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.
Fax: (202) 872-9178 or (202) 833-7523; E-mail: Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is a
private, non-profit educational association and exchange organization
devoted to improving education, professional training and research
within and regarding the former Soviet Union (FSU). American Councils
administers academic exchange and training programs in virtually all
fields; provides educational advising and academic testing services
throughout the FSU; and organizes conferences and seminars in the US
and abroad for its membership, exchange participants, alumni, and
professional groups.

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LECTURE- Financial Crisis in Kazakhstan: Lessons and Reality, SRC, AUCA, May 6

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LECTURE- Financial Crisis in Kazakhstan: Lessons and Reality, SRC, AUCA, May 6

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The Social Research Center of the American University of Central Asia
( jointly with the American Council/ACCELS present
LECTURE: Financial Crisis in Kazakhstan: Lessons and Reality

Dr. Bahtiyar Bakas Uulu,
Candidate of Economic Sciences, Analyst for the Institute of Economic
Strategies, Central Asia (Almaty, Kazakhstan), acting member of the
Dos-Kredobank's Board of Directors

Discussant: Sydykov Kazybay Sydykovich, an independent expert
Time: 5 p.m., May 6, 2009
Venue: Room 315, AUCA (Main building)
Language: Russian
(Interpretation into English will be provided ONLY if requested in advance)

Synopsis: This is the one of lectures within the series on the world
financial crisis. The economic consequences of the crisis will be
considered, using neighboring Kazakhstan as a case study. Before the crisis,
Kazakhstan's economic development model was recognized as one of the best,
not only in the post-Soviet area, but also among other developing countries.
Nevertheless, Kazakhstan was among the first countries to encounter the
challenges of the crisis. During the presentation, the speaker will review
the results of research on the impact of the world financial crisis on the
development of Kazakhstan's economy, consider some of the sectors of its
economy that have been most severely affected, and analyze the causes of its
economic slowdown. At the end of the presentation, the speaker will try to
draw some lessons from the mistakes that Kazakhstan's government made at the
beginning of the crisis and in the course of its evolution.

Bio: Dr. Bahtiyar Bakas Uulu is an independent expert in the field of
economics. He has held various positions in government bodies such as the
National Committee on Securities, the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic,
ATF Bank, the Vernyi Kapital investment bank (Kazakhstan), and Institute of
Economic Strategies, Central Asia (Almaty, Kazakhstan). He is an alumnus of
the Contemporary Issues Program, Department of United States, and author of
more than 40 scientific publications.

How to register: Please RSVP to with your name and

The Public Speaker Series of SRC is supported by the US Embassy grant.

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CONF.- Transitional Perspective on the Global Financial Crises, June 2

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CONF.- Transitional Perspective on the Global Financial Crises, June 2

Posted by: Ibrahim Keles <>

Call For Papers

International Conference Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN, June 2, 2009
Hosted by American University - Central Asia, MBA Department

Transitional Perspective on the Global Financial Crises

The current global financial crisis, the mortgage crisis, is affecting
not only the developed countries but also effecting developing and
transition economies. Till today lots of giant banks, different
financial institutions, companies and even countries lived bankruptcy,
and now everybody is thinking about when this crisis will finish, what
will be the effects on financial systems.
The conference aims at providing an academic platform for those who
want to discuss this crisis on transition economies perspective.

The conference welcomes submissions of academic scholars, government
experts, and all contributors from international organizations,
private institutions and companies.

Sub titles

- Financial systems of transition economies
- Financial system integration,
- Financial system security,
- Risk management,
- Shadow economy,
- Monetary policies,
- Exchange rate,
- Banking system and reforms,
- Capital markets, etc.

For all inquiries, contact Ibrahim KELES (conference coordinator) at

* Submissions should include in word format:

1) Title of the paper, Abstract (not more than 350 words; please pay
attention to provide a title and an abstract in line with each other,
and the abstract should be informative for non-specialists), Key words
(up to 5-6 ), Full names and affiliation of all authors, Corresponding
author's name, full postal address, telephone number, fax number,
email address

2) Resume(s) of the participant(s)
* Submissions are accepted in English, Russian, Kyrgyz, and Turkish languages
* Panels, roundtables and individual submissions are accepted.
* Proposals have to be emailed as attachments in word format to
Ibrahim KELES (conference coordinator) at, before
May 20, 2009

