Category Archives: History

Framing Central Asian Art…

At a time when Central Asia seems to have ominously emerged from obscurity into the western political consciousness as a “Middle East in Training,” it is worth considering how broader western audiences acquire information about Central Asia beyond the constructions of policy analysts and Borat. One enduring and traditional source is that of museums, whose explicit institutional intention is to put art and culture on display to create a specific narrative for consumption.  Continue reading Framing Central Asian Art…

"Developed Socialism" in the Periphery: Artemy Kalinovsky’s new research on Tajikistan during the Cold War period

Artemy M. Kalinovsky, Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan, was kind enough to chat with me regarding his new research about Soviet Tajikistan and experiences working in the archives.  Continue reading "Developed Socialism" in the Periphery: Artemy Kalinovsky’s new research on Tajikistan during the Cold War period

Bactriana: A sort of Eurasian history beat

Welcome to Bactriana.  In the coming months your humble blogger will endeavor to cover developments in Eurasian history:  What new publications are on the horizon?  What is the latest intel on archives and research libraries in the region?  Which historiographical debates are catching fire?  How are classroom instruction and syllabi in the field evolving? Continue reading Bactriana: A sort of Eurasian history beat