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GCRF COMPASS Research in Action Workshop, 8-10 April 2019

GCRF COMPASS Cambridge organised the Research in Action Workshop on 8-11 April 2019 in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. It was a three day training workshop designed to engage with research cultures, interdisciplinary research, and methodologies of research while considering the most current concerns in Central Asia, wider Eurasia and globally. It was organised with support from the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the UK, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, the Academy of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Uzbekistan, and the Institute of Contemporary History under the Academy of Sciences in Uzbekistan.
When Apr 08, 2019 09:00 AM to
Apr 10, 2019 10:00 PM
Where Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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Participants-

Dr Siddharth S. Saxena, Director, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, University of Cambridge & COMPASS project Co-Investigator, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK 

Prof Mirzohid Rahimov, Coordination and Methodological Centre on the Uzbekistan’s Contemporary History under the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences

 Prof Alisher Faizullaev, University of World Diplomacy and Economy (UWED), Tashkent, Uzbekistan & COMPASS Project National Champion, Uzbekistan

 Yvgeneiy Kolenko, Head, Academy of Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan, Tashkent

Prof B. Mirkasimov, Deputy Rector, Westminster International University, Tashkent, Transition Economies

Prof T. Nurmurodov, Pro-Rector for Science and Innovation, Navoiy State Mining Institute

Dr T. Yunusov, Sainsbury Laboratory and Jesus College, University of Cambridge

N. Ray, University of Cambridge

Dr M. Radivojevic, University College London 

P. Kalra, University of Cambridge 

Dr B. Eschanov, Westminster International University, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 

Dr S. Orazgaliyev, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Dr N. Nurulla, Tajik National University, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dr A. Waljee, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

C. Smyrilli, University of Cambridge

Dr H. Hamidov, Deputy Director, Navoiy Branch of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences 

Prof M. Shahidi, Tajik National University, Tajikistan 

V. Parmanov, Analytical Group "Central Eurasia" 

Dr D. Kudaibergenova, University of Cambridge 

Dr A. O’Connor, University College London 

C. Laumulin, University of Cambridge

Dr S. Onalbaiuly, University of Cambridge 

T. Schivatcheva, University of Cambridge 

Dr B. Pingault, University of Cambridge 

A. Muratbekova, Eurasian Research Institute & University of Cambridge 

Y. Ji, University of Cambridge

A. Khudaykulov, University of Cambridge 

C. Berman, University of Cambridge 

A. Malikov, Westminster International University 

A. Gomez, University of Cambridge 

Y. Kashanova, Centre of Eurasia, Uzbekistan 

K. Shatanati, University of Cambridge 

U. Nigma, The Academy of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Uzbekistan 

J. Csabay, University of Cambridge 

A. Saqer, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy 

K. Zhang, University of Cambridge  

A Asanova, University of Cambridge 

P. Bishenden, University of Kent 

M. Tukhataeva Westminster International University, Tashkent 

S. Dickson, University of Cambridge

8 April 9:00am-8pm

 

9:30am Introduction

 

Dr Siddharth S. Saxena, Director, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, University of Cambridge & COMPASS project Co-Investigator, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Prof Mirzohid Rahimov, Coordination and Methodological Centre on the Uzbekistan’s Contemporary History under the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences

Prof Alisher Faizullaev, University of World Diplomacy and Economy (UWED), Tashkent, Uzbekistan & COMPASS Project National Champion, Uzbekistan

Yvgeneiy Kolenko, Head, Academy of Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan, Tashkent

 

Panel 1 10:00am-12:30pm

Sustainability in Research and Innovation: Keynote Addresses and Panel Discussion

 

Chair: S. S. Saxena, University of Cambridge

Keynote Speaker: A Faizullaev, UWED, Tashkent. Modern Diplomacy

M. Rahimov, Coordination and Methodological Centre on the Uzbekistan’s Contemporary History under the Uzbekistan

Academy of Sciences

B. Mirkasimov, Deputy Rector, Westminster International University, Tashkent, Transition Economies

T. Nurmurodov, Pro-Rector for Science and Innovation, Navoiy State Mining Institute

T. Yunusov, Sainsbury Laboratory and Jesus College, University of Cambridge

 

12:30-2pm Lunch

 

Panel 2 2-4pm

Eurasia and Resource Policy: Is Eurasia resource rich but institution poor? How does resource extraction impact the environment? Can Central Asia with its huge resources of oil and natural gas be sustainable? Is Eurasia a producer/manufacturer or a thoroughfare? Bazaar vs Karkhanah: what is Eurasia? What is the future of Eurasia? Can Eurasia’s past help us understand its future? How can state enterprises be used for the greater good of the country? Is that possible?

Chair: M. Rahimov Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences

Keynote Speaker: S. S. Saxena, University of Cambridge ‘Re’-Sourcing Central Asia and Eurasia

Silks Roads: M. Radivojevic, University College London 

Eurasia: Paradigms for Development: P. Kalra, University of Cambridge

Renewable energy/Energy policy: B. Eschanov, Westminster International University, Tashkent

Government-Business relations: S. Orazgaliyev, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

 

4 -4:30pm Tea and Coffee

 

Panel 3 4:30-6:30pm

Discussion on Education and Capacity Building: Can we learn from each other? How do we talk about capacity across different political/academic cultures? Values and ‘Good Life’: can we talk about them as one thing for everyone? Can we talk about it in local and regional context and how that fits in with the “Western”/ “international” context?

