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Workshop on Institutions and Science in Eurasian Development, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 20 December 2019

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2nd GRN workshop: “Institutions and Science in Eurasian Development”

Almaty, Kazakhstan

20 December 2019

In partnership with Eurasian Research Institute, GCRF COMPASS Cambridge

 

Morning Session

 

10:00 AM                          Registration

 

10:30-11:15 AM              Welcoming Remark

 

Vakur Sumer, Eurasian Research Institute of the Khoja Akmet Yassawi

International Kazakh-Turkish University

 

Siddharth Saxena, Cambridge Central Asia Forum & GCRF COMPASS Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge 

 

Introduction

Boram Shin, APRC at Hanyang University & Global Research Network Project

 

11:15-12:45 AM              Session 1: Science and Knowledge in Central Asia and Eurasia

 

 Prajakti Kalra Cambridge Central Asia Forum  & GCRF COMPASS, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge                                

 

 

 

Dilnoza Duturaeva, Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan

Qarakhanid Turks in the Chinese Court

 

Sanobar Shadmanova, Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan

                                           Modern Technology and Industrialization in the 19th Century Turkestan

 

                                           Boram Shin, APRC at Hanyang University

 

12:45-2:00 PM                 Lunch   

 

Afternoon Session

 

2:00-4:00 PM                   Session 2: Institutions and Development

                            

Siddharth Saxena, Cambridge Central Asia Forum

 

Chokan Laumulin, Cambridge Central Asia Forum

 

Nikolay Pomoshchnikov, ESCAP Subregional Office for North and Central Asia

 

Man Yong Moon, Korean Research Institute of Science, Technology and

Civilization at Chonbuk National University

 

4:00-4:30 PM                   Tea/Coffee Break

 

4:30-6:30 PM                   Session 3: Multilateral and International Organizations

 

                                          

                                           Ruslan Dzarasov, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

                            

Albina Muratbekova, Eurasia Research Institute

 

Dauren Aben, Eurasia Research Institute 

 

                                            

6:30-7:00 PM                   Closing Session

 

7:00 PM                            Dinner

 

Abstract

Eurasia is uniquely poised in terms of geography and history which dictates the interactions between the countries which make up this space. The second GRN team for History of Eurasian Science and Knowledge Network will focus on locating the ways and means through which science and policy have interacted institutionally through the ages with a special focus on the 13th century under the Mongols who were the forerunners of creating a coherent Eurasian space and the nomads who succeeded them; the Russian and Tsarist institutional framework for science; the Soviet Academy of Sciences and its place in Soviet policy making; the scientific exchange and collaborative programs which Central Asian countries already have outside of Eurasia and the ways in which the South Korean government has engaged with the western world and with Central Asia in the 20th century. By tracing the history of institutions and mapping specific scientific projects and policies, the network hopes to have a comprehensive approach towards both the understanding of science and policy and how science diplomacy has unfolded in Eurasia over time and space in Eurasia.

Only by understanding what has been done and how it has been done, especially through a thorough look at institutions and subsequent projects can the team move forward in determining the prospects for further scientific diplomacy in the region. The workshop will revisit local institutions, communication between them, scientific communities, relationship between scientific institutions and political institutions and forms of science diplomacy till now. Furthermore, the institutional framework in Central Asia continues to rely on the legacy left behind by the Soviet Union and for this reason it is essential to study both the Tsarist period and the Academy of Sciences in the Soviet Union which was the served as the main institution for scientific research in Soviet times and was fundamental in determining policy. While some of the institutions today do not call themselves Academy of Sciences the nature and form of institutions in Central Asia continue to reflect Russian influence and seventy years of Soviet rule in Eurasia.

These findings and the discussion we hope to have in Almaty, Kazakhstan will not only fill the gaps which were made visible during the first workshop in Moscow, Russia by talking to scientists but move beyond them and locate more precise information in how science, policy and diplomacy are understood and carried out in Korea and Eurasia. These findings will provide the necessary background for any policy recommendations that the network will make in the next year.