Dharma kings and queens of Tibet
Newly translated letters of a renowned Buddhist lama shed light on the unusual reign of a female monarch in 18th-century eastern Tibet.
Changing notions of identity and place in Central Asia
A May 2013 graduate research panel organized by the Asia Institute's Program on Central Asia explored the changing dynamics of identity and place in the region. The interdisciplinary session saw presentations by a linguist, an anthropologist and a geographer, respectively.
Profile of Nile Green
This engaging portrait of UCLA History Professor Nile Green, who is the director of the Program on Central Asia, was published in the Winter 2013 edition of "The UCLA College Report," a publication of the College of Letters and Science.
Seeing Afghan history through Afghan eyes
Upcoming conference recognizes the 80th anniversary of the death of Fayz Muhammad Katib, the first major Hazara writer and historian, and the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.
Writing Travel at Asia's Crossroads
Departing from texts in Chinese, Persian, Urdu and other languages, scholars at an international conference, "The Roads to Oxiana," look at Central Asia in the ages of camel caravans and horsemen and of motor cars and airplanes. Audio podcasts of the conference presentations are now available.
10 Questions: Miriam Robbins Dexter on the Power of Female Display
Miriam Robbins Dexter, a lecturer in the Department of Women's Studies and expert on ancient heroines and goddesses, and a co-author have completed a cross-cultural study of stories and artifacts in which women lift their skirts and expose their genitals, a performance that drives away enemies and returns joy and fertility to the land.
Talk With the Taliban?
Two European-based anthropologists say that Afghans may be more inclined than some others to speak with enemies and to entertain views opposed to their own.
New Focus on Central Asia's Puzzles
Over the coming three years, the UCLA Asia Institute will continue to promote study of Central Asia, with the help of outside faculty and new funding from the International Institute. Last month on campus, international scholars engaged in a day-long discussion on the region's history, arts, and cultures.
Unsettled Deep in Asia
With a film screening and a panel discussion, the UCLA Asia Institute and partners launch a Central Asia Initiative. The goal is to understand societies and cultures long on the fringes of study. Anticipating a UCLA conference in October 2008, historians on the panel ask what changed on the steppes of Central Asia as states acquired the means to move and deport whole peoples, and as nomads increasingly stayed put.