Chair: S. S. Saxena, University of Cambridge

Keynote Speaker: M. Rakhimov, Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, Academic Cultures

Urban community: N. Nurulla, Tajik National University, Dushanbe

Transporting cultural identity through education: A. Waljee, Cambridge Central Asia Forum

Interdisciplinary research:  C. Smyrilli, University of Cambridge

Growing Institutions: H. Hamidov, Deputy Director, Navoiy Branch of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences

 

7:30 pm Dinner

 

9 April  9:30am-8pm

 

Panel 1 9:30am-12:30pm

Scientific and Cultural Diplomacy. International organisations and Eurasia: the history of the region in its organisations/groupings.

Chair: B Mirkasimov, Westminster International University, Tashkent

Keynote Speaker: Nick Ray, University of Cambridge: Thinking Behind Planning 

Cultural Diplomacy M. Shahidi, Tajik National University

Regional organisations P. Kalra, University of Cambridge

Engaging the Population: V. Parmanov, Analytical Group "Central Eurasia"

Eurasian Identity: D. Kudaibergenova, University of Cambridge

Knowledge Production: A. O’Connor, University College London

 

12:30-4pm Lunch and Excursion to Summer Palace

 

Panel 2 4pm-6pm

Governance and what it means for society inside the country and relationships in the international context? Could not performing for the market still serve the greater good of global community? Is there a difference between management and governance? E-government and Artificial Intelligence are a new institution, but do we understand the underlying mechanism governing relationships between technology generation, economics, society and governance?

Chair: H. Hamidov, Deputy Director, Navoi Branch of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences

Keynote Speaker: C. Laumulin, University of Cambridge: Eurasia’s Scientific and Social Policy Nexus, Then and Now 

Local governance in Eurasia and Europe: S. Onalbaiuly, University of Cambridge

Science/Business Policy T. Schivatcheva, University of Cambridge

Collaborating and Producing Science:  B. Pingault, University of Cambridge

Central Asian Foreign Affairs & Neighbourhood: A. Muratbekova, Eurasian Research Institute & University of Cambridge

 

6– 6:15pm  Tea and Coffee break

 

Panel 3 6:15-7:45pm

Discussion about Economy/Institutions in the context of the environment and in terms of security. BRI vs Eurasian Economic Union vs European Union. SCO and NATO in the Eurasian region. Marxism vs Communism/ How can Eurasia relate its past with its future? Resource competition vs Resource accumulation: can there be cooperation? Is the Eurasian Economic Union a free market/customs union or the revival of the Soviet Union? Who are the architects of the economies of Eurasia? Planned economy vs liberal economy in the era of environmental insecurity?

 

Chair: B. Eschanov, Westminster International  University, Tashkent

Infrastructure, China and Central Asia: Y. Ji, University of Cambridge

Regulation and  Economic Performance in Central Asia: A. Khudaykulov, University of Cambridge

Doing and Developing sustainability in Caspian Neighbourhood: C. Berman, University of Cambridge

Digital Labour/new forms of labour (Marxist): V. Gritchenko, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Tashkent, Political economy/Macroeconomics: A. Malikov, Westminster International University

Finance and Central Asia: A. Gomez, University of Cambridge

 

8:15pm Dinner and Concert

 

 

10 April 10am-8pm

Panel 1 9:30am-12:30pm

History as a cultural indicator/ how far back can we go? What is the Silk Road? What is Eurasia? In the era of fake news what role study of history can play in analytical methods of political science?

Panel Discussion Chair: P. Kalra, University of Cambridge

The Beyond and Between of Eurasia: Prof M. Shahidi, Tajik National University 

Reconnecting Eurasia: D. Kudaibergenova, University of Cambridge

Digging up Eurasia: M. Radivojevic, University College London

Heart of Eurasia: History of Uzbekistan: Y. Kashanova, Centre of Eurasia, Uzbekistan

Imagining Eurasia: K. Shatanati, University of Cambridge

 

12:30-3pm Lunch and Excursion to Bukhara Ark

 

Panel 2 3pm-5:30pm

International Relations: Security considerations. Eurasia/Uzbekistan within a wider context.

Chair: S. S. Saxena, University of Cambridge

Law and Security: U. Nigma, The Academy of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Uzbekistan

Afghanistan and Parliamentary Structures: N. Fayz, Embassy of Afghanistan in the UK

State-Minority relations:  J. Csabay, University of Cambridge

Political Economy of Eurasian and the Neighbourhood: A. Saqer, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy

 

Panel 3 5:30-7:30pm

Migration/Gender/Daily life: How do everyday issues like migration and gender relations play out in economic relations? Eurasia and migration: Eurasian Economic Union: an opportunity or a challenge? Small economies vs big economies; landlocked countries that rely on bigger, more powerful neighbours, does this help or hamper relations in Eurasia? What is the role of the government and citizenry in making these decisions? BRI: an infrastructure project or China flexing its muscle in its neighbourhood? BRI: a response to Eurasian Economic Union and Russia’s power in the region or a response to the European Union and globalisation? Is China an architect of a new power dynamic or only in search of power/control/resources? Do the smaller countries in Eurasia: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have a say in either BRI or Eurasian Economic Union? How do these projects affect the common man? How does art and cultural power brokers understand/represent this new environment? In with the new and out with the old? Is there anything different from the former Soviet Union.

Chair: D. Kudaibergenova, University of Cambridge

China and Migration: K. Zhang, University of Cambridge 

Migration from Kyrgyzstan: A. Asanova, University of Cambridge

Women’s NGOs in Central Asia: P. Bishenden, University of Kent

Soviet Visual Art: M. Tukhataeva Westminster International University, Tashkent

Social movements and democracy: S. Dickson, University of Cambridge

 

8 pm Banquet