Faculty, students and researchers from around the world will gather to participate in the 11th annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference at The University of Montana Wednesday through Friday, April 17-19.
The conference, sponsored by the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center at UM, Students for Peace and Justice and the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, will feature several panels and presentations on the language, culture, history and politics of China, the Middle East, and Central and Southwest Asia, as well as two student panels highlighting the research and achievements of UM students who study Central and Southwest Asian Studies, in addition to UM exchange students from Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
The conference will be held in the University Center Theater. All events are free and open to the public.
The schedule is:
- Wednesday, 6:45-7:10 p.m.: “Cultural Diplomacy and the Arts: Montana in the Year of the Snake,” performance by the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre.
- Wednesday, 7:10-9 p.m.: “China, The Middle East and Central Asia: Chinese Foreign Policy in a Critical Part of the World,” keynote panel, moderator: Zhen Cao; UM Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; discussants: Liu Zhongmin, Shanghai International Studies University; Wu Bingbing, Peking University; Xuming Qian, Shanghai International Studies University; and Sisu Pan, UM Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center.
- Thursday, 11 a.m.-noon: “Discovering Central Asia: A Passage Through the Heart of Eurasia,” moderator: Ulrich Kamp, UM Department of Geography; discussant: Rick Graetz, UM Department of Geography.
- Thursday, 12:30-2 p.m.: “Why Do I Study Central and Southwest Asia?” Student Panel, moderator: Ardi Kia, UM Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center and Department of Anthropology; discussants: UM students Alexandra Calloway-Nation, Nathan Domitrovich, Chris Hansen, Larry Himes and Juliana Lutz.
- Thursday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.: “Arabic at the Last Best Place,” moderator: Brian Lofink, UM Office of International Programs; discussants: Samir Bitar, UM Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center and Department of Anthropology; Brendan Work, Missoula County Public Schools; UM Arabic students Chase Anderson, Matthew Patten and Mary Anderson; and Sentinel High School Arabic student Erin Johnson.
- Thursday, 6:45-7:10 p.m.: “Cultural Diplomacy and the Arts: To Russia with Love,” performance by the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre.
- Thursday, 7:10-9 p.m.: “Tatars, Islam and Other Muslim Communities in the Russian Federation,” keynote panel, moderator: Ona Renner-Fahey, UM Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; discussants: Vladimir Kholodnov, Kazan Federal University; and Robert H. Greene, UM Department of History.
- Friday, 10 a.m.-noon: “Afghan and Tajik Student Panel: Insider Perspectives on Afghanistan and Tajikistan,” moderator: Ardi Kia; discussants: UM students Suraya Nazhat, Shakib Rajaieean, Daler Rakhimov and Farzona Shukarova.
- Friday, 1:30-2:45 p.m.: “U.S. and Chinese Policy Vis-a-Vis Iran and Israel,” moderator: Mehrdad Kia, UM Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center and Department of History; discussant: Wu Bingbing, Shanghai International Studies University.
- Friday, 3-4:30 p.m.: “Prehistory and its Influences on Early Ancient Central Asia,” moderator: Nathan Domitrovich; discussant: Ardi Kia.
- Friday, 7-9 p.m.: “Arab Uprisings: Causes and Implications,” keynote panel, moderator: Mehrdad Kia; discussant: Noureddine Jebnoun, Georgetown University.
For more information on the conference, call Domitrovich, coordinator of the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center, at 406-243-2247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.