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Virtual Talk • Reading Al-Farabi in Soviet Central Asia

The sudden interest in the legacy of Abu Nasr al-Farabi (ab. 870-950) in Soviet academic circles during the 1970 and 1980s resulted in numerous publications dedicated to his treatises in Central Asian Soviet Republics. Born in southern Kazakhstan and known … Read more

Central Asia WG • Contesting Identities in Kyrgyzstan

Please join the Central Asia Working Group for a presentation by Aida Aaly Alymbaeva, an associate PhD Candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, who will present on “Contesting Identities in Kyrgyzstan: The Kalmak Case.” The paper is about people … Read more

Central Asia Working Group • Interpreting Kazakhstan’s Recent Political Unrest


Join UNC’s Central Asia Working Group for a presentation from Azamat Jusibai, Professor of Sociology (Pitzer College), and Barbara Junisbai, Associate Professor of Organizational Studies (Pitzer College), on “Interpreting Kazakhstan’s Recent Political Unrest.”  Meeting ID: 953 3999 3535; Passcode: 035874

Central Asia Working Group• “God Save the USSR”


Join the Central Asia Working Group as Jeff Eden discusses his latest book, God Save the USSR (Oxford University Press, 2021), examines the explosion in Muslim and Christian devotional life that occurred in the Soviet Union during World War II. … Read more