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Central Asia Research Forum 2021

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Slavic Reference Service
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Nov 4, 2021   9:00 am  
Free and open to the public.
Slavic Reference Service
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Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Co-sponsored Events

The Slavic Reference Service (SRS) will be hosting the inaugural Central Asia Research Forum on November 4-5, with the theme “Publishing and Book Culture.” The final program has brought together students, librarians, and scholars from multiple disciplines to discuss completed and ongoing research about Central Asia. The final program and the links to register for Zoom are below. 


Day One: Publishing & Memory Institutions 

When: Nov 4, 2021 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) 



Day Two: Languages, Literacies & Cultures 

When: Nov 5, 2021 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) 




Central Asia Research Forum 2021: Publishing and Book Culture
***All Times are in Central Standard U.S. Time***


November 4: Publishing & Memory Institutions


9:00-9:05 am - SRS Team, Introductory Remarks
9:05-9:30 am – Dr. Botakaz Kassymbekova (University of Basel), Keynote Address
9:30- 9:50 am – Dr. Aijamal Sarybaeva, Dr. Daniyar Karabaev, and Dr. Jyldyz Bekbalaeva (American
University of Central Asia), “Oral History Collection: Accessing Memories of the Soviet Past”
9:50-10:10 am – Dr. Samuel Hodgkin (Yale University), “Tools for Navigating the Corpus of Soviet Poetic
10:10-10:30 am – Dr. Naomi Caffee (Reed College), “Tulips in Bloom: An Anthology of Modern Central
Asian Literature”
10:30-10:40 am - Break
10:40-11:00 am - Dr. Mucaram Toktogulova, Gulzat Ibraeva, Baitur Toktosunov, and Tolgonai
Kozhokanova (American University of Central Asia), “Living Between Two Homelands: The case of
Pamirian Kyrgyz in Alai”
11:00-11:20 am - Dr. Akram Habibulla (Indiana University), “Arabic Script Rare Books: Hidden Collections
in Central Asian Libraries”
11:20-11:40 am - Celia Emmelhainz and Dr. Rebekah Ramsay (University of California, Berkeley and
University of Central Asia, Naryn), “Building out a Cooperative Digital Humanities for Central Asia”
11:40-11:45 am – SRS Team, End of Day 1


November 5: Languages, Literacies & Cultures


9:00-9:05 am - SRS Team, Introductory Remarks
9:05- 9:25 am- April Manabat and Darya Zvonareva (Nazarbayev University), “Review of Juvenile
Bookshelves: The NU Library Experience”
9:25-9:45 am - Dr. Aziza Shanazarova (Columbia University), “The Teachings of Aghā-yi Buzurg: A Critical
Edition of the Maẓhar al-ʻAjā’ib”
9:45-10:05 am – Dr. James Plumtree (American University of Central Asia), “Pressing Concerns: Script
and Nation-Building and the ‘Semetey’ of Tınıbek Japıy uulu”
10:05-10:25 am - Timur Akishev (University of Mississippi), “At the intersection of Identities: Trilingual
Code-Switching by Kazakhstani TEFL students”
10:25-10:30 am - Break
10:30-10:50 am - Aizada Arystanbek (Rutgers University), “’Can You Beat Your Wife, Yes or No?’ A Study
of Hegemonic Femininity in Kazakhstan’s Online Discourses “
10:50-11:10 am - Kit Condill (University of Illinois), “Comparative Nationalisms and Bibliographic Black
Holes: The Case of the Turkmen of the North Caucasus”
11:10- 11:30 am - Dr. Muhammad Ali Dinakhel (University of Peshawar), “Teaching of Uzbek Literature
in Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities”
11:30-11:50 am - Break
11:50-12:10 pm - Prof. Kenneth J. Yin (City University of New York–LaGuardia), “Dungan Literature and
Folklore: Recent and Ongoing Scholarly Book Projects”
12:10-12:15 pm – SRS Team, Closing Remarks

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