Public Lecture Series

2017

06 December 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
AKHP Public Lecture: Constitutional Reforms in the Republic of Kazakhstan
The 2017 Constitutional Reform is a new stage of the political history of sovereign Kazakhstan, and a logical outcome of the stage-by-stage democratic development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This reform of the Constitution of Kazakhstan – which was widely discussed in, and supported by, the society – delegated certain powers from the President to other branches of power, facilitated independence of the Government and strengthened responsibility for the decisions it makes. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

30 November 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
IPPA Public Lecture: Multidimensional Poverty
This presentation reviews different approaches to describe welfare and wellbeing in a country, and then uses the multidimensional measure for Armenia  and the Kyrgyz Republic to illustrate how a non-monetary measure of welfare captures the complexity, depth and persistence of poverty and offers important information to complement the analysis of monetary (consumption) poverty.

Other languages: Русский язык |

25 November 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
AKHP Public Lecture: Study on Adaptation of Agricultural Crops in Tajikistan and Afghanistan in Light of Climate Change

The problem of global climate change in the course of human impact on the environment is extremely topical for individual societies, in particular, and the whole world community, in general. Over the recent period, large quantities of species, forms, kinds, families and varieties of local flora and fauna have disappeared, especially in mountainous regions of the world, including Tajikistan. On the other hand, risks associated with global warming continue to pose new challenges for the state, scientists and the population, to ensure food security in the future.
Other languages: Русский язык |

25 October 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
AKHP Public Lecture: Linguistic Ethnogenesis Processes of Pamir Ethnic Groups
Despite numerous scientific works by national and foreign scientists, the origin of sedentary Pamir-Badakhshan peoples in very distant times remains to be a quite controversial and contradictory question.

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 September 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
IPPA Public Lecture: Central Asian "Characteristics" on China’s New Silk Road
China’s $1 trillion One Belt, One Road (OBOR) infrastructure project has significant landscape, socio-economic, and political implications in recipient countries.

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 September 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
AKHP Public Lecture: The Origin of Life and Evolution of its Forms
The Origin and development of life on our planet is one of the most important questions in the field of biology. Two approaches to answer it were formulated back in antiquity. Many ancient authors linked the origin of life to a divine creative act. This point of view lies outside the scientific sphere and scope of our discussion.

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 September 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
AKHP Public Lecture: Current Issues of Professional Identity Among Youth
The University of Central Asia’s Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) is pleased to announce its inaugural Public Lecture Series in Almaty, Kazakhstan organised in partnership with the Public Association Innovative Practices (PAIP) with support of the Ministry of Religion and Civil Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Lectures will be held at the Nur Otan Office. Nur Otan is coordinating video transmission of the lectures at its regional offices in Almaty, Astana, Aktobe, Atyrau, Kostonay, Shymkent and Taldykorgan in Kazakhstan. UCA and PAIP are organising this lecture series as part of the Interdisciplinary Studies of the Humanities and Sciences to encourage discourse and development of social capital among youth.

Other languages: Русский язык |

25 August 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
IPPA Public Lecture: Transforming Urban Waterfronts: Opportunities and Issues for Cities in Transition
During the lecture a number of the issues associated with urban waterfront transformation will be presented, including examples of good practice from various countries and continents. These will include also the cases from post-socialist and developing countries, which are now on the path towards developing advanced types of urban structures.

18 August 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
MSRI Public Lecture: Political Ecology of the Walnut-Fruit Forests in Kyrgyzstan
Natural resources such as water, pastures and forests play a significant role within the livelihood strategies of Kyrgyzstan’s rural population. Based on a political ecology approach, the lecture explores the interrelations between Kyrgyzstan’s walnut-fruit forests and mountain societies as consequence of the Soviet legacy and current globalization processes. The lecture will also discuss issues and challenges for a post-socialist political ecology.

Other languages: Русский язык |

18 July 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Modern Socio-linguistic and Ethno-linguistic Challenges: A Case Study of Tajikistan
It is assumed that globalisation in the modern world is limited to the economy, politics and culture. However, globalisation also relates to languages. Currently, several languages dominate international literature, narrowing the terminological functioning of national languages. The status of languages is defined in the global, regional, official, national or local context. It relates to the functioning of a language in the global, politico-territorial and local space. This, as well as other dimensions, will be discussed in this lecture.

Other languages: Русский язык |

03 July 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

The lecture presents Frederick Starr's new book, Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane, which was translated from English into Tajik by the well-known Tajik linguist, Professor Abdusalom Mamadnazarov.
Other languages: Русский язык |

30 May 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Reflections on the History of Pamir Peoples Through Language

Research on Pamir languages provide valuable information on the history and culture of the Pamir people. Linguistic materials allow historians to reconstruct history, the migration and process of resettlement of Iranians in their new areas of dwelling. Elements of ancient religions, family trees and historical phenomena are documented through language. Phonetic and lexical analysis of Pamir languages indicate that the process of settlement of Pamirs could go from west, to east  and southern parts of the region. Moreover, the process of unification and assimilation of the Pamir peoples proceeded peacefully and covered a large historical period. However, it is difficult to determine whether the Pamiri people were original inhabitants or relocated like other ancient people living in the region.
Other languages: Русский язык |

30 May 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Principles of Bioethics and Nurturing Morality in the Kyrgyz Culture
The Kyrgyz system of nurturing morality has evolved over centuries and is validated by experiences throughout several generations and continues to persist in the memory of Kyrgyz people. Today, the Kyrgyz people should consider restoring bioethics into the modern ethical and educational system, the sacred meaning of which is encoded in proverbs, rituals, traditions, clothes, patterns, colour symbolism and the heroic epic Manas.

