Artemy M. Kalinovsky is Senior Lecturer of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is also the author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Harvard University Press, 2011), and co-editor with Sergey Radchenko, of The End of the Cold War and the Third World (Routledge: 2011), as well as the Routledge Handbook of Cold War Studies with Craig Daigle (2014). More recently, he co-edited, with Michael Kemper, Reassessing Orientalism: Interlocking Orientologies in the Cold War Era (2015) and Reconsidering Stagnation: Ideology and Exchange in the Brezhnev Era (Lexington, 2016), with Dina Fainberg. His work has appeared in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Cold War History, Foreign Policy, National Journal, Foreign Affairs, and the Washington Post
Dec 4 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Artemy Kalinovsky’s Laboratory of Socialist Development investigates the Soviet effort to make promises of decolonization a reality by looking at the politics and practices of economic development in central Asia between World War II and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Focusing on the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic, Kalinovsky places the Soviet development of central Asia in a global context.
Connecting high politics and intellectual debates with the life histories and experiences of peasants, workers, scholars, and engineers, Kalinovsky’s book investigates how people experienced new cities, the transformation of rural life, and the building of the world’s tallest dam. Kalinovsky connects these local and individual moments to the broader context of the Cold War, shedding new light on how paradigms of development change over time. Throughout the book, he offers comparisons with experiences in countries such as India, Iran, and Afghanistan, and considers the role of intermediaries who went to those countries as part of the Soviet effort to spread its vision of modernity to the postcolonial world.
Dec 5 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Panel I: Youth and the Future of Central Asia: Education and Social Activism
Aigoul Abdoubaetova (Kyrgyzstan)
Secondary Schools and Inequality: Navigating the Fragmented Landscape of Educational Choices in Bishkek
Daniyar Kosnazarov (Kazakhstan)
Do-It-Yourself Activism: Youth, Social Media and Politics in Kazakhstan
5:00 – 5:15 p.m. Break
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Panel II: New Approaches to National Identity: Tourism and Handicraft
Snejana Atanova (Turkmenistan)
Turkmenistan, A Plebiscite of Nation of Artisans
Sahib Jafarov (Azerbaijan)
Urban Tourism and a Clash of Cultures: Arab Inflows to Baku
6:15 – 7:00 p.m.