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Announcement: Writing on Central Asia Marathon

Let’s write together on Central Asia

Writing a dissertation or an article is often a difficult and lonely endeavour, even for experienced scholars.  The Writing on Central Asia marathon (WCAM) helps you to focus on set targets, overcome writer’s block, exchange ideas and have fun in a vibrant community of researchers. All online events are designed to support you in completing your article, dissertation or whatever you are working on.

The next WCAM runs from 1st November to 1st of December 2020. Anyone interested in Central Asian Studies is encouraged to join. There are no participation fees.

Please write to Hikoyat Salimova (hikoyat.salimova@gmail.com) for further details and to join.

“The marathon gave me a sense of community, where we can laugh and discuss important subjects” Gulzat Botoeva, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Roehampton

“I managed to submit one article and one grant application during the marathon” Dinara Abildenova, PhD candidate in Anthropology, University of Zurich

“I benefited a lot from our weekly workshops and coaching sessions, and our ability to learn from each other” Diana T. Kudaibergenova, Research Associate, University of Cambridge

“The marathon was excellent, it helped me to overcome writer’s block, regain my confidence and get back on track with writing-up my dissertation” Sofya Omarova-du Boulay, PhD candidate in Political Science, Oxford Brookes University

Вместе пишем о Центральной Азии!

Писать диссертацию или статью – занятие очень трудное, даже опытные авторы чувствуют себя одинокими. Участвуя в Писательском марафоне по Центральной Азии (WCAM), мы не только помогаем друг другу сохранять фокус, преодолеть творческий кризис, но и весело, и, главное, продуктивно проводим время в нашем академически-заряженном сообществе, обмениваясь идеями и обратной связью. Мы организуем онлайн встречи в поддержку наших задач по написанию и завершению статей, диссертаций или других целей, над которыми мы работаем.

Следующий Писательский марафон начинается 1 ноября и завершится 1 декабря 2020 года. Приглашаются все заинтересованные лица в изучении Центральной Азии. У нас нет членских взносов.

По всем дополнительным вопросам и для регистрации на марафон, пишите Хикоят Салимовой (hikoyat.salimova@gmail.com).

«Марафон подарил мне чувство общности, когда мы вместе смеялись и обсуждали сложные и важные темы», – Гульзат Ботоева, доцент криминологии Университета Рохэмптона.

«Во время марафона я смогла закончить и сдать статью, а также подать заявку на грант», – Динара Абилденова, докторант антропологии Цюрихского университета.

«Мне очень помогли наши еженедельные встречи и тренинги, и возможность учиться друг у друга», – Диана Т. Кудайбергенова, научный сотрудник Кембриджского университета.

«Марафон был отличным: он помог мне преодолеть писательский кризис, восстановить веру в себя и вернуться в активный ритм написания моей диссертации», – Софья Омарова-Боулу, докторант политологии Университета Оксфорд Брукс.

Орталық Азия жайлы бірге жазайық

Диссертация немесе мақала жазу әдетте тәжірибесі бар ғалымдарға да қиын  болып келеді.  Орталық Азия бойынша жазу марафоны (ОАЖМ) сізге белгіленген мақсатқа зейін қойып, жазуға кедергі келтіретін ойлардан арылуға әрі ашық-жарқын зерттеушілердің ортасында пікір алмасуға мүмкіндік береді. Барлық онлайн іс-шаралар сізді мақаланы, диссертацияны болмаса кез-келген жобаны аяқтауға көмектесу үшін арналған.

Келесі ОАЖМ 2020 жылдық 1-ші қарашасынан желтоқсан айының 1-і аралығында өтеді. Қызығушылық білдіргендерге ортамызға қосылуға шақырамыз. Қатысу тегін.

Көбірек ақпарат үшін Хикоят Салимоваға (hikoyat.salimova@gmail.com) жазсаңыздар болады.

«Марафон маған көтеріңкі көңіл-күй әрі бірге маңызды тақырыптарды талқылайтын

Қауымдастық сезімін берді» Гулзат Ботоева Роегемтон Универсиетінде Криминология бойынша аға оқытушы.

«Марафон барысында бір мақала мен бір жобаның өтінішін аяқтай алдым» Динара Абилденова, Цюрих Университінді антропологиядан  PhD кандидат

«Апта сайын өтетін уоркшоптар мен коучпен өткен семинарлардан алғаным, бір-бірімізден үйренеріміз көп болды» Диана Кудайбергенова Кэмбридж Университетінде зерттеуші ғалым.

«Бұл марафон өте тамаша болды, өзіме деген сенімділігімді көтеріп, қайтадан диссертациямды жазып бастауыма үлкен ықпалын тигізді» София Омарова-ду Боулей, Саясаттану ғалымдарының PhD кандидаты, Оксфорд Брук Университеті

Birgalashib Markaziy Osiyo bo’yicha yozaylik!

Ilmiy maqola yoki dissertasiya yozish oddatda qiyin va yolg’iz harakat, hattoki tajribali olimlar uchun. Markaziy Osiyo bo’yicha yozish marafoni (WCAM) sizga belgilangan maqsadlarga diqqatni jamlashda, yozuv to’siqlarini yengishda, fikr almashish va umuman tadqiqotchilarning jonli jamoasida maza qilishda yordam beradi.

Kelasi WCAM 1 noyabrdan 1 dekabrgacha mo’jalangan. Markaziy Osiyo bo’yicha tadqiqotlarga qiziqishi bo’lgan har kim qo’shilishga da’vat etilgan.  Marafonda ishtirok etish uchun to’lovlar yo’q.

Qo’shimcha ma’lumot va marafonga qo’shilish uchun, iltimos, Hikoyat Salimovaga (hikoyat.salimova@gmail.com) yozing.

Tavsifnoma:

“Marafon menga jamoachilik sezgisini bergan: bu yerda biz muhim mavzularni kulgi bilan muhokama qilamiz” Gulzat Botoeva, Kriminologiya bo’yicha Katta Ma’ruzachi, Roehampton Universiteti, Buyuk Britaniya

“Marafon davomida bitta maqola va bitta grant arizasini topshirishga muvaffaq bo’ldim” Dinara Abildenova, antropologiya bo’yicha PhD kandidati, Zurix Universiteti

“Haftalik mashg’ulotlarimiz va murabbiylik mashg’ulotlari, bir-birimizdan o’rganish qobiliyatimiz menga katta foyda keltirdi” Diana T. Kudaibergenova, Ilmiy Hodim, Cambridge Universiteti.

“Marafon juda zo’r edi, bu menga yozuvchining to’siqlarini yengishga, o’zimga bo’lgan ishonchimni qaytarishga va dissertatsiyamni yozish bilan o’z yo’limga qaytishga yordam berdi.” Sofya Omarova-du Boulay, Siyosatshunoslik bo’yicha PhD kandidati, Oxford Brookes Universiteti.

 

Author Interview: Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence, by Shoshana Keller (Hamilton College)

Editor’s Note: This fall we are pleased to present again a series of some of the books shortlisted for awards in the Social Sciences and Humanities at CESS.  Our second installment features the work of Shoshana Keller, Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence, published by the University of Toronto Press.

“Russia and Central Asia provides an overview of the relationship between two dynamic regions, highlighting the ways in which Russia and Central Asia have influenced and been influenced by Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. This readable synthesis, covering early coexistence in the seventeenth century to the present day, seeks to encourage new ways of thinking about how the modern world developed.

Shoshana Keller focuses on the five major “Stans”: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Cultural and social history are interwoven with the military narrative to provide a sense of the people, their religion, and their practices – all of which were severely tested under Stalin.

The text includes a glossary as well as images and maps that help to highlight 500 years of changes, bringing Central Asia into the general narrative of Russian and world history and introducing a fresh perspective on colonialism and modernity” (press website).

Shoshana Keller recently spoke about her work with Nicholas Seay (the Ohio State University) for the New Books Network; you may listen to their conversation now:  interview can be accessed by clicking this hyperlink, re-posted here with permission from the author. 

 

Call for Papers: The Eighth Annual Doctoral Research Workshop on Central Asia, Royal Holloway and the University College London

Call for Papers: The Eighth Annual Doctoral Research Workshop on Central Asia
Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU
Saturday, 25 January 2020
History and Historiography of Central Asia
Convened by Dr Harun Yilmaz and Dr Gai Jorayev
Organising Committee: Dr. Gül Berna Özcan, Dr. Katherine Hughes, Dr. Gulzat Botoeva and Rosa Vercoe

The history of Central Asia has shown a dynamic character with substantial movements of different civilisations in various directions. From Zoroastrianism and Shamanism to Buddhism and Islam, all major religions and beliefs have influenced and crystallised in this vast geography. The influence of ancient Iranian and Chinese civilizations, the waves of Turkification, the rise and fall of the Silk Roads and ancient trade cities, the Great Game in the nineteenth century, and the Soviet modernization are some of the isolated episodes that can be counted from this rich history.

The workshop aims to provide a platform for historians who conduct original research on the history of Central Asia. The research papers can cover any subject from ancient history to the contemporary period until 1991. The subject of history can be political, social, cultural, juridical, gender, religious, ideological, or intellectual. We also invite historiographic papers examining and comparing national or regional narratives or constructions of the past. Very often modern borders do not overlap with the political or cultural frontiers in history. That is why, the geographical scope of the workshop covers not only Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, but also Afghanistan, Xinjiangand Tibet regions of China, Mongolia, southern Siberia and north Caspian territories of Russia, and northern Iran.

The organisers will give priority to the paper proposals that are part of a PhD or postdoctoral research.

Submission details:
• Author’s name, institutional affiliation and e-mail
• A 300-500-word paper summary
• A 100-word bio

Deadline for Submission: 15 November 2019
All submissions should be sent to Dr Gai Jorayev (g.jorayev@ucl.ac.uk)

Talking Peace in the Caucasus: A New Security Challenge Dimension

In 1996, the expert and academic community in the North Caucasus recognized a need for a more nuanced approach to tackling local challenges and initiated a broad discussion platform for acute regional issues to be debated and contextualized. This year the VII Congress “Peace in the North Caucasus through Languages, Education and Culture: Russia-the Caucasus-the International Community” (Мир через языки, образование, культуру: Россия-Кавказ-Мировое сообщество), held every three years, was hosted in the North Caucasus administrative capital city, Pyatigorsk. Continue reading Talking Peace in the Caucasus: A New Security Challenge Dimension

Sorting out Sino-Russian Relations and Central Asia: 欢迎! Добро пожаловать! Welcome!

Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow – only eight days after his installation as president of China, and his first foreign visit as Zhongnanhai’s new laoban (boss) – has resulted in extensive commentary concerning the current state of Sino-Russian ties, the implications of the “strategic partnership” for the United States, and myriad lists of historic and contemporary irritants which could either buttress or derail the relationship. Continue reading Sorting out Sino-Russian Relations and Central Asia: 欢迎! Добро пожаловать! Welcome!