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 May 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Model of the Philosophy of Education in the 21st Century

A critical role of education is to detect how personalities are formed to meet the needs of the nation and society at its various stages of development. Throughout history societies set the task to form a personality that is crucial to attain the specific goals of social development. Each stage of development in history presents societal values which are changing and stimulate the formation of this personality and its social portrait. In the 21st century, the demands of globalisation result in new value orientations aimed to form personality traits. This includes traits such as determining a scientific worldview, professional competence, high human moral qualities and a creative rather than destructive mentality. The modern philosophy of education is aimed at addressing these values that form the 21st century personality. This lecture will focus on approaches and tools used in personality formation in the 21st century.
Other languages: Русский язык |

15 May 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Mechanisms for Power Retention in Turkmenistan

In his lecture, Dr Hendrik Meurs analyses how the Turkmenistan government frames its legitimacy to maintain power. This presentation is delivered in five parts: the system of power maintenance,  economic foundations of this system, the ongoing nation-building process, cult of personality around Turkmenistan’s Presidents and the monumental reshaping of the country’s capital. The analysis is presented as a thick geographic description, based on insights, gained during sustained research trips over a period of several years.
Other languages: Русский язык |

11 May 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law

The World Bank’s annual flagship World Development Report (WDR) provides in-depth analysis on important aspects of development. WDR 2017 focuses on the role of Governance and the Law in improving policy effectiveness to achieve security, growth and equity outcomes. The Report was launched on 30 January 2017 and has been presented in over 20 countries to date. The event in the Kyrgyz Republic will be the first launch event in the Central Asia region.
Other languages: Русский язык |

10 May 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan

04 May 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Mechanisms for Power Retention in Turkmenistan
In his lecture, Dr Hendrik Meurs analyses how the Turkmenistan government frames its legitimacy to maintain power. This presentation is delivered in five parts: the system of power maintenance,  economic foundations of this system, the ongoing nation-building process, cult of personality around Turkmenistan’s Presidents and the monumental reshaping of the country’s capital. The analysis is presented as a thick geographic description, based on insights, gained during sustained research trips over a period of several years.

27 April 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Prospects and Challenges for Tourism Development in the Mountain Regions of Tajikistan
This lecture will discuss the prospects and challenges for tourism development in the mountain regions of Tajikistan. Given the growing global demand for tourism services, mountain regions are attractive destinations with its unique history and culture. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 April 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Favourite Mistakes: Public Policy in Theory and Practice

Public policy analysis is now a developed academic field, taught in very similar ways in Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs around the world. The world of policy practice is quite different, however, varying by country, region, experience and context. How well does theory match practice, and are there any systematic differences in policy styles? Do the same mistakes keep getting made, or do policy styles have their own habits and their own, favourite mistakes?
Other languages: Русский язык |

26 April 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Medical Myths

Medical myths have existed since the dawn of time. If in ancient times, myths appeared due to encounters with the unknown, today they emerge as a result of fortunes spent on medicine and the work of marketing teams. It is the clash of the titans. Science has advanced so far ahead that, even with a university degree, not everything can be understood, and much remains completely incomprehensible and confusing.
Other languages: Русский язык |

20 April 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: The Pamir Archive: A World of Information
My love for the high mountain country Tajikistan, my interest in the history of Central Asia together with my profession as cartographer prompted me to start building up The Pamir Archive 25 years ago. 

11 April 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Public Lecture: Can Past Earthquakes Affect Contemporary Rainfall-Initiated Landslide Hazards? - Evidence from Central Asia and Japan

Much of Central Asia and most parts of Japan have experienced major earthquakes, and many landslides are triggered by earthquakes in both regions. However, a larger number of landslides are triggered by rainfall, especially in Japan. Rainfall-initiated landslides tend to occur on hillslope positions where subsurface water accumulates – e.g., concave slopes and areas downslope of ridgelines so that subsurface water can accumulate. In contrast, earthquake-initiated landslides typically occur near ridgelines and on convex or planar slopes, sites where seismic waves amplify.

23 March 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Fate of Traditions in the Modern World

The lecture will address conceptual blocks including the need for a different language of description and different methodology with traditions, tradition as a concept, tradition in history, tradition in the 20th Century and the eschatological scenario. As the author is not an academic, the lecture will have an informal character similar to the Soviet style intellectual conversation.
Other languages: Русский язык |

15 March 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Natural Conditions of the Pamir Highlands and Challenges Faced by Mountain Communities Using Geothermal Energy

The lecture focuses on key mountain environment factors, ranging from middle altitudes to the highland regions of the Pamirs, having a significant impact on living organisms, especially plant communities.

Other languages: Русский язык |

19 February 2017 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Nomadic Traditions and Environmental Conservation
Separation of an ethnic community from deep-rooted, spiritual and personal relations with Mother Nature inevitably have had and will result in their marginalisation. Contrary to the widely-held view, this is equally true of large and small ethnic communities. For large ethnic groups, it is mainly related to extension of settlement areas or resettlement in areas with significantly different natural environments. For small ethnic groups, who have fallen under the influence of large ethnic groups, it happens due to the loss of traditional lifestyles and to some extent the weakening and loss of ethnic culture and language. When culture loses its regulatory functions as it pertains to society’s relationship with nature, and these functions shift over to science, economics and politics, it creates pre-requisites for irretrievable inconsistency of society with its natural environment. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

2016

01 August 2016 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Advances in Sustainable Agricultural Land Management: Opportunities for Education, Research and Development
Concerns regarding sustainable production intensification and sustainable land management are attracting a good deal of attention in the international development and policy agenda because of the degrading and sub-optimal performance of many of the conventional land use management practices.

Other languages: Русский язык |

01 August 2016 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Music Culture in the Yasin Valley of Gilgit Baltistan, Northern Pakistan
Music student Wajahat Shah will deliver a presentation on the culture and music of the Gilgit Baltistan of Northern Pakistan. He will introduce the rich music culture of the Yasin Valley, his home region located in the northwest region of Gilgit.

31 July 2016 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
International Development Cooperation – from Development Aid to Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: History – Guiding Principles – Examples for the new Approach to the Role of the Private Sector
The objective of this lecture is to present an analysis of the paradigm shift in international development cooperation from aid to global partnership for sustainable development by discussing the history and guiding principles of development cooperation.

21 June 2016 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Can Highland Potato Production Be Sustainable? Lessons from the Andes
The presentation will focus on sustainability of potato production in highland situations. Potatos are historically a highland crop and have been grown for millennia in the Andes; by this indicator potato production was originally sustainable.

Other languages: Русский язык |

17 May 2016 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
University of Central Asia Lecture - Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World
As part of its ‘breaking the cycle of poverty’ series, the Aga Khan Foundation UK along with the Ismaili Council United Kingdom and the University of Central Asia are pleased to invite you to a talk by Shamsh Kassim-Lakha.

