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The native peoples of the Caucasus, the Abkhaz-Abaza, Adyge, Chechen, Ossets peoples of Dagystan and other North Caucasian peoples, known with the umbrella name Circassian in the diaspora have been forced to migrate to the Ottoman Empire after heroically defending their homeland against the disproportional force and technical advantage of Tsarist Russia for over a century. Besides, there are many Circassians that have been resettled/have migrated in masses a second, or even a third time due to political, military, administrative reasons. Today the Circassian diaspora live in many different countries.
There are not enough studies on the relations and interactions of the Circassians, who migrated-were forced to migrate-were exiled; with the societies they live together. For this reason, this year KAFDAV's 3rd Research Incentive Awards' research paper topic is: “The Circassian Diasporas’ Interactions with the Societies they Live Together” and to motivate their incentive to continue further research on the topic, participation has been limited to junior* scholars.
We invites contributions as academic research papers on the interactions of the Circassian diaspora with the societies they live in since their migration/ forced migration from the Caucasus.
The contributions on the relations and interactions of the Circassians with the societies they live together, can focus either on the ways they are influenced by these societies, or have contributed to these societies or both. Contributions can be from the perspective of the disciplines of history, sociology, cultural studies, economy, e.g., or can adapt an interdisciplinary approach. The research can be focusing on a single country or a region; can be a historically or geographically comparative study focusing on multiple cases. Temporaly, it can be cross-sectional or focus on a case's change through time. The unit of analysis can be individuals, groups, communities, societies or institutions. The application is also open to contributions from the field of biographical studies focusing on Circassian individuals or institutions, initiatives, events (including historical and military events) that have created an impact in the host societies in the fields of history, military, natural and social sciences, politics, social life, music, arts, literature, medicine, engineering, architecture or sports. Competition is open to works of analysis on Circassians' contributions such as; an undertaking, an establishment of an organisation or a legal arrangement or a military success, etc.
The papers should be between 6000-8000 words, written according to the standard academic article format. The contributions should be unpublished, original research work that hasn’t been presented before. The contributions can be in Turkish or English. See Rules and guidelines for Applications to the Research Incentive Awards here. The junior scholars who want to join the awards competition should send their article, biography and a list of their publications (if any) by 10 December 2016 to KAFDAV. Contact information is available here.
The contributions sent for the research incentive awards, will be blind reviewed by a Jury selected from among the members of our Foundation's Scientific Committee, all experts in their fields. The participants will be informed about the results in December 2016. According to the decision given by the Jury, author of the best research paper will be awarded 5.000 TL, second author 3.500 TL, third author 2.000 TL, besides there will be honorable mentions of 1.000 TL awarded to two authors. The award wining articles can be presented at the Circassians’ Interactions with the Societies They Live Together International Symposium will be organised by KAFDAV in Spring 2017 in Ankara without paying the registration fee. Depending on the quantity and quality of the contributions to the competition, studies found suitable by the Jury will be published as a seperate book.
We are looking forward to the application of the young scholars working on the Circassians to the Awards competition.
The Caucasian Research Culture and Solidarity Foundation
* Scholars aged 36 or younger or currently enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student.