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The Transnational Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict Settlement
Ethnic conflicts have shaped the 20th century in significant ways. While
the legacy of the last century is primarily one of many unresolved
conflicts, the author contends that Western Europe has a track record in
containing and settling ethnic conflicts which provides valuable lessons
for conflict management elsewhere. Focusing on ethno-territorial
cross-border conflicts in Alsace, the Saarland, South Tyrol, Northern
Ireland, Andorra and the New Hebrides, the author develops a
four-dimensional analytical framework that synthesizes the distinct
factors that influence the complex relationship between host-state,
kin-state, and actors in the disputed territory and the international
From the Contents: Part One: A Framework for the Study of
Ethno-Territorial Cross-Border Conflicts and Their Settlements:
Conceptual Clarification: External Minorities and Disputed Territories;
Possible Conflict Settlements for Ethno-Territorial Cross-Border
Conflicts; Conclusion of Part One: Which Factors Influence
Ethno-Territorial Cross-Border Conflicts and the Stability of Their
Settlements?; Part Two: Case Studies: Alsace; The Saarland; South Tyrol;
Northern Ireland; Condominium Status as a Settlement for
Ethno-Territorial Cross-Border Conflicts: Andorra and the New Hebrides;
Part Three: Achieving Conflict Settlements and Managing Their Stability:
Conditions Conducive to Conflict Settlement and Settlement Stability;
About the author: Stefan Wolff was educated at the University of
Leipzig, Germany. He received an M.Phil. from the University of
Cambridge and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He is
currently Lecturer in the Department of European Studies at the
University of Bath.
February 2003. 248 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 1-57181-516-3 hardback List Price $69.95/£47.00 Disc. Price
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Current Bibliography: Articles, Reports, Book Reviews (Romania:
Minorities, Politica Science, Security), 1/2003
1. Romanian Academic
Society - Early Warning Reports (general background, analysis of current
2. Media Monitoring
Agency mass media reports
3. Mediafax New
Agency Divers Bulletin Reporting Ethnic Diversity (news and
4. Ministry of Public
Information, The National Office for Roma Indicators Concerning the
Rroma Communities in Romania
5. Romanian Journal of
Society and Politics
6. Journal for Study of
Religion and Ideology
7. Sfera Politicii
10. Selection of some relevant
books published in 2002
1. Romanian Academic Society
Early Warning Reports a project initiated and financed by UNDP and
carried out by the Romanian Academic Society, aimed at providing the
Romanian government with objective advice from independent sources. The
goal of the program is to monitor the socio-political and economic
developments in order to identify the situations with crisis
potential. All issues available online in English at:
Early Warning Report Romania, 1/2002, January
Early Warning Report Romania, 4/2002, June
Early Warning Report Romania, 5/2002, July
Early Warning Report Romania 6/2002, September
Early Warning Report Romania, 7/2002, November
2. Media Monitoring Agency, Academia Catavencu (www.freeex.org) - Reports available online in English at http://www.freeex.org/opinionsw.htm
A Report on the Freedom of Speech, October 2002
Press Freedom in Romania, Cases of Harassment on Journalists between January 2001 February 2002
3. Mediafax Divers Bulletin (www.divers.ro) - Weekly briefs reporting ethnic diversity (news and analysis, newsbriefs available in English)
4. Ministry of Public Information, The National Office for Roma Indicators Concerning the Rroma Communities in Romania (www.rroma.ro/resources.htm), 2002
5. Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, May 2002, Vol. 2, No.1, Bucharest (available in English, upon subscription, abstracts available at http://www.rjsp.ro) issue dedicated to “Corruption and Development”
Table of contents (articles) (http://www.rjsp.ro/archive/corruption.html:
- Oana Mateescu: “The Dark Side of the State: ‘Mafia’ and ‘National Interest’ in Postosocialist Romania”
- James A. Mitchell: “Corruption, the Electoral Process and the Politics of Transition in Romania”
- Andrei Stoiciu: “Corruption: Policy Recommendation and Policy Exposure”
- Andreea Ogrezeanu: “Mahala: The Slums of Bucharest A Space of Urban Change”
- Puiu Latea and Liviu Chelcea: “Mixed Times: On Informal Credit in Oltenia”
- Mihai Varga: “National Corruption Day: A Theoretical Essay on the Sources of Corruption”
- Attila Melegh:”Globalization, Nationalism and Petite Imperialism”
- Ioana Bunescu: “The Status Law: Between Liberalism and Nationalism Irredentism” commentary on “Globalization, Nationalism and Petite Imperialism” by Attila Melegh
6. Journal for Study of Religion and Ideology, No. 2, Autumn 2002, Cluj (available online, full text, in English at http://hiphi.ubbcluj.ro/JSRI/)
Table of contents (articles):
- Leonard Swidler: “Freedom of religion and dialogue”
- Lucian N. Leustean: “Stadiul dialogului interreligios si perspectivele sale in ecumenismul European” (The stage of interreligious dialogue and its perspetices in European ecumenism -- in Romanian)
- Mukhtar Umar Bunza: “Islamism vs. Secularism: A Religious Political Struggle in Modern Nigeria”
- Kathleen A. Tobin: “International Birth Control Politics: The Evolution of a Catholic Contraceptive Debate in Latin America”
- Florea Lucaci: “An Analytical Perspective on the Creatio ex nihilo Concept”
- William Westerman:”Religious Folklife and Folk Theology in the Sanctuary Movement”
- Simon Geissebuhler: “No Religion, No (Political) Calues? Political Attitudes of Athesits Comparison”
- Sandu Frunza: “Primul concept de ideologie elaborat de Marx intre praxis si religie” (The First Concept of Ideology Elaborated by Marx, between praxis and religion -- in Romanian)
- Stefan Matei: “Art, Politics and Religion. Historical Perspectives on Self-defining”
- Mihaela Frunza: “Intre obsesii nationaliste si fantasme religioase. O analiza simbolica a ’Clujului tricolor’” (Between Nationalist Obsessions and Religious Fantasias. A Symbolic Analysis of the ‘Tri-colored Cluj’ in Romanian)
- Codruta Cuceu: “Spatiul Ghetoului” (The Ghetto Space in Romanian)
- Mirela Calbaza- Ormenisan: “Spatiul carceral instrumentalizare excesiva, ocultarea binomului religie- putere” (Confinement Space Excessive Instrumentalization, Occultism of the Bynum Religion- Power in Romanian)
7. Sfera Politicii (The Politics Sphere), No. 100, Year X, 2002 (in Romanian, available online full text at http://www.sfera.50megs.com/) - issue dedicated to NATO
Table of contents:
- Lavinia Stan:”Iliescu vs. Constantinescu”
- Dan Oprescu: “O sama de bilanturi” (Some …)
- Victor Iulian Tuca: ”Radiografiile unui topos oriental” (X-rays of an Oriental Topos)
- Eduard Goean: “Relatiile economice romano-chineze” (Romanian-Chinese Economic Relations)
- Vlad Fonta: “O crestere mai mult cantitativa” (A More Quantitative Growth)
- Romulus Brancoveanu: “Gri vertical” (Vertical Grey)
- Sabina Fati: “Serviciile secrete in slujba puterii” (Secret Services working for the Power)
- Victor Duculescu: “Angajarea militara externa a NATO in 1999 si 2001” (External Military Engagement of NATO in 1999 and 2001)
- James A Mitchell: “A ‘New’ World Order?”
- Gabriel Radu: “11 septembrie- intre ideologic si sfirsitul socialului” (11 September between the Ideologic and the End of the Social)
- Randolph L. Braham: “Nationalistii romani si Holocaustul” (Romanian Nationalists and the Holocaust)
8. Altera, No. 17 18, 2002 (abstracts available online in English, magazine available on paper-based format, http://www1.proeuropa.ro/indexro.htm) - issue on Endangered Minority Cultures
Table of contents (articles):
- Zhidas Daskalovski: “Minority Rights in Greece: Macedonians”
- Emil Tircomnicu: “Megleno-Romanians”
- Nathan Weinstock & Had’m-Vidal Sephiha: “Yiddish and Judaean- Spanish. A Cultural Heritage”
- Vilmos Tanczos: “The Csangos in Moldavia”
- Sandor N. Szilagyi: “About the Csango Dialectics in Moldavia”
- Gabriel Andreescu & Smaranda Enache: “Report on the Situation of the Csangos in Moldavia. The Issue of the Hungarian Csangos”
- Tytti Maria Isohookana-Asunmaa: “Csango Minority Culture in Romania”
- Ghiorghi Prisacaru: “Dissenting Opinion from the Report Minority Culture in Romania”
- Gabriel Andreescu: “Multiculturalism in Central Europe: Cultural Integration and Privacy”
- Paul Philippi: “Transylvanian University Tradition in United Romania”
- Anamaria Pop: “Traditions and Prospects in Romanian-Hungarian Cultural Relationship”
- Adrian Majuru: “The Albanian Bucharest. From Merchant Elite to Cultural Elite”
- Janos Erdo: “The Unitarian Church”
- Valerian Stan: “The Law on Free Access to Information of Public Interest”
9. Provincia (The Province), 7 issues available online, full text in Romanian and Hungarian, at http://www.provincia.ro/rindex.html
Abstract from the project description (my translation): The publication aims at creating a common Hungarian- Romanian public space in Transylvania, by constructive interpretations of the traditions and common history.
