My old school (Alte Landesschule Korbach) published an interview with me this month in their alumni journal. Sweet!
I carried out some follow-up fieldwork in Northern Kyrgyzstan in order to finish my book which is due at the end of September this year. I had a wonderful time, met old friends and made new ones and really enjoyed the cool and starry nights in my village in Talas province, and the hot days in the capital Bishkek.
I will give a lecture at the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca on May 12th, 2.30 pm.
The topic is based on a co-edited volume I did with Madeleine Reeves and Johan Rasanayagam called “Ethnographies of the state in Central Asia. Performing politics.” (2014. Indiana University Press).
The seminar is organized by Antonio De Lauri.
Here’s the link to the programme: seminario stato 2015
Central Asia in the XXI Century: Historical trajectories, contemporary challenges and everyday encounters
Call for pre-organized panels and papers
The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) invites proposals for individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions for the fourteenth ESCAS biennial conference scheduled for 8th -11th October 2015 at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland. The Conference will be organized by the Halle-Zurich Centre for the Anthropological Study of Central Asia (CASCA).
ESCAS welcomes proposals relating to all aspects of research in the arts, humanities and social sciences on Central Asia – namely the republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, together with Xinjiang, Mongolia, Afghanistan and adjacent regions of Russia, China, Iran, South Asia and the Caucasus.
Scholars and practitioners of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art & art history, cinema, development studies, economics & finance, history, musicology, philology, political science, sociology and other related disciplines are encouraged to participate. We particularly welcome panel proposals which will cross disciplinary boundaries, bringing together experts from different fields.
The theme of the 2015 conference is “Central Asia in the XXI Century: Historical trajectories, contemporary challenges and everyday encounters“.
More information, including where to submit your pre-organized panels or papers here.
Kyrgyzstan is about to vote on a draft law which is modeled on the Russian ‘homosexuality propaganda’ law. This will make life for people in the LGBT community more than difficult, to say the least: it will criminalize their very existence. Please show your support,more information can be found at the Labrys Kyrgyzstan website.