Publishing in, on and for Central Asia: constrains and opportunities

Publishing in, on and for Central Asia: constrains and opportunities

March 27, 2017

CASI Research Seminar Series

Publishing in, on and for Central Asia: constrains and opportunities

March 27, 17:00

Room 410 (4th floor, AUCA)


This event is organized in the format of a discussion and aims to outline the state of publishing in the field of Central Asian Studies.  How do the linguistic, institutional, disciplinary, financial and geopolitical factors influence what gets published, where and with what effects? We invited three distinguished scholars to present their views speaking from diverse experiences and institutional positions. The discussion will be held in English and Russian.  

Discussion participants:

Madeleine Reeves is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester and Editor of Central Asian Survey.  Her work contributes to a critical anthropology of the post-Soviet state through a consideration of place, territory, transnational migration and border work, based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan and Russia. She has edited and authored several books and many articles, including Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia, published by Cornell University Press in 2014.

Svetlana Jacquesson is the director of Central Asian Studies Institute, AUCA. Svetlana holds a PhD in ethnology (2000) from the National Institute of Oriental Languages (INALCO) and the High School for Social Sciences in Paris (EHESS), France. In her research activities, she has been experimenting with various approaches to “identification” and “categorization” as crucial social and political phenomena. Svetlana has an insider experience of French and German scholarly milieus working on Central Asia, she is the editor of several collective volumes – in both French and English --  on the anthropology and history of Central Asia, and she has herself published extensively on various aspects of identity construction in Kyrgyzstan and beyond.

Gulnara Aitpaeva is the director of Aigine Cultural Research Center. She is holds the degrees of kandidat nauk (Moscow State University, 1987) and doctor nauk (Kyrgyz State University, 1996). Gulnara’s research interests include Kyrgyz literature and folklore, sacred geographies of Kyrgyzstan, traditional practices and peacebuilding. Dr. Aitpaeva has authored and edited more than twenty books and 50 articles. 

The discussion will be moderated by Mohira Suyarkulova. Mohira is an associate professor at the Department of International and Comparative Politics and research coordinator at CASI, AUCA. She holds a PhD in international relations (2011) from the University of St. Andrews, UK. In her research she explores various aspects of the politics of nationhood. 

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 Russian version is available on the Russion version of AUCA web-site

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