Friday, March 15, 2013

3rd Annual Nawruz-Noorus Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia

3rd Annual Nawruz-Noorus Postgraduate Workshop on
Central Asia

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology / School of Modern
Languages, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Newcastle University

Date: Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd March 2013

Location: Seminar Room 2.22, Research Beehive, 2nd Floor, Old
Library Building

'via Blog this'

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Liselotte Odgaard. Book: China and Coexistence

China and Coexistence
Beijing's National Security Strategy for the Twenty-First Century
Liselotte Odgaard

"Rather than dismissing the principle of (peaceful) coexistence as either propaganda or a
necessary policy of a weak power, Liselotte Odgaard unravels the concept as the driving
strategy behind China's foreign and national security policy and shows how it has been
successful in both protecting and progressively maximizing China's interests."
—David Shambaugh, George Washington University

"A superior analysis of a topic of tremendous importance to scholars and
policy makers alike."
—Qingmin Zhang, Peking University

“Peaceful coexistence,” long a key phrase in China’s strategic thinking, is a
constructive doctrine that offers China a path for influencing the international system. 

So argues Liselotte Odgaard in this timely analysis of China's national security strategy in
the context of its foreign policy practice.

China’s program of peaceful coexistence emphasizes absolute sovereignty and non-interference in the
internal affairs of other states. 

Odgaard suggests that China’s policy of working within the international community and
with non-state actors such as the UN aims to win for China greater power and influence
without requiring widespread exercise of military or economic pressure.

Odgaard examines the origins of peaceful coexistence in early Soviet doctrine, its
mid-century development by China and India, and its ongoing appeal to developing countries. 

She reveals what this foreign policy offers China through a comparative study of aspiring powers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She explores its role in China’s border disputes in the South China Sea and with Russia and India; in diplomacy in the UN Security Council over Iran, Sudan, and Myanmar; and in China’s handling of challenges to the legitimacy of its regime from Taiwan, Xinjiang, and Japan.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


 In conjunction with the exhibition launch on 17th January, a 2 day symposium will be held in the Lecture Hall of SOAS on 18th and 19th January.
Confirmed List of Speakers and Papers:
1. Ratna Krishnakumar & Sarita HegdeRoy: Revitalising the Benares silk saris of India.
2. Tun Jugah Foundation, Sarawak Malaysia: “ Pua-sungkit textiles of the Iban”
3. Asif Shaikh: Reviving Embroidery techniques in Gujarat India
4. Elana Dickson: Gongadi-the woolen blanket of Telangana, India.
5. Lesley Pullen: In search of historic South East Asian textile motifs.
6. Edric Ong: Iban 'Pua Kumbu' ikats of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo
7. Kikuo Morimoto: Reviving the silk ikat textiles of Cambodia
8. Rosella Morelli: Khami, Khumi and Mro Textiles of Burma
9, Prof Tien Chin: 'Hsiang yun sha'- the mud-silks of Kwantung, China
10. Liang Xue Fang: Suzhou double-face embroidery of China
11. Rambie Lim: Ramie and Pina weaving in Palawan, Philippines
12. Firdose Jain: Fine embroidered pashminas of Kashmir.
13. Joseph Lo: Musuo Textiles of Yunnan, China.
14. Susan Conway: Burma/Shan textiles
15. Jenny Balfour Paul: Indigo traditions in Africa
16. Qiu Qunzhu: Reviving Ningbo Gold and Silver Embroidery  
17. Beatrice Kaldun (UNESCO): Listing of Textiles under Intangible Cultural Heritage.
18. Aziz Murtazayev: Revitalising sik ikat weaving in Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan.
19. Anjana Somany:  Indian Narrative Painted Textiles
20. Kirsten Scott: 'Fabric of Life: form, function and fashion in Ugandan mekeka'.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS3rd Annual Navrus/Noorus Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia

CALL FOR PAPERS3rd Annual Navrus/Noorus Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia

Thursday 21st - Friday 22nd March, 2013

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology / School of Modern LanguagesFaculty of Humanities and Social SciencesNewcastle University

Convened by: Alisher Khamidov, Nick Megoran and Joanne Smith Finley

Building on the success of the Navrus conference over the past two years at Exeter, we are pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for the 2013 event. The contemporary history of Central Asia, including the disintegration of the U.S.S.R and emergence of independent nation-states in 1991, highlights the need for an ongoing and evolving exploration of what it means to be placed at this Eurasian crossroads of languages, cultures and societies.

This Workshop invites postgraduate researchers to share their cutting edge knowledge of this fascinating region, focusing on continuities, changes and newly emergent trends in the post-1991 period. Our focus includes both the former Soviet Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as well as Afghanistan, and the neighbouring region of Chinese Central Asia, currently incorporated into the People's Republic of China as the 'Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region'.  Presentations will be grouped, according to research theme, into 4 sessions over the 2 days.

