Central Asia Workshop


The Central Asia Workshop is an interdisciplinary discussion group sponsored by the UCLA Program on Central Asia. The goal of the workshop is to encourage graduate student research on Central Asia by creating a space where students and interested faculty can discuss research, theory and ideas with others who have experience or interest in the region. The workshop is a forum for exploring recent research and classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives that inform work in Central Asia. Past discussion topics have included Tatar language and identity; environmental activism in Central Asia; mental health, religion and healing in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; imagining modernity; gendered national identity; and the Uighurs of Xinjiang.


Central Asia Workshop 2016–2017

Infrastructure Nationalism in Russia: Hard Borders and Soft InteriorsWednesday, April 26, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

UCLA Central Asia Workshop Annual Graduate Student ConferenceThursday, April 20, 2017
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Spring Quarter Planning Meeting and the Future of Central Asia Studies

We will discuss two readings related to the future of Central Asia Studies and also plan the workshop's spring quarter schedule.Tuesday, April 11, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Modernization Narratives in Kazakhstan

A workshop led by Julia McLeanWednesday, March 15, 2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Teaching Central Asia

A workshop focused on syllabus and course content developmentWednesday, February 22, 2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Development in the Altai Region

This week, our discussion will explore cross-border development in the Altai region between Russia and China. In preparation, please read the paper, "The Altai Road: Visions of Development across the Russian–Chinese Border," by Pal Nyiri and Joana Breidenbach (2008).Wednesday, February 01, 2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Pre-Screening Discussion with Director Bradley Rappa

A one-hour discussion with Bradley Rappa, an Assistant Professor in the Cinema, Photography and Media Arts program at Ithaca CollegeThursday, January 26, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop

We will meet on Wednesday, January 18 to discuss workshop plans for the quarter and publicizing our annual conference on April 20. Wednesday, January 18 12:00-1:45 pm Bunche 10383 Please RSVP as lunch will be served.Wednesday, January 18, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Spring Conference Planning Meeting

Our final meeting of the quarter.Wednesday, November 30, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Playing Race: Representations of Blackness in the Comedies of Yaʿqūb Ṣannūʿa

A workshop led by Cal Margulis.Wednesday, November 16, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Workshop and Films on Silk Road

A discussion of Mes Aynak and the Dunhuang Caves followed by an evening film screening at Melnitz.Wednesday, November 09, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

“The moment you entered, I left myself”: the body as the mark of mundane and mystical desire in Sa‘di's ghazals"

A workshop led by Renata StauderWednesday, November 02, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Theories and Methodologies for Researching Climate Change in Post-Soviet SpacesWednesday, October 26, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch with Guest Lecturer Sara Koplik

CAW participants are invited to attend lunch with guest speaker Dr. Sara Koplik prior to her lecture later that day.Wednesday, October 19, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Language Politics in Buryatia

A discussion led by Julia McLean, AnthropologyWednesday, October 12, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop 2016/2017 Planning Meeting

Planning meetingWednesday, September 28, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Meetings will be held weekly. Students who attend all workshops can receive course credit by enrolling in History M287/Anthropology M287/NELC M287.

For more information, Please contact

Mia Bennett (mbennett7@ucla.edu) or
Aaron Miller (armiller@international.ucla.edu)

Click here to view an archive of Central Asia Workshop topics.