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Grant-in-Aid of Japanese Government for the Research on “International Relations in CA region”

The main focus of this project is to analyze the state of affairs in relations among the Central Asian states. This projects attempts to place international relations within the framework of theories of international relations. It also analyzes the processes of regionalization and integration in this region and highlights challenges and problems related to water and borders, which obstruct the processes of closer cooperation. The lead researcher of this project is Prof. Timur Dadabaev.

Historical Regional Studies on Central Asian Society before/after the Russian Conquest (JSPS).

This research aims at constructing a method of historical regional studies and revealing unique features of certain regions that have been formed by humanitarian conditions – political, social, economical and philological – as well as by changes in environmental conditions, within a certain time frame through the methods of historical science. Particularly, this research focuses on the history of one of the largest agricultural oases in Central Asia, Khorazm, which is surrounded by arid regions and is situated at the lower basin of the Amu River at the eve of the Russian military conquest, through analyzing the following topics: the course change of the Amu River and irrigational development, migration, entrepreneurship, national movement and intellectual networks, and so forth. This study will integrate these topics into the regional historical context and sketch a unique feature of the oasis region of Central Asia during the transition from pre-modern to modern times. The lead researcher of this project is Prof. Akifumi Shioya.

Grant-in-Aid for Comparative Study of Japanese and Chinese Foreign Policies in CA

This project focuses on the different roles played by China and Japan in Central Asia from a comparative perspective. It also poses the question of the meaning and importance of these states’ presence in Central Asia and vice versa. The lead researcher of this project is Prof. Timur Dadabaev.

“Remembering the Soviet past: the case studies of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan”. This project is supported by the Grant of the Japanese Government Grant and grant from National Institute of Humanities, Tokyo.

The primary task within this project is to collect memories of everyday experiences among the elderly group of ordinary citizens in Central Asian republics in order to analyze the meaning of their Soviet past both for these citizens and for the process of national identity formation in post-Soviet Central Asia. This project is conducted by Prof. Timur Dadabaev, Prof. Hisao Komatsu (TUFS) and Prof. Guljanat Kurmangalieva (Gazi University, Turkey).

Research on the Khivan documents (in cooperation with Dr. Akifumi Shioya, Dr. Ulfat Abdurasulov, Dr. Kamiljan Khudayberganov, and the Central Asian Archival Project initiated by Kyoto University of Foreign Studies [representative: Prof. Toru Horikawa]).

This research, in cooperation with researchers in Japan and Uzbekistan, aims at investigating extensively the archival documents written in the former territories of the Khanate of Khiva (ca. 1511–1920), especially those preserved in the Ichan Qalʻa Museum of Khiva and the Central State Archive of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

“Comparative study of Socialist modernity in Mongolia and Central Asia”

Grant-in-Aid of Japanese Government has been offered for the research of comparative studies of socialist everyday experiences in various socialist countries. The lead researcher of this project is Prof. Yuki Konagaya (National Museum of Ethnology) in collaboration with Prof. Timur Dadabaev and others.

“Survey into Civil Society Institutions in Uzbekistan”, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Special Research Project on Civil Society, the State and Culture in Comparative Perspective―New Values in the Age of Globalization and Reconstruction of the Public. The lead researcher of this project is Prof. Yutaka Tsujinaka with Central Asian part conducted by Prof. Timur Dadabaev and Prof. Murad Ismailov.