Invitation to an International Conference
to Be Human for Global Times:
Tradition and Change in Contemporary World
of Central Asia, Dushanbe, Tajikstan
As the recently independent state Central Asia has been
undergoing profound changes in all aspects, and facing not
only economic and social challenges, but especially
transformations of its cultural traditions.
With new foundations emerging for identities people in
Central Asia are looking back to their past for inspirations
and resources in order to draw upon the richness of their
cultural traditions and to develop a new system of values.
Responding to a widely felt need scholars, thinkers and
intellectuals are invited to come together to foster a deep
understanding of ethical issues and moral choices in Central
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture established the Aga Khan
Humanities Project for Central Asia (AKHP) in 1997. 10 years
later AKHP became part of the University of Central Asia
(UCA) in 2007. UCA was founded as an international
educational organization in 2000 by the Republic of
Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of
Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan.
AKHP promotes communication, dialogue and cooperation among
pluralistic peoples, cultures and civilization through
exchanging ideas and insights and sharing common values. It
initiates and supports curriculum in humanities for
interdisciplinary undergraduate studies, pedagogical and
professional developments of faculty members among
universities in Central Asia and community outreach
projects. AKHP builds the community network across the
region and helps people in Central Asia explore and carry on
their traditional values and connect with the outside world.
Students and faculty members are encouraged to develop
skills of critical thinking so as to understand the
diversity within each culture, and the similarity among
Central Asia is a region with
interaction and integration of many ethnic and cultural
communities, such as Buddhist, Chinese, Greek, Indian,
Iranian, Islamic, Jewish, Mongol, Russian, Turkic and
Zoroastrian. In addition the impact of the more recent
Soviet experience on shaping values and identities should
not be underestimated as well. Appreciation
and understanding of the breadth and depth of rich cultural
heritages of Central Asia enable its people to adjust to
rapid changes and seize opportunities in these global times.
Please send 300 words and a brief CV to Professsor Pulat
by April 20, 2017. Full papers sent by June 30, 2017 will be
considered to be published by the RVP in its publication
series "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change".
There is no registration fee, Travel expense will be covered
by participants (or their institutions); the local organizer
will provide accommodations during the conference.
Professor Pulat Shozimov