Provincia 2002, January, Year III, No. 1 (19)
Provincia 2002, February, Year III, No. 2 (20)
Provincia 2002, March April, Year III, No. 3-4 (21)
Provincia 2002, May, Year III, No. 5 (22)
Provincia 2002, June-July, Year III, No. 6-7 (23)
Provincia 2002, August-September, No. 8 9 (24)
10. Selection of some relevant books published in 2002 (available in Romanian)
Andreea ANDREESCU, Lucian NASTASÃ & Andrea VARGA (eds.) Minoritãþi etnoculturale. Mãrturii documentare. Maghiarii din România (1945-1955) [Ethnocultural minorities. Documentary testimonies. Hungarians from Romania (1945 1955)], Cluj: CRDE, 2002, 920 p.
Freedom House (ed.) Ghidul Mass Media din Romania. (The Romanian Mass Media Guide), 3rd edition, Bucharest
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 18:21:24 +0200
From: Netice Yildiz <netice.yildiz@...>
CALL for PAPERS and BOOK REVIEWS
KADIN / WOMAN 2000
Journal for Woman Studies
Eastern Mediterranean University - Centre for Woman Studies
KADIN / WOMAN 2000 welcomes papers on women issues for the forthcoming
issues. KADIN / WOMAN 2000 is an international publication devoted
exclusively to the Mediterranean and Turkish Women issues, especially
Turkish Cypriot women. It covers a wide range of discipline such as
politics, economics, anthropology, literature, history, health, law,
sociology, religion and culture, and is open to all critical approaches
whether sociological, art historical, economical or psychological. It is
designed to supply the needs of scholars, critics and to support the
works of graduate students entering this developing field of study. The
English articles published in KADIN / WOMAN 2000 are accepted to be
indexed with their abstracts mainly in GenderWatch (Covered by
ProQuest), Contemporary Women's Issues (in Gale Electronic Databases)
both of which are under OCLC, MLA International Bibliography and Index
Readership: Historian, literary critics, art historians and critics,
linguists, sociologists, psychologists, economist and politicians, media
and communication specialists, members of academic departments of women
Notes for Authors: The authors should submit three copies of the
manuscript to the editor. For more information please sent e-mail to
netice.yildiz@... or woman2000@....
Deadline for papers:
For June 2003 issue: end of February 10, 2002
For December 2003 issue: March 15, 2003.
See the web page of KADIN / WOMAN 2000 for more details:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Netice Yýldýz
Faculty of Architecture
Gazimagosa - North Cyprus via Mersin 10 - Turkey
From: Nikolina Grigorova <nikolina_gri@...>
Sofia, January, 2003
We are pleased to announce the
Second Black Sea Youth Congress 2003 - "Corporate Social Responsibility for
creating safe and stable future!" .
The Congress will take place on May 9 - 11, 2003 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Second Black Sea Youth Congress (BSYC), organized under the leadership of
AIESEC Bulgaria, Local Committee UNWE, Sofia, is the next step towards the
establishment of the Black Sea Youth Forum. It aims to improve the
economic, social and cultural cooperation in the region by getting together
students, politicians, business sector representatives, NGO representatives
and academicians from the 11 countries, members of the Black Sea Economic
Cooperation (BSEC) - Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, The Russian Federation,
Greece, Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine, plus
Yugoslavia, Macedonia and some western countries.
The topic of the Congress is Corporate Social Responsibility and the
working groups are: Youth and Education; Human Resources; Environment and
Sustainable Development; Social Activities.
The oficial language of BSYC will be English.
The main goals of BSYC are:
Ü To create new opportunities in all spheres of cooperation, facilitating
the improvement of business, social intercultural climate in the countries
of the region
Ü To contribute to the development of current and future international
projects in the field of regional cooperation
Ü To realize traineeships in the region focused on the Corporate Social
Responsibility politic of the companies
Ü To contribute to more intensive cultural and information exchange between
the countries of the Black Sea region
Ü To work towards the establishment of Black Sea Youth Forum
The opportunity that it creates for the stakeholders of the project, e.g.
students, politicians, business sector representatives and academicians is:
Laying the foundations of a working network of young individuals aware of
their role for the mutual cooperation and sustainable development of the
Black Sea and Balkan region.
The project that we work on and is closely related to the Second Black Sea
Youth Congress (BSYC) is the Black Sea Youth Development Program.
BSYDP is the newest international program for exchange that started in
1998. One year after its start at the International Congress of AIESEC it
was awarded as the most successful in the field of regional cooperation.
The goal that stands before us is to overcome the national and the cultural
differences, to contribute to the economic and social relations among the
countries. For the implementation of this goal AIESEC - as one of the
largest international organizations,uses the power of exchange program.
The long-term objectives of the project are:
Ü To develop open-minded, highly educated, socially responsible individuals
Ü BSYDP to be a sustainable regional program, active in all Black Sea
Ü To have strong cooperation in the field of partnership and sponsorship
contacts, data bases, personal contacts in Black Sea countries;
Ü To organize Black Sea Youth Congress each year in rotation within 11 BSEC
Ü BSYDP to be known as a regional program by AIESEC world
AIESEC - International Student-run Organization for Educational Exchange
ºAIESEC is an international, non-political, non-profit, student-run,
educational organization. It is represented in 84 countries, 800
universities with over 30 000 active members and is comprised of students
and recent graduates of institutions of higher education who are interested
in economics and management.
ºAIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, colors, sex, sexual
orientation, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin.
ºAIESEC facilitates the international exchange of thousands of students and
recent graduates each year. The experience they gather during the
traineeships paid or as a volunteer, affects them forever because of the
intercultural and working challenges the meet.
ºThrough its exchange programs and seminars AIESEC develops young
individuals who have the knowledge and skills to be the future leaders of
We kindly invite you to take part in BSYC as a moderator of one of the four
working groups (Youth and Education; Human Resources; Environment and
Sustainable Development; Social Activities) or speaker in the official part.
Please, confirm your interest for participation till February 20th and send
us your CV and ideas, so that we can proceed with the organization of the
The FUTURE of the region lies in the hands of the young generation who need
your help to be the GOOD LEADERS of tomorrow. It depends on you to show
them what a "GOOD LEADER" means!
We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!
We will appreciate if you introduce widely this letter to your colleagues.
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Current Bibliography: Articles (UK: Political Science, International
Relations, Law, Contemporary History), 2/2003|
1. Journal of
Southern Europe and the Balkans
2. Peace Review
3. Peace, Conflict and
1.Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Volume 4 Number 2/November
Histories behind names: an interview with Stevan K.
Pavlowitch p. 117
The Second World War II: discourses of reconciliation in Serbia and
Croatia in the late 1980s and early
1990s p. 127
The Bosniaks: from nation to
threat p. 141
Germany and the Balkans: reflections on an uneasy
relationship p. 157
Barriers to the transition of enterprises from central plan to market
economy: the Balkan case p. 191
Panayiotis Liargovas, Dionysios Chionis
2. Peace Review, Volume 14 Number 4/December 01, 2002
Valeriu Nicolae, Romanian Gypsies p. 385
3. Peace, Conflict and Development
The second issue of Peace, Conflict and Development - a journal based at
the Department of Peace Studies, Bradford, UK - is now available online.
Access to the journal is free. This issue contains the following
Deanna Iribarnegaray: Peacekeeping's New Partnerships
Agata Dziewulska: Peace Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Theory and
Johannes Heiler: Institutions, Civil Society, and Nationalism in the
Context of Democratic Consolidation: Prospects for Democracy
Papers are now accepted for Issue Three. Submission guidelines available
on the website. For more information or to join email subscription list
write to editor@...
Conflits, confiance, démocratie
Sofia, 5 – 7 septembre 2003
Pathologie, facteur de désintégration des rapports sociaux ou phénomène
social normal au même titre que la transgression des règles? La théorie
oscille encore entre ces deux pôles.
Le conflit est à la base de la thématisation du social. De Héraclite " le
conflit est le principe ou le père de toutes les choses" en passant par
Hobbes " la guerre de tous contre tous " on continue à se demander si le
conflit est antérieur à la société ou en est l’essence. Les divergences
disparaissent en ce qui concerne la caractéristique principale de notre
époque, notamment, que la société moderne est une société conflictuelle. Si
la communauté est associée à la concorde, la fraternité et l’amitié, la
société est inextricablement liée aux rivalités, contestations, conflits.
Une société entièrement régularisable n’existe pas et ne peut être qu’idéal
totalitaire. La liberté réside dans cette faille.
L’ambiguïté du conflit est qu’il est à la fois facteur de destruction et de
désintégration, ainsi que d’innovation et de créativité. Cette ambiguïté
croît du fait que la culture agônophile, le plaisir du combat,
l’esthétisation du conflit englobent ces deux dimensions opposées. Des
Croisades au Djihad et aux kamikazes palestiniens, on découvre la même
vénération du héros – mi-dieu, mi-homme.
