october musings

a brief list of a couple of events in november, websites, readings to inspire and inform

Happy Autumn (or Spring as the case may be)!! This month’s listicle is a bit shorter than usual which can be a good thing given how busy everyone is. Despite the pandemic it seems the world is on the move! As always, please get in touch with any suggestions or comments. Big thanks to LIU Yunxiao for the photo of sunrise at Mo’er Temple, Kashgar, Xinjiang, July 2019.

events in november

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 13 November event: Visualizing Geographies of Late Qing and Republican China: A CHMap Workshop.

Lecture by Dr Paul Burtenshaw on Community Resilience and the Economics of Heritage on 26 November as part of the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre series.

Obviously there are many many many more events coming up but the best way to find out and engage is to follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more up-to-date event announcements.


Another great from Stephen Jones’ blog: Soundscapes of Uyghur Islam book review of Rachel Harris’ Soundscapes of Uyghur Islam with links to the accompanying website.

This came to my attention via Twitter so just passing it along: East Turkestan: The Films of John Tornquist available on YouTube. ‘A series of films made between 1931 and 1934 by Swedish missionary John Tornquist’. There is something mesmeric about watching people going about their ordinary lives in the local bazaar, especially when they are filmed watching themselves being filmed.  

websites to watch

Last month I mentioned the launch of a fab new resource for information/news/networking, the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs based in Washington DC ‘dedicated to fostering academic exchange between Central Asia and the rest of the world’ and to that end, start with the article Indian Shikarupuri Trader Communities in Central Asia by Anita Sengupta and then see everything else on their website, including a researcher directory.

Another new launch = Khamseen Islamic Art History Online ‘is a free and open-access online platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of Islamic art, architecture, and visual culture.’ Based at University of Michigan and promises to be an invaluable resource going forward. Short-form videos with copious references for further reading are now available.

Museum Detox !!!!

Aliph Foundation International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas e-learning resources from the web with contributions from various universities. Fascinating!!

news and videos

Timely article by Gulzat Baialieva on How Kyrgyz social media backed an imprisoned politician’s meteoric rise to power from openDemocracy.

Furthering the cause of Open Access, CAAL project grantor Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, has made a grant to Open Access Button – good news for all!!

If you fancy a highly informative video lecture by the esteemed Professor Craig Clunas on ‘The Modernity of Chinese Art’ you can still relish his 6 October presentation at the University of Manchester.


Hansen, Valerie. 2020. The Year 1000. When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Levi, Scott. 2020. The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th Century Central Asia. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

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