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Seminars on Art and Literature of Central Asia to be Held Online

A small group of men playing traditional instruments in Central Asia, 1964
Thomas Taylor Hammond / Wikimedia Commons

The aim of the seminar Art and Literature in Central Asia (1950–2021) is to study the relationship between art, literature, and cultural policy in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. The main focus will be on the perception of the relationship between Soviet citizenship and nationality in the Central Asian republics from 1950 to 1991, as well as rethinking these relations after the countries gained independence. Registration is open for all three seminars.

The schedule of the meetings is below (each will start at 1 PM Moscow time):

–On April 19th, art critic and curator Alexei Ulko will talk about the postcolonial struggle around the book Song of Kashmir by Sharaf Rashidov and a typological sketch of the main poets in Central Asia: Rashidov, Nyazov, and Karimov;

–On May 17th, Lucille Lisack, an anthropologist from the Université Paris Nanterre, will give a lecture on the topic “musical creativity in Soviet and post-Soviet Uzbekistan” and present her monograph about contemporary music in Uzbekistan;

–On June 21st, Saida Elemanova, an ethnomusicologist from the Kurmangazy Kazakhstan National Conservatory, will hold a seminar “Decolonial Discourse in Ethnomusicology in Kazakhstan: Sources and Basic Principles”.

A series of seminars will be held by the French Institute for Central Asian Studies (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). It will focus on observing complex relationships between cultural beliefs and political practice, popular forms of political activity, and political imagination. The idea is to understand the internal dynamics of Central Asian societies at different scales by tracing their network structure, evolution and interconnections, including transnational connections.

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