Paper format

* All papers should be double-spaced with 11 font size (Times New Roman)
* Margins should be (4.00) at the top and left, (2.5cm) at the bottom
and right
* Limits: Approximately 20 pages. If your paper is longer than these
limits, we recommend you to shorten it before the submission


Ibrahim KELES (conference coordinator),
Umut Jumaliyeva, MBA Department,, +996 312 661114

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PUBL.- Post-Conflict Tajikistan by John Heathershaw

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PUBL.- Post-Conflict Tajikistan by John Heathershaw

Posted by: Louise Collins <>

Post-Conflict Tajikistan
The Politics of Peacebuilding and the Emergence of Legitimate Order
John Heathershaw, University of Exeter, UK

Post-Soviet, post-conflict Tajikistan is an under-studied and poorly
understood case in conflict studies literature. Since 2000, this
Central Asian state has seen major political violence end, countrywide
order emerge and the peace agreement between the parties of the 1990s
civil war hold. Superficially, Tajikistan appears to be a case of
successful international intervention for liberal peacebuilding, yet
the Tajik peace is characterised by authoritarian governance.

Via discourse analysis and extensive fieldwork, including
participant-observation with international organizations, the author
examines how peacebuilding is understood and practised. The book
challenges received wisdom that peacebuilding is a process of
democratisation or institutionalisation, showing how interventions
have inadvertently served to facilitate an increasingly authoritarian
peace and fostered popular accommodation and avoidance strategies.
Chapters investigate assistance to political parties and elections,
the security sector and community development, and illustrate how
transformative aims are thwarted whilst 'success' is simulated for an
audience of international donors. At the same time the book charts the
emergence of a legitimate order with properties of authority,
sovereignty and livelihoods.

Providing a challenge to the theoretical literature on peacebuilding
and concentrating on an under-studied Central Asian state, this book
will be of interest to academics working on Peace Studies,
International Relations and Central Asian Studies.

April 2009: 234 x 156:240pp

Hb: 978-0-415-48403-9: £80.00

For further information or to purchase this title please click here:

With best wishes,

The Asian Studies Team

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EVENT- Mini-Festival - Dialogue of Cultures via Music, Dushanbe, May 11-18

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EVENT- Mini-Festival - Dialogue of Cultures via Music, Dushanbe, May 11-18

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"Dialogue of Cultures via Music", dedicated to the memory of Ziyodullo Shahidi
11-18 May 2009, Tajikistan

Mini-festival 'Dialogue of cultures via music' is the next step in the
long-term project of the Z.Shahidi Museum of Musical culture and the
Foundation in integration of Tajik music both folk and classic into
contemporary world. The first Festival of modern music in Tajikistan,
initiated by Foundation in cooperation with Ministry of Culture,
French Embassy in Tajikistan, Opera and Balley House, Austrian Embassy
in Central Asia and Swedish Opera House was in 2004 and had a great
success. In 2005 we had a festival on: 'Maqam from Pamir to Andaluse'
in cooperation with Royaumont Foundation in France. Last year the
Foundation had an expedition to Turkey, having preliminary discussions
of the mutual projects for the future festivals of music. Also the
Foundation participated Rumi Festival in Oslo with folk music of
Davlatmand Kholov. The present project is worked out with British
Embassy and Maroon Town and group of 'Shams'. It will involve the
students and young people all about 2000 or more in both Dushanbe
and Khojent.

Such dialogue is very important for Tajikistan since there is a great
interest of the young generation and, especially, students to know
better Europe and EU. They are hungry for immediate, face-to-face
discussions and debates around diversity of cultures in globalizing
world and legalization of the soft and peaceful integration of Tajik
culture into the European reality of these days. This mini-festival
will draw on the mutual values, such as British and Tajik music in its
real and possible interconnection via improvisation of musicians and
painters. That mini-festival can give a real push for the further
Eurasian intercultural dialogue.

Program of the Festival is available on request.

Dr.Munira Shahidi,
Z. Shahidi Museum of Musical culture,
Z. Shahidi International Foundation for Culture (NGO)

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CFA- ADA Summer School on Energy Politics and Economics, Baku, July 3-12

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CFA- ADA Summer School on Energy Politics and Economics, Baku, July 3-12

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Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
Summer School
3-12 July, 2009
Energy Politics and Economics
In partnership with the Cambridge Center for Energy Studies,
Judge Business School, Cambridge University, UK

Certificate Program

Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) Summer School is a certificate
program, aimed at bringing together world-renowned scholars,
academicians and policy-makers with ADA students and faculty to
examine and gain better understanding of issues of global importance
and their practical application.

