The speaker Mrs.Katherine Hughes (Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS) presented a paper focussed on contemporary Tajikistan state-sponsored architecture and memorial culture as a visual reinforcement of its national identity construction. On some concrete visual examples she demonstrated that successful invented traditions of Samanid Dynasty continue to have life in today’s works of Tajik architects.
Mr.Dagi Dagiev, Vice-chairman of British-Tajik Society Payvand and associate researcher in Institute of Ismaili Studies in London chaired the seminar and gave a short overview on a strong visual depiction of the legacy of Samanid’s period bridging between the present and past historical periods.
Mr.Asliddin Rahmatov, Charge d’Affairesa.i. of Tajikistan to the UK commenting on the presentation stressed upon high importance of reflection of rich history of the country in contemporary architecture.
Event was attended by research fellows, students, members DHAA SOAS.