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Cholpon Turdalieva, PhD in History and Anthropology


Anthropology and International Development

Division of Social Sciences


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Phone: +996 (312) 915000 ext. 434

Room: 315


History and Geography Courses

  • History of Central Asia
  • History of Kyrgyzstan
  • European History
  • Geography of Kyrgyzstan

Anthropology Courses

  • Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
  • Cultural Concepts and Social Networks
  • Great Game: Competition for Central Asia
  • Gender, Family and Kinship
  • Anthropology of Violence

Interdisciplinary Courses

  • Intro to Human Rights (team teaching)
  • 2016 - 2019 Ph.D., Doctor in Philosophy, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany Dissertation Title: Gendered mobility and marshrutka public transit in Bishkek
  • 2010 - Post-doctorate, History and Anthropology (Doctor of Historical Sciences), Institute of History, Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences of KR
  • 2000 - Ph.D., History (Candidate of Historical Sciences), Kyrgyz National University by J.Balasagyn, Bishkek
  • 1989 - BA, History, Kyrgyz National University by J.Balasagyn
  • 2016‐2019 Dissertation Fellow, Volkswagen Foundation Program, Berlin, Germany
  • Sep. 2013‐Jan. 2014 Visiting Scholar, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • 2008‐2010 Central Asian Research and Initiative Fellow (CARTI), OSI
  • 2004‐2005 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, University of Washington, USA
  • 2002‐2004 Central Asian Research Initiative Fellow (CARI), OSI
  • Sept‐Dec.1999 IREX Fellow, Washington State University, Pullman, USA
  • 2020 The Honored Scientist of the Kyrgyz Republic 
  • 2013 The Excellent Worker in Culture, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Information of KR


  • History and culture of Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan 
  • Museum  studies and museum practice 
  • Cultural heritage and bicultural diversity 
  • Travelogue and travel writing
  • Mobilities and transport 


  • 2019 Historical Dictionary of Kyrgyzstan, Series Editor’s Jon Woronoff, forthcoming, (co‐author M.Tyulegenov)
  • 2016 History of Kyrgyzstan. University textbook in English. (2016): Bishkek: Sarybaev, 472p.
  • 2015 Kyrgyzy v trudakh Chokhana Valikhanova (2015). Bishkek:Uluu Too, 176p.
  • 2014 Ak‐Tala raionunun taryhy (2014): Bishkek: Iman‐Print,156p. (co‐author M.Apilov)
  • 2013 Guide Manual on the History of Kyrgyzstan (2013). Bishkek, 40p.
  • 2011 Uchebno‐metodicheskiy practicum po istorii Kyrgyzstana (2011). Bishkek, 186p.
  • 2011 Terminologicheskiy slovar’ “Muzei i biokulturnoe raznoobrazie” (2011), Bishkek,176p. (the project idea author)
  • 2008 Zapadnye puteshestvenniki i issledovateli o Kyrgyzakh i Kyrgyzstane (2008), Bishkek: Altyn‐Tamga, 298 p.

Published articles

  • 2019 "Encountering the multiple semiotics of marshrutka surfaces – what can marshrutka decorations and advertisements tell us about its everyday actors?" in Mobilities, Volume 4, issue 6, pages 809-824. (co-author T. Weicker).
  • 2018 “Western Travel Literature about the Kyrgyz and Kyrgyzstan: new interpretations and paradigms” (2018) in Making the Kyrgyz. Ed.Janie Wardle and Prajakti Karla, Cambridge: Cambridge Scientific Publishers, ch.15, pp.221‐ 240.
  • 2018 “Women, the Parliament and Political Participation in Post‐Soviet Kyrgyzstan” (2018) in Central Asian Affairs, Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 134 – 159, (Co‐author M.Tiulegenov). 
  • 2017 “Women’s mobility and ‘transport‐related social exclusion’ in Bishkek” (2017) in Mobilities. London: Routledge, Vol. 13 (4):535‐550. (Co‐author C. Edling).
  • 2017 “Dynamics of Reciprocity and Networks of the Kyrgyz through Bishkek Toi Making” (2017) in Central Asian Affairs (4): 197‐216. (Co‐author R.Provis), at
  • 2015 “Diaspora Pamirskikh kyrgyzov v Turtsii” (2015) in Ethnographicheskoe obozrenie.Moscow, #3, pp.132‐146. (Co‐author A.Marat).
  • 2014 “Education in India and Central Asia” (2014): in Building Bridges in India and Central Asia. Exploring New Horizons for Cooperation. Delhi: Shipra, pp.243‐ 253. (Co‐author A.Marat).
  • 2009 Imperskoe nasilie v trudah zapadnyh puteshestvennikov (2009): in Vestnik Karahandinskogo Universiteta, Karaganda, #2, p.34‐37.
  • 2007 La femme kirghize Ю travers les rИcits de voyage (fin XIXe siХcle‐dИbut XXe siХcle) (2007): in Habiba FATHI (ed.), Femmes d'Asie centrale, Genre et Mutations dans l'espace islamique soviИtisИ, Paris, L'Harmattan, pp.51‐75
  • 2005 The Kyrgyz in Western Travel books of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries (2005) in Central Eurasian Studies Review, Vol.4, No 2, pp.25‐30
  • 2019 Member, Oral History Association (IOHA) 2019 Member
  • 2014‐2018 Member, ESCAS Advising Committee
  • 2013‐present Member, “Taryh Koomu”, Association of Historians of Kyrgyz Republic
  • 2012‐present Member, “the State Commission on History of Kyrgyzstan” under the President of KR, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • 2009‐2018 Member, European Scholarly Society (ESCAS) 
  • 2003‐2017 Member, Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Harvard University, USA
  • Since 2000 Life member, Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. USA
  • 1999‐2000 Member, Open Museum Association, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • Since 2000 "The Center for Museum Initiatives" NGO Director

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