The 2009 Summer School will be dedicated to the study of Energy
Politics and Economics. Upon completion of the program, the
participants will be issued a certificate by the Azerbaijan Diplomatic
Academy and the Cambridge Center for Energy Studies.

Program Description

Full program is available at

The 2009 ADA Summer School is a joint program of ADA and the Cambridge
Center for Energy Studies. It will examine major issues in energy
politics and economics in the contemporary international system. A
special emphasis will be put on the unique challenges and perspectives
of energy exporters, addressing issues such as the current dynamics of
oil and gas markets, investments in energy production under price
volatility, impact of emerging climate change regimes on energy
exporters, and revenue management. The program will also examine the
interplay between international politics and energy supply, discuss
issues such as the use of energy supply to promote foreign policy
agendas and will look at the emerging trends in Caspian natural gas export.

The Summer School program will be interactive in its format and will
provide extensive opportunity for professionals in the field of energy
to interact and build long-lasting ties. The Summer School will also
give opportunity to meet public and private sector leaders from
Azerbaijan as well as other countries of the Caspian region.

Extra-curricula activities

The event will be held at the marvelous Retro Club Resort Hotel, a
five-star beach resort outside Baku. While living and learning at the
Retro Resort, participants will also enjoy outstanding recreation
opportunities, including swimming in the legendary Caspian Sea.
Downtown Baku is also easily accessible from Retro for night life,
shopping, dining and sightseeing.

During the week-ends, the summer school will offer excursions to
various regions of Azerbaijan, including unique sites connected to
Azerbaijans oil and gas industry of the past and present, such as the
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline , the Sangachal oil terminal, The Oil
Rocks first city in the open sea, Naftalan oil baths resort, Gobustan
Mud Volcanoes, and the museum of Azerbaijan's first oil baron, Haji
Zeynalabidin Tagiyev.

International body of participants and scholars

Participants will include middle and senior level policy makers from a
number of states, energy company representatives, academic faculty
members, journalists focusing on energy, and representatives of
regional and international organizations. The class is limited to 35
The summer school will be followed up with a research conference to be
hosted in the winter by the Cambridge Center for Energy Studies, Judge
School of Business, Cambridge University, UK.

Program expenses

Tuition fee for the ADA 2009 Summer School is 1500 USD. Merit based
scholarships are available to the applicants. Participants are
requested to cover their international travel and lodging expenses.
ADA has arranged a discounted rate at the Retro Club Resort Hotel and
nearby hotels for the Summer School participants. Local
transportation, extra-curriculum activities and field trips, lunches
and welcome reception will be covered by ADA.

To apply, please visit send CV and a motivation letter to by May 15, 2009.

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LECTURE SERIES- University of Washington Central Asian Studies Seminar, Spring 2009

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LECTURE SERIES- Univ. of Washington Central Asian Studies Seminar, Spring 2009

Posted by: Ilse D Cirtautas <>

University of Washington
Central Asian Studies Seminar
Founded in 1987

Program for Spring Quarter 2009

President: Brett Walton
(Advisor: Ilse D. Cirtautas, 543-9963 or 543-6033;
The meetings are open and free to students, faculty and the public

Friday April 10
Welcoming to the Spring Quarter Program!
Announcements, Exchange of Information and Sharing of Experiences with guests,
students and
others from Central Asia. Vegetarian Pizza Lunch served.
Denny Hall 123, 12:30-2:00 pm

Thursday April 16
"Amir Temur 's (1336-1404) Image in Uzbek Literature I: Epic Songs and
Legends" Prof. Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Denny Hall 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

[In the West Amir Temur is mostly remembered as a
ruthless conqueror. It has not been well understood why
in 1996, on the occasion of Amir Temur's 560 th anniversary of his
birth, Uzbekistan chose him as a symbol of its national statehood]

Friday April 17
"Amir Temur's Image in Uzbek Literature II: Poetry and Historical Novels"
Prof. Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Denny 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

[The presentation will start with the Jadid Abdurauf Fitrat (1886-1938) who
appealed in 1917 to the spirit of Amir Temur not to forsake Turon (Turkistan).
Fitrat also wrote a play about Temur that unfortunately has not been
republished. The presentation will also be looking at the poetry (written in
the 1960's) and the historical novel Ulug' Saltanat (The Great State)
written in 2000/2002 by the Distinguished Writer of Uzbekistan,
Muhammad Ali (1942)]

