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Invited Lectures by Sophie Roche

In February 2017, Sophie Roche participated in a workshop at Duke University with a talk on "Muslim and Migrant in Moscow: Bazaar Workers from Tajikistan" and gave a lecture at the George Washington University on "The Moscow Cathedral Mosque in the Life of Migrants from Central Asia". More details on the lectures can be found here.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jens Schneider

Prof. Dr. Jens Schneider, professor for Arabic Studies at the Georg-August University of Göttingen, gave a lecture entitled "Muslims and Non-Muslims in the Early Conquest History of Muḥammad b. ʿAbd Allāh al-Azdī (d. ca. 190/806, futūh ash-Shām)". The talk took place on 17th January, 2017 in the framework of the seminar "Islamic(ate) Spheres", jointly organized by PD Dr. Sophie Roche and Prof. Dr. Daniel König at the KJC.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Samuli Schielke

Dr. Samuli Schielke, Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin, presented his recent research at the KJC in a talk on "Where is Alexandria? Myths of the city and the anti-city after cosmopolitanism." The lecture took place in the framework of the seminar "Becoming Visible in Islamic Cultures" (Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky) and was jointly organized by the seminar "Islamic(ate) Spheres" (PD Dr. Sophie Roche and Prof. Daniel König). The talk took place on Tuesday 10th of January, from 11-1 pm, room 112 at the KJC.

Visiting Researcher Parviz Mullojonov

In November and December 2016, the historian and political scientist Dr. Parviz Mullojonov was a visiting fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. He is one of the leading intellectuals of Tajikistan today with an international outreach and the Board Chairman of Soros Foundation in Tajikistan as well as Executive Director of the “Public Committee for Democratic Processes”. He obtained his Master of Arts degree from State University of Tajikistan and accomplished his PhD at the Philosophical Historical Faculty and Middle Eastern Seminar of the University of Base in 2014. Dr. Mullojonov presented his research on the recent history of Tajikistan within the colloquium “Islamic(ate) Spheres” which is part of the Master of Transcultural Studies of the University of Heidelberg.

His main publications include:

Mullojonov, Parviz. (In preparation) Civilization of Central Asian Interfluve. The Rise and Fall of Iranian Civilization of Central Asia. In Russian.

Mullojonov, Parviz. History of the Tajik Civil War (1992-1997). Ph.D. thesis.

Mullojonov, Parviz. (Forthcoming in Jan. 2017) In Search for “National Purpose”. In Theory and Practice. KIMEP.

Mullojonov, Parviz. (Oct. 2016) Central Asia and Islam World after Collapse of the USSR, Cabar-Asia IA.

Mullojonov, Parviz. (Sep. 2016) Tajikistan at the Edge of New Transformation Period. Sputnik IA Agency. In Russian. http://ru.sputnik-tj.com/country/20160910/1020634601.html.

Mullojonov, Parviz. (2015) The “Russian Idea” vs. the “American Dream”. “Soft Arm Wrestling” in the CIS. Central Asia and Caucasus Journal 16(3-4).

Mullojonov, Parviz. (2010) Role of External Factors in Keeping Balance in the Middle East Region. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Russian-Tajik Slavonic University, Materials of the International Conference “Cooperation between the EU and the Middle East States: Complex Interaction and Prospects”, Dushanbe.

Mullojonov, Parviz. (2008) International Intervention in Central Asia. The Triumph of Geopolitics? In: Jean-Marc Coicaud and Nicholas J. Wheeler (eds.) National Interest and International Solidarity. Particular and Universal Ethics in International Life. United Nation Publication Press.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Bert Fragner

Prof. Dr. Bert Fragner gave a lecture entitled "Persophonia – transcultural trends, multilingualism and changing identities in the history of Asia" in the framework of the seminar "Islamic(ate) Spheres" jointly organized by PD Dr. Sophie Roche and Prof. Dr. Daniel König at the KJC. The talk examined the coming into existence of the New Persian language (7th until 9th century) and its areas and domains of usage, in the Iranian Plateau and in Transoxiana (Central Asia) and beyond. It took place on June, 17th, 2016 at the KJC.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Shahnaz R. Nadjmabadi

Dr. Shahnaz R. Nadjmabadi, research fellow at Tübingen University, presented the results of her latest research project on transformation processes, development and migration in the Iranian Eastern Provinces and the Persian Gulf. The lecture was entitled "Transport, Trade and Traffic along the North-South Corridor, Eastern Iran" and took place on June, 3rd, 2016 at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka

In the framework of the seminar "Islamic(ate) Spheres" Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka, professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural anthropology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, talked about "Polish ethnological expedition to Afghanistan in 1976: Structural struggles and knowledge production". The lecture took place on May, 13th, 2016 at the KJC. The seminar "Islamic(ate) Spheres" is jointly organized by PD Dr. Sophie Roche and Prof. Dr. Daniel König.

Guest Lecture in Collaboration with the SAI, Heidelberg

Guest lecture by Prof. Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, organized in collaboration with the Department of Medical Anthropology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg. The lecture was entitled "Uncertainty, risk and trust. Perspectives on healthcare in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan" and took place on May, 10th, 2016 at the SAI.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Philip Kreager

Throughout November 2015, Dr. Philip Kreager, Director of the Fertility and Reproductive Studies Group at the Oxford Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, was a visiting fellow at the JRG "Demographic Turn". During his visit, among others, he gave an introduction into demographical anthropology with a lecture entitled "Demography with a Human Face. New Anthropological Approaches, with particular reference to Indonesia". It took place on November, 18th, 2015 at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Adrienne Lynn Edgar

From September 2015 to December 2015, Prof. Adrienne Lynn Edgar, associate professor at the Department of History at the University of California (Santa Barbara), was a visiting fellow at the JRG "Demographic Turn". During her visit, among others, she gave a lecture entitled "Nationality, Race, and Identity in the
Late Soviet Union: Oral Histories of Mixed Marriages in Kazakhstan and
Tajikistan" at the Forschungskolloquium für Osteuropäische Geschichte. It took place on Octobre, 22nd, 2015 at the Historisches Seminar, Osteuropäische Geschichte.

Panel "Whose election is it anyway? Demarcating electoral fields"

JRG "Demographic Turn" organized a panel at the Cluster's 7th Annual Conference devoted to the topic "Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out". The panel was entitled "Whose election is it anyway? Demarcating electoral fields" and took place on October, 8th, at the KJC.

For further information on the conference and the panel please visit the conference website http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/newsevents/events/annual-conference/archive/annual-conference-2015.html

 

Seminar "Sociabilities in Tajik Society"

Together with Muhiddin Faizulloev, Sophie Roche organized a seminar for PhD-researchers entitled "Sociabilities in Tajik Society". It took place in August 2015 at the State University of Khujand, Tajikistan. The language of communication was Tajik.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Stéphane Dudoignon

Throughout June 2015, Prof. Stéphane Dudoignon, senior research at EHESS, Paris, and historian of contemporary Central Asia and Middle East, was a visiting fellow at the JRG "Demographic Turn". During his visit, among others, he gave lecture entitled "Making the History of Soviet Islam" at the Forschungskolloquium für Osteuropäische Geschichte. It took place on June, 30th, 2015 at the Historisches Seminar, Osteuropäische Geschichte.

Lectures by Dr. Aksana Ismailbekova and Dr. Tuychi Rashidov

Dr. Aksana Ismailbekova and Dr. Tuychi Rashidov presented their ongoing research as part of their affiliation as visiting researchers with the JRG "Demographic Turn" during November and December 2014. Dr. Aksana Ismailbekova's presentation was entitled "Construction of Women Authority through Customs and Traditions" and the talk by Dr. Tuychi Rashidov was called "Ahmad Shah Massoud and the Tajik Civil War". Both lectures took place on December, 1st, 2014 starting 4 pm at the KJC, room 112. Aksana Ismailbekova is currently a research fellow at the ZMO, Berlin and Crossroads Asia network. Tuychi Rashidov is a lecturer at the Tajik State Institute of Languages.

Meeting with M. Faizulloev to Discuss Archaeology in Central Asia

Throughout November and December 2014, Dr. Muhiddin Faizulloev, ethnographer and historian at the State University of Khujand, was a visiting research of the JRG "Demographic Turn". Along the participation at the International Symposium "The Family in the History of Central Asia" and the research project "Soviet Ethnographer on Tajikistan" in collaboration with Heidelberg Research Architecture, Dr. Faizulloev discussed topics on Archeology in Central Asia with students and researchers interested in archeological research in Central Asia. The meeting took place on December, 2nd, 2014 at 4 pm at the KJC, room 212.

Summer School "Politics of Near Futures: Possibilities, Prophecies, Prognoses"

Sophie Roche co-organized the Summer School "Politics of Near Futures: Possibilities, Prophecies, Prognoses" which took place at the Cluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context, University of Heidelberg in July 2014.

For more information please refer to www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/studies/summerschool/archive/2014.html

Seminar "Ongoing Research Exchange"

at the State University of Khujand, Tajikistan

March 17, 2014 - March 21, 2014
Organiser
Research Group C16
For a report of the seminar, see

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