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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 2013-2014

Film Screening: The Silk Road of Pop
Thursday, May 29, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Blogging, the Arctic, and Central Asia
Friday, May 16, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Indigenous knowledge in post-Soviet Siberia and Central Asia

Indigenous knowledge, sometimes used interchangeably with the term "local knowledge," is defined by UNESCO as "the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings." This week we will be discussing the role of indigenous knowledge in sustaining communities and environments in post-Soviet Siberia and Central Asia.
Friday, April 25, 2014
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Being Ladakhi and Becoming Educated: Growing Up at the Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity

Presentation by Bonnie Richard
Friday, April 11, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Selected readings by Devin DeWeese

Led by Naveena Naqvi, Dept. of History
Friday, October 11, 2013
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Exploring the Weak State in Central Asia

Led by Ali Hamdan, Dept. of Geography
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Exploring the Weak State in Central Asia, Pt. 2

Led by Ali Hamdan, Dept. of Geography
Friday, October 25, 2013
10:45 AM - 2:15 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Migrant Voices in Contemporary Russian Theater

Presentation by Dr. Naomi Caffee
Friday, November 01, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: History of Subaltern Studies and its Application to Afghan History

Discussion with Marjan Wardaki, History
Friday, November 08, 2013
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Central Asia Workshop: A Tale of Two Master Plans and the Architecture of Neutrality

Presentation by Andrew Kovacs, Architecture
Friday, November 15, 2013
10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Ladakhi Schools and the Question of Cultural Re/Production

Bonnie Richard will be presenting "Ladakhi Schools and the Question of Cultural Re/Production"
Friday, December 06, 2013
10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Winter 2014 Planning Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Central Asia Workshop: Winter 2014 Planning Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Secularism & Islam in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

Discussion of Maria Louw's chapter: "Being Muslim the ironic way: Secularism, religion and irony in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan"
Thursday, January 23, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Geography of Central Asia's Energy Resources

This week in Central Asia Workshop, Mia Bennett (a doctoral student in geography) will be leading our discussion of the geographical and geopolitical implications of developing Central Asia's energy resources and infrastructure.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
11:30 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.

For more information, Please contact Bonnie Richard (brichard@ucla.edu)
or Elizabeth Leicester (eleicester@international.ucla.edu)

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