Cultures and Societies Initiative

The goal of this Initiative is to relink existing knowledge on Central Asian societies with the study of its cultures. ‘Culture’ is often considered as non-relevant for the study of international affairs. When studied, ‘culture’ – in its singular form – is often defined only by classic literature, or by traditional folklore. The Central Asia Program hopes to contribute to the study of ‘cultures’ – in its plural form – of Central Asia as living dynamics, functioning in interaction with politics and the economy, and reflecting current social changes in the region. The ‘Cultures and Societies’ initiative organizes events and sponsors interactions between scholars and the Central Asian cultural actors themselves.

Cinema Club

The Rhythm, October 20, 2016

Kazakh Film Festival with director Zhanna Issabayeva
My Dear Children, November 16, 2016
Nagima, November 17, 2016

Kosh ba Kosh, December 8, 2015

Stepdaughter, January 19, 2017

Angel on the Right, February 23, 2017

Little Angel Makes Me Happy, March 23, 2017

Gift to Stalin, April 20, 2017

Two Horses of Genghis Khan, May 4, 2017

Multimedia Projects

Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story

Old Patterns, New Order


The Flame from Afghanistan. Oral History from the Soviet-Afghan War

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Turkmen Culture Club

Karakum Leadership Forum, August 20-21, 2015.

Second Turkmen Culture Club, March 24, 2015.

First Turkmen Culture Club, November 19, 2014.

Luca Anceschi, Myles Smith, and Sebastien Peyrouse, Turkmenistan: Evolution and Permanence, April 23, 2014.

Kate Watters, Environment, Human Rights, and Oil Development in Turkmenistan, February 11, 2014.

Myles Smith, The Family Business: Turkmenistan’s Economy Starts to Look Like its Neighbors, October 16, 2013.