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Thirteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference Program
Indiana University, Bloomington
Saturday, April 8 th 2006

General Schedule:

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM: Registration and Breakfast – Ballantine Hall 008
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM: Opening Remarks – Ballantine Hall 013
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Session I
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Break
11:15 AM – 1:15 PM: Session II
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Complimentary Lunch Buffet – Ballantine Hall 008
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Keynote Speaker Presentation – Ballantine Hall 013
Why Do Empires Expand? – Dr. Peter Perdue, MIT
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Session III
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Break
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Evening Reception and Cultural Program – University Club, IMU
Central Eurasia Through Words and Music – Music and performances from the Central Eurasian region

Panels and Room Assignments:

Ballantine Hall 003

Session I: Ancient and Medieval History of Central Asia
Chair: Dr. Ron Sela, Indiana Universit

Dr. Konuralp Ercilasun, Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University
State and Religion Relations in Turkic History in the 16 th -19 th Centuries

Ari Emdur, Indiana University
A Study in Shi’ism and Ghuluw in Middle to Late Medieval Iran and Central Asia

Dr. Shing Muller, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Keeping Their Mouths Closed in the Afterlife: Archaeological Evidence of the Use of Chin-Straps in East Turkestan

Session II: Education in Central Asia
Chair: Dr. Margaret Mills, Ohio State University

Dr. Dilshod Rahimov, Tajik University for Fine Arts, Dushanbe
Tajik Folklore Studies in Contemporary Tajikistan: The Problems in Academic and Higher Education Systems

Dr. Margaret Mills, Ohio State University
Introducing Ethnolinguistics: A Guided Collaborative Research Project on Contemporary Ethical Speech, Tajikistan 2005

Dr. Azim Bayzoev, University of Kansas
Quality of Higher Education in Tajikistan: Problems and Solution

Saltanat Kazhimuratova, KIMEP, Kazakhstan; Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University
Higher Education to Function In the Marketplace: Perspectives and Reforms of Higher Education in Kazakhstan

Session III: Central Eurasia in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Chair: Dr. Toivo Raun, Indiana University

Guljanat Kurmangaliyeva Ercilasun, Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University
New First-Hand Sources of 19 th Century Kazakh History

Aimee Dobbs, Indiana University
Regulations of the 1870s: Truly an Expression of the Il'minskii System?

Dr. Zahid Anwar, Columbia University
Comintern and Its South Asian Experiment

Ballantine Hall 004

Session I: Xinjiang: Echoes of Dissent
Chair: Dr. Peter Perdue, MIT

Nicholas Corbett, Indiana University
From Afghanistan to Guantanamo: Uyghurs and the Confusion Surrounding ETIM

Maksatbek Asanbekov, Indiana University
Causes for Discrimination of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Province

Stephanie Kelly, Indiana University
Uyghur Music and the Hidden Transcript: Writing the Truth is Harder than Telling Lies

Session II & III


Ballantine Hall 005

Session I: Governance and Identity in Central Eurasian Politics
Chair: Blake Puckett, PhD Candidate, Indiana University

Dr. Kirill Nourzhanov, Australian National University
Political Elites in Central Asia since Independence: Fragmentation, Circulation, and Pact-Making

Suncem Kocer, Indiana University
Changing Meanings; Transforming Images: Politics of Kurdish Identity in Turkey

Dr. Munkh-Erdene Lkhamsuren, National University of Mongolia
Who Governs Mongolia: Semi-Presidentialism or Parliamentarism plus Cartel

Aziz Burkhanov, Institute of World Economy and Politics, Kazakhstan
Creating National Identity in Kazakhstan

Session II: Wave the Pink Flag: Power and Media in Kyrgyzstan’s 2005 ‘Tulip Revolution’
Chair: Dr. Gardner Bovingdon, Indiana University

Dr. John Couper, American University-Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Balance in Newspaper Coverage of Election Campaigns and Candidates

Elina Karakulova, American University-Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Role of the Mass Media in Political Knowledge and Political Participation among Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic

Gulzada Sabyrbekova, American University-Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Gatekeepers of Religious News: An Attitudinal Profile of Kyrgyzstani Newspaper Journalists

Alfiya Kenzina, American University-Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Public Relations Techniques in Bishkek’s City Kenesh (City Council) Elections, 2004

Dr. Vanessa Ruget, Bentley College
Citizenship & Democracy in Kyrgyzstan One Year after the Tulip Revolution

Session III: Democratization and Political Transition in Central Asia
Chair: Dr. Dina Spechler, Indiana University

Rebekah Tromble, Indiana University
Civic Community in Eurasia: Making Democracy Work?

