Events Calendar

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