La construction des nouvelles sociétés passe par une redéfinition du
conflit. Le tissu social communiste était conçu de manière à éradiquer
toutes les différences (sociales, culturelles, de genre). N’est permis que
ce que la règle permet, le reste est interdit. Le post-communisme essaie de
remplacer cette conception par celle de la société ouverte: est permis tout
ce qui n’est pas interdit. Ce qui reste à découvrir est le conflit dans son
double visage de Janus.
L’accent trop instrumental sur la résolution des conflits obscurcit la
distinction entre le polémique et l’agonal (J. Freund), conflit violent et
conflit non violent. Elle empêche une conceptualisation du conflit dans la
diversité de ses expressions : destructrice, mais aussi créatrice et
Le colloque se propose de continuer cette réflexion dans plusieurs
dimensions : la nature des enjeux ; la distinction entre antagonismes,
contradictions, antinomies, incompatibilités, lutte et combat, violence
directe et violence non directe, conflit symétrique et conflit asymétrique,
agression et agressivité ; l’institutionnalisation et la régulation des
conflits (conciliation, médiation, arbitrage) ; la prévention.
La démocratie est compatible avec des sociétés plus contestataires (France)
et plus consensuelles (Pays Bas) . L’approche à la résolution des conflits
est fonction d’une autre variable – la confiance.
A la différence du conflit qui jouit d’un grand intérêt, même exagéré, de
la part de leaders, décideurs, chercheurs, la confiance se fait plus
discrète, avec moins de publications, cours universitaires, colloques. Elle
reste, pourtant, un élément clé de la culture démocratique. Son absence
ouvre un large espace aux visions de conspiration, à l’exagération des
risques, au non respect des institutions et des règles du jeu. Plus
présente dans les pays à tradition protestante, plus fragile dans des
sociétés à tradition catholique et orthodoxe, elle tisse les liens sociaux
qui assurent la base nécessaire à l’implantation et à la consolidation de
La thématique du colloque va se décliner en trois axes :
Confits évacués, conflits éclatés ;
Confiance, capital social, culture ;
La démocratie à l’épreuve des conflits ou comment bâtir la confiance.
La langue de travail est le français.
Le colloque est organisé sous l’égide du président de la République G .
La Nouvelle Université Bulgare, Filière francophone de sciences sociales et
Association bulgare des sciences politiques
avec la collaboration de
AISLF, AUF, GASPECO, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Comité scientifique international
Anna Krasteva, Nouvelle Université Bulgare, Sofia, Bulgarie
Antony Todorov, Nouvelle Université Bulgare, Sofia, Bulgarie
Daniel Mercure, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Monique Hirschorn, Université de Paris V, France
Alain Eraly; Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique
Jean-Michel de Waele, GASPECO, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique
Jean-Yves Trépos, IRESCO, Paris
Daniel Barbu, Université de Bucarest, Roumanie
André Petitat, Université de Lausanne, Suisse
Gora Mbodj, Université de Saint Louis, Sénégal
Didier Bigo, Institut d’Etudes Politiques à Paris
Toute proposition (titre+ résumé) devra être reçue avant le 1 avril 2003
La confirmation d’acceptation de la contribution sera envoyée pour le 15
Pour l’organisation scientifique du colloque s’adresser à:
La Nouvelle Université Bulgare,
Filière francopnone de sciences sociales et politiques
21, Montevideo 1618 Sofia Bulgarie
Portable (359) 87 23 95 68
Pour une liste d’hôtels et autres informations techniques s’adresser à :
Un nombre limité de bourses de séjour est disponible. Elles seront
accordées en priorité aux participants de l’Europe du Sud Est et de pays à
(sur demande+CV+résumé de la communication de 2 pages envoyés avant le 30
Co-directrice de la filière francophone de sciences politiques de la NUB
Co-directeur de la filière francophone de sciences politiques de la NUB
Subject: This week on COMIR partner lists
Visit COMIR - Consortium of Minority resources at http://www.comir.net
Contact COMIR at email@example.com
1. Balkan Human Rights
2. Managing Multiethnic Communities
3. Balkan Academic News
Balkan Human Rights mailing list:
- MINELRES: This week on COMIR partner lists
- Bulgaria: Retired Colonel Shoot 16 years old Roma man
- Signature of Council of Europe Protocol against racism in cyberspace
- Call for European Union to accede to European Convention on Human
- HLC - PRESS - TWO CASES OF POLICE TORTURE IN MONTENEGRO
- Tribunal Update No. 297
- IFEX Autolist - France/Turkey: Reporters without Borders wins court
case against ex-Turkish army chief
- Characteristic anti-Semitic front page of extreme rightwing weekly
"Alpha Ena" (18/1/2003)
- Balkan Crisis Report No. 401
- HELSINKI COMMITTEE HAS REMARKS FOR SOME ACTS OF POLICE TOWARDS MEMBERS
OF VMRO DPMNE
- SEEMO ACTIVITIES IN 2003 AND THE STATISTICS OF PRESS FREEDOM
VIOLATIONS IN 2002
- Balkan Crisis Report No. 402
- Turkey: Solitary confinement of Abdullah Ocalan
Managing Multiethnic Communities mailing list:
- This week on COMIR partner lists
- TOL BRR: The EU in Macedonia
- Contents of IWPR'S BALKAN CRISIS REPORT, No. 400
- RFE/RL: BOSNIAN, YUGOSLAV OFFICIALS DISCUSS REFUGEES' RETURN
- RFE/RL: NEW DATE SET FOR ROMANY ELECTIONS IN HUNGARY
- Minority Rights Group: job announcement
- RFE/RL: NEW ROMANY ORGANIZATION SET UP IN SLOVAKIA
- RFE/RL: LATVIAN RULING PARTIES OPPOSE LOCAL VOTING RIGHTS FOR
- RFE/RL: RUSSIA REFUSES TO RENEW OSCE CHECHEN MISSION MANDATE
- Contents of IWPR'S BALKAN CRISIS REPORT, No. 401
- RFE/RL: SERBIAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES CONSTITUTIONAL CHARTER WITH
- RFE/RL: MESKHETIANS FACING NEW HARDSHIPS IN KRASNODAR
- ECMI Newsletter No. 22, January 2003
- OSCE Mission welcomes adoption of constitution in Serbian and
- RFE/RL: SLOVAK GOVERNMENT ORDERS INVESTIGATION INTO REPORTS OF FORCED
STERILIZATION OF ROMANY WOMEN
- Contents of IWPR'S CAUCASUS REPORTING SERVICE, No. 164
- RFE/RL: CIS SUMMIT FAILS TO RENEW MANDATE OF PEACEKEEPING FORCE IN
- RFE/RL: EU BACKS RESUMPTION OF NEGOTIATIONS ON TRANSDNIESTER
Balkan Academic News:
- CfA: EU Grants to support to the rule of law, good governance, public
accountability and freedom of opinion in the Western Balkans
- CfP: The Encyclopedia of Modern Political Ideologies
- New Book: 8th economic forum of cities and regions of South-East
- Query: Youth Laws in the Balkans
- This week on COMIR partner lists
- Link: Slavophilia updated
- CfP: Promote Civic Engagement in Global Governance
- Request: Aromanian Folklore and Dance
- New Members
- New List: 'InterPhil' for Intercultural Philosophy
- CfA: Special Call for Applications for Legal Intern Positions (ECMI)
- Conference: No Man's Land, Everyone's Image: Cinema in the Balkans,
New Haven, 6-9.2.2003
- CfA: Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Scholarships,Capital Markets and
Finance in the Enlarged Europe, European University Viadrina,
- Query: NGO Directories and Databases for Bosnia
- CfA: Archaeological field school in Bulgaria, 10.6.-15.7.2003
- CfA: Transnationalism in the European Union, Workshop, 20-22.6.2003,
- Book Review: Gagnon & Tully (eds), Multinational Democracies, Reviewed
by Dusan Pavlovic
- CfA: Youth 2 Youth, Exchange, Istanbul
- MINELRES moderator
This week on COMIR partner lists
- Institute for War & Peace Reporting
Caucasus Reporting Service No. 163: Problems of Meskhetians
- Greek Helsinki Monitor
New Book: From theory to practice: the European Charter for regional or
- European Roma Rights Center
ERRC: Roma Rights Victory in Yugoslav Torture Case
E-NEWS: IMADR spring internship in Geneva
Bigotry Monitor: Volume 3, Number 4 (content)
- Bertold Bernreuter
New Mailing List 'InterPhil' for Intercultural Philosophy
- Petra Kovacs
Fwd: Minority Rights Group: job announcement
- William McKinney
ECMI Newsletter No. 22, January 2003
- Lambrecht Wessels
Online Course: Conflict Analysis, The Network University
- The Advocacy Project
AdvocacyNet (excerpts): IT training for Roma activists
- Laco Durkovic - Ludia proti rasizmu
Forced sterilization of Romani women in Slovakia
- Valery Novoselsky
Unification Congress of the Roma communities of the CIS and the Baltic
MINELRES - a forum for discussion on minorities in Central&Eastern
List archive: http://www.minelres.lv/archive.htm
MINELRES website: http://www.minelres.lv/
MINELRES - a forum for discussion on minorities in Central&Eastern Europe
List archive: http://www.riga.lv/minelres/archive.htm
MINELRES website: http://www.riga.lv/minelres/
Dear friends ,
Student council of Megatrend University of Applied Sciences is
organizing a program in July 2003. in Belgrade for undergraduate
students from all over the world. The topic of the program is -
Intercultural Management . Its purpose is to help young people
understand cultural diversities and use them to become successful
leaders in future professions.
The entire content of the program can be found on
We are a non- profit and completely student-based organization.
We are hoping that you could help us attract more interested students -
worldwide and in the same time help to promote our country in cultural
and educational way.
Thank you very much in advance,
Intercultural Management Program coordinators,
Intercultural Encounters - Belgrade 2003.
Megatrend University of Applied Sciences
Makedonska 21, 11000 Belgrade
Pristina Summer University 2003; Pre-register Now |
Pristina Summer University 2003 - Apply to Study
14 July - August 1, 2003
30 intensive courses, taught by international professors !
100 full scholarships !
No tuition fees !
In the summer of 2003 the University of Pristina (UP) and the
Academic Training Association (ATA) will organise the 3rd edition
of the Pristina Summer University in Pristina, Kosovo. The
programme will bring together regional & international professors
and lecturers for a period of three weeks and will provide about
30 courses and workshops in the field of humanities, law,
economics, social sciences, arts, medicine and natural sciences.
In addition, public discussions, lectures etc. will be organised
on prominent issues in Kosovar and (South) East European society.
Recreational events and excursions will also be organised for
students and staff. Sixhundred participants will be accepted at
the PSU 2003, of which 450 from Kosovo, 100 participants from the
SEE region, and 50 self-financing international students.
Pre-register now online at
informed as soon as the official registration process starts.
Location: Pristina, Kosovo
Deadline: 15 May
Dear List Members,
I am looking for any information on working with the youth on the Balkans. I am currently working for a youth NGO in Sarajevo and I am interested in any sort of exchange (on an academic and a practical level) to improve our work here.
Sincerly, Steffen Emrich
Steffen Emrich * c/o SHLhouse * Lepenièka 39 *
71210 Sarajevo * Bosnien und Herzegovina
Tel: 00387 (0)33 773 000 / 001
Fax: 00387 (0)33 773 002
Mobil BiH: 00387 (0)61 722338
Citizenship and Nationality - Fundamental Concepts in the United Europe
March 23-30, 2003, Prague, Czech Republic
Application deadline: February 10, 2003
The seminar will debate how a Constitution for Europe could challenge the
nationality-based citizenship that has been the implicit norm throughout Europe
for a long time. It will be necessary to examine what institutional and cultural
requirements - if any - there are for a successful, supranational citizenship
and identity. How, in other words, could European institutions encourage the
trust and loyalty that is normally attached to notions of citizenship?
By placing the seminar in the Czech Republic the organizers hope to emphasize
the experiences and views of the Central and East European countries. In many
countries, transition has opened up for a revival of national identities, but at
the same time one aim of transition has been full integration in European
structures such as the Council of Europe and the European Union - a 'Return to
The seminar will gather 45 young people coming from all over Europe. The
participation fee is 100 Euro and has to be paid on the spot. This covers
accommodation and full board in a Youth Hostel in the centre of Prague during
More information: www.jef-europe.net
In order to give to the young people of the Balkans motives of
communication, creation and development of friendly relationships among
them, the Balkan Youth Festival invites the young artists to participate
in the Music, Video and Fine Arts competition on 15-19 July 2003, which
is being held every year from the year 2000 in the region of Pieria.
Please inform the youth organizations, schools and faculties of your
country in order to participate in our festival for the Music, Video and
Fine Arts competition.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions do
not hesitate to contact me.
Balkan Youth Festival
17 St. Nicolaus st - Litochoro Pieria
EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES
WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR SCHOLARS
NOTE: An individual may apply for only one category of support per fiscal
JUNIOR SCHOLARS TRAINING SEMINAR
East European Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Committee on
East European Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies are
soliciting applications for the sixteenth annual training seminar for junior
scholars in East European studies, to be held August 8-11, 2003, at the
historic Wye Conference Center on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland.
These scholarships are available only to American citizens or permanent
residents. All domestic transportation, accommodation, and meal costs will
be covered by the sponsors. Graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program
at an American university who have completed all requirements and research
for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (and scholars who received their
Ph.D.s in 1999 or later) in any field of East European or Baltic studies are
eligible to apply. Russia and the Soviet successor states are excluded.
Participants will present their research, discuss the works of other junior
scholars, and exchange impressions of the state of the field with a group of
The application must include: a completed application form (which may be
downloaded from www.wilsoncenter.org/ees); a curriculum vitae (which must
include social security number, institution where degree is expected or was
received, title of doctoral dissertation, and name and department of
doctoral advisor); a single page, single spaced statement of the work you
wish to discuss, either the dissertation or another project; and one letter
of recommendation from Ph.D. advisor
Completed applications must be received by April 15, 2003.
SHORT TERM GRANTS
(one month duration)
With funding provided by Title VIII (Soviet and East European Research and
Training Act), East European Studies offers short term grants to scholars
having particular need for the library, archival, and other specialized
resources of the Washington, D.C. area. This program is limited to American
citizens (or permanent residents) at the advanced graduate and postdoctoral
level and to an equivalent degree of professional achievement for those from
other fields. Short term grants provide a stipend of $100 per day for one
month (for a maximum of $3,000). This program requires visiting scholars to
remain in the Washington, D.C. area and to forego other academic and
professional obligations for the duration of the grant. No office space,
however, is provided.
Topic of research in social sciences or the humanities is limited to the
countries of Central and Eastern Europe (including the Baltic states and the
former Yugoslav nations, but excluding the countries of Russia, Ukraine, the
NIS states or Germany except in a strictly comparative format).
The applicant must submit a concise description of his/her research
project, a curriculum vita, a statement on preferred and alternate dates of
residence in Washington, D.C., and two letters specifically in support of
the research to be conducted at the Center. Members of the East European
Academic Council review applications at regular intervals throughout the
year. Closing dates are December 1, March 1, June 1, and September 1.
Applicants are notified approximately four weeks after the closing date.
Please direct all inquiries to East European Studies.
East European Studies
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
East European Studies
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027
Located in the Ronald Reagan Building
Federal Triangle Metro Stop (Blue/Orange) Lines
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS IN CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION
CONTACT-Conflict Transformation Across Cultures
School for International Training
SIT's CONTACT Graduate Certificate Programs offer a theoretical
foundation in the sources of conflict as well as hands-on skills
development, both in the classroom and through field-based internships
and research. Utilizing a competency-based methodology particularly
suited for working professionals, the programs draw upon practitioner
experience as they enhance abilities and build participant confidence.
Programs begin 02 June 2003.
* * * * * * * * * * *
The Civil Society Initiatives in Peacebuilding Graduate Certificate
prepares participants for work in Track II citizen peacebuilding in their
own communities or as third party actors.
Participants develop the capacity to:
-Utilize conflict analysis to develop appropriate, sensitive, and timely
interventions for conflict prevention, consensus building, and postwar
-Effect sustainable, community-based approaches to conflict and to the
restoration of intercommunal links through dialogue and other relational
The Psycho-Social Foundations of Peacebuilding Graduate Certificate is
designed for mental health practitioners who want to offer their skills
in regions of the world suffering from the effects of war, mass violence,
or intercommunal conflict.
Participants develop the capacity to:
-Promote dialogue and reconciliation
-Address the psychological and social effects of trauma
-Develop culturally sensitive models and accomodate indigenous approaches
-Train local paraprofessionals
-Provide emotional support to humanitarian aid workers
* * * * * * * * * * *
CIVIL SOCIETY INITIATIVES IN PEACEBUILDING CERTIFICATE
This certificate program includes:
1) A four-week Summer Peacebuilding Institute on the SIT campus in
Vermont. The first two weeks consists of a core course in peacebuilding
and conflict transformation for all CONTACT students. The third week
offers a choice of electives. The fourth week (4 days) focuses on the
Civil Society Initiatives certificate program.
2) Two semesters of distance learning coursework under the supervision of
CONTACT faculty, focused on conflict analysis and the development of
intervention strategies and skills. Participants use web-based discussion
software for communication with program peers and faculty facilitators.
3) A field-based practicum period during which participants engage either
in their own community or in another region to practice peacebuilding
skills. The practicum can be integrated into the participant's current
work if related to conflict transformation.
4) A mid-year regional seminar held outside the US, typically in Cyprus.
During this weeklong seminar led by CONTACT faculty, participants meet
with Cypriot peacebuilders to learn directly from their experiences.
Using Cyprus as a model, the seminar explores the dynamics of conflict
and post-conflict peacebuilding. Participants will examine appropriate
interventions and best practices and reflect on the roles of internal and
outside actors in building a peace system. Group members will report on
their practicum experiences, comparing and contrasting their region of
study with the conflict in Cyprus.