Jessica Trisko, University of Texas at Austin
Terrorism in Authoritarian Regimes: Ending the Cycle of Violence

Dana Abizaid, University of Texas at Austin
Kazakhstan’s Courts: The Power to Reform?

Aziza Umarova, University of St. Andrews
Is Democratization Suitable for Central Asia?

Ballantine Hall 006

Session I: Environmental and Development Issues in Central Eurasia
Chair: Dr. Roman Zlotin, Indiana University

Mariam Ubilava, Evergreen State College
Water Consumption in Southern Caucasus Countries from the Kura River Basin

Sarah Combellick-Bidney, Indiana University
Negotiating Development Priorities in Mongolia

Kathryn Ottaway, Indiana University
Perceptions and Portrayals of Tibetan Ecology

Session II: Economic Development and Public Policy
Chair: Dr. Kerry Krutilla, Indiana University

Azhar Baisakalova, KIMEP, Kazakhstan
The Gender Pay Gap in Kazakhstan

Malika Mirkhanova, Washington University
Effect of Remittances and Other Financial Flows on Reducing Poverty in Uzbekistan: Implications for Policy Development

Eshref Trushin, Indiana University
Socio-Economic Roots and Impacts of Protectionism in Uzbekistan

Fariz Ahmadov and Jeyhun Karamov, University of Georgia:
Curse of Natural Resources in Azerbaijan: How Should It Be Overcome

Session III: Central Eurasian Economics
Chair: Dr. Martin Spechler, Indiana University

Dr. Shin-I Fu, China Institute of Technology, Taiwan
The Gist of Middle and Small Business Investment and Law in Kazakhstan

Dr. Johan Engvall, Uppsala University, Sweden
Economic Sources of Stateness in Central Asia

Secil Pacaci, University of Utah
Exchange Rate Regimes as a Remedy for the Balance of Payments Adjustment: The Case of Turkey under Financial Liberalization  

Ballantine Hall 011

Session I: Azerbaijan
Chair: Dr. Shahyar Daneshgar, Indiana University

Dr. Reyhan Huseynova, Western University, Azerbaijan
Search for National Identity in the Global Era: The Azerbaijani Experience

Zohrab Gadirov, Texas A&M University
National Identity and Foreign Policy of Azerbaijan

Sabina Manafova, Indiana University
A Balanced Foreign Policy: Azerbaijan and the Super Powers

Dr. Shahin Mustafayev, Indiana University
Caricatures in Molla Nasreddin Journal and Depiction of Modernity in Early 20 th Century Azerbaijan

Session II: Modern Iran in the 21st Century: Domestic and International Challenges
Chair: Dr. Shahyar Daneshgar, Indiana University

Dr. Shahyar Daneshgar, Indiana University
The Iranian Constitution and the Rights of Minorities: Challenges and Causes of Dissent

Daniel Beben, Indiana University
Status of the Opposition in Post-Khatami Iran

Rasmus Elling, Copenhagen University
Ethnic Marginalization or Foreign Manipulation: Two Cases of Ethnic Unrest in Iran, 2005

Dr. Mahmoud Kashefi, Eastern Illinois University
The Economic Polarization of Iranian Society and its Political, Social, and Cultural Consequences:
A Challenge for the Stability of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the 21 st Century

Session III: Art and Architecture of Central Asia
Chair: Dr. Christiane Gruber, Indiana University

Rushan Rozi, Indiana University
Uyghur Vernacular Architecture: Cultural Form and Syntax of the Built Environment

Mohammad Gharipour, Georgia Institute of Technology
Evolution of Persian Gardens in the Achaemenid Era

Dr. Muhsin Hidirov, Samarkand State Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute
The Hellenistic Art and Architecture of Central Asia

Ballantine Hall 015

Session I: Central Asian Literature
Chair: Dr. Paul Losensky, Indiana University

Dr. Kathleen Beyer, Framingham State College
Stanley Stewart’s “In the Empire of Genghis Khan”

Dr. Farzona Zehni, Indiana University
Approaches to Gender Themes by Modern Tajik Men and Women Poets

Dr. Zaure Batayeva, Indiana University
Classical and Modern Aitys

Ainur Baisakalov, Indiana University
Kazakh Folk Songs and the Problems of National Identity

Session II: Uralic Literature
Chair: Dr. Valeria Varga, Indiana University

Janet Rauscher, Indiana University
Nationalism in Finland, 1809–1899: An Analysis of Miroslav Hroch’s Model of the Dissemination of Nationalist Sentiment

Peter Nemes, Indiana University
The Writing of a New Hungarian Literary History

Session III: Turkic Literature and Cinema
Chair: Dr. Kemal Silay, Indiana University

Burcu Karahan, Indiana University
Stranded in the Ottoman Empire: The Translational Adventures of Robinson Crusoe in Ottoman Turkish

