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Articles by Christopher Schwartz

Schwartz is NewEurasia's Editor in Chief. In 2004, he co-founded our predecessor site, Thinking East (http://www.thinking-east.net), with Ben Paarmann and Oliver Dams. He was also the editor of the book, "CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations from Central Asia", and has published academically on Central Asia's mediascape. Check out his personal blog @ http://schwartztronica.wordpress.com.

Operation “Workshop in Almaty”
Monday, 11 Nov, 2013 – 17:19 | One Comment
Operation “Workshop in Almaty”

NewEurasia succesfully gave a three-day workshop at Ablai Khan University in Almaty. Chris Schwartz, one of the tutors, shared his feelings about a process

Who knew that Bill Murray was Turkmen?
Thursday, 29 Aug, 2013 – 11:06 | No Comment
Who knew that Bill Murray was Turkmen?

I’m surprised no one noticed this! In the 2009 horror/comedy film Zombieland, there’s a brief cameo by Bill Murray. The scene takes place in his luxurious Los Angeles mansion, which includes among other things a …

A mysterious Kyrgyz kalpak in Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships
Tuesday, 16 Jul, 2013 – 12:59 | No Comment
A mysterious Kyrgyz kalpak in Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships

I’m freshly returned from an impromptu vacation to Croatia. It’s an intriguing country, a borsch soup of Germanic, Slavic, Christian, and Communistic ingredients. The geographical and aesthetic diversity is quite surprising, ranging from the Mediterannean-like …

Here’s to Registan.net
Wednesday, 12 Jun, 2013 – 2:10 | No Comment
Here’s to Registan.net

A big announcement over at NewEurasia’s long-standing brother-site, The Registan. Essentially, the team from the last few years has broken up. Some are moving onto new careers; others are plowing forward with their present ones; …

When will Metro 2033 come to Almaty or Tashkent, or for that matter, New York?
Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 – 18:57 | 2 Comments
When will Metro 2033 come to Almaty or Tashkent, or for that matter, New York?

Around this time three years ago, I posted about the video game “Metro 2033″, based on the novel by Russian journalist Dmitry Glukhovsky. The sequel (“Last Light”) has just been released, thus prompting this post. …

The Eurasia Connection: the Tsarnaev brothers as pawns of “secret services”
Saturday, 20 Apr, 2013 – 14:11 | 4 Comments
The Eurasia Connection: the Tsarnaev brothers as pawns of “secret services”

What, if any, is the connection between the Boston bombings and Kyrgyzstan? NewEurasia’s Schwartz suspects not much. What will be more interesting, he says, is how online forums shall start thinking about the possible linkages.

Alpamysh is not done yet!
Sunday, 24 Mar, 2013 – 1:00 | No Comment
Alpamysh is not done yet!

The Alpamysh epic is not yet finished! Since our last installment, we’ve been editing the last batch of posts. So, if you’re hankering for more steppe legendarium, stick around!
And we would also like to …

European Parliament celebrates Nawrúz
Friday, 22 Mar, 2013 – 15:52 | 2 Comments
European Parliament celebrates Nawrúz

Although not an official holiday of the European Union, that didn’t stop the European Parliament in Brussels from partying hard to commemorate Nawrúz this year. My friend and colleague Kawa Ahangari, a Kurdish secularist/federalist activist …

С Новым Годом! (Goodbye and good riddance to 2012!)
Monday, 31 Dec, 2012 – 12:15 | No Comment
С Новым Годом! (Goodbye and good riddance to 2012!)

2012 is over — and good riddance! NewEurasia’s Schwartz introduces the new team and the new direction, and wishes for a brighter 2013.

Call for papers: “Muslims and Sports”
Monday, 19 Nov, 2012 – 18:48 | 2 Comments
Call for papers: “Muslims and Sports”

The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (Department of Anthropology and Sociology) invites paper proposals for an interdisciplinary workshop: Muslims and Sports (event date: July 2013).