link listicle!!

Ta da…a listicle!!! Not as nice as a popsicle but who says you can’t enjoy them together?!

Herewith a list – somewhat random but I’m sure you can find a thread of logic somewhere – of readings, news clippings, videos, websites, and other miscellaneous stuff I’ve collected over the past several months. Much of this was bookmarked on ye olde commute and I’ve only just looked over it again. There are no recommendations, no endorsements here, it’s just a list in no particular order and only loosely categorised. Some of the pieces are behind paywalls or limited article/month sites (sorry!) but many are #openaccess (YAY!). Enjoy!! As always, get in touch with your own suggestions or comments!!


Guidelines for the Ground Truth Transcription, German Research Foundation

Digital Silk Road: Digital Archives of Cultural Heritage, Digital Silk Road Project, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan

China Art Research Network, University of Glasgow ‘brings together art historians, archaeologists, museum and art world professionals who specialise in China…’

The Mao Era in Objects, King’s College London

Archaeology of Central Asia, edited by Dr Dvurechenskaya Nigora Davlyatovna, researcher at the Institute of Archeology RAS: ‘an open creative project aimed at creating a platform for scientific communication and interaction mainly by archaeologists and historians of the post-Soviet space’

Medium: article Opening our eyes, we open Telegram: the success story of the messenger in Uzbekistan by Khikmatilla Ubaydullaev

University of Central Asia Cultural Heritage Book Series

Central Asia Program, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University, Washington DC

Voices on Central Asia ‘a new platform for scholars, authors, and journalists interested in Central Asia’

Luminos Open Access: Asian Studies Spotlight [link to an 2 April post but surf their website for more fun items…Open Access!!]

Hazine: ‘a guide to researching the middle east and beyond’

China Heritage: The Wairarapa Academy for New Sinology [specifically a post Poems from a Plague – A Tibetan Meditation by Tsering Woeser]

Sapiens: ‘digital magazine about the human world’

Vilnius University post titled Bronze Age farmers pioneered the ‘Silk Roads’ in highland Central Asia 4500 years ago


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and related Majlis podcast

Eurasianet: Review by Peter Leonard of: The Vanishing Generation, by Bagila Bukharbayeva

The Archaeology News Network is a non-profit, online open access, pro-community news website bringing together people in related fields with active interests intersecting archaeology.’

The Calvert Journal: article Kyrgyzstan launched its first ‘Feminnale’ for feminist art. Then the censors arrived by Erica X Eisen. [I happened to be at the opening night with Erica]

More on that exhibit from The Art Newspaper in this place and this place.

The Astana Times: article First virtual museum of Kazakh women’s history educated and empowers by Dilshat Zhussupova

The Diplomat: article The Rich Merchant and the Young Bukharans by Catherine Putz.

blogs and podcasts

The CESS Blog (Central Eurasian Studies Society)

The Wonder House podcast hosted by Dr Sushma Jansari @SushmaJansari, curator at the British Museum [very much looking forward to season 2!]

Stephen Jones: ‘a blog on Daoism–lives–language–performance. And jokes.’

Hannibal Taubes: based in Boston, Beijing, Xining…’interested in Inner Asian vernacular art and local history generally. This blog is about visual literary lists, city planning…’

Silk Road Digressions: blog by Susan Whitfield

Central Asia in Antiquity – ‘Online: News, conferences, publications, exhibitions, and resources’: blog by Dr Lauren Morris, post-doc at University of Freiburg.

Dr Peter L Falkingham, senior lecturer in Vertebrate Biology at Liverpool John Moores University ‘primary research focus is on animal motion, as well as how such motion is preserved in the fossil record … incorporates data from extant taxa and high performance computer simulation’


TEDSummit 2019 – Mariana Mazzucato ‘What is economic value, and who creates it?’

Red Palette Pictures: Black Russians, the Red Experience: ‘feature-length documentary to be released in 2020’

Florence Nightingale at 200. BL Live. The British Library ‘A bicentennial reflection on the life and legacy of one of Britain’s most iconic heroines, hosted on Zoom.’

ICCROM Heritage and Pandemics: analysing an unfolding crisis

BOOKS and JOURNAL ARTICLES (please don’t blame me for the prices on some of these – I hope you have library access)

Yin-nor Linda Tjia. 2019. “The Unintended Consequences of Politicization of the Belt and Road’s China-Europe Freight Train Initiative.” The China Journal 83: 58-78.

Franklin, K. 2020. “Moving Subjects, Situated Memory: Thinking and Seeing Medieval Travel on the Silk Road.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology.

Thum, Rian. 2018. “Moghul Relations with the Mughals – Economic, Political, and Cultural.” In Xinjiang in the Context of Central Eurasian Transformations, 3-25. Tokyo: Toyo Bunko.

Avrami, E., S. Macdonald, R. Mason, D. Myers, eds. 2019. Values in Heritage Management: Emerging Approaches and Research Directions. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute

Abdykanova, A. 2014. “Kyrgyzstan: Cultural Heritage Management.” In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith. New York: Springer Science+Business. and

Sabirova, Guzel. 2016. “‘Dead End’: A Spatial History of a Border Town in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan.” In Eurasian Borderlands.Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference, edited by T. Bringa and H. Toje, 59-86. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.  and and for the book:

Lewi, H., W. Smith, D. vom Lehn, S. Cooke eds. 2019. The Routlledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites. London: Routledge.

Akasoy, A., C. Burnett, and R. Yoeli-Tlalim, eds. 2016. Islam and Tibet – Interactions along the Musk Routes. London: Routledge.

Yang, Shao-yun. 2019. The Way of the Barbarians: Redrawing Ethnic Boundaries in Tang and Song China. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Younging, Gregory. 2018. Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples. Edmonton: Brush Education Inc.

American Copy Editors Society. 2013. Telling the Truth and Nothing But. Online publication by the National Summit to Fight Plagiarism & Fabrication.

Silva, Kapila, ed. 2020. The Routledge Handbook on Historic Urban Landscapes in the Asia-Pacific. London: Routledge. [see chapter 10 by CAAL’s own Ona Vileikis “Creating Information Management Systems for cultural World Heritage: Experiences from Central Asia”] !!!

Elverskog, Johan. 2020. The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. and a review by Daigengna Duoer for New Books Network:


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