Donny Smith, Indiana University
Otobüs’s Silence

Ferenc Csirkes, Indiana University
Patterns of Imitation in 15th-century Chagatay Literature: Nizami and Nava’i: A Case Study

Greg Burris, Indiana University
Looking Towards Turan: Pan-Turkist Symbolism in the Art and Poetry of Orkun    

Ballantine Hall 016

Session I: Buryatia: Past and Present
Chair: Dr. Gyorgy Kara, Indiana University

Melissa Chakars, Indiana University
Buryat Language Education: 1923 to the Present

Justine Buck Quijada, University of Chicago
Etigilov and the Territorial Reinscription of Buryat Buddhism

Petr Nikolayevich Azhunov, Baikal Buryat Center for Indigenous Cultures
The Image of Chinggis Khan among Modern Buryat-Mongols

Session II: Tibetan History and Society
Chair: Dr. Elliot Sperling, Indiana University

Dr. Elliot Sperling, Indiana University
The Golden Urn and the Selection of the Dalai Lama

Dr. Yangbum Gyal, Indiana University
Tibetan Medical Practitioners in Buryatia and Russia

Nicole Willock, Indiana University
Tibetan Monastic Scholars and the Cultural Revolution

Dr. Gedun Rabsal, Indiana University
A Common Tibetan Language: Challenges and Arguments in the 21st Century

Session III: History and Tradition in Mongolia
Chair: Dr. Elliot Sperling, Indiana University

Dr. Luvsannorov Erdenechimeg, Indiana University
The Qu’ur (Horse Headed Fiddle) from the Secret History of the Mongols

Dr. Dulamyn Bumochir, University of Cambridge
Respect and Power without Resistance

Bayarsaikhan Dashdondog, Oxford University
Policy of the Armenian Princes towards the Mongol Lordship

Miji Lee, University of Toronto
The Mongol Mirrored in Koryo: Discovering the 13th Century's Mongol Character Scattered in Korean Records  

Ballantine Hall 018
Session I: Islamic Life in Central Asia
Chair: Dr. Devin Deweese, Indiana University

Baris Isci, Washington University
Contested Views of Islam: Discourses on Sacred Places in Kyrgyzstan

Fatima Sartbaeva, University of Wisconsin
Women’s Participation in Islamic Institutes and Groups in Central Asia: Case Study of Southern Kyrgyzstan

Lisa Ross, Independent Scholar and Photographer
Picturing the Ineffable

Session II: Islamic Movements and Politics in Central Asia
Chair: Dr. Nazif Shahrani, Indiana University

Laman Rzayeva, Northern Illinois University
Radical Islamism in Uzbekistan: Social Movement Perspective

Eren Tatari, Indiana University
State Response to Religious Revivalism in Post-Soviet Central Asia

Dr. Ulan Bigozhin, Indiana University
Islamic Movements in Kazakhstan

Session III: Photo Exhibit by Lisa Ross, Independent Scholar and Photographer  

Ballantine Hall 205
Session I: New Perspectives on Teaching Turkic Languages
Chair: Malik Hodjaev, PhD Candidate, Indiana University

Dr. Talant Mawkanuli, Indiana University
The Integration of Consciousness-Raising Tasks in Teaching Turkic Grammar

Malik A. Hodjaev, Indiana University
Intensive Methods of Teaching Uzbek Language

Nigora Azimova, Indiana University
Distance Learning and Interaction: Mutually Exclusive?

Umida Khikmatillaeva, Indiana University
Bringing Multi-Media Modules into Classroom: Advantages and Challenges

Session II: Turkic Languages and Literature
Chair: Dr. Talant Mawkanuli, Indiana University

Dr. Rahmonkhoja Inomkhojaev, Indiana University
Uzbek Literature of Afghanistan and Its Cultural Context

Dr. Shoira Usmanova, Indiana University
A Comparative Study of Household Lexicon in Altaic Languages

Dr. Gulnisa Nazarova, Indiana University
Metaphoricity in the Naming Of Plants in Uyghur Language

Umida Khikmatillaeva, Indiana University
History of Ethnonyms in the Legends about Oghuzkhan

Session III: Linguistics
Chair: Dr. Frances Trix, Indiana University

Adam Leary, Indiana University
The Interaction of Quantity and Meter in Hungarian

Eric Schluessel, Indiana University
Restrictions on the Development of Initial Consonant Clusters in Mongghul

Andrew Shimunek, Indiana University
Reconstructing the Kitan Basic Color-Term System

Dr. John Erickson, Indiana University
Bare Partitive Ablative Phrases and Verbs That Allow for Their Use in Uzbek