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“Between Turkestan and Tibet" project by Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences on Rhodes (Greece) Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences on Rhodes (Greece)

 On October 9, 2009, the MAE RAS photo project “Between Turkestan and Tibet” was presented 'within the frames of the VII Annual Session of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” (Rhodes, Greece). The project presents in part the preliminary results of the historico-ethnological expedition “Muslims of Chinese Turkestan: Uyghurs of Xinjiang and Salars of Qinghai” by Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography  realized in 2008 according to the Agreement on scientific cooperation between the MAE RAS and the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Academy of Social Sciences of the People's Republic of China. The exhibition which was held within the guidelines of “Ijma‘=Concord” project  presents the works by photo artist Tatiana Fedorova, the expedition participant.

 This year the work of our traditional panel “Civilization space of inter-cultural dialogue” was mostly devoted to the topics connected with the scholarship and arts development in the period of aggravation of military and political rivalry (the Great Game, the Cold War, colonial partition of Africa, the Middle Eastern confrontation and conflicts of the beginning of the 21st century). The immediate reason for such a discussion is connected with the results of Saint-Petersburg Kunstkamera Museum expeditions to Chinese Turkestan and Ethiopia, the State Hermitage exhibition “The Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. Russian Expeditions on the Silk Road”, publication of the books by British scholars and writers Antony Wynn and Robert Irwin. Scholars from Russia, England, Italy, China, Lebanon, Holland, Germany, Egypt and several other countries took part in the discussion. It was noted in particular that the competition between Russia and Great Britain in Eastern Turkestan resulted in extremely valuable scientific research, which would be a fantastic topic for a yet to be written book. The necessity of scholarly cooperation with our Chinese colleagues was stressed as in recent decades scholars from the People's Republic of China have intensively studied the culture and history of the peoples of Eastern Turkestan and have done a lot for the preservation of their cultural heritage.

Picture spread on the project presentation and discussions.