II International Youth Essay Contest “KARLAG: MEMORY OF THE FUTURE”

INFORMATION JOINT STRUCTURE II International Youth Essay Contest “Karlag: Memory of the FUTURE”

Objective study and holistic preservation of the history of Karlag as one of the largest correctional labour camps in the USSR NKVD Gulag system;

assistance in building a developed civil society and a democratic state based on the rule of law that excludes a return to totalitarianism;

participation in the formation of public consciousness based on the values of democracy and law, overcoming totalitarian stereotypes and asserting the rights of the individual in political practice and public life;

systematization of information sources (archive documents, library materials, museum collections, family archives and memories);

education and development of active citizenship, social responsibility and creative initiative among young people and initiation of schoolchildren and students into historical and local history activities.

I Purpose and objectives of the contest

Objective study and holistic preservation of the history of Karlag as one of the largest correctional labour camps in the USSR NKVD Gulag system;

assistance in building a developed civil society and a democratic state based on the rule of law that excludes a return to totalitarianism;

participation in the formation of public consciousness based on the values of democracy and law, overcoming totalitarian stereotypes and asserting the rights of the individual in political practice and public life;

systematization of information sources (archive documents, library materials, museum collections, family archives and memories);

education and development of active citizenship, social responsibility and creative initiative among young people and initiation of schoolchildren and students into historical and local history activities.

II Contest participants

Schoolchildren, students, postgraduates, master’s students, young teachers and scientists, young entrepreneurs, working youth, representatives of youth movements, public organizations and associations, school and student government, youth advisory bodies and any citizen of the world interested in the history of Karlag at the age of 16 to 30 years can become participants of the competition.

III Thematic of the competition works

The competition accepts thematic research and creative works: essays, stories, essays-interviews, works-research on family history, based on documents of personal archives, testimonies, poems, etc.

IV Tender Commission

The Commission is formed as a group of public figures, representatives of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, leading scientists and practitioners and approved by the order of the Rector of the Academy “Bolashaq” before the beginning of its work. 

The moderator and author of the idea of the competition – Corresponding Member of NAS RK, Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor, Head of Historical-Enlightenment, Research and Charity Project “Karlag: Memory for the Future” – Dulatbekov Nurlan Orynbasarovich.

V Summing up the competition

The tender committee examines the submitted works and selects the best of them according to the following criteria:

– self-sufficiency;

– presentation style;

– originality;

– literacy;

– analytical skills;

– degree of argumentativeness (persuasion);

– erudition of the author.

Participation in the contest is free. The best works are awarded with special diplomas of three degrees. For three winners of the competition (1,2,3 place) a trip to the Museum of memory of the victims of political repressions in Dolinka village of Karaganda region, Republic of Kazakhstan is organized.

The organizers of the competition assume the business trip, transport expenses (type of transport by agreement), three-day accommodation in the guest rooms of the House of students of the Academy “Bolashaq” (Karaganda). Local history excursions are organized for the winners. Dates of visiting Karaganda city are determined by agreement. Travel and transportation expenses do not apply to the accompanying person in case if the winner is a minor. Accommodation for the accompanying person is provided free of charge.

The works of the contestants, which are not included in the list of winners, are considered by the commission and the best of them are given a nomination. The works of the winners and participants of the contest, who received nominations, are published in a special collection of essays, are copied for distribution to the libraries and placed on the Academy’s website. The participants of the competition can get the collection of the competition in *.pdf format.

The results of the competition will be announced in the Academy “Bolashaq” on May 31, 2020 on the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repression and Hunger. The results of the Contest are communicated to the public and the media. 

VI Requirements for essay design

The work is carried out in electronic format A4 by printing font “Times new Roman” in Kazakh, Russian, English and German 14 pins with line spacing of 1.0. The volume of work is not more than 4 pages. Sheet margins: top, bottom, left, right by 2.0 cm. At the top of the sheet, in the middle, the title of the essay is indicated, the next line below is the name of the participant and his supervisor (if there is a supervisor). The next line indicates the name of the educational institution where the contestant studies, the line below indicates the name of the city and country.

The essay is sent to the email addresses indicated in the email. The file should be named after the competitor and the word contest (e.g. Ivanov_konkurs.docx or Akhmetov_competition.docx). A separate file shall be submitted for participation in the Contest (Annex 1).

VII Timeframe and procedure for submission of the Competition works

Contest papers and applications may be submitted by participants to a specified e-mail address:

projectKaraganda@yandex.ru

From April 10 to May 10, 2020, marked “Karlag: Memory for the Future”.

Contest Coordinators:

Aupenova Aliya Ukuzhanovna – Director of “Rukhaniyat”. Academy “Bolashaq”, MD +77052680572 (WhatsApp).

Tatyana Petrovna Smolkina – Vice-Rector for Science and IC at the Academy “Bolashaq”, Ph.D., Professor +77017547526 (WhatsApp)

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MORE INFORMATION ON “KARLAG: MEMORY FOR THE FUTURE” PROJECT

The “Karlag: Memory for the Future” project of Bolashaq Academy was launched in 2006 and is still ongoing. Historical, educational, research and charitable project “Karlag: Memory for the Future” is carried out by the Academy teaching staff together with student youth and international experts for the objective study of the history of the native land and the fate of the repressed.

Within the framework of the project, work is being carried out in the following directions:

– Research activities on the study of correctional labour and special camps in Karaganda province;

– The publication of collections of articles and reports from international and national conferences;

– The publication of demonstration and photo albums;

– research on the history of camps on the territory of Kazakhstan;

– replenishment of the lists of repressed and prisoners of war on the basis of nationality and religion (clergy);

– preservation of the scientific and cultural heritage of the repressed;

– revealing the tragic fates of the Kazakh intelligentsia;

– collecting memories of camp inmates;

– study of Karlag’s press;

– publication of works on the theme of Karlag. Within the framework of the project 40 scientific and creative works were published in Kazakh, Russian, English (including in electronic format). Some editions of the project have been translated into other languages of the world, including Romanian, Ukrainian, Japanese and Turkish. Films are shot and support is provided to the relatives and friends of the repressed to preserve the historical memory of their family – the search for documentary materials and witness testimonies. Detailed information about the project “Karlag: Memory for the Future” can be found at:

http://kubolashak.kz/category/nauka/nauchnye-centry/istoriko-prosvetitelskij-centr-karlag/

Annex 1

PARTICIPANT APPLICATION

II International Youth Essay Competition

“KARLAG: MEMORY FOR THE FUTURE.”

Name of the work: 
Full name of the participant 
Educational institution (Place of work) 
Grade  (Course, position)   
Аddress: (index, country, region, city, street, No. of the house) 
Research supervisor: full name, position 
Mobile phone and code, with WhatsApp 
E-mail:   
I have read and agreed with the terms of the contest
DateSignature
  
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