Participants must complete a total of 16 credits, including 14 in
required coursework and at least 2 in electives:
Summer Peacebuilding Institute:
*Peacebuilding One: Professional Practices in Conflict Transformation
*Peacebuilding Two: Advanced Skills
*Practicum Development Distance Learning Training
Fieldwork/Distance Learning (off-campus):
*Mid-Year Regional Seminar
Electives (one or both of the following):
*additional Practicum work
PSYCHO-SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF PEACEBUILDING CERTIFICATE
This certificate program includes:
1) A three-week Summer Peacebuilding Institute on the SIT campus in
Vermont. The first two weeks consists of a core course in peacebuilding
and conflict transformation for all CONTACT students. The third week
focuses on psycho-social peacebuilding.
2) Two semesters of distance learning coursework under the supervision of
CONTACT faculty, focused on psychological and social trauma of
intercommunal conflict and methods of culturally sensitive intervention.
Participants use web-based discussion software for communication with
program peers and faculty facilitators.
3) Optional Fall weekend courses taught by experts in the field and held
at SIT's campus.
4) A 3-6 week supervised field-based practicum period during which
participants work either in their own community or in another region on a
psycho-social peacebuilding project. The practicum can be integrated into
the participant's current work if related.
5) A weeklong mid-year field seminar held in a post-conflict region in
which participants meet with local practitioners to explore the many
challenges inherent in developing appropriate psycho-social interventions
and possible paths toward reconciliation. Participants will have the
opportunity to share with each other their internship experiences and to
plan with faculty for their final portfolios or projects.
6) A final Synthesis Seminar for which participants complete a portfolio
or final project demonstrating the skills and lessons learned through
integrating their academic work and internship experience. Parts of the
portfolio may be presented to faculty, fellow students and newly entering
students at a final on-campus long weekend.
Participants must complete a total of 13 credits, including 12 in
required coursework and 1 in electives:
Summer Peacebuilding Institute:
*Peacebuilding One: Professional Practices in Conflict Transformation
*Introduction to Psycho-Social Peacebuilding
Fieldwork/Distance Learning (off-campus):
*Intercommunal Conflict I: Social Trauma Analysis Interventions
*Intercommunal Conflict II: Psycho-Social Strategies Methods
*Mid-Year Field Seminar
Electives (one of the following):
*Topics in Psycho-Social Peacebuilding
*Skills Development Independent Study
Download an application from our Website at www.sit.edu/contact/certificate
. We encourage candidates for either
program to submit application materials by early March to ensure
sufficient time to make arrangements for funding, visas, housing, and
Please check website for complete list of admission requirements.
Program Manager, CONTACT
Conflict Transformation Across Cultures
Center for Social Policy Institutional Development
School for International Training
Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA
tel: +1 802 258 3433
fax: +1 802 258 3320contact@...www.sit.edu/contact
INVITATION for the International Conference "IPWG goes Den Haag III"
The International Politics Working Group is planning its third trip to
Leiden and The Hague, the capital of international law & justice.
So we invite you to...
- visit and learn more about
The International Criminal Tribunal For Former Yugoslavia (ICTY),
The International Criminal Court (ICC) and
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) seated in the Peace Palace;
- witness history as it unfolds by attending a session in the trial against
Mr Milosevic before the ICTY;
- give your input to the issues of international law, justice and relations
by taking part in the workshops debating these topics;
- keeping the high AEGEE events' standards by having great fun with people
from all around Europe.
Are you interested in this event...?
Then get your application form on www.aegee.org/wg/ipwg and send it online
or directly by answering the attached questions to thehague2003@... . The
conference date is the 15th - 19th of March and the participants' fee 25
Application deadline: 7th of February 2003!!!
We´re looking forward to your applications,
IPWG/Den Haag III Coordination Team
Thanks for answering the following questions:
1. Name, First Name
3. CSN number (AEGEE membership no.)
4. Date and place of birth (very important because of entry to the ICTY)
5. Passport number (very important because of entry to the ICTY)
6. Visa needed for the Netherlands ?
7. Full address
8. Telephone number
9. Mobile phone number
10. Date and time of arrival (in Leiden) and departure ?
11. Means of travelling ?
12. Lodging needed ?
13. Remarks : Why do YOU want to participate in this event ? (short
motivation letter of about one page)
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Tel:++381 / (0)29 / 30 420
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American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)
American Councils is pleased to announce opportunities for U.S.
institutions to host participants of the Junior Faculty Development
Program (JFDP) for the 2003-2004 academic year. JFDP is a non-degree,
professional development program intended to provide opportunities for
university faculty from 15 Balkan and Eurasian countries to develop
courses, implement curriculum reform, and cultivate new teaching
and techniques through exposure to U.S. educational methods.
JFDP Fellows are selected through open competitions in Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
JFDP Fellows help internationalize their U.S. host institutions by
bringing cultural diversity and new perspectives in teaching and
learning. Likewise, Fellows may serve as potential vehicles for
on-going collaborations and institutional partnerships. During the
program, JFDP Fellows informally attend courses in their fields of
study. As visiting scholars, Fellows may make presentations, give
special lectures, co-teach courses or participate in departmental
projects, if such opportunities exist. U.S. hosts are asked to
a faculty advisor who is willing to guide the Fellow with academic
pursuits related to course development, professional networking, and
JFDP is a fully funded program of the Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. Information
the host application are located at the JFDP Web-site:
The JFDP Web-site offers a fully online application and an option to
download the printable application. Printed applications may be faxed
or mailed to the address below.
Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2003
Junior Faculty Development Program
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 833-7522; Fax: (202) 293-0037
INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR ITS Founded on |
February 11, 1999 International
University Bremen is an independent
institution for the Advancement of
education, research, international
leadership and global citizenship.
Graduate M.A. / Ph.D. Program in
Integrated Social Sciences "Societies in
Change" This English-taught program
covers the structural and cultural
changes that are reshaping contemporary
societies. It deals with these changes
from a transdisciplinary social science
perspective. The program includes three
semesters of graduate level course work
and leads to an M.A. (2 years) or
doctorate degree (5 years) in sociology,
mass communication or political science.
The new program, starting in September
2003, is open to excellent students who
hold at least a B.A. or an equivalent
degree in a social science discipline.
IUB provides a restricted number of
stipends to graduate students. For more
details on application requirements
consult the program website:
Applications for Fall 2003 are due by 20
February, 2003 (1 st round) and 1 May,
2003 (2nd round)! Note that all places
may be filled by 1 st round. Please send
Graduate Admissions, International
University Bremen, School of Humanities
and Social Sciences
P.O. Box 750 561
28725 Bremen, Germany
Fourth Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting
Florence and Montecatini Terme 19-23 March 2003
4th Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting
Florence & Montecatini Terme, 19-23 March 2003
Registration as Listening Participant
Deadline: 15 February 2003
The Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced
Studies at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) is
organising the Fourth Mediterranean Social and Political Research (MSPR)
Meeting which will take place from 19-23 March 2003 in Florence and
Montecatini Terme and will bring together about 200 scholars from the Middle
East & North Africa (MENA), Europe, and elsewhere.
Goals of the Meeting
First, to bring together scholars from the MENA, Europe and elsewhere whose
studies focus on the MENA and on the relationships between the MENA and
Second, to enable in-depth discussions of high standard original research
papers on central topics
Third, to encourage the publication and dissemination of papers in the form
of working papers of the Mediterranean Programme, of thematic issues of
journals, and/or edited volumes
Structure of the Meeting
The core structure of the Meeting is workshops in which approximately ten
participants and two workshop directors discuss original research. The
members of each workshop meet in four of five sessions for a total of
approximately fifteen hours in which they discuss papers, general topics,
ways to publish the papers and how to continue collaborative efforts.
01 The Mediterranean: A Sea that Unites / A Sea that Divides
directed by Anthony MOLHO and Cemal KAFADAR
02 Liberalisation of Services in the Middle East & North Africa with
Emphasis on Network Industries
directed by Sübidey TOGAN and Andrea GOLDSTEIN
03 The Production of Islamic Knowledge in Western Europe
directed by Martin van BRUINESSEN and Stefano ALLIEVI
04 Change of Regime? Change in Regime? The Dynamics of Liberalisation and
Democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa
directed by Philippe C. SCHMITTER and Lahouari ADDI
05 Gender Inequalities, Sectarian and Ethnic Minorities: The Outcasts of the
directed by Nadeya MOHAMMED and Samir M. FARID
06 Business Cycle Characteristics and Transmission of Crises in a Globalized
Economy: The Case of MENA and Europe
directed by Serdar SAYAN and Ayhan KOSE
07 Intellectuals and Intellectual Movements in the Modern Mediterranean
Panel A. The Intelligentsia and the Social and Cultural Change in the Middle
East and North Africa
directed by M'hammed SABOUR, in co-operation with Tamar RAPOPORT
Panel B.Towards a Theory of the Middle Eastern Intellectual: Modernity and
Axes of Thought in the Modern Mediterranean (1850-1950)
directed by Keith D. WATENPAUGH, in co-operation with Dyala HAMZAH
08 Reconceptualizing Public Spheres in the MENA Region: New Publics and
Spaces of Contestation*
directed by Seteney SHAMI and Fawwaz TRABOULSI
Jointly organised and sponsored by the Mediterranean Programme (RSCAS/EUI,
Florence) & the Social Science Research Council (New York)
09 Mediterranean Merchants: Politics, Economics and Culture of Informal
directed by Mine EDER and Aida A. HOZIC
10 Constructing Youth in the Mediterranean Societies
directed by Iman FARAG and Mounia BENNANI-CHRAIBI
11 The Uses of History in Conflict Resolution: The Impact of the Expulsion
of the Palestinians in 1948 on the Current Negotiations on Refugees
directed by Karma NABULSI and Ilan PAPPE
12 The Role of the Military in the Politics and Economies of the Middle East
directed by John SFAKIANAKIS and Yezid SAYIGH
The following lectures will be held during the Meeting:
HE Lakhdar Brahimi
UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, Kabul
[Awaiting final confirmation]
Dr. Craig Calhoun [Bio]
President Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York
[Title and abstract, forthcoming]
Dr. Ewald Nowotny [Bio]
Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxemburg
EU-Mediterranean Countries - Perspectives of Economic Cooperation [Abstract]
HH Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Bin Turki Al-Saud
Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Saudi Arabian General
Investment Authority (SAGIA), Riyadh
[Bio, title and abstract, forthcoming]
Please consult the Meeting's General Programme for FP for time and place of
One can participate in the Meeting either as:
Full participants present a paper. They should have been selected through
competition by the workshop directors (deadline was 17 July 2002) and fulfil
all conditions for participation at the Meeting.
