CHHU Online Public Lecture, April 23rd: Pamiri People and their Languages: Shimmering Identity

Date: 23 April 2020
Other languages: Русский язык |
April 23rd 2020, 4:30-7:00 pm (GMT+5)
Online Public Lecture

Tohir Kalandarov
Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences

High-mountain valleys of the Republic of Tajikistan are inhabited by Pamiri people. They have been able to preserve the ancient languages and authentic culture of Eastern Iran. Today, the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) of the Republic of Tajikistan has more than 150,000 Pamiri people. This online lecture will cover the current status of the Pamiri people, as reflected in soviet and post-soviet censuses, and the lecturer will also discusses their aspirations for the future.

Tohir Safarbekovich Kalandarov is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His major research interests include the material and intellectual culture of the Pamiri people, particularly the Ismaili religious doctrine, pre-Islamic beliefs, rituals and cultures, religious syncretism, as well as the ethnic and confessional identity of the Pamiri people. His research also focuses on migration from Tajikistan to the Russian Federation, and adaptation and integration issues of Tajiks in migration. Tohir Kalandarov has authored two books – “Shugnan People” (historical and ethnographical research, 2006) and “Travel to the Country of Ruby Mountains” (co-authored by V. P. Terekhov, 2006), as well as dozens of research papers. 

UCA's Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit has also published a research report by Tohir Kalandarov on "Pamiri Languages: Between the Past and the Future (the case of Shugnan language)", which is available for free download from UCA's website in Russian.

This lecture will be conducted online via Zoom conferencing on April 23rd at 4:30pm (GMT+5, Tajikistan time). Click here to join the meeting, or use the Zoom Meeting ID (965 8041 2298) and password (010743) if you do not already have Zoom installed on your computer.

The lecture will be delivered in Russian.

Past online lectures are available on the University of Central Asia's YouTube channel at

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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