10 April 2009, Friday, 12:10

All-Russian conference “The phenomenon of Eurasianism in material and spiritual culture, ethnology and anthropology of Bashkir nation” to be held in Sibay

author: Marina Shumilova

The all-Russian scientific-practical conference “The phenomenon of Eurasianism in material and spiritual culture, ethnology and anthropology of Bashkir nation” will be held in the town of Sibay on May 28-29. It is organized by the Institute of history, language and literature RB, Ministry of culture and national politics RB, Academy of sciences RB, Sibay administration and Sibay Institute of Bashkir State University.

It is expected the participants of the forum will analyze the main stages in formation of Bashkir nation, the issues of ethnogeny and ethnic history, racial ethnogeny and historical anthropology, ethnic-cultural interaction and mutual influence of ancient population on South Ural. The conference, which the authors of the seven-volume “History of Bashkir nation” take part in, will approve new approaches to interpretation of Bashkir nation history.

Claims for participation in the conference are already incoming not just from Bashkortostan but from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan, Samara and other Russian cities.

For the reference: as it is known South Ural is considered the contact zone on interaction between different nations and cultures from the most ancient times. The river of Ural, being the watershed between Europe and Asia, combined these two vast mainlands into one conglomeration of cultures and nations, which modern Bashkirs considered one of the successors. Bashkir scientists extract the ancient layers, connected with Finno-Ugric, Indo-Iranian, ancient Turk, Mongolian and other components in material and spiritual culture of Bashkir nation. These components reflect the concrete stages of Bashkir ethnogeny and ethnic history, related to Sarmatian and Hun, ancient Turk and other tribes and to the epoch of the Golden Horde. The voluntary joining the staff of Russian state by Bashkirs in 1557 was an important event in ethnic culture of Bashkirs. All these stages in the history of South Ural, having influenced upon formation of the richest culture of Bashkir nation, allow talking about the phenomenon of Eurasianism in material and spiritual culture, ethnic history, anthropology and ethnogeny of Bashkirs.