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In the period from October 30 to November 5, 2023, Deputy Director for Public Relations of the Institute of History and Ethnology named after Valikhanov Aksunkar Tursunovna Abdulina and researcher Malika Temirkhanovna Moryakova took part in the International Summer School of Young Scientists and Historians of the CIS countries on the topic “Historical Texts: the culture of their creation and interpretation” in the city of Tashkent (Republic of Uzbekistan). The organizers of the regularly held Summer School were the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS Member States together with the Institute of World History (hereinafter referred to as IWH) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, MGIMO. The venue for the forum was kindly provided by the Uzbek National University after Mirzo Ulugbek at the request of the Russian Embassy in Uzbekistan. All travel and accommodation expenses for the Summer School participants were borne by the Russian Federation with organizational assistance from the Uzbek side.

At the grand opening of the school took speech, the Vice-Rector for international relations of the Uzbek National University named after Mirzo Ulugbek  R.Kh. Shirinova, who noted that for the first time Uzbekistan is hosting historians and students from the CIS countries as part of the summer school format, scientific director of the Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences A.O. Chubaryan, director of this research institute, corresponding member. RAS, Doctor of History M.A. Lipkin etc.

Leading scientists from scientific institutions of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Armenia, Belarus, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, etc. gave informative and interesting reports. Of particular interest to the listeners were the reports of the following scientists: “Ancient civilization of Margiana-Bactria according to archaeological sources” Muminov A.G., “Features of historical texts in the works of Armenian historians of the early Middle Ages (V-VIII centuries)” Melkonyan A.A., “Chronicles of the medieval Rus’. Methodological problems and possibilities for their solution” Lavrenchenko M.L., “Sources on the history of higher education in Central Asia (on the example of Shajar-Genealogy of the National University of Uzbekistan)” Ishankhodjaeva Z.R., “Written sources in the study of the stages of formation and development of Belarusian statehood » Trubchika P.A., “Modern media: their role and influence in Kyrgyzstan” Koichumanova C.U., “Corpus of new sources on the History of Kazakhstan: status and assessment” Ayagan B.G., “The French press and the issue of Islamization of France » Osipova E.A., “Source analysis of the nature of the July crisis of 1914 based on materials from Russian and foreign archives” Vishnyakova Y.V. A.T. Abdulina presented a report on the topic “Ethnosociology in Kazakhstan: methods of collecting information, processing and interpretation,” in which she specifically focused on the methods of collecting information by ethnologists during field research and the need for a comparative analysis of all sources, both recordings of conversations with informants and scientists’ own observations , statistical data, etc., to obtain objective information on the subject of research.

However on November 2, 2023, a cooperation agreement was concluded between the Institute of History and Ethnology named after Sh.Sh. Ualikhanov and the National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo Ulugbek. The signing of the agreement was attended by the Uzbek side – Vice-Rector of the University for International Relations Raisa Khakimovna Shirinova, Head of the Department of Anthropology and Ethnology Akbar Davurbaevich Bababekov, and from the Kazakh side – Deputy Director for Public Relations Aksunkar Tursunovna Abdulina and researcher Malika Temirkhanovna Moryakova. It is planned to organize joint scientific research on problems of history and ethnology, as well as mutual scientific internships for master’s and doctoral students from both institutions.

In addition, a meeting was held with the general director of the State Museum of Victims of Political Repression, Bakhtiyor Vakhapovich Khasanov. Issues about further cooperation with the Institute of History and Ethnology named after. C.H. Valikhanov, as well as the work of commissions for the rehabilitation of repressed people. The meeting was attended by the director of the Tashkent region branch of the State Museum of Victims of Political Repression, PhD Nargiza Soatmumidovna Kenzhaeva, deputy director of the Institute A.T. Abdulina, research assistants: M.T. Moryakova and A.N. Konkabaeva. It is planned to develop a mechanism for the exchange of identified documents about natives of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan who were repressed or served sentences on the territory of these republics of the Soviet Union; providing consulting assistance on working with archival funds, organizing joint scientific projects.

On November 3, 2023, a meeting was held with the teaching staff of the Department of General History, headed by the head Kamola Davlyatalievna Saipova, where the Center for the Study of Interethnic Relations was opened, as well as with the head of the Department of Ethnology, Faculty of History, National University of Uzbekistan. Mirzo Ulugbek Akbar Davurbaevich Babekov. Plans were outlined for the publication of joint scientific works on interethnic relations, diaspora politics, participation in field research, etc. As a result of these meetings, published works by university scientists were donated, and books from the Institute were also donated.

Participants of the summer school had the opportunity to get acquainted with the sights of the capital of Uzbekistan and ancient Samarkand, including the tomb of the great Timur.

Based on the results of the International Summer School A.T. Abdulina and M.T. Moryakova was awarded certificates of participation. We express our gratitude to the organizers, especially to the Scientific Secretary M.S. Yakovlev and Chairman of the Council of Young Scientists of the IWH RAS Tatyana Melnichenko, for the rich program and excellent organization of the delegations’ stay!