Fieldwork itinerary:

Fall 2010 – Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Conducting research in the Dordoi Bazaar and the Ministry of External Trade and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic. Affiliated as a Fellow of the Social Research Center of the American University of Central Asia.

Spring 2011 – Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Conducting research in the Chor-suu or Hippodrome Bazaar (which one as yet t.b.d.) as well as the Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Summer and Fall 2011 – Traveling with suppliers who transport goods between the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of northwest China and major Central Asian bazaars. This will likely involve travel through China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. It may well include travel in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as well.

Possible side research trips – Baku, Azerbaijan to assess the scope of Central Asian overland trade networks in the Caucasus. Vladivostok, Russia to get comparative information on overland trade networks along the Chinese-Russian border.

4 Responses to Itinerary

  1. Roger W Price says:

    I have been fascinated by the Silk Road since I was an older child. The most recent book I have read about it is “Shadow of the Silk Road” by Colin Thubron. I would be delighted to learn about your experiences and reactions to your travels.

  2. jo says:

    Visited Tajikistan in Sept for two weeks as a tourist and have been reading about this area ever since . and yes, Colin Thurbon’s book mentioned above. The Pamir mountains and Waakan Valley was fabulously beautiful and the people very friendly.

  3. Kevin says:

    OK, this itinerary is awesome. Sorry, your grass is way greener. Also, you should check out the Chinese/Tajik border in the Pamirs that is open to international trade. Any good anthropologist would.

  4. betty thomas says:

    I stumbled on your blog when looking at archaeology resources for a professor. I was in Kashgar and Urumqi (as well as points east) in 1988, six months before Tiananmen Square. We stayed in what used to be a Soviet compound and there was only a flight in and out each week with no regular time schedule. Since our national guide was Han Chinese, we had some difficulties trying to be tourists. It was obvious that she was not liked by the Uyghurs. We did see the trucks on the Karakoram highway. The Sunday market was a phenomenal place. The people were very curious about us and friendly. I will have to pull out my photographs and my journal to remember it all.

    The incident in Kashgar during the Olympics made me sad. I stopped watching the news because the American news reporters were worse than tourists who hadn’t done any homework before arriving in that part of the world. I found their reporting to be very naïve and simplistic.

    I look forward to reading about your travels.

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