Joint talk by Dr Paul Wordsworth and Dr Christopher Fort on Friday,17 January at the Uzbekistan Embassy

We are commencing a new Programme of BUS events in 2020 with a joint talk by two outstanding researchers and scholars: Dr Paul D. Wordsworth (Research Fellow at the University of Oxford) and Dr Christopher Fort (the University of Michigan).

In his talk on The Silk Roads and the wilderness in Central Asia, Dr Wordsworth will explore some of the unknown remote outposts on the desert highways of medieval Central Asia and examine how the impetus of trade and travel led to innovations and how these inhospitable landscapes were used and managed. While only a small proportion of the infrastructure of roadside inns (caravanserais) and watering points survives to the present day, rediscovering these remains can offer a fascinating insight into the mechanisms behind the medieval Silk Roads.

Dr Christopher Fort’s talk on Abdulhamid Cho’lpon’s Unfinished Dilogy Night and Day: Translation and the Artist’s Aesthetics will focus on his translation of the early 20th-century Uzbek author Abdulhamid Cho‘lpon’s Night and Day.   Chris will address how he came upon the novel, why he decided to translate it from Uzbek into English, as well as the process of translation. He will also talk about his interpretation of the novel and how that dictated his translation.

For more details about the speakers’ talks and biographies, please read the attached information.

Date:  17 January 2020, Friday
Venue:  Uzbekistan Embassy, 41 Holland Park, London, W11 3RP
6:00pm – 6:30pm – Registration and drinks
6:30pm – 8:00pm:

  • Welcome by Dr Louis Skyner, BUS Chairman and HE Ambassador Said Rustamov
  • Talk by Dr Paul Wordsworth (30 min)
  • Talk by Dr Christopher Fort (30min)
  • Q&A and wrap-up

8:00 pm – 8:30pm – Networking drinks

Registration is essential! RSVP by 14th January 2020: