Events Calendar

Oct
7
Mon
2013
Studying Central Asia: Looking at the Merits of ‘Eavesdropping’
Oct 7 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Studying Central Asia: Looking at the Merits of 'Eavesdropping'

with Svetlana Jacquesson, Director, Central Asian Studies Institute

One of the most striking features of Central Asian Studies, as Western scholars have practiced it since the fall of the Soviet Union, is the absence of structured and meaningful debates. Publications proliferate on a given topics, but they rarely engage in a dialogue. The debate on “clan politics” waged among political scientists, anthropologists and historians between 2005 and 2010, is the exception that proves the rule. In this talk, Svetlana Jacquesson will use the “clan politics” debate in order to show that Central Asia, as marginal as it might appear in mainstream social sciences debates, is not that easy to crack and that we have to be patient eavesdroppers instead of agenda-driven scholars. She will then relate clan assemblies to the “clan politics” debate in order to highlight some paradoxes of knowledge production on Central Asia. 
Nov
19
Wed
2014
First Turkmen Culture Club @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Nov 19 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
First Turkmen Culture Club @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412 | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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.

We will be viewing two Turkmen documentary films from Soviet Times directed by Murad Alieyv:

The Story of One Run (1986)

Aura (1987)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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.