My name is Christopher Schwartz. I am an writer, researcher, and journalist specialized in Central Asia. I work as the Editor-in-Chief of NewEurasia Citizen Media, Central Eurasia’s largest citizen journalism platform. I am also a contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Transitions Online, and Open Central Asia magazine. I am also a frequent guest lecturer at the International University of Kyrgyzstan, located in a delightful relic of Khrushchev-era Soviet Islamesque in downtown Bishkek. You can read my latest detailed CV by clicking here.
I have published one book of non-fiction, CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations from Central Asia. I really enjoy helping other people realize their dreams, particularly where publishing is concerned. I am a business development consultant with Hertfordshire Press, and I was one of the project architects of the Novellasia competition in Central Asia.
My work has appeared on the BBC and Al-Jazeera, and I have been published in obscure languages which I am convinced are quite awesome, such as Latvian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Uzbek. However, I am much more proud of the work of several of the young European and Central Asian bloggers and journalists who I have trained or in other ways tried to help to launch their careers. You may not have heard of their countries or media agencies, but I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to assist their struggle to build a better future for our world.
I am a student of history and philosophy, with advanced degrees from La Salle University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. I am currently doing my doctorate in the ontology of journalism under Prof. Dr. Bart Pattyn, author of Media en Mentaliteit. I am also a professional N00B with respect to encryption and counter-surveillance tools.
Religion is deeply important to me. I was raised in a joint Baptist-Methodist church by a Christian mother and a Jewish father from the Presbyterian and Conservative traditions, respectively. My grandparents were under the sway of Averoës via Maimonides and Spinoza, so he is something of a patron spiritual saint as well. After exploring Islam for ten years, I ultimately joined the Bahá’í Faith and haven’t looked back since.
I swear by the glow of sunset; by the night, and all that it brings together; by the moon, in her full perfection: that you shall all march onwards from state to state. — L’Être, Qur’an, 84:16