Events Calendar

Dec
14
Thu
2017
The 10th CAP Fellows Seminar “Peacebuilding and Civic Literacy in Central Asia and South Caucasus”
Dec 14 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The 10th CAP Fellows Seminar "Peacebuilding and Civic Literacy in Central Asia and South Caucasus" @ Room 505

Agenda

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Session 1: New Perspectives on Grassroots Peacebuilding

Diana Mamatova (former Project Coordinator, the United Nations in Kyrgyzstan) Grassroots Peacebuilding: Cross-Border Cooperation in the Ferghana Valley

Jafar Usmanov (former Lead Researcher at ACT Development Group, Tajikistan) Youth as Agents of Peace at the Tajik-Kyrgyz Border

Jeyhun Valiev (Independent Researcher, Azerbaijan) Assessing the Impact of NGO Peacebuilding Programs in the South Caucasus:
the Case of Nagorno-Karabakh

Break: 5:30 – 5:45 PM

5:45 – 6:45 PM, Session 2: Empowerment through Civic Literacy in Kazakhstan

Karlygash Kabatova (Astana Paper-Lab ResearchGroup, Kazakhstan) Overcoming a Taboo: Normalizing Sexuality Education in Kazakhstan

Anna Gussarova (Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies)
Countering Extremism versus Freedom of Online Expression: the Case of Kazakhstan

Reception: 6:45 – 8:00 PM

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Jan
24
Wed
2018
Towards a New Uzbekistan? The Magnitude, Impact and Limitations of Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s Reforms
Jan 24 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Towards a New Uzbekistan? The Magnitude, Impact and Limitations of Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s Reforms @ Room 412Q (Voesar)

Since taking office in September 2016, the new President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has initiated many reforms, ranging from economic and social policies aimed at improving the investment climate and the education and health systems to domestic and foreign policy changes aimed at eliminating any cult of personality, providing greater freedom of media and expression, and improving relations with neighboring States.

The pace and scope of the initiatives have taken many academics and experts by surprise and raises several questions. Are these reforms sustainable, and how do they impact the lives of Uzbekistani citizens? What are the consequences for relations between Uzbekistan and the international community? Do they provide an opportunity for Western countries to strengthen their relations with Uzbekistan and to improve their image, in the country?

Four panelists will discuss these issues with a focus on specific areas that President Mirziyoyev has targeted for reform, including civil society (Sean Roberts, GWU), economic development (Eric Rudenshoild, USAID), media (Navbahor Imamova, Voice of America) and education (Sebastien Peyrouse, GWU).

Jan
29
Mon
2018
‘Bourgeois’ Islam, Prosperity Theology, and Ethics in Muslim Eurasia
Jan 29 @ 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
‘Bourgeois’ Islam, Prosperity Theology, and Ethics in Muslim Eurasia @ Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

9:30-11:30 AM, Session 1: Towards an Islamic Capitalist Ethic in Central Asia

Gül Berna Özcan (Royal Holloway, University of London) Islam, Morality and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Central Asia

Alima Bissenova (Nazarbayev University) Fitting into a Secular Society: The Discreet Charm of Kazakhstani Muslim
Entrepreneurs

Aisalkyn Botoeva (Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School) How Do Capitalist Islamists Make Use of their Money and Envision the
Future?

Coffee break: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM

12:00 AM-1:15 PM, Session 2: Alternative Islamic Middle Classness at home and abroad

Aurélie Biard (Central Asia Program, The George Washington University) Ultra-Orthodox Hanafite and Salafist Predications via Halal Business in
Kazakhstan

Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) ‘Bourgeois Islam’, Gulf Migration, and Post-national Sentiments

Lunch: 1:15 PM-2:00 PM

2:00 PM-4:00 PM, Session 3: Islamic Business inMigration: the Case of Russia

Rano Turaeva (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) Muslim Female Entrepreneurs in Moscow: From Mosque to Business Office

Izzat Aman (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration) Halal Businesses in Russia: Religion vs Capitalism

Morgan Liu (The Ohio State University)

Discussion and Concluding Remarks

 

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