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Happy Eid ul Adha- Bayram Kurban to my Turkic Friends and Readers

Dini Bayramlar Kırgınlıkların, Dargınlıkların Unutulduğu, Karşılıklı Sevgi ve Saygının Pekiştiği, Hoşgörünün Egemen Olduğu, Güzel Duyguların Paylaşıldığı Özel Günlerdir. İnsanı İnsan Yapan Değerlerin, Erdemlerin Yalın Olarak Yaşandığı Dini Bayramlarımız Toplumsal Yaşamımızda Vazgeçilmez Önem Taşır. Ramazan Bayramınızı sizlerinde barış, kardeşlik ve Huzur İçinde Anlamına ve Amacına Uygun Olarak Kutlamanızı Diliyorum.

Bu Düşüncelerle Siz Değerli İznikli Dostlarımın , Tüm İslam Aleminin Ramazan Bayramını Kutluyor ; Bayramın Tüm İnsanlığa Barış, Kardeşlik, Hoşgörü ve Huzur Getirmesini Temenni Ediyorum...

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers

Call for Papers: Harvard Conference- On the Edge: The Long 1940s in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
A Graduate Student Conference, April 16, 2010

On the Edge: The Long 1940s in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture

Call for Papers:

Marked by the social and historic upheavals of such dramatic proportions that even the decade leading up to the Russian revolution pales in comparison, the impact of the 1940s on Soviet society and culture is tangible to this day. Like the twentieth century itself, the decade overstepped its chronological borders.
Beginning on August 24, 1939, with the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, it lasted until Stalin's death in March, 1953. Its crises included the Second World War, the beginning of the Cold War, mass deportations of various nationalities, and the notorious campaign against "rootless cosmopolitanism." Its anguish gave birth to a generation of thinkers, writers, and artists, who both monumentalized the "fateful forties" and helped to deflate the state-generated hy…

November 2009: Migration in Central Asian Newsletter Published

Job Posting: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Associate Director. REEEC is a Title VI National Resource
Center. The Associate Director provides authoritative, detailed professional knowledge in the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; assists the director in fulfilling the mission of the Center; serves as advisor to the director regarding programs and with program development; and acts for him/her as necessary.

An advanced degree (Master's required) in a humanities or social science discipline with a concentration in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies and advanced proficiency in Russian or another language of the
region are required. Those holding a Ph.D. are also encouraged to apply. For qualified, the position allows for teaching one or two undergraduate courses per academic year.

For full description and requirements see

Azerbaijani Bloggers Sentenced for a Donkey Interview!! Why is the question?

As a librarian, I usually try to stay away from the politics. I try to be neutral as much as I can. But then comes a time to write about some critical issues that are of common concern of democratic norms. For example, today, I was reading news from Reuters-India, where there was news titled, "Course in Azerbaijan jails opposition bloggers.."

Below is the video of "a donkey" talking about his arrival in Azerbaycan. Remember that there was money for importing donkeys from Germany to Azerbaycan.

Here is an interview by Pervana Persiani, who explains why these two bloggers were arrested. It is her version of the story. It will be interesting to see what version did the police have?

Here is the version by the eyewitness that talks about how Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizadeh were arrested. It is in Azeri language.

Risk of Mocking Azeri Bureaucrats as DonkeysFriends of two young Azeri activists insist that they were prosecuted because they were using online media like Facebook…

My Favorite Pop Singer from Azerbaycan: Brilliant Dadashova

Brilliant Dadashova and I

I have been introducing my readers to music from various parts of Eurasia. Today, I am going to focus on Azerbaycani singer- Brilliant Dadashova. Brilliant Dadashova was born in Baku on September 15, 1965 in large Azeri/Azerbaycani family. As I understand her name could be translated as "Diamond", i.e. Brilliant. Here you can find her biography and other relevant information:

I want to post some of her new songs that I have enjoyed. I love her "Gece Yaman Üzündur = A beautiful long night".

Brilliant in 2008.

Her older songs can be found below.

Here is a clip that depicts her sensitive vocalizations. Enjoy this clip.

