The Contest in Context: From Chaghatay to Rhythm and Rhyme

Thursday, September 30, 2021
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
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Weissinger, James R
Huford Center for Arts & Humanities

The Contest in Context: From Chaghatay to Rhythm and Rhyme 

Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 4:30 PM — 6:00 PM

Virtual Event

Free with RSVP:

Join us for an intergenerational roundtable discussion on Uyghur language preservation with rapper Nashtarr and linguistic anthropologist Gülnar Eziz, moderated by social historian Eric Schluessel and Project Liaison Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein.

We will explore the work being done by Uyghur scholars to digitize historic texts and keep the language alive through their studies and advocacy, as well as the work of rappers to twist and transform the language: keeping it in the minds and on the tongues of young Uyghurs in China and the diaspora. The conversation will include a Q&A open to the audience.

This event is part of The Contest of the Fruits Exhibits & Events and the The Contest in Context virtual event series. This event will take place virtually via Zoom. A login link will be emailed to you prior to the event.

The Contest of the Fruits takes a nineteenth-century Uyghur allegorical poem as the point of departure for investigations into language, politics, religion, humor, resilience, and resistance in a pluralistic world. It includes a virtual series, publication, new animation work, and exhibition at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery by renowned artist collective Slavs and Tatars in partnership with Haverford College’s Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, Twelve Gates Arts, and the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia

The Contest of the Fruits exhibit runs from September 10th - December 12, 2021. All exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For full schedule details and locations, visit: If you have any questions, please email: 

The Contest of the Fruits is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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