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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 2014-2015

Central Asia Workshop: How Tatiana's Voice Rang Across the Steppe": The "Miraculous" Russian Text in the Formation of the Modern Kazakh Canon

Presentation by Naomi Caffee
Thursday, October 16, 2014
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Afghan-German Connections in the Early 20th Century

Presentation by Marjan Wardaki
Thursday, October 23, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Beyond Lesser Syria: Spaces of the Syrian Civil War

Presentation by Ali Nehme Hamdan
Thursday, November 06, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Tracing Central Asian Foodways in the Arctic and Beyond

Presentation by Mia Bennett
Thursday, November 13, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Beyond Jobs and Money: Schooling for Wellbeing in the Western Himalayas"

Presentation by Bonnie Richard
Thursday, November 20, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Memory and Forgetting in Contemporary Turkish Cinema: A Screening and Discussion of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 2008 Film Three Monkeys

Presentation by Kate Creasey
Thursday, December 04, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism

Presentation by Naomi Caffee
Thursday, January 15, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Bamiyan Archeology

Presentation by ShaoXuecheng
Thursday, January 22, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Ottoman Visions of Modernity

Presentation by Mike O'Sullivan
Thursday, January 29, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Chinese Creation of Investment-Friendly Spaces in Central Asia

Presentation by Mia Bennett
Thursday, February 05, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Islamic Traditional Paper Cutting in China

Presentation by Huaping Shen - Visiting Scholar from Beijing Institute of Technology
Thursday, February 12, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: TBD
Thursday, February 19, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Resisting Acculturation in the City

Presentation by Andrew Grant
Thursday, February 26, 2015
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Abu Rida al-Barbari: Race and Power in 1870s Egypt

Presentation by Cal Margulis
Thursday, March 05, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Job Talks and Networking
Thursday, March 12, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Guest Speaker Murod Ismailov
Friday, March 20, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Spring Planning Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: A discussion Stephane Dudoignon's Paper
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: The Birth and Times of Mackinder’s Heartland

A presentation by Andrew Grant
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: The Development of Blackface Performance in Iran during the Long Nineteenth Century

A Presentation by Cal Margulis
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Graduate Conference Planning Meeting
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: A discussion of "They Were All from the Country," with Stéphane Dudoignon
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

For more information, Please contact Marjan Wardaki (mwardaki@ucla.edu)
or Elizabeth Leicester (eleicester@international.ucla.edu)

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