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This panel draws together research in progress that seeks grounded understandings of various identities in Central Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. Each paper explores a particular kind of source in a Central Asian language, reading for the ways that identities are expressed, and analyzing those deployments of identity. Divination texts from East Turkistan can help to construct an "affective" history of ordinary Muslims' ways of thinking about and interacting with the divine, while exercising agency in the world. Letters from Kyrgyz soldiers in World War II highlight both Kyrgyzness and Sovietness, as soldiers articulated values that permeated wartime propaganda while confirming desires to read about Kyrgyz people at home and on the front. A Persian-language chronicle of Kokand and a Persian travel account from Bukhara offer Central Asian views on ethnic belonging and other forms of identity. A reading of Soviet press looks for broad Soviet views about development in Central Asia.
Dinara Abakirova, email@example.com Affiliation: Indiana University, Central Eurasian Studies
Matt Hulstine, firstname.lastname@example.org Affiliation: Indiana University, Central Eurasian Studies
Mike Krautkraemer, email@example.com Affiliation: Indiana University, Central Eurasian Studies
Anton Ermakov, firstname.lastname@example.org Afficliation, Indiana University, Central Asian Studies