20 April 2016 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Methodology for Assessing Poverty of Microfinance Institutions’ Clients in Kyrgyz Republic
Lecture presents a methodology for assessing poverty level of microfinance institutions’ clients (MFI) developed for MFIs of Kyrgyzstan. Key elements of the methodology such as specification of assessment framework, sample selection for building the model, problems with data, processing the data for modelling, assumptions and their impact on outcome as well as scope of the model application are discussed during the lecture. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

23 February 2016 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
African Americans in the US
The history of the African American community’s struggle for civil rights is an important part of the cultural and political history of the United States, and should be observed and celebrated.

28 January 2016 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Sacred Sites: An Opportunity for Improving Biocultural Diversity Conservation in Ysyk-Kol Biosphere Reserve

The author presents the results from his Master's thesis on sacred sites within Ysyk-Kol Biosphere Reserve (YKBR). The paper claims that sacred sites, defined as areas of land and bodies of water which are culturally and spiritually significant for local communities, represent traditional model of bioculturral diversity conservation.
 
 
Other languages: Русский язык |

2015

09 December 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
One Text, Many Interpretations: an Illustrated Overview of the Shahnama across Time and Materials
The Persian Shahnama epic, or Book of Kings,  chronicles the pre-Islamic history of Iran and Central Asia. It is attributed  to the Persian poet Firdausi in the eleventh century although its tales come  from oral traditions that predate him, which can be seen on seventh-century  wall paintings from Panjekent. 

09 December 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Jobs Diagnostics in the Kyrgyz Republic: How to Create Better Jobs?
Jobs are at the centre of sustainable poverty reduction and improved living standards.  As a result, around the world, countries have identified creating more and better jobs as a top development challenge.  Many development trends in the Kyrgyz Republic indicate the need for better jobs outcomes, such as persistent levels of poverty, low levels of formal sector job creation and rapid rates of out-migration that could impact the availability of skills needed for future growth and development. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

09 December 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Economic Mobility in the Kyrgyz Republic
The report focuses on the degree and main characteristics of economic mobility in the Kyrgyz Republic. Mobility analysis can help to unveil what happened below the surface of poverty stagnation of 2009, thereby enabling to understand whether the reduced pace in poverty eradication was associated with mobility in and out of the poverty status and to obtain a profile of the corresponding groups. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

17 November 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Framing the Debate on the Application of Sharia in the Egyptian Legal System
Dr Parolin will frame the call for the Application of Sharia in the development of the modern legal system in Egypt. The call cannot be understood outside such a framework, but what could it mean? Dr Parolin will articulate a few possible readings.

26 October 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Grazing Disturbance as a Tool to Enhance Rangeland Health
This presentation will focus on selected studies that examine the impact of grazing by cattle, examine the role of litter (dead plant material) in the ecosystem and make an argument for its application at a time when bison have been extirpated and fires are actively suppressed.

Other languages: Русский язык |

21 October 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Central Europe's Special Role in the History of Europe
This region has always played a special role in the history of Europe. From the beginning of the first millennium, when the kings of this region decided to follow Christianity, governed by Rom, they marked the later destiny of their land forever. In the turbulent times of the Middle Ages, during the Enlightenment and Romanticism and later on until the end of the First World War, these people tried to find their balance, living on the borderline between East and West. 

09 October 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Higher Education and Science Reform in Republic of Kazakhstan: Diverse Trajectories of Developing Partnerships
This presentation describes key educational reforms in higher education in Kazakhstan and the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University’s (NUGSE) role in contributing to these reforms. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

26 September 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Poetry and Wisdom in the 21st Century: Thinking Out Loud
Drawing on his experience in the arts and media, renowned writer, poet, playwright and screenplay writer Temur Kasymovich Zulfikarov will address key issues of the 21st Century related to identity, technology and media and philosophy in this lecture. Questions to be considered and discussed include: Where is humanity headed?  What will happen to us and our children in a globalised world? Who are the true prophets of our problematic times? How do wisdom and poetry feel in the era of the Internet? Who reads great books in the age of show business? 

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 July 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities in Emerging Countries
Contextualizing the drive for world-class higher education institutions and the power of international and domestic university rankings, this lecture outlines possible strategies and pathways for establishing globally competitive universities and explores the challenges, costs, and risks involved. Its findings will be of particular interest to policy makers, university leaders, researchers, and development practitioners. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

14 July 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Migration and Gender Relations: How Does Russia Shape a Tajik Male Migrant's Perspective?
Migration has, in many ways, come to define the current economic situation in Tajikistan and Central Asia. Of course, movement of this kind, at such a scale, also has profound effects on individuals and society here in Tajikistan, both for those who go and for those—individuals and communities—who remain behind. This presentation will explore migration’s effects on the views and perceptions of those who travel, through the lens of Tajik taxi drivers.

09 July 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Beyond Remittances: Three Perspectives on the Myriad, Deeper, Personal Effects of Migration
The presentations introduce ongoing anthropological and ethnographic field research at three different field sites in Tajikistan to explore the effects of migration on land and people. Finally, these presentations will consider the dynamic state of migration—the recent Russian economic downturn, Russian visa policies—to ask how variations might relate to gender relations and land use. How much will change if more migrants come back, if more stay?

26 June 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Interdisciplinary research and capacity development – a strategy for mountain societies
In this presentation I will draw on my own research experience – from a long-term, interdisciplinary research project on land and water management in Central Asia (Khorezm region in Uzbekistan) – and on the more recent debates on development and climate research, to explore how a long-term, salient, and credible science program could be shaped that would help delivering the needed ‘change from within’.