Yalan Dunya= Lying World? by Brilliant Dadashova

CONFERENCE/CFP- Environment, Identities and Space, GOSECA Pittsburgh, Feb. 26-28

Source: GOSECA University of Pittsburgh <>

University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia and Center for Russian and East European Studies present: Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference February 26-28, 2010

On the eve of the September 2009 meeting of the G20 in Pittsburgh, Jos&#1081; Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, spoke of the "new challenges of the 21st century" as "challenges that have no respect for borders." Foremost among these Mr. Barroso listed climate change. He prevailed upon the citizens of all prosperous countries to cease gambling over the reality of environmental change and confront this threat with resolve. As he put it: "The time for playing high-stakes poker is over." From the city which welcomed the G20 summit, first heard Mr. Barroso's call for action, and will host the 2…

In Memoriam: Igor Starkin

9.11.2009 Прощание с Игорем Старыгиным состоится 12 ноябряПрощание с Арамисом российского кино, популярным артистом Игорем Старыгиным пройдет в фойе московского Дома кино в четверг, 12 ноября. Читать дальше

Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism Manuscripts Page

I accidentally stumbled upon this page as I was searching for a bibliography of repressed Azerbaijani poet Javad Ahmad. Originally, I did not anticipate finding anything interesting on this website as it looked like the registration was required. However, I realized that there was wealth of information that could be useful to those who study various aspects of information object production, dissemination and consumption. The manuscripts served as a media of choice till the movable printing press was introduced. Here you can browse scans of various Ottoman and other Turkish history related manuscripts. Here is the address of the website:

Call for Proposals: Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group – Fifth Annual Meeting

April 8-9, 2010

Hosted by
University of Iowa
At the Hotel Vetro, Iowa City, IA

 The fifth Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group annual meeting hosted by the University of Iowa will be held April 8 and 9, 2010 at the Hotel Vetro in Iowa City, Iowa.

Please consider participating in 2010, in a panel discussion, as a speaker or as a poster presenter. Proposals are needed by December 15, 2009.

Possible topics include:
Building text collections: institutional repositories, EAD, newspapers, yearbooks
Collection Customizations, such as website redesign, other technical aspects
Metadata Standards -- migrating, harvesting, repurposing, Unicode  
Oral Histories – file management; rights, transcription and maintenance
Rights management
System integration and interoperability: CONTENTdm collections in the institutional landscape, (linking to website, RSS feed, meta-searches, API)
Tips and tricks for using CONTENTdm
Video projects
Workflow, staffing, and project management models

All presenters will be part of…

UCLA Event- 1989: Assessing the Collapse of Communism Twenty Years Later

A symposium
Friday, November 06, 2009
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
UCLA Faculty Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095
1989 was a momentous year in the history of Europe and the world. The collapse of communist rule in Eastern Europe set the stage for unprecedented post-socialist "transitions" in the region and for post-Cold War geo-political changes as well. In recognition of the extraordinary events symbolized by the fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago, this symposium aims to reflect thoughtfully on the important political, economic and socio-cultural changes that have ensued.

8:00-9:00       Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15       Welcome - Susan McClary, Associate Vice-Provost, UCLA International Institute
9:15-9:30       Opening Remarks - Gail Kligman, Director, Center for European and Eurasian Studies
9:30-11:30     Session 1 - Post-socialist Transformations I                       
Speakers: Ivan Berend (UCLA, History), Eva Fodor (Central European University, Sociology), Jan Kubik (Rutgers Unive…

'Information Economy Report 2009'

'The Information Economy Report 2009: Trends and Outlook in Turbulent Times' is the fourth in a series published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report is one of the few publications to monitor global trends in information and communication technologies (ICTs) as they affect developing countries. It serves as a valuable reference for policymakers in those nations. It gives special attention to the impact of the global financial crisis on ICTs.
* Global and regional trends in the diffusion of ICTs such as fixed and mobile telecommunications, Internet, and broadband
* Ranking of the most dynamic economies in terms of increased ICT connectivity between 2003 and 2008
* Monitoring of the "digital divide"
* Survey of national statistical offices on the use of ICT in the business sector
* A review of the changing patterns in the trade of ICT goods
* A mapping of the new geography in the offshoring of IT and ICT-enabled services

CONF./CFP.- Cultural & Linguistic Contacts across Central Asia, Leeds, June 7

Call for Papers

Traces of Empire: Cultural and linguistic contacts across Central and Inner Asia
A postgraduate symposium at the University of Leeds, Monday 7th June 2010

Keynote Speaker: Dr Alexander Morrison (University of Liverpool)

This gathering of postgraduates and early career academics is intended to combine historical depth with contemporary focus of anthropological and political approaches. It will consider the development and impact of political and religious ideology, patterns of exchange, travel and trade across the numerous polities, from the T?rk to the Qing to the USSR, that have shaped the region over the centuries. Areas of discussion might include:

* Silk routes, caravans, and passes: travel and landscape
* Sedentary/nomadic contacts: trade, peace, war, and conflict resolution
* Linguistic diversity and homogeneity
* Performance and communication: music, film, new media
* Material culture, art, manuscript and textual traditions
* Religious orthodoxy, syncretism and sp…