The International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) is pleased to announce the first online lecture dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Prof. Vladimir Aronovich LIVSHITS (1923 – 2017) will be given on September 15, 2023, by Prof. Nicholas SIMS-WILLIAMS, Fellow of the British Academy. The lecture is entitled “The Discovery of Sogdian”
The first part of the talk will describe the beginnings of Sogdian studies: the first discoveries of documents and inscriptions in the Sogdian language; the decipherment of the scripts in which they were written; and the identification of the language as Sogdian. The second part will be devoted to the earliest Sogdian texts, the recently discovered inscriptions of Kultobe in South Kazakhstan.
The lecture is open to everyone interested in the Sogdian heritage and will be held in Zoom in English. Simultaneous interpretation into Russian will be available. Please, feel free to join at the following link:
Online lecture series is held in the framework of the Silk Road Memory of the World (MoW) joint research project through the generous support of the International Center for Documentary Heritage (ICDH) under the auspices of UNESCO.