Events Calendar

Culture and Islam in Late Central Asia
Feb 15 @ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Culture and Islam in Late Central Asia @ Room 412 Q (Voesar Conference Room)

9:00-11:00 AM, Session 1: Sovietness in Central Asia. Politics, Economy, and Society

Isaac McKean Scarborough (London School of Economics)
The Political Culture of Late Soviet Tajikistan

Riccardo Cucciola (National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
Rashidov’s diplomacy: Rethinking Uzbekistan as a model for the Third World (1959-1983)

Irina Morozova (Regensburg University)
Socialist Solidarity or Market Rationality: the Debates and Politics on Economy and Resources between Moscow and Central Asian Republics, 1989-1991

Markus Göransson (Stockholm School of Economics)
Brezhnev’s generation. Tajik soldiers of the Afghan War and Political Socialisation

Coffee Break: 11:00-11:30 AM

11:30 AM-2:00 PM, Session 2: Culture and Religion in Late Soviet Central Asia

Artemy M. Kalinovsky (University of Amsterdam)
Adab, Kultura and the Limits of Friendship

Peter Rollberg (George Washington University)
The Axiological Subversion of Soviet Officialdom by Kazakh Cinema in the Early 1980s

Sonja Luehrmann (Simon Fraser University)
Preaching Islam, Preaching Culture: Brezhnev-era Sermon Texts from the Tatar ASSR

Lunch: 2:00-2:45 PM

2:45-4:15 PM, Session 3: Literature, Art, and Nation in a Timeless Perspective

Naomi Caffee (Arizona University)
Notes from the Afterlife? Uzbekistan’s Russophone Poets Then and Now

Ananda Breed (University of Lincoln)
Epic Performances in Central Asia: Negotiating between Past and Present

Diana T. Kudaibergenova (Lund University/Cambridge University)
The Limits of Late Socialist Realism: Art, Power and National Museum in Central Asia

Coffee Break: 4:15-4:30 PM

4:30-6:00 PM, Session 4: Performing and Remembering Culture and Islam

Svetlana Peshkova (University of New Hampshire)
National Traditions and Natural Landscape

Ali Igmen (California State University, Long Beach)
Selective Remembrance of ‘the Good Old Days’: the Lives of Kyrgyz Actresses According to the post-Soviet Interviewees

Christopher Baker (University of Indiana, Bloomington and American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Ethnic Words and Soviet Things: Coming to Terms with Soviet Civilization in Esenberlin’s Kōşpendiler

This workshop is part of the CERIA Initiative, generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation



Painting by Kazakhstan’s contemporary artist Saule Suleimenova


Central Asia Security Workshop
Mar 5 @ 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Central Asia Security Workshop @ Marvin Center, Room 309
10:30AM – 12:00 PM, Session 1: Central Asia’s Regional Environment. Moves and Stabilities
Alexander Cooley, Columbia University
Central Asia as Part of Greater Eurasia? Prospects and Challenges
Jeffrey Mankoff, CSIS
Whither the Eurasian Economic Union?
Sebastien Peyrouse, The George Washington University
A Sustainable Attractiveness? China’s Projection and Construction of Soft Power in Central Asia
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
1:00 -2:30 PM, Session 2: Rethinking the Obvious. Changes in Perceptions, Strategies and Policies
Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University
Kazakhstani Perceptions of External Powers. Unexpected Findings of Survey Analysis
Luca Anceschi, Glasgow University
Rethinking Central Asia’s Energy Security: The view from Astana and Ashgabat
Sean Roberts, The George Washington University
Prospects and Limits to Reform in Uzbekistan
Coffee Break: 2:30-3:00 PM
3:00-4:30 PM, Session 3: Securing and Securitizing Policies
Roger Kangas, National Defense University
US Strategy for South Asia/Afghanistan and its Impact on Central Asia
Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
“Central Asian Terrorism” and the Limits of Extreme Vetting
Erica Marat, National Defense University
The Politics of Policy Reform in Central Asia