Central Asia Seminar Report

Posted on April 18, 1998

This seminar was held on March 7th in the University of Tokyo’s Sanjou Kaikan Hall and was co-sponsored by the Project Management Unit, Group 3, and The National Museum of Ethnology, The Japan Center for Area Studies. Two guest speakers were invited from abroad and the seminar was based on the lectures that they gave in English.

Dr. Timur Kocaoglu (Assistant Professor at the University of Koch) gave a lecture entitled, “Recent Studies on Modern Central Asia in Turkey, 1969-1997”. In this lecture, Dr. Kocaoglu spoke about how Central Asian Studies have been conducted in Turkey, giving concrete examples of the work of researchers such as Koprulu and Togan. He reported that recently, research on the Basmachi Movement, Jadid Writings, and Turkic Lyrical Poetry have been popular subjects in Central Asian studies among researchers in Turkey. He also reported that compared to countries such as Japan, France and the United States, Central Asian studies in Turkey is lagging behind. Dr. Kocaoglu pointed out that private institutions in Turkey are taking a more active role in conducting exchanges with Central Asian countries than governmental and public institutions. This paper is to be published in Asian Research Trends: A Humanities and Social Science Review, Vol. 8.

After the break, Dr. Stephane Dudoignon (Lavoiser research fellow, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs) gave a lecture entitled, “Geographical and Social Origins, Political Course and Strategy of 20th Century Central Asian Intelligentsia: The Case of Tajikistan”. Dr. Dudoignon gave his views concerning the region based on his analysis of the regional, political, and economic characteristics of Tajikistan in the tumultuous times since the Soviet Era. He gave concrete examples from Khujand in the northern part of Tajikistan, Kulab in the south, and the mountainous region of Badakhshan etc. and explained the special characteristics and the power structure of each area.

There was time for questions and answers after each lecture and in addition to a lively discussion, valuable answers were given to a variety of questions. In addition to researchers, students and diplomats from Japan, researchers from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan who were invited by the Japan Center for Area Studies participated, making the seminar a very intense and productive one.

At the party following the seminar, in addition to continuing our exchanges, we continued to discuss the content of the lectures that were given. It was an excellent opportunity for students to talk with foreign researchers.

The lectures given at this seminars will be published in the IAS Working Paper Series. Those interested in the content of this seminar should see these papers for reference.

A summary of the paper read by Dr. Stephane Dudoignon is available.

Migrations in Central Asia: Past and Present

Date: March 10-12, 1998

Location: National Museum of Ethnology, Seminar Room 4


Edvard V. RTVELADZE (Uzbekistan, Institute of Art, Tashkent)
Migrations of Various Peoples in Central Asia

KOMATSU Hisao (The University of Tokyo)
Migration in Central Asia as Reflected in Jadid Writings

Timur K. BEISEMBIEV (Kazakhstan, Institute of Oriental Studies, Alma Aty) Migration in the Kokand Khanate in the 18th and the 19th Centuries

NISHIYAMA Katsunori (Shizuoka Prefectural University)
Russian Colonization in Central Asia: A Case of Semirech’e oblast 1867-1922)

John S. SCHOEBERLEIN-ENGEL (U.S.A., Harvard University)
Shifting Ground: How the Soviet Regime Used Resettlement to Transform Central Asian Society and the Consequences of this Policy Today

Rinat N. SHIGABDINOV (Uzbekistan, Institute of History, Tashkent) Migrations Process in the West of Central Asia in the Late 19th and the 20th Centuries

Timur KOCAOGLU (Turkey, Koch University, Istanbul)
Turkistan Abroad: The Political Immigration From the Soviet and Chinese Central Asia (1918-1997)

OKA Natsuko (Institute of Developing Economies)
Deportation of Koreans from Far East to Central Asia

Valentin I. BUSHKOV (Russia, Center for the Study of Anthropology and Ethnology)
Population Migration in Talikistan: The Past and Present

Stephane A. DUDOIGNON (Lavoiser research fellow, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
The Role of Migrants in the Politics of Central Asia: Tajikistan and Tatarstan in the 1980s

Aziz NIYAZI (Russia, Academy of Sciences, Eastern Studies DepartmentEnvironment and Migration in Tajikistan

USUKI Akira (National Museum of Ethnology, The Japan Center for Area Studies)
The Jews of Bukhara in Modern History: A Brief Survey of their Immigration to Palestine and Israel

Bakhtior A. ISLAMOV (Tohoku University)
Migration of Population in Independent States of Central Asia

SHIMIZU Manabu (Utsunomiya University)
Natural Resource Export-led Economic Development, Regional Relations and Mobility of People