Listening participants do not present a paper but but will be able to attend
Listening Participants are welcome to register by filling out and sending
the registration form by 15 February 2003 to medmeeting.2003@....
Kindly read carefully the information on participation:
Mediterranean Programme Secretary
Tel.: +39-055-4685.785, Fax: +39-055-4685.770
E-mail: lotta.svantesson@... -
Annual Meeting 2003
Annual Meeting 2004
Mediterranean Programme - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
European University Institute
Via dei Roccettini, 9 - 50016 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) - Italy
CFP Studies in Post-Communisim
Studies in Post-Communism Occasional Papers
The Studies in Post-Communism Occasional Papers is a new
refereed, occasional papers series devoted to publishing
all fields related to communist and post-communist countries.
January 2003 under the aegis of the Centre for Post-Communist
Studies at St.
Francis Xavier University, the series aims to publish high
in all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.
The series editors invite scholars to submit original English-
manuscripts in view of publication. We aim to publish around five
year and offer submitters exceptionally rapid response. Unlike
publishing, our occasional papers are published individually, as
soon as the
review process is completed and the papers are accepted. Not
having to wait
for an entire journal issue to be completed eliminates the
delay separating the acceptance of the paper and its appearance
This kind of publishing ensures that new ideas, theories and
are promptly disseminated and made available to the academic and
policy-making community, giving scholars the tremendous advantage
their materials emerge in a timely fashion. The papers are
published in both
electronic and hard-copy versions, and are regularly advertised
represented at national and international conventions related to
and post-communist studies.
We accept manuscripts of roughly 35-100 pages that are longer
usual journal articles but do not warrant their publication as an
monograph. All submissions are promptly sent out for review and
are based on the reports of two referees. The refereeing process
completely blind, with the names of the reviewers and the author
protected. Reviewers are asked for both an overall evaluation of
manuscript and specific comments and suggestions which are passed
on to the
authors. The editors endeavor to complete the refereeing process
span of a four-month period.
The Studies in Post-Communism Occasional Papers series offers
both social sciences and humanities a flexible, efficient and
vehicle for publication of high quality manuscripts. The editors
submissions or queries to:
The Studies in Post-Communism Occasional Papers
Center for Post-Communist Studies
St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 2W5, Canada
Notes for Contributors:
We welcome the submission of original manuscripts in English and
about 35-100 pages (including endnotes and/or references), in
the above address. Articles should be double-spaced throughout,
notes and references, and should bear the title of the
pages, including notes, references and tables should be numbered
facilitate editorial preparation. Authors' name and identifying
should be removed from two copies. The third copy should be
accompanied by a
title page specifying the title of the article, the name(s) of the
author(s), and the address and email of the contact person.
Tables and figures should be typed on separate sheets and not
part of the text. Tables and figures should be numbered
Arabic numerals, and their approximate position should be
indicated in the
manuscript. All tables and figures must have title legends.
Endnotes and references should be numbered sequentially. In the
full details should be given (author's name and initials, date of
publication, title of book or journal article, place of
publisher and page number(s) if appropriate. Titles of journals
given in full. The notes and references should be at the end of
If article is accepted for publication, the Word file version of
article must be submitted in order for us to prepare the
publication in a timely fashion. It is the general policy of the
to publish translations of articles already published in foreign
that should be accessible to most of an educated readership.
The Studies in Post-Communism Occasional Papers are copyrighted,
editors are eager to consider manuscripts which may form part of
later work. Should part or all of a paper appear subsequently,
request only the acknowledgement of the work's earlier appearance
Studies in Post-Communism Occasional Papers.
Ten offprints of each paper will be provided free of charge to the
first-named author of articles. Further offprints, in minimum
50, can be purchased by contacting the editors
GRANTS- Soros Supplementary Grants Program 2003-2004|
The Network Scholarship Programs of the Open Society Institute- Budapest
is pleased to announce the Soros Supplementary Grants Program, academic
The program was created to assist citizens of the countries of Central
and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia who are
pursuing advanced study within this region but outside of their home
countries. The goal is to support cross-cultural, intraregional student
mobility as part of the Open
Society Institute's overall efforts to strengthen the academic network
within and among these countries.
The Soros Supplementary Grants Program 2003-2004 offers grants to:
I. Standard eligibility students of the social sciences, humanities, and
fine and performing arts who have already arranged for part of the costs
of their study to be covered.
II. Special needs students:
- people seeking political asylum
- displaced (forced migrants).
Awards are offered for one academic year only and will be granted in
amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Awards are available to
undergraduates and post-graduates enrolled at recognized institutes of
higher education outside of their home country or permanent residence and
in one of the countries listed below [see website].
Participating countries are all Central Asian countries
Application deadline: April 15, 2003.
You can download application form at:
For more information on eligibility criteria and
application details please contact the appropriate scholarship program
coordinator at the national foundation in your home country.
From: "Jovan Teokarevic" <jovteo@...>
please find attached the first issue of EUROPEAN FORUM, our new monthly on
( www.evropskiforum.net ).
EUROPEAN FORUM (EF) is published only in Serbian as a supplement to the
weekly VREME by:
-Belgrade Centre for European Integrations (dr Jovan Teokarevic);
-Pax Christi Netherlands (Biljana Dakic)
-Center for the Development of Serbia (Zoran Skopljak).
We are looking forward to your reactions and suggestions. Yours,
ALEKSANDRA MIJALKOVIC & JOVAN TEOKAREVIC,
EF editors, Belgrade Centre for European Integrations, www.becei.org
RIREC: The Research Initiative on the Resolution of Ethnic Conflict
Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame
September 11-13 2003
(Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2003)
On September 11-13 the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace
Studies at the University of Notre Dame will host a conference on
peacebuilding after peace accords.
Peace accords in ethnic conflicts generally mark only two achievements.
First, they indicate an agreement in principle between conflicting groups.
Second, they set out an agenda, and often timetables, to implement change.
They are a start, not a conclusion.
Many peace processes collapse, not only during the early stages when
suspicions are most high, but when most people think the deal has been
made. The banal truth is that it takes time to make fundamental changes,
and that delay leaves a vacuum. The vacuum is filled by threats that may
overturn the agreement: violence from spoilers; disputes over new
institutions; problems associated with conflict transformation; underlying
fears and suspicions. These are among the concerns of the RIREC conference.
RIREC, the Research Initiative on the Resolution of Ethnic Conflict, was
established by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
in 2000. RIREC is primarily concerned with post-accord problems and
reconstruction, and is focusing initially on three specific post-accord
problems: violence; youth/the next generation; and truth telling and
peacebuilding. Three international groups of practitioners and scholars
have been assembled to investigate these themes, led by John Darby
(Violence), Siobhan McEvoy Levy (Youth/the next generation) and Tristan
Anne Borer (Truth telling and peacebuilding). More information on the Kroc
Institute, and on the RIREC project and participants, may be obtained at .
The three main RIREC themes – violence, young people, and truth-telling –
will form the core of the conference, and papers will be presented by the
RIREC contributors. The conference organizers are eager to consider the
inclusion of papers on these three themes, as well as on other post-accord
issues. A list of the confirmed RIREC speakers may be accessed on the Kroc
In addition to conference sessions , four additional events have been
arranged to reflect a concern with practice and policy issues. These four
sessions will be open to the public.
A keynote address by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
An academic keynote address by Johan Galtung.
An International Youth Panel of young people working on peace building
projects in several post-accord contexts.
A Round-table case study, focusing in detail on a contemporary peace
process. South Africa has been selected, and the case study will isolate
its post-accord problems, consider how they have been approached, or not,
and auditing the present situation there. The round-table discussion will
include input from experts and general discussion. All participants will be
encouraged to look for lessons provided by South Africa’s example for other
Conference registration and organization
Full details of registration and fees will be distributed at a later date
to presenters and other participants, but is likely to be in the region of
$150. The conference fee will cover refreshments, three lunches and two
dinners. Accommodation is not part of the Conference Package. A list of
suitable accommodation in proximity to the Conference venue will be
Submitting a paper for consideration
If you wish to have a paper considered for inclusion, or to attend the
conference, please contact the RIREC coordinator, A. Rashied Omar, with the
following information: a paper title; an abstract of up to 250 words; your
name and full contact details including e-mail address; a short bio of less
than 50 words. Proposals may be made either by e-mail, by mail or by fax.
