Author Archives: Avram Lyon

Нәүрүз-2011: Five Days, Thirty-Three Plays, Fifteen Languages

Kazan’s stages again welcome the biennial Nauruz International Theater Festival of Turkic Peoples, which opens tomorrow, Monday, May 30 and runs through Friday, June 3. In just four days, theater troupes from across the Turkic world will perform 33 plays … Continue reading

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Defining nation

Last fall, in a small park near our apartment, I noticed Bulgarist graffiti on a Soviet mural of Lenin. The proclamation that “We are Bulgars, and not Tatars!” has a long history behind it of the changing shape of Tatar … Continue reading

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The Old Library

Following up on some leads on early Tatar theater (drawn from the bibliographies of the works below, which I discovered through Madina Goldberg’s recent dissertation on the topic at Michigan), I was directed to the closed stacks to consult a … Continue reading

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Alphabet reform

In one of the copies of Nikolai Ashmarin‘s An Attempt at the Study of Chuvash Syntax, Part 1 [Опыт исследования чувашского синтаксиса ч.1] (1903), a the Lobachevsky Library at Kazan Federal University, I encountered the holdings stamp shown here. It … Continue reading

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Shurale Online

We took our son to the Tinchurin Theater on January 4, to see a perfomance of the company’s children’s production for New Year’s — Shurale Online (Шүрәлә Online). Many theaters in Russia have daily children’s performances from the end of … Continue reading

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Конференция : Этногенез удмуртского народа. Этнос. Язык. Культура. Религия.

Программа конференции, записи и фотографии отдельных докладов пленарного заседания 25 ноября 2010 г., записи и фотографии докладов секции “Религия. Культура.”, 26 ноября 2010 г. Conference program. Recordings and photos of selected presentations from the plenary session on 25 November 2010. … Continue reading

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Grinnell in Russia

This was originally posted on an unofficial, closed site run by the Grinnell community in November 2010, and I’ve migrated it here to make it more accessible and hopefully more useful. In Катанов, Николай Федорович, and Л А Берг, eds. … Continue reading

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