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Monday, March 20, 2017

Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

Ronelle Alexander, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Berkeley Language Center

This talk focuses on the methodology behind the making and the distinctive features of the interactive database “Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition” that presents excerpts of natural dialect speech recording in 68 different villages throughout Bulgaria. The excerpts were chosen to illustrate both the major features of each dialect, and to convey cultural content of interest. Each excerpt...   More >

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Queuing into the Afterlife: The Politics of Branding Buryat Buddhism

Lecture | March 21 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Tatiana Chudakova, Department of Anthropology, Tufts University

Franck Billé, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

This paper discusses the inadvertent effects of transforming the marked into the marketable on the mundane strategies of “making a living,” both economically and cosmologically, in Buddhist Siberia. Building on anthropological discussions on marketing ethnicity, it tracks attempts to develop a regional brand in Buryatia, a self-governing republic within the Russian Federation that derives its...   More >

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mediterranean Models and Modalities in Forging a Strong Centralized Monarchy in 13th-Century Armenian Cilicia

Lecture | March 22 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

Peter Cowe, Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

Situated on a major thoroughfare between East and West and on the intersection of sea and land routes running North and South, the Levant has always been a locus of encounter and exchange. Adopting the insights of Braudel (1966) and more recently Horden and Purcell (2000), this paper views the medieval Armenian experiment with statedom in Cilicia (11th-14th cc.) through Mediterranean optics....   More >

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mongolian Throat-singing Concert

Performing Arts - Music | March 24 | 7 p.m. |  International House

International House

KHUSUGTUN is an internationally revered performing group that performs traditional music from Mongolia, the home of Chinggis Khan. They are especially renowned for their a capella arrangements using “khöömei” or “throat-singing.”
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