Mar 29

Second annual Nooruz postgraduate Workshop — Exeter 2012

University of Exeter, 20–21 March 2012
XFI Conference Room 2, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

Tuesday 20 March

12.00–13.00: Arrival and lunch in La Touche café (Building: One)

1.00–1.10, Welcome and Introductions: Dr John Heathershaw, University of Exeter

1.10–2.40, Panel 1: Late-Soviet History and Legacies

Chair: Dr Alisher Khamidov, University of Newcastle


  • Timothy Alexander Nunan, University of Oxford: “Soviet Development Thought, the ‘Central Asian Consensus’, and Soviet Afganovedeniie c. 1953-1991”
  • Markus Balázs Göransson, Aberystwyth University: “Tajik Veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War”
  • Zayra Badillo Castro, School of Oriental and African Studies: “Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives: Social Transformation in Tashkent during the Late Soviet Period”

2.40–3.00 Break

3.00–5.00, Panel 2: International Relations, Security and Foreign Policy

Chair: Dr Anna Matveeva, University of Exeter


  • Bernardo Teles Fazendeiro, University of St. Andrews: “Uzbekistan’s Self-Reliance and Its Impact on External Relations”
  • Kemel Toktomushev, University of Exeter: “Regime Security and Kyrgyz Foreign Policy”
  • Katarzyna Kaczmarska, Aberystwyth University: “International Society Meets Regional Hegemony: the Case of International State-building in Kyrgyzstan”
  • Davinia Hoggarth, University of Warwick, “The Great Game Inverted: Oil, Transition and Security in Central Asia”

5.30–6.45, Keynote Address (Amory 316)

Dr Alisher Khamidov, University of Newcastle: “Central Asia at 20”

Chair: Dr John Heathershaw, University of Exeter

7.15 onwards: Nooruz party with food and drinks (Dinosaur Café, near the Clocktower)

Wednesday 21 March

9.00–10.00, Panel 3: Religion / Education

Chair: Dr Bice Maiguashca, University of Exeter


  • Barakatullo Ashurov, School of Oriental and African Studies: “Out of Syriac into Sogdian: the History of the Church of the East in Sogdiana (Numismatic Evidence)”
  • Zamira Dildorbekova, University of Exeter: “The Dynamics of Islam and Modernity in Tajikistan: Contemporary Islamic Discourse in Ismailism”


10.00–10.30 Break

10.30–12.30, Panel 4: Mobilisation, Resistance and Conflict in Central Asian and Beyond

Chair: Dr Craig Larkin, University of Exeter


  • Alessandro Rippa, University of Aberdeen: “Resistance, Diaspora and the State: The Case of the Uyghurs of Pakistan”
  • Asel Dooletkeldieva, University of Exeter: “Social Mobilizations and Political Change in Kyrgyzstan”
  • Katharina Buck, University of Bristol: “Nationality, National Identity and Ethnic Conflict in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan”
  • TBC

12.30–2.30, Lunch and departure

Lunch in XFI Café (provided for speakers): Discussion of future conferences and network possibilities.


We cordially thank all participants for attending the Second Annual Central Asian Studies Graduate Workshop Nooruz / Navruz at the University of Exeter.

You can see the above and more pictures here, courtesy of Kemel Toktomushev.