Winner Student Essay Competition

Damira Umetbaeva is a PhD candidate at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt, Germany. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “Nationalizing Kyrgyz State: Of History Textbooks and History Teachers’ Attitudes toward the Soviet Past”. She received her BA degree in Cultural Anthropology from the American University in Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and MA degree in International Relations from the Corvinus University in Budapest. Damira has taught at the Anthropology Department at AUCA from 2006-2008. From October 2008 until April 2012 she was a research fellow at George-Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, Germany.

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