The Uyghurs are one of the ten most populous stateless nations in the world. While the Uyghur people have a long history of cultural accomplishments and political influences, they have remained marginal in international scholarship given their ambiguous position both in regional studies and in geopolitics. Nonetheless, given the contribution of Uyghurs to global and regional historical and cultural processes, there has developed a transnational community of scholars whose research is focused on the Uyghur people’s history, culture, society. This conference is the first attempt to bring together a broad spectrum of this international community of scholars, drawing from the academic communities of the Americas, Russia, Turkey, and elsewhere in Europe and Asia. Hopefully, it will serve as a basis for future transnational collaboration on the history, culture, and society of Uyghurs throughout the world.
The conference will be held at George Washington University in Washington, DC, September 25-27. To RSVP and for more information click here.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.
We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.
We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.
We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.
Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
OSF’s Eurasia Program works to deepen civil society, uphold human rights, and maintain space for independent debate and discussion in Eastern Europe (Moldova, Ukraine), Russia, the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). The program is advanced through grantmaking, advocacy and research, regional initiatives, and close engagement with local Open Society foundations. We believe that a vital civil society is fundamental to the promotion of democratic governance and government accountability.
Throughout the region, the program works with a wide range of partners from all sectors of civil society, with a particular focus on the following:
- Promoting human rights;
- Combatting corruption;
- Strengthening independent, alternative, and social media;
- Securing access to justice for marginalized groups;
- Creating and maintaining platforms for debate and civic engagement;
- Integrating local actors into the global exchange of ideas.
UNESCO, the UN Scientific and Cultural Organization, has put out a call for a seminar to be held September 29 through October 5 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, focusing on sustainable energy governance in World Heritage sites.
Here is what the application page says about the kinds of applicants who should consider taking part in the program:
With its interdisciplinary approach the School targets a broad audience that includes World Heritage managers, scientists, practitioners and researchers with applied interests in sustainable energy governance issues, preferably but not exclusively in UNESCO designated sites, from following countries in South East Europe and Caucasus: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, UNMIK/Kosovo.
The deadline for the application is August 15. For more information, click here.
RFE/RL is pleased to accept applications for the 2013 - 2014 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship. The Fellowship is a joint program between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and RFE/RL that is inspired by the former president’s belief in the transformational role of journalism in challenging tyranny. It provides direct work experience and mentoring at RFE/RL’s Prague headquarters to journalists from countries in RFE/RL’s broadcast region where media freedom is stifled.
The Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for journalists to receive on-the-job training while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals in Prague and in RFE/RL’s local bureaus. Fellows will be integrated into RFE/RL language services and participate actively in multi-media programming and reporting. They will also represent themselves, RFE/RL and the Fellowship at public events and in discussions relating to media conditions in their country. Fellowships last nine months, including time spent in country in RFE/RL’s local bureau and in the Prague broadcasting headquarters, and include a stipend, housing and travel arrangements to and from Prague.
For more on the program and the application process, click here. Information also available in Russian here.
The Open Society Documentary Photography Project and Arts and Culture Program are offering grants for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan. With these grants, we support visual documentation of important human rights and social issues in the region and provide training and mentorship to local photographers.
We will award approximately ten cash stipends in the amount of $3,500 USD each to photographers to produce a photo essay on a critical human rights or social issue in the region. Along with the stipend, successful applicants will receive two master-level workshops (past workshops were held in Istanbul and Tbilisi) on visual storytelling through photography and multimedia. These workshops are led by internationally-recognized photographers and industry professionals who will provide ongoing mentorship throughout the six-month grant term.
This grant is intended for photographers who are committed to pursuing a career in photography and have prior technical expertise and/or training. Deadline for the application is May 10.
visually document issues of importance in the region; and
provide training and support to photographers from the region.
Approximately 10 cash stipends in the amount of $3,500 each will be awarded to photographers to produce a photo essay on a current human rights or social issue in the region. Grantees will participate in two master-level workshops on visual storytelling through photography and multimedia. These workshops are led by internationally-recognized photographers and industry professionals who will then provide ongoing mentorship and support throughout the six-month grant term.
The Open Society Foundations will pay travel and hotel expenses and provide a per diem to cover meals and incidentals for the workshops.
The deadline for applications is December 3, 2010, 6pm EST.
For more information on the grant, please review the grant guidelines.
The Open Society Foundations and the University of Ottawa/l'Université d'Ottawa , in cooperation with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Ottawa, are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the Afghan MA in Communications Program.The Afghan Communications Scholarship provides up to five fully funded fellowships to qualified citizens of Afghanistan to complete a two year MA in Communications at the University of Ottawa/l'Université d'Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. The program provides the opportunity for post-graduate study in Canada for journalists and communications professionals in early or mid-career who demonstrate both academic and professional excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision-makers and agents of change.
For more information, and to download an application, please visit here.
The master's program is offered in Canada's two official languages, French and English. Le programme de maîtrise est offert dans les deux langues officielles du Canada, soit le français et l'anglais. Pour information en français.
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