Fifth Annual Conference of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies
29 June – 1 July 2017, IOS Regensburg.
Seminarreihe des Arbeitsbereichs Ökonomie am IOS
Zeit: Dienstag, 13.30–15.00 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)
Programm Sommer 2017
Roundtable meeting on “The Future of Central Asian Studies”, organized by the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden, The Netherlands), at the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), Chiang Mai, Thailand, 20-23 July 2017. The roundtable is being convened by Dr Irina Morozova (IOS, Regensburg) and Dr Willem Vogelsang (IIAS, Leiden).
In June 2015, an international Seminar was organised in Regensburg, Germany, by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS, Leiden) and the Graduate School and Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (Regensburg) in co-operation with the International Unit for Central and Inner Asian Studies. The workshop focused on transnational religious and ideological influences in Modern Central and Inner Asia and was set up in the context of the IIAS programme "Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context" (2014-2016), which was sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York.
During the workshop, a discussion developed on the current state and the future of Central and Inner Asian Studies. In the increasingly knowledge-based societies, there is a growing necessity for a critical and reflective assessment of the epistemologies, genealogy and patterns of knowledge production in Central Asia and other parts of the world. Knowledge on Central Asia in Europe (and the world) is fragmented and often difficult to access. The existing networking initiatives have suffered from weak support from universities and research centers, not mentioning the lack of engagement by other professional groups and policy-makers. The paucity of public engagement from the side of the academic community itself (but not only) does not facilitate the presence of experts on Central Asia in the mainstream media, café scientifique, artistic communities, cultural institutes and in the non-profit sectors. Severe cuts at academic institutes in America and Europe are compounded by a growing, more nationalistic approach to local history and culture in many of the Central Asian states. There is also still a divide between the more Anglo-Saxon academic traditions on the one hand, and on the other still often dominant Soviet academic approaches in Central Asia, leading to frequent misunderstandings and a neglect in international forums of research by Central Asian scholars (Russian as lingua france, rather than English also hampers the inclusion of academic specialists from other parts of the world).
The present ICAS workshop wants to address the problematic of the current status quo of Central Asian studies, by discussing the ground waters for its development, but importantly to discuss (feasible and concrete) possibilities to counter the downward spiral and discuss ways to strengthen Central Asian Studies. The panel will address a quesion how to exploit all the local (and international) research potential in/on Central Asia in order to facilitate a dialogue between researchers, policymakers, various stakeholders and key social actors, including NGOs, as well as representatives of SMEs in all Central Asian countries. One of these possibilities, as discussed in Regensburg, would be to make a concerted effort to include Central Asian Studies in the global reach of Humanities and Social Sciences research, as a source of comparison and/or as a means to find explanations for developments outside of the area. A connection to policy-making and economic stakeholders for formulating and exploring multi-faceted approach is, thus, strongly called for.
The workshop will be introduced by a group of scholars working on sustainable networking and institutionalization of the field of Central Asian studies and its connectivity with other branches of scholarship and science, but also policy-making and economy. The conveners and participants seek to develop a better working platform to connect, present, exchange and debate on most burning issues relevant to Central Asian research, and to discuss a better way to incorporate Central Asian Studies into the much wider field of Humanities and Social Sciences. After a number of presentations a discussion with other participants will follow.
Participants that will introduce the subject include Dr Irina Morozova of the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (Regensburg) and the International Unit for Central and Inner Asian Studies, and Dr Siddarth Saxena of Cambridge University, Forum for Central Asian Studies. Others include Prof. Timur Dadabaev (Tsukuba University); Prof. Ablet Kamalov (Kazakhstani Academy of Science, Almaty); Prof. Yuki Konagaya (Osaka), and Dr. Jumpei Kubota (Kyoto). The roundtable is co-sponsored by the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan.
The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the largest meeting of Asia scholars of its kind. It is being organised every two years in different venues. In 2015 ICAS took place in Adelaide, Australia, and in 2019 it will be set up in Leiden, The Netherlands. The ICAS 10 conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 20-23 July 2017 will attract some 1250-1500 scholars from all over the world. The International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, The Netherlands, has been running the secretariat of ICAS since its inception in 1997.
1) Conferences and Workshops
International Workshop “Dynamics of geopolitical landscapes in Central Asian studies: new avenues for research” organized at Leibniz Association Office in Brussels, Brussels, 4 November 2016
International conference in cooperation with the International Institute for Asian Studies (the Netherlands), the Far Eastern Federal University (Russia) and the National Institutes for the Humanities (Japan) “Around the Changbai Mountains. A Seminar on the narratives of the ethnic groups in Northeast Asia”, Vladivostok (2016)
International Seminar “Transnational Religious and Ideological Influences in Modern Central and Inner Asia” (2015)
International Conference “Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia” organised by International Unit for Central and Inner Asia Studies (IUCIAS) supported by IOS, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, and Ulaanbaatar University, Ulaanbaatar (2014)
International Seminar “Knowledge production and knowledge transfer in and on Central and Inner Asia” organised by International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, International Unit for Central and Inner Asia Studies supported by IOS and Ulaanbaatar University, Ulaanbaatar (2014)
Volkswagen Foundation Summer School: “Environmental Economics for Central Asia and the Caucasus – Foundations and First Empirical Applications” (2014)
DAAD Summer School: “Modernization and Conflict in Central Asia“ (2014) organized in cooperation with the Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg (Dr Sebastian Schiek) and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Workshop "Environmental Governance in Central Asia and the Caucasus” organized in cooperation with Volkswagen Foundation, 27 October 2013
2) Lectures at IOS (selection)
“Migration of household members and the level of school enrollment of children who stay behind in Tajikistan” by Viktor Cebotari (Maastricht University and United Nations University, Maastricht), 22 March 2016
“Agricultural development traps in Central Asia” by Martin Petrick (IAMO Halle), 19 January 2016
“Human Rights Protection in Central Asia” by Anastassiya Miller (the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law), 25 November 2015
“Economic reforms in late Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia, 1980-1990s (on the example of Osh oblast)” by Irina Morozova (IOS), 12 May 2015
“Forced Marriage and Birth Weight: The Consequences of Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan” by Susan Steiner (Universität Hannover), 5 May 2015
“The debate on progress, social order and economy and the rise of new inequalities in Central Asia, 1970-90s” by Irina Morozova (IOS), 30 November 2014
“Tajik labour migration and their remittances. Is Tajik migration pro-poor?” by Kazuhiro Kumo (University of Oxford and Hitotsubashi University), 29 October 2013
3) Regensburg Central Asian Studies Lecture Series new
To start in 2017!
The program will be announced in due time