Events Calendar

‘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

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

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

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


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



Painting by Kazakhstan’s contemporary artist Saule Suleimenova


Central Asia Security Workshop @ Marvin Center, Room 309
Mar 5 @ 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Central Asia Security Workshop @ Marvin Center, Room 309
10:30AM – 12:00 PM, Session 1: Central Asia’s Regional Environment. Moves and Stabilities
Alexander Cooley, Columbia University
Central Asia as Part of Greater Eurasia? Prospects and Challenges
Jeffrey Mankoff, CSIS
Whither the Eurasian Economic Union?
Sebastien Peyrouse, The George Washington University
A Sustainable Attractiveness? China’s Projection and Construction of Soft Power in Central Asia
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
1:00 -2:30 PM, Session 2: Rethinking the Obvious. Changes in Perceptions, Strategies and Policies
Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University
Kazakhstani Perceptions of External Powers. Unexpected Findings of Survey Analysis
Luca Anceschi, Glasgow University
Rethinking Central Asia’s Energy Security: The view from Astana and Ashgabat
Sean Roberts, The George Washington University
Prospects and Limits to Reform in Uzbekistan
Coffee Break: 2:30-3:00 PM
3:00-4:30 PM, Session 3: Securing and Securitizing Policies
Roger Kangas, National Defense University
US Strategy for South Asia/Afghanistan and its Impact on Central Asia
Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
“Central Asian Terrorism” and the Limits of Extreme Vetting
Erica Marat, National Defense University
The Politics of Policy Reform in Central Asia
The 11th CAP Fellows Seminar “Youth, Civic Engagement, and Civil Service in Central Asia and Azerbaijan” @ Room 505
May 7 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The 11th CAP Fellows Seminar "Youth, Civic Engagement, and Civil Service in Central Asia and Azerbaijan" @ Room 505
4:00 – 5:00 PM, Session 1: Improving Civic Networks and Civil Service in Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan
Raushanna Sarkeyeva (Founder/Director, Urban Initiatives Public Foundation, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
How Do We Strengthen Bishkek’s Civic Networks?
Elchin Karimov (Independent Researcher, Azerbaijan)
Moving from a Patronage to Merit-Based Civil Service in Azerbaijan
Break: 5:00 – 5:15 PM
5:15 – 6:15 PM, Session 2: Youth and Public Dialogue in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
Dinara Alimkhanova (Chief Manager, National Vocational Education Agency, Kazakhstan)
Un-enrolled and Unemployed: a Pilot Study of Youth in Southern Kazakhstan
Dilmira Matyakubova (Associate Lecturer, Westminster International University, Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
Who is the Tashkent-City for? Nation-branding and Public Dialog in Uzbekistan
Reception: 6:15 – 7:00 PM
CAP Roundtable on “Muslim Middle Class” vs the Islamic State: National Identity and Revolutionary Justice in Kazakhstan @ Room 505
May 11 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
CAP Roundtable on “Muslim Middle Class” vs the Islamic State: National Identity and Revolutionary Justice in Kazakhstan @ Room 505

Noah Tucker
RFE/RL, CAP Associate

Zhuldyz Tuleouva
Kazakhstan Producer of “Not in Our Name,” RFE/RL project

Serik Beissembayev
Strategia Sociological Center, former CAP fellow

Aurelie Biard
NAC-NU Postdoctoral fellow, GWU

Wendell Schwab
Pennsylvania State University

This roundtable panel will present and discuss preliminary results from new fieldwork, focus groups and video interviews conducted in 2017 and 2018 at urban and rural sites on increasingly bitter and politicized religious divisions in Kazakh society, competing visions of religious authority and how Kazakhstan’s stark economic inequalities can be interpreted from an Islamic perspective.

Drawing on interviews and materials collected over multiple trips to Zhezkazgan, Satpayev, and Kengir, we will also explore why some residents from specific communities embraced the radical vision of violent “social justice” and separation offered by Jihadi Salafism and ISIS, why they left in surprisingly large numbers to fight in foreign civil wars in Syria and Iraq, and how the divisions that remain in these communities may lead to new conflicts in the future.