BiographyAfter earning my second doctorate at the University of Tuebingen (Germany) in 2004, I began teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the cultural anthropology of Eurasian nomads, the history of imperial Russia, Central Asia, and Islam, and the cultures and civilizations of Muslim Eurasia at Columbia University (New York). My teaching has largely contributed to extending my academic horizon, and, at the same time, sharpening my interest in specific aspects of the region’s history.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Russian Empire, former Soviet Union, Central Asia, Inner Asia, frontier studies, Kazakhstan; colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, Islam, nomadism, cultural anthropology of pastoralism, social and intellectual history of Central Asia
The Yuen Method, Latin American dances, Pilates, yoga and swim
Published: Oct 23, 2018 by Inner Asia
Authors: Gulnar Kendirbai
The article revisits the unique episode of Russian imperial history - the 1771 exodus of the tsar's Kalmyk subjects in order to provide new insights into its main reasons.