London 2012(b) Bedford Sq.

The Eurasia Studies Society (TESS)

Multi-Disciplinary Doctoral Workshop

Building Theories and Methodologies in the Third Decade 

24 November 2012 (from 12.30-18.10)

Royal Holloway, University of London

11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF

Underground satiations: Goodge Street, Tottenham Court, Russell Square

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Provisional Programme 

12.30-13.00 Registration

13.00-13.10 Welcome remarks  (Dr. Gül Berna Özcan, Royal Holloway)

13.10-14.30 Roundtable: Changing Patterns of Development & Internationalisation

Chair: Professor Siddharth S. Saxena, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College

University of Cambridge

  •  “The socio-economic development and economic integration of post-Soviet Central Asia”

Camilla Hagelund, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

  • “European union democracy promotion in Central Asia: Implementation in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan”

Aijan Sharshenova, School of Politics and International Studies, Univ. of Leeds

  • “How to deal with a “lack of trust” in rural Kyrgyzstan?”

Asel Doolotkeldieva, Department of Politics, University of Exeter

  • “The English school goes abroad: International society and Central Asia”

Filippo Costa Buranelli, Department of War Studies, King’s College

  • “A brief sketch of a cosmopolitan social science”

Michael Murphy, Department of International Relations, Royal Holloway


14.30-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-15.30 History, Archaeology and Imagined Constructions

Chair: Dr. Evrim Binbaș, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London

  • “Soviet construction of Kazakh Batyrs”

Dr. Harun Yılmaz, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University and Oxford University

  • “Veracity and falsity of ethnographic data in writing history: A Case From the History of Badakshan”

Nourmamadcho Nourmamadchoev, Department of History, SOAS

  • “Usage and abusage: Timurid architectural heritage as a Power Tool in Modern Central Asia”

Dr. Elena Paskaleva, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden University

  • “Through a postcolonial/post Socialist lens? Museums, material culture and remembering the past”

Katherine Hughes, Department of Anthropology, SOAS

15.30-18.00 Ethnography, Archaeology and Challenges of Mixed Methods

Chair: Dr. Balihar Sanghera, Department of Sociology, University of Kent 

        “Mourning and remembrance: Exploring continued social relationships amongst the living and the dead in contemporary Kyrgyzstan”

Maureen Pritchard, Department of Anthropology, SOAS

  •  “An ethnographic study of drug production in a Kyrgyz village”

Gulzat Botoeva, Sociology Department, University of Essex

  • “Mixed methods, mixed case studies: Towards new insights of the post-Soviet studies”

Diana T. Kudaibergenova, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

  • “Research and researching Central Asia”

Gai Jorayev, PhD Candidate, Research Assistant, Institute of Archaeology, UCL

18.00-18.10 Closing Remark

19.00 Dinner at Tas Restaurant (next to British Museum): 22 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QJ