CHHU Public Lecture: Adaptation of Cultural Symbols and Meanings Through Creative Projects

Date: 08 April 2021
Other languages: Русский язык |
University of Central Asia's Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (UCA CHHU) is holding a Public Lecture on Thursday, April 8th, 2021, 4:00 PM (Bishkek time, GMT+6) on "Adaptation of Cultural Symbols and Meanings Through Creative Projects", It will be delivered by Aibek Baiymbetov, Junior Research Fellow, CHHU, UCA. The event will be in Russian streamed via Zoom.
Aibek Baiymbetov
Junior Research Fellow, Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, University of Central Asia.

Traditional culture is a stable expression of people’s worldview - it is reflected conceptually through material and non-material culture. Often, we see this in an already finished form: for example, through yurts, traditional clothes, music, songs, legends, epics, etc. For us, these are the heritage of our ancestors, which has been cultivated for at least 2,500 years. How do we now understand traditional culture, and to what extent do we reproduce it enough for it to be applied and practical in our contemporary life? In answer to this question, we would like to talk about creative youth initiatives aimed at rethinking and preserving cultural values. The lack of knowledge about cultural processes in the field of traditional art and culture in Kyrgyzstan, as well as in other countries of Central Asia, makes it difficult to understand the great potential and creative power of social, cultural, and spiritual relationships if they are to interact effectively. The lecture addresses the issues of preserving cultural heritage and argues that traditional culture incorporates universal cultural values and can serve as a basis for peaceful coexistence of different peoples and cultures in times of crisis. How do today's youth build their creative relationships on the basis of the rich heritage of indigenous culture; how do creative youth understand and relay traditional values? These and other questions will be discussed during the lecture.

About the Author
Aibek Baiymbetov is a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Central Asia’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit. He completed his MA in International Relations from Kyrgyz National University, where he received his BA in History. He also studied at the University of Tsukuba in Japan as an exchange researcher. He completed education in Guangzhou, China in the study of Chinese language and eastern cultures. Aibek Baiymbetov has been working in the field of cultural heritage more than 10 years, with a focus on preserving intangible cultural heritage, popularizing the best traditional knowledge and practices, as well as creating a network of creative youth in the field of music, theatre, film, and journalism. Aibek Baiymbetov is a co-founder of the «Kyrgyz Kairyk» music project for the preservation and popularization of traditional music and is also a co-founder of a school of Kyrgyz journalism and a youth experimental theatre. 

Altyn Kapalova, Research Fellow of CHHU, University of Central Asia.

The lecture will be given in Russian.

The lecture will start at 16:00 PM Bishkek time (GMT+6) on 8 April 2021 in the form of a ZOOM meeting via the following link:

Meeting ID: 936 1341 3033
Passcode: 641780

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*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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