In the framework of the SHSS Seminar Series, the School is pleased to host a talk by

Bakhyt Ejenkhanuly

(International Turkic Academy, Astana)

“When the Dragon Met the Heavenly Horse: the Early Conceptions of Kazakhs by Manchu-Chinese”


The seminar will take place on Wednesday 17 February 2016, from 4pm, room 8.307.


This paper deals with the historical meanings and influence of the early conceptions of Kazakhs by the Qing Manchu-Chinese. From the late 17th century through the early 18th century, the concrete concepts, false or true, of Kazakhs were just in the process of being forged at the Qing court. There are two sets of concepts that particularly draw our attention: the first one connects the Kazakhs with the Chinese historical notion of the “heavenly horse” or “blood-sweating horse” and the analogy of “Kazakh = Dayuan”; the second one is the concept about the place of the Kazakh rulers in Chinggis khan’s legacy. According to our viewpoint, these concepts were a crucial influence in Qing imperial policy-making towards the Central Asian peoples, and the formation process and early stages of the Kazakh-Qing relationship. Besides, they also triggered quite a number of historical problems. Resolving these historical problems calls for a more objective historical perspective, and comparative studies of newly released historical sources.

Everybody is welcome.

*** Non-NU employees are requested to send their name to Dr Alima Bissenova (abissenova [at] nu.edu.kz) in advance and to bring an identity document. ***