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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.

Ид Мубарак!
Friday, 26 Oct, 2012 – 13:58 | No Comment
Ид Мубарак!
The Steppe Knight Rises
Wednesday, 17 Oct, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Steppe Knight Rises

On 20 October, after nearly two years, NewEurasia’s Paksoy’s translation of the ancient Turkic epic “Alpamysh” shall resume! This is a huge undertaking involving a long series of posts over the course of the remainder of 2012.

Sur Rue Amelot, tchaïkhana ouzbèke avec spécialités d’Asie centrale
Saturday, 7 Jul, 2012 – 0:40 | No Comment
Sur Rue Amelot, tchaïkhana ouzbèke avec spécialités d’Asie centrale

It’s the academic dénouement in Belgium, and to unwind a little, I went down to Paris this week. Even though the ville de lumière is only two hours away by train and four by bus, …

Call for Applications: “Rebooting the world, rethinking Central Asia” (Seminar)
Wednesday, 6 Jun, 2012 – 16:27 | No Comment

Press release from the OSCE Central Asian Youth Network (CAYN):
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan is pleased to invite undergraduate students currently enrolled in universities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, …

Socialist realism in capitalist clothing
Sunday, 27 May, 2012 – 11:29 | No Comment
Socialist realism in capitalist clothing

NewEurasia’s readers are no strangers to the aesthetic art form of Soviet and post-Soviet socialist realism, but are they familiar with its analogue in the Western financial industry? Of course, “capitalist realism”, like socialist realism, …

Grant and training opportunity for documentary photographers
Monday, 7 May, 2012 – 0:41 | No Comment
Grant and training opportunity for documentary photographers

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project (http://www.soros.org/initiatives/photography) and Arts and Culture Program (http://www.soros.org/initiatives/arts) announce a grant and training opportunity for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan.
The grant is …

Tchaikovsky in Turkmenistan, 21st Century-style
Monday, 30 Apr, 2012 – 14:35 | One Comment

Although we all know that Central Asian societies were for generations succoured on Soviet media that was pedagogical and ideological, we often forget what this fully means. Soviet media was often in outright denial, e.g., …

Happy Naw-Rúz! “May all national anthems be harmonized into one melody…”
Wednesday, 21 Mar, 2012 – 15:31 | 2 Comments
Happy Naw-Rúz! “May all national anthems be harmonized into one melody…”

Everyone here at NewEurasia would like to wish our readers a Happy Naw-Rúz (or, if you prefer, Nouruz, Norouz, Norooz, Narooz, Newroz, Newruz, Nauruz, Nawroz, Noruz, Nohrooz, Novruz, Nauroz, Navroz)! We know it’s been a slow few months, but we’ve got really good news on the horizon. It’s looking to be a fertile spring indeed!

Turkmenistan’s “election”: could it be all about cabinet politics?
Monday, 13 Feb, 2012 – 5:38 | One Comment

Turkmenistan has just held its “election” and the world can pretty much expect the winner. The real question is: why did the regime bother? neweurasia’s Schwartz speculates as to whether it may be due to power games with respect to an apparent troika within the Turkmen presidential cabinet.

Bishkek, the Berlin of Central Asia? Part 3: ultra-swank graffiti
Friday, 10 Feb, 2012 – 18:18 | 2 Comments
Bishkek, the Berlin of Central Asia? Part 3: ultra-swank graffiti

Continuing my themes of Bishkek’s general coolness factor (here and here) and dredging up photos from my laptop’s hard drive, these photographs of graffiti were taken by Shirin Aitmatova nearly a year ago in March …