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Nationalism and State-Building in Central Asia: What Happens When You Make New International Boundaries Where None Existed Before?

When Nov 17, 2017
from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where S2. Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge
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Cambridge Central Asia Forum in collaboration with the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge cordially invites you to a talk by

Dr. Nick Megoran, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University

On
Nationalism and State-Building in Central Asia: What Happens When You
Make New International Boundaries Where None Existed Before?

 

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Abstract: Central Asia’s Ferghana Valley has historically been a mosaic of social groups and identities. The emergence of international

boundaries with the break-up of the Soviet Union imposed a new
political geographical logic on the social fabric of the Valley. This
talk explores the tensions between these two logics of ordering
territory. Focussing on ethnically-mixed rural villages along the
Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan boundary, it traces the fate of communities
whose existence challenged both the new ideologies of nationalism and
the analytical narratives of inter-communal tension. The talk is based
on over two decades of ethnographic and social science research along
the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan boundary.


Biography: Nick Megoran is Reader in Political Geography at Newcastle University. He is author of Nationalism in Central Asia: A Biography of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Boundary, Pittsburgh University Press, 2017; and editor, with Sevara Sharapova, of Central Asia in International
Relations: The Legacies of Halford Mackinder (Hurts & Co, 2013).

 

Everyone is welcome.

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