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posted by JFNC Message Boards. on June, 2008 as CONFERENCES

From: Eagle_wng  (Original Message)  Sent: 9/24/2008 3:51 AM
MEP Cem Ozdemir •
Federation of Europen Circassians •


Past, Present and Future of the Circassians

9:00 - 10:30     TBC: Optional presentation about the European Parliament and discussion with Cem Özdemir (pending approval of the Visitors Service)

PANEL DISCUSSION in the European Parliament

Monday, 06 October 2008, Petra Kelly Room (ASP 1 G 2)

10:00                Set-up of exhibition panels in the meeting room

10:30               Registration

11:00               Welcoming Remarks

Cem ÖZDEMIR, Member of the European Parliament, The Greens/EFA
Admiral DASDEMIR, President of the Federation of European Circassians

Moderator: Zeynel A. BESLENEY, Ph.D., The School of Slavonic Studies, University College London, UK

11:20               Part I: "Who are the Circassians?"

John COLARUSSO, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anthropology and Department of Linguistics and Languages, McMaster University, Canada

11:30               Part II: "Preservation and Promotion of the Circassian Language"


Leonard ORBAN, EU Commissioner for Multilingualism - tbc
The Treasure that is the Circassian Language

12:20               Part III: "History of the Circassians - and a Look to the Future"


Geopolitical features of Circassia throughout history and an interpretation of recent developments in the region
Lars Funch HANSEN, Researcher in Geography and Communication, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Social, cultural and political formations in Circassian Diaspora in the past and today, relations with the Caucasus
Sefer E. BERZEG, Lawyer, Author and Activist, Turkey

The Russian final subjugation of Northwestern Caucasus: Colonial Atrocities and European Responsibilities
Irma KREITEN, Ph.D in History, Southampton University, UK

13:30               Closing remarks

13:45               Sandwich Buffet

14:00                Removal of exhibition panels from the room

14:30               Exhibition of The German Society for Nature Conservation (NABU) on nature conservation in the Caucasus
Remarks: Leif MILLER, Executive Director of NABU – Cem ÖZDEMIR, MEP

15:00               Meeting with Hans-Gert PÖTTERING, President of the European Parliament - tbc

15:30               Briefing with MEPs representing each of the major political groups on the outcome of the conference

16:30               Briefing with the delegate from Abkhazia on the recent developments in the region.


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