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Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit 

The Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU) advances the University's mission to help different peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future through research, documentation, teaching, and public outreach activities. It generates new dialogues on Central Asian heritage and identity, and addresses contemporary cultural production and cultural institutions' issues. CHHU works with a network of regional scholars and cultural practitioners to achieve its goals. Its staff also teach classes in the Liberal Arts programme of the School of Arts and Sciences.

The Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU) was launched in 2013 to generate new dialogues on Central Asian heritage and identity. Its Cultural Heritage Book Series features seminal works on music, traditions, archeology and regional histories, giving voice to regional scholarship. CHHU also engages with communities of interest  to address issues facing contemporary cultural production and cultural institutions while preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Central Asia.

Projects

The Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit is established to preserve the diverse cultural heritages, enhance the understanding of socio-cultural and historical processes in Central Asia, serve as a knowledge hub, enhance UCA's academic programmes, enrich cultural engagement and activities, promote cultural diversity, pluralism and understanding. Some of CHHU's current projects include:

CHHU Research Fellows Visit Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Pakistan

UCA’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU) research fellows visited local communities living in the highlands of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Pakistan in June-July 2021 as part of the Resilience Silk Route Network project.

Research fellows evaluated problems faced by local communities based on the historic Silk Road, and modern-day international highway. The team studied impact of newly built routes on cultural heritage preservation, and socio-economic relationships among the communities.

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Cholpon Alamanova, an artist-designer, conducts a master class on patchwork art for local women in the Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Project team from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan meet local representatives and bearers of traditional art forms in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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A Kyrgyz local woman cooks bread in a traditional method (Chon-Alai, Kyrgyzstan).

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Locals from Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan share their knowledge about the cultural heritage with research fellows.

All CHHU Publications

Research Reports and Books

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