Other languages: Русский язык |

22 June 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Moving Mountains: Reflections on an Agenda for Central Asian Mountain Studies in a Context of Change and Integration
The presentation will explore a possible agenda for Central Asian mountain studies by drawing upon experience from mountain areas outside Central Asia, especially from Mountainous Mainland Southeast Asia which in many respects such as increasing trans boundary integration, multi-ethnic mountain societies, and the influence of dominant powers such as the People’s Republic of China, provides points of reference for a comparison with Central Asia. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

18 June 2015 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Climate Change, Energy Poverty and the Global Energy System
The world faces two global energy grand challenges that are inextricably intertwined with one another. The first is the present and growing risks of climate change, largely as a direct consequence of the burning of fossil fuels to meet our need for energy services. The second is the lack of modern energy services in many parts of the developing world. The result is a large gap between different parts of the world in both energy consumption and climate relevant emissions. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

2014

11 December 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Impact of Kumtor Gold Mine on the Economic and Social Development of Kyrgyzstan
This lecture will present the findings of an impartial, evidence-based and rigorous assessment of Kumtor’s impact on current and future economic and social development in the Kyrgyz Republic, designed to inform discussions on the country’s onward development and the development of the mining sector in particular.

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 November 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Priming Economic Growth in the Context of Uncertainty and External Influences
Lecture will consider the following: requirements for regions on successful economic growth in the context of uncertainty and the increase of external influences; basic development models of territories and economic goals of the models; approaches to priming economic growth; modern tools to prime economic growth of territories, and the main principles and use of tools in the context of growing external influences. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

20 November 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Work, Productivity and Jobs in the Kyrgyz Republic
Jobs are at the centre of sustainable poverty reduction and improved living standards.  As a result, around the world, countries have identified creating more and better jobs as a top development challenge.  Many development trends in the Kyrgyz Republic indicate the need for better jobs outcomes, such as persistent levels of poverty, low levels of formal sector job creation and rapid rates of out-migration that could impact the availability of skills needed for future growth and development.

12 September 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Understanding the Link between Climate Change and Alpine Cryosphere
This lecture will describe the impact of climate change on three aspects of the cryosphere: snow cover, glaciers and permafrost. It will also discuss the importance of long-term monitoring based on modern approaches, including establishing a sound database to allow for more accurate estimates of changes in sea levels, river runoffs and natural hazards and help reduce uncertainties about climate change. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

11 September 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Well-being and Coping Strategies of Single Mothers in Osh after the 2010 Conflict in Kyrgyzstan
The 2010 inter-communal violence in Kyrgyzstan left the women of Osh exposed to many difficulties. Satisfactory living conditions were replaced by increased challenges such as deteriorating health and education systems, declining communication and economic opportunity and the loss of property. The increased mortality rate of males and labour migration during and after the conflict resulted in an increased number of single mothers. This study investigates trends related to the well-being of these women, examining their coping mechanisms and the factors that make their lives meaningful in post-conflict Osh.

Other languages: Русский язык |

07 August 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Communication, Media, and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century
The age-old problem of misunderstanding between people persists despite the remarkable growth of communications technology and the interweaving of the world’s peoples through globalization. The human race has invested enormously in the means of communication. Vast amounts of data are whizzing across the planet at a lightning pace. Satellites, the Internet, mobile devices, and other media are increasingly enabling people in mountains and deserts to participate in the 21st century feast of information. But let us remember the questions that the poet T.S. Eliot asked 90 years ago: “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 June 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
How Can We Anticipate Climate Change in Mountain Communities?
Climate change is occurring in regions with already existing layers of inequities. Furthermore, communities that did not contribute to the causes of climate change are at its vanguard and are experiencing dramatic perturbations. Using applied research from the Pamir Mountains of  Central Asia, this presentation will discuss the possible contributions biological and social sciences as well as the humanities can make to building anticipatory and adaptive capacity. Drawing on indigenous calendars, this presentation will propose a collaborative and interdisciplinary way forward.

Other languages: Русский язык |

23 May 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
CATCOS: Re-establishing Long-term Glacier Monitoring in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia
The lecture explore the methodology and results of glacier monitoring in Central Asia conducted by the Capacity Building and Twinning for Climate Observing Systems (CATCOS) project, which aims to improve climate relevant measurements in data sparse regions

22 May 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Poverty Updates: The Case of the Kyrgyz Republic
This lecture will present poverty and shared prosperity trends in the Kyrgyz Republic, using data and calculations from the 2008 to2012 Kyrgyz Integrated Household Survey. It will also include regional comparisons to other Central Asian countries and Central and Eastern European countries, and analysis of mobility and growth studies.  Finally, significant drivers of poverty reduction will be discussed.

Other languages: Русский язык |

13 March 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Recent Progress of Women in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan: A Case Study of Kabul and Bishkek
Afghanistan has been politically unstable for almost four decades. During Taliban rule, women were deprived of an education and government or private sector employment. Under the current government, there has been some progress in the participation of women in different sectors. In comparison, women in Kyrgyzstan have held prominent public roles. 

06 March 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Diversified Development: Making the Most of Natural Resources in Eurasia
The focus will be on how the resource-rich countries of Eurasia have benefited from global economic growth. The region has recovered from the recession of the 1990s and is integrating into the world economy, primarily through its abundant natural resources. The lecture will discuss these findings and their implications for future economic growth.

Other languages: Русский язык |

04 March 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War in Tajikistan
The veterans movement of the 1980s was heavily invested in the structures and symbols of the Soviet state. The veterans turned to the state not just for material and financial benefits, but also for recognition of their identity as veterans. This lecture will describe the perspectives of veterans of the Soviet-Afghan war in Tajikistan.

18 February 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Open Seminar: Research for Sustainable Land Management: Status, Challenges and Pathways for Improvement
 This open seminar will present the findings of MSRI’s Background Paper on Sustainable Land Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: A Research Review. The paper provides an overview of the state of research on sustainable land management (SLM) in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and analyses the interface between research and action. The authors reviewed 131 publications and used the Global Land Project analytic framework to assess the focus and gaps in research. To gain further insight, they facilitated a stakeholder feedback session at the September 2012 Central Asian Mountain Partnership Forum (CAMP Forum 2012) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which focused on the theme of SLM.

Other languages: Русский язык |

18 February 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Open Seminar: Research for Sustainable Land Management: Status, Challenges and Pathways for Improvement
This open seminar will present the findings of MSRI’s Background Paper on Sustainable Land Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: A Research Review. The paper provides an overview of the state of research on sustainable land management (SLM) in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and analyses the interface between research and action. The authors reviewed 131 publications and used the Global Land Project analytic framework to assess the focus and gaps in research. To gain further insight, they facilitated a stakeholder feedback session at the September 2012 Central Asian Mountain Partnership Forum (CAMP Forum 2012) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which focused on the theme of SLM.

