Beginning in 2011, we have held an annual workshop to coincide with the spring new year Noorus/Navruz involving primarily for postgraduate students working at UK universities on PhD topics in the broad area of Central Asian Studies.  In 2013, the workshop will go on tour to University of Newcastle.

Exeter Central Asian Studies Network Postgraduate Workshop

University of Exeter, 21-22 March 2011

Off-campus visitors can see a map with an arrow pointing to the location of the Amory building here.

Monday 21 March

Arrival 12 noon-1pm: please convene at John Heathershaw’s office: Room 229, Amory building, Rennes drive

1.00-2.00pm: lunch, tba.

2.00-3.00pm: Roundtable on Kyrgyzstan’s political crisis, Amory building, Room 316

With students from John Heathershaw’sthird-year module, Central Asian Politics

CHAIR: John Heathershaw

Speakers: Madeleine Reeves, Steffi Ortmann, Asel Doolotkeldieva, plus others

3.15-4.45pm, Panel 1: The Family and gender relations, Room 402

CHAIR: Madeleine Reeves

Medina Aitieva (University of Manchester), “An Approach to the Study of the Transnational Family in Kyrgyzstan”

Zulfiya Bakhtibekova (University of Exeter), “Early female marriages in Tajikistan: understanding the reasons”

5.15-6.45pm, Seminar: Queens Building, Margaret Room 1

CHAIR: John Heathershaw

Madeleine Reeves (University of Manchester), “Mourning, violence and political community in Kyrgyzstan’s “April Events” of 2010″

From 7.30pm, Nooruz celebration at the home of Zamira Dildorbekova, 6 Manna Ash Court, Matford Lane (EX2 4PU)

Tuesday 22 March

9.15-10.45am: Panel 2: Politics and political change in Kyrgyzstan, Room 239C

CHAIR: Steffi Ortmann

Zamira Dildorbekova (University of Exeter), “Why civil war over peaceful democratic transition: A prehistory to contemporary analysis of authoritarianism and democracy in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan”

Asel Doolotkeldieva (University of Exeter), “Conditions for democratization within the Kyrgyz society”

Elima Karalaeva (University of Exeter), “Tax reform and fiscal consolidation in the Kyrgyz Republic”

11.15-12.45pm: Panel 3: Political economy and the state, Amory 229

CHAIR: John Heathershaw

Gulzat Botoeva (University of Essex), “Drug economy in the post-soviet Kyrgyzstan”

Timor Sharan (University of Exeter), “Network politics and the state in Afghanistan”

Zulfia Satimbai (Amnesty International), tbc

From 1pm: lunch/depart