CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010, Tajikistan


  • Graduated, PhD in Anthropology, Central Asian Studies, Humboldt University zu Berlin, Institute of African and Asian Studies, Germany. 2016. Doctoral Research: “Tradition and Change in Musical Culture of GBAO: Qasida-khoni in Focus”
  • MA in Muslim Cultures, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, London, UK
  • BA (with Honours) in Tajik/Persian Language and Literature, Khorog State University, Tajikistan

Chorshanbe worked as an English teacher in the Health Promotion Training Unit of the Aga Khan Health Service (AKHS) in Tajikistan for six years. He also worked as a Research Assistant in the Secondary Teaching Education Programme, Department of Curriculum Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, UK. Chorshanbe’s doctoral research examines qasaid-khani, a musical performance among the Badakhshani community in Tajikistan and the way music and musical performances at social, cultural and religious events express identity. His research interests include cultural studies and anthropological approaches to the study of Muslim cultures in contemporary society, with a particular focus on studying folk music, sung poetries, dance performances, material cultures and ritual performances. Presently, he is a Junior Research Fellow with UCA’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit in Tajikistan.

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