Saturday April 18
15 th Annual REECAS-NW Conference: "Ecological, Cultural and
Political Change in Russia, East Europe and Central Asia"
Thomson Hall, 101, 135, 13: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Admission to the conference is free. All conference participants
are invited to attend a reception following the conference.
For further information visit the conference's website at
http: // or
call the Ellison Center at (206) 543-4852 or email

Thursday April 23
"Mongolian Poetry: An Overview"
Simon Wickham-Smith, M.A. Graduate Student in the Russian, East European,
and Central Asian Program, Jackson School of International Studies
Denny 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

[Poetry is a central element of Mongolian culture and nowadays, despite
Soviet urbanization and free-market globalization, the importance of
the oral performative nature of poetic texts is paramount. This paper will
outline the development of poetic literature in Mongolia since the time of
Chinggis Haan and illustrates how its thematic and stylistic constancy hides
wealth of variation and originality, from poet to poet and from
century to century]

Friday April 24
"Central Asian Turkic Poetry: An Overview"
Prof. Ilse D. Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Denny 123,12:30-1:30 pm

[The presentation will trace the common roots of Central Asian Turkic poetry,
characteristic for its initial alliteration and short verse lines of seven or
eight syllables. This poetical style, called barmaq, was the style of oral and
written poetry. It still continues to be favored by Tuvan and Altai Turkic
poets. Under the influence of the barmaq verse style of the manaschi (singers
of the epic song Manas)contemporary Kyrgyz poets might also use this ancient
poetical style. Otherwise the barmaq style has given way to longer verse lines
with 11/12 or more syllables without initial alliteration. Furthermore Central
Asian Turkic poetry has come under the influence of the Arabic-Persian a'ruz
meter. The presentation will also discuss the leading role of the poet
in Central Asian Turkic society]

Thursday April 30
"From the Central Asian Steppes to African-American Self Awareness"
Alva Robinson, M.A. Graduate Student in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Denny 123, 12:30 -1:30 pm

[The presentation will be based on Langston Hughes (1902-1967), the iconic
giant of the Harlem Renaissance, and his impression of Soviet Central
Asia during the 1930's. Drawing first from parallels between
circumstances of African- American and Central Asian diasporas,
focusing on Hughes'
understanding of the region and its people in relation to his own experiences
in life, and finally by exploring Hughes' own reflections of Central Asia
in his works, we will see why the Central Asia of the 1930's would
compel and intrigue African Americans of the time]

Saturday May 9
"21 th Annual Nicholas Poppe Symposium on Inner/Central Asian Studies"
Denny Hall 215 A, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

[This year's Nicholas Poppe Symposium will mainly address the topic of "The
Impact of Globalization on the Turkic and Mongolian
Culture and Society". Please contact Prof. Ilse Cirtautas for further
Information: phone: (206) 543-9963, e-mail:]

Thursday May 14
"The U.S.-Russia-Central Asia Triangle"
Prof. Scott Radnitz, Jackson School of International Studies
Denny 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

[The talk will cover Russian and American influence in Central
Asia since independence, then address whether Russian and US
interests today are more cooperative or competitive in several
policy areas]

Friday May 15
"River Basin Management and Hydropolitics in Central Asia"
Brett Walton, M.A. Graduate Student, REECAS, Henry M. Jackson School of
International Studies
Denny 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

[After an initial period of treaty signing and institution formations over
resources in the Aral Basin, cooperation among the former Soviet countries
of Central Asia has stagnated. Why is this so? This paper will explore
hydropolitics and the history of water management in Central Asia]

Thursday May 21
"Recent Publications on/in Central Asia:
Fifty-three Years of the CENTRAL ASIATIC JOURNAL, Wiesbaden."
A discussion of its contributions to Central Asian Studies.
Prof. Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Denny 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

Friday May 22
"Recent Publications on/in Kazakhstan: Ädebiy ömir shejiresi. Qazaqstan
Jazushïlar Odagïna 70 jil (A History of Literary Life. Seventy Years of
Kazakhstan's Writers' Union), Almati, 2005.
Prof. Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Denny 123, 12:30-1:30 pm