Deadline for submitting abstracts or panel proposals: April 2003.
For all inquiries please contact the RIREC coordinator:
A. Rashied Omar
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-0639 USA
Tel: + (574) 631-7740
Fax:+ (574) 631-6973
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(Osnabrueck, Germany, BA program of 3 years) and Central Eastern European
Studies (Cracow, Poland, MA program of 1,5 years), and am now working as a
volunteer with the local NGO "PONS" in Bijeljina, BiH. Thus, I joined the
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Olga Nikolic. I am a 29 year old post-graduate research student at the
School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London
in London, England. The working title of my dissertation is "Post-Conflict
International Political and Economic Intervention: the Democratization
Process and Market Economy in Serbia following 5 October 2000". I hold a BA
in Political Science from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and a
MA in International Relations from the University of San Deigo in San
Diego, California. I am born in Los Angeles, California and am back here
writing my researching. Email: olga_nikolic@....
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Philosophy Faculty - Zagreb University. I have graduated history and
turkology. I am interested in Ottoman period of Balkans history, especially
in ethno-religious relations, conflicts as well as cooperation. This spring
I will become a 'scientific novice' on 'Development of ethnic and national
relations in Southeastern Europe' project of History Department at
Philosophy Faculty. Email: azadigar@....
Lidija Jularic. I live in Ljubljana (capital city of Slovenia), I'm
studying fourth year of ethnology and cultural anthropology. Most of my
research work is about Balkans (mostly about ethnic relationships and
nationalism). Email: lidija.jularic@...
Silviu Hariton is an M.A. candidate in History of Ideas and Mentalities at
the Faculty of History of Bucharest University. He is very interested on
the studies about South-Eastern Europe and as specific topic may be
mentioned: the social history of Army in the Balkans, the theory of history
and the politics of teaching/learning History of/for the Balkans region;
the history of the Greek diaspora in Romania. Email: silviuradian@...
Xhesi Mane from Durres, Albania. Actually I am working as Project Manger
for Albanian Institute of Public Opinion Studies, Tirana Main Office,
Department of Peace and Justice. Im responsible for the direct
implementation of the project:"Identification, Registration, Public
Awareness and Accomplishment of the Needs of the Condemned Women and
Children in Albanian Prisons" financed by USAID through PARTNERS/Albania. I
have a bachelor degree in Social Work, from the University of Tirana,
School of Social Sciences. Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you
need any info about the prisons in Albania, Women and Children Rights etc.
Milan Popovic,29, from Serbia. I working for NGO Center for Free Elections
and Democracy and
NGO Center for Education and Communication. I am currently enrolled im
Masters on Local Development for Balkan in Trento,Italy. Major field of
interest are training of public administration, conflict resolution and
local development. Email: milan_pop@....
Ziva Bobek. I am from Ljubljana, Slovenia. I am 22 years old and I study
ethnology and cultural anthropology (4th year) at University of Ljubljana.
My special interest is in the Balkans, that is why I took the advice of my
friend and applied to this list - to keep me informed what's new and what's
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Jozsef Albert, I'm undergraduate of sociology in Babes-Bolyai University,
I'm working on my thesis regarding migration of hungarians from
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Martin Jarrath. I am the co-ordinator of "Agenda 21 NOW!", an International
Internet Conference for students aged 14+. You may find further information
on this project on our international website
http://www.agenda21now.org. Last time, on April 25, 2002, we had 1900+
students from sixty countries on all continents discussing about "Floods
and Deserts", the possible or probable consequences of global warming.The
next conference, on April 3, 2003, will be about "Borders and Diversity",
about all aspects of people of different ethnics, culture, religions,
political opinions, sexual orientations, ... having to live together in a
more and more globalising world. We will ask the students to discuss about
scenarios of peaceful and tolerant co-existence within thirty years from
now and what solutions they see for today's problems in different corners
of the world. "Agenda 21 NOW!" is a project supported by The German
National Commission for UNESCO, Bonn. Email: agenda21now@...
Milica Vukelic,Belgrade University student.I'm 24 years old and it's my
third year at sociology studies.I'm interested in finding out posibilities
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Erika Borsos. I left Hungary as a young child with my parents during the
1956 Hungarian Revolution. I have worked in healthcare for over 25 years,
on cardiac and med-surg units. My job is clinical manager (R.N) in a
community hospital in Florida. Primarily, I love the music and dance of the
Balkans and also have an interest in the politics of the region. I have a
Master of Science degree as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult healthcare.
Kalina Pushin, I'm 23 years old, studying psichology and interested in
social psichology. I work for two NGOs in Yugoslavia. Live in Novi Sad.
Alban Bokshi and I am a student of Political Science/International
Relations and European Studies at American University in Bulgaria. I come
from Kosova, I am 25 years old male, and my nationality is Albanian. I like
to follow the political, economic, and academic events that take place in
Southeast Europe. My hobby is music and books. Email: anb0000@...
Catalina Manea. 22 years old and I come from Romania, at the moment I am a
student at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster Germany. My
speciality is european studies. Email: katlin21de@....
Marija Vujnovic, I am 23 and from Serbia. I have an Mphil in International
Relations and am currenlty doing my Ma in Nationalism at the Central
European University. My fields of study have been the comparative analysis
of Yugoslav nationalist movements, and currently I am interested in the
comparative analysis of democratizations processes and the granting
minority rights. I would be very interested to share opinions on these
issues with the members of the list. Email: mari_vu@...
Maria Gogala. I am Romanian and I am currently studying in Switzerland, in
the University of Neuchatel. I am MA student, involved in a research on
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Barth Companjen and I am a researcher on Balkan issues. I studied in
Tilburg, Holland to be a teacher Geography but never went into teaching.
Between 1983 and 1991 I did some summer courses in Prishtina and Tirana to
getr more of the Albanian language and culture. I lived 8 years in Greece
and travel frequently (several times a year) through the Southern Balkan
countries. My main interest is in the small Balkan minorities, like Roma,
Vlach, Pomaks etc. And in their ways of handling literacy in their own
language. From my christian background I am interested in the availability
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International Affairs programme. I have worked in the Balkans (Kosovo and
Belgrade) and am planning to return to the region once done with the
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Cedomir Vignjevic. I have finished a course at the Faculty of Political
Science in Sarajevo in 1978. In 1999 I received a MA degree at Monash
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University. Email: cedomir@....
Silvia Lazarova, I am Bulgarian and a PhD student at the Environmental
Sciences and Policy department of the Central European University
(Budapest, Hungary). My research area is the expected effect of the
full electricity market liberalization on energy services for public
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research on barriers to energy efficiency investments in municipalities in
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Catherine Götze, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany. I am a
researcher at the PRIF where I am working on a research project "The
Democracies' Way of War" where we aim at testing the so-called democratic
Peace propositions popular in International Relations Research. Before
coming to Frankfurt I worked at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin
(Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin) on the political dilemmas of humanitarian
assistance. In the framework of that project I elaborated my doctoral
thesis which deals with the prospects of Civil Society construction in the
Balkans, featuring a case study comparison of the Red Cross societies in
Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Yugoslavia. It will be published
in spring/summer 2003 at LIT Verlag, Berlin. I am particularly interested
in the problems of peacekeeping, democratisation and international order so
that I hope to find contacts and interesting insights via this Email list.
Information Society Project Resident Fellowships for 2003-2004
Application deadline: February 15, 2003
The Information Society Project at Yale Law School (ISP) is accepting
applications for a resident fellowship that will run from approximately
August 2003 through July 2004. The fellowship is designed for recent law
graduates who are interested in careers in teaching and public service in
the following areas: telecommunications law, cyberspace law, media studies,
first amendment, intellectual property, and law and technology. Fellows
receive a salary of approximately $30,000 plus Yale benefits. Fellows are
expected to work on an independent scholarly project as well as help with
administrative and scholarly work for the Information Society Project at
Yale Law School.
More information : http://www.law.yale.edu/isp/
Training Course on Organisational Management of Non-governmental Youth
June 03 - 14, 2003, Budapest, Hungary
Application deadline: April 1, 2003
The training course on management of non-governmental youth organisations
aims at training and empowering participants to develop their attitudes,
skills and knowledge to competently run and manage non-governmental youth
organisations (and/or their units, bodies, boards, programmes and etc) and
thus contribute to sustainable and developed participation of young people
in democratic society. Participants' Profile: Active members of
International Youth Organisations (INGYOs), National Youth Councils (NYCs),
other youth organisations or networks, governmental services and other
partners, in particular those co-operating with the European Youth Centres
or the European Youth Foundation, will be selected for this course.
Applicants should have specific practical experience managing youth
organisations in an intercultural setting. Priority will be given to
candidates who are, or will be, responsible for the manag! ement of their
youth organisation, particularly those from recently created and emerging
European non-governmental youth organisations and networks.
