In partnership with the Uzbekistan Embassy in Washington, DC
Central Asia Program and the Uzbekistan Embassy are happy to invite you to attend the screening of Days gone by (O’tgan kunlar / Minuvshie dni) by Yuldash Azgamov. Azgamov is widely regarded as one of the founders of the Uzbek film making industry. The film describes the atmosphere of Uzbek intelligentsia in the 19th century.
5:45pm Presentation on Uzbek cinema
6:30pm Screening of the film
Light snacks will be provided by the Uzbekistan Embassy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
“Visions of Uzbekistan” is an exhibition sponsored in partnership with the Embassy of Uzbekistan which will run from January 8, 2015 – February 7, 2015.
Uzbekistan is located at the heart of Central Asia, neighboring world civilizations such as China, Persia, and India, and connecting to the Turkic world and to Europe via Russia. The territory of modern Uzbekistan hosted the prestigious ancient civilizations of Bactria, Sogdiana, Parthia and Khorezm and was traversed by caravans carrying precious silk, gold, porcelain and spices along the Great Silk Road. These ancient civilizations invented sophisticated irrigation techniques, inspired the canons of Islamic culture in the 9th-10th centuries, and were at the center of a vast empire created by Tamerlane in the 15th century. They made major contributions to world science and literature through geniuses such as Avicenna, Alisher Navoi, Ulugbek, Al-Khorezmi, al-Beruni, Al-Farghoni, Imam Al-Bukhary, and others. Present-day Uzbekistan benefits from this past, offering the most accomplished architectural heritage within Central Asia. Since the country’s independence in 1991, Uzbek society aims to combine modernity with the rediscovery of its past, and to integrate its historical legacy into a larger, globalized framework. The photo exhibition “Visions of Uzbekistan” reflects both the ancient culture and the modern life of the Uzbek people and introduces cultural aspects to the narrative about Uzbekistan in the United States.
In September 2014, Uzbek government introduced amendments to the Law “On Informatization.” The amendments imposed vague restrictions on blogging. Uzbek bloggers are now prohibited from disseminating information inciting national, racial, ethnic or religious hatred, as well as denigrating the honor and dignity of citizens. Furthermore, the amendments oblige bloggers to verify the truthfulness of the information posted on their blogs. The Amendments are an extension to the 2007 Media Law, which defines websites as mass media and imposes onerous obligations on their owners.
Although the number of internet users is growing rapidly in Uzbekistan, it is unlikely that the citizens will engage in open discussion of such taboo topics like politics and religion. This is largely due to the Uzbek government’s deployment of new ways to strengthen state monitoring and censorship on the internet. The presentation will discuss the most problematic provisions of the recent Amendments and their impact on the right of Uzbeks to discuss sensitive issues related to religion and religious practice on the internet.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Mirakmal Niyazmatov is a lawyer and co-founder of Tashabbus. He holds an LL.B. from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy and an LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Notre Dame Law School.[/vc_column_text][vc_button title=”Please RSVP” target=”_blank” color=”btn-warning” icon=”none” size=”btn-large” href=”http://go.gwu.edu/Niyazmatov” el_class=”align-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
9:00am. Introductory Remarks, Marlene Laruelle, CAP director
9:15-11:00am Session I Uzbekistan in 2015: Domestic and Foreign Policies
Chair: Reuel Hanks (Oklahoma State University)
Kamoliddin Rabbimov (LIGLIS-Center, Paris)
The Succession Question and the Stability of the Uzbek political system after Islam Karimov’s decision to stay for another term
Shermamat Abdullozoda (Independent Consultant)
Uzbekistan’s economic and financial policies: A challenge to stability?
Timur Dadabaev (Tsukuba University, Japan)
Soft Power from Below? Coercion and Concessions in foreign policies of Japan, China and Russia towards Uzbekistan from a comparative perspective
Fakhmiddin Fazilov (Research Scholar, New York University)
Uzbekistan-China Energy Cooperation: Impetuses and Impacts
11:30-1:00pm Session II. Factoring Uzbekistan’s Economic Development
Chair: Farrukh Irnazarov (Central Asia Fellow, GWU)
Nodir Djanibekov (Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, Halle, Germany)
Land-labor relations between farms and rural households in Uzbekistan
Bakhrom Radjabov (University of Kassel, Germany)
The Impact of International Migration and Remittances on Labor Supply Decisions in Rural Households in Uzbekistan
Jakhongir Kakhkharov (Griffith University, Australia)
Socio-economic Consequences of External Labor Migration and Remittances in Uzbekistan
1:45-3:45pm Session III. Roundtable: Dialoguing with the Homeland
Chair: Navbahor Imamova (VoA)
Dilorom Abdulloeva (President of Tashabbus)
Behzod Mamadiev (Chief Editor of Vatandosh)
Dilshod Zokirov (Vatandosh Uzbek-American Federation)
Olimjon Sharipov (Uzbek American Association of Chicago)
Akmaljon Jumaboev (Uzbek American Association of Chicago)[/vc_column_text][vc_button title=”Please RSVP” target=”_self” color=”btn-warning” icon=”none” size=”btn-large” href=”http://go.gwu.edu/uzbek” el_class=”align-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]