AKHP Public Lecture, Bishkek: The Kyrgyz Self-Exploration Experience: Searching for Lost Tradition in Modern Contexts

Date: 24 September 2019
Other languages: Русский язык |
September 24th 2019, 3:00 pm
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) is pleased to announce its public lecture series in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, organised in partnership with the I. Arabaev Kyrgyz State University. This series is designed specifically as professional development for Arabaev Kyrgyz State University faculty and is open to university scholars, researchers and students. It promotes inter-disciplinary discourse between intellectuals, academics and students in the disciplines of humanities and the sciences.
Kubatbek Jusubaliev
People’s Writer of the Kyrgyz Republic

Since time immemorial, small and large nations and cultures have explored their spirituality in a quest to find their place in the world. One’s spiritual path is not always clear, and without deep thought, the process can remain perfunctory.
In ancient times, Kyrgyz people were keen to explore and discover their spiritual path, however, gradually, notions of this self-exploration have been replaced with formal traditions, imposed external laws and ideologies. Individuals have thus lost a sense of a real, vibrant and authentic spirituality. This lecture will invite participants to reflect on this change, and how there is a contradiction between the development of formal traditions and traditions related with the real life of people.

Kubatbek Jusubaliev was born on October 30th 1940 in the village of Kerdegei in the Alay region. In 1963, he graduated from the Journalism Division of the Philology Department at Kyrgyz State University. In 1965-1967, he attended Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors in Moscow. This course made it into the history of literature and arts by its brilliant graduates – Jusubaliev studied with Andrei Bitov, Rezo Gabriadze, Myrza Gaparov, Ignat German, Rustam Ibragimbekov, Vladimir Makanin, Grant Matevosyan, and Timur Pulatov.

Jusubaliev’s first short novel, “The Sun Has Not Completed Its Self-Portrait”, in Kyrgyz language was published in 1963 in the “Ala-Too” magazine. Kubatbek Jusubaliev became widely known and famous after the publication of his “Cold Walls” novel, where he vividly investigated underlying feelings of human personality. His other books include “Tolubai Synchy”, “Barn Book”, “My Love Is Flying to You Like a Bird”, “Kojojash”, “Seven Words and Confucius”, etc. He writes his prose in Kyrgyz and his poetry in Russian language. In 1975, he became a member of the Union of Filmmakers of the USSR, and in 1981 – a member of the Union of Writers of the USSR.   

After Kyrgyzstan obtained its independence in 1991, Kubatbek Jusubaliev largely contributed to the emersion of a completely new type of journalism. He was the Lead Columnist with “Jashtyk Jarchysy” newspaper. This was followed by work with “Asaba” and “Agym” newspapers, which were the breeding grounds of journalists for contemporary Kyrgyzstan.  

Jusubaliev also made significant contributions to the treasure-house of Kyrgyz movies. He wrote screenplays for over 20 documentaries and short-length films. His documentaries about traditional and contemporary culture of the Kyrgyz people, include “Hello Jailoo!”, “Dyushen’s Bridges”, “Tiger Killed Two Cows on Jailoo”, “Shepherd and Fog”, “Yaks Are Born on Snow” and others. They were highly regarded by movie critics and audience, and received highest awards at prestigious international film festivals. For his contribution to the development of Kyrgyz literature and culture Kubatbek Jusubaliev was recognized as “Eminent Culture Figure of the KR” and “People’s Writer of the KR”.

Aibek Baiimbekov and Uluk Urakunov 
The lecture will be conducted in Kyrgyz and Russian languages.
English translation will be provided upon prior request. 

I. Arabaev Kyrgyz State University 
51А, Razzakov Street  
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 
Large Conference Hall 

Please confirm your participation with your name and affiliation by sending an e-mail to: khadichamamatbek@gmail.com. Please indicate if you require translation.

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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