Goals are to institutionalize in the United States increased academic attention to the Volga-Kama region, one of the new federal zones under development in Russia; provide wider public exposure to its people, cultures, languages, and social and policy issues; develop institutional relations with the Kazan Federal (Volga Region University, the Institute of History in Honor of Sh. Mardjani at the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences, and the Russian Islamic University; create opportunities for the exchange of academic specialists and major public intellectuals, as well as advanced students; establish the exchange of scholarly resources between the Wells Library at IU and two key repositories in Kazan-the "Lobachevka" and the Tatarstan National Archive; and to inaugurate a variety of collaborative projects on historical themes relating to the history of the Tatars and Bashkirs and to that of Russia's regional presence.
Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Coordinator at KFU
Prof. Alla Salnikova, Head of the Department of Historiography and Methods of Historical Writing, Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies.