A talk by Robert Nichols, Richard Stockton College, NJ. Part of the conference: Great Games? Afghan History through Afghan Eyes
An introduction by Nile Green, UCLA. Part of the conference: Great Games? 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.
Wagatsuma Fellowship Recipient Hugh Schuckman starts fieldwork on Peace Corps and Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers
Podcast of a talk with Karen Leonard, UC Irvine
A Program on Central Asia panel presentation featuring lectures by Jan Bemmann and Ursula Brosseder of Bonn University
John Schoeberlein, Harvard University
In this talk, Pan Guang will give an overview of 18 years of China-Central Asia relations (1992-2010) and discuss the role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization over ten years. He will conclude with some perspectives on what China can do in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan-Pakistan (AF/PAK).
Central Asia Initiative International Conference (Panel I)
Central Asia Initiative International Conference (Panel II)
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.
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.
Podcast from Panel One of the Conference held February 19, 2010
Podcast of "Crossing the Roof of the World" Conference, Panel 2
A Central Asia Initiative lecture by Melanie Malzahn, University of Vienna and Visiting Professor, UCLA Program in Indo-European Studies
A Central Asia Initiative Lecture by Olivier Roy
Podcast of a public lecture by Nushin Arbabzadah, UCLA held on Thursday, January 22, 2009.
A panel discussion
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.
Podcast of November 17, 2008 Central Asia Initiative Panel Presentation
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.
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.
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