Best Wishes for the New Year from Harvard Program on Central Asia

Надад ийм захиа Харвардын их сургуулиас ирсэн байхын. Монгол хүмүүс Амны билгээс Ашдын билэг.

Хожим энд очиж сурах ч юм билүү…  최선을 다 한 사람에게는 길이 곧 열릴 것이다.

Ирсэн захидлыг толилуулж байна.

To: Dorjgotov Otgonbaatar <>]]

Dear Otgonbaatar Dorjgotov:

This is a year-end message from the Program on Central Asia and the
Caucasus at Harvard University.  I am writing with hopes that your New
Year begins with the warmth of friends and brings you rich and
satisfying times throughout the year.

Also, I want to make sure you are aware of resources of our Program
that are of interest to those with a focus on Central Eurasia — from
the Crimea to Mongolia:

– In the next few months our Project on Islam in Eurasia will be
publishing several policy papers dealing with issues related to the
changing of Islam in former Soviet societies and their broader
implications for policy.  If you wish to receive notification of the
papers when they are published, or to have us mail them to you, please
provide your information at the following site, where you can also
learn more about the Project on Islam in Eurasia:

– The resource of our program that draws the widest interest is our
Central-Eurasia-L Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies, with
over 7,000 subscribers from all over the world and has served the
Central Eurasian studies community since 1995.  The list distributes
announcements about new publications, conference, jobs, fellowships
and other events and resources of interest to those focused on this
region.  For more information or to subscribe, visit:

– For those interested in the same kind of information about events
and opportunities exclusively at Harvard University and in the Boston
area, you may subscribe to the Central-Asia-Harvard-List, which has
over 5,000 subscribers:

– The Central Eurasia Studies Society, which was based at the Program
from 2000 through 2007, has a new host — Miami University of Ohio.
The next Annual Conference, which will be Sept. 15-18, 2011 at Ohio
State University, is expected to an extraordinary gathering.  The Call
for Papers will be available within the next couple of weeks (and you
can sign up for CESS announcements) at:

– If you are a member or friend of the Central Eurasian Studies
Society, you might want to follow CESS activities and link with others
with similar interests through the CESS Facebook group (accessible to
Facebook members):!/home.php?sk=group_172707566077693

– The Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus at Harvard will be
hosting Central Eurasian scholars specializing on topics including
Islam and national identity in Tajikistan, the mass violence in
Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, popular Islam in Kyrgyzstan, population
studies in Mongolia, sociology of intellectual elites in Kazakhstan,
among other topics.  If you would like to learn more about the
visitors or make contact with them, see:

– Those interested in promoting better links between Central Eurasia
scholarship and journalism are encouraged to become involved in the
Central Eurasian Scholars and Media Initiative, which was launched
this fall.  For more information, contact
– or visit our Facebook group at:!/home.php?sk=group_106716699397270

Finally, an observation from me, as someone who has specialized in
Central Eurasia for almost three decades:  As we approach the end of
the second decade since the break-up of the Soviet Union, the
implications for the study of that region can be said to be mixed.
For better or worse, the possibilities for study of the region in
international scholarship have greatly increased, though some parts of
the region have been difficult to access and some are becoming more
difficult.  The collapse of communist governments had an immediate,
devastating effect on scholars in the region, though this has been
partially mitigated by stabilization in some countries and by greatly
increased opportunities for international support.  The one area that
is uniformly bright is the emergence of a new generation of scholars
both within the region and globally who have been able “to put the
region on the map” in international scholarship.  Scholars of other
parts of the world now have much more reason to pay attention to the
analyses of our part of the world.

For me, it has been tremendously satisfying to see so many good young
colleagues doing work that is vastly more solid than what
characterized the field when I began.  Central-Eurasia-L grew quickly
to encompass the lion’s share of those who focused on the region, but
still had less than 1,000 subscribers in 1997, whereas as now it has
over 7,000.  We’ve seen the emergence of the Central Eurasian Studies
Society in 2000, and the annual conference a great critical mass of
Central Eurasia scholars, as do ESCAS, ASN and some other some others,
making for a tremendous community of scholars.

I wish you the very best for the New Year!

John Schoeberlein
Dr. John Schoeberlein \ Director
Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus
Davis Center \ Harvard University
1730 Cambridge St., Room S-320 \ Cambridge, MA 02138 \ USA
tel.: +1/617-495-4338  asst.: +1/617-496-2643  fax: +1/617-495-8319
Central Asia Program website:
Project on Islam in Eurasia:


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