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Published on Thursday, February 26, 2015


By focusing on the societal challenges reflected in Central Asian literary production, this workshop would like to bring answers, as well as new kinds of questions regarding the way the various societies and peoples of this geographic area have depicted their history throughout time. With the view of studying the way literature can be used as a source of historiography, and more generally speaking with the aim of assessing the interconnectedness of society and literature, the speakers will devote specific attention to the issue of the relationships between culture and power. In this regard the period covered extends from the 15th century up to the 1990s, beginning with the end of the Medieval Times, when the "Timurid Renaissance" achieved the production of its finest hours of the on-going symbiosis of Turkic and Persian elements, and ending with the Perestroïka looked at from the point of view of Kyrgyz literature.



2:00 Introduction: Stéphane Dudoignon (CNRS/Cetobac)

2:10 Presentation of Cahiers d’Asie centrale: Olivier Ferrando (IFEAC)

2:20 Presentation of the 24th Issue of Cahiers d’Asie centrale (“Literature and Society in Central Asia”): Gulnara Aitpaeva (Aigine Cultural Research Center) & Marc Toutant (VU University Amsterdam)

  • 2:30 Marc Toutant (VU University Amsterdam): Nawā’ī’s response to Niẓāmī: the Timurid Sultan like the “Refuge of Sharia”
  • 3:00 Alexandre Papas (CNRS/Cetobac): Kharābātī (d. 1730), a Popular Poet of Eastern Turkestan
  • 3:30 Thierry Zarcone (CNRS/Gsrl): Husayn Shahriyâr (1906-1988): Poetry in Azeri Turkish from Tabriz to Baku

4:00 Break

  • 4:30 Ingeborg Baldauf (Humboldt Universität): Educating the poets, and fostering Uzbek poetry of the 1910s to early 1930s
  • 5:00 Gulnara Aitpaeva (Aigine Cultural Research Center): Kyrgyz Literature during Perestroika: Anticipating or Constructing the Future?

5:30 Discussion: Timour Muhidine (INALCO)

6:00 End of the Workshop


Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM)

Salle Lombard, 96 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 63 56 05

M° Saint-Placide ou Notre-Dame-des-champs


Thursday, March 12th, 2015 – 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm


Marc Toutant & Alexandre Papas

Télécharger l’affiche : Journée Litt & Soc.


  • Salle Lombard, IISMM - 96, bd Raspail
    Paris, France (75006)


  • Thursday, March 12, 2015

Attached files


  • literature, society, Central Asia


  • Alexandre Papas
    courriel : papas [dot] 5 [at] orange [dot] fr
  • Marc Toutan
    courriel : marcetnakissa [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Perin Yavuz
    courriel : pe [dot] yavuz [at] gmail [dot] com


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