Events Calendar

One Year of the Mirziyoyev Presidency: What Has Changed in Uzbekistan?
Sep 21 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
One Year of the Mirziyoyev Presidency: What Has Changed in Uzbekistan? @ Room 505

This is a joint Central Asia Program – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty event with

Alisher Sidiq, head of RFE/RL Uzbekistan service
Sean Roberts, Professor, GWU
Navbahor Imamova, International Broadcaster, Uzbek Service, Voice of America

Light lunch will be served


NAC-NU CAP Conference on External and Internal Migration in Central Asia, ASTANA
Sep 28 @ 9:00 AM – Sep 29 @ 12:00 PM
NAC-NU CAP Conference on External and Internal Migration in Central Asia, ASTANA @ External and Internal Migration in Central Asia



Day 1, 28 September 2017

9.00 – 9.30        Registration

9.30 – 9.45        Welcome speech

Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University (TBC)

Marlene Laruelle, Director CAP, G. Washington University (by skype)

Session 1: External and Internal Migration in Central Asia

Moderator: Dennis de Tray, Advisor to the President of Nazarbayev University

9.45 – 10.00        NAC presentation

“Migration trends in the region”

10.00 – 10.15      Galib Bashirov, Lecturer, Florida International University, USA

“Between Securitization and Accommodation: A Comparative Study of Russian and Turkish Approaches to Migration from Central Asia”

10.15 – 10.30      Irfan Shahzad, Lead Coordinator/Assistant Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Pakistan

“Central Asian Migrants in UAE: Fostering the Foundations of Faith?”

10.30 – 11.00        Q/A session

11.00 – 11.15         Coffee-break

11.15 – 11.30      Farrukh Irnazarov, Country Director, Central Asian Development Institute, Uzbekistan

“The Impact of Russian Re-entry Bans on Central Asian Labor Migrants’ Coping Strategies” 

11.30 – 11.45      Malika Bahovadinova, Consultant to the Labour Migration Department, Human Rights Center, Tajikistan (by skype)

“Capitalism Fulfills the Final Five Year Plan: How Soviet Era Migration Institutions Came to Fruition in Post-Soviet Eurasia”

11.45 – 12.00      Nodira Kholmatova, Doctoral Researcher, European University Institute (EUI), Italy

“Changing the Face of Labor Migration? The Feminization of Labor Migration from Tajikistan to Russia” 

12.00 – 12.30         Q/A session

12.30 – 13.30         Lunch

Session 2: External and Internal Migration in Central Asia

Moderator: TBC

13.30 – 13.45      Jakhongir Kakhkharov,  Associate Lecturer, Griffith Business School, Australia

“Remittances of Labor Migrants as a Source of Finance for Development: Evidence from Uzbekistan” 

13.45 – 14.00      Gulnaz Atabaeva, PhD candidate, International Ataturk Alatoo University, Kyrgyzstan

“Remittances and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Kyrgyzstan”

14.00 – 14.15      Zhengizkhan Zhanaltay, Research Fellow, Eurasian Research Institute, Kazakhstan

“Social Remittance Dynamics in Central Asia: Potential and Limitations” 

14.15 – 14.45         Q/A Session

14.45 – 15.00         Coffee-break

15.00 – 15.15      Bolat Tatibekov, Professor, Suleyman Demirel University, Kazakhstan

“Spatial Dynamics of External Labor Migration in Contemporary Kazakhstan”

15.15 – 15.30      Ajar Chekirova, PhD candidate, University of Illinois – Chicago, USA

“Citizens Undocumented: challenges of internal migration in Kyrgyzstan” 

15.30 – 15.45      Nazira Sodatsayrova, PhD candidate, University of Tsukuba, Japan

“Understanding Motivation and Mobility of Tajikistan Students towards Asian Countries: The case of Tajikistan students in Japan”

15.45 – 16.00      Rustamjon Urinboyev, Research Fellow, Lund University, Sweden

“Migration, Transnationalism and Social Change in Central Asia: Everyday Transnational Lives of Uzbek Labour Migrants in Russia”

16.00 – 16.30         Q/A session

16.30 – 17.00         Day 1: wrap-up

Day 2, 29 September 2017

Session 3: External and Internal Migration in Central Asia. Group work

9.30 – 10.00        Rules setting

10.00 – 11.30      Group work

WG1: Political Mechanisms of Immigration Control. Discussion leader: Caress Schenk

WG2: Social Dynamics Across Borders. Discussion leader: Aurelie Baird

WG3: Migration’s Impact on Host States. Discussion leader: Galiya Sagyndykova

WG4: Social Determinants of Migration. Discussion leader: Helene Thibault

10.45 – 11.00         Coffee-break

11.30 – 12.00         Wrap up and closing remarks

The Islamic Mediascape in Central Asia
Oct 2 @ 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
The Islamic Mediascape in Central Asia @ Lindner Family Commons (Room 602)

9:00-11:00 AM, Session 1: The Evolution of Religious and Irreligious Media

Eren Tasar (University of North Carolina)
Casting a Wide Net: Islamic Media in Central Asia under Atheism
Shahnoza Nozimova (George Mason University); Tim Epkenhans (University of Freiburg)
The Transformation of Tajikistan’s Religious Field: From Religious Moderation to Authoritarian Salafism
Maria Louw (Aarhus University)
Atheism 2.0: Finding Spaces for Atheism in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan

Coffee break: 11:00-11:30 AM

11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Session 2: Muslim Heroes and Models

Benjamin Gatling (George Mason University)
Heritage or Zombies: Saints and anti-Saints on Tajik Television
Ulan Bigozhin (Nazarbaev University)
“Where Is Our Honor?”: How Sport Is Used to Create Masculine Authority or Kazakh Muslims

Lunch: 1:00 PM-1:45 PM

1:45 PM-3:45 PM, Session 3: Islamic Debates in the Media

Noah Tucker (Radio Ozodlik)
Shaykh Google, Salafi Plov, Midnight Soccer: Debating Islamic Authority in the Internet Age in Southern Kyrgyzstan 
Wendell Schwab (Pennsylvania State University)
Shariah Law and Ancient Turkic Traditions: The Rhetoric of Islamic Debates in Kazakhstani Mass Media
Diana Kudaibergenova (Lund University)
Digital Islam and Contemporary Art in Central Asia: Visualizing and Performing Islam
This workshop is part of the CERIA Initiative, generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.
What Lies ahead for Kyrgyzstan after the Presidential Elections?
Oct 19 @ 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
What Lies ahead for Kyrgyzstan after the Presidential Elections? @ Elliott School of International Affairs, 5th floor, room 505
Kadyr Toktogulov, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States
Erica Marat, National Defense University
Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
Paul Stronski, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Kyrgyzstan’s Presidential Elections on October 15, 2017, have been particularly competitive, with tensions running high between the two main contenders, Omurbek Babanov and Sooronbai Jeenbekov. Several post-election factors will shape the future direction of the country, both domestically and internationally. How will the winner and the looser manage their post-election relationship? In what way will the political landscape be reshuffled? Answers to these questions will influence several critical issues such as ethnonationalism, migration, and Kyrgyzstan’s relationship with Russia, the West, and the Central Asian neighbors. Join our four experts to discuss the elections’ results, the way the campaign was mediated, its significance for the future of Kyrgyzstan, and implications for the U.S.

In partnership with RFE/RL
Light lunch will be served