Participants are invited to address any theme in contemporary social science and humanities scholarship, including (although not limited to):  . What is the nature of protest in Central Asia and how is it related to the mass political upheavals which have been witnessed since independence?. Which kinds of states are produced by societal ties, hierarchies and global inter-connections? What roles have external statebuilding and development projects had in shaping state formation? . To what extent are social, cultural and/or religious practices specific to independent countries, common among the former Soviet states, or 'pan-Central Asian' (i.e. connecting the former Russian Central Asia with contemporary Chinese Central Asia)?. How have diverse global flows influenced the outlook of the Central Asian youth?. In the context of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation headed up by Beijing, what is the nature of bilateral relations between the former Central Asian states and the PRC, and how are these viewed by the lay person?. How are patterns of language use and language domain developing and changing?. How can we characterise the intersection of new political configurations and alliances with long-standing clan allegiances and social hierarchies? . To what extent does Soviet / PRC ideology maintain a (residual) influence in the everyday lives of Central Asian peoples?. What is the nature of borders in the Central Asia region?. To what extent do distinctions between nomadic-pastoral and sedentary-agricultural societies persist in contemporary times?. How far can we speak of a 'rural-urban divide' in Central Asia?. In what ways is migration affecting the economic and political landscape of Central Asia?. How applicable is post-colonial or de-colonial theory to the Central Asian context?. How can we analyse the question of 'political Islam' in Central Asia retrospectively?Topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are invited.

Proposals may be submitted for: individual papers (25 minutes + 20 minutes for questions and discussion), or for organised panels of 2-4 papers linked around a theme. They should include: . Name, contact details and institutional affiliation of proposer and contributors. Paper (and, where applicable, panel) titles. An abstract of 300 words maximum for each presenter Proposals should be submitted to Alisher Khamidov ( Friday 14th December 2012. We are delighted to announce that Professor Deniz Kandiyoti (London University, School of Oriental and African Studies; editor of Central Asian Survey) will deliver a Keynote address on: 'The Current State and Future of Central Asian Studies'.  Professor Kandiyoti will also lead a training session for postgraduate participants titled: 'Publishing your Results'. This session will deliver valuable advice on how to transform dissertation chapters and conference papers into academic publications, and how to go about publishing findings in international refereed journals. 

The Workshop has been kindly funded by the Centre for Russian, Central and East
European Studies (CRCEES), University of Glasgow; by the Department of Politics at Exeter University; and by Central Asian Survey. As a result, we are pleased to provide free accommodation as well as a small travel bursary of up to £50 for a limited number of postgraduate participants.To:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Popular Culture in Turkic Asia and Afghanistan

Popular Culture in Turkic Asia and Afghanistan: Performance and Belief

Third Symposium of the ICTM Study Group for Music of the Turkic
Speaking World, 1-2 December, 2012, Cambridge, UK


Friday, 30th November

6 pm - Reception at Jesus College, University of Cambridge
7 pm - Opening Ceremony and Concert at Chapel, Jesus College

Saturday, 1st December

8:30-9 am - Registration

9-10:30 am - Keynote address: Professor Nicholas Cook (Faculty of
   music, University of Cambridge)
"Western music as world music"

10:30-11 am - Tea & Coffee

11-12:30 pm - Session A1: Music in Afghanistan: Tradition and Modernity

Bernard Dupaigne, SNRS, Paris, France
Popular Music and Religion in Northern Afghanistan, in the 1966- 1976 Period

Will Summits, University of Central Asia, Tajikistan
The Tawarikh-i Musiqiyun: the post-humus popularization of musicians
   from Afghanistan in a 19th century Chaghatai treatise

Yahia Baiza, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
Music, Religion and Culture: a study of Traditional Turkic Music in Afghanistan

11-12:30 pm - Session A2: From Ritualistic practices to traditional

János Sipos, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
>From the Spiritual to the Profane and Back: the Relation of Folk
   Religion and Folk Songs of Some Turkic People

Éva Csáki, Peter Pazmany Catholic University, Hungary
The Role of Music Performance of Bektashis Rituals in Thrace

Violetta Yunusova, Moscow State Conservatory, Russia
Popular Music Forms of Turkic Speaking Peoples in Russian Federation

12:30-1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30-3:30 pm - Session B1: From Ritualistic practices to traditional

Fattakh Khalig-zade, National Academy of Music, Baku, Azerbaijan
Islam and Music in Modern Azerbaijan

Janyl Jusupjan Chytyrbaeva, Radio Ozodlik, Prague, Czech Republic
New Religious Music in Kyrgyzstan

Ersen Varli, Karadeniz State Conservatory, Turkey
The Process of Popularity of Religious Musical Examples with the
   Aspect of Performance Theory Among Women and Men: Music of Sunni and
   Alevi Sects in Turkey (1)

Özlem Dogus Varli, Karadeniz State Conservatory, Turkey
The Mediums of Mysticism during the Process of Popularity in Sunni
   Sect, Turkey (2)

1:30-3:30 pm - Session B2: From Ritualistic practices to traditional

Yusuf Azmun, Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus
Musical and Religious Aspects of Turkmen Carpets

Gennadiy Makarov, Kazan' State Conservatory, Tatarstan
Muslim spiritual poems as Tatar cultural phenomenon

