Events Calendar

May
1
Thu
2014
Revolution and Art in the Kyrgyz Republic
May 1 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Revolution and Art in the Kyrgyz Republic

with Sally Cummings, St. Andrews University

Professor Sally Nikoline Cummings teaches in the School of InternationalRelations, University of St Andrews. Her more recent publications includeUnderstanding Central Asia (2012), Sovereignty after Empire: Comparing theMiddle East and Central Asia (co-ed, 2012) and Symbolism and Power in CentralAsia: Politics of the Spectacular (ed. 2010). In late 2009 she commissioned two prominent Kyrgyz artists to develop over a three-year period twelve visual art exhibits that captured the emotions surrounding the 2005 transfer of power. The resulting exhibition, (…) Ketsin!, premièred in London in May 2013. Professor Cummings narrates here the story of this exhibition and what it tells us about political intention and art, the nature of the 2005 events and the artist in times of political upheaval.
May
15
Thu
2014
Cinema Club Film Screening: The Light Thief @ Voesar Conference Room
May 15 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cinema Club Film Screening: The Light Thief @ Voesar Conference Room
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Directed by Aktan Arym Kubat (Kyrgyzstan, 2010)

The main hero of the film is an electrician with a far greater effect on the people around him than his job defines. He is the last link in a huge energetic system and he becomes the binding bridge between the geopolitical problems of post-soviet space and the common people. The economic devastation of the country had an enormous impact on the industrial workers and yet despite the upheaval, these people did not seize to love and suffer, to have and be friends and to enjoy their lives. In particular our resilient electrician, who possesses a wonderful and open heart. He not only brings electric light (which is often out) to the lives of the inhabitants of this small city, but he also spreads the light of love, loyalty, life and mainly laughter.- Written by Anonymous on IMDB

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May
20
Tue
2014
Social Media and the Online Debate in Central Asia @ Voesar Conference Room
May 20 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Social Media and the Online Debate in Central Asia @ Voesar Conference Room

with Navbahor Imamova, Voice of America

The emergence of the Internet and the growing participation of people, especially youth, in social media constitute positive change for Central Asia. Uzbekistan as well as the other four countries in the region – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – has become more connected to the world than ever before. Despite wide-ranging political restrictions and bans, the flow of information through social media is unstoppable. While some debate whether these governments could shut down access to social media altogether to curtail politically sensitive discussion, this author contends that by doing so, they would be making a serious and ultimately unsuccessful gamble. What drives the audience is the quality of the content and the way it is communicated. What keeps people engaged is the sense of forward motion, the anticipation of what will come next and having a desire to shape it. The power and promise of social media for Central Asia is that it gives an unprecedented opportunity for critical thinking and the discussion of the region’s challenging realities to a wider audience than had hitherto been possible.
Feb
24
Tue
2015
Deciphering Eurasianism in Hungary: Narratives, Networks, and Lifestyles @ Voesar Conference Room
Feb 24 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Deciphering Eurasianism in Hungary: Narratives, Networks, and Lifestyles @ Voesar Conference Room
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with Umut Korkut, Glasgow Caledonia University

Since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, the Hungarian right engaged in a collective soul searching on what formulates Hungarian identity. Dr. Korkut’s paper elaborates on the discourses of the Hungarian conservative and radical right-wing political and intellectual coalitions that Hungarians in terms of their language, culture, and identity fit better with Eurasia imagined as a geographic and a geopolitical entity.

Dr. Umut Korkut is a Reader in Politics at Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. He was been admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with magna cum laude at the Central European University in Budapest in 2004. He was awarded the “Doçent” title by the Turkish High Education Authority in 2009. His current research focus is broadly social policy, liberalization, religion and gender rights, migration, democratization and Europeanization in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey. He will be a visiting fellow at Slavic and Russian Studies Centre at University of Hokkaido from June to September 2015.

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Mar
12
Thu
2015
Cinema Club Film Screening: Aksuat @ Voesar Conference Room
Mar 12 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cinema Club Film Screening: Aksuat @ Voesar Conference Room
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Written and directed by Serik Aprymov (Kazakhstan 1997)

Aksuat is the name of a village in Kazakhstan, where Kanat takes his pregnant wife Zhanna to visit his brother, Aman. Just after the baby is born, Kanat is thrown into jail after a fight with a policeman, so Aman has to take care of Zhanna and gets the gossip and disapprovals of the village. Aman loses his status, but learns a thing or two about life.
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