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All sessions will be held in room 306 of Royce Hall, at the University of California, Los Angeles. For detailed directions and parking information, see the travel and accommodations page.

 8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
 9:00 am - 9:15 am
 Welcome and opening remarks
 9:15 am – 10:00 am
 Keynote and Opening Discussion
"Surveying Eurasian Studies in America"
   Alexander Diener, Social Science Division, Pepperdine University
 10:00 am – 10:15 am Coffee break
 10:15 am – 11:45 am  Panel: Development and Policy
"Comparative Analysis of the Coverage of Labor Migration by Russian and Kazakhstani Newspapers"
    Firyuza Babayeva, School of International Studies, Oklahoma State University
"An Indian Colony in Central Asia"
    Tokhir Khasanbaev, Dept. of History, Tashkent State Institute for Oriental Studies
"Libraries in Azerbaijan"
    Liladhar Pendse, UCLA Library, University of California, Los Angeles
 11:45 am – 12:00 pm Coffee break
 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  Panel: Theories
"What Does Islamic Law Say about Alcohol Consumption and Should Muslims in Central Asia and Northwestern China be Judged by its Normative Interpretations?"
    David Merell, Asian and Comparative Law, School of Law, University of Washington
"Postcolonial Theory and Central Eurasia"
    Sevara Sharapova, International Relations, Tashkent State Institute for Oriental Studies
 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch
 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Panel: Cultures
"On the Genealogy of Astana: Kazakhstani Reaction to Soviet Urbanism" (Presentation slides)
    Igor Demchenko, Dept. of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Growing the Edge of Ulaanbaatar: Producing Landscapes"
    Rick Miller, Dept. of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles
"Kazakh 'Neo-traditional' Music as Articulations of Post-Soviet Kazakh National/Cultural Identity"
    Megan Rancier, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Closing remarks and discussion

The day's program will be followed by an informal reception.