History, Nationalism studies

As this course is supported by a grant from INTAS, which covers the participation costs of selected applicants from NIS countries (New Independent States of the former Soviet Union) applications from these countries are encouraged. NIS countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Grant recipients are expected to be of 35 years of age or less at the starting date of the course and must be permanently living in one of the NIS and be NIS citizens. (NIS scientists with a permanent residence outside the NIS or with a temporary research position lasting longer than 6 months outside the NIS at the time of the summer school are not eligible to receive INTAS support.) The INTAS grant includes tuition fee, accommodation, subsistence and travel costs at the cheapest possible price (APEX, PEX or "excursion" must be used). Visa and travel insurance expenses may be included in the travel costs.

Course date

4 July - 15 July, 2005
Application deadline:
15 February, 2005
Course Director(s): 

Ablet Kamalov

Turan University, Area Studies and International Relations , Almaty, Kazakhstan
Course Faculty: 

Touraj Atabaki

International Institute of Social History, History of the Middle East and Central Asia, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Agnes Birtalan

Inner Asian Studies, Eotvos Lorand University , Budapest, Hungary

Mihaly Dobrovits

Miskolc University, Hungary

Vincent Fourniau

Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales - EHESS, Centre d'Histoire du Domaine Turc, Paris, France

Colin Mackerras

Griffith University, Nathan Campus, School of International Business and Asian Studies, Nathan, Australia

Catherine Poujol

National Institute of Orienatal Languages and Civilizations, Bordeaux, France
The course will use interdisciplinary perspective to examine the phenomenon of Revising and Rewriting of the History in Central Asia. It will examine the roots of this phenomenon going back to the colonial time of print-capitalism, which fostered the emergence of 'imagined communities' in Central Asia and look at the problem from a theoretical point of view placing it rightly within the theoretical concepts existing in Historical Anthropology, Post-Colonial Studies and Area Studies.
The course will focus, among others, on such problems as the complex interplay between Invention and Mythologization of the History and Ethno-Nationalism as well as emerging new national Identities. It will introduce the multifaceted debate on the nature of invention of the History and reveal its correlation with state building process, politics, and political regimes and show the role of History Writing in social and cultural life of societies during the transition period. The comparative analysis of the History Writing process in Central Asian states with those in other post-Communist societies (Caucasus, Mongolia) as well as Chinese Central Asia (Xinjiang) will enable to reveal general tendencies in the process of Rewriting of the History and describe it as a natural phenomenon for the contemporary post-colonial societies. The course will give participants the skills necessary to apply academic theories, concepts and methodology to their own researches and teaching curricula.