Events Calendar

Central Asian Cinema Series: Islomkhodja (2018)
Oct 1 @ 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Central Asian Cinema Series: Islomkhodja (2018) @ Wilson Center Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The Kennan Institute, in partnership with George Washington University’s Central Asia Program, is pleased to present the US premiere of Islomkhodja (Islomxo’ja 2018) as the inaugural film of its Central Asian Cinema Series. The film will be followed by a discussion with the director, Jakhongir Akhmedov.

The film travels back to Uzbekistan at the turn of the twentieth century, as a young researcher investigates the mysterious death of Islomkhodja. Grand Vizier to two of the last Khivan Khans, Islomkhodja advocated for educational, economic, and cultural reforms that threatened the ruling elite. With lush historical detail and sweeping cinematography, this epic drama based on true events was filmed on location in Ichan Kala and will transport you to the fabled land of Khiva.

Prior to the screening, please join us at 5:00pm for a reception featuring an Uzbek musical performance.

The Central Asian Cinema Series considers the role of history and memory in creating a multifaceted image of the region in the global arena. For more information, visit

Women and Islam: Societal Trends in Eurasia
Oct 5 @ 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Women and Islam: Societal Trends in Eurasia @ Room 505
9:30 am  Coffee and Pastries
10:00-11:00 a.m. Panel I Keynote Lecture: Marianne Kamp (Indiana University-Bloomington)
What We Built, or How I was Mistreated: Women’s Stories of Collectivization in Uzbekistan, and Larger Narratives about Gendered Lives in Soviet Period Central Asia
11:00-12:30 p.m. Panel II: Islam and Women’s Identity
Svetlana Peshkova (University of New Hampshire)
Social Change in Uzbekistan: Religion, Economy, and Desires
Alma Sultangaliyeva (Institute of Asian Studies, Almaty)
Islamic Revival and Women in a Secular Society: the Case for Kazakhstan
Mohira Syarkulova (AUCA, Kyrgyzstan by Skype)
MuslimTema: Discussions with Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-3:15 p.m. Panel III: Islam and the Status of Women in Eurasia
Michelle Commercio (University of Vermont)
Islam’s Role in Facilitating Polygynous Marriages among the Kyrgyz
Olga I. Brusina (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Moscow)
Litigations on Marriage and Divorce in Turkestan in the Second Half of the XIX-Early XX Century
Liliya Karimova (The George Washington University)
Keeping it Real: Changing Gender Dynamics in Present-Day Tatarstan
Gulmiza Seitalieva (International University of Kyrgyzstan)
Islamic Education in Kyrgyzstan and its Impact on Understanding Women’s Rights
3:15-3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
3:30-5:00 p.m. Panel IV: Women, Islamic Activism, and Radicalization
Asel Murzakulova (University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, by Skype)
Social Justice and the Problems of Radicalization: the Voice of Women in Public Debates
Marintha Robinson-Weinstein (The George Washington University)
Women’s Islamic Activism in the Context of Tajikistan
Noah Tucker (Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty, and CAP Associate)
Women and Violent Extremism in Central Asia: Volunteers or Victims?
This workshop is part of the Central Eurasia-Islam in International Affairs (CERIA) Initiative, generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation