The IX. World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) was held first time in an Asian country from August 3. to 8. 2015 in Japan. At the KANDA-University in Makuhari/Tokyo under the slogan „Where many Wests meet many Easts“ came together more than 1400 schientists from around the globe. As Prof. Mitsuyoshi Numano stated in his welcome message we met us after so many tremendous vicissitidies that mankind experienced in the monstrous twentieth century peacefully in Japan and also – one has to add – while we have to face in 21. Century wars in Syria, Irak, Ukraine, Jemen, Libya as well as ´frozen conflicst` around the world. So much the better one has to remark that beside geopolitical clashes nearly 300 academicians from Russian Federation and dozens of Ukrainian scientists arrived in Tokyo in order to discuss the contemporary situation concerning these immense challenges inside and around Europe. But even the problems of today cannot be understand whithout knowledge of the past. Thats why the continual historical research and the participation of historians in interdisciplinary working groups are so important in order to analyse, discuss and overcome negative stereotypes which are sometimes basing on false history interpretations or ideological instrumentalisation of history policy.
In this context the international interdisciplinary project „Yazma Miras. Textual Heritage“ one cannot estimate high enough. The „Yazma miras“ project is combining history, turkology, stereotype research, philology and migration studies with new methods of didactics and modern pedagogical approaches. The project pattern consits of an overhead at the Mardzhany Institute for History at the Academy of Sciences in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan) as well as different cooperation partners in diverse countries. The involvement of ICATAT Germany based on a cooperation contract, the so called „Hiddensee protocoll“ of 2011 . But not in every country such a institutional cooperation cannot be organise, also single researcher could participate at the project, Dr. Gibatdinov pointed out .
At the ICCEES the partners from Germany – Dr. Mieste Hotopp-Riecke, ICATAT – and Japan – Dr. Larissa Usmanova – presented together with Dr. Marat Gibatdinov outcomes of the first stage of the project. At the process of preparation the panel were involved also other colleagues from Crimea, Poland, Turkey and Germany like Dr. Stephan Theilig (director Brandenburg-Prussia Museum Germany), Dr. Temur Kurshutov and Prof. Leyla Coşan (Marmara Üniversitesi İstanbul). The both parts in Japan and Germany are the most succesfully and developed departments of yazma miras project at the moment because they started already in April 2014, but there will follow next steps to admitt project groups and/or collaborators in Italy , Turkey, Poland and Scandinavia. M.M. Gibatdinov explained with his presentation the targets, structure and efforts of the project, which is basicly financed by the state programm“Saving, analysing and developing of state languages and further languages in the Republic og Tatarstan“ : A systematical survey through archives worldwide should create a kind of national archive of historical sources concerning the history of Tatars and their relationships to other nations since the very beginn. Every epoche or century as well as each geographical direction hast o be take into account. The both farest opponent areas – Germany in the West and Japan in the East – were focused now at the roundtable in Makuhari. Dr. Gibatdinov gave the outlook that every year will be published one volume minimum.
Mid October will be conducted the next Tatar-Japanese-Turkic event dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Kobe Mosque – the first Mosque in Japan, and Tatarstan Culture Days in Japan. The Marjani Institute of History, Tatarstan Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Education and Science of the Tatarstan Republic in cooperation with the University of Shimane, Japan Cultural Association and Tokai University will organize International Conference “Cultural, Economic, Technological Contacts and Interaction between Japan and the Tatar World: Past and Present”.
International Conference will be held in Tokyo and Matsue (Shimane Prefecture), Japan on October 19 and 23, 2015.