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CASI RESEARCH SEMINAR: The Complementary Normative Effects in Central Asia of the U.S.-led Global War on Terror and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
March 9, 2016
Abstract: William Beacom discussed how the overlapping and complementary normative effects of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) enable Central Asian states to frame political dissent and Islam as global security threats (macrosecuritization).
Презентация исследовательского проекта: “Дискурсы о “природе”: культурное наследие, туризм и национальные заповедники в Кыргызстане”
24 февраля, 2016
Краткая аннотация: В этой презентации, я намерен проанализировать различные практики и дискурсы о «природе» и «окружающей среде» с помощью различных случаев, как скотоводство и туризм на озере Соң-Көль в Нарынской области.
CASI RESEARCH SEMINAR: "Negotiating Kyrgyz Nationhood: Of History Textbooks' and History Teachers' Attitudes towards the Soviet Past"
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Abstract: In my dissertation I analysed representations of Soviet socialism in post-Soviet history textbooks and in the life stories of history teachers in Kyrgyzstan. I analysed, first, how the post-Soviet Kyrgyz state reconstructs its Soviet past on the level of official discourse, particularly in school history textbooks, and second, how history teachers – as professionals and private citizens – relate to the official discourse when making sense of the Soviet past.
CASI RESEARCH SEMINAR: Implementing a new salary structure in Bishkek schools: How reforms change schools and schools change reforms
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February 10, 2016
Raisa Belyavina, PhD Candidate, Teachers College, Columbia University, CASI Visiting Scholar
To address the challenges of attracting new teachers to the profession and reducing highly overburdened teaching loads assigned to teachers, the Kyrgyz Republic implemented a new teacher salary structure in 2011, which eliminated the Soviet-era stavka system and replaced it with a workload system that is common around the world.
CASI RESEARCH SEMINAR: Major Powers and Regionalism in Central Asia
January 27, 2016
Peter Krasnopolsky, PhD candidate, University of Nottingham, School of International Studies, China, CASI Visiting Scholar
Abstract: After the dissolution of the USSR, post-Soviet Central Asia had predisposition and capacity to emerge as a coherent region. However, in the past decades the degree of cooperation and exchanges between the five states has declined. The literature generally agrees on internal (inter-regional) constraints to cooperation among Central Asian states. However, there is little consensus regarding the roles played by major powers, particularly Russia and China, on Central Asian regionalism. 
CASI RESEARCH SEMINAR: “Reluctant Monopolists: Religious regulation, politicization, and identity in Central Asia”
December 2, 2015
Dustin Gamza, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan, USA, CASI Visiting Scholar

Abstract: Does religious regulation work? Regimes in the post-Soviet space choose to regulate religion, to stymie its political potential, or as part of the nation-building process. However, we still often witness religion as a political force and vital component of identity, in some cases increasing in importance over time. Why does religion sometimes become a locus of oppositional identity, despite attempts to control or reduce its influence? When does religious regulation succeed?
CASI RESEARCH SEMINAR: “Localizing norms: comparative perspectives on human rights, gender and ethnicity in Central Asia”
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Medet Tiulegenov, Head, Division of Politics and International/Area Studies, AUCA
Abstract: The presentation would provide preliminary results of the study of the normative changes in the areas of human rights, gender and ethnicity in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The cross cutting theme applied in these three issue areas is a norm of participation in public life, which largely defines a notion of a political regime. As a standard of appropriate behavior this norm is looked at through political rhetoric and as well as actions of political actors (mostly the ruling elite).
CASI RESEARCH SEMINAR: “No escape from ideology? A comparison of political and moral orientations in the former Soviet periphery”
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Philipp Lottholz and Polina Manolova, University of Birmingham, CASI Visiting Scholars
Abstract: This paper aims at inquiring how people in the former Soviet periphery make sense of the transformation that they have undergone since the breakdown of Socialism. Drawing on sociological and social psychological perspectives on post-Socialist societies, we develop the concept of the ‘imaginary West’. The latter has, to our mind, fundamentally shaped the way in which people came to understand post-Socialist reforms, democratisation and integration into the global economy.
Презентация исследовательского проекта: «Социальные изменения, социальная депривация и чувство собственного благополучия: Сравнительное исследование Кыргызстан-Квебек»
7 октября 2015 г.
Галина Горборукова, к.соц.н, руководитель подразделения «Общеобразовательные программы», АУЦА

Краткая аннотация: На презентации будет представлена методология измерения чувства временной относительной депривации и чувства коллективного и личного благополучия. Данная методология разрабатывалась в течение летнего семестра в Университете Монреаль при поддержке CASI/USAID гранта. Данное исследование изучает связь между чувством временной относительной депривации и индивидуального и коллективного благосостояния и проводится в рамках семилетнего проекта по изучению культурной и этнической идентичности в процессе социальных изменений.
CASI Research Seminar: "A Study of the Implications of the Customs Union on Food Security in Kyrgyzstan"
May 14, 2015
Abstract: The aim of this research was to investigate and understand the impact that Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the Customs Union will have on food security in Kyrgyzstan.

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