Overview: Azeri intellectual history often starts with the turn-of-the century Jadids (modernists) and ignores preceding intellectual traditions that led up to this movement. As a result, European and Russian influence becomes emphasized while the much longer history of cultural exchange and connectedness with the Persian Empire is ignored. Ms. Rice will discuss various aspects of Persian-Azeri cultural intersections and exchanges in 19th Century Azerbaijan. Primarily she will discuss bilingual Persian-Azeri speaking intellectuals who wrote in the two languages from the mid-19th century and show how their intellectual legacy influenced turn-of-the-century Azeri Jadids. In particular Ms. Rice will investigate which aspects of Persian culture were embraced and which were rejected over the course of the nineteenth century, tracing the evolution of cultural and intellectual values in Azerbaijan. She will use findings from her recent research on Persian Literary Influence in Azeri Intellectual History.
Kelsey Rice, University of Pennsylvania and ARISC Fellow
Lecturer’s bio: Kelsey Rice is an ARISC Graduate Student, Postdoctoral and Junior Faculty Research Fellowship awardee. Funding for this fellowship is made possible by a grant from the US Department of Education. Ms. Rice’s most recent interest topics include jadidism and Persian impact on Azerbaijani intellectual history. Ms. Rice’s research project is titled “Ambiguous Legacies: Persian Literary Influence in Azeri Intellectual History” and she is carrying fieldwork in Baku this summer. Ms. Rice has received her BA from Hamilton College in 2010 and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been teaching at the Department of History at University of Pennsylvania since 2012, and at Western University of Baku Department of Western Languages in 2010-2011 academic years. Ms. Rice has also been the recipient of several awards including 2008 Emerson Research Grant to research Middle Eastern historiography and State Department Critical Language Scholarship for Azerbaijani in 2010.
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*This Work in Progress series is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) and The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All lectures are free and open to the public.
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