31 January 2014 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Balance of Payments of the Kyrgyz Republic: Current Status
This lecture will examine the theoretical basis of building international accounts and the balance of payments of the Kyrgyz Republic. The lecture will also include an overview of the current status of the balance of payments of the Kyrgyz Republic based on data on the first half of 2013. Features of the country's balance of payments statistics will be described, as well as the problem of "errors and omissions".

Other languages: Русский язык |

2013

13 December 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Trade and Economic Relations Between Ukraine and Countries of Central Asia: State and Opportunities For Development
 With increased globalisation, establishing mutually beneficial foreign trade relations is an important prerequisite to ensure robust economic growth and the utilisation of competitive advantages of national economic systems. This is particularly true in countries where product markets are complementary.

28 November 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Institutional Framework of Government Economic Policy Coordination in the Kyrgyz Republic: Reality and Future
Government economic policy determines the development of the national economy and the country in general. The government also defines the structure and mechanisms for the implementation of economic policy.  This lecture will review the impact of recent political events and the adoption of the new Constitution on the institutional framework for the development, approval and implementation of economic policy in the Kyrgyz Republic. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

10 October 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Political Developments and Education in Afghanistan, 2002-2013: Challenges, Opportunities and Expectations
This lecture will describe an analysis of 11 years of international engagements in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on the reconstruction and redevelopment of education. The key purpose of this presentation is to analyse the achievements, challenges and expectations in the field of education over the past 11 years. 

08 October 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Remittances and the Human Capital of Children: New Evidence from Kyrgyzstan during the Revolution and Financial Crisis, 2005–2009
This lecture will describe the effect of the receipt of remittances on the education and health of children in Kyrgyzstan during a volatile period of their recent history, 2005–2009. The country experienced revolution in 2005 and the global financial crisis beginning in 2008.

Other languages: Русский язык |

26 September 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Rule of Law and Administrative Justice
His presentation explores the questions: What is Rule of Law? How to monitor the legal development? How to guarantee good administration and administrative justice? A symbolic functional model of the rule of law is like “a house built on solid ground”. 

13 August 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Sedentary Nomads? Pastoralism, Nomadism, Settlement and Tribalism among the Kyrgyz of High Asia
This lecture will describe the findings of research conducted on Kyrgyz settlements in the early and intermediate Soviet years. It will emphasize the 1916 rebellion and early Slavic colonisation of Kyrgyz lands as catalysts of social and political change and settlement, prior to the Stalinist economic programme of 1929-30.

Other languages: Русский язык |

30 June 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Access to Education by Ethnic Minorities in the Republic of Tajikistan
This lecture will describe the findings of a study on the education of ethnic minorities in the Republic of Tajikistan. Conducted from March to June 2013 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the study was designed to develop measures to support the implementation of Government of Tajikistan recommendations of international human rights mechanisms. The study was conducted as part of the European Union Protection of Human Rights for Stability in Central Asia project.

10 June 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Kasha and Quality in Kyrgyzstan: Donors, Diversity, and Dis-Integration in Higher Education
Kyrgyzstan’s relative openness to a diversity of ideas, combined with its poverty, has caused it to accept a plethora of international academic institutions and programs, often exported by the sender rather than imported at Kyrgyzstan’s request. These programs and institutions suggest a variety of visions of Kyrgyzstan’s future and of the political and religious identities of its citizens.

04 June 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Designing Institutions in a Post-socialist Transformation Process: Local Institutions in Regularising the Management of Pasture Resources in Kyrgyzstan
After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan faced a challenging transition from a state- managed to a market economy. Within the framework of agrarian reforms, agricultural land and livestock were redistributed, but state ownership was retained for forest, pasture and water resources. Rapid reforms created a temporary institutional vacuum, which stimulated the process of refilling by informal and newly created, decentralized, formal institutions.

Other languages: Русский язык |

04 June 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
English-Russian Glossary of Terms and Concepts in Public and Economic Policy, Administration and Trade
This lecture will describe the framework, contents and utility of a unique resource, the English-Russian Glossary of Terms and Concepts in Public and Economic Policy, Administration and Trade, by presenter Oleksandr Kiliievych. The glossary was produced under the Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building in Central Asia and Afghanistan project implemented by the University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration, with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.

Other languages: Русский язык |

30 May 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Soldiers in a foreign land. The experiences of Tajik soldiers of the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989)
Over half a million Soviet citizens took part in the Soviet-Afghan War, lasting from 1979 until 1989. Of these more than fifteen thousand came from the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic. Many of these Tajik soldiers played an outsize role in the war as translators and as soldiers better accustomed to the cultural and climatic realities of Afghanistan than their northern Slavic brethren. Moreover, the Tajik fighters shared considerable cultural and linguistic similarities with many Afghans, giving them a particular position in the conflict. How did Tajik soldiers experience this war that caused death and destruction among people so similar to themselves? Is there truth to the claim often floated in the West during the Cold War that the Afghan War led to a political and even religious awakening among Central Asians? 

25 May 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Findings from Archaeological Site on University of Central Asia’s Naryn Campus Site
In Summer 2012, a group of archeologists from three universities in Kyrgyz Republic conducted archeological research on UCA’s campus site in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. The research was supported by the University of Central Asia, which is committed to the protection of the site, as part of its mission to  help the peoples of Central Asia preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future. This lecture will describe the findings of the research study and its implications for the future protection of the site.

18 May 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Crafting Winning Graduate School and Grant Proposals
Dr. Eric McGlinchey will discuss how students and scholars can craft winning graduate school and grant applications through the incorporation of grounded social science methodology in their research proposals. McGlinchey will discuss how to articulate clear and compelling research questions and how to formulate research designs likely to resonate with university admissions and research grant review committees.

23 April 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
How ’Global’ is the Global Transformation of the University? The Importance of Transnational Knowledge Production and Critique
 These are turbulent times for higher educators and students around the world. They are characterised, by a new era of capitalist initiatives which include the rapid defunding of formerly public education systems, ascendance of capitalist knowledge regimes and the transformation of professional identities.

