Molla Nasreddin Exhibit at the 13th Annual CESS Conference

“Somnolence”

During the 13th Annual Conference of CESS, the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies is pleased to sponsor an exhibit of selected cartoons from the remarkable satirical journal Molla Nasreddin. Published weekly between 1906 and 1932, Molla Nasreddin was one of the earliest and, by all accounts, the most dramatic and sophisticated of such periodicals appearing across the Russian Empire in various of the Turkic-speaking communities. Alone among its competitors, it appeared in color and employed the skills of foreign professional artists as it used satire to critique aspects of contemporary Azerbaijani society, the larger Russian Empire, and international politics. As its title suggests, the folkloric figure of Nasreddin hoca, common throughout Central Eurasia, provided the inspiration for the journal and “hook” for its audience. The exhibition will be on display at the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial Union throughout the duration of the conference.