In general, candidates should:
- be aged between 18 and 30 years
- be actively involved in a youth organisation or governmental service, and
in a position to take on managerial responsibilities within their
organisation after the course;
- be well informed about their organisation and prepared to explain its
activities to the other participants;
- be able to work in one of the two working languages of the course -
English and French;
- be committed to attend for the full duration of the course and be
supported by their youth organisation, governmental service or a national
agency of the YOUTH programme of the European Union.
More information: Erzsebet.Banki@...
Training Course: Training for Trainers
July 1 - 12, 2003, European Youth Centre, Strasbourg, France
Application deadline: March 15, 2003
Aims and objectives of the course: The main aim of this course is to enable
participants - within the framework of their youth organisation or
associations - to competently prepare, run and evaluate training and other
educational activities with an international and intercultural dimension.
- Voluntary or employed staff of INGYOs, NYCs or other youth organisations,
governmental youth institutions, youth projects and NGOs working for youth
who are conducting training or other educational activities for young
people and who are, or will be, responsible for one or several training
activities with a European, international and / or intercultural dimension
during the years 2003 or 2004.
- Youth leaders, youth workers and other occasional youth trainers who are,
or will be, responsible for one or several training or educational
activities with a European, international and / or intercultural dimension
during the years 2003 or 2004.
Travel expenses and visa costs are reimbursed (upon presentation of the
relevant receipts) according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only
the participants who attend the entire training course can be reimbursed.
The payment will be made either by bank transfer after the course, or at
the end of the course in cash (in Euros).
An enrolment fee of 54 Euros is payable by each participant. This amount
will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed for travel expenses or
paid at the EYCS during the course.
More information: www.coe.int/youth
|6th International Conference of Greek Linguistic
18-21 September 2003 , Rethimno ,Crete ,Greece
Please contact for information and admission :
P.O.BOX 106 UNIVERSITY of Crete
Liguistic Lab ,
GR 74100 Rethimno
We are in the process of putting together a panel on different aspects of
Islamic culture in the Balkans, historical and contemporary, for the next
Middle East Studies Association conference (to be held in Anchorage, Alaska,
November 6-9). So far, three panelists have signed on and we are hoping to
attract one or two more. Anyone interested to contribute to this broadly
defined theme is welcome to join. Because of a rather tight deadline (Feb
14), please submit a 300-400 word abstract directly to me at
<amilab@...> no later than February 10.
You can obtained detailed information on the 2003 MESA annual meeting at
Division of Humanities and Religious Studies
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
From: "Linas Eriksonas" <eriksonas@...>
Subject: Call for Papers Reminder
Date: Sun, 02 Feb 2003 17:23:37 GMT
The link to the text referred below:
Statehood Beyond Ethnicity: A Comparative Study of Smaller States in
Northern and Eastern Europe
The conference will tackle the issue of statehood and nationhood in the
case of the smaller European countries. According to the prevailing
political theory, a modern state came into being through the merging of two
principles ? the idea of state and the concept of nation. In order to
challenge this view this conference will attempt to analyse non-ethnic
statehood in two renditions in two different periods of history: as a
historical phenomenon at the time of the emergence of the early modern
state and as a historical tradition upon which the nation-builders from the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries called. The conference thus suggests to
take into consideration both the historical facts and historiographical
constructs about statehood. While examining the arguments put forward for
the existence of a state in the early modern age, the conference will seek
to describe those essential elements which found their later appropriation
in explicitly ethnic cultural and historical thinking about the older new
nations. Yet, in parallel, it will also look at the arguments of the modern
nationalists which echoed the non-ethnic past.
A full version of this Call for Papers could be downloaded from here:
Linas Eriksonas, PhD
'Statehood Beyond Ethnicity'
University College of Southern Stockholm
S-141189 Huddinge, Sweden
Avraham Firkowicz in Istanbul (1830-1832): Paving the Way for Turkic Nationalism
by Dan Shapira
KaraM Publishing Co., Ankara, January, 2003.
120 pages, 24 illustrations
Avraham Firkowicz was the outstanding leader of the Karaims, a Turkic speaking
Jewish group in Eastern Europe in the 19th century whose scientific activities
proceeded his political missions. He was the man who virtually made the Karaites
an ethnically self-conscious group, now accounted among Turks of the Kipchak
sub-group, and who started the debates on the very (Turkic) origin of the whole
East European Jewry.
The early 19th century was an age when people started to leave the Biblical
traditions on the ancient history of humankind and to look for their origins by
scientific means. Indo-European linguistic unity was discovered and people also
realized some similarities in the languages of what is termed the Uralo-Altaic
region. Jewish studies also followed the same path. Karaim Jews were very
distinct in two aspects: They were speaking in a dialect of the Northwestern
Turkic (Kipchak) and they were Talmudist, in contrast to the thousand-fold
crowded Rabbanite Jews of Eastern Europe. These Jews, few in number, used to
live in Crimea, Western Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania. This posed an
ethnological problem before inquisitive minds of the age, a leading one of whom
was Avraham Firkowicz himself, leader of the community from what is now Western
He started to make scientific expeditions and pilgrimages to Crimea, the
Caucasus, Palestine and Egypt. Among those visits, the most important was his
stay in Istanbul for two years (1830-1832). During the Istanbul days, when
Turkey started to taste a new era called Tanzimat (Reformation Age), he
organized and educated native Karaim Jews. Though Karaims in those days did not
call themselves Turks, a Turkic connection at least in language was very
important. On his return, he accelerated his studies on Karaim origins. He never
termed his people as Turks, but very carefully separated them from the Rabbanite
Jews. He had political obligations before his people living under very
suppression of the Russian Tsardom. He consequently convinced the tsar that
Karaims were not accomplices in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Privileges for
Karaims followed this explanation as a gratitude. Rabbanite Jews, then jealous
of them, were still undergoing suppression of Russian officials.
In his late years, Firkowicz started to target Rabbanite Jews in his political
and intellectual conflict. After separating his community from the rest of the
regional Jewry, he tried to show historical superiority of the Karaims over the
Rabbanites. His visit to the Caucasus was associated with the Khazar Empire, an
early Medieval Turkic state, whose upper layer converted to Judaism as a reply
to the efforts of the Muslim Baghdat and the Christian Constantinople. He
claimed that Khazar Turks received Judaism in Karaim format.
This meant that the Khazars were or became Karaims. Firkowicz did not reveal
this, but later researchers elaborated this issue. The difficulty in explaining
origins of the East European Jewry in general, due to overcrowding especially in
Russia and Poland, led to extension of the debates on the Rabbanites also.
Interesting theories were offered. The Khazars were not massacred by any power
in that age, rather scattered across Eastern Europe after losing their state.
They were ancestors of today's Jews. More clearly, the Ashkenazi Jews, composing
of an overwhelming majority of world Jewry, were not Jews proper, in contrary to
the Sepharide Jews. They could be at most the thirteenth tribe as believers of
Moses, and not sons of Israel. Thus, Adolf Hitler, for instance, massacred
ethnic Turks. Some claimed even that the Ashkenazi Jews had no right over the
Promised Land. This caused very potent reactions. Avraham Firkowicz certainly
could not guess what his ideas would lead to.
Another influence of Firkowicz was in the Turkic world. Ismail Beg Gaspirinskiy,
a Crimean Tatar, familiar to Firkowicz thanks to the neighboring Crimean
Karaims, was watching his activities with great admiration. The Karaim leader
saved his people from Russian suppression and created an ethnical consciousness
in a community scattered from Crimea to Poland in very few numbers. His mean was
publications, especially periodicals. His books were read even in Egypt.
Ismail Beg, then member of a people more suffering from the Russian outrages
than any other ethnos, decided to do the same. He started to publish Tercuman
(Interprettor) in Bahcesaray, the leading Crimean city. Circulation of this
paper was comparable to the modern international papers in a geographical sense.
Tercuman was read over vast regions from Sarajevo in the west to Kashgar, now in
China, in the east, and from Kazan in the north to Cairo in the south. He
continuously expressed the unity of all Turks, but never annoyed the Tsardom.
Tercuman was more fruitful than the publications of Firkowicz in both political
and intellectual senses, and put its founder rightfully among the leaders and
initiators of Turkic nationalism.
Dr. Dan Shapira of the Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv, has been working for
a long time on this historical personality. The academic curiosity of Dr.
Shapira, an orientalist working particularly on Turko-Jewish historical
relations, seems to be more than the curiosity of Firkowicz on the origins of
his people, as shown by the very richness of the material used in this little
book. Shapira made use of all Turkish and Russian archives, as well as Jewish
sources and traditions. He elaborates on Firkowicz's Istanbul visit, with
premises and consequences, and he also gives interesting information about the
early days of the Tanzimat Era in Istanbul. In this book, one can learn also
about the life of Firkowicz.
"Avraham Firkowicz in Istanbul (1830-1832): Paving the Way for Turkic
Nationalism", enriched by 24 illustrations, was published by Ankara's Karam
Publishing. This is also a first in Ankara, as it is not customary in Turkey to
publish books of foreign authors in foreign languages.
Distribution abroad: SOTA, Haarlem, Hollanda, sota@...
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