Events Calendar

Dec
11
Mon
2017
Global Powers and Competing ‘Fixes’ in Central Asia @ Room 412Q (Voesar)
Dec 11 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Global Powers and Competing ‘Fixes’ in Central Asia @ Room 412Q (Voesar)
Dr. Balihar Sanghera, Director of Graduate Studies (Taught),
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Kent; George F. Kennan Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center 
This presentation examines how the US, Russia, and China have proposed different development visions for Central Asia. While it is common to frame these visions in exclusionary or conflictual terms (such as market reforms versus state controls, the dominant Western hegemony versus rising powers, or the core versus the semi-periphery), Dr. Sanghera will argue that they reflect a shared imperative to tackle and fix structural contradictions inherent in advanced and newly capitalist economies. In this respect, there is a family resemblance among the competing fixes, rather than strong differences of economic and political ideologies. Central Asia has become an important space for global powers to shape and contest the future direction of capitalism. Drawing upon a qualitative study of international financial institutions in the region, Dr. Sanghera will also examine how Central Asian states strategically respond to different social fixes to address their own economic and political needs, often in ways that are unstable and contradictory.
Dec
14
Thu
2017
The 10th CAP Fellows Seminar “Peacebuilding and Civic Literacy in Central Asia and South Caucasus” @ Room 505
Dec 14 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The 10th CAP Fellows Seminar "Peacebuilding and Civic Literacy in Central Asia and South Caucasus" @ Room 505

Agenda

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Session 1: New Perspectives on Grassroots Peacebuilding

Diana Mamatova (former Project Coordinator, the United Nations in Kyrgyzstan) Grassroots Peacebuilding: Cross-Border Cooperation in the Ferghana Valley

Jafar Usmanov (former Lead Researcher at ACT Development Group, Tajikistan) Youth as Agents of Peace at the Tajik-Kyrgyz Border

Jeyhun Valiev (Independent Researcher, Azerbaijan) Assessing the Impact of NGO Peacebuilding Programs in the South Caucasus:
the Case of Nagorno-Karabakh

Break: 5:30 – 5:45 PM

5:45 – 6:45 PM, Session 2: Empowerment through Civic Literacy in Kazakhstan

Karlygash Kabatova (Astana Paper-Lab ResearchGroup, Kazakhstan) Overcoming a Taboo: Normalizing Sexuality Education in Kazakhstan

Anna Gussarova (Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies)
Countering Extremism versus Freedom of Online Expression: the Case of Kazakhstan

Reception: 6:45 – 8:00 PM

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Jan
24
Wed
2018
Towards a New Uzbekistan? The Magnitude, Impact and Limitations of Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s Reforms @ Room 412Q (Voesar)
Jan 24 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Towards a New Uzbekistan? The Magnitude, Impact and Limitations of Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s Reforms @ Room 412Q (Voesar)

Since taking office in September 2016, the new President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has initiated many reforms, ranging from economic and social policies aimed at improving the investment climate and the education and health systems to domestic and foreign policy changes aimed at eliminating any cult of personality, providing greater freedom of media and expression, and improving relations with neighboring States.

The pace and scope of the initiatives have taken many academics and experts by surprise and raises several questions. Are these reforms sustainable, and how do they impact the lives of Uzbekistani citizens? What are the consequences for relations between Uzbekistan and the international community? Do they provide an opportunity for Western countries to strengthen their relations with Uzbekistan and to improve their image, in the country?

Four panelists will discuss these issues with a focus on specific areas that President Mirziyoyev has targeted for reform, including civil society (Sean Roberts, GWU), economic development (Eric Rudenshoild, USAID), media (Navbahor Imamova, Voice of America) and education (Sebastien Peyrouse, GWU).

Jan
29
Mon
2018
‘Bourgeois’ Islam, Prosperity Theology, and Ethics in Muslim Eurasia @ Room 505
Jan 29 @ 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
‘Bourgeois’ Islam, Prosperity Theology, and Ethics in Muslim Eurasia @ Room 505

9:30-11:30 AM, Session 1: Towards an Islamic Capitalist Ethic in Central Asia

Gül Berna Özcan (Royal Holloway, University of London) Islam, Morality and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Central Asia

Alima Bissenova (Nazarbayev University) Fitting into a Secular Society: The Discreet Charm of Kazakhstani Muslim
Entrepreneurs

Aisalkyn Botoeva (Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School) How Do Capitalist Islamists Make Use of their Money and Envision the
Future?

Coffee break: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM

12:00 AM-1:15 PM, Session 2: Alternative Islamic Middle Classness at home and abroad

Aurélie Biard (Central Asia Program, The George Washington University) Ultra-Orthodox Hanafite and Salafist Predications via Halal Business in
Kazakhstan

Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) ‘Bourgeois Islam’, Gulf Migration, and Post-national Sentiments

Lunch: 1:15 PM-2:00 PM

2:00 PM-4:00 PM, Session 3: Islamic Business inMigration: the Case of Russia

Rano Turaeva (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) Muslim Female Entrepreneurs in Moscow: From Mosque to Business Office

Izzat Aman (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration) Halal Businesses in Russia: Religion vs Capitalism

Morgan Liu (The Ohio State University)

Discussion and Concluding Remarks

 

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Feb
15
Thu
2018
Culture and Islam in Late Central Asia @ Room 412 Q (Voesar Conference Room)
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

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Painting by Kazakhstan’s contemporary artist Saule Suleimenova