AKHP Public Lecture, Almaty: Expedition of Chokan Valikhanov to Kashgaria

Date: 29 March 2019
Other languages: Русский язык |
March 29th 2019, 3:00 pm
Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan

University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) has established a dialog platform to host a series of public lectures in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan. The platform is organised in partnership with the D.A. Kunaev Eurasian Law Academy. The series seeks to facilitate professional development of faculty and promotes cross-disciplinary dialog. It is open for scholars, researchers, teachers, public activists, academic and creative community, as well as for students, pursuing doctoral, masters and undergraduate degrees in universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Smailjan Abdykadyrovich Iminov
Public activist, famous writer, journalist, traveler, area studies specialist, educator, member of Kazakh National Geographic Society

The lecture will discuss Chokan Valikhanov, a Kazakh scientist and outstanding historical figure, and his famous expedition to Kashgaria from 1864 to 1865. The lecturer will share little-known facts about Valikhanov’s difficult travel, his discoveries and achievements, as well as some interesting facts that are associated with how Chokan Valikhanov passed away. The lecturer will present conclusions based on his own field research, and studies of academic literature.

Smailjan Abdykadyrovich Iminov was born on June 12th 1959 in Jambyl region of the Almaty province to the family of a local Imam. In 1978, he was admitted to the Philological Faculty of Kazakh State University. When he turned 50 years of age (in 2009), he began to write short stories, travel essays, sketches, fairy tales, op-eds and popular-scientific articles. He actively publishes his works in Kazakh, Uighur and Russian language media in Kazakhstan and Russia. He regularly writes for “Mysl” and “Mir Puteshestvii” magazines, and “Uighur Avazi” and “Ogni Alatau” newspapers. In 2014, he was Research Coordinator of an expedition, conducted by the Kazakh National Geographic Society to Kashgaria (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic Of China). The expedition was titled “Along the Caravan Route of Chokan Valikhanov” and resulted in the publication of a book. He has also traveled and conducted ethnographic research in Tuva, Aral, his home area of Jetysu (Almaty province) and in the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

He authored more than 300 books and publications, including “My Kashgaria” (2014), “Spring-Wells of My Childhood” (2014), “Along the Caravan Route of Great Chokan” (2015), “Travel Through Altyshar” (2016), “In Tuva, Where Ancestors’ Ancient Lineage…” (2016), “Aral: Searching for Lost Sea” (2017) “First Kargalinskaya…” (2017), “Stories of An Old Man from Kashgar” (2018), and “In the Heart of Asia”, which were translated into Kazakh, Uighur and English languages.

Gulmira Kaisarovna Bilyalova, PhD
Professor of the Eurasian Law Academy

The lecture will be delivered in Russian.

107 Kurmangazy Street (intersected by Baitursynov Street),
5th Floor, Lecture Hall #507 
Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan

Please confirm your participation with your name and affiliation by sending an e-mail to: vuzkunaeva@vuzkunaeva.kz. Registration on the day of the lecture from 2:30-3:00pm in room #507. 

Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.  
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