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LECTURE- First Paul Bergne Memorial Lecture: Colin Thubron, Univ. of Oxford, April 29

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LECTURE- First Paul Bergne Memorial Lecture: Colin Thubron, Oxford, April 29

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Tracing the Dead: Travels in Central Asia

The Inaugural Paul Bergne Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by
Colin Thubron

Tuesday 29th April, 5pm, Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College, Oxford

We are pleased to announce the first annual Paul Bergne Memorial
Lecture, hosted jointly by St. Antony's College and The Oxford Society
for the Caspian and Central Asia (TOSCCA; As an
Associate Member of St. Antony's and, from 2003, founding director of
TOSCCA, Paul made an immense contribution to Central Asian studies in
Britain. In the last few years before his death Paul worked tirelessly
to organise a range of seminars, lecture series and colloquia relating
to the history and culture of Central Asia. In collaboration with the
FCO he also arranged three major conferences - 'workshops', as he
modestly called them - devoted to the contemporary political
landscapes of Turkmenistan, Kazahkstan and Kyrgyzstan; the first of
these remains the only such academic gathering of its kind to have
taken place anywhere in Europe. Friends, students and professional
analysts of Central Asia are widely indebted to Paul's energies, his
talents and his enthusiasms. By initiating this lecture series, we
hope to commemorate Paul's legacy.

We are delighted that the prize-winning travel writer Colin Thubron
has agreed to speak at this inaugural gathering. The author of
numerous works including The Lost Heart of Asia and Shadow of the Silk
Road, Mr Thubron has for countless readers been an eloquent and
erudite guide to a part of the world about which Paul cared deeply.
In his lecture, Colin will touch on some of Paul's observations about
Central Asian rituals of life and death, while recounting some of his
own experiences in this quickly-changing region. The lecture will be
followed by an opportunity for questions, and then by a reception in
St. Antony's Buttery.

Places in the Nissan Lecture Theatre are limited, so early arrival is advised.

Dr Alexander Morrison
Lecturer in Imperial History
The School of History
University of Liverpool
9 Abercromby Square
Liverpool L69 7WZ
Tel: 0151 794 2392

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