Mahmud Aga Rahim Ogly Salah, Baku State conservatory, Azerbaijan
Daf-Qaval in Holy Books and Religious Ceremony

Zilya Imamutdinova, State Arts Study Institute, Moscow, Russia
The Transformation of Muslim Religious Musical Genres at the Beginning
   of the 21st Century: Maulid in Culture of the Ural-Volga Tatars and Bashkirs

3:30-4 pm - Tea & Coffee

4-6 pm - Session C1: From Ritualistic practices to traditional performances

Saida Yelemanova, Kazakh National University of Arts
The Study of Kazakh music in its sacred and spiritual dimensions

Valentina Suzuki, Tuva Institute of Arts and Humanities
The Traditional and Popular music in Tuva

Alla Bairamova, The Azerbaijani State Museum of Musical Culture, Azerbaijan
Traditional Azerbaijani Music: Some Peculiarities of Modern Interpretation

Parmis Mozafari, University of Cambridge, UK
The Ritual Music of Turkmen of Iran

4-6 pm - Session C2: Diaspora and Minorities

Karina Firkaviciute, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuania
Popular music in Lithuanian Karaim society - a different case

Abdullah Akat, Karadeniz State Conservatory, Turkey
The Influences and Changes of the Crimean Tatars Music in the Process

Shakhym Gullyev, Kysyl Orda, Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan
Turkmen traditional music at home and abroad

Dorit M Klebe, Berlin, Germany
The Role of Music among the Cultures of Turkic-Speaking Communities
   (Kazakhs, Kyrgyzs, Tatars) in the Berlin Diaspora), 2006-2012

6-7 pm - Dinner

7 pm - Concert: Popular Culture in Turkic Asia and Afghanistan

Sunday, 2nd December

9-10:30 am - Keynote Address: Dr Alexander Djumaev
   (University of Central Asia)
"Popular culture and music: in search of spiritual roots in changeable
   Central Asia"

10:30-11 am - Tea & Coffee

11-12:30 pm - Session D1: Traditional culture in contemporary soundscape

Tom Solomon, University of Bergen, Norway & Inna Naroditskyaya,
   Northwestern University, USA
Azeri Rap Music and Oral Poetry between Tradition and Modernity

Megan Rancier, Bowling Green State University, USA
"The Sound of Modern Kazakh Nomads": Discourses of Ancientness and
   Nationhood in the Music of Contemporary Kazakh Qyl-qobyz Performers

Angelika Jung, Galerie Mani, Weimar, Germany
Sufi ideas in the Music of Bukharan Shashmaqam

11-12:30 pm - Session D2: Traditional culture in contemporary soundscape

Kerstin Klenke, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim, Germany
The Hajj Does not Go Pop: Uzbek estrada and Islam

Giovanni De Zorzi, University 'Ca' Foscari' of Venice, Italy
Jâhri zikr used as therapy for teenagers

Feza Tansug, Yeditepe University, Turkey
American Popular Music in Central Asia

12:30-1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30-3:30 pm - Session E1: Traditional culture in contemporary soundscape

Ivanka Vlaeva, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Music Images of Istanbul: From Fatih Akin's Films to Stage and Street

Fikri Soysal, Dicle University State Conservatory Diyarbak?r, Turkey
Music Culture of Islam Civilization and Popular Culture in the 21st
   Century in Turkey

Gulnar Abdirakhman, Kazakh National University of Arts
New images of Kazakh traditional songs

Valeriya Nedlina, Kazakh State Conservatory, Kazakhstan
Folklorismus in Popular Music of Kazakhstan: Returning to Spiritual Roots

1:30-3:30 pm - Session E2: Traditional culture in contemporary soundscape

Liesbet Nyssen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Khuday, Khay, and Khuray: Connections to Religion in Khakas Popular Music

Aziza Sadikova, Berlin, Germany
New music technique and Koran recitation: "Untitled", the piece for
   amplified violoncello and tape

Vladimir Manyakin, Kazakh National University of Arts
Kazakh Folk Songs: From Preservation to Transformation and Development

Gulya Kuzbakova, Kazakh National University of Arts
Kazakh Popular Music in 1990-2010: Metamorphosis of Development

3:30-4 pm - Tea & Coffee

4-6 pm - Session F: Film Screening

John Baily, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Return of the Nightingales: The Afghanistan National Institute of Music

Razia Sultanova, University of Cambridge, UK
The Music of minorities in Northern Afghanistan

Keith Howard and Misha Maltsev, London, UK
Siberia at the Centre of the World: Music, Dance and Ritual in Sakha-Yakutia

Book Presentations

There will be recently published book presentations during the
conference's Tea breaks by the following scholars: John Baily, Keith
Howard, Fattah Khalyk-Zade, Janos Sipos/Eva Csaki, Tom Solomon, Inna
Naroditskaya, Razia Sultanova, Valentina Suzuki, Galina Sythenko,
Saida Yelemanova, Giovanni De Zorzi

Visual art Exhibition

"Musical instruments of the Turkic speaking world"
by Elena Tchibor (Oxford University)

Convener of the Symposium: Dr Razia Sultanova
Symposium Assistant: Dr Parmis Mozafari: