Events Calendar

Nov
8
Thu
2012
Nomadic Life Styles and Narratives in Kazakhstan: Then and Now @ Lindner Commons
Nov 8 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Nomadic Life Styles and Narratives in Kazakhstan: Then and Now @ Lindner Commons

A workshop held in conjunction with the exhibition Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan” currently at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Institution until December 2, 2012.

Nomadism has been a key aspect of culture in the Eurasian space, especially on the Kazakh steppes, throughout the centuries. The Russian colonization and the Soviet Union drastically transformed the Kazakh society in the 19th and 20th century. Since independence in 1991, the legacy of nomadism has been rehabilitated by the political authorities in their nation building schemes.

The society has also participated in reconstructing symbols of the nomadic past: they have become objects of memory and research, but also objects of artistic inspiration, and commercial branding. This workshop invites a team of experts to discuss the contemporary use of the concept of nomadism from various angles.

Feb
24
Tue
2015
Deciphering Eurasianism in Hungary: Narratives, Networks, and Lifestyles @ Voesar Conference Room
Feb 24 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Deciphering Eurasianism in Hungary: Narratives, Networks, and Lifestyles @ Voesar Conference Room
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with Umut Korkut, Glasgow Caledonia University

Since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, the Hungarian right engaged in a collective soul searching on what formulates Hungarian identity. Dr. Korkut’s paper elaborates on the discourses of the Hungarian conservative and radical right-wing political and intellectual coalitions that Hungarians in terms of their language, culture, and identity fit better with Eurasia imagined as a geographic and a geopolitical entity.

Dr. Umut Korkut is a Reader in Politics at Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. He was been admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with magna cum laude at the Central European University in Budapest in 2004. He was awarded the “Doçent” title by the Turkish High Education Authority in 2009. His current research focus is broadly social policy, liberalization, religion and gender rights, migration, democratization and Europeanization in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey. He will be a visiting fellow at Slavic and Russian Studies Centre at University of Hokkaido from June to September 2015.

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Mar
12
Thu
2015
Cinema Club Film Screening: Aksuat @ Voesar Conference Room
Mar 12 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cinema Club Film Screening: Aksuat @ Voesar Conference Room
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Aksuat is the name of a village in Kazakhstan, where Kanat takes his pregnant wife Zhanna to visit his brother, Aman. Just after the baby is born, Kanat is thrown into jail after a fight with a policeman, so Aman has to take care of Zhanna and gets the gossip and disapprovals of the village. Aman loses his status, but learns a thing or two about life.
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Mar
24
Tue
2015
Second Turkmen Culture Club @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Mar 24 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Second Turkmen Culture Club @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412

Turkmenistan’s rich culture is less well-known than those great empires who contributed to it, but Turkmenistan has produced its own fascinating – though under-appreciated – art, music, literature, and cinema.

The Turkmen Culture Club welcomes you to explore and experience the creole of deep, desert-isolated nomadic heritage, the ‘Lost Enlightenment’ of Islamic Central Asia, and the influences of European and Asian civilizations and philosophies, reflected through the creative vision of Turkmen authors and artists.

The second Turkmen culture club will explore the tradition and ceremony of the Turkmen wedding. Including gelin clothes, a presentation on how the dowry has changed over time, videos of the “gulyanka” (ride-around), music, ‘pishme’ and more.

You are welcome to join us for an informal discussion over light refreshments, in a relaxed atmosphere. We expect a casual, warm, and lively time – just like you would find in any mhymanchilik (‘guesting’) at a Turkmen home in the Karakum desert.