American University of Central Asia - AUCA - First conference program and abstracts

 First Annual CASI Conference

Twenty Years of Central Asian Independence: Shared Past, Separate Paths?


14 October, 2011

Opening Remarks



Andrew  Wachtel

President, AUCA


Larry  Held

Acting USAID Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic


Keynote speaker



Prof. Deniz Kandiyoti


Editor-in-Chief, Central Asian Survey

Central Asian Studies: State of the Art

Panel 1

Studying the "Region": What is Central Asia?

Matteo Fumagalli, Central European University, panel chair 

Catherine Poujol

INALCO, France

Central Asia 20 years after the collapse of USSR,  the French and European school of Central Asian Studies, a point a view from abroad

Farkhad Tolipov

Knowledge Caravan, Uzbekistan

Doctrinal, Conceptual, Institutional and Political Problems of the Region-Building in Central Asia

Fabio Indeo

University of Camerino, Italy

The concept of a "Greater Central Asia": Perspectives of a Regional Approach

Panel 2

Historical Crossroads

John Schoeberlein, chair, Harvard University

Paul Wordsworth

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Connecting pathways – the organization and impact of medieval desert trade routes in southwest Central Asia

Cholpon Turdalieva

AUCA, Kyrgyzstan

Imperial Power and Violence in Central Asia through the 19th Century Western Travelogues

Jamby Djusubalieva

AUCA, Kyrgyzstan

Buddhism in Kyrgyzstan: A Historiographical Analysis


Panel 3

Crossroads Revisited?

Eugene Huskey, Stetson University, panel chair

Mark Kramer

Harvard University, USA

The International Context of Mass Political Unrest in Central Asia: Conceptual Issues and Perspectives

Ilya Levine

Melbourne University, Australia

Andijan, the War on Terror and US-Uzbek relations: The Relevance of Liberalism and Non-State Actors

Dmitry Shlapentokh

Indiana University South  Bend, USA

The [Russia's] Image of Central Asia: From Eurasianism to Traditional Imperialism


Panel 4

State and Social Mobilizations in Central Asia

Sally Cummings, University of St. Andrews, panel chair

Timor Sharan

University of Exeter, UK

The Networked State: the Post-2001 Afghanistan

Asel Doolotkeldieva

University of Exeter, UK

Understanding State Crisis in Kyrgyzstan Through Centre-Periphery Dynamics

Medet Tiulegenov

AUCA, Kyrgyzstan

Institutionalization of Regimes and Preempting Contention in Kyrgyzstan


15 October, 2011

Panel 5

Nation-Building and Socio-Political Change in Central Asia: States, Cities, and Communities

Bhavna Dave, SOAS, panel chair

Abel Polese

University of Edinburgh, UK

Civil Society and Political Transformation: Comparing the Effects of Colour Revolutions in the Central Asian Region

Matteo Fumagalli

Central European University, Hungary

Osh and Jalalabat Uzbeks Between Authoritarianism, Crisis of the State and Normalization of Violence

Giulia Panicciari

INALCO, Paris, France

Almaty as a New Kazakh City: Kazakhization of the Urban Spaces After the Independence.

Valerii Hardin

AUCA, Kyrgyzstan

Central Asian Film Critique: Rethinking the Past

Panel  6

Post-1990 Political Trends in Kyrgyzstan: Actors and Institutions

John Heathershaw, University of Exeter, panel chair

Sally Cummings

University of St Andrews, UK

State and Regime in Kyrgyzstan: Comparing 2005 and 2010 Events

Eugene Huskey

Stetson University, USA

The Changing Role of Opposition in Post-Communist

David Merrell

University of Washington, USA

Using State Institutions to Facilitate Minority Systems of Justice in Northern Kyrgyzstan

Lunch Break




Panel  7

Leaders, Power and State-Building in Central Asia

Medet Tiulegenov, AUCA, panel chair

Marilisa Lorusso

Instituto di Studi Politici Internazionali, Italy

State Building/Nation Building: Towards a Consolidation of Powers (Comparative Analysis of The South Caucasus and Central Asia in 1991-2011)

Alessandro Frigerio and Nikolay Shevchenko

KIMEP, Kazakhstan

Hannah Arendt in Bishkek: New Beginnings and Politics of Immortality in Central Asia

Seçkin Köstem

McGill University, Canada

Researching the Kyrgyz State: The Role of the First President in the State-Building Process

Panel  8

Islam in Central Asia: Meanings and Implications

Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS, panel chair

Khashayar Beigi

University of California Berkeley, USA

Transformation of the Languages of Islam in Tajikistan

John Heathershaw

University of Exeter, UK

Islam and Danger: A Reconsideration of the Link Between Religiosity, Radicalism and Rebellion in Central Asia

Ruslan Jalil

AUCA, Kyrgyzstan

Changing role of Islam in post-Communist Central Asia: the Case of Kyrgyzstan

John Schoeberlein

Harvard University, USA

Islam and Post-Soviet Secularism in Central Asia


16 October, 2011

Panel  9

Education, Employment and Migration in Central Asia

Cholpon Turdalieva, AUCA, panel chair

Damir Esenaliev

German Institute for Economic Research

Educational Mobility in Kyrgyzstan

Emil Nasritdinov and Ruslan Rahimov

AUCA, Kyrgyzstan

Transnational and National Identities of Kyrgyz Labor Migrants: 
Death or Expansion of Nation-State?

Bakhrom Mirkasimov

German Institute for Economic Research

Migration and Education in Uzbekistan

Bhavna Dave


Kazakhstan’s Migration Control Regime, Undocumented Labour Migrants and the Informal Migration Industry

Round Table & Conclusion

Developing Local Research Capacity in Central Asia: Challenges and Strategies


With short introduction from Deniz Kandiyoti, Gulnara Ibraeva and John Schoeberlein


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