Temporal and spatial (im)mobilities

Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, where part of my research takes place, is a rapidly growing and transforming city. Since a decade, high-rise apartment blocks are mushrooming throughout the city replacing old Soviet buildings and quarters with detached houses. In central districts, the wide avenues are lined with glass facades and shiny advertisements promoting new products, styles […]

Poetics of ageing

In Tajikistan, poetry preoccupies a special place in peoples ethnic and national identity and in their daily lives. Tajiki, the language spoken in the country, belongs to the Iranian language family and many Tajik contemporaries understand themselves as inheritors of classical Persian literary traditions. Abu ʿAbdollah Jaʿfar ibn Mohammad Rudaki, who is widely regarded as […]