Thursday May 28
"Recent Publications on/in Kyrgyzstan:
Discussion of Textbooks on Kyrgyz History, such as
O. J. Osmonov, A. A. Asankanov, Qïrgïzstan tarïxï (History of
Kyrgyzstan), Bishkek, 2001
Prof. Ilse Cirtautas, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Denny 123,
12:30-1:30 pm

Friday May 29
"Recent Publications on/in Uzbekistan:
The Uzbek Mahalla: Uzbek Views"
Discussion of publications such as Z. X. Orifxonova, Toshkent Mahallalari:
An'analar va zamonaviylik (The Mahallas of Tashkent: Traditions and Modern
Prof. Ilse Cirtautas and Dilbar Akhmedova, M.A. Near Eastern Languages and
Denny 123, 12:30 -1:30 pm

June 1-5
Screening of Kyrgyz movies based on the works of Chingiz Aitmatov
(program to be announced)

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LECTURE- Teaching Humanity: Humanism and Narrative in Asian Islam, Vernon Schubel, AUCA, May 6

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LECTURE- Humanism and Narrative in Asian Islam, Vernon Schubel, AUCA, May 6

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Public Lecture Announcement

"Teaching Humanity: Humanism and Narrative in Asian Islam"

Dr. Vernon James Schubel, Professor of Religious Studies
Kenyon College, USA

May 6, 2009: 5 PM

University of Central Asia, 207 Panfilov Street, Meeting Room, 3rd Floor)

Abstract: One of the least explored elements of Islamic piety is the
use of narratives as transmitters of both ethical and mystical
teachings. Narratives about the Prophet Muhammad, the Shi'i Imams,
and Sufi masters (auliyah) in vernacular languages are a primary way
that Muslims communicate the important values of their faith and
tradition from one generation to the next. These narratives evoke the
presence of these important spiritual and religious heroes of the
Islamic tradition, persons who inspire both devotion and allegiance.
These persons serve as paradigmatic examples to be followed and
revered not only as exemplary Muslims, but even more importantly, as
exemplary human beings. Narratives about them provide windows into the
Islamic concept of humanity (insaniyat), one of the great unifying
elements within the Muslim tradition which penetrates and transcends
the cultural, linguistic and theological diversity of Islam. This has
been especially in the Eurasian Islamic traditions where narrative
traditions are particularly rich. Drawing on examples from Asian
Islam, this lecture will explore the ways these narratives "teach
humanity" and thereby maintain the core values of Islam.

Due to space limitations, please RSVP to with your name and affiliation by
May 4, 2009. Please indicate if you would like translation into
Russian or Kyrgyz.

Dr. Vernon James Schubel is the Professor of Religious Studies at
Kenyon College. His book, Religious Performance in Contemporary Islam
was published by the University of South Carolina Press in 1993. He
has conducted research in Pakistan on the Muharram rituals of the
Twelver Shi'i community (in 1983) and pilgrimage to Sufi shrines in
Multan (in 1989). In 1996 he traveled to Uzbekistan to conduct
research on the re-emergence of the Sufi tradition in the former
Soviet Union. For the last decade his research has focused on aspects
of the Alevi-Bektashi tradition in Turkey. He teaches a variety of
courses at Kenyon College including Classical Islam, Sufism, South
Asian Religions and Voices of Contemporary Islam. He is currently
working on a book on the concept humanism in the Islamic tradition.

The presentation will be conducted in English (translation into
Russian or Kyrgyz will be provided if requested in advance)

Svetlana Bernikova
Administrative Assistant / Receptionist
University of Central Asia
Central Administration
207 Panfilova Street
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Phone: 996-312-691-822, Ext. 300
Fax: 996-312-696-029
Mobile: 996-555-773-200

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PUBL.- Collected Works of Muhib (Mordekhay Bachayev)

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PUBL.- Collected Works of Muhib (Mordekhay Bachayev)

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Dear Colleagues,

Lydia Bachayev, the daughter of the famous Tajik-Jewish writer
Mordekhay Bachayev (Muhib), has in her possession quite a few copies
of his complete works. Anyone interested, please contact her directly

Prof. Moshe Gammer
Dept. of Middle Eastern and African History
Tel Aviv University
69978 Tel Aviv

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PUBL.- Tajikistan Faces Crisis of Statehood - Maciej Falkowski (OSW)

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PUBL.- Tajikistan Faces Crisis of Statehood - Maciej Falkowski (OSW)

Posted by: Antonina Michalowska <>

The publication of The Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in Warsaw.

New OSW Commentary: "Tajikistan Faces Crisis of Statehood" by Maciej Falkowski.

The effects of the global economic crisis, the deep energy crisis of
late 2008 and early 2009, and the rising tension in relations with
Russia have dramatically exacerbated the social and economic problems
with which Tajikistan has been struggling since the collapse of the
Soviet Union, and have worsened the country's internal political
crisis. The consequences of the economic crisis and the progressing
decomposition of Tajikistan's state structures may bring the country
to a stage where it will transform into a 'failing state' - unable to
perform its basic functions, posing a threat to the stability of its
neighbours and seriously impeding NATO's stabilisation operation in
Afghanistan. Within the next few months, an outbreak of open
manifestations of popular discontent is also possible, or attempts may
even be made to overthrow the central government, and Tajikistan may
become submerged in chaos and internal conflicts. As Tajikistan's
economy depends on Russia, the direction of developments will be
determined by the economic situation in the Russian Federation.

Full text can be found at:

Other OSW's publications can be found at:

Antonina Michalowska
External Relations Coordinator
Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)
Warsaw, Poland
tel. (+48 22) 525 80 00,
fax (+48 22) 525 80 40

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PUBL.- DVD-ROM Thesaurus of Islamic Epigraphy (in French)

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PUBL.- DVD-ROM Thesaurus of Islamic Epigraphy (in French)

Posted by: Ludvik Kalus <>

Thesaurus d'épigraphie islamique

New triple installment: 7th/8th/9th
Inscriptions from Subsaharan Africa
Inscriptions from Irak
Inscriptions from Western Europe
grouped here together with the previous instalments.

The goal of the Thesaurus d'épigraphie islamique is to bring together
all of the inscriptions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish (as well as
from other languages) from the Muslim world up through the year 1000
of the Hegira. This new DVD-ROM with the 7th/8th/9th instalments
contains inscriptions from three new regions: Sub-Saharan Africa,
Irak and Western Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Malta and France).
These inscriptions (monumental, funerary as well as on portable
objects) are grouped here together with the 1st (1998) containing
inscriptions from the Maghreb countries, the 2nd (1999), inscriptions
from the Arabian Peninsula, the 3rd (2001), inscriptions from the
Central (ex-Soviet) Asia, the 4th/5th (2003), inscriptions from Egypt
and the 6th (2005), inscriptions from the Indian world, all updated
where necessary.

21 000 inscriptions and a new interface !

This new triple instalment now offers more than 21 000 inscriptions.
Thanks to a 17-year long experience and the continuous evolution of
computers making, a new interface has been developed.

100% Macintosh/PC compatible
The same functionalities are now available on both Macintosh and
Windows PCs making possible to perform searches quickly and easily
using various criteria such as date, location, kind of inscription,
site, type of medium, materials and more. By doing a key word search
of the Arabic text, you can locate all inscriptions containing a
particular word that will appear highlighted in seconds! It is also
possible to print entire files, lists of files or save temporary selections.

1100 photographs of inscriptions
The data-base increasingly integrates photographs of inscriptions when
available. The new disk already contains around 1100 photos,
particularly from the archives of the Max van Berchem Foundation,
brought to a new life by the Thesaurus.

The Thesaurus d'épigraphie islamique is intended for historians, art
historians, archaeologists, numismatists, linguists and other
specialists in Islamic Middle Age.

Designed and compiled under the direction of Ludvik KALUS, Professor
at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Director of Studies at the Ecole
Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
Carried out by Frédérique Soudan, Chargée de recherche de la Fondation
Max van Berchem, Paris and Geneva, 2009

Same Price
New costumers: 100 Euros for the triple installment, postage not included.
Subscribers (who have purchased previous installments): 20 Euros
(triple installment, postage not included).
The data base is updated approximately every two years with a new region.

Order from:
Fondation Max van Berchem
5, avenue de Miremont
Tél. et Fax(+41 22) 347 88 91

Technical problems, advice, remarks, critics: E-mail to:

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CFA- Deadline Extended: 2009 Junior Scholars Training Seminar, NCEEER & WWIC

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CFA- Deadline Extended: 2009 Junior Scholars Training Seminar, NCEEER & WWIC

Posted by: Shoshana Billik <>

NOTE: The deadline to apply for the 2009 Junior Scholars Training
Seminar has been extended to Friday, May 22nd, 2009.

