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Digital History Central Asia 
Dinara Gagarina (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
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Moritz Florin (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
White Hall
Sunday 9 June, -
Time zone: Asia/Almaty


The panel titled "Digital History Central Asia" convenes scholars and practitioners to explore the dynamic intersection of digital methodologies and the historical narratives of Central Asia. Spanning Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, the panelists delve into diverse aspects of digital history, covering research, tools, archives, and digitization. The presentations collectively demonstrate the transformative potential of digital methodologies in Central Asian historical scholarship, highlighting their relevance in uncovering, interpreting, and disseminating historical knowledge in the region.

The goal of the panel is to catalyze the development of digital humanities and digital history in the region, making it more visible and drawing attention to its significance. By showcasing innovative research methodologies and their implications for understanding the complexities of Central Asia's past, the panel aims to foster greater interest and investment in digital approaches to historical scholarship.

Presenters will discuss the utilization of digital tools in analyzing Soviet repressions, exploring archives and accessing historical sources, harnessing artificial intelligence for historical research, and employing postcolonial digital humanities approaches. They will also examine the connection between the history of the 20th century and contemporary times, emphasizing the relevance of historical research in addressing contemporary issues and shaping future trajectories in the region.

By engaging with digital methodologies, scholars and practitioners can not only uncover hidden histories but also amplify underrepresented narratives, fostering a more inclusive understanding of Central Asia's diverse cultural heritage. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative research approaches, the panel aims to contribute to ongoing discussions on digital humanities and historical scholarship in Central Asia, ultimately enriching our understanding of the region's past and present.

Proposed presenters and preliminary topics:

1. Prof. Dr. Baurzhan Zhanguttin, Abai University, Kazakhstan: Digital Approaches to Studying Soviet Repressions in Kazakhstan: Methods and Applications

2. Prof. Dr. Kairat Alimgazinov, the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Digital History: Exploring Archives and Accessing Sources on the History of the 20th century

3. Dr. Iroda Shamsieva, Kimyo international university in Tashkent: Artificial Intelligence Tools in the Сontext of the Digital Historical Heritage of Uzbekistan.

4. Dr. Dinara Gagarina, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, & American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan: Postcolonial Digital Humanities Central Asia

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Sunday 9 June, 2024, -