Join like-minded graduate students for History of Central and Inner Asia workshops

November 10, 2014

Graduate workshops on the new directions in the History of Central and Inner Asia are organized by graduate students for graduate students. It is a place to learn more about the research of colleagues, as well as meeting graduate students with shared interests outside of your department.

The diverse group includes PhD students from Anthropology, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, History, History of Art and Architecture, History of Science, and Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, as well as visiting scholars in residence. The group will discuss pre-circulated papers in a collegial and constructive way. The workshop has served as a testing ground for ideas prior to publication and presentation and a friendly space to discuss dissertations in progress, leading to interdisciplinary and inter-area projects in comparative and transnational history.

Besides holding discussions on graduate student papers, the group also hosts occasional source workshops where to read and interpret a set of primary texts together along with a visiting professor. In the past, this has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with peers and realize the collective strength of various language skills. This year, three visiting professors will join the group for the fall and spring terms: Professors Onuma Takehiro from Tohoku Gakuin, Sarah Cameron from University of Maryland at Baltimore, and Professor Sussan Babaie from the Courtauld Institute.  

To join the group, please send an email to and with your name, department, year, and a brief description of your research area. You will be added to the email list to receive pre-circulated papers as well as information on upcoming presentations.

Tuesdays, twice a month, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Room S450, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

2014-2015 Schedule of Graduate Workshops on the New Directions in the History of Central and Inner Asia

November 10
Nick Walmsley, CES at Indiana University, “The Aesthetics of Late Timurid Advice Literature: The Poems of 'Ali Shir Nava’i as a Guide to Living”

December 8
Kathryn Dooley, History, “‘Purity, Humility, and Good Taste’: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Consumer Choice in Soviet Central Asia, 1955-1985”

January 27, 2015 (tentative)
Greg Afinogenov, History, “Frontier Intelligence and the Russo-Qing Cold War, 1755-1768”

February 10, 2015 (tentative)
Carolin Firozeh Roeder, History, “Cultural Diplomacy on the Roof of the World: Encounters in the Pamirs, 1974”

February 25, 2015
Sarah Cameron, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Sources Workshop on the Kazakh Famine

March 10, 2015 (tentative)
Joshua Freeman, IAAS, “From Communist Poet to National Poet: Remaking the Uyghur Literary Canon in China’s Reform Era"

March 24, 2015 (tentative)
Sussan Babaie, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Workshop on Central Asian Art and Architecture

April 13, 2015 (tentative)
Cholmon (Chao Lumeng), History at Inner Mongolia University, “The Barga Rebellion in International Context, 1925-1929”