Previous Seminars

Please contact John Heathershaw for more information:

Spring Term 2013

23 Jan 1.30-3.00pm, Amory 239C, Prof. Sally Cummings, University of St Andrews, ‘What is ideology in Central Asia?’

13 Feb 1.30-5.00pm, Workshop: Politics and Strategy in Afghanistan, Streatham Court 0.28 Major General (Retd) Jerry Thomas, a Royal Marine and former Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence Capability) Mr Timor Sharan, University of Exeter, will speak on ‘The network politics of statebuilding and the 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan’ Ms Lucy Morgan Edwards, University of Exeter, will speak on ‘An Alternative vision for Transition in Afghanistan’

6 March 1.30-3.00pm, Amory 239C, Dr. Bhavna Dave, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, ‘Kazakhstan’s Informal Labour Migration Regime: Evidence from the Bazaars and Construction Sites in Almaty and Astana’

13 March 1.30-5.00pm, Amory 315, Project launch: Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia Participants include Yang Cheng (East-China Normal University, Shanghai, and Visiting International Fellow, University of Exeter), James Nixey (Royal Institute of International Affairs), Anna Matveeva (University of Exeter / Kings College London), Christopher Langton (Head, Independent Conflict Research & Analysis (ICRA)), David Lewis (University of Bradford), Nick Megoran (University of Newcastle), Ivan Campbell (Saferworld) and John Heathershaw (University of Exeter).

20 March, 15.00-16.30 Kolade Teaching Room, Business School, Dr Yang Cheng, Associate Professor of International Relations, East China Normal University; Visiting International Fellow, University of Exeter (Spring 2013), ‘Rising China in International Politics: Possibilities and Restrictions’

20-21 March, Third Annual Noorus/Navruz Workshop in Central Asian Studies at Newcastle University. With a keynote address by Deniz Kandiyotti, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

27 March 1.30-3.00pm, Amory 308, Dr. Balihar Sanghera, University of Kent, “Why Central Asian scholarship needs a strong social theory”

Autumn Term, 2012

All seminars 1.00-2.30pm unless stated.


3 Oct:   John Heathershaw, University of Exeter, “Power without movement: explaining the organisation and success of local interest protests in Kyrgyzstan and beyond” (Politics Department Seminar), 3.00-4.30pm, Kolade Teaching Room, Building One, The Business School


1-2pm. Anna Tarasenko, European University of St Petersburg, “The Russian Case of a Global Neoliberal Trend: State-society Relations in Case Study of St. Petersburg”.  Discussant: Catherine Owen.

2-3pm. Catherine Owen, University of Exeter, ‘Human Rights Activists and Advisory Bodies in Russia: State or Civil Society?’ Discussant: Andre Broome

Coffee break.

3.30pm-5pm. Andre Broom, University of Birmingham, “Designer Capitalism in Central Asia and the Role of the IMF”. Discussant: John Heathershaw. – CANCELLED

31 Oct, 1.30-3.00pm: Zamira Dildorbekova, University of Exeter, ”Contemporary Ismaili Renewal: Khorog Events in Perspective”,  Amory 239AB.

5 Dec: FILM: My Perestoika, Amory 239AB


Exeter Central Asian Studies

Summer Term, 2012


9 May                                    Catherine Owen, Amory A239C, 1.30-3.00pm: ‘Rehabilitating the Hybrid: Russian (Civil) Society and the Third Space’

16 May                                 John Heathershaw, Amory 106, 3.00-4.30pm: ‘Non-electoral protest groups in electoral environments: the “new settlements” of Bishkek and the 2011 presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan’

23 May                                 Asel Doolotkeldieva, Amory A239C, 1.00-2.00pm: ‘Social mobilisation and political change in Kyrgyzstan since 2005’

David McArdle, Amory A239C, 2.00-3.00pm: ‘Contrasting dynamics of mass mobilization in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan’

29 May                                 Serik Beimenbetov, Amory A239C, 2.00-3.30pm, tbc: ‘Regionalism and regional integration in Central Asia’

20 June                                 MINI WORKSHOP ON AFGHANISTAN

Timor Sharan, Amory A239C, 1.30-3.00pm: ‘The network state in Afghanistan: early findings from fieldwork’

Coffee break and continued discussion with Timor and Lucy

Lucy Morgan Edwards (independent researcher), Amory A239C, 4.00-5.30pm:  The Afghan Solution: The Inside Story of Abdul Haq, the CIA and how Western hubris lost Afghanistan


University of Exeter Communism and Post-Communism Seminar Series

Spring and Summer Terms, 2011

Tuesday 8 February, 6.00-7.30pm: Through the Looking Glass: The Andijan Massacre, A film on the 2005 Andijan massacre in Uzbekistan followed by discussion with the reporter Monica Whitlock, Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, Lecture Theatre*

Through the Looking Glass is a documentary film by Monica Whitlock, former BBC correspondent in Central Asia, who was based in Uzbekistan in 2005.  It tells the story of the Andijan massacre in Uzbekistan in May 2005, including contemporary footage and interviews with eyewitnesses. Over the course of almost 100 days in early 2005, demonstrators had gathered in Andijan, east Uzbekistan, to protest the trial of 23 businessmen for alleged involvement in a banned Islamist organisation. On 13 May, an armed group broke into the prison, freeing the businessmen and other prisoners before mobilising people to attend a protest on the city’s main square. In response, the Uzbek security forces sealed off the square and opened fire on the crowds, killing hundreds of people. The film is 55 minutes in duration and will be followed by a discussion with the reporter, Monica Whitlock.

Wednesday 23 February, 3.00-4.30pm: James Mark discusses his new book, The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in central-eastern Europe, followed by drinks, Amory 310

Wednesday 9 March, 3.00-4.30pm: Elmira Satybaldieva, University of Kent, Bourdieu and post-communist politics in Kyrgyzstan, Amory 310*

Monday 21 March, 5.15-6.45pm: Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester, Mourning, violence and political community in Kyrgyzstan’s “April Events” of 2010 , Queens Margaret Room 1*

Wednesday 4 May, 4.15-5.45pm:  Katharine Hodgson, University of Exeter, Preservation versus Selection: Revising the Canon of Twentieth – Century Russian Poetry since 1991, Amory 315

Wednesday 11 May, 3.00-4.30pm: Catherine Owen will introduce Oleg Kharkhordin’s Main Concepts of Russian Politics (2005), Amory 402

Wednesday 18 May, 3.00-4.30pm: Stefanie Ortmann, University of Sussex, Russia as a hyper-Westphalian Great Power, Amory 239 AB

Wednesday 25 May, 3.00-4.30pm: Agata Drelova will introduce Paulina Bren, The Greengrocer and His TV: The Culture of Communism After the 1968 Prague Spring (2010), Amory 239C

Wednesday 1 June, 3.00-4pm: Bryce Lease, University of Exeter, The Shift in Polish Theatre after ’89’, Amory A239AB