Other languages: Русский язык |

16 April 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Poverty Profile and Regional Welfare Disparities in the Kyrgyz Republic
Every country has places where living standards are lower than the national average. These welfare disparities between and within regions may stem from the concentration of people with better demographic and human capital characteristics (concentration hypothesis) or due to the differences in returns to these characteristics (geography hypothesis). The recent poverty profile of the Kyrgyz Republic demonstrates how poverty varies with geography and how it is affected by different household-level attributes.

Other languages: Русский язык |

16 April 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
UCA Public Lecture: Poverty Profile and Regional Welfare Disparities in the Kyrgyz Republic
On 16 April 2013, 4pm, as part of UCA's Public Lecture Series, Aziz Atamanov will be speaking on "Poverty Profile and Regional Welfare Disparities in the Kyrgyz Republic", at UCA Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 2nd Floor Conference Room.

23 March 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
AKHP Public Lecture - Theory of Superstring and Quantum Gravitation
As part of the Aga Khan Humanities Project Public Lecture Series, Professor Muminov Khikmat will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Theory of Superstring and Quantum Gravitation’ on 23 March 2013, 11am - 1pm at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.

08 February 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Social Work Development: Fundamental Trends in Modern Kyrgyzstan
This presentation includes a discussion of fundamental directions and trends in the development of social work.

Other languages: Русский язык |

07 February 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Financial Support Obligation in Kyrgyz Kinship Networks
Financial obligation in Kyrgyz society include a system of compulsory monetary contributions from immediate and extended family members at funerals, weddings, or when a person is facing health issues. The presentation will include findings from a study of the systems through which financial and material support obligations are fulfilled within kinship networks in contemporary Kyrgyz society.

Other languages: Русский язык |

31 January 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Food Security and the Agricultural Cooperation Agenda in Central Asia with a Focus on Tajikistan
The global rise in food prices, significant dependence on food staple imports, and the temporary wheat export bans by the region’s main producers is having a dramatic impact on the lives of millions in Central Asia. This is particularly the case in Tajikistan which has faced a series of natural calamities and poor economic performance over the past few years.

Other languages: Русский язык |

24 January 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Agricultural Productivity, Poverty and Export Potential in Talas Oblast of Kyrgyzstan
Poverty in Kyrgyzstan has been an important and persistent problem since independence in the 1990s. Despite a decrease in poverty rates in the last decade, rates continue to be high. Remote rural areas have lower potential for economic growth, and demonstrate higher and more volatile levels of poverty that are sensitive to external negative factors. This lecture will present findings from research on the determinants of rural poverty in the remote area of Talas oblast of Kyrgyzstan. The research focused on the main factors determining rural poverty to improve the theoretical basis of agricultural research in the region, and produce practical recommendations for growth in the sector.  The research found a statistically significant link between poverty and production efficiency at the household level.   The presentation will also include an overview of rural production, the results of alternative poverty measurement in the region, and the case for the new export potential of Talas beans, which has developed in recent years. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

23 January 2013 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Balance of Payments of the Kyrgyz Republic: Accounting Principles and Current Status
This lecture will examine the theoretical basis of building international accounts and the balance of payments of the Kyrgyz Republic. Concepts such as the double entry system, the economic territory, residency, the centre of economic interest and time of registration will be discussed in depth. The lecture will also include an overview of the current status of the balance of payments of the Kyrgyz Republic based on data on the first half of 2013. Features of the country's balance of payments statistics will be described, as well as the problem of "errors and omissions".

2012

18 December 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Transport Corridors in Central Asia
At the moment there is no effective and commercially attractive transport links between the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan, South Asia and the Middle East. An urgent need is to build a railroad across northern Afghanistan with access to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, and the railroad from Kazakhstan via Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.

Other languages: Русский язык |

10 December 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Torture and Transition: Determinants of International Human Rights Norm Compliance in Central Asia – Comparative Analysis of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
An exclusive lecture to commemorate Human Rights Day
Post-communist states have had two decades of experience with the free market of goods and ideas. With regards to liberal norms, after independence, they rapidly signed and ratified a variety of conventions and treaties. However, for many states these actions were simply opportunities to satisfy desires for membership in international institutions and appease Western donors and human rights critics. The case of the post-Soviet Tajikistan, in comparison to its northern neighbor of Kyrgyzstan, offers an opportunity for analysis.

Other languages: Русский язык |

05 December 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Geopolitical Constraints in Central Asia: The Role of Regional Partnerships in Security and Energy
This presentation aims to explore the reasons for Chinese-Russian cooperation concerning energy and security in Central Asia.  We start from the assumption that Russia and China are increasingly inter-related in geopolitical terms and both seek to maintain and/or increase their influence in the region not only through hard power initiatives (which are increasingly less common in both countries’ relations) but through the signing of agreements and defense treaties, which are linked to natural gas and oil.

Other languages: Русский язык |

26 November 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Business Cycles in Central Asia
This presentation examines the features of business cycles (BC) in Central Asian countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. The presentation attempts to (i) analyze the relationship between the movements in macroeconomic variables and the aggregate cycle for each country; (ii) examine the extent of synchronization of BCs across countries and BC dependence on other external developments.

Other languages: Русский язык |

08 November 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia: Trade Creation and Trade Diversion in Central Asia in 2010-2011
The formation of the Customs Union (CU) of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russian Federation is probably the most important trade policy change in Central Asia in recent years. Initial analysis indicates that trade in goods between CU countries and other Central Asian countries has grown significantly during the two years of the CU operations.

Other languages: Русский язык |

30 October 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Women’s Rights to Land and Natural Resources in Kyrgyzstan: Findings from Batken, Chui, Naryn and Jalalabad Oblasts
This presentation examines women’s land and natural resource rights in practice in rural Kyrgyzstan. Women’s rights to productive resources have been linked to increases in household food security, economic development and children’s education, and access to land and natural resources confers economic benefits through agricultural production, access to collateral, and rental and sales income.

Other languages: Русский язык |

06 September 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Categories of Analysis and Categories of Practice since the Tajik Civil War by Sophie Roche
The civil war in Tajikistan in the 1990s was a dynamic period that has transformed social practices and has created new collectivities. This lecture will re-examine some of the categories of analysis used to describe the civil war, and relate them to ethnographic research.

