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Transnationalism & Diaspora in C. Asia & Caucasus,

Mar. 16-17 2002, Berkeley

Caucasus and Central Asia Program
University of California at Berkeley

2002 Conference Program

Saturday, March 16 - Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

9.00-9.30 Coffee/Tea

9.30-9.40 Welcoming Remarks
Barbara Voytek, Director, Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, UC Berkeley

9.40-10.00 Program Notes
Sanjyot Mehendale, Executive Director, Caucasus and Central Asia Program, UC Berkeley

Panel I
Chair: David Hooson, Geography Department, UC Berkeley

10.00-10.30 Diasporas in Central Asia: Patterns of Formation, Patterns of Assimilation Shirin Akiner, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

10.30-11.00 Diaspora and Conflict: Locality, Long-distance Nationalism, and the Delocalisation of Conflict Dynamics Jolle Demmers, Center for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University

11.00-11.20 Coffee/Tea

11.20-11.50 Virtual Diasporas: Reconstituting Central Eurasia in Cyber-space John Schoeberlein, Harvard Forum for Central Asian Studies, Harvard University

11.50-12.20 Panel Discussion
Discussant: John Roosa, Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy, Indonesia Visiting Scholar, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

12.20-2.00 Lunch (Faculty Club)

Panel II
Chair: Leslie Peirce, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

2.00-2.30 Transnational Popular Social Institutions and Turkic Communal
Identity in Inner Asia Hélène Perrin Wagner, Ph.D, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales; Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Harvard University

2.30-3.00 China in Central Asia: Invasion or Evasion
Dru C. Gladney, Asian Studies and Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

3.00-3.20 Coffee/Tea

3.20-3.50 The Uighur Community in Central Asia: Changes During the Last Decade Ablet Kamalov, Kazakh Academy of Science, Institute of Oriental Studies; Visiting scholar, Oxford University, UK

3.50-4.30 Panel Discussion
Discussant: Shirin Akiner, SOAS, University of London

7.00 Dinner

Sunday, March 17 - Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

9.45-10.00 Coffee/Tea

Panel III
Chair: John Schoeberlein, Forum for Central Asian Studies, Harvard University

10.00-10.30 Russians in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Issues and Concerns
Kulbhushan Warikoo, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

10.30-11.00 The Afghan Diaspora: Reflections on the Imagined Country
Eden Naby, Harvard University

11.00-11.20 Coffee/Tea

11.20-11.50 Afghan Communities in Uzbekistan: Present and Prospects
Natalya Khan, Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan; Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

11.50-12.20 Panel Discussion
Discussant: Turaj Atabaki, International Institute of Social
History, Amsterdam, Netherlands

12.20-1.30 Lunch (220 Stephens)

Panel IV
Chair: to be announced

1.30-2.00 State, Homeland, and Diaspora: The Armenian and Azerbaijani Cases Stephan Astourian, Department of History, UC Berkeley

2.00-2.30 Diasporic Encounters: The Role of Diasporic Organizations in Armenia's Post-Soviet Transition
Armine Ishkanian, Research Fellow, UC Berkeley

2.30-3.00 Panel Discussion
Discussant: Edward Walker, Executive Director, Berkeley Program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

3.00-3.10 Closing Remarks

3.10-3.30 Coffee/Tea

3.30-5.00 Round Table (270 Stephens)
How has the Diaspora necessitated new approaches to notions of "regions" and how might academic area studies be reconfigured by these internal and external pressures?


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