This workshop aims to draw scholars and graduate students to consider “Technologies of the Word” in Central Asia. Specifically, we hope to gather researchers working with Chaghatay language materials, across a wide range of academic disciplines. Together, we will explore new sources for the history, literature, and languages of the region, while seeking to transcend conventional disciplinary boundaries and develop new perspectives. Reflecting broader interest in decolonizing previous academic approaches to Central Asia (including Xinjiang), several scholars in recent years have increasingly placed sources written in Chaghatay at the center of their output. However, due to difficulties of access and preservation, Chaghatay materials remain an under-utilized resource. Thus, we call on scholars from different disciplines to collaborate in introducing new approaches to finding, preserving, publishing, utilizing, and ultimately mainstreaming new bodies of Chaghatay sources.
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The organizers of the workshop invite scholarly contributions on the following topics:
Assessing the relevance of Chaghatay sources to diverse fields.
Expanding the pool of Chaghatay language sources.
Integrating digital humanities methods into Chaghatay source analysis.
Examining the book cultures related to Chaghatay language sources and their effects.
Promoting the wider use of Chaghatay sources across disciplines.
Mapping Chaghatay manuscripts globally.
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