NCEEER and the East European Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars are now soliciting applications for
the twenty-second annual training seminar for junior scholars in East
European studies, be held in Seattle, Washington from August 7-10,
2009, at the Talaris Conference Center. Participants in this exciting
seminar will present their research; discuss the works of other junior
scholars; and exchange impressions of the state of the field with a
group of senior scholars. These scholarships are only available to US
citizens or permanent residents who are graduate students enrolled in
a doctoral or masters program or recent graduates in any field of East
European studies.

For more information on the Junior Scholars Training Seminar,
including application instructions, see the following page:


NCEEER was created in 1978 to develop and sustain long-term, high-quality
programs for post-doctoral research on the social, political, economic,
environmental, and historical development of Eurasia and Central and
Eastern Europe. From broad, cross-cultural analyses to more focused studies
of particular problems, NCEEER supports research projects that facilitate a
mutually beneficial exchange of information between scholars
and policy-makers and contribute to a better understanding of current
developments and future prospects in the post-communist countries of Europe
and Eurasia.

About the East European Studies Program at the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars:

The East European Studies (EES) program provides a non-partisan forum for
bringing historical and contemporary understanding of the former communist
states of Eastern Europe and the Baltics to the nation's capital. EES
organizes seminars, conferences, workshops and briefings featuring
prominent scholars and policymakers from the U.S. and Eastern Europe with
experience in shaping U.S.-Eastern European policy.

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JOB- Acquisitions/Cataloging for Turkish and Central Asian Languages, Library of Congress

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JOB- Acquisitions/Cataloging for Turkish & Central Asian Langs, Lib of Congress

Posted by: Sarah S Ozturk <>

I am happy to announce that we have a posting for an acquisitions/cataloging
position in the Middle East Section, Asian and Middle Eastern Division.
Ability to read and write Turkish and preferably one or more of the
following languages is required: Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tatar, Russian.

Please see the information below and more detailed information at:

and at usajobs at:

Library Of Congress
Librarian, GS-1410-09/11

JOB LOCATION: Washington, Dist of Columbia
SALARY RANGE: $50,408.00-$79,280.00
OPEN DATE: 4-20-2009
TIME LIMIT: Permanent - No time limit
WHO MAY APPLY: Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government
agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens.
However, non-citizens may be hired provided that immigration law and other
legal requirements are met, and the Library determines there are no
qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

Number Of Vacancies: 1 Promotion Potential: 13


This position is located in Library Services, Acquisitions and Bibliographic
Access, Asian and Middle East Division, Middle East Section.

The position description for this position is 058498 and 058499.

Number of Vacancies: One

The library of congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, men,
minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility
requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

DUTIES: (The duties described reflect the full performance level of
this position)

- Provides original and copy cataloging services using references,
standards, and automated bibliographic systems.
- Completes library acquisitions, including printed books, serial
publications, print and on-line reference services, microforms, video
and audio recordings, CDs, monographs, and art objects, such as
drawings, posters, photographic prints, musical scores, or autographed
- Analyzes and organizes information and materials.
- Develops the reference collections and the general collections,
including materials in all formats. Utilizes acquisition and
collection development procedures, policies, and responsibilities and
regularly reports on collection development trends and activities.
- Maintains liaison or communicates with library patrons, supervisors,
library staff, other national libraries, library and information
networks, information centers, experts in government agencies,
associations, the private sector, and/or research groups. Motivates
clientele to fully utilize programs and services.

Contact Information:
Customer Services Center

Sarah S. Ozturk
Section Head
Middle East Section
Asian and Middle Eastern Division
Library of Congress

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LECTURE- TODAY: Alash Orda between Siberia, the Urals, and Turkistan, T. Uyama, May 4

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LECTURE- TODAY: Alash Orda between Siberia, Urals, and Turkistan, T. Uyama, 5/4

Posted by: John Schoeberlein <>

Monday, May 4
Historians' Seminar & Central Asia and the Caucasus Seminar

"The Alash Orda between Siberia, the Urals, and Turkistan: Imperial
Legacy and Political Geography during the Revolution and Civil War"

Tomohiko Uyama, Professor of Central Asian Studies,
Slavic Research Center, University of Hokkaido

1730 Cambridge Street, 3rd Floor, Room S354
4:15-6:00 pm

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