The conference was organised by the Fund of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan — the Leader of Nation and the Institute of the History of the State, Committee of Science, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Professor Burkitbai Ayagan, Director of the Institute of the History of the State, was a moderator of the conference.
"At first, the current year has a particular significance for Kazakhstan — it marks the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate. The task of our historians is to study this historical heritage and pass it to future generations," Burkitbai Ayagan said in his opening remarks.
"Delegates from almost 200 countries were invited to participate in the conference "From the Kazakh Khanate to Independent Kazakhstan". The guests are prominent historians from European, American and Asian countries. Therefore, the Fund of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan contributes to the establishment international ties with foreign scholars. Nowadays accuracy and validity of facts are crucial, so we cooperate closely with the Institute of the History of the State," Sagyndyk Nurakhanov, Executive Director of the Fund, expressed his opinion.
Thereafter, members of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, statesmen and public figures, diplomats, representatives of the People’s Assembly of Kazakhstan, foreign scholars delivered their speeches.
The participants of the conference were Roman Pochekayev (High School of Economics, Russia), Mehmet Saray Istanbul University, Turkey), Bulat Zoriktuyev (Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia), Vladislav Gribovsky (Grushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Historiography, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Ukraine), Gian Luca Bonora (University of Bologna, Italy), Nasipkhan Suyunova (Institute of Philology of the Aliyev Karachai-Cherkessia National University, Russia), Roza Bukanova (Bashkir National University, Russia), Dilorom Alimova (Institute of the History, Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan). The conference was also attended by domestic scientists and historians, including Meruert Abuseitova (Suleimenov Institute of Oriental Studies, Kazakhstan), Amantai Isin (Semipalatinsk National University named after Shakarim, Kazakhstan), Nabizhan Mukhametkhanuly (Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan) and political experts, sociologists, culture experts, philosophers, lecturers of universities, archivists, librarians, teachers of schools and representatives of the mass media.
The conference was followed by the book exhibition "The Kazakh Khanate" and the exhibition of works of Rakhimzhan Kasymzhan "Nomads of Eurasia". The guests could see a special concert as well.
The collection of works of the conference participants will shortly be published on our website.