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From the Director
SRC Summer Symposium in 2000
International Workshop on Agricultural
Transformation in the Post-Communist Countries

Foreign Visiting Fellowship Program
Our Current Staff
Research Funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
Guest Lectures from Abroad
Visitors from Abroad
The Library
Essays by Foreign Fellows
Ekaterina Nikova
Michael C. Hickey
Paul Wexler
Boris Lanin
Stanislav Lakoba

Foreign Visiting Fellowship Program

The SRC has invited three renowned scholars, Arbakhan Magomedov (Department of History and Culture, Ul'ianovsk State Technical University, Russia); Reneo Lukic (Department of History, Laval University, Quebec, Canada); and Boris Lanin (Institute for Information in Education, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow) as foreign visiting fellows for 2000-2001. These three scholars will stay in Sapporo until the end of March 2001.
      Dr. Arbakhan Magomedov, originally from Dagestan, is a well-known specialist on Russia's regional politics. He contributed a chapter in the recently published book, Regional Economic Change in Russia (Philip Hanson and Michael Bradshaw, eds., Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2000). In Sapporo, he is conducting research on the political incentives and behavior of Russian local power elites along the oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea to Novorossiisk.
     Dr. Reneo Lukic specializes in Russian and East European history and international relations. Originally from Croatia, he now resides in Canada. His research project at the SRC examines "ethno-federal post-communist states" in Europe based on case studies of the Russian Federation and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. For the SRC’s winter symposium, he is preparing a paper "The Decay of the Federalism in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, from 1998 to the Present."
     Dr. Boris Lanin, originally from Baku, specializes in Russian йmigrй literature and 20th century Russian literature. In Sapporo, he is studying irony and satire in 20th century Russian literature. At the SRC’s summer symposium, he presented the paper "Transformation of History in Modern Russian Literature."
     In addition, the SRC accepted three COE (Center of Excellence) visiting fellows, Michael Hickey (Department of History, Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania); Stanislav Lakoba (Abkhaz State University, Sukhum, Abkhazia); and Irina Busygina (Moscow State University For International Relations).
     Dr. Michael Hickey, a Russian historian, is known for his studies on the 1917 Revolution in Smolensk Province. His second research project at the SRC was on Jews in Smolensk, 1880-1945. He stayed at SRC from mid-June through October. 

Dr. Stanislav Lakoba i
     Dr. Stanislav Lakoba is the SRC's first guest researcher from Abkhazia. He specializes in political history of the Caucasus. Dr. Lakoba served as Vice Speaker of the Abkhazian Parliament from 1991 through 1996. He stayed in Sapporo from mid-June through November. 
     Dr. Irina Busygina specializes in the political geography of Russia. She has recently published numerous articles on federalism and regionalism in Russia. She will stay in Sapporo for three months from mid-December. Dr. Busygina will present a paper, "President Putin's Administrative Reform and the Suture of Federalism in Russia," at the SRC’s winter symposium. 

     Three scholars have been selected as foreign visiting fellows for 2001-2002: Nikolai Bolkhovitinov (Institute of General History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); Xing Guancheng (Institute of East European, Russian & Central Asian Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing); and Petr Pavlinek (Department of Geography & Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha). These three scholars will stay in Sapporo from June 2001 through March 2002.
     Dr. Nikolai Bolkhovitinov is a leading scholar on the history of Russian America. He serves as Director of the Center for North American Studies within the Institute of General History. From 1997 to 1999, he published the three-volume History of Russian America, 1732-1867 (in Russian), regarded as the most comprehensive compilation of the studies made so far on this topic. At the SRC he will conduct a research on Russian colonization of Siberia and Alaska.
     Dr. Xing Guancheng is Deputy Director of the Institute of East European, Russian & Central Asian Studies, with which the SRC has maintained cooperative academic relations for more than fifteen years. Dr. Xing is a specialist in the field of domestic politics and foreign policy of the Soviet Union and CIS. In 1998 he published the five-volume Decision-making Proceses at the Top Leadership in the USSR Over the Past Seventy Years (in Chinese), which achieved considerable reputation both among academic circles and within the political leadership of China. At the SRC he will study Sino-Russian relations in Central Asia.
     Dr. Petr Pavlinek is a geographer, specializing in economic, political and environmental geography of Central and Eastern Europe. He is originally from Czechoslovakia. Dr. Pavlinek has written two books, – and –, as well as articles on the topic. His research project at the SRC will focus on car industry restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe.

     The SRC invites applications for the Foreign Visiting Fellowship Program from Slavic studies specialists in the fields of literature, history, international relations, economics, political science, sociology, geography, and ethnology, tenable for nine to ten months in the longer program and three to five months in the shorter program (COE Program) between June 2002 and March 2003. Knowledge of Japanese is not required; all academic staff speak English and Russian, and seminars with foreign participants are conducted in those languages. Previous awardees indicate that the program particularly suits scholars wishing to complete research prepared to an extent.
     Hokkaido University has over 142,000 items on Russian and East European affairs in languages other than Japanese, and receives 590 relevant periodicals and journals. It also has 4,400 Ph.D. theses from American, Canadian and British universities, the personal collections of Leon Bernstein, George Vernadsky, Boris Souvarine, Fritz Epstein, Alexander Lensen, Henryk Gierszynski, G.Y. Shevelov, J.R. Gibson and other large scale collections.

By S. Tabata.

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