Starting 1 July 2022, I’ll be Chair of the newly named Department of Near Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures, an academic unit covering the Middle East, North Africa, India, Central Asia, and more. The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences just posted an announcement and newstory.
The Fulbright-Hays program for Faculty research is being reinstated by the U.S. Congress, after a many-year hiatus. They asked me to make this short promotional video of my experience in 2008 in Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan through Fulbright-Hays. For Ohio State faculty, inquire and apply here; for OSU students, you can navigate to the appropriate student fellowship; Joanna Kukielka-Blaser is OSU’s Fulbright-Hays Project Director, and is super-helpful. For others, general info on Fulbright-Hays is here, but you have to go through your campus Fulbright Program Director if you have one.
CESS, the Central Eurasian Studies Society, just elected me as its new President. It is a three-year term as one of its executives: I start in October as its President-Elect, become its President in October 2020 (when Ohio State University hosts the CESS annual conference), and its Past President in October 2021. I have seen CESS as a crucial institution in promoting a broad vision of Central Eurasian studies, where different disciplinary perspectives substantively engage each other to make fuller sense of the region’s issues, and where knowledge of this region also speaks to problems beyond it. I would like to further these goals by serving as its President.
Why does democracy not make sense? See my new post in the Huffington Post! I’m applying insights from complexity science on self-organization to answer those who say there is nothing between strict state control and total chaos.
I’ve just written a Huffington Post blog piece on the relationship between Islamic revival and social justice. I hope to be writing on this topic every so often.
How can Islamism be understood and evaluated more “on its own terms”? Do its claims make sense within their own frameworks, and do they deliver what they themselves promise? That is what I’m trying to weigh.
Below are some selected photos from our recent conference, which I found refreshing. This photo-gallery is dedicated to our future collaborations! My apologies that I may not have a good photo of every participant.