This program investigates the intersection of language and social identity. By examining anthropological approaches to the study of language, with consideration of culture, thought, ethnicity, religion, status, and gender, it will explore the ancient histories and modern cultures of Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, and Uzbek societies. These societies, influenced by myriad civilizations, are today marked by uniquely diverse bilingual and multilingual speech communities of speakers with command of Slavic, Turkic, and Indo-Iranian languages.
Students will be actively immersed in the language and culture of Kyrgzystan and will practice anthropological research and field methods through extensive use of media resources, natural language examples, and recent scholarly and scientific research in linguistic anthropology in different Central Asian societies. A week-long horseback trek into the mountains of Kyrgyzstan will directly introduce students to modern nomads and their way of life and a culminating research project on the region will deepen and enrich students’ first-hand experience of the region.
This program includes a one-week trek by horseback through the Kyrgyz mountains. Take in breathtaking scenery and experience for yourself the rural and nomadic lifestyle.
Program dates and costs:
Full Summer (10 weeks): Cost: $7,990
May 28 – Aug 5, 2018 (Apply by: March 1, 2018)
Mid Summer (5 weeks): Cost: $4,495
June 18 – July 22, 2018 (Apply by: April 15, 2018)
The University of Montana issues the transcript for this course and all other SRAS programs in Kyrgyzstan.