Other languages: Русский язык |

22 August 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Education, Identity and Resilience among Gorno-Badakhshan Pamiri Youth by Carole Faucher
This lecture examines the interplay of religious, secular and home education in the self-identification process of Pamiris originating from Tajikistan’s Autonomous Province of Gorno-Badadkhshan (GBAO), living in Central Asia with access to Ismaili religious education.

Other languages: Русский язык |

14 August 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Resilience, Community Deliberation and Management of Irrigation Canals in Kara Kulja District, Kyrgyz Republic
This presentation examines the upkeep and restoration of irrigation canals, which present a difficult challenge to communities in rural Kyrgyzstan. The result is a collection of interacting visions of good irrigation management and a water resource system that is much more complicated than large-scale governance plans would have us believe.

Other languages: Русский язык |

01 August 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
PLS Dushanbe - Trends and Patterns in Foreign Trade & Tajikistan’s Transport Transit Corridors
Roman Mogilevskii will discuss recent trends and patterns in trade of Central Asian countries with each other and other parts of the world. Shokhboz Asadov will discuss performance of Tajikistan's transport corridors and their challenges ahead to become crossroad for transport traffic of the region 

Other languages: Русский язык |

26 July 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Coping Strategies: Public Avoidance, Migration, and Marriage in the Aftermath of the Osh Conflict, Fergana Valley by Aksana Ismailbekova
This presentation examines the dynamic survival strategies of ethnic Uzbeks living in Osh, Kyrgyzstan in the aftermath of mass violent conflict in Osh in June 2010. They have a long history of living in the Osh region and have strong emotional and historical sentiments that bind them to the region and its graveyards and sacred sites

Other languages: Русский язык |

17 July 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Export of Higher Education Services in Kyrgyzstan by Nurbek Jenish
The paper examines the recent developments in the international higher education sector in Kyrgyzstan. It attempts to (i) provide an explanation for why the country has outperformed its Central Asian (CA) neighbors, becoming a regional leader in recruiting international students, and (ii) assess the impact of international students on the Kyrgyz economy.

Other languages: Русский язык |

07 July 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
AKHP Special Lecture Series: Comparative Analysis Human Being and His Perspective in the Context of Nasir Khusrav’s Philosophical and Theological Interpretations by Dr Nazariev Ramazon
The author focuses on the Khusrav’s thesis where the human being is presented as “the measure for all knowledge” and where rationality is the main way to the “truthful” knowledge of reality and phenomena.

05 July 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Trends and Patterns in Foreign Trade of Central Asian Countries by Roman Mogilevskii
The relationship between the multiple forces driving development and risks in Central Asia is dynamic. Understanding these dynamics requires consistent monitoring and careful evidence-based analysis of key development factors in the region.  One of the most important factors of economic development is foreign trade, and Central Asia has economies heavily dependent on trade.

Other languages: Русский язык |

26 June 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Stimulating Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Small Market Economy: Lessons and Evidence from Other Countries by Dr Geoff Gregson
This lecture will discuss key elements of innovation systems in small market economies that are critical for stimulating and supporting new venture creation, university-industry collaboration and the flow of risk capital.

Other languages: Русский язык |

08 June 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Remittances, Transfers and Education in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic by Prof Kathryn H. Anderson
Educational development is one of the keys to local economic development. This lecture describes the findings of a study examining the impact of transfers from international migrants and internal donors on education development in the two poorest countries in Central Asia, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.

Other languages: Русский язык |

25 April 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Perestroika Period in Central Asian Societies: History and Collective Memory by Dr Irina Morozova and Dr Gulnara Aitpaeva
The re-conceptualisation of socialist socio-historical and cultural legacies that began during Perestroika impacted public and academic understandings of how the whole region of Central Asia is now shaped.

Other languages: Русский язык |

03 February 2012 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Nursing Education, Profession and Practice in Bishkek: A Situational Analysis by Salima Somani
This lecture will present findings and recommendations of a situational analysis of nursing in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, undertaken in 2011 on behalf of the University of Central Asia. The aim of the study was to generate a clear understanding of the healthcare system in Bishkek, with a focus on nursing education and professional practice.

Other languages: Русский язык |

2011

13 December 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Non-electoral protest groups in an electoral environment: the ‘new settlements’ of Bishkek and the 2011 presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan by Dr John Heathershaw
This lecture describes three case studies of non-electoral protest groups by so-called ‘land-grabbers’ (zemlyazakhvatchiki) in the new settlements (novostroyka) of Bishkek during the 2011 Presidential Elections in the Kyrgyz Republic. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

02 December 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Achievements and drawbacks of National Scholarship Testing in Kyrgyzstan by Dr. Duishon Shamatov
A scholastic aptitude test called National Scholarship Test (NST) was introduced in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2002 to assess secondary school graduates and provide them with opportunities to fairly qualify for state-funded seats at universities.

Other languages: Русский язык |

18 November 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Film Screening - The Desert of Forbidden Art by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev
18 November 2011 - The incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars is stashed in a far-off desert in Uzbekistan that develops into a larger exploration of how art survives in times of oppression. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 October 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Social Dynamic and Conflict: A Study of Public Opinion in South Kyrgyzstan by Asel Murzakulova, Policy Expert, Polis Asia, Bishkek.
The main goals of the research was to investigate: (i) conflict and social resistance to conflict; (ii) experiences and practices of the institution of mediation in the contemporary cities of Osh and Jalal-abad; (iii) sociocultural stereotypes such as conflict potential; and (iv) understanding and interpretation of terms such as authority and power by the contemporary society.  In this presentation, Ms Murzakulova, a Policy Expert at Polis Asia, provides an overview of findings from these studies.

13 September 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Roundtable on Еffects of Migration on Rural Livelihoods and Families in Central Asia by Antje Elisabeth Kröger, Bakhrom Mirkasimov and Lira Sagynbekova
This roundtable brings together three interrelated research topics on the affects of migration on rural livelihoods and families in Central Asia. Antje describes how migration affects children's welfare and intra-household decision-making when the household has a migrant. Her research demonstrates that having a migrant in the household increases children's household duties and decreases school enrolment rates, particularly for girls.

