Central Asian Subjectivities
A field of study that emerged in the late 1990s, Soviet subjectivity highlighted the cultural dimensions of a civilization powerful enough to shape the perceptual tools with which individuals made sense of reality. Its scholars helped redefine the study of literature and politics in the Soviet period but rarely strayed outside the metropolitan centers of Soviet power in their analyses. Nor have they extended their analysis beyond the collapse of the Soviet Union, a period in which already complex identities multiplied. CASI plans to convene several workshops that will redirect this focus to the Central Asian periphery of the Soviet experiment and examine those moments in which local actors fashioned Soviet selves that were also interwoven with competing genealogical, dynastic, and religious traditions. It also intends to explore the post-Soviet iterations of these complex, cultural processes in Central Asia.