Stockholm-Istanbul Program for Central Asian and Turkic Studies
Central Asia and the wider Turkic world constitute a vast region combining in varying degrees Asian identities and world views with European culture and European-style policies. These issues are addressed in the SIPCATS program for multidisciplinary studies on cultural-historical and geo-political aspects of Central Eurasian societies and regions. The role of language is given special prominence.
SIPCATS is headed by Birgit Schlyter, Professor at Stockholm University and visiting scholar at Asian Studies Center, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Her main field of research is Turkic language policies and Turkic literary traditions.
A former version of the SIPCATS program was established at Stockholm University with funding from The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. Additional grants have been obtained from The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, for an international academic exchange program, and The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond), for digitization and preparatory work on infrastructure for research. From 2012, this program is operated from the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul.
PRESENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Coordination of Central Asia Collections in Sweden
for online access and international cooperation
In a joint project between Sven Hedin Foundation, Stockholm, and Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, materials from Central Asia collections once belonging to the Swedish scholars Sven Hedin and Gunnar Jarring are digitized and documented for the establishment of Swedish databases in affiliation with the International Dunhuang Project (IDP) – a network coordinating online databases for collections from the Eastern Silk Road. A 4-year grant was obtained from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation), 2011–2014.
Contact person on behalf of Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul:
Prof. Birgit Schlyter, birgit.schlyter(a)sri.org.tr
Contact person on behalf of Sven Hedin Foundation:
Curator Håkan Wahlquist, hakan(a)svenhedinfoundation.org
The MICS Network
MICS is a network for Nordic and Eurasian scholars within the humanities and social sciences. More specifically, the rationale is to promote cooperation and scholarly advances within issues pertaining to Migration, Identity, Communication and Security in Eurasia. These four, closely intertwined, processes denote key societal challenges which scholars and practitioners alike will need to confront continuously within the foreseeable future.
The program of activities will be formulated and implemented by a Swedish-Danish core team consisting of senior scholars from the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII), Malmö University, Roskilde University (RUC) and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).
The primary form of activity within MICS are international workshops for invited participants from all academic career stages, from PhD students to established full professors. A grant has been obtained from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation) for a 2-year program, 2014–2015.
Contact person: Marie Brobeck, Roskilde University
PREVIOUS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AND AGREEMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Exchange Program (2007–2013)
for the promotion of Central Asian graduate studies and post-graduate research.
Within the framework of this program, a grant was provided by The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) for joint activities with the following partner institutions and their associates in the Central Asian region:
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan
The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata, India
PUBLICATIONS BY FORMER SIPCAS AND PRESENT SIPCATS RESEARCHERS
(selection, in reversed chronological order)
Monographs and anthologies
Sengupta, Anita, and Suchandana Chatterjee (eds), Globalizing Geographies: Perspectives from Eurasia, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, New Delhi: K W Publishers 2015.
Schlyter, Birgit N. (ed.), Historiography and Nation-Building among Turkic Populations, Papers 5, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Stockholm 2014.
Fredholm, Michael (ed.), The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Eurasian Geopolitics, Copenhagen: NIAS Press 2013.
Schlyter, Birgit N. (ed.), Prospects for Democracy in Central Asia, Transactions, Vol. 15, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul & I. B. Tauris (distributor), Stockholm/London/New York 2005.
Schlyter, Birgit N., Korean Business and Culture in Former Soviet Central Asia, Asian Cultures and Modernity Research Reports, Vol. 2, June 2002.
Juntunen, Mirja, and Birgit N. Schlyter (eds), Return to the Silk Routes: Current Scandinavian Research on Central Asia, London: Kegan Paul Int. 1999.
Articles and papers
Fredholm, Michael, “Daydreams and Nightmares: Dreaming of Al-Qaeda and the Once and Future Caliphate – Extremist Narratives on Globalised Islam”, in Sengupta, Anita, and Suchandana Chatterjee (eds), Globalizing Geographies: Perspectives from Eurasia, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, New Delhi: K W Publishers 2015, pp. 131–156.
Schlyter, Birgit N., “The Status of Uzbek as “National Language”, in Schlyter, Birgit N. (ed.), Historiography and Nation-Building among Turkic Populations, Papers 5, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Stockholm 2014, pp. 129–144.
Dadabaev, Timur, “On Oral History of the Soviet Past in Central Asia: Re-Collecting, Reflecting and Re-Imagining”, in Schlyter, Birgit N. (ed.), Historiography and Nation-Building among Turkic Populations, Papers 5, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Stockholm 2014, pp. 13–29.
Sengupta, Anita, “Image and Influence: The Politics of Nation-Branding in Uzbekistan”, in Schlyter, Birgit N. (ed.), Historiography and Nation-Building among Turkic Populations, Papers 5, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Stockholm 2014, pp. 91–110.
Schlyter, Birgit N., “Multilingualism and Language Renewal in Ex-Soviet Central Asia”, in Tej L. Bhatia and William C. Ritchie (eds), The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Malden: Wiley and Blackwell 2013, pp. 871–898.
Schlyter, Birgit N., “Language Policy and Language Development in Multilingual Uzbekistan”, in Schiffman, Harold (ed.), Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and its Neighbors: The Changing Politics of Language Choice, Leiden/Boston: Brill 2012, pp. 176–207.
Hällzon, Patrick, ”Stepping into Sacred Ground: The mazar in Uyghur day-to-dag life”, in Tore Ahlbäck (ed.), Pilgrimages Today. Based on papers read at the symposium on pilgrimages today held at Åbo, Finland, on 19–21 August 2009, Åbo: Donner Institute for Religious and Cultural History 2010.
Laanatza, Marianne, “Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Trends and Tendencies”, in Hisao Komatsu, Şahin Karasar, Timur Dadabaev, Güljanat Kurmangalieva Ercilasun (eds), Central Eurasian Studies: Past, Present and Future, 2011, Maltepe University, Turkey.
Schlyter, Birgit N., ”Från statsspråk till nationalspråk i Centralasien”, in Årsbok 2010, Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, Stockholm, pp. 153–168.
Schlyter, Birgit N., ”Turan, Ergenekon och turkarnas röda äpple”, in Orientaliska Studier 123/2009, pp. 107–118.
Schlyter, Birgit N., “Turkey”, in An International Handbook of the Science of Language and Society, Vol. 3, Berlin/New York; Walter de Gruyter 2006, pp. 1903–1911.
Schlyter, Birgit N., “The Karakalpaks and Other Language Minorities under Central Asian State Rule”, in Birgit N. Schlyter (ed.), Prospects for Democracy in Central Asia, Transactions. Vol. 15, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul/I. B. Tauris, Stockholm/London/New York 2005, pp. 81–94.
Schlyter, Birgit N., “Changing Language Loyalties in Central Asia”, in Tej K. Bhatia and William C. Ritchie (eds), The Handbook of Bilingualism, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing 2004, pp. 808–834.
Schlyter, Birgit N., “Sociolinguistic Changes in Transformed Central Asian Societie”, in Jacques Maurais and Michael A. Morris (eds), Languages in a Globalising World, New York: Cambridge University Press 2003, pp. 157–187.