Events Calendar

Oct
4
Thu
2012
Is there a place for Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz Republic? Lessons from Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Societal Renewal in Osh @ The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Oct 4 @ 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Is there a place for Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz Republic? Lessons from Under Solomon's Throne: Uzbek Visions of Societal Renewal in Osh @ The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Co-Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
with Morgan Y. Liu, Associate Professor of Anthropology, The Ohio State University
Ethnic Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) attempted to create a place for themselves in the Kyrgyz-dominated nation-state since its independence in 1991.  For a while, there were reasons to be optimistic about this minority community.  Even though they felt ethnic discrimination, local Uzbek leaders labored through the 1990’s and 2000’s to build institutions that serve the Uzbek communities within the framework of their Kyrgyzstani citizenship.  That model of ethnic community-building now lies in tatters after the massive conflict between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in June 2010.  What now for Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz Republic?  This talk evaluates their prospects in light of sixteen years of detailed ethnographic work among Osh Uzbeks.
  
His 2012 book, Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh (University of Pittsburgh Press), concerns how ethnic Uzbeks in the ancient Silk Road city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan think about political authority and post-Soviet transformations, based on research using vernacular language interviews and ethnographic fieldwork of urban social life from 1993 to 2011.
 
Morgan Y. Liu is a cultural anthropologist studying Islamic revival, post-socialist states, and social justice movements.  An Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University, he teaches about the Middle East, Central Asia, Islamic revival and social justice, and cultural theory.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan in Anthropology  
Nov
8
Thu
2012
Nomadic Life Styles and Narratives in Kazakhstan: Then and Now @ Lindner Commons
Nov 8 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Nomadic Life Styles and Narratives in Kazakhstan: Then and Now @ Lindner Commons

A workshop held in conjunction with the exhibition Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan” currently at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Institution until December 2, 2012.

Nomadism has been a key aspect of culture in the Eurasian space, especially on the Kazakh steppes, throughout the centuries. The Russian colonization and the Soviet Union drastically transformed the Kazakh society in the 19th and 20th century. Since independence in 1991, the legacy of nomadism has been rehabilitated by the political authorities in their nation building schemes.

The society has also participated in reconstructing symbols of the nomadic past: they have become objects of memory and research, but also objects of artistic inspiration, and commercial branding. This workshop invites a team of experts to discuss the contemporary use of the concept of nomadism from various angles.

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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