CA 504 Identities in the Making: Religion, Mobility, and Globalization in Central Asia
Emil Nasritdinov, PhD, Anthropology
Political actors, NGO workers, bazaar traders, medrese students, migrants in Moscow and Russian babushkas in microrayons – these are just a few faces among many representing the diversity of contemporary Central Asia. This course explores how people in the region make sense of who they are after the first two decades of independence. It is loosely structured around three main themes: religion, mobility and globalization. The course will focus on secular and religious identities as well as on the variety of imported religious ideas manifested in everyday practices and discourses; on the identities of internal migrants in large cities and of labor migrants living and working abroad; and on the hybrid forms of identities sprouting from the fertile soil of local traditions under the influences of global culture. The course will pay special attention to the dynamics of identity making and highlight the common and the distinctive features of this process in Central Asia.