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Dr. Thomas Loy


AREAS OF INTEREST

  • History and Memory in Central Asia
  • Jewish Culture and History in Central Asia /Afghanistan
  • Soviet Central Asia
  • Tajik language and literature

 

EDUCATION
2003 M.A. (Magister) in Central Asian Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
2016 Dr. Phil (PhD) in Central Asian Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

 

ACADEMIC CAREER
Since March 2021 Research fellow, Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
2020 Post-doctoral fellow, Institute of Iranistics, Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna
2009 – 2019 Assistant Professor, Central Asian Seminar, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
2004 – 2008 Researcher and Coordinator of the Oral History Research Project ”Bukharan Jews- Making Meaning of Memories and Identity,“ Central Asian Seminar, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

 

STUDY GRANTS
2000 – 2001 DAAD scholarship (one year) at the State National University Tajikistan (DDMT), Dushanbe


RESEARCH GRANTS and PROJECTS

2018 – 2019 DAAD grants (Go East) for three-weeks summer-schools Tajik Language, Culture and Everyday Life in Dushanbe and Uzbek Language, Culture and Everyday Life in Samarkand
2002 – 2003 DAAD research scholarship (three months), Tajikistan


CONFERENCES

  • Organization and implementation of the conference “Afghanistan: Von innen und außen / Views from Inside and Outside,” Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 17-18 February 2018.


PUBLICATIONS IN ENGLISH


Monographs

Research articles

Chapters in collective volumes

  • "Writing oral histories: A Central Asian Jewish family story," in The Written and the Spoken / Mündlichkeit und Schriftlichkeit in Central Asia - Festschrift for Ingeborg Baldauf, eds. Redkollegiia, Potsdam, edition tethys, 2021, 131-161. 
  • “Rise and Fall: Bukharan Jewish Literature of the 1920s and 1930s,” in Iranian Languages and Literatures of Central Asia, eds. Matteo Di Chiara, Evelin Grassi, (Cahier de Studia Iranica XX), Paris, 2015, 307-336.
  • “The Big Fraud – Recollecting the resettlement of the population of the Yaghnob valley,” in Remembering the past in Iranian Societies, eds. Christine Allison, Philip G. Kreyenbroek. Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, 2013, 141-164.
  • “About a Friend. Reflections on the Memoirs of Mordekhay Bachayev,” in Bukharan Jews in the 20th Century. History, Experience and Narration, eds. Ingeborg Baldauf et al., Wiesbaden, Reichert, 2008, 127-144. 
  • “Close Relatives. The Life Narration of Abrasha (Arkadi) Levayevich Il'yasov,” in Bukharan Jews in the 20th Century. History, Experience and Narration, eds. Ingeborg Baldauf et al., Wiesbaden, Reichert, 2008, 145-175.

Edited volumes

Briefs and other articles

  • “Yaghnob: The Hidden Valley,” Steppe 8, Winter 2010-2011, 36-52.
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