Other languages: Русский язык |

29 August 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Exploring Soil Erosion in High Altitude Pastures of Kyrgyzstan (by Maksim Kulikov, Hamburg University)
This lecture presents the preliminary findings of a doctoral study to analyze and compare the situation of soil degradation in four sites of Arslanbab region of Jalalabad region of Kyrgyz Republic. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

24 August 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Becoming Muslim in Uzbekistan: The Moral Quality of Experience (by Dr Johan Rasanayagam, University of Aberdeen)
This presentation explores the processes of moral reasoning by which individuals in Uzbekistan develop understandings of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim.

Other languages: Русский язык |

17 August 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Weather and Water Patterns in Kara Kulja, Osh: A Climate Change Analysis (by Laurie Ashley and Dr Natasha Ershova)
Combining multiple information sources, an Aga Khan Foundation-led climate change analysis revealed that climate change impacts are already having implications for agriculture, water resources, and non-seismic natural disasters. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

22 July 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Fragile identities: Belonging and Self-identification Processes in the context of Majority-Minority Relations (by Dr. Carole Faucher)
Drawing from her 15 years of research in Southeast Asia, Carole Faucher will explore some theoretical inquiries pertaining to the anthropological concept of ‘feeling of belonging’ to a political community.

14 July 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (by Artemy Kalinovsky, University of Amsterdam)
The conflict in Afghanistan looms large in the collective consciousness of Americans.

11 July 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Vernacular Architecture and the Historic Houses of Gyumri, Armenia (by Jane Britt Greenwood)
The aim of this talk is to document the historic houses of the Kumayri Historic District in order to identify and develop an Armenian “pattern language.” This architecturally based language can then be used by architects, developers, and builders as a way to preserve Armenian cultural identity in modern Armenian architecture.

04 July 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Many Homes: How Kyrgyz Migrants Juggle Their Lives in Multiple Settings (by Dr. Susan Thieme, University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Kazakhstan are major destinations for young labour migrants from southern Kyrgyzstan in search of economic and educational opportunities. Children and elderly people often do not migrate and stay behind.

30 June 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Production Efficiency Influence on Rural Poverty in Remote Areas of the Kyrgyz Republic (by Kanat Tilekeyev, PhD Candidate, University of Giessen, Germany)
Poverty in the Kyrgyz Republic has a persistent and growing problem since independence. In the 1990s, poverty increased across the Republic. However, in the last decade, poverty indicators have decreased significantly.

27 June 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Transcript - 'Growth' by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Bank Managing Director
On 3 June 2011, World Bank Managing Director Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala addressed 100 delegates, academics and students as part of the University of Central Asia Public Lecture Series. She spoke on growth and the challenges of restoring economic growth after the crises of 2010. Dr Okonjo-Iweala discussed the possible sources of renewed growth, such as agriculture, mining and international trade.

03 June 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Growth by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Bank Managing Director
This presentation is focused mainly on the challenges of restoring economic growth after the crises of 2010. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala discusses the possible sources of renewed growth, such as agriculture, mining and international trade. She argues that the Kyrgyz Republic stands at a crossroad of opportunity, with the potential to re-launch economic growth from a platform of transparent institutions and the fight against corruption.

Other languages: Русский язык |

02 June 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Drug Situation in Central Asia and Effective Responses: The New Phase of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP) of the European Union
Central Asian countries are experiencing increased drug abuse and related problems such as the threat of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis among injecting drug users. The Action Plan on Drugs between the European Union (EU) and the Central Asian states (2009-13) acknowledges the shared commitment to address drug-related concerns, intensify cooperation and provide assistance in drug prevention and treatment.

Other languages: Русский язык |

27 May 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Hunting with Eagles in Kyrgyzstan: Central Asian Falconry and the Maintenance of Traditional Knowledge
The Kyrgyz tradition of capturing, training, and hunting with golden eagles has survived for centuries through oral transmission, passed down from father to son through dynastic chains of tradition. The breadth of knowledge involved in the craft is astounding - an eagle hunter is required to be an expert in bird taxonomy and physiology, raptor reproduction and migration patterns, and raptor husbandry.

Other languages: Русский язык |

17 May 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
In the Name of Victory: Turning the Hungry Steppe into New Land in Zafarabad, Tajikistan (1959-1979)
This lecture discusses the historical creation of “new land” (tselina) through irrigation development during the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras in Soviet Central Asia, specifically the so-called Hungry Steppe (Golodnaia step’) or vast plain south-west of the Syr Darya River shared by Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

Other languages: Русский язык |

12 May 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Implications of Winter Feed Shortage for Pasture and Livestock Management in Kyrgyzstan
12 May 2011 - After independence, the process of de-collectivization in the Kyrgyz Republic led to redistribution of livestock assets from collective farms. This was coupled by a cease of import of concentrates for winter intensive feeding from other republics.

Other languages: Русский язык |

28 April 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Thinking through Water: Interactions at Dams, Pilgrimage Sites and Transhumant Pastures in Kyrgyzstan
This lecture, based on anthropological fieldwork conducted in the Toktogul region of the Kyrgyz Republic between 2006 and 2008, analyses how people there understand and interact with water, raising questions and providing insight into water metaphors used in current political and social science descriptions of the world. 

Other languages: Русский язык |

05 April 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Kyrgyz Life Cycle Rituals by Abdymitalip Murzakmetov
From birth to death communities practice various rituals related to key lifetime events, such as birth, marriage and death. In Kyrgyzstan, these rituals encompass ancient worldviews, beliefs and values, and traditional knowledge on pedagogy and medicine, and can be considered an “oral constitution.”

29 March 2011 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Experience of Rural Youth in a Context of Changing Education, Learning and Work Conditions in Kyrgyzstan by Rakhat Zholdoshalieva
Formal education is a central component of social and economic reproduction and transformation. However within societies in transition, typical relationships between education and labour markets experience complex adjustments, including the expansion of informal economies serviced by both informal learning and formal education.

Other languages: Русский язык |

2010

23 December 2010 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Institutionalised Instability, by David Gullette, Planning & Reporting Analyst, University of Central Asia
Factors Leading to the April 2010 Uprising in Kyrgyzstan.

24 September 2010 | PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
UCA Public Lecture Series – Summer 2010
The UCA Public Lecture Series, held in Bishkek, highlights emerging research and provides a forum for lively discussion and exchange of information.

Other languages: Русский язык |