My name is Christopher Schwartz. I am an academic, journalist and aspiring writer specializing primarily in phenomenology as it relates to journalism and Central Asia. I use journalism and related issues as a way to “think about thinking”, and I see the Turko-Mongolic world as a buried treasure of unique social-political dynamics, unexplored philosophical issues and untapped experiential heritage. Welcome!
Originally American, I am a doctoral researcher at KU Leuven’s Institute of Philosophy in Belgium, while simultaneously also a full-time instructor at the American University of Central Asia‘s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications in Kyrgyzstan. For many years, I headed up NewEurasia Citizen Media. Today as a freelance journalist, I write for various news agencies, as well as serve as an analytical consultant for various Western-based think-tanks. My work is frequently anonymous or behind the scenes.
To read my professional work, either academic or journalistic, please visit my Academia.edu profile (my LinkedIn profile now redirects there); we may also engage in conversation via my Twitter profile. This blog is really about my explorations, a “spiritual journalism” in a two-fold sense: “reporting” on my spiritual-intellectual journey in the sense of a diary (a peculiar diary, for sure: one in which you are the audience), and exploring the spiritual dimensions of being a journalist.
To read my entries, click here. Because I have been blogging for several years, you may need a guide to navigate the forest of rumination. Please be advised about two items. First, as a partial reflection of my own self, this blog is constantly evolving. Second, and relatedly, I password-protect posts to limit reading to loved ones; I sometimes even depublish posts. My reasons for doing either vary according to the post, so sometimes previously public content becomes closed and previously closed content becomes open.
To close, this is perhaps one of my favorite passages from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of my religion, the Bahá’í Faith:
In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The pages of swiftly-appearing newspapers are indeed the mirror of the world. […] This is an amazing and potent phenomenon. However, it behoveth the writers thereof to be purged from the promptings of evil passions and desires and to be attired with the raiment of justice and equity…
— Baha’u’llah, Tarzát #6