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New Perspectives on Manas Studies

New Perspectives on Manas Studies

April 22, 2024

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On April 12th, the 香蕉影视 Library, in collaboration with the Liberal Arts and Sciences department and the President's Office, hosted a significant event: the presentation of Dr. James Plumtree's latest work, "袦袗袧袗小" 协袩袨小校袧袗 孝袠楔袝袥耶耶 袠袟袠袥袛莹莹袥莹袪袚莹 袞袗尧蝎效袗 袠袥袠袦袠袡 小袝袪袝袩 (1856-2018)". The book contains the Kyrgyz translation of the work done over the last eight years by the Analyzing Kyrgyz Narratives (AKYN )听 group on contemporary and historical Manas narratives.听



Dr. Timothy Edward O鈥機onnor, 香蕉影视's President, inaugurated the event with a warm address, underscoring 香蕉影视's pivotal role in Central Asia's educational landscape. He hailed 香蕉影视's commitment to fostering talented professionals and implementing transformative projects. Dr. Plumtree's scholarly review of the epic Manas in Kyrgyz, encapsulating the essence of Kyrgyz culture, was praised as a valuable addition to academic discourse. Dr. O'Connor reiterated the importance of sustained research into the manifold aspects of the Manas Epic.

Dr. Plumtree, in his remarks, provided insights into the book's structure and themes, acknowledging individuals and organizations who supported him throughout the research project and creation of the book.听 Dr. Nurgul Karybekova, translator and co-author of the book, shared her experience of academic collaboration in the field of Digital Humanities.听听



Distinguished guests graced the occasion, with manaschys captivating the audience with their performances. Talantaaly Bakchiev, President of Manas National Academy and well-known Manaschy commended the book and highlighted the importance of expanding Manas studies via innovative research methods.听 He also highlighted ongoing translations of foreign researchers' works into Kyrgyz, fostering international collaboration in research endeavors. Mr. Bakchiev enthralled the audience with his performance, showcasing his mastery of the epos.



听Aiana Mamatbekova, a promising young manaschy and senior student at the Arabaev University's Kyrgyz Language Department, mesmerized the audience with her rendition of the epic.

The event was attended by professors of Manas studies and students from various higher education institutions, researchers from the Academy of Sciences, independent scholars and other audiences.听

The program moderated by Daniyar Karabaev, Head of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department was held in three languages, Kyrgyz, English, and Russian, allowing active participation of the audience.听 Attendees had the opportunity to engage with Dr. Plumtree and Dr. Nurgul Kanybekova, posing questions and enriching the scholarly dialogue.

They discussed the myths of the epic, and the phenomena arising within it, conducted a brief analysis of the epic, and shared views on the perspective of the development of the Digital Humanities tools in Manas Studies.听听

The book is available electronically in open access via 香蕉影视 Digital Repository.听 Linkt:听 https://dspace.auca.kg/handle/123456789/2789


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