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THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ‘FOLKLORE, MUSIC AND ART ON THE SILK ROAD OF CENTRAL ASIA’

3The International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) and Keimyung University organized the International Scientific Conference ‘Folklore, story Music and Art on the Silk Road of Central Asia’ on 15-16 October 2015 in Daegu (Korea). The scholars from Azerbaijan, medicine the UK, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Korea and the UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan participated the conference.

The welcoming and opening remarks were delivered by Director of CENSCA Kim Tschung Sun, Director of IICAS Mr. Pilho Park, General Secretary of ‘TURKSOY’ Dusen Kaseinov, and Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-Do Province Kim Kwan Yong.

At the plenary meeting President of Keimyung University Mr. Synn Ilhi laid emphasis on the importance of researches in the field of revival of the past grandeur of the Silk Road, which would be able to unite East and West anew and to find a new way to regulate exchange of the spiritual values at the modern stage of development of the human civilisation. More than 25 lectures were made at the sectional meetings.

The issues on safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage, community of subjects and regional peculiarity of the oral traditions of the Central Asian peoples lived along the Silk Road. At the section of ‘Heroes and Epics’ such lectures as ‘Olonkho in Yakut’ by Dr. Kim Tschung Sun, ‘’Alpamysh’ and its place in the context of the epic thinking of the Central Asian peoples’ by Dr. Mamatkul Djuraev, ‘Mongol’s Geser Khan Epic and its bio-cultural heritage’ by Ms. Lee Sun A (Dankuk University), ‘The characteristic features of Turkish epics’ by Dr. Abdulkadir Emeksiz (Istanbul University) and ‘Kyrgyz folklore and the Silk Road’ by Dr. Abdyldajan were delivered. Dr. Aiza Reshetnikova’s (Russia, Yakut) address, in which she analysed the performing traditions of musical embodiment of Yakut, Tungus and Turkic-Mongol epos and Dr. Oh Eun Kyung’s ‘The relationship between epic singers and shamans in the Silk Road countries’ rose a high interest.

The interesting source study material was presented by the historians from Azerbaijan: Dr. Shahin Mustafaev ‘Timurid embassy to China and its Azerbaijan narrative in the 15th century’ and Dr. Farda Asadov ‘Khazaria on the Silk Road: mobility of people and merchandise in the 6-9th centuries’. The The International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) and Keimyung University organized the International Scientific Conference ‘Folklore, Music and Art on the Silk Road of Central Asia’ on 15-16 October 2015 in Daegu (Korea). The scholars from Azerbaijan, the UK, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Korea and the UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan participated the conference.

The welcoming and opening remarks were delivered by Director of CENSCA Kim Tschung Sun, Director of IICAS Mr. Pilho Park, General Secretary of ‘TURKSOY’ Dusen Kaseinov, and Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-Do Province Kim Kwan Yong.

At the plenary meeting President of Keimyung University Mr. Synn Ilhi laid emphasis on the importance of researches in the field of revival of the past grandeur of the Silk Road, which would be able to unite East and West anew and to find a new way to regulate exchange of the spiritual values at the modern stage of development of the human civilisation. More than 25 lectures were made at the sectional meetings.

The issues on safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage, community of subjects and regional peculiarity of the oral traditions of the Central Asian peoples lived along the Silk Road. At the section of ‘Heroes and Epics’ such lectures as ‘Olonkho in Yakut’ by Dr. Kim Tschung Sun, ‘’Alpamysh’ and its place in the context of the epic thinking of the Central Asian peoples’ by Dr. Mamatkul Djuraev, ‘Mongol’s Geser Khan Epic and its bio-cultural heritage’ by Ms. Lee Sun A (Dankuk University), ‘The characteristic features of Turkish epics’ by Dr. Abdulkadir Emeksiz (Istanbul University) and ‘Kyrgyz folklore and the Silk Road’ by Dr. Abdyldajan were delivered. Dr. Aiza Reshetnikova’s (Russia, Yakut) address, in which she analysed the performing traditions of musical embodiment of Yakut, Tungus and Turkic-Mongol epos and Dr. Oh Eun Kyung’s ‘The relationship between epic singers and shamans in the Silk Road countries’ rose a high interest.

The interesting source study material was presented by the historians from Azerbaijan: Dr. Shahin Mustafaev ‘Timurid embassy to China and its Azerbaijan narrative in the 15th century’ and Dr. Farda Asadov ‘Khazaria on the Silk Road: mobility of people and merchandise in the 6-9th centuries’. The

representative of Keimyung University Dr. Cagri Erdem’s lecture ‘Jadidism in Central Asia in the late 19th century: cultural modernization and political resistance?’ was actively discussed. The lectures of Dr. Bakyt Amanbaeva (Kyrgyzstan), Dr. Raiza Sultanova (UK) and Dr. Lee Yong Shik (Korea) were a part of the section ‘Religions and folklore’. The constructive dialogue was continued by Dr. Morteza Jami (Iran) and his address ‘Folk music and ritual dances of the Jam region: a means of cultural interaction along the Silk Road’, Dr. Amridin Berdimuradov  (Uzbekistan) ‘Spreading of musical culture of Sogdiana through the Great Silk Road’. Dr. Jung Byung Mo (Korea) in his lecture ‘Cheoyong Door God: relations between the Korean art and the Central Asian culture’, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan (Pakistan) ‘Archaeological survey and documentation in Kashmir’, Dr. Aysulu Iskanderova (Uzbekistan, Nukus) ‘The imported ceramics and its influence on handicraft production of medieval Khorezm’, Dr. Rustam Nazarov (Tajikistan) ‘Hissar on the Great Silk Road’, Academician Karl Baipakov (Kazakhstan) ‘Silk Road serial transnational nomination: achievements and perspectives’ and Dr. Dmitriy Voyakin ‘Ancient Taraz – Silk Road city: recent archaeological investigations’ spoke about the cultural transfer of elements of the traditional handicrafts in the field of art and the recent archaeological discoveries. (Kazakhstan).

The cultural programme was planned in the frame of academic conference. The students of Keimyung University performed a colourful folklore dance Cheyong or ‘Five directions’ reflecting East Asian philosophical principles of world-view, Reza Safari and Arasteh Mallakin from the Islamic University of Asad made a master-class of the traditional Iranian calligraphy and the guest visited the concert of the traditional Turkic musical culture ‘From